Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Even Steven

As my kids are getting older, I am finding it harder and harder to try to keep their activities even. Meow has made a ton of friends over the years at school and YMCA classes that has opened up her social calendar to a wider variety of options than J. Don't get me wrong. J has made a lot of friends at school, it just seems to be different. My biggest problem is that I seem to be friends more with moms of Meow's friends so it just makes it easier to make plans. This week has been difficult.

J finished up Safe-T-City today (I'm pretty sure he thought it was boring-
-except the one-eyed dog and getting to ride a bus) but it was still his activity that I had planned for him to do. Meow in the meantime was signed up for a theater class at the Y with two of her friends.
J felt totally slighted.
I feel terrible because I never imagined that he would have felt this way--now I know. Lots of tears this week. I really need to find some friends with 5 year old boys so that J can have some more playdates. I even offered to invite someone over for this afternoon--that wasn't what he wanted. He wants to go to someone else's house. Apparently, he's sick of me. Poor kid. Maybe next week.

I'd post the video of Meow's play that she and her group wrote...but I'm
pretty sure you wouldn't want me to :0) Ah, what we sit through for our kids! She was so cute though and very proud of herself. I'll have to start looking into more
classes like this--she loved it!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Locks of Love

Since my daughter was born, she has had a lot of hair. After her first bath at home only a couple days old, I gave her her first haircut. Unlike anything I had ever seen before--the girl had a rattail that went all the way down her back. I couldn't believe it! I took care of it with one quick snip and the rest is hair history.

This may sound crazy, but I loved that she had long hair and even more--she let me fix it! She was only a few months old sitting in her saucer and I was putting tiny little french braids in her hair. I know--what kind of mom does this to her poor little baby--me. A mom that has a daughter that has more hair than she could handle. Our babysitter one time wondered why Meow always wore her hair pulled back in a little pony, that is until the band broke and all of her crazy hair fell forward in her face for the rest of the day.

A couple of years ago, my friend Jen donated her long, beautiful hair to an organization called Locks of Love. I thought about what a great organization this was and how something so simple could really change someone's life. For the last couple years, I talked to Meow about the possibility of growing her hair long enough for the 10 inches to be cut to donate. After catching a special about LOL on HBO, Meow was hooked! She was excited about the opportunity and couldn't wait.

When the time came that her hair was long enough (about to her fanny) to cut, Meow was ecstatic! She couldn't wait until she could get it cut and show all of her friends. Me, I was a bit melancholy about the whole thing. This was my little girl that I have always known with long hair--it was like she was growing up and this was a rite of passage or something. (which I know it isn't, but humor me).

She finally cut her hair this summer. I have a video that highlights the whole experience. (which is too large of a file to load, but I'll load the section of the big cut!) She looks beautiful. I couldn't be more proud of my little girl for being so unselfish. I am finally over my worries. She's still my little girl--just with A LOT less hair. (Oh yeah, and J got some new spikes he's quite proud of!)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Festival Time

The summer is here and so is Festival Season! My kids absolutely LOVE going to parish festivals in the area--mostly because their dad loves it too. Me--I'm terrified to go and watch them get on the death traps they call rides, so I usually opt out of that adventure. This weekend, though, was our own parish's festival and my kids were SUPER excited to go play games, see their friends and ride some rides. Since my husband and I both volunteered at different times, the kids were lucky that their grandma was willing to take them around to play all of the kiddie games and even ride some of the rides with their friends. One ride sounded ridiculous--some gravity spinning thing that the kids aren't even harnessed up for--I was glad that I was busy face painting and didn't have to worry outside of that thing!

Me--I prefer the pace of the kiddie tent to the rides outside. A couple of years ago, we went to a circus put on by the Shriners (great circus--highly recommend it). Anyways, this was the first time that I saw some AWESOME face painting done by some very creative clowns. It cost an arm and a leg, so I decided that I could do it as well as they did and so I searched for ways to learn how. Luckily, a local foundation is set up for classes and such open to the public. Here is where I found Sparkles the Clown. She was great! She set me up with a beginner's kit and showed me some basic brush strokes and Voila! I've become a so-so face painter. Basically, I just enjoy doing it. I'm no where near as good as Sparkles, but I'd say I was good enough to at least fake it. Before going to the festival yesterday, I painted my kids faces. I find boys to be more difficult--or at least not as creative. J always wants some kind of super hero--this time, Batman. Meow always lets me have fun and create my own--she became a fairy, with vines and flowers and of course--GLITTER! Her face was the most requested of the day! Here are pics of their made up faces: (still figuring pictures out--they always post at the top. Hmmm...)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Memories that I Don't Want to forget...

