Sunday, October 30, 2011

That was a fail. Hopefully we can fix it.

Last night we had a movie night with the boys. Watched "Mars Needs Moms".

The boys were afraid to got to bed because they didn't want me to be mom napped and taken to Mars. I assured them that I would be here in the morning. They seemed to be okay and drifted off to sleep.

When I headed to bed I heard Ethan whimpering in bed.  He was asleep, I picked him up and he woke a little to realize it was me. He hugged me and keep saying that he loved me and he didn't want me to go. I laid him back down and he was calm and back asleep.

In the middle of night Preston came and joined us in bed. For most kids this is a normal activity but with Preston I can count on one hand how many times he has slept in our bed since he was born. Plus the entire night he had to feel me. That doesn't sound right. There were several times I woke up with his hand on my head. If I moved and it came of he would stir and there as the hand on my head again.

In the morning, Ethan didn't want to see the movie.

When it was time for naps Preston freaked out again. I couldn't leave his side till he was out.

The past two days Preston would follow any kid around that was dressed up like Batman. Josh and I decided to get Preston his own superhero costume. Ethan was a little jealous but he go over it when he slipped into his Spider-man costume.

This afternoon we headed to something that hopefully will become part of our Halloween tradition the Plano Symphony for the Spooky Symphony. I had high hopes for the this event. I actually found out about it two years ago but because of poor planning on my part we weren't able to attend. Last year everything with my dad, we just weren't up for it. This year I had the whole thing planned. Just didn't know what to wear. It is the symphony but it is for kids and the kids are encouraged to wear costumes. I ended trying to pull off what I call mommy chic.

It was really neat when we walked in there were several activities for the kids. However they had started seating when we got there so we missed a lot of what was going on. What we did get to do was see a little of the instrument petting zoo. Thank goodness none of the brass or woodwinds had their mouth pieces. The kids got to hold and look at several different types of instruments.

We finally made it to our seat. Preston was scared. I don't know if it was all of the members of the orchestra were in costumes or if he just didn't know what to expect that had him scared. After the first song he had relaxed and started to enjoy himself. Ethan loved it from the second he sat down. They even played his favorite song that he hear on Little Einsteins and has been singing for over a week. 

I don't know if it is a development thing or if it is just an Ethan thing but his mouth is constantly going. At least during the performance he was sitting in my lap and was whispering to me. It just wouldn't stop.

The performance was perfect for kids and I'm really looking forward to going to more of the family symphonies by the Plano Symphony. I had forgotten how much I loved hearing live performances.  Yes we do hear the marching band from the near by high school. Sometimes even on Saturday mornings at 7:00am. Yep that was a cranky morning for me. Anyways it just isn't the same as getting dressed up and going to the symphony. I really hope the kids love going as much as Josh and I do.




Learning how to hold the instrument.

Ethan's turn. Sorry Spider-man Ethan.







Saturday, October 29, 2011

A slow start, but a perfect night.

This morning we didn't do a whole lot. Next thing I knew it was past time for the boys to take their naps. It was really nice just to have a lazy day at home.

Then this evening we had Halloween block party. The boys seemed to have fun. Then it started getting cold so we decided to have a movie night with the boys.

I've discovered a couple of horribly terrific websites. They are all about bad parents. I will admit I'm not a perfect parent by any stretch of the imagination. Things that I mess up on are maybe I don't cut up my boys popcorn small enough. Yes I know I'm weird but last year there was a huge push to get food labels changed and now I'm super paranoid and will cut up their popcorn before I let them eat it. (http://children.webmd.com/news/20100222/group-aims-to-reduce-child-choking-deaths)

I'm feeling pretty angelic after checking out these websites:
http://parentfails.com/
http://theproudparents.com/ This one is done by the people who brought us the http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/


Trick-or-Treat round 1

Last year we attempted to go to Frisco's Fire Safety Town for Trick-or-Treating. You can read last year's adventure. To save  time. It was a disaster and we ended up not actually get in to do trick-or-treating. We figured we would try things a LOT different.

While the boys were napping I pulled out the different costumes that Preston could pick from to dress up tonight. We have quite the collection from buying costumes after last year's Halloween, Ethan's hand me downs, and the $5 costume sale. Not to mention other costumes we have gotten on sale from other places. I had Preston look at the different outfits and he wasn't interested in wearing any of them. I told him that he had to wear something. He ran over our dress up bin and pulled out his baseball outfit.  *sigh* Preston wouldn't even hear about wearing anything else.

After we had Preston squared away I started to pick up the costumes and Ethan wasn't happy. He wanted to pick out a costume. Really? Is there any question what he is going to wear. I asked him if he wanted to be Spider-man and the conversation was over. 

First we went to the shuttle location first. We also started our adventure a lot earlier than last year. We arrived before the event actually started and the line was already insane. Josh said they must be giving away gold nuggets to draw a crowd like this. Our rough estimate was at least 3000 to 5000 people showed up. I can see the appeal. The buildings in the fire safety town are opened and the kids go from building to building getting candy. Kids get to trick-or-treat like I did when I was a kid. The parents don't have to worry about checking the candy or who's house they are knocking on. Josh and I are already talking about going back next year.

