Friday, July 5, 2013

The fireworks are OVER!!

We saw Fireworks on the third, fourth, and the fifth. That meant the boys were up late three nights in a row. You would think they would sleep in but no. Thank goodness my wonderful husband got up with the kids so I could rest. Then he would nap while the kids were sleeping so that all of us could get through the day.

Before the we went to the firework show I picked up some glow sticks and stuff from the Dollar tree. On Friday night, we were at the Rough Rider's baseball game. There were fireworks afterwards. As soon as the fireworks started the boys started asking where their glow sticks are. Really?? You can watch fireworks with out glowsticks.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The calm before the storm.

Today we only had planned was seeing a dollar movie. We meet up with on of our friends, she suggested that we do some light shopping and have lunch together afterwards. Sure are kids love spending time with each other sounds great. Our big shopping trip was at dollar tree. To buy glow necklaces and other glowing things for the kids during the fireworks shows. Of course lunch included a place with a playground. Once we got home the boys were tired.

This evening we just played in the backyard and the boys were in bed at their normal time. 

Starting tomorrow the insanity of firework shows that we are going to attend begin. The boys are going to be so tired. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Still recovering or AKA this week is going to suck but be awesome too.

Sunday night the town my parent's live in had a Fourth of July celebration. We made the kids nap so that they could stay up for the fireworks. However they didn't fall asleep in the car on the way home so they were up till almost midnight.

Monday morning we were suppose to meet up with our mom group at a lake beach. The kids weren't feeling it. They were being difficult and not listening. For some reason when the kids aren't listening, I don't think taking them to a body of water where they could drown is a good idea. Finally around noon they finally decided they were ready to go. Um sorry kids we missed the beach. The meltdowns began. Fine it is time for naps. Nope the kids messed around till it was time to get up for Martial arts.

Seriously in the five minutes it took us to get to class Preston finally decided to fall asleep. Are you kidding me?? I'm expecting the boys to be complete disasters today. The instructors let Ethan participate in Preston's class. He was starting to go in and I told him he had to wait. I knew that he couldn't handle doing both classes today. Preston surprised the crap out of me. He was listening and was killing it in class today. He was a little whiny while we were waiting for Ethan but overall much better than I was expecting.
Ethan was excited to watch Preston in his class and couldn't wait for his class to begin. Ethan also surprised the crap out of him too. He really did listen and tried his hardest. They were having the kids grapple and Ethan was doing so well that they had him grapple with the kid with the highest belt in the class. At first Ethan started getting frustrated but then he started kicking butt and was able to hold his own. At the end of class the instructor was getting the tape to give people stripes on their belts, all the kids started messing around. Nobody ended up getting stripes. Ethan was heartbroken that he tried so hard but didn't get a stripe. I told him that it looked like he was about to get one but that he started messing around.

Tonight he was telling me that he loves martial arts so much that it hurts. Finally we found something that he is excited about. Added bonus the parents have to give the kids a stripe. To get the parents stripe they have a list of things they have to accomplish everyday. They are doing chores,keeping their bedrooms cleaned up, and being more respectful to each other.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Making the most of my day.

Because I didn't have to rush the boys in two different directions this morning. We didn't have to wake up early. Okay the boys and Josh got up at the same time but I slept in about thirty minutes.

It was nice not having the pressure to rush out the door. I don't know how I'm going to wake up and get Ethan to school before 8:00 am every day for school. Man, we only have seven weeks of summer left.

Preston was excited that he got to go to camp again today. We arrived a few minutes late and I have no idea what was going on before we arrived. The first forty five minutes the instructor was trying to get the kids to meditate. He put on lullabies and had the kids lay on their back, close their eyes, turned off the light. Um, one of the other parents that came in before I left asked if he was trying to get them to fall asleep. He gave a sheepish grin and nodded yes. The parent said what I was thinking, "Good luck with that."

After about thirty minutes he realized that his "meditation" wasn't going to work. He and his assistant were going to take the kids outside to play with water guns. Crap on a stick, I forgot to bring Preston's change of clothes. A quick trip home and back. I returned just as they were coming back inside. Sweet perfect timing.

Then it was off to get Ethan's haircut. When I arrived the hairdresser looked a little frazzled. Turns out they got a new computer system that morning. Ethan was the first one he had to enter in. Because we were the first customers today we got a five dollar gift card for when we come back. Sweet because Preston is going to need a haircut soon too.

When I say that Ethan got a haircut I really mean he got his head shaved. I think I was more nervous about going that short than Ethan. The stylist didn't completely shave his head but just really short. I love the new cut.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wait!!! I have one more day, right???

 I got to do two amazing things. I went to the grocery store completely by myself. I was going slowly and taking my sweet time. Then my body decided that it wanted to reenact a chapter out of Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. The beginning of the chapter entitled The Psychopath on the Other Side of the Bathroom Door. My shopping trip went from leisure time to I've got to hurry and get home. I was back in the car eighteen minutes after I had gotten out with everything that was on my list and a few extras. Once I got home, It was all about quality time in the restroom. For the sake of my family it was a good thing they weren't home when I was going. However, I think this was the first time in about eight years that I've gotten go use the restroom by myself. Before I had kids I had a very needy cat that would climb in my lap while I would go. I almost didn't know how to act getting to be in the restroom by myself.

Once I was able to compose myself it was time to pick Ethan up from VBS. When I was waiting in the insane long line of parents watching the closing sermon I realized today was the last day. What!! I thought I had one more day of both the kids in camp. Well crap on a stick. I wouldn't have watched Preston for an hour this morning if I had realized this was going to be my only day to get things done kid free.

Man once we got home from the camps the kids needed naps. Heck I needed a nap. Little Preston was getting so used to fighting staying awake that he wouldn't nap. The poor boy was so tired I don't think he was seeing straight. Thank goodness we didn't have any plans for the rest of the day. It just wouldn't of happened.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer camp time!!

I had Ethan signed up for VBS for a couple of weeks now. On Monday evening, I found a super hero camp that was also this week. My mind raced about all the things I can accomplish having four hours to myself for an entire week. Then Murphy's law took over. I should pause and mention that my sister is in town. Monday afternoon the boys and I meet up with my mom and sister to shop. My mom and sister had been already shopping for hours at this point. They had clothing items on hold at two different malls and wanted me to drive them. From four to six it was just clothing pick up. Then we dropped the boys off with Josh and started some serious shopping. We headed to Allen Premium outlets. Thank goodness we took two cars because as soon as we turned into the parking lot my mom's tire went flat. While we waited for roadside assistance to arrive we shopped. Once roadside assistance put the spare on I realized that my mom didn't need to be driving highways at night on a donut. After we got some dinner and thought about the situation the Varners of Frisco had a couple of unexpected overnight guest. Once we hit Walmart for some basic necessities like toothbrushes and I got a shower it was 1:00am.

We had to get back up at 6:00am. To get my mom's car to the tire shop, Ethan to his camp, and Preston to his camp on time it was an early wake up time. One the way to drop Preston off we got a call that my mom's car was ready. Then it was back to the tire shop. When we arrived my mom pointed out that a couple of my tires were low. Thank goodness the boys were at camp because we had to ride in my mom's car and there wouldn't have been enough room for everyone. We ran a couple of errands then it was back to shopping. We only had enough time to go to one store before it was time to head back and pick up my car then my boys. My mom and sister headed back to my parent's home. After the boys were picked up we headed over there too.

We spent the afternoon in the pool. When we were about to leave my grandmother came over. I didn't feel like the boys and I could just leave. We ended up staying two and half hours later than we should have. The boys ended up getting to bed late. Thank goodness the boys were able to sleep in a little bit.

Preston woke up at 6:30am asking if it was time to leave for super hero camp. No we have a little time before we need to get up. I tried to get him to lay back down but he was to excited about camp to sleep. Ethan was a different tale. I had to wake him up at 8:00 and the only way I got him out of bed was asking if he didn't want to go to VBS. As soon as I mentioned VBS he jumped out of bed and ran to the kitchen for breakfast. I'm glad the boys love their camps this week.

Once the boys were at their camps I was off to my parent's home for one last visit with my sister before she heads back home and a pedicure. Then it was time to rush back and pick up the boys. Thank goodness there are so many kids at VBS because I was a few minutes late but there were still plenty of kids to be picked up when I arrived. Added bonus was I didn't have to stand in line for twenty minutes to pick Ethan up. Then we got to Preston's camp and they were in the middle of watching a movie. They actually ran later than expected but that was fine. Once we got home Ethan was dying of hunger (Preston at lunch at camp) and so was I. There wasn't really enough time for the kids to take a nap today before we had to leave for martial arts. I was worried how they were going to be in class. I think they were so tired they were actually calm.

So I've decided my boys have for different stages.
Well rested and feed -- they behave
Off schedule, they are tired and/or hungry -- bad
So tired they are trying to keep themselves awake -- even worst
So tired they have given up the will to live -- they behave.

Really tomorrow is Thursday and I still haven't been able to enjoy the kids being at camp this week and having time to myself. I'm ready for the dog days of summer to start happening. We only have seven weeks before school starts. Yikes!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Anniversary, and Father's Day!!

Wholly crap we have wrapped up a lot of celebrations into this one weekend. Our anniversary is really June 7th. We had a lot of family in from out of town. Plan A was that everyone was going to go to the rodeo. My parents would take the boys and Josh and I would go to Spa Castle. Well. It is my life and plan A rarely ever happens. This time was part of the rule. All of my family left early for different reasons, basically there were issues back home that needed to be dealt with. So no rodeo and my parents were too tired to watch the kids. *sigh* So Josh brought me home some flowers and that was pretty much our anniversary.

My birthday, is June 11th. We were still worn out from the company and feeling a little broke (thanks to the little critters eating wires and braking our cars). Josh brought home fast food and we looked at each other. That was my birthday.

