Friday, April 17, 2009

May the force be with you-

LOL! Every night when the kids get home from school I go through their folders and look over the worksheets they've done during the day and any notes from the teacher etc. Well, yesterday as I was stacking up the pile to throw away, after going through it of course ;-) I was lucky enough to turn it over face down on the counter. Lucky because otherwise I may not have seen a drawing made by Kaleb. He loves and I mean LOVES Star Wars! On the backside of a practice "Think Link" test he had taken that day he drew Luke Skywalker and Darth Vadar sword fighting! I LOVE IT! I asked him about it and he said "oh ya, well I was done early and was bored and my teacher says it's ok to draw on the back of our test if we're done before everyone else. That way we stay quiet and she can concentrate." LOL! It's a pretty good drawing!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What's your story?

OK, so I decided to blog about this because one, I'm SURE some of you feel my pain here and know EXACTLY what I'm talking about and two, I'm curious. I LOVE my son (I know I have two but to protect his identity here I'm just going to say son...so yes, you have a 50/50 chance of guessing WHO I'm talking about). To be clear-I love BOTH my sons *wink wink* One of his little personality ticks is that he just DOESN'T focus. Hardly EVER.

He is SMART as a whip and HILARIOUS and talented and super sweet. But focused he is not. *wink* The kind of kid that you give directions to in a group setting, and then look DIRECTLY at and repeat the instructions and then wait for acknowledgement from him before moving on...even though you KNOW he probably STILL didn't really listen to what you said and any second will come to you and ASK you what you JUST said! Yes, that's my son! LOL!

Well, he has a habit of leaving things places and then FORGETTING to get them when he goes back. Some examples his scriptures at church, his books at school (and NO he doesn't always leave them in his desk. Sometimes in the lunch room, the gym or on the bus!) his jacket, his coat, his umbrella, etc. You get the idea. Well last week he left his jacket at school on Thursday and there was no school Friday due to it being Good Friday. I was less than happy of course.

Not only was it a BRAND NEW jacket from Old Navy, but here he had yet AGAIN left something, FORGOTTEN something that he just SHOULDN'T forget. *wink* So after promising to get it first thing Monday upon returning to school we left it at that. Tuesday morning, yesterday, I'm getting them ready for the bus and he was pacing back and forth in the kitchen with his backpack on and NO jacket. I asked him to get his jacket on and he gives me "the look". Ya know, the one that says it all-Oh Crap! I forgot to get my jacket AGAIN and she's NOT going to be happy with that, look.

He was right. So, in a moment of sheer frustration for not being able to get him to be responsible for his things and the whole sick and tired of having the SAME conversation about the SAME stuff with him, I did something that some would bow their heads in shame over, while others will applaud. And then some of you will simply pity me because you understand...but don't approve. LOL!

Rest assured your opinions are WELCOMED...just no hitting below the belt people-I have limits *wink wink* OK, I went into my room, got a sticky note and wrote: I left my jacket at school last Thursday. Please help me remember to get it. Thanks, my mom. And I then safety pinned it to his shirt. He was less than thrilled-but was DETERMINED to get that jacket FIRST thing so he could take the note off!

This method with him worked. And it's not a detrimental method. Now, if I tried that on Kayleah she would have a complete melt down and it wouldn't NOT be good. Different strokes people. Well, I instantly felt HORRIBLE as I watched him board the bus with his head held down. But something in me stopped me from dialing the schools phone number and telling his teacher to remove it for him FIRST thing to save him the embarrassment of it. Ironically, he doesn't really GET embarrassed he's just to easy come easy go. THANKFULLY!

When he got home from school-he HAD his jacket! LOL! I asked him how the note worked and he said GREAT! I then asked him when he got the jacket and was able to take OFF the note. FIRST thing he said! As SOON as he got to school he went straight to his teacher who let him go right away to the lost and found and get it. She THEN paraded him around to the other 2nd grade teachers showing them his note pinned to his shirt. After he told me that I thought GREAT! Now they all think I'm so HORRIBLY mean!

