November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014

We've been taking turns being sick at our house. It's been pretty miserable. On the bright side, though, my children haven't been sneaking sips of my drink because they don't want my germs.

Meanwhile, Thanksgiving is this week! Which means I am not cooking today or tomorrow, because I need some room in the fridge, so leftovers it is!  I have my timeline for the week all set, and have just a few things to pick up from the grocery store. In this school district, the kids don't have school at ALL on Wednesday. They've always had a half day before, so we can get to celebrating and prepping a few hours earlier!

Another fun  realization is that I am actually looking forward to the holidays. Ten years ago, I absolutely dreaded the winter holidays... dreaded and hated. But NOW, we have our own established traditions, and I am all about LOW KEY HOLIDAYS. My kids know that we don't go overboard with calendars and events and gifts and all that nonsense, so we get to enjoy all the little things a whole heck of a lot more. AND, because I am so low key, and expectations are so low, everything I DO do is received very well.

I do have to admit that I have no game plan for Christmas this year though. Generally, I have an idea of what people will be getting, and most years, I would have already had things wrapped and ready. I have a feeling this year will be a bit last minute. I WANT to skip gifts altogether and do an experience instead. I mean, not totally skip ALL the presents, but just have our traditional stocking stuff, and a small something, then maybe load all the kids up and head off to a mini-vacation. Or maybe give people tickets to events. Basically, I don't want to give people STUFF that ends up in the garbage six months later.

I have been thinking about getting people started collecting things. A month or so ago, I let the girls pick out one of my Ginny Dolls to display on their bedroom shelf. We had a big talk about how to handle them and so on and so forth, and I am debating getting the girls each a doll. BUT, then I have the boys to think about, and what on earth should a boy collect? I don't want it to be something totally trendy. At first I was thinking coins, but they would USE them, not collect them. Rocks are hard to display, plus, we had a rock collection before, and it didn't go over well. Knives are awesome, but, you know, slightly dangerous. I was thinking about the things that I like to collect, but that doesn't mean that my kids will be impressed. (for the record, I collect books, sheet music, strawberries, bells, and insects. Plus, I REALLY like scientific drawings of nature. You know, like a sketch you would find in a field guide. And old maps.)

Anyways, my brain is busy being distracted by life, so I have to cut this short.

November 12, 2014

November 11, 2014

My computer is being a jerk. SOMETIMES the power light on the front blinks orange and it tells me that my laptop is plugged in, not charging. THEN, a minute later, it IS charging. Obviously, this means that I need a new computer. *cue hysterical laughing*

Meanwhile, Daniel had a Veteran's Day performance today. He was excited about it, and very pleased with his self. I didn't get to go, but the rest of the family attended and they assured me he did a FANTASTIC job.

We also got the kids report cards. Everyone is doing well in all their classes. Thaddeus and Taylor have the same issues. They do their work so fast, that they make careless mistakes, and then, they distract the other students who are still working. I honestly don't know what say about that, because I tend to do the same thing. Daniel is plugging along, and he's really working with the speech therapist to get the R sounds down. The funniest report is Blayne's. At school (and church and around most people in general) she's really quiet and reserved. Not that she doesn't participate, but she doesn't volunteer to do anything, you know? Well. That is NOT the case of my dear, sweet Blayne at home. But all the comments from the teachers are "she's so QUIET", and I'm like, UH... NO.

Also, my Dad pointed out that I only had 9 phrases on my top ten list. #1 - my brain doesn't always work and #2 - instead of a phrase, let's say that my #10 go to "phrase" is actually a LOOK. A look that says, "Go ahead. Try that again. I DARE YOU." It could also be referred to as my death look. Because if I am looking at you like that, I'm gonna kill you.

November 5, 2014

Phraseology

I have been taking it pretty easy this past week, because I can feel myself gearing up to get sick. The past three days or so, my mouth has been going numb and having a metallic sort of taste, and I've been extremely tired and achy. There's been a few other issues as well, so I've mostly checked out of life, and have only been doing the things that need doing. (Which is: go to work. make dinner. switch laundry. nap.)

And if anyone is wondering how our new routine is going, well. It's going. Some days are harder than others, and we need reminders to "knock it off". Knock it off is in my Top Ten Phrase list. It's probably like, number two or three on the list. Speaking of which, these are the things I say OVER and OVER and OVER again.

  1. Shut the door. 
  2. No. 
  3. Knock it off. 
  4. Get out of the kitchen. 
  5. Pick up your socks. 
  6. Have you done your list? 
  7. Asked and answered. 
  8. Set the table. 
  9. Dinner time. 
 Those ten phrases up there are quite literally the words that fall out of my mouth 98% of the time. And I'd like to talk about #3, the Knock it Off. We have a ground floor apartment, which is to say, I never have to walk up any stairs ever. (MAGIC!) But the building is on a hill, so there are two basement apartments below us, which makes our porch a balcony. And instead of using the front door, my boys and their friends have taken to climbing up the drain pipes to enter the house via the balcony. Now, I'm not opposed to my own children entering the house this way. Fine and dandy, and if they fall and break their arms, well, THEY DESERVE IT. Also, I *may* have been in the whole "climb up the pipes and play on the roof" club. What I DO have a problem with is the fact that some of our friends have now taken to climbing up onto the  porch and walking right in to the house via the back door. Because A) I don't want to be responsible for any one else's broken arms and 2) knock on the front door so I can decide whether or not I want to admit you into my home. Don't assume that you can just come in... which isn't a problem most of the time, but seeing as how LATELY I have been feeling sickly, I am not dressed for company. And EXCUSE ME if I don't want to lay on the couch in my jammies surrounded by ice packs and jacked up on pain pills in front of you. I mean, REALLY PEOPLE.

But I do have to admit, that I am a teensy bit proud of my kids for shimmying up the pipes. One of the first roofs I ever played on was at Lindberg Elementary school. I would ride my bike over, and climb up the roof and play tag, or pranks on people. Climbing has always been one of my favorite activities. (Sidenote: When I was growing up, and had a babysitter I didn't like, I would throw a fit and "run away", but I would actually be sitting on the roof of my house, watching the sitter freak out as she searched around the neighborhood for me. Sidenote #2: I was a monster. My other "trick" was to give myself a haircut. I always had interesting bangs after a night with someone I did not care for. Also, I feel well suited to effectively parent my hellion children because they try and do some of those same things, and I have BEEN THERE DONE THAT SIR.)

I am really enjoying my new job. Like, I can't WAIT to get my degree and my license and be a full time teacher. I am having so much fun, and I love when I see my students get it! On Tuesday, my kids didn't have school (all the schools are polling places, so they just have an inservice day), so they came to work with me. They loved it, and are now begging to be in my class. Which I would totally consider for SOME of my kids, but not others. Plus, we get special services at the public school, which I would have to pay for out of pocket if we went the private route. So for now, the kids are going to stay where they are.

And I will try to get some Halloween pictures up on the blog soon. We have misplaced our camera, so we took pictures with Troy's phone, but he has to send them to me or put them on the computer, and he hasn't gotten around to it quite yet. ;)