I was feeling a little down needless to say. We decided that we would wait till after payday to celebrate everything. Which happened to fall on Father's day weekend.

Friday night we went to the Rough Rider's baseball game. Josh had them put my name on the board with all the special announcements wishing me a Happy Birthday. The game was really good. Even though it went into overtime and the Rough Riders lost. Poor Preston after the game said that it was dark which meant it was time for bed. When we got home he told me he was tired and wanted to get in bed.

Saturday, Josh let me sleep in and took the boys to get donuts. Then I let Josh take a nap. And got the boys ready to spend the night at Nana and Papa's house. They were excited because they would get to go swimming. Josh and I were excited because we were finally going to go to Spa Castle.

After we dropped the boys off, Josh and I couldn't decide what to do for dinner. We just headed to Spa Castle. It was just what we needed for our anniversary. We didn't leave till after midnight. Thank goodness the kids were at my parents so Josh and I both got to sleep in.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I'm back!!-ish

I know it has been a while since I've read other people's blogs, or even thought about writing on my own blog. Life has been crazy busy lately.

Last week we had family from Indiana and North Dakota. There was like twenty of us. At times it was like herding cats. The week before that my father-in-law turned 60. We headed to Santa Fe to celebrate with relatives on that side of the family. During all of the family togetherness Josh and I had to replace radiators in both vehicles and other repairs. School ended and summer began.

Ethan has been asking to go to summer camp this year. During gymnastics during the spring they mention they had summer camps. Josh and I have had conversation about what camps we could enroll the boys into. We told the boys that they could only do three camps. When I finally got around to looking at camps this week. Oops all of the June camps are pretty much filled. Thank goodness I'm on the Micheal's email list. They announced this week that they are doing three day camps starting next week for $2 a day. What?? So you better believe I jumped all over that. Then the week after that Ethan is going to VBS. Now I just need to find camps for Preston. I'm thinking I love summer camps.

Not to mention that I'm already stressing about when school starts in Aug. What is wrong with me??? I'm not stressing about school. I'm just trying to wrap my head around what our days are going to look like. Okay I'm worried about how early I'm going to have to wake up every day.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Sorry

Sorry I haven't been keeping up with my blog. We have been super busy. Easter, my dad spent the weekend in the hospital, out of town guest, and setting up a community garage sale. I'm very frustrated that I have to many pictures on my blog so either I have to pay to have more storage or remover several pictures if I want to ad new ones. I just haven't had a chance to go post by post to remove the pictures. Right now, I'm a little over blogging. Not sure when I'll return.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Everyone is cranky!

Yesterday, I felt like I was dying. Once Josh got home from work I went to bed. When the boys went to bed they woke me up. Ugh. Then I realized that I needed food because I've been sick and only had crackers and cookies so far. Then Josh and I needed to get the fliers ready for our HOA. I ended up staying up till after midnight.

Today, I had to be up by 6:00 to make sure Preston was ready to get on the bus when it showed up at 6:55. Apparently I was freaked out that I would over sleep so every thirty minutes or so I would freak out and wake up to look at the clock. When it was time to get up I was already beat.

Preston was excited to be riding a school bus today. He was easy to get out of bed. When it was time we were at the front door waiting. The school bus drove right past our house without stopping. Preston was all sorts of upset. I heard the bus coming back. I took him outside. He thought I was going to but him in the car. He was about to work himself into a fit when the school bus came back. He was so excited when it stopped right in front of him and the door opened.

Ethan came down while we were waiting for the bus but he wasn't really awake and was laying on the couch like a teenager. After Preston left we spent the next few hours have the TV watch us sleep. Then it was time for Preston to come home. When he arrived he latched on to me and was all sorts of upset.
Then he started to tell me how there was a girl that was mean to him. Nobody in class understood him. How boring school was. Wow, what is going on here? Then I tried to get him to tell me how the girl was being mean. Apparently she called Preston a name that Ethan and Preston had made up. Really? How in the world would this girl know that word? Okay Preston are you telling stories? Yes. It isn't normal for Preston to act like this. I'm not sure that something didn't happen, I'm starting to think that he was just really tired. He did wake up almost two hours early. After a nap and some food Preston was back to his normal happy self.

I might have posted a couple of comments and that ended up in a firestorm in my family. Oops. My mom was getting calls from her friends. Really? I personally thought it was funny to poke the bear.

Then this evening was all about going round and round. Sort of. Frisco is talking about installing three roundabouts. It would be one thing if the roundabouts were in different parts of the city. Instead they are all on the same road one right after the other. The original plan was for all of the intersections to be under construction at the same time. The project is suppose to take 24 months. Seriously two years construction?? For a cluster of accidents??? I'm out.

Tonight the city had a roundabout discussion. The past few weeks I've been reading everything I can get my hands on about roundabout. I've been watching all sorts of videos about roundabouts. I don't know what I was expecting but it was what I walked into. It a very informal come and go meeting. They had stations set up and several people to answer any questions you might have. What I came away from the meeting is the initial study was for all three intersections. They are going to only start with one and see how that goes before they even consider the other two intersections. I don't feel that any of my concerns were addressed. I still haven't seen any information about accidents for roundabouts that have the amount of volume the intersections currently have, let alone what the projected volume is going to be. I also feel that the project volume is very low considering all of the residential zoned area that hasn't been built up in that area.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Frisco Easter hunt

This morning started off like a normal Saturday. Josh had his bike ride. That was the only thing that was normal today.

My parents came over to join us at an Easter egg hunt. We headed to Frisco's egg hunt at the FC Dallas Stadium. We arrived about an hour before the hunt began. The boys wanted to go in different directions. My mom took Ethan, Josh and my dad took Preston. I got inline for the bounce house obstacle course. After awhile mom and Ethan joined me. Ten minutes before the egg hunt Ethan was two kids away from entering. He started freaking out and wanted to get to the field. Once it started, Ethan was going so fast that his eggs kept bouncing out of the basket. Apparently, Preston was doing the same thing on his field. After the egg hunt Ethan ran as fast as he could back to the bounce house line.
Then we meet up with the other mom's from the group. The boys just ran around in circles. Then it was time to go shopping for Easter outfits for the boys. I had already scooped out the stores and I knew what I liked but I needed to get my mom's blessing before I bought them. She thought they were cute, not it was time to get the outfits. We went ahead and had the boys wear the outfits out and went straight to the Easter bunny.

At this point my dad and Josh were over the mall and it was time to go. My dad had a car show he wanted to attend. Josh was over trying to wrangle the boys in public.


Friday, March 15, 2013

I just want to curlup in a hole.

My body didn't like being up so late last night. It also was dehydrated from hanging out in the saunas. However the boys wouldn't let me just crawl into a hole. We were going to have people over and I need to get the toys cleaned up. The kids seemed tired too.

Tonight, Josh invited some of his friends over for a game night. I normally play but tonight I wasn't up for games. I ended up going to bed.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

What was I thinking?

This week I've been avoiding places that we normally go to because of Spring Break. I had scheduled gymnastics for my mommy group but it was canceled this week. I figured that it needed to be replaced with something else. When I was scheduling things I got a notifications that Legoland was having a sale on their annual passes. Sure Legoland sound like the perfect replacement. Even my mom questioned my sanity about going to Legoland today. We I pulled up I questioned my sanity too. I'm so glad that we already had our annual passes because we were able to go in through the exit. The guy running the register apparently didn't want to scan our passes. He was asking to make sure we didn't want to stand in the long line to get it. I'm sure we are going skipping the "factory" tour and even the ride it dumps into.

Our friend arrived before us and wasn't able to get to the play area until almost an hour later. The place was busy but I've seen it much busier. The kids had a great time. The only time I saw Ethan was when he got hungry and come out of the play structure for lunch. After lunch he was back in the play structure and I had to pull him out to go home.

After dinner, Josh was on his own with the boys. This evening the mom's headed to the spa. A few weeks ago there was a living social deal for King Spa in Dallas. If it hadn't been for the deal we wouldn't have gone. I don't think we would go back. It was okay but there is a closer spa that apparently is much better. I haven't been to Spa Castle but the other mom that I went with had and kept apologizing about this spa. I guess I need to check out Spa Castle. We ended up not getting home till after midnight.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Something is in the air.

I don't know what was going on with the boys today.  All they wanted to do was fight. I took me three hours to get a load out of the dryer, move what was in the washer to the dryer, and get a new load started. Every three seconds they were having a melt down.

I tried reasoning, bribing, and anything else I could think of to try get them to leave each other alone. Everything failed.

It took the boys over half an hour just to put their shoes and a jacket on. I was really debating about even going to the park today with our friends. One of the other mom's canceled because her kids were misbehaving and having melt downs. Okay so it isn't just my boys today.

While we were at the park the boys were mostly okay. There were a couple of times that the boys had to spend in time out.

Today turned out to be gorgeous. When we got home I wasn't ready to just be inside. It was the perfect time to get some work done in our garden.

Then I realized that it was time to start getting ready for belly dancing class. I don't know how I was able to pull it together but I opened the door at the same time that my ride showed up.

I really kind of suck at belly dancing but I have a lot of fun doing it. I guess that is all that matters.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring Break Day 2

I was going to do lessons this morning but by the time the boys finished their online work it was time to run out the door. We were meeting some friends at the movies. I wasn't even sure what movie we were going to see.

Turns out we went to Escape from Planet Earth. I know that I had seen previews for it but not that they stuck with me. I was a little worried if the boys would actually watch or just mess around. Turns out they loved the movie. It was really funny. There was a lot of humor that t he kids didn't get. I was shocked that we almost weren't able to find a set. We ended up being down in front.

