Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Saturday, March 17, 2007

I saw the Robin

Spring is finally coming. The robin made its first appearance in our yard yesterday. I am told that is the best sign that is spring is really going to be here. I am thrilled. The snow has melted, my bulbs have started popping up and the sun has found its way out again. We hit a record high of 73 on Tuesday.

I spent most of the week sick and frustrated. I lost my patience with Danny the other day and I said "please get the damn truck off of me", his response: "Its not a damn truck mommy, its a damn sticker". God bless that kid. Always finding a way to make me smile when I am down. I am finally feeling a little better. Madison made me a few Get Well cards this week. They are both so sweet.

Less than a week until Desiree arrives.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

What we have been up to...

Well mostly we have been up to Brownies. Last we was our International Thinking Day and our Badge workshop at our house. We had 9 of the Brownies over on Friday to work on Try-Its. They made all their own food that day and worked on friend scrapbooks! They were so cute. They are all 1st graders and they are really cute when they are together. They get along so well and say the funniest things. We had our Thinking Day event at our regular meeting. The girls played games from around the world and sampled foods from other countries. We finished up our cookie sale too. Everything is turned in and incentives are distributed. Thank you to all who ordered cookies from Madison. She sold 176 boxes !! She was so thrilled. She earned a bunny from Build A Bear and a Tshirt plus her badges. My house is finally down to only the cookies we ordered and I am thrilled. I will finish up my leader training for Brownies this weekend. It seems like it has been a whirlwind of Brownie activities but we are having fun. They will keep us pretty busy for a while.

I registered Danny for preschool in the fall. I can't believe my little boy will be in preschool. It doesn't even seem possible. He will turn 4 a few days before he starts though. I think he is going to love it.

I wish I could be like my children...

I wish I could be more like my children...I wish that I was able to laugh when I am happy, hug when I feel like hugging, cry when I feel like crying, smile when I feel like smiling, and yell when I feel like yelling. Kids are so pure! Why do we try to teach them to change these things about themselves?
I hope they will always be this way!!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Alarm Clock

We've had an issue all year with Madison not wanting to get up in the morning and get dressed for school. I take most of the blame for allowing it to go on too long. But I couldn't just send her to school in her pjs now could I? Last week at parent teacher conference I asked the teacher that very question. I explained the difficulty we were having and asked what she would do if I sent Madison to school in her pjs. She told me she would completely understand. Whew that was a relief!! So we put our new plan into action. We set up a sticker chart for Madison to get a sticker for every morning she gets up and gets herself dressed. She will get a small reward at the end of each chart and a trip to the Dells at the end of the school year when she completes 4 charts. We also bought her an alarm clock. I don't know why didn't I think of this earlier. Since we started last week she has gotten herself up every day and I have not had to send her to school in her pjs. Well its a small victory, but a victory none the less!!!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Another Snowy Weekend

We have been under a blizzard warning since yesterday. We have had a lot of snow but the blizzard (thankfully) has so far not emerged. We did purchase a snow blower yesterday. It will make things a lot easier!! I don't know if my back could handle too much more shoveling this year. During the break in the snow today I hit the clearance sale at Sears and got some great deals. I replaced Madison's winter coats too for less than $10.00 each. She has broken the zipper out of every jacket this year. Its so funny to see all the winter things on clearance for the end of the season when it is still snowing so hard.

I'm counting down the days too... it is less than a month until Desiree arrives!!!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Weekend Report

Well we survived our long weekend. We had Dan's niece and nephew from Thurs-Sun. I took them to Dino Days/Paleo Fest at the Burpee Natural History Museum and Discovery Center on Sat. They had a blast. The Burpee has a juvenille T-Rex on display, named Jane. She is amazing and almost complete. The kids were fascinated by her. The museum is working on a new set of dino bones: a Triceratops named Homer. We can't wait for the unveiling. There were dinosaur crafts at both museums. It was our first time at the Discovery Center and the kids fell in love with it. Our nephew said that he didn't know you were supposed to get so much exercise at a museum. They were all sweating and exhausted. It was pure heaven for Danny. On the first floor he found a construction site, complete with a crane, dump truck, building blocks, hard hats, etc. He spent about 45 minutes loading and unloading (this was Danny size). When we went upstairs he found a giant Thomas table and a huge water table. Madison was fascinated by the pretend bank that had the tube system that they use at drive throughs. Cheyenne was fascinated by the pretend grocery store. Adam loved the virtual sport games. They all were fascinated by the tornado simulator and shadow room. There was a lot of fun stuff to do. We are going to buy a year pass to the museum. I think we will get our moneys worth.
On another note we are having a heat wave-we hit 44 yesterday. It was the first time in over a month that the temp was above 40. Wooohooo!!