So, part of the reason I've decided to blog about my life is that my kids are growing up WAY too fast and I don't want to forget everything. Every once in awhile, I may have an entry like this one that will just include mini-moments that I want to remember forever. Enjoy!

1. Miss Meow--she got her nickname when she first arrived at our babysitter right before she turned a year old. I was so lucky to have found WONDERFUL women that watch a few kids during the day. I'm pretty sure they are the reason why both of my kiddos are so loving and caring towards little ones. Anyways, M was immediately dubbed Meow after the first day. The moment that I don't ever want to forget...when she was little, if we asked her her name, she'd respond "Meow". I don't know why, but man it was adorable!

2. J--since learning to talk, he has had difficulty with some of his sounds. The most unforgettable sound switch is the T sound for K. No big deal, right? Unless there are kitties in the picture. I have spent many red-faced moments in the presence of J yelling for the "Titties! Where are all the titties?" "Ah, the toot (cute) titties!". Priceless.

3. This one goes along with #2--my husband and I are both allergic to cats. J picked up on this and one day ( when he was about 3) told me, "Daddy no like titties. They make him sneeze!" Come on, HILARIOUS!

4. After I had J, Meow was extremely interested in the whole breastfeeding to do. After awhile, she began breastfeeding every doll in sight. One moment that sticks out the most, my friends Danielle and Justin had a party at their house. Meow spotted a small, plastic Woody (from Toy Story) figure. Immediately, she thought he was this moment, I was so thankful that I had decided to have her wear overalls to the event. She was tugging away trying to feed poor Woody! From then on, she wore a lot of overalls!

ok, enough about "titties"

5. This one is a bit scandalous, but who would have thought that my 4 year old would be into sexting! Peaked your interest, didn't I? One of our great babysitters bought new cell phones for she and her husband. Since she is so cool, she gave her old ones to my two little ones to use as cameras. They LOVED this idea! For the first day, they took pictures of everything...and I mean EVERYTHING! The moment was near dinner time. I was setting the table and peeked out into my living room at just the right time to catch J taking a picture of his butt. I freaked! I couldn't believe that my innocent little boy had done such a thing. (Later, I heard lots of boys will be boys sighs to this story) Being the computer teacher, I know the importance of being safe online and with all technology--just did a lesson informing my students about the dangers/consequences of sexting. After I took J's phone, I decided I needed to be the responsible parent that checks all of the photos on my kid's phones. Never in a million years did I think I'd have to with a 4-year-olds fake phone camera. Luckily, he's not much of a photographer. Everything was blurry...about 50+ photos of nothing. And then, I get to the clearest picture of them all...I can't even post what it was...I'm sure you can guess! I never deleted something so fast! Now, the camera phones are "uncharged" until I'm ready for the responsibility. He's going to keep me on my toes, man!

I think that will be enough for one post...I'm sure I'll think of more for later!
Thanks for reading :0)

My first post


I have been so impressed and amused by many of my friends' blogs that I thought I'd give it a try myself! Please be patient with me until I get into the blogging groove.

A little bit about me: I'm a mom to two wonderful, crazy, munchkins-ages 5 and 6. I am a middle school computer teacher, a wife, a shopper, obsessed photo-taker, reality TV-watcher, yard work hater, picky-eater, face painter, fan of crafts and probably more, but I can't think of anything else at the moment.

Meow is my 6 1/2 year old daughter. She is a total girly-girl, but has recently informed me that she dislikes pink and princesses. I'm hoping this is a stage--I love pink AND princesses! She is compassionate and friendly. She is extremely personable and loves to sing (recently to Justin Bieber--YIKES!)

J is my always moving 5 year old. He is HILARIOUS! Almost everything he says makes you laugh. He is quite impatient. He loves sports of all kinds and could probably live in the water if I let him.

I am their biggest fan. (I think Grandma, though, may high up there, too!)

So, this is just a start. I promise they will get more exciting. (I think...) I just think I will be more likely to type here than to keep a journal. There are so many things that I don't want to forget, so I'm hoping this will be a good forum for keeping them.

Have a great night!