So, I asked him why she did that. His answer put me at ease instantly. He started laughing and said, Well she just showed each of the teachers and said-look how smart his mom is! We should give this idea to other moms and maybe use it ourselves on kids so they won't forget to tell their parents things or forget their belongings here at school! So I was RELIEVED to say the least that they GOT-I LOVE my son, I'm just out of ideas to get him to REMEMBER to bring his belongings home. Or just about anything else for that manner.

Do you have a similar story? If so PLEASE share :)

ps to calm ANY thoughts that he's scared for life from this-I heard him laughing and telling a little boy at scouts tonight about it and thought it was hilarious! He even said-ya I did NOT want that on my shirt but I probably WOULDN'T have remembered to get my jacket and that would be bad. Especially 'cause I like this jacket! It fits perfect! It's perfect warm and perfect cool.
What a sweet boy!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Spring Break part 2

Moon Walking

The kids get two weeks for spring break, they are on a semi-year round school schedule. They get exactly two months off for summer break and then have a 9 weeks on 2 weeks off schedule for the rest of the year. Grandma, my mom, who works for a different school district only gets one week. So for the first day of Granma’s spring break, 2nd week for the kids, Grandma and Crappa took everybody to the Nashville Science Center! It was SO FUN! No, it wasn’t COSI…sniff sniff *wink* BUT it was super dang fun! The kids had a ball going through everything. One of the highlights was being able to MOON WALK. After exhausting ourselves at the Science center we went out for Pizza at Pizza Hut. YUMMY! The kids had so much fun and wore themselves out so much that on the drive home Emily fell asleep in a pretty funny position. THANKS Grandma and Crappa for the super fun day and yearly pass to the Science Center!

ER Visit

The next day, after the Science Center, we had some other friends over…the kids were jumping on the trampoline and…

First Emily got bounced on. The kids were all bouncing and one of our friends who is just a bit older than the triplets and sturdier, accidentally jumped on Emily’s leg when she was sitting. She came inside and laid on the couch with an ice bag. THEN about 10 mins later Sarah bounced out of the trampoline where the screen enclosure zips open and closed, onto the cement patio! She hit her head, her butt and her arm. What a shock to the system! I ended up taking them both in JUST to be safe. They were both fine, no broken bones or concussions-PHEW!

Sisters and Scars

On our way to soccer Friday night there was an “incident”. The kids were loading up in the van and I was grabbing last min supplies or SOMETHING before heading out for an hour to practice. Next thing I know Sarah comes running inside saying that Kayleah was hurt. I asked her how, what happened…etc. I ran outside and found Kayleah pacing back and forth in the van holding her head crying. I won’t lie, I was pretty dang scared! First of all, she looked shocked, confused and was obviously in a lot of pain. I could see some blood on her head and the side of her face. She also had a little on her hand. When I stopped her pacing in the van and helped her out she fell into my arms and started sobbing.

Now I was REALLY worried! At that point I started looking her over a bit frantically to see where the blood was coming from and how serious her injury was. Kaleb saw the blood on her face and started to freak-I did my best to calm him down before he said anything to tip Kayleah off but I failed. She heard the word blood and started panicking all over again.

I got her inside quickly and cleaned her up…and then I found out what had REALLY happened. Turns out all the kids were getting in the van and Sarah was waiting for everyone to be in and then close the sliding door. Well, she thought everyone was in and JUST as she slammed the door (and BELIEVE me, she does this with GUSTO so there was real POWER behind her) Kayleah tried to slip in just at that same moment…and…got caught between the van door and the VAN. Her poor ear got clipped! These pictures were actually taken two days AFTER it happened!

Kayleah's ear 2 Kayleah's ear

I had it bandaged up from the get go—pictures just weren’t as important as her beautiful ear healing. She was SOOOO worried that her ear would look deformed. She just wanted to know that it would look “normal” when it healed. I called the doctor to make sure I didn’t need to bring her in for stitches and then I used that fabulous handy dandy liquid band-aid stuff and voila! Looks good as new now!