Afterwards, all the kids wanted to play with each other. We were letting them run around but decided that we needed to go somewhere. I volunteered our home. Since all we have had was popcorn, I had a feeling that everyone would be hungry sooner than later. On the way I picked up some pizza. I figured a couple hot and ready pizzas from Little Ceaser's would be perfect. Turns out everyone in Frisco had the same idea because they were out and there was a line when we arrived. I'm starting to think I'm ready for everyone else to return to school. I'm not used to dealing with people being out when I am. When I got home the front yard was full of kids waiting for me to arrive. I felt bad that I didn't have a chance to pick up the house. Then again it didn't really matter because toys ended up everywhere.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring Break!!

Today we stayed home. The boys were excited that we had a day at home. I figured our regular haunts were going to be crazy busy today. We started the day off with making Alien Slime. It was a kit that I got at Micheals. It was actually a drink but the boys were too grossed out to drink it. Then we played a science game. Ethan surprised me with knowing several of the answers. Then it was on to normal mommy school. I think it is funny we have been too busy running around to have school and we spent the first day of spring break doing school.

Apparently the kids really missed doing lessons. I really need to start doing school more regularly. Ethan has been acting out lately and I think not doing school might be the reason why.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Darn you time change!!

All week we have been trying to get the kids adjusted for the time change. Maybe I should have used some of my own advice for myself. Oh well.

This morning Josh and I kept confusing ourselves about what time it was. We ended up just messing up and ended up getting to my parent's home late. I think all of our clocks are correct now.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Ready for the time change.

Ugh!  I can't believe that tonight we are losing an hour. At least I realized it before tonight. We were able to step the kids bedtime earlier fifteen minutes at a time. Today they actually were in bed an hour before their "normal" bedtime. If I'm smart enough to go to bed and hour early myself things might be okay in the morning. Now I have to spend next week getting Preston to go to be at least thirty minutes earlier.

Today was crazy busy. Josh had his morning bike ride but he decided it was to cold and decided to do the stationary bike in the warm house. Then it was off to a birthday party. I felt bad we could only stay for an hour. The kids were having a great time. I really hated making them leave but Ethan had Cirque class today. I would have him skip but he is going to miss next week.

Then it was off to pick Korri up from the airport. I blanked and was taking her to our house. I didn't even realize till I was almost home. There was some back tracking we ended up not getting home till almost 5:00. It was a long day everyone seemed to have fun and a great time.

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Relatively Quite Day

Oh my goodness the boys have been so cranky lately. When they were sick I could justify it but there isn't anything wrong and they are still being whinny and cranky. We have been having them go to bed a few minutes earlier each night and making sure they are up a little earlier each morning. Hopefully once the time change happens their bodies will be adjusted.

Today's adventure was we headed to the Sci-tech center. We arrived after story time had already started. The kids said they weren't interested in going to hear the story or doing the project. Okay that is fine. There are a million other things to do. Once story time was over and everyone was walking out Ethan kept trying to go in and was asking about story time. Really??? Five minutes ago wild horse couldn't drag you in there. He was so sweet when he told the teacher that he was sorry he missed story time.

We were suppose to go to another meet up but everyone else had already canceled and the boys were just over the day.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A lovely day.

Just joking about slowing down. I would love to slow down but there are so many great opportunities. My boys are so interested in so many different things. Then again it doesn't help when I forget to put things on my calendar and get a friendly text message reminder from a family member. Oh well best laid plans right?

Most of all lately my boys have been cracking me up. Preston doesn't speak much but when he does he has great comic timing. To bad it takes him about ten times of repeating it before we understand what he is saying. Ethan  will do things like bug me for things like the new fish nuggets happy meal at McDonalds. Then won't eat it. Finally he will take a bite and say "Huh, it doesn't taste as bad as it looks." Then just a minute later he announces that maybe they are as bad as they look.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Slowing things down.

This morning we headed to story time and on of the mom's house's that is in our group. It was the first time for me to meet this mom. She was really sweet and has an adorable little girl.

The rest of the day we were at home. It was nice not to be running ragged. I think our super busy schedule is really getting to the boys, especially Ethan. I think I'm going to start saying no to things. We really do need to get some school in and just some fun with the boys toys.

I think the boys really love Wednesday nights. Because they get dad's attention. I go to belly dance class. Oh my goodness it really has been kicking my butt. When I get home I'm sore. My friend was saying she was having problems getting this one move down. I told her she had it. Her response was that it just didn't feel natural. My response was nothing we do in this class is natural. I think if we had grown up doing this type of dance it wouldn't be a big deal. However, in our thirties just starting out. Our bodies are popping and cracking in ways that just aren't right.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

It's official!!

Preston is starting school! Yes my three year old is officially enrolled into public school. He is going to start being picked up by a school bus and everything. I was having a problem during the meeting when we were discussing everything. He is only going to class a couple of days a week for less than two hours.

While Josh and I were getting Preston enrolled, my mom was watching the boys. Our original plan was to spend the rest of the day playing. My mom ended up having a play date yesterday and she is going to take a couple of people to the doctors this week. She decided that she might need to make an appearance at work a little bit this week.

I here I was without anything planned. Then I started texting to see if any of the moms were free. Turns out Ethan's best friend and little sister were. I wouldn't tell the boys what we were going to do. They kept trying to guess all the way to the playground. They didn't figure it out till they saw Ms. Nicole. They were excited. Ethan's best friend was at the car door as soon as I got out. He was so cute because, He was saying, "Ethan, Preston give me a hug it has been so long since we've seen each other." Of course my boys were just as dramatic. It was just a moment of uber cuteness. Then Preston had to run over and give his girlfriend a hug too.

One thing that the other kid's mom and I weren't expecting was how COLD it was today. Seriously, it was eighty degrees yesterday. The play date didn't last too long but it was long enough for my boys.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Who am I???

I'm turning into one of "those" people. You know the hippie, dirty, living off the grid people. Okay not really. Just we are homeschooling, starting a garden, and today Josh and I were discussing starting to compose.

What is wrong with me???

Josh reminded me that most of this is because of how cheap I am. Okay, I can live with that! Woo hoo, I'm not turning into a hippie.

Friday, March 1, 2013

We are lame

Today was actually a pretty calm day for us. We went to Sci-Tech center for a couple of hours. Then came home for lunch and naps.

Tonight after dinner, we decided to have a big date night. We went to Lowes. I never realized that Lowes is a happening place on a Friday night. We needed more soil for our garden that we are starting.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The boys are going to sleep good tonight.

This morning we rushed out the door just after Josh left for work. First up I was meeting Cherie to workout and gossip. The kids went to the fun club  to play and do crafts.

Normally they don't want to leave but I had told them that right afterwards we are going to gymnastics class. Apparently, gymnastics wins over fun club. Good to know. The boys couldn't wait to leave today.

We came home long enough to change and for me to start a new load of laundry and then we were back out the door. 

The boys were so excited to be at gymnastics. Preston's teacher told me after class that he was one of the best behave kids she had today. Sweet. Ethan was a different story. His teacher had to have a come to Jesus moment and then he was good.

The kids were starting get tired but oh our day isn't over yet. I'm hosting my first event with my mom's group. Nobody actually signed up, but I figured I would show up just in case. The kids were actually playing and behaving. Josh had plans this evening. Okay Dillard's was having a sale so I sent him to check it out. Then we had a Half Price book coupon that expires today so he needed to use it.

We were going to eat dinner there but Ethan decided while I was in line he needed to run off. Thankfully I was able to keep an eye on him but he knows the rules. As soon as he returned we had to leave. Then the boys started to have a melt down. That means that we aren't going to be going back for awhile.

Overall it was a great day. I'm worn out but I think the kids are even more tired. even though they will never admit it. 

An Oldie but Goody.

Today the boys and I went back to Indoor Safari Park. It has been a while since we have been there. I think it is pricey without a Groupon. Regular admission is $10 per child. They changed their pricing and took a round of miniature golf out so it is now extra. The miniature golf is something my kids really love. This is the only place that we go to that has miniature golf, I guess I need to find some more places that have golf. My kids are so strange for their age. They love golf, tennis, art, and symphonies. I just hope that is something that never changes.

We didn't get home until after one. There was a mom that has two boys the same age as my two. The kids invented some game about getting the zombies. The kids were having a great time and getting along. We didn't want to end the game but it was time to go before the melt downs started.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I suck at calendar

This morning I woke up thinking that we had a mom's group meet up at 10:30am. Even contacted the host because her kid is normally in school. I almost had her convinced the meet up was this morning. Sorry. I forgot that I wanted to take the kids to the bounce house place before my Groupon expires. I didn't remember that till we were on the way taking Ethan to Cirque class tonight and Josh asked if a different bounce place was where we had been going.

My mom returned from Chicago today. On her way home she stopped by to see the kids. Between the time she texted me to say she landed. My kids had lunch and Preston had a nap. When Preston woke up he was crying because his ear was hurting. Okay it is time to go to see the doctor. Preston was really clingy when my parents arrived just because he felt so bad.

I don't know why Ethan gets so excited when he goes see the doctor. Turns out Ethan just has a common cold. That is what I figured. Preston on the other hand has an ear infection. He is on antibiotics for the next ten days. I think this is the first time that Preston has ever had an antibiotic actually is the first time we have ever had to fill a prescription for him. Josh, Ethan, and I are all allergic to penicillin. Guess what Preston was prescribed? That is right, penicillin. I'm a little nervous about how Preston's body is going to react.  

Monday, February 25, 2013

A new a adventure.

I think all of us has a touch of the cold that Ethan has had. Thank you so much for sharing Ethan. *sigh* Saturday night both kids tried piling in our bed and nobody could get comfortable. Nobody was getting any sleep. Finally about 2:00am we kicked the kids out so we could get some shut eye. Sunday we just laid around the house. Josh got some work done. The rest of us were really useless.

