Mark and I - we've been busy this week, this last week before he starts preschool. To make the adjustment into his classroom just a little bit easier, we joined his class on a field trip to the apple orchard yesterday. As you can tell by his flannel lined jeans, triple layers and the mud on the slide - it was a little damp and cold, but we had fun. He does well in this type of environment - we are the kool-aid house after all. It's when we try to engage him in group activities that he's goes into arms crossed I ain't gonna do it mode.
He also realized that going on a hayride and picking pumpkins with a group isn't so bad.
I'm excited that he's going to be in such great hands. Here he is with one of the two very qualified teachers.
This morning I brought Mark to the audiologist for 8:30 am. He was due for his six month post tubes checkup, and I wanted to be sure that his hearing was on target before we work more on his speech. He's been to a speech therapist already, and he hits all the required targets for his age, but both the audiologist and the speech therapist could recognize why I had him tested, and both made mention that they felt the target was a little low for this age. Now that I know he can hear fine, I won't feel so badly about working on his sounds with him more. It's hard to insist on certain sounds if there's that doubt that he might not be hearing them differently than he's saying them.
And the pumpkin that he picked a couple photos up? It washed up nicely and worked great here for a layout photo prop, don't you think? *wink*
Creative Memories has a new Rewards Club, and I was honored to be able to play with October Exclusive Product to create the layout above.
Love a bit of themed fun to pull the Halloween pages together. I think the cardstock alphabet stickers are functional enough to go with any layout. This was Wendy decked out for her first Busy Bee's party back in 2008. The journaling tells a little bit about how the whole dressed so you're not guessed concept went over her head, but she had fun anyway.
I'm having fun catching up on a few event pages while my card table is helping out in the kitchen. I've also made a few more cards recently, some of which can be seen over here.
It's all fun.
Just picked up Brian from school. I enjoy this part of the day because it allows for one on one conversation time. Today's conversation went something like this:
Brian: So mom, there's this one boy in my class and now I know his name is Ethan, and yesterday I did go up to him on recess to say hi but he did just walk away so today I tried it again and he stayed long enough to hear my voice, and when he realized that I had a nice voice he stayed and played with me because then he knew that I was a nice kid, not like that Mathew in kindergarten class, and now we're friends!
Sneak Peek made using Technique Tuesday's October Studio AE
For those of you who might not know or recall, my work station is in my tiny kitchen. For that matter, so is my exercise bike. We do a lot of walking sideways in the house, and since we've let the newly acquired dog in, we've added lunges to our daily get from the kitchen to the living room routine.
So for me to add the card table into the already acrobatic created space, means *AHEM* Kids! (and hubby) - momma's gotta get something done. I set up the card table last evening. It will stay up for a few days. It's a huge help on my end, but it does mean that the 6 year old has to suck in his gut a little tighter at our kitchen table.
I like to think I'm creating good look back and laugh memories for my children.
As I mentioned a few posts ago - September has been one of the craziest months on record so far. Greg working overtime, mixed with more school schedules and running, doctor visits, out of town company, the list just goes on. This week alone has had my husband coming home after 9pm each night, Girls on the Run for both Wendy and I, Cub Scouts (I haven't even documented that on the blog yet), Busy Bees, Story Hour (he stayed in yesterday, but he stood. He didn't want to sit, thank you veddy much), and the normal every day stuff. And it's only Wednesday.
Today I'm going on a field trip. I woke up over an hour and a half earlier than usual to get ready, and get a few things off my list before I go.
Life is nuts. But the lists and the card table help. I should be able to come up for air in October.
For those of you who don't know, Monday is my absolutely positive favorite day of the week. I love the clean slate, fresh start. I start getting geared up for it Sunday afternoon already - wiping my dry erase board clean, making my lists...
This Monday I'm excited to bring to you a Technique Tuesday Stamp Party!
How we party as Stamping Techs, is that we each dug into our stash of Technique Tuesday stamps and what we're sharing today is what we've created with the newest stamp in our collection.