Preston was funny, anytime anything but candy got put into his pumpkin he would pull out and hand it to either Josh or me. He defiantly knows what he likes and what he doesn't. Ethan didn't care what was being passed out he wanted it into his pumpkin.

The fire department had one of the classrooms set up with the Rangers game playing. It was nice to sit and warm up for a minute. When we finally defrosted (the temp was 53 C which my family from up north is laughing that we needed to thaw out. Please remember it was just a few weeks ago our highs were over 100 C) and wandered back to the festivities the place was just wall to wall people. Josh and I decided that we were done. The boys were upset they didn't get to play on the fire truck. We  assured them that we would be back and they would be able to play. In December they are going to have a festival of lights and they can play then. If you want to check out more about Frisco's Fire Safety Town you can check out their website. http://www.ci.frisco.tx.us/safetytown/Pages/default.aspx.

Computer bug, Yoda, skunk, Tin Man(Wizard of Oz), Pablo (Backyardagains), Scarecrow (Wizard of Oz)



I don't want pictures of my cuteness.


Fine you can have a picture just without the hat.

Mom please cut my hair


It is baseball time. (GO RANGERS!!)


Serious

Smiles!

trying to keep the boys entertain the boys in line for an hour.

Ring around the rosey?

The line doesn't look that bad.

Oh wait it winds around to over here.

Then over there.

Oh this way too? Can you tell there is a fire truck a head?

Now you can kind of see it.

Finally room for the kids to run around



You aren't seeing double there are two spider men.

These are just two of the several Spider-Men

For walking. I've got wheels.


Ethan: you better wait for me.

Um, where do the pumpkins go?

I'm in the drivers chair.

Hey where are the keys?


Taking a moment to check out our candy.

This is a great start to the last game.








Thursday, October 27, 2011

Another day.

I apparently missed typed yesterday's title it should have read I shouldn't blog on meds. From the number of hits that I received today maybe I should blog while on meds. I had the most hits in one day that I've ever had.

The only thing I can figure is that an English teacher had their students read my blog and correct the errors that are on it. Really it is the only thing that makes any sense in my head.

The weather forecast today was cold and rainy all day. I didn't want to drag the kids out in that. So I cranked the heat up and we hung out inside all day.

Once Josh came home he wanted to head to an art store because he needs carving tools for a pumpkin craving contest that he is entering. The first place was closed before we got there. We ended up going to Micheal's. They had a ton of kid crafts marked $1.00. We picked up a couple of different ones. When we hit the check out it turns out that one rang up .49 and another was .79. That was a pleasant surprise. 

Once we got home the boys couldn't wait to start working on their art projects. Their projects are a little old for them but they didn't care.







Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I should blog on meds.

I don't know what is in the air today but my allergies are kicking my butt. I've taken medicine but now I'm all mediciney head, and not sure which is worst.

If this post blows you have been warned.

I actually can't decide what to blog about today. Should it be saving money or what the boys and I did today? Okay I have a great tie in so I'll do both.

Apparently Wal-Mart is trying to dominate the Christmas shopping season with a new price match guarantee. I do have say when I first read a newspaper article about the guarantee I was thinking about doing most of my shopping at Wal-Mart. Then I started noticing the gotchas.

First the item has to be purchased between Nov 1 and Dec 25th.  Which sucks because most of the best prices on toys and such are going on between now and Black Friday.

The second gotcha, straight from Wal-Mart's website:
"To apply for the Christmas Price Guarantee, customers need to simply bring in their original Walmart cash register receipt and the local competitor’s current printed ad to Walmart’s Customer Service desk through Dec. 25. Once validated, a gift card for the difference will be issued. Items placed on layaway will also be eligible for the Christmas Price Guarantee"
Translation if it isn't in printed in an ad then you don't get the lower price and you have to stand in a mile long line at the customer service desk. Which is already going to be a mad house because they are bringing back layaway for Christmas too.

The third gotcha, the fine print:
"Offer excludes: Black Friday ads, expired ads, offers with Gift Cards, internet pricing, limited time or quantity offers (i.e. 6 hour sales), percentage off ads, bundles, trade-in offers, offers that require a purchase or gift provided with purchase, clearance or ads with typographical errors. The Christmas Price Guarantee does not apply to grocery items, non-branded items (i.e. live plants), tobacco, firearms, gasoline, tires, prescription drugs, optical, or wireless products that require a service agreement."
 

Another thing that bothers me is that you are getting the difference back in a Wal-mart gift card. Personally I want the money back in my pocket.

In the past what I've done is if something does go on sale lower than what I paid for it, especially if it is at the same store. I'll return the item then re-buy it at the lower price my card is credited the difference and I'm done. If the sale is at a different store I'll buy the new item and just return the other. While I'm out doing my shopping.

I personally like to get things straight from the horse's mouth person if you would like to read Wal-Mart's actual policy you can check it out here.