Today, we had a mom's group and a new mom was going to show up. Ethan was bouncing off the walls. Turns out Cherie and her son also caught Ethan's cold. *sigh* They mentioned they weren't 100%, my kids already have the same cold so I don't have an issue it isn't like we are going to get sicker from it. The new mom declined. I would have cancelled too but the kids were too excited. This morning Ethan said, "I totally want to go bowling" Really kid? totally?? Where does he come up with this stuff?

Ethan thought bowling was the greatest thing ever. Preston just wanted to go play in the arcade.When we got back in the van Ethan asked when we are going back to the place with the animals and golf? and Going Bonkers? and the bounce house place? Seriously? You have been sick and we have been running around like crazy people and you want to add more to our schedule? You have to be kidding? Ethan looked at me and assured me that he wasn't kidding and  that he does want to go back to those places.

We really need to return to getting actual school work done. Yes, unlearning is a lot of fun and the kids are learning a lot about but I still feel that actual classroom time is also very valuable. I'm less stressed about how far behind in the curriculum we are; since we decided that Ethan is going to be in Kindergarten next school year. I still think we need to find a balance. I guess that is also going to involve me saying no. It is just so hard when I know that the boys are going to learn so much and have fun.

 Looking at our schedule I'm not sure when we are going to slow down but I'm sure it is going to happen soon. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A starry night.

Josh was amazing and let me sleep in. He missed his workout his morning.  He was afraid it would have been a crashed fest this morning. Next week, he is going to do a better job of sticking to his training schedule for his upcoming Tri.

Today Ethan had his cirque class. The teacher commented afterwards how much he has improved. I let him know that Ethan has started taking gymnastics and it seems to help develop his upper body strength.

Then it was off to Rockwall. My mom has been wanted a filing cabinet out of storage and taken over to their office. Josh and my dad kept saying how long it was going to take to make it happen. Turns out it was about an hour. That includes the time it took them to come back to the house and pick up the dolly they had forgotten. It wouldn't have taken that long.

My dad wanted to enter his car into a car show he heard about earlier in the week. On the way to the car show Josh and I stopped to pick up the Girl Scout cookies we ordered. When we arrived at the restaurant that the show was suppose to be at. My dad's car was the only vehicle there. Turns out he was a couple of weeks early. We decided to stay for dinner anyways. After dinner we headed to the star gazing event that is put on by the Texas Astrological Society. Ethan was in heaven seeing the telescopes that are taller than Josh. He was excited to learn about the stars. Some of the questions Ethan was asking I felt like silly that I didn't know the answers. I think next month I'm going to do a lot of research about astronomy so I don't feel so clueless.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Game Night!

I was suppose to go to a mom night, but Josh had other plans. One of his coworkers, friend, and game night partner announced he is retiring and moving to Mexico.  Since the announcement Josh has been acting like someone just kicked his puppy dog. Josh wanted to host another game night before the big move. Sorry mom's but my husband needs me. Originally it was suppose to be just Mark, Jen, Kathy, and Bob (the guy retiring). Okay, no stress they have seen my house mess, they know my kids. I made sure the kids had their toys put away and I did some picking up. Then Josh called on his way home tonight and told me that three more people were coming. WHAT???? I went into mad, crazy woman cleaning mode. I got a lot done but didn't get as much done as I would have liked.

The game that Bob choose was incredibly complicated and I'm not sure I ever understood how to play the game. Some how I helped win I think. Sweet. Yep, we won. Apparently it was everyone played together against the board. The game was incredibly long. We started about at 9:00pm and it didn't end till 2:00am. We only played one game during that time.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Been running to hard.

Today we took a day off. We missed gymnastics and the kids didn't even care. I think they were glad to actually be home. Truthfully I was too. Not to mention I was a little sore from belly dance class last night.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The never ending playdate.

This morning we had a 10:00 play date on the books. The kids were excited because they were going to see their friend that they said with over the weekend. Seriously, it was a whole two days since they had seen each other. Ethan's best friend and little sister were going too. Plus there was another friend. Okay the mom was more there for mom time then kid play time since her daughter just turned one and doesn't really play with the other kids.

While we were talking Cherie offered to let me borrow a coin scarf for my belly dancing class. Nicole and Ethel were curious about the class. Apparently Ethel used to do Hula classes and is looking to get back. Nicole dance till she became pregnant with her son that is the same age as Ethan. Cherie was able to talk Nicole in trying the class with me tonight. Ethel still wants to do Hula.

We ended up not leaving the play date till 3:00. I felt bad that we over stayed but the kids were having such fun and we were having a great time chatting.

In the evening, the boys thought it was fun that I was going to class. Nichole and I were like why are we going to belly dance? Oh that is right this is suppose to be fun.  I can't believe I forgot how much fun it was just a week ago. I feel silly because my body isn't used to isolating and moving the way you need to. My right side seems to work okay but my left side just doesn't want to move. Not to mention all of the popping my body is doing. One of the other ladies in the class actually commented about how much she is popping. Okay I'm not alone. When did I get old????

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Preston's evaluation

This morning Korri came over to watch Ethan while Preston and I went to his evaluation. I wasn't in the room during the evaluation. I'm glad that I had a book that Josh got me. Then I got called back. It turns out that Preston is leaving off the ends of words and doesn't say consonant blends. That was just naming pictures. She said once he started saying sentences that he dropped even more sounds. He is being accepted into the speech class it meets twice a week for an hour and half. Josh and I have a meeting that we need to attend that his goals for the year will be set. We will also get Preston enrolled. It is kind of funny Preston is going to be enrolled in school before Ethan. It looks like the only opening is in the afternoon. I guess it is good that he is starting to phase out of afternoon naps.

Then when we got home, Korri and I got to hang out while the kids played. It was nice to not rush around all day like yesterday.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Doubled booked.

My kids are troupers. Today we have a full schedule. First up was going to preschool at the sci-tech center. Ethan decided when we pulled up that he didn't want to go. Really we are running late and now you are having a tantrum. Just because he has been going hard for the past week and was up late last night. We don't have time for this. Even when we were walking into the building he wasn't happy. Until they did their first science experiment. Then Ethan was glad and stopped whining and started participating. Preston was excited the entire time. It is great they did chemical reactions, learned about smell, and that a heart is a muscle and how it keeps the blood moving in your body.

Then we were off to gymnastics. When we got there I realized that I had forgotten to bring work out clothes for the boys. Oops. The boys were to excited about gymnastics for me to say sorry guys you can't do it because I suck. I sent them in with their jeans and long sleeve shirts on. Thank goodness they haven't been the only ones to show up in jeans. I hope that I don't make this mistake again.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Our Date NIGHT!!

This morning Josh had his bike ride with his tri-team. I started my morning off with three boys. Thank goodness my boys were so worn out they barely wiggled. When the other boy's parents came to pick him up they asked if he actually slept or kept my kids up. He was to excited watching the fish light that Ethan has. I told him that if he didn't lay down the fishes would have to go to sleep. I think he was to afraid to move or make noise. Every time I checked on him he was just laying there watching the fish. Josh had crash on the couch. I sent him up to sleep on the floor in the boys room. I don't know what it is but Josh's snoring can knock anyone out. Less than five minutes later our guest was sound a sleep.

I hope my boys behave tonight while they are at Cherie's house.

I'm excited about not having to rush our Valentine's date tonight. We belong to a wine club and silly me keep forgetting to have them deliver the wine. We figured tonight would be a great night to pick it up. Then we had dinner in downtown McKinney. It was really yummy. Then we figured we would go to a R rated movie. It didn't matter if it was good or not. We knew that kids wouldn't be there and that is all that mattered. However, the next round of movies didn't start for another hour and half or later. Ugh. Okay Redbox here we come. Ugh. We didn't find anything in three different Redboxes. Okay On Demand please don't fail me. It sucked that we were home by 8:00. Really?? So much for our big exciting date night.

Friday, February 15, 2013

I'm tired.

I really need to rethink our schedule. Lately I'm lucky if we do a day of formal lessons a week. Today was another unschooling day. I actual feel okay about this one because we meet up with Cherie and her son and listened to story time at the Sci-Tech center. Their story time has really exploded over that last month. It wasn't even a year ago that there were many times that my boys would be the only ones there for story time. Today they had standing room only. After the story and project we hung out for a couple of hours. The employees were nice enough to let us know that about 90 fourth graders were going to show up at noon. We left just as the buses were pulling up.

It is such a shame that we don't get an use of our membership. We are going to be their on Monday for their science preschool program.

I think the boys were a little disappointed that we didn't have lunch with Cherie's son but they are about to spend a LOT of time with him. Last year Josh and I learned that we like going out right after Valentine's day. Cherie and her husband feel the same way. They had dinner reservations for tonight. Their son is spending the night tonight and tomorrow my boys are going to spend the night with them.

The boys seemed to have a lot of fun. Ethan wanted to take his friend room by room and show off his toys. I think their friend was a little over whelmed. Then he saw the monster trucks and life was good. After dinner we watched cars and played with the cars. Till it was time for bed.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Can Summer please wait till after Easter???

I've heard people complain about Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year but it doesn't have anything on Summer.

This weekend is the Summer Camp Fair for Dallas/ Fort Worth area. I have a love hate relationship with this fair because I'm always over whelmed with the different types of camps that are offered. We have a lot planned this weekend. I know shocking for this family on the go. I figured I would go ahead and just start to look at the different camps. I can't believe some of them are already sold out!! Are you kidding me???? Crap on a stick!

Then my mom calls and stresses me out about family that is coming down in June. Originally everyone was coming down the same week. Now because of graduation ceremonies they are coming a week apart from each other. Actually they have one night that over laps. Great. I can't believe that feel like the entire summer needs to be planned and it is only February.

