Friday, August 29, 2008

It's a Filthy Filter...

I just found this website with a DVD player that filters out sex/nudity, profanity and violence. Wow, that sounds like it might be good for my kids. Oh ya, and me too. It also kind of makes me laugh because it's just like the filthy filter from the RM Movie.

Are You Ready For School?

People keep asking me this and I have asked a few people but I am not sure how to answer that. I have absolutely enjoyed having no set schedule and we have gone and done a lot of fun things. DH is going back to school for his Administrative License so that he can be a Principal someday and make tons of money. Hee hee. I don't know if it will be a ton but it will help considering we'll have a teenager in only 3 years and the others will soon follow. Bigger kids appear to cost more money. I seem to have avoided many expenses by not putting my kids in any organized sports. I have left that up to DH and he doesn't think they need to worry about that stuff yet. Mya has piano lessons and Cor really wants to do something.

Cor turns 8 in September and that means he will be baptized. We are all really excited about it. Although he has chosen the last few days of sevenhood to act like a toddler. We have discussed the ways in which he can remember to use his words and calm himself down instead of going into a raging fit every time he doesn't get his way. I suppose controlling his temper will be a life long process. As it is for most everyone. Cor is turning 8 years old and still wets the bed almost every night. The weird thing is when we were on vacation and he went to bed much later than usual he didn't wet the bed very often. He wears Overnight pullups so that we don't have a mess to clean up. But it still leaks a little sometimes and his room always smells. It's frustrating for him because he hates wearing the pullups.

I think Em and Ballerina will enjoy having the house to themselves. They play "very very very very" nicely together when they are left alone. The "very very..." thing is Ballerina's new saying. And I know I have to start potty training Ballerina once school starts again. I had to give it up this summer because it was getting to be a fight every day. Woo Hoo! Potty training.

I get used to having my DH around during the summer and I am already depressed he is going back to work. The old DH used to get really stressed out and grumpy at me during the months of September and October. But since he has realized he is doing it he has gotten much better. He has been very nice to me since he started working the last two weeks even though things are already stressful. This Saturday he is going to take the kids out all day so I can have the day to myself. And Saturday night some girlfriends are having a get together and I am excited to have a little break. He'll be gone every Monday night for his class and he'll have homework to do every night. So I will have to be an organized and thoughtful wife. Not too good at either of those but I plan to make an extra effort. I started yesterday by cleaning up my room. It took all morning.

I guess the answer is NO I am not ready for school to start but I am as ready as I ever will be and we made the most of the summer so I don't have any regrets.

Here are some of the fun things we did this summer.

  • Swim lessons the whole month of July for Em, Cor, and Mya.
  • Library almost once a week.
  • Free movies at the theatre.
  • A couple trips to the cabin.
  • Big two week trip to Idaho and Utah to visit family.
  • Great Wolf Lodge.
  • Silver Creek Falls.
  • Blueberry picking.
  • Walks at the park down to the river.
  • Playing with friends and family.
  • Jumping on the trampoline.
  • DH and I saw Phantom of the Opera at the Keller in Portland.
  • Grandma S took Mya and Cor each out to buy clothes for school and went to lunch.
  • Watching the Olympics in Beijing on TV.
  • New Hair Cut for me and Mya.
  • A little inheritance from DH's Grandma.
  • Nice Weather for all of July and some of August.

Monday, August 25, 2008

SET by Candlight

Last night the power went out about 8:00 pm and didn't come back on until after 10:00. We had fun playing with the flashlights and brushing teeth by candlelight. We put the kids to bed then we played my new favorite game called SET. We played it at my brother's house while we were on vacation earlier this month. Last night I lost all but one game. It was pretty sad. But I think the lack of proper lighting was a crutch.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Stop eating my bikini.

Tonight for dinner I sauted some zucchini from my garden and some yummy sausage we just bought at Costco. We had it on top of Angel hair pasta. Yum.

Ballerina ate all her sausage but she left her zucchini on the side. I started eating it. In her cute 3 year old girly voice she said, "Mommy stop eating my bikini."

Sad News

Yesterday was a nice day for our family. We went to DH's family cabin and hauled and chopped wood for almost 3 hours. We didn't swim because of all the rain raised the river 8 to 10 inches. It was very cold. Mya jumped in twice then swam right back out. She is a fish. We took dinner to a family in our ward (church congregation) because they just had a new baby. Then we went to my brother's house for his son's birthday party. We had a really good time. His son just turned four. Recently he was left unattended outside for just a few minutes and he climbed up on the picnic table and got the knife out of the BBQ set and made at least 25 large gashes in the fairly new trampoline. My brother said to replace just that part is only about $20 less than what they paid for the entire trampoline. Funny to us because it's not our kid. They got him a kid size John Deere tractor that goes 4 miles an hour. He rode that thing around the yard for an hour. Smiling and driving.

Unfortunately, sad news overshadowed our day. One of my cousins who lives in Southern Utah died Friday night. The news report gives details but it didn't say her age for some reason. She was 22 and she was engaged to be married in December. I didn't know her super well but she was a really sweet girl. I am sad for her family and I know it will be hard for my Grandma who is still very sad about Grandpa passing away a year and a half ago.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Wherein I get Stupider...

My kids loooove Scooby Doo and usually I don't watch it but I have heard it from the next room over and over again. DH and I were tired the other day so we sat down to watch it with the kids and I could feel myself getting stupider by the second. I had to walk away before all my brain function ceased completely. DH sat and watched for at least another 30 minutes. After seeing this picture of Scooby my toddler started singing the theme song. What have I done to my children.

Friday, August 1, 2008

I'm A Princess

You Are Jasmine!
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Independent and adventurous. You don't want much; just to break out of the guilded cage society has put you in and experience life to the fullest. Following orders isn't really one of your strong points, and you would rather live a life of poverty than being forced into something that you hate.

Which Disney Princess Are You?