Now for my nice little tie in...

Korri came over today to help take the boys to the Discovery science center. I promised the boys that I would take them since they were so good yesterday. Korri is going to school to get her Masters Degree. While she is school, she is working yep you guessed it Wal-Mart. I asked her if she had heard about the new policy and she has been off so she didn't know yet.

Okay it was a little stretch but hey it sounds good in my medicine head.

I can't believe that I forgot my camera at home. Oops.                    

We got there just after story time. There was a private school at the science center today. I was impressed how well behaved the kids were and how organized the school was. Needless to say it was busy. The school left about an hour after we had gotten there.

After we got home and ate. Korri and I were visiting for a few minutes so the boys could play before nap time. I don't know how the boys managed to make this big of a mess without me having a clue.

This is bad, but wait there is more.

Seriously how did they move the big stuff with out me hearing them dragging it??

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Good News!!

This morning I over slept. Actually we all over slept. Oops.

I walked Josh to the door there was a car sitting out in front of our house. I recognized it being one of the ECI people. I rushed backed in to see if I had forgotten another appointment. There was nothing on the calender. That is when I realized that Preston should have seen his dietitian last Wednesday that didn't happen. That would also explain when I glanced at the calender that I was looking at the wrong week.

Apparently the dietitian had a family emergency last week and called to rescheduled but I never got the message. Good thing I didn't have anything scheduled this morning.

Preston got weighted and measured.
Height: 33 3/8ths inches which puts him in the 3 to 5%.
Weight: 24.5 lbs. which also puts him in the 3 to 5%

That means that Preston is back on the growth chart!!

We are going to have a follow up meeting next month, just to make sure he is still on track. If all goes well he is going to released from seeing the dietitian.


On another note: We withdrew Ethan from his preschool yesterday. He was having discipline issues. For right now I'm going to be doing preschool at home with him and Preston.



The boys are playing Little Einsteins.



Preston loves his puzzles.




Playing with magnets.







Monday, October 24, 2011

Josh's Rage!

There are certain things that bring out irrational rage in Josh. For example philosophers, Shakespeare, and now billboards!


The other day Josh sees this billboard. I didn't even notice it. Until today when I was driving to cirque class. I was like oh that was Josh was talking about the other day.

Seriously he went on for an hour about how this billboard was just so wrong. Especially since the city of Dallas is smoke free in its restaurants. If the smoke really bothered the waitress she could find another place to work or even change what she does.

Ah, spoken like someone who has never waited tables. I know when I did wait tables during the five years that I worked at Steak and Ale. I saw the smoking section dwindle from 17 tables to four tables that could accommodate groups of four and three tables that would seat two people. I also worked at a restaurant that because of city ordinances was smoke free.  I was actually working both places one on the weekends and the other during the week. It turned out that I could make more money at Steak and Ale than I could at the other restaurant. I quit the other restaurant after a month and would drive over thirty minutes to work.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A mother of a sale!

My parents are out of town. My cake decorating class isn't meeting today. We actually didn't have anything planned at all today. Yesterday on the way home from soccer I heard a radio ad for Half Price book was having a warehouse sale. According to the ad everything is $3 or less. I figured that it wouldn't hurt anything to check out the sale.

We ended up not getting there till about noon today. I was expected a complete mad house. Also figured that everything would be $3 and that it would be really picked over at this point. Especially since the sale was ending in four hours.

I was shocked when we got there it wasn't nearly as crazy as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong it was crazy just not wall to wall people where you couldn't move. There were a ton of people but there was room to move around and even places you could move and be out of the way.

When we walked in we were handed a bag and was told that the bag was free and not to over fill it but everything that would fit into the bag was only going to be $10. The bags were huge. We managed to fit about 220 books into four bags making each book .18 cents each.

We had to keep going over areas that we had already checked out because the employees kept bringing out more boxes of books. We ended up being in the warehouse for about two and half hours. The boys were so well behaved the entire time. We gave the boys a book each to hold onto and they kept themselves entertained. They would ask for a different book every once in a while. A couple of times Ethan pointed out books that he wanted to look at. I was amazed at how well they were.

While Ethan was reading a book an older girl (I think about eight) was looking at a pile of books then said she wanted that and tried to grab the book out of Ethan's hand. Thank goodness Ethan has a tight grip, but  she was persistent. I told her the book was his and for her to leave him alone. Then she told me that she wanted it. I told her sorry and to get out of here. She gave me a glare and finally left Ethan alone.

Our four bags of books.

Josh unloading the bags and counting them.



Apparently we managed to grab two copies of one book that we already owned. Oops. I guess we wasted almost .40 cents. If anyone likes Mary Higgins Clark and would like a free book just leave me a message letting me know that you are interested.

  Yesterday I made mummy cookies and tonight Ethan ate one then. After wards he was waking around saying that he was a mummy. Then he started asking if he could dress like a mummy. I went and found some special mummy wrap.




I'm over this.


Go Rangers!!


Love how kids love boxes over real toys.