Then a package from Amazon arrived! The kids new books arrived. Seriously my kids just don't have enough books. These are actually pretty special ones. They are written by Julia Cook. They teach kids how to deal with different things. The three books I bought were "My Mouth is a Volcano", "Soda Pop Head", and "Scooper". "My Mouth is a Volcano" teaches kids not to interrupt. "Soda Pop" head is about controlling anger. "Scooper" is about teaching kids about being smarter than a kidnapper. It isn't just about stranger danger because sometimes kidnappers can be people they know. The boys loved the books and kept having me read and reread them. Ethan said that he would try not to interrupt anymore. I think these books are a winner.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A lot of change is coming.

Today was Preston's speech evaluation. The ladies that were testing Preston just thought he was the cutest thing. They asked him how old he is and he said eight. He just stuck with being eight. I tired to correct him and he wasn't having it. He passed he vision and hearing test with flying colors. His speech was very muddled. They asked for him to come back and do a full speech evaluation. Knock me over with a feather. We are going to go back next week. It is going to be nice to finally be able to find out if/ when he is going to start speech.

Tonight while Ethan was in cirque class. Josh and Preston went to the mall to play. I headed out with Cherie to try a belly dancing class. It was so much fun! It was way over my head especially when they moved to the intermediate class work. I'm really excited about starting these classes. I have a feeling that I'm going to be sore in the morning. I already have several muscles in my back saying what did you do to us???

Another relaxing day.

Today I tried out a homeschooling group. The activity was gymnastics. This morning I busted butt trying to get school down before it was time to leave. The kids had other plans. When it was time to stop school and get ready to head out the only things we had covered was phonics and handwriting. I was about to head out the door when I couldn't find my keys. Oh, crap. I forgot that last night I had left them in the car. Josh had to come home from work  to unlock it. Great now I'm running late, talk about making a great first impression. Then I got a text saying that the other members were going to be late too.

Apparently, the owners of this gym home schooled their kids. That is why they have home school gymnastics twice a week. It was completely crazy when we first go there. The boys were excited about this new class. The first thirty minutes was stretching and group activities. Then they broke the kids out into smaller groups. Where they did an hour of gymnastics. The last thirty minutes was open gym. The kids loved every minute of it. They are asking to start going twice a week. I love that it is a drop in class and that we don't have to pay unless we go.

 Then I was thinking, with Ethan doing cirque class three hours a week and gymnastics for four hours, he really should be really amazing when he has his first performance.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Nothing really.

This morning, I rolled over and Preston popped up at the side of my bed and started talking to me. For a second I had a who, what, when, where moment. Apparently, Preston had been sitting on the floor next to our bed waiting for someone to wake up. Really?? You were up late yesterday and was busy all day how come you are this wake already? Then Ethan comes running in. Great. I guess my hopes for sleep in a little bit today is out the window.

The kids were pertty chill the rest of the morning. While Josh and I were busy cooking they kept themselves entertained without fighting. I was awesome. Then after lunch the kids were back to their hyper selves. My mom and I left to go shopping leaving the men to take care of the kids. We were just going to do a quick run into Bed, Bath, and Beyond. My mom needed to pick up two things. Right when we walked in they had a huge clearance section. I'm excited, because I have a nice start on my Christmas shopping for this year. We got $140 worth of toys for about $50.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Another jammed packed Saturday.

Do I really have to get up? It is Saturday!! I want to sleep in. The kids were ready to go. They wanted to go back to the pajama party. Sorry kids that party is over. *sigh* Now we are going fishing. I dragged my tired bones out of bed. Okay, Josh's threatening to pour a glass of water on my head gentle reminders to wake up might of helped my motivation to finally start moving. Thank goodness Josh had to make a million trips to the car to get it loaded up. Otherwise, I wouldn't have realized how cold and windy it was this morning. I think there was a forty degree changed from yesterday afternoon to this morning.

The Parks and Rec department released over 2,000 trout in a large pond. I figured it would be a great way to introduce the kids to fishing. You would pretty much trip over the fish. What could possibly go wrong?? Now this is my life you are talking about. Of course things were way different than what I had pictured in my head. Because of the drastic drop in temperature and the fact Josh and I didn't have a clue what we were doing the kids didn't get any fish. Than again nobody was getting any fish. There was one family that got a small one. Everyone kept coming over to look at it because they were starting to believe there weren't any fish in the pond. Thank goodness we went with another family that the couple grew up fishing. They were able to help when we had problems like the reel was just spinning and not actually coming back in. Or the lines got tangled and the reel wouldn't turn anymore. Or teaching us how to cast the line. Ethan was actually casting better than I was. Poor Preston just wanted to sit in my lap and curl up in the blanket and eating donuts. I have a feeling if we going fishing again that Preston is going to think Cherie is going to show up with more donuts.

After a couple of hours in the cold the kids wanted to go play in the playground. The only thing they had caught were what Ethan referred to as swamp monsters. Basically it was the weeds from the bottom of the pond. I do have to say there was on really impressive on that was taller than Ethan.

We headed home for lunch and to warm up a little bit before Ethan needed to go to Cirque class. We hoped that Preston would nap while Ethan was in class but that didn't happen. Josh and I needed caffeine and headed to Starbucks. The lady behind the counter asked me several times if I was sure all I needed was one shot of espresso in my drink. Thanks lady I'm sure the bags under my eyes aren't that bad. Okay maybe they are.

Then it was time for a house warming party. I wish that we could have stayed longer but I was afraid the boys were going to tear the place apart just to stay awake. Maybe tomorrow will be restful? I have a feeling it isn't going to be. Sundays never are.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Who has time for school?

Yesterday I was left to my own devices working out. I figured it would be a perfect time to really do some work on the treadmill. I know a couple lot of people that do marathons and love to run. My sister has done a couple of marathons. My husband had done one marathon, a couple of halves, and a sprint triathlon. Not to mention all of his teammates from Team in Training. Apparently, my former coworkers have all seemed to take up running too. If all of these people could do it, surely I can. Today my body told me, running isn't going to be your thing. I'm going to stick to yoga, and water aerobics!

This morning I woke up sore. Just walking around the house was killing me. I wasn't going to let a lot little soreness get me down. The sci-tech center put on Facebook that they didn't have any field trips planned this morning and they were having story time. Sweet. It is right by the library so I can swing by and drop off all of my over do books and videos. I started collecting the books and movies. The kids wanted to watch them one last time before they had to go back. Fine. Force me not to chase you guys around for an hour when I can barely move.

After they were done with the movies, I decided that we needed to read the books that I had picked up about gardening. Also the night before we went to Lowes and bought stuff to start a garden. The boys wanted to go out and start planting. I'm thinking it is still a little to early to start planting but I figured it was perfect to start getting the ground ready.

After a couple hours outside we cleaned up and had lunch. Then the boys went down for a much needed nap. I dreaded waking them up but we had things to do. First we stopped by the library to drop everything off. The boys wouldn't keep their hands to themselves so they didn't get to pick out any new movies or books. Besides we were running late. The boys had a pajama party to get to. Getting my boys to go from one location to the next is like pulling teeth. They just want to stay were they are at. Every once in a while they get excited about going somewhere but not very often. Once we get there they don't want to leave.

The boys were so excited about the pajama party. Especially that the host family had cats and dogs. The could care less about decorating the cookies or playing with their friends it was all about the animals. Till they hid finally the boys started to play with the other kids. I don't know how much long Josh and I can keep putting off getting animals.

The boys had such a great time at the party they didn't want to leave. We finally got home about 9:00pm. I was exhausted. The boys were wired. Thank goodness Josh put the kids to bed for me. Good thing they can sleep in tomorrow morning. Just joking we have a very full day and we have to get up early. Yea! They aren't going to be cranky at all.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tears were shead today.

Today started off with some hard news. One of my friends from middle school funeral was today. We did go to high school together but we just hung out with different people. My mom and her mom would talk while we played softball. You would think that I would get used to people that I went to school with dying. The hardest one was my friend that died just days after turning 16. She was on her way to her grandparent's home and was turning, hit a pot hole, and hit the gas instead of the brakes. The car flipped. She was already brain dead when care flight arrived and didn't make it to the hospital. The two other girls in the car just had a few bruises and scratches. Since then I've been to two funerals and missed the one today. I really suck at keeping in contact with people that I went to school with. I wouldn't be shocked at this point to find out more people have passed. I'm not old enough to have been to this many funeral for friends. These are just the ones off the top of my head.


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Why do I do this??

Today is first Tuesday at the Dallas Museum of Art. I had already turned down my mom's group for lunch. Before I went to bed I noticed that Ethan's best friend's mom said that she was going to be at the lunch. *sigh* Fine I'll ask the boys and let them decide. When I had just said the locations the boys were saying the museum but when I said their friends were going to lunch they wanted to go to the lunch. Okay. I guess I'll take the boys to the museum another day.

I'm actually kind of glad that we aren't going into Dallas today because the weather wasn't that great today. It was foggy and lightly sprinkling. Before we got to lunch I had to meet my friend for our bi-weekly workout. Today's adventure we headed back to the water aerobic class. I think the teacher was a little shocked to see us again. After class a couple of the other ladies were talking to us and said that the Thursday class is actually more intense. Now we are thinking about giving the Thursday class a try. However I have an appointment this week and won't be able to go.

After a quick change it was off to lunch. We ended up eating across the highway from where Josh works. Josh ended up meeting up with us. However he was late. When he finally arrived the kids were driving us nuts about going to the play center. We ran the kids downstairs. However the play center was full and we had to wait a few minutes till they could all go in together.

