Monthly Archives: October 2014

Wrapping Up October

Anybody else feeling shocked that tomorrow is November? Every year, once it’s November I feel like I’ve been pushed down a giant icy hill and my sled is not going to stop until I crash into the new year. Hoping it’s a little bit more of a powdery season and I can enjoy things a bit more. If October was any indication, though, it looks like I’m in for a speedy ride again. In fact, as I type this, I let Finn pick one cartoon, he chose Mickey Christmas so now I’m listening to “We wish you a Merry Christmas”…like I said, barrelling down the hill…

This week in particular was crazy busy. We had something every day of the week and while I’m all about planning things and creating memories, I’m sitting here on this Halloween Friday trying to get up the energy to be excited about doing stuff with the kids tonight. We usually skip out on trick-or-treating (we do our church’s Streetfest carnival instead) but since we’re in a new neighborhood this year, we feel like we need to be a bit more intentional about getting out there. Mark said, “just our neighborhood?”, I said “just our street?” Hahaha. It’s going to be freezing out there tonight – ok, maybe not literally, but 44º and dropping to 39º and lower as soon as the sun goes down is close enough.

So I apologize for what will now be mainly a photo dump, but maybe this way I can cross something off my list and not take it with me into November!

We have two beautiful trees in the front yard. The other day the kids helped rake the leaves and then got to jump in them for a while.
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They were also the perfect backdrop for some pictures I took of Mia for her dentist’s office. They wanted photo submissions of kids missing their front teeth. Mia definitely fits the description!
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And of course, whatever sister does, brother does. According to him, he has several loose teeth as well.
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But, look how big he is…how did this happen?!
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Still my sweet, silly boy who loves funny plates for breakfast:
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Yes, that is a tomato for a nose. He ate several more noses that morning for breakfast. That kid gets his daily dose of lycopene, that’s for sure.

This week was a busy week at school. There was “lunch with a grand” and since her grandparents live too far away, Judy said she would come have lunch with her.
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We had teacher conferences. She’s doing great and exactly where she needs to be. One thing, which I knew was coming, was towards the end when she said “now, the only thing is, I wonder if she can hear me sometimes. It’s not a disrespect thing, I think she really just didn’t hear me. Do you ever think that?” My response: “constantly, since she was a toddler” Thing is she can hear conversations Mark and I whisper in the front seat of the car. Fairly confident her hearing is fine [especially since she just passed the kindergarten hearing screening] it’s the listening she struggles with 🙂 Sometimes she is just so intense on what she is doing that she doesn’t process anything else coming at her. You can see a bit of that in this picture:
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I had to tap her on her shoulder to get her to realize I was talking to her at one point. But she sure has fun while she’s hard at work!
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So, we’re all learning how we can work through that. But all in all, school is fun and great and she really is learning. We’re seeing her make progress on reading and I’m excited for the day when I can hand her a book and hear her read it for herself.

In the midst of all of that, we hit the 50 days in school mark! I feel like I need a medal just like Mia got:
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I do feel 50 days smarter. Kindergarten is a learning curve, especially for those of us doing this as first-time parents. Add in the fact that neither Mark nor I really did school in the states and you’ll understand how lost I feel sometimes.

And who said kindergarten never gets homework?
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Ha, that’s my homework – a take home project for the teacher. Not going to lie, probably enjoyed doing that more than the average person would/should.

To celebrate 50 days in school, they did a 50s day and let kids dress up and have a sock hop. Mia loved her poodle skirt (that outfit took me all over town to put together and wasn’t even her halloween costume…)
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We also had our church’s Streetfest carnival this week. According to my awesome birthday gift from my husband, I have exact proof of why I was tired the next day:
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My fitbit told me I walked over 15,000 steps, just under 7 miles that day. Add in a few heavy wooden carnival games and picking up trash after the event and that would be why my quads were yelling the next morning. So, I took both kids to school and came home and had my coffee and read in a delightfully quiet house, successfully ignoring the evidence of costume preparations strung throughout the living room (hence the hairspray right next to my coffee mug).
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And here we are, Halloween day. Mia got a special lunch today at school (Finn did here at home too, but he didn’t want his pumpkin one – he wanted elmo – so I ate a jack-o-lantern pb sandwich…)
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Our monster and elsa pumpkins that we carved a couple of weeks ago are long gone, but they were cool while they lasted.
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Now we’ll just find other ways to make today a little fun and forget that we’ll be walking up and down the street in frigid temps. I’m totally raiding the candy buckets after bedtime.

Costume pics after tonight. Stay tuned.

The Tuesday Plan

It’s Tuesday morning (a stay home day for Finn and me) and I’m sipping my coffee trying to get up the energy to get going on my giant to do list for today. So what do I do instead? I decide to blog. Seems just productive enough to make it seem that I’m not being lazy about cleaning up around here. And seeing as we’ve had severe weather since the last time I posted, seems like a good idea to go ahead and let my mom know we’re still here. Kidding, she already knew we were ok.

You would think sending one kid to school would mean I would have that much extra time. You would be wrong. Somehow, it seems like we have less time and it’s not like she has that much homework (any really…but we try some days to be good about practicing). I’ve put Finn in for an extra day at church – it’s good for him to be around other kids – and it allows me to have one morning a week where I can do whatever, without any children at all….It’s been wonderful to have a block of time to run errands, meet people or go volunteer at Mia’s school. “Make copies for 2 hours? Why yes, I would love to!” Stop calling me a nerd.

So even though it seems like our lives have a bunch packed in, we’re trying our very best to be intentional about what we do. We reserve Friday evenings for Family Fun (see Finn with his funny face pancake below), Sundays are for resting and playing (pics of our annual pumpkin patch coming soon) and Wednesdays are Mom & Dad time while the kids are at AWANA (which someday I’ll post about AWANA and how the newest Cubbie is doing…).

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Somewhere along in there the usual house stuff gets done which today is really closing in on me. I have laundry to do, non-perishable groceries to finish putting away, several piles of consignment stuff waiting to be dropped off (plus the aftermath of prepping all of that), clothes in the hallway from switching out seasons and dishes in the sink. I would take a picture but I really don’t want to have anything that reminds me of it in this state. You thought I was joking when I said I just wanted to sit and sip coffee this morning.

On top of all of that, I just added something else to my to-do list: I was pouring my coffee and noticed Mia’s snack that we I didn’t tuck in her lunch box this morning. Oh well, that will be a good excuse to go have lunch with her today. Finn’s never been and is pretty excited. Probably fairly safe to say that it will be a highlight of my day too. Miss that girl around here.

Mia teeth And she misses all her teeth. Hahahaha.

Ok, my coffee cup is empty so I guess it’s time for me to get going. Or get a refill. Probably going to need it today.