Monday, June 30, 2008
After my cafe b.k.a. kitchen was cleaned up, Rocco and I went to 7 eleven where he got a Slurpee and then I took him to the mall so we could find some sneakers. The first store we went to had sneakers but, I don't believe in buy shoes for $50.00 plus tax for 5 year olds. So we went on to Payless. Now you got to understand that I made the huge mistake of buying him Sneakers that lit up several months ago. Something I vowed I would never do. So he naturally has been asking for another pair that lights up. Ironman sneakers. He has only seen some Ironman preview a couple of times and saw the Ironman sneakers the last time we were at Payless. So I had to remind him, just as I have been reminding him for the last 2 weeks that I will not be buying sneakers that light up because they don't last long. And I also reminded him of how his movie Cars sneakers were all busted down and pointed out where the sole was coming off. I also told him that if light up sneakers get dirty, I can't wash them and he would be stuck with dirty sneakers. We found a pair of shoes that we agreed on but not without him picking up the Ironman sneakers and looking at them. He wore the new sneakers home and he hasn't mentioned Ironman or Light up sneakers as he calls them, since. Yet at the end of our little excursion, I thought about dinner and wished that I could have Cracker Barrel. (Because I just didn't feel like cooking-again).
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Well another birthday is here (10 days after Rocco's). Today, Noahkeem is 3 years old! He was the smallest of all my babies. 5lbs 110z and he is baby #3. And today, 3 years later he is proud to hold the titles of :Most Demonstrative, Most Likely to be Loud, & Most likely to be the first to call you "Poopy". I don't know where he gets the Loud Stuff from. Rocco was a quiet boy and never even made car/truck/lion noises. And Noahkeem never followed suit. I guess Noahkeem figured he was gonna shake things up a bit (and he has).
Why I love my Noahkeem
- He seems to give me kisses when I need them. (i.e. when I'm clearly trying to do something important).
- He has a plethora of facial gestures that confirm that he is one funny dude headed for stardom.
- He has sayings like, "Yes, May I help you?" and "It's later now"
- He is my only child who has ever eaten sidewalk chalk.
- He is my only child who finds crayons tasty.
- He is my only child who hides game pieces, playing cards, matchbox cars, pencils and other important kid stuff in the depths of the couch.
- He is proud of peeing in both his pants and the potty.
- He still likes to play baby.
Happy Mother's Day, To me!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Later we went to the Planetarium, yes all of us went and there were children in there crying and talking etc and not once did the "Planetarium Guy" turn all the lights on and remind us about our volume. But once again at the end of the day do I decide to hold a grudge or do I just let it go?
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Then about 20 or so minutes we went to check out and she asked me did you return any of your items today? (Forgive the lack of punctuation I'm just trying to get the story out) SO I thought to myself, "didn't she just see me, the cute lady with 4 well behaved kids 20 minutes ago?" So I said yes all but, one. she then said, "Oh, because um, since you returned your items in the book drop, you are at your limit, I can't check out the rest of these items for you", I had another thought...."What do you mean since I returned my items in the book drop? was I suppose to return them somewhere else? Was I suppose to place them in her hands?" I then looked at her and said , Can somebody go and scan the books in then?' "I'll go check" she said.. The next thought that popped into my head was , "wow some people don't want to do their job, look at the expression on her face because I asked her to have someone go scan in the books that I returned, I never have this problem at my local branch- and I felt like letting her know"... At this point Cookie said, "what 's going on mommy?" I noticed at the corner of my eye that a woman was watching me I guess waiting to hear my answer. SO I turned to Cookie and said, She said we are over our limit , because the books we returned weren't scanned in, that's not my job, I cant go scan them in-I don't work here". SO she came back and didn't say a word and started scanning the rest of our items to be checked out. Probably because whoever was in the back told her to get back to her post and check out our books and put in the override code so that I can get the measly 10 extra books out. "Next time count your items before checking out, you have 40 out now and your only suppose to have 30". I looked at her and as pleasantly as I could said, "Okay". I then gathered my crew and my cart of items and left. Now looking back I can see how this event could have been very different if I said everything that came to my mind out loud. In this life I know one thing that is so true.. No, maybe two things, God doesn't lie and as the book of James puts it, the tongue is unruly, no man can tame it and it can set ablaze a forest. With it people bless God and curse men. My flesh so desired to give her a tongue lashing and I could have said, "Was I suppose to put the books in your hands and not the book drop, What do you mean the books aren't scanned in, Scan them in and check out the rest! Do I look like I work here? I never have this problem at my library". But instead, I calmly asked if they could be scanned in, and waited patiently even though my well behaved boys were twisting a pole and giving Dolly a copy of one of the books on display as she was minding her business in the stroller. For anyone who thinks keeping your mouth shut at times means your a wimp and your not sticking up for yourself, look at Jesus example and see how many times he kept his mouth shut. Sometimes keeping your mouth shut simply means not having to say your sorry. And if mine was wide open today I would have had to repented and I also would have clearly communicated to my 4 disciples that the only way to get your way in life is to be brazen, ugly, condescending, and sarcastic. What life lesson did they learn today?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The good news is is that God is slow to anger and full of mercy and he is not mad at us but, mad about us. We don't have to strive, we don't have to follow rules and regulations to get God's approval. We just need to give our hearts to Him. Including those places that have been closed off and sealed with a sign that reads "DO NOT ENTER".