When got back to the table. Josh was going to jump up and say that he had to go. But one of the mom's received a phone call from her husband while we were down stairs. Josh thought about answering the phone but decided that we haven't reached that point in our friendship. Especially when the was going to say, "Sorry your wife can't come to the phone right now but she is downstairs with the kids but will be right back." Good call Josh, Good call.

We came home and the boys took naps. Then it was off to take Ethan to Cirque class. I'm actually looking forward to being home tomorrow and doing our curriculum.

Monday, February 4, 2013

A rest day!

The weekend was crazy busy. Tomorrow is going to be crazy too. I figured the boys and I could use a pajama day. The kids loved getting to play on the computer and mommy's phone. They actually did a great job of sharing.

Poor Josh I think he sprang both of his ankles during is run through the woods. Apparently the tree roots were attacking. My favorite quote from the weekend was the trees are nocturnal! During the day you could easily see the roots and other hazards but at night the runners only had their headlamps.

Race wrap up.

The day was crazy. I'm not sure where Saturday ended and Sunday began. At 12:30 am Chris and I headed back to the woods to cheer and wait for Josh and Roy to return from the twenty mile lap. Our boys came in at 1:00am. Roy was still looking strong but his running watch and phone had died after 19 hours. It was sweet seeing Chris and Roy take off for the last lap together. It was so sweet that husband and wife wanted to finish the race together.

Josh went back to Chris and Roy's hotel room and tried to sleep on the pull out couch.  I laid down on the couch, Josh took a nap in the shower for a while. All of the springs at the end off the bed were missing. I kept sliding down to the foot of the bed. When Josh finally joined me on the bed it was even worst. Neither one of us got much sleep. Josh decided to sleep in the chair and we put the couch back and I slept on it. I think I got a couple of hours of sleep. Then it was back to the woods. At least now the sun was coming up. It was a lot colder than what I was expecting. I wasn't going to miss Roy finishing his first 100 mile run. While we were waiting we were hearing the stories of the other runners. There was one guy this was the third time to run this 100 mile race but it was the first time he finished. There was a mom there with a four month old, she ran the 50 mile race. While she was running she pumped while she was running. Gee, those times I had to pump or feed in a bathroom stall don't seem so bad after all.

I wasn't sure Josh pacing Roy would make him want to do an ultra marathon or just shove it to the back burner. Josh decided that he does want to do at least the fifty mile run but he wants to do a full Iron Man first. We apparently just don't do normal.

Roy was a beast on his run. He finished his 100 miles in 26 hours and five minutes. He was hoping to finish with in 25 hours and for a while it looked like he was going to finish with in 24 hours. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

We have lost our minds.

Okay, Josh and I lost our minds a few years ago. Some might even argue that we never really had one. That isn't really up for discussion right now.

Today we ventured into a world that makes Josh's marathon's and triathlons look like child's play. Josh was actually ashamed to put on his marathon finisher's shirt. We ventured into the world of ultra-marathons. Josh had one friend run fifty miles in twelve hours. Okay it was twelve hours and four minutes and his friend is ticked about the four minutes. Seriously?? I don't think I could walk for twelve hours let alone travel fifty miles. His friend that did the fifty miles wasn't the reason we ventured in to this strange world. Josh has another friend that is doing 100 miles. Yes folk you did not miss read one hundred miles. Basically they run a twenty mile loop five times. The first three loops they have to do alone but the last forty miles they can have someone pace with them. Josh thought he would like to run twenty miles in the middle of the night. He is currently out in the middle of the woods somewhere running; while I'm in the nice hotel room blogging. Time estimations are that Josh's twenty miles will be over some time between 12:30 and 1:00am. Roy and his wife will still have another twenty miles to go. Roy's hope is to finish within twenty four hours.

Yes, Josh is going to run one lap. It is the hardest lap that I think Josh has ever had. Josh is used to running on pavement and tonight he is running on trails in the woods. It kind of cracks me up that Mr. I hate the outdoors is spending so much time outside lately.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sick day.

Just after Josh left for his swimming workout. Ethan crawled into bed with me and told me that he wasn't feeling well. Okay, I guess we are going to see the doctor today. Ethan freaked out and said no he just wanted to stay home today. Then he fell asleep. Okay that is the plan for today. I was thinking about getting the boy's hair cut but I guess that can wait for another day. I thought it was funny Ethan is playing sick so we will stay home. Then I rolled over and went back to sleep.

In the morning, the boys did their online lessons and were just lounging around. I guess we have been doing a lot this week. Apparently, Ethan isn't playing sick. He just is a little plugged up. I didn't see any reason to take Ethan to the doctor but do whatever I could do make him as comfortable as possible till he was able to go. Ethan wouldn't take his medicine, or sit on the toilet. All he wanted to do was whine. Then Preston started whining. By the time Josh got home I was about ready to climb the walls.

Thank goodness Josh is amazing and let me go take a hot shower and just chill out. Most of all get a way from the whining for a little bit.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A crazy few days.

This week has been pretty crazy. I've actually worked out twice this week. Not in just I showed up and rode the bikes for half an hour but really worked out for an hour and half. The first time my partner in crime and I did fifteen minutes on the treadmill than changed into our swimsuits for a water aerobic class. This time there were a few other people less than seventy years old and I wasn't wearing the same bathing suit as one of the little old ladies. It was a lot more fun being in the class with a friend.

On Wednesday, we headed to the Sci-Tech center. The center has been closed for the past month because they were changing out their exhibits. The boys were really excited about getting to go back and seeing all the new stuff. At one point I was talking to the lady in charge of the preschool programs. Ethan came running up to her and said that he couldn't find his mom anywhere. The Sci-Tech center is pretty much one huge room. I my eyes on Ethan and Preston was 99% of the time. The employee asked are you sure you don't know where your mom is? Ethan looked like he was about to have a panic attack. I knelled down and said are you sure. Ethan got the biggest grin on his face and gave me a huge hug. I'm glad that he went up to an employee.
We weren't at the Sci-Tech center with the mom's group. After being there for several hours we decided to head to McDonalds. Where the kids ran around for another hour and half.

Just before dinner my mom called and asked if we could run to Ikea for her. Oh, no! Anything but that! The boys were in the if they stopped moving they would fall asleep mood. Thank goodness Smallville had immediate openings for the boys. It was nice having some Josh time at the store.

On Thursday, it was back to the gym. For another hour and half work out. I used machines that I never knew existed let alone how to use them before today.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Things that mess with my head.

The book that I'm reading about homeschooling is really hitting me at my core. When I first started "homeschooling" I didn't really feel like we are homeschooling. The kids call it mommy school. I'm doing "preschool' at home. Which I didn't really felt like it qualified as homeschooling. I'm just getting my kids ready for school. Then I started doing a lot of preschool activities and things with my mom group. The questions started or the comments. How old is he? Shouldn't he be in school? Well my child is at preschool right now (with their noses in the air). Look my oldest is five, but his birthday is eight days after the cut of to start school. He already did preschool. I couldn't find a preschool that cost less than my house payment that would challenge him. 

To be honest I'm actually using a kindergarten curriculum and some days he finds it boring because he knows most of it already. Yes he is learning cursive otherwise I don't think I could get him to practice his penmanship. I don't think he is mature enough to start first grade in the fall. I think he is going to be over prepared for kindergarten. I don't think he is going to be the only one that is over prepared. I have a feeling that most the kids around here are going to be.

Right now I've been teaching Preston a four year old curriculum and will do Kindergarten with him next year. Thankfully he is so little that most people don't bat an eye when they see him. I don't think that next year I'll get the stares, questions, or comments.

In a lot of ways I don't feel like a homeschooling and that is why I haven't joined any groups. Until I started reading this book. Maybe I'm more of a homeschooling parent than I realized. I think it is a little late in the game this school year to join a group. I think next year I'll look for one.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

It started off better.

Today was so much better than yesterday. We had a relaxing morning. I realized that Ethan is tall enough to get candy out of the candy dish. Today I realized that he has been sneaking candy whenever he wants. I think that might be contributing to his behavior lately. I think the candy is going to be locked up. We are going to keep fresh fruit in his reach and other snack food that isn't just sugar.

Today, Ethan had cirque class. Josh had some things he wanted to do around the house. I took Ethan to class. I had an hour and a half to read. It was bliss. I starting reading a book about the down side of homeschooling. It was a nice to see that I'm not the only one that has struggle staying on task and the days that kids just don't want to do school. Honestly, I couldn't imagine homeschooling the boys through high school. Then again I couldn't imagine ever being a stay at home mom. I'm not going to say that it isn't something that I would never do. I've learned whenever I say I would never do x. Next thing I know that is exactly what I'm doing. Seriously when I first meet Josh I told him, if he is looking for someone to be a stay at home mom than I'm not the girl for you. Look at me now.

Then we had soup. Ethan normally loves soup but tonight the boys started whining and I felt like it was just a continuation of yesterday. I flew off the handle. After dinner Josh let me veg for a little while. Then he tagged me in during bath time. I laid down the law with the boys. Of course, five seconds later Preston threw something at Ethan. Preston had to get out of the bathtub and  go to bed. Ethan then started spelling words on the side of the bathtub with the foam letters we have. Because I felt like he was actually learning and trying to read. I had him take a reading readiness quiz and he aced it. I really think he can read but he likes being read to. I'm starting to wonder if the problem is he is afraid that if he is able to read that we will stop reading to him. We have told him that we would keep reading but I don't think he believes us.

For example, the other day I told the boys we were going to Chick-fil-a to meet the mom's group and they could play in the playground. When I pulled up Ethan told Preston, "Look Preston mom wasn't joking." Really kid? Where did you think we were going? Of course, right afterwards I told them we were going to the library. I stopped at the bank first. Preston informed me that he didn't see the library anywhere. Ugh. Why am I having Preston's speech tested? Do I really want him to talk, more?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Why am I doing this?