Sarah was so sweet. She felt so bad, it truly was an accident. Kayleah didn’t rake her over the coals about it either, which isn’t really her style-wink wink and a nod. They still love each other!

Still to come:

Tooth extraction
Shotguns and Sheriffs
SOCCER
...and more!

Monday, April 6, 2009

spring break teaser part 1

Musical adventures :

The last day of school before Spring Break officially began the kids elementary had a spring concert.  It was WONDERFUL!  The kids all did SOOOO good!  The music teacher did an amazing job with all the grades.

Kaleb, Christopher and Kayleah gave a special musical performance with a set of Twins with the rest of the 2nd grade backing them up!  They did SO GOOD!  It was really cute.  My favorite, as well as theirs, was the last song they sang/performed.  The  Dinosaur Dance!  It was such a cute song and they DID DANCE to it! 

Sarah’s performance was classic.  Her performance started when she WOKE UP that morning! *wink*  She HAD to look beautiful for the performance because her teacher said that a “Sunday” dress would be best for them to wear.  Oddly enough she was in a VERY SMALL group of people that actually wore “Sunday” dresses.  MHM… But she did look beautiful and even though she was on the TOP riser for the performance she could have been down on the gym floor in the MIDDLE of all the kids from HER performance!   She danced and moved and grooved and sang her heart out!  We could actually HEAR HER over the other kids-seriously.  Emily kept saying, “Mom, I can hear Sarah…does she have her own microphone?…”  There is NO denying that she is MY child, LOL!  The cutest song they sang was an alphabet song-it had ATTITUDE!

They really did a great job I WISH you could have all been there to see it.   I took pictures and some video but sadly the video’s aren’t working and the pictures are pretty bad…so I’ll have to get back to you with pictures and MAYBE video later, sniff sniff.


Backyard Baseball...and home re-modeling

One day during spring break we decided to go hang out at our friends house, the Taylors.  It was such a nice day outside that we decided to hang out in their back yard.  The kids got out bikes and balls and anything else you could play in the backyard with and had a grand time.  But the REAL fun came when a game of baseball was organized by none other than JENNIFER!  *wink*

She is SO FUN!  The kids all lined up one by one to bat, catch and hackle, lol!  It was just TOO funny to watch.  Liah, Jenn’s little girl that I loved to love on *tee hee* sat with me and watched on the side.  For a little while anyway…then I decided to try and take pictures and a little video of them with my cell phone, hints the crappy quality, and so Liah decided to wander.  Poor thing almost got ran over, hit with a ball and ALMOST nailed with a bat! Luckily, NONE of these things happened.  But she did manage to order around the kids with a stick! liah i am in control omnia and blackberry pics 051

The most exciting part of the day was when Christopher hit a ball that hit a window and landed on the back deck…then Kayleah volunteered to run up through the garage to the house and retrieve it.  Well, she KEPT running…and ran smack into the SCREEN DOOR to the balcony!  When she realized what had happened she was standing in the middle of the deck HOLDING the screen door with both hands with a look of confusion and shock on her face.  All of us below that WATCHED it happen were laughing hysterically!  Thankfully she was not hurt, stunned-but not hurt.  Unfortunately we can’t say the same about the screen door.  It was broken, the actual FRAME of the door was broken!  OOPS!  So, ya….I owe them a screen door. *wink*

I just had to get a picture of the trips before the “fun” from the day was washed off!  After putting Emily and Sarah in the bathtub, and needing to to PRE-WASH their feet!  Drain the water and start new CLEAN water to take their bath in-I took these pics of the trips.  baseball feet

I also got this shot of Kayleah’s eye injury from the day.kayleah's baseball eye

 

I LOVE this video of Emily and Kayleah!  Who could ask for a more loving big sister?!  She just didn’t want her sister to be out on a technicality!

Topher’s Triumphant Home Run