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit in me".Psalm 51:10
Thank you Lord for your mercy.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Anyhow I came up with the 10 minute rule. After we get home from any given place or an adult parent comes in the house from work, do not ask for anything or ask to do anything that requires adult assistance for 10 minutes. This allows me to get my barrings (remind myself that I just returned to headquarters and that my occupation is stay at home mom and this is my occupation for the next 18 years and that I need my union break because my offspring have 10 times more energy than I have). So the 10 minute rule is more for me.
So tomorrow-Aquarium. The only way to maintain some kind of order in the house - once it is cleaned is to stay out of the house. A word of caution and encouragement: Don't waste your time surfing and reading blogs about how clean the homeschoolin mama's house is next door. Now, I do believe that a house should be clean enough that the board of health would not condemn it but, not so immaculate that you spend 80% of your day training or not training your kids to clean with you. I'm embracing this truth more and more each day. Don't get me wrong. I love a clean house. I have a chore schedule some times I follow it, sometimes I don't- who cares! A spotless house doesn't mean that I am closer to God or my family is happier. So don't believe the hype. Don't get sucked in to the bondage of having the most sparkling homeschool house in the county. You will quickly find yourself not being able to enjoy your kids, your hobbies, the outdoors because there are dishes in the sink and a pile of laundry to be done. I am proud to announce that at the publishing of this blog the play room is a disaster and the laundry has been summons to wait til tomorrow. And in the words of our beloved little tiger from Winnie the Pooh- "Ta Ta for now"
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
This week Big D and I boarded the Potty Train. Noahkeem has been going to the Potty "every" 20 minutes- and of course at times against his will. So this week I threw out 1 filled pair of Bob the Builder big boy pants, cleaned up a suspicious brown log from the playroom floor and 2 unidentified yellow puddles. Yipee what a great week! This is exactly what I bargained for. During all of this I thought to myself, What to the bushwomen in Africa do? They position their feet to mimic a toilet seat and sit their babies down on them and the babies pee or poop. No diapers, No wipes, no diaper rash. That's it. If only I spent the last 8 years in the Mother Land I could have returned to America and all 4 babies potty trained. Yet I read on the internet about women who have successfully potty trained their kids without all the drama of diapers, pull ups and diaper rash. I am so praying that this trip will be over soon because I am over it already. Dolly will definately start early with potty training.
Speaking of Dolly she said and I quoate, "Apple Juice" with the most clearest ennuciation and pronunciation, I was shocked and did a double take. One of my neighbors said that her daughter was talking at 18 months and now I believe her. Okay lets run down Dollys 15 month word list . She says:
- Apple Juice
- Thank you
That's pretty good for 15 Months! Once again, I think I'm gonna have an early reader on my hands. This summer all 4 are participating in the summer reading program. Rocco & Cookie are quickly approaching 10 hours of reading time since Monday. So that is at least 2 hours a day reading! I was going to start Sing spell read write with Rocco but, I need a break. So Maybe, and I mean maybe we will start sometime later in the summer.
Did I mention they (Cookie and Rocco) are riding without training wheels? It is a very big deal around here. Now I just need to start riding. period. And walking to get some fresh air in my lungs. This week it's been in the 90s so outside activity has been limited. We went to the pool, the library, and there was a little bike riding and back yard playtime and lots of reading. Big D has been working hard-outdoors in all of this heat. My job (Stay at home Mom) on the other hand requires alot of time indoors enjoying the air conditioner. Today looks very cloudy so we might go see Horton Hears a Whoo at the Cinema Cafe. We only pay $1.50 Monday-Thursday and $1.75 on Weekends.
So this weekend is the convention and I will not be going. Instead I will take Cookie to Karate, eat lunch and then go on the American Indian Festival. Every time we go to these festivals and Craft shows, Rocco asks me to get him a wooden flute that has about 8 wooden pipes in various size. Its small. But the last one he got, he took apart and then wanted me to save the pieces to put it back together again. So should we pass by the table again this year or stop and buy another? Or should he collect his allowance that is in various spaces and places in his room and buy it himself?