The kids woke up in a mood. They spent a lot of the morning in time out. They were just so loud. It continued the rest of the day.We had an early lunch and the kids had a nap. I figured after a good nap the afternoon would be calmer. Nope. They just as loud and stubborn. We started class at 9:30am and didn't finish till about 8:30pm. Thank goodness Josh let me have a small break. Once the kids and I were able to have some dinner and cool down a little. We were able to quickly finish up. Ethan was excited about doing Spanish lessons. Finally he was excited about something. He was a little disappointed that we didn't have to watch any of the Muzzy video. He did love getting to play with the finger puppets.

I think that we might need to skip ahead in math. Ethan already knows all of his numbers up past 100. The other day he was bored when we were reviewing the numbers to 18 like the lesson had us. I grabbed the cards that go up to 100. They were all out of order and Ethan was able to identify all of them. I'm going to review the lessons to make sure we don't miss anything but I have a feeling that we are going to quickly catch up and pass where we are suppose to be. I think we are going to do the same with our science lessons too. Seriously we have been doing the five sense for weeks now. Even Preston is getting bored with the curriculum.

Right now I'm reading a book about the road bumps in homeschooling. I don't really feel like we are homeschooling but at the same time I do. We are just doing preschool. Okay I'm really using a kindergarten curriculum for Ethan. That is because when he was in his original preschool, they used a three year old curriculum in the two year old class. We just continued with that trend. I'm sure when he is in school that I'll have him doing work books for the year above where he is.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A little mom time. A little less stress??

The boys cracked me up this morning. I kept trying to get the boys to leave so we could meet up with the mom's group. Today we were having morning coffee together. The boys were to busy watching My Little Pony and didn't want to leave. Seriously boys? First you have already seen this episode about a million times. Second it is My Little Ponies. Fine watch the show, but we are leaving the second it is over. Then all the sudden the boys wanted to go before the show was over. Okay? Did I just enter the twilight zone? Or am I already in it?

When I got there I realized my tablet was dead. I knew it was low so I grabbed the charger. However the cord didn't quite reach the table. Preston ended up sitting on the floor against the wall. I was able to keep an eye on him but he looked like he was in time out or something. Thank goodness one of the other moms let Preston use here tablet. I got the boys hot chocolate. Ethan downed his. Preston was so involved playing games that he forgot about his drink. After I reminded him he downed his drink too. They looked like miniature teenagers.

Tonight they were telling Josh about their adventures today. Preston said, "We went to a offie op and they didn't have any toys". Ethan really liked his coffee, it was hot chocolate flavored. 

The weather has been gorgeous the past couple of days. Today's high was in the upper 70's. I told the kids if we got through school early enough we would go on an adventure. Some how that comment got changed to We would go on a Heffalump expedition. Apparently, my boys watch way to much TV.

I guess a new resolution is to cut down the amount of TV the boys watch.

School started off really rough this morning. Once it got started things got better. Ethan is really trying hard. I'm really impressed with how much we are able to cover in a day when. He is so ready to start school. Oh I found out I have a month longer before the informational meeting about the testing to find out if Ethan is going to "skip" kindergarten or if he is going to be in kindergarten in the fall.

Going over the lesson plans between now and then I really think that Ethan is going to be more than prepared for the test. I just don't know if he is going to be socially and emotionally ready. I know how much it SUCKS being the youngest in the class. I imagine it is going to be worst being a boy. It isn't like he is big for his age. This year is the first time that he was average for height and weight. This is something that Josh and I have been on the fence since we realized that he was going to miss the cut off date for school.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Well crap!

I guess I need to clarify. Ethan loves his cirque class he just doesn't like that his arms get tired. He is doing amazing during the class. He listens and is trying his hardest. This week he didn't even play around with his "girlfriend".

Today, We didn't have a chance to do school. Okay if I had my act together we could have done a couple of hours worth but I didn't. Then it was time to meet up with the mom's group. Some of the mom's brought their kids others didn't it was a nice blend. We have another meet up tomorrow. At least this one is early and coffee is involved.

When we got home I realized that I needed to drop off the water bill. Where the water bill goes is the same building as the library. We might as well check out some books while we are there.

Once we got home Korri came over. Korri brought over some goodies. She has been working part time at Cinnabon. The location she has been at just closed today. She had been there helping with closing out the store. Ended up with some products they were just going to take to the dumpster. Like a gallon of vanilla and baking sheets. She decided that I would be a great person to pass them on to.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Getting things to work out!

The kids seem to be able to keep up with the faster pace of the lessons. This morning I meet up with a friend and we worked out for an hour. I figured the first couple of weeks after the New Year the gym would be crazy busy. It was busier than what I was expecting but it wasn't bad. I've been able to get the kids in the fun club without a problem. My friend introduced me to the yoga ball. My core is already a little sore. I'm worried about how sore I'm going to be tomorrow. The boys were excited about getting to be back in the fun club.

Once we got home the boys were wired. Seriously??? I made Ethan move from the table and use the toy box as his desk. That seemed to really help calm the boys down. Then after lunch Preston just didn't want to do his work and started to whine. Okay, I guess it is time for a nap. Instead of waiting for Preston to wake up to finish the lessons, Ethan and I continued on. I think I'm going to have to start doubling up on the science and social studies lessons too. We have been doing the five senses for two weeks so far and there is another week of it. Ethan and Preston seem to have the concept down.

Tonight Ethan had cirque class. He told me he doesn't like the class because he arms get tired. I'm glad he finally told me what he doesn't like about the class. Josh and I talked and figured out ways for Ethan to work his arms out that he doesn't notice that he is working them out. I guess we are going to be visiting parks that have a lot of climbing structures. We are going to also take Ethan swimming more. We are such mean parents.

Parents: Okay kids we are going to the park again. 
Kids: Oh, no!! Not the park.

Weekend Wrap up

The weekend was crazy busy like normal. Josh and I actually came up with a to do list that we are really working on. With cooking three times a day and the kids not a whole lot got crossed off yet. Not to mention we spent Saturday night over at my parent's home.

This week we cooked short ribs for my parents. I don't think they turned out exactly correct. The sauce was more like a soup than a sauce. Hey we are trying. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Time to FREAK OUT!

I realized the parent's meeting about skipping Kindergarten is coming up in a couple of months. I'm sure the testing is soon after. Crap we are two months behind in school and I just found a review for the testing they do and I've been focusing on writing, reading, and math. We have been covering science and social studies if we had time. I haven't even bothered with history. Turns out all of that is going to be on the test. UGH. What was I thinking. Of course those subjects are going to be on the test. Now I have to figure out how to get caught up and a head in all of these subjects. Today was the first day that I've been doubling up on lessons. I don't want to go to fast and the kids don't understand what I'm trying to teach them.

Of course the kids were in rear form because they were over tired. They went to bed late the last couple of nights and got up at their normal times. Talk about two cranky boys. Finally I had enough and made the boys take naps. They were out really quick. I knew they were tired I just didn't realize how tired they were. Hopefully tomorrow will be better, then again they were up late again tonight.

Maybe freaking out about this isn't really worth it and Ethan should just enroll in Kindergarten and we just see what happens.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A nice day.

I got a text from one of my friends seeing what the boys and I were up today. I told her to bring her kids over. I was running around like a mad woman trying to get everything picked up and put a way. Sometimes having company is the swift kick that I need to get things accomplished.

All the kids were excited to get to play together. The kids hadn't gotten to play together since before Christmas. Thank goodness it was a beautiful afternoon and the kids wanted to play outside. I absolutely adore their mother. It was nice to have so adult conversation.

After they left it was time to start getting ready for dinner. Tonight we had pork tenderloin on a bed of wilted spinach. I think this was the prettiest meal that I have made so far. The kids and I weren't that fond of the spinach but Josh loved it. The pork tenderloin turned out really yummy! The kids even ate it without fussing.

After the kids went to sleep, I headed out to mom's night out. It was a small group but it was nice.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

It has been a week.

Normally it takes us two weeks to finish a week's worth of recipes from Emeals. This time we actually finished in a week. I'm not really sure how we accomplished this but we did. We even ate all but one lunch. This week we are going to start making breakfast each morning too. UGH!! I think I'm going to officially just move into the kitchen.

The best part of all the cooking that I've been doing is I've actually lost five pounds!! Three more pounds and I'll be back to my Weight Watcher's goal weight. Ten more pounds and I'll be back to pre-Ethan weight. Fifteen pounds and I'll be back to my ideal weight. That is depressing that I'm that much over my ideal weight but it is my own fault.

The boys are starting to get more adventurous. They are starting to really give all the new food a try before they won't eat it. I think Ethan really did like tonight's meal but just wouldn't admit it.

Josh doesn't think he has actually lost any weight yet. I'm sure it is going to start falling off him soon.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Things are progressing... just slowly

I finally got a hold of the lady at the Early Childhood School. I'm so excited that I have a date for Preston's speech screening. However it isn't till next month. Ugh! I just want to be able to get our schedule nailed down. Right now I don't feel like anything is working in our favor. Than again most the classes that I want to get the boys into will accept them whenever things actually calm down.



 Today is our grocery shopping day. Tonight we decided that Josh would tackle this on his own. I don't know if this was a good thing or not. It took him over two hours tonight. I'm not even sure what all he bought.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sticking with it.

I've been busy trying to fulfill my New Year resolutions. Sorry that I haven't been posting lately. Cooking at least twice a day and of course the clean up. Then I have days like today. I can't get my boys to stop eating, and spent the entire day in the kitchen. I think the only time we weren't in the kitchen was when we played in snow that fell this morning for thirty minutes.

I've also been busy getting organized. It is more than just finding home for stuff, but also better time management, stuff organized, and out home organized. Looking at our living room today, it is hard to tell all the work Josh and I have been doing. We have been decluttering and talking about what we want our lives to look like.

