Friday, February 29, 2008

Typical Man

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There's really nothing to all get the point.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Kindergarten Biography

Dakota's Classmates made a list of things to they like about their fantastic friend. Here is a list of his peer review. Simple, but flattering....especially the first one that says "He's good at cleaning up". WHATEVER!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I'm So Excited

I've been searching for a way to publish a record of what's On My Nightstand and I finally discovered it! I'm so freaking excited and I know it may be stupid but it really makes me happy. I'd seen several examples from other blogs but they were all using a different blog tool so I couldn't figure it out. So, I went in search of a blog, any blog, that could show me the way.

Enter: Library Thingy

And not only do they catalogue your books in a community sort of fashion, but they have a handy dandy widget that provides you with the .html you need to use it on your own blog. Holy crap, I'm off to read so I can update my Library Thingy again soon!

Good night.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Miss Kristy's Valentine's Recital

Our Little Valentine

They let us parents come in during the last 10 minutes of class. It wasn't a recital per se but they got to dance for us instead of just to the mirrors. Elle did very well and paid attention to the teacher the whole time. She was beautiful. Her brother leaned over to me part way through and said "She's doing a good job Mom". He was so proud.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Follow up to apologies.

Okay, I feel better now. They canceled soccer and I couldn't be happier. I was beginning to wonder what planet those coaches were from. I apologize for my earlier outburst.


Sorry to be so crass but seriously...Dakota is supposed to have soccer practice tonight. Am I the only one who's noticed that it's 30 degrees outside with a wind chill that makes it feel like 20 degrees? WTF? I mean, isn't it child abuse to make a kid play outside in temperatures like this? I don't even like to go outside if it's less than 60 degrees. Sigh...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

What a great day it's been already and it's only 8:35 a.m.

Jason woke the kids before he left so they could be with me when I walked into the kitchen to see the red tulips and ballon that I got for Valentine's Day. And he couldn't be a better husband...not because of the flowers and balloon but because he also thought of his children and got them each a gift for Valentine's Day. Naturally, I had already bought them something from Mom and Dad just assuming that I'd need to cover our bases. But he surprised me by showing them love with his very own gift (and some morning tickles and kisses).

I ran all over town locating a PS2 for Doc since his son accidently broke the old one. He was quite pleased as well.

Today is off to a good start. I will be attending Dakota's school Valentine's party this afternoon and I'm sure that will be entertaining as well.

Happy Heart Day everyone!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Empty Nest for the Weekend

One would think that I'd appreciate a 24-36 hour period without my children. I had high hopes of all sorts downtime and "me" time (like reading, crafting, hot baths) and in reality, this is the first time I've slowed down all weekend (minus potty breaks and sleeping). The kids were still here on Friday night but I was busy volunteering at the Women's Expo for a few hours. I made it home at a reasonable hour but Dakota had a buddy spending the night so the kids were quite satisfied entertaining themselves and not their dad and me. Saturday morning I was off to dance with Elle while Dad did drop off of the playmate and hung with Dakota. A couple of short hours later, we were shuffling them off to their grandparents so they could road trip to see their great-grandparents. Don't get me wrong...great grandparent visitation is a good thing. But I suddenly felt so alone!

We made a stop by the Indian Art's Festival to pay a visit to our friend Matt Bearden. Then Jason had to work a basketball game so instead of continuing with my lonesomeness, I loaded in the car to accompany him at the courts. I was mildly entertained for a few hours and then finally we broke free for a grown up dinner over sushi. We utterly enjoyed our time together and found some conversation about topics unrelated to our children (although they were mentioned many times as well). But guess what? My lame ass got sleepy by 9:30 p.m. ! I wasn't even up for a stop at Barnes and Nobles on the way home (which was a familiar stopping point for us pre-kids).

Anyhow, we went to church today (skipping the stop at Wee Worship), and Jason went golfing while I worked out, visited a family member at the hospital and grocery shopped. And now, we're off to Bible study and I'm still over two hours away from seeing my kids. :-(

I guess this is a testimony to the fact that no matter how much they bother me when they're present, they're so much more appreciated when they're away. I guess I should make a list of all the hobbies I'll find to fill the void when they move away from home. Thank God that won't be any time soon.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Baby Needs Shoes...not really, just sympathy orders.

WESTWOOD ELEMENTARY PTA is having a fundraiser. You can shop online! Westwood Elementary receives profit from the sale and Dakota will receive prize credits.
Seller: Dakota Doctor

Seller ID: wes1654

Thank you for your support.

ALSO AVAILABLE...Cookie Dough and miscellaneous bread and dessert mixes are also for sale via my brochure. For more information, contact my mom.
*****Note from Mom
So, I noticed that the brochure actually discourages door to door selling (picture a big circle with an line thru it like a no-smoking sign). Naturally any good parent wouldn't send their child into the neighborhood to take on the sales task by himself. But I seem to recall that it was these face to face cold calls that helped me learn my communication skills. I mean, what better way to practice casting away ones fears and teach a kid that life is full of rejection? It worked for me and I feel all the tougher for it! I think he and I will knock on a few doors when the weather permits. I'm such a rule breaker!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Valentine's Day Quandry

Valentine's Day is only 11 days away and like every year, I'm stumped on what to give. And this year, it's not only my husband's gift that has me stumped but also my son's teacher and beyond that lies the confusion of who all I should be buying for in the first place. So I'm writing this in hopes that one of you might be able to offer my some sound advice on unique or cool (and reasonably affordable) Valentine's gifts for someone besides your sweetheart.

As you all know, I'm homeroom mom for Dakota's class. Homeroom Mom gets the pleasure of coordinating a Valentine's Day party for the class. I was able to round up an appropriate amount of junk from Oriental Trading for the kids, although I'm more confused about the gift for Miss Smith. And I can't decide if I should buy his other care providers a little something...and then there's Elle's daycare provider who I adore but we don't really do Valentine's with her. Blah, Blah, Blah.
A friend of mine told me about a local lady that sells cookie boquets for only $15 which seems like a steal to me given my lack of baking skills (plus they're super cute).

As some of you know, I've become real interested and involved in making hand made greeting cards. So I thought of taking some of them and packaging them up to give away as a gift. Only my problem is that I've hardly learned how to let go of my creations. It's not that they're irreplaceable and I know that a hand made gift is utterly thoughtful, it's just that they take up so much time that I often feel like I need to hold onto them just a little bit longer.

Speaking of gifts, I have to share with you a random act of kindness that I was treated to on Thursday. I came home after work and started my standard routine of changing from work clothes, etc. I ran to mailbox to pick up the mail and was surprised to find a package from Amazon. I wasn't sure what it was because I couldn't recall a recent purchase from them. When I opened the box, I found a new book titled When Heaven Weeps by Ted Dekker. The packing slip included a gift note from my dear friend Dilene (who has been a mentor of mine in so many ways including my spiritual journey). She simply bought it and had it mailed to me as a way of telling me she misses me. How freaking sweet is that?!?! So I've decided to do the same thing for someone. And I hope that they'll pass it on. Maybe you can do it too!