As far as cooking, I'm getting a lot faster at preparing the meals. I do have to say that I have a lot more energy. I'm really excited about that.

The boys are as ornery as ever. Ethan has been asked to join the Dallas Kids Cirque Troupe. Now he has practice twice a week. He will have a couple of performances this year. We also tired to sign Ethan up for swimming but we are wait listed. UGH!!!

I've been playing phone tag with the person to get Preston tested for speech. I really want the testing done so I know what his schedule is going to look like.

I think the remodeling bug just hit Josh. He found a website with a remodeling ideas. Tonight, Josh has been going to around the house measuring things. Watch out walls, I think we have some about to come down!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Clean eating day 2

Today went so much better. Then again tonight's meal was chicken, apple, and caramelized onion Sandwiches with parsnip fries. I wasn't so sure how that was going to taste but it was really good. Ethan even ate without complaining. The prep and clean up wasn't a big deal. Of course I remember tonight that I have a really nice slicer that would have made last night's cooking endeavor a lot easier and faster.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Clean eating day 1

I started prepping the food about 5:00pm. At first I felt like a competitor on some cooking show. Step 1 peel and cube 2 sweet potatoes. Okay. I love sweet potatoes! I'm used to them being baked and cover in butter and brown sugar and maybe some marshmallows. I grabbed the first one, and noticed immediately that the sweet potato was hard.  Well this butter knife isn't going to work. I was worried about having a hard time cubing because of it being squishy. Now reality is starting to set in. I thought I was doing really well till Josh came walking in the door. All I had chopped was the two sweet potatoes and two red peppers and it is an hour later. Josh jumped in and took over. I was heading out the door to a book signing.

I was gone for over an hour. I figured that dinner would be waiting for me when I got home. Nope. Josh was still working on it when I got back home. Really? I washed up and jumped back in. In total almost three hours later Josh and I sat down for dinner. Josh fed the kids while I was gone. The food was really good. Not three hours of work good but good.

After we finished eating I looked at the kitchen and it looked like a tornado hit the place. As I was picking up, it felt like the entire place just need a serious bath.

Um, I need to get faster a chopping. I guess practice makes perfect.

Josh and I are thinking about taking some cooking classes.

I think Josh is going to take over grocery shopping.

I suck at trying to come up with balanced meals on my own. Thank goodness for emeals.com because it really takes the thinking out of dinner. Last month, Josh and I decided to change our plan from Aldi classic meals to the any store clean eating plan. We haven't started using the new meal plan because we had meals from the last plan. Then we stayed at my parent's home for ten days; I didn't see a reason to shop before we left. The past week we have been living out of our freezer. We also started doing the lunch menu also.

The clean eating menu and the lunch menu have a lot of fruit and vegetables in their recipes. We figured that we would start shopping at Sprouts. On Wednesday, Sprout has double ad day, basically their weekly ads overlap. They also have store coupons and of course the accept manufacturer coupons. My only complaint is they close at 10:00pm. That is when I normally head out for grocery shopping. We decided the whole family was going shopping. I don't know what I was thinking. It is a store that we have shopped at before but not very often. Josh and I didn't have a clue where anything is. Ethan and Preston wanted to help. I had the bright idea to divide and conquer. Josh and Ethan headed off to their section and Preston and I headed to ours. Preston was trying to help but all he could reach were the fruit and the vegetables at the bottom. I kept trying to explain that if he actually pulled one of those off, the whole pile of whatever would fall right on his head. I didn't realized but we ended up having fewer items on our side of the store. Which turned out to be a good thing. I don't think the shopping trip would have ever ended if we had the long list. At one point, I ended up with both kids. Ethan was walking and Preston was in the cart. Ethan kept trying to mess with Preston or he was trying to lay in the middle of the isle. Just because the trip ended up taking way longer and the kids are up way past their bedtime.

What really sucked was that we only got fruit, vegetables, and grains. We still needed to hit another store. Thank goodness Josh is awesome and went to the other store.

This week is going to be interesting. I'm going to be cooking with food I have never even hear of before today.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I think I'm excited!

When we bought our house, we had visions of sweet equity dancing in our heads. It looks like we are really going to start remodeling next month. I didn't realize how ready I am to start. I've been having dreams about the remodel.

I think I've mentioned before that we are going to start in the half bath. When we bought the house it had wallpaper in it that looked like a pair of blue jeans with a red bandana belt, complete with the stitching in the corners. It was something. Our original plan was to scrape the wallpaper off and paint till we could remodel. A couple of things happened. We realized the builder brought the walls in around the vanity so the builder grade would fit. Whoever put up the wallpaper did a terrible job. They didn't sand the walls completely flat. There are several indents where we couldn't get the wallpaper out. We did a terrible job scraping the wallpaper off and damaged the walls even more. That is how the half bath has sat for almost three years. We did finally put the covers back over the light switch and electrical outlets. My sister got a big kick out of the fact we had child safety covers over the exposed outlet.

Josh used to work on a remodeling crew over the summers during college. He has done a lot of the work before that we are thinking about doing. I on the other hand am completely clueless.

Our current plan is over a weekend (hopefully have my parents watch the boys) take the half bath all the way down to the studs and build it back. I have a feeling it is going to take more than just one weekend but we will see. Phase one has only taken a couple of years and that was suppose to be a quick fix.

At one point I had a contractor look at it and he wanted $10,000 to the renovations. Um, I don't think he really wanted the job. Seriously it is a half bath. We want to replace the sink, mirror, lights, fan, and toilet, and move the walls out that have nothing behind them.

We do have a new vanity and mirror that we bought on clearance back in September. We still need a toilet, faucet, fan, and a paint color. I'm thinking about tile half way up the walls but that just depends on the budget.

I would love to do the project for less than $500 but I don't think that is realistic. So far we have spent less than $200. On rough estimates the toilet, faucet, lights, and fan are going to be $370. Then there is going to be the drywall that Josh assures me is very cheep, paint, and tile (maybe).

Nope we aren't touching the floor right now. We might try to take up the floor that is in there right now and just seal the concrete. Until we decide what kind of flooring we want to do in the main area of the house.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Back to school.

When I was preparing the lessons last night for today; I realized that we haven't done school for a month. This morning the boys were saying they didn't want to do school. Sigh. I was really worried that today would be a nightmare.

The boys surprised me. Once we actually started they were all about school. Things they were struggling with before our break, they just breezed through today. It was nice how quickly they were going through the lessons. I guess the break was a good thing.

I'm super excited that the Spanish curriculum that I ordered way back when just shipped. I can't wait for it to arrived.

During our social science class we discussed responsibilities and chores. The boys were excited about taking on chores and helping around the house. Sweet. You don't have to ask me twice. Starting tomorrow morning the boys have a list of thing they have to take care of. I didn't just pull out the task list out of my butt. I actually did an internet search last night for age appropriate chores.  We will see how long it will last. Tonight they helped set and clear the table. They are excited about making their beds by themselves and folding laundry in the morning.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Doing a little better.

Ethan and I are feeling better today. We still aren't great but much better. I'm just glad that we aren't fighting for the restroom today.

Today I realized that Ethan is the messy one of the two boys. Yesterday before the kids went to bed there was hardly anything out. Ethan didn't move off the couch yesterday. Today Ethan was still lethargic in the morning. This afternoon, while Preston was napping, Ethan really perked up. In a flash the living room looked like a tornado hit. I guess he is all better.

After dinner, I've started to perk up too. My energy level still isn't where it needs to be for school tomorrow, hopefully after a good nights rest I'll be back to 100%.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Now we are dying.

About 3:00 in the morning Ethan woke up and started tossing his cookies. After he got settled down, I started tossing my cookies. Thank goodness Josh and Preston are fine. I'm thinking that Ethan and I have a touch of food poising. Ethan and I laid around most of the day. Josh took excellent care of us.

I don't think that I've ever seen Ethan so still.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Wow we live exciting lives.

Today Korri came over and picked up her Christmas presents. She was unable to make it to my parent's home on Christmas do to car problems and weather. Then we played Fluxx. I guess I should explain what Fluxx is because it isn't that popular of a card game. Basically, the rules start off as draw one card then you play one card. Sounds simple enough. While you play the rules, and ending goal keep changing.

After dinner, we headed out for an exciting Friday night. Okay it was really lame. We were out of milk, soy milk, and frozen waffles. First we headed to Braums and got shakes and milk. On the way to Braums we saw the lights in Frisco Square are still up. We decided to drive through one last time this season. Then we headed to Aldi for the rest of shopping.

As soon as I'm done blogging Josh and I are going to play a game I've never heard of before.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Oh what to do??

The boys want to do everything. They are asking to play baseball, soccer, and ice skating. Josh and I are going to have the kids take swimming. Of course there is Cirque class.

I thought that I had a perfect balance where we could fit everything in and nothing would over lap. Then I got an email and my perfect schedule went out the window. First Cirque class changed what evening that class is. That made swimming change. Then Ethan won't be able to take the soccer class that I was looking at. Then I got another email. UGH!! Now baseball is out the window. I'm nervous how Ethan is going to react to the news but I just don't want him to be over schedule and I'm trying to avoid scheduling conflicts.

All of the classes that I'm looking at for Preston seem to be during the day. I guess that is going to me an hour with Ethan do work on school. I don't know how distracting having soccer going on in the background is going to be. Then again I'm going to have Preston's speech evaluated again. His perfect little schedule could be thrown out the window too. I'm going to wait till after the evaluation before I actually sign Preston up for anything.

Not to mention trying to be active in the moms group that I'm a part of. My head is already spinning. Knowing me I'll just stress myself out and miss the deadlines for the sign ups and the kids won't be in anything.