Technique Tuesday offers a wide variety of stamps, and all of their stamps are a high quality photopolymer. You can see the selection for yourself by going to the Technique Tuesday website.
The newest stamp I have in my collection is the Birthday Eye Chart. The first thing I thought of when I saw it online was, I wonder if I can turn that into a party hat? That's what I tried to play with on this card.
To enjoy the rest of our stamp party, be sure to visit the blogs of all the Stamping Techs:
We've been dog sitting this weekend. I say we, because it's a team effort. Four times a day we walk up the hill, let them out, play with them, feed them, walk them, etc.
The last time we dog sat, Wendy did the entire weekend and reaped the rewards. This weekend we are busier, so I've had to make a chart of who can do what time slots. I got the 10pm Saturday time slot.
That was last night.
So, up the hill I walked in my pajamas (I had already shredded jeans for comfort at 8pm) and jacket to let the dogs out.
We didn't walk far, just across the sidewalk to the field so they'd do their business. It's the 1 pm shift that takes them for the long walk. The 10pm shift is the let out, fill the water, wrestle with Wicket and turn out the lights shift.
So I did all that, and I went to leave, when flying across that field I had just been in with the two barking floor scrubbers was one of the two big jawed dogs from the house behind Sue's. The same house that we walk by to get to school each day and I've mentioned before. That dog was running at least 105 miles an hour. And I was stuck in the house five down from my own.
I could see my house out the front door, but suddenly I was too nervous to step out of the one I was staring out of. Now what? Sue has a very cozy couch, but I still had stuff to do at home.
The house I was dog sitting at has an inset doorway, so I couldn't see if the dog was still milling about, or if he had just been in the mood for a speed lap and zap. He's held in by one of those trusty invisible zapping fences, you see. If he runs through the fence at the front of his property, zooms through the condos where I was, he can loop around and get into his yard again from the other side. Lap and Zap. I was pretty sure that is what he was doing, but I don't know him well enough to know how many laps he does, or if he's more hesitant at the end that gets him back into the yard.
I went into the garage and opened the garage door so I could increase my sights. I didn't see him.
I debated calling home for a ride, but Greg had to wake up at 4am this morning, so he was already in bed. I forgot my cell phone, so I couldn't call my other neighbor.
I paced. I paced. And I paced about the house looking for a self defense weapon. (And Sue, just so you know, you really need to work on your selection)
Many people have said that these dogs are nice, but I'm pretty sure that I've also read that on all the news articles I've read about them too. "He was such a nice dog, he'd never done anything like that before"
They are nice, until. That's what I think. Because I think that means I'm afraid. It's that simple.
I looked through the closet and pondered the Swiffer, but ended up with the yellow handled broom from the garage instead. I forgot to bring it back this morning, so Sue - your broom is in my entryway if I forget it again this afternoon.
I then decided to grab a handful of doggy treats for my other hand. I was a bit curious which way instinct would drag me if the time should come. Throw the dog treats or poke bristles in his face. (by the way Sue, Tippy says thank you for the treats)
Emboldened, I made the dangerous five house journey back home. I spun in circles the whole way. Me in my pajama pants, my husband's jacket, broom in one hand and dog treats in the other.
I made it home safely. I have survived yet another day.
While I'm hip deep in laundry over here today, I thought I'd share an update on my laundry soap.
Remember that batch of laundry soap I made back in November of 2009 using the Duggar family recipe? Get this - I just finished that batch in August of 2011. It lasted us very close to two years. Now that's a savings!! And I'm washing for six of us.
I cheated and bought some detergent for the last month, but yesterday - I mixed another batch, so now I'm set again for the next year and a half or so. I figure it'll last me a little bit less this time since the kids are getting bigger and more involved in activities, but no matter how you break it down you can't deny the savings. And we need all the savings we can get, right?
...to keep on top of the kid's paperwork this year. Unfortunately, determination alone doesn't get it done. Because besides school, there is also a very busy always moving thing called life. Our after school schedules have been jam packed full. Because of that... The pile on the counter has grown taller daily 14 days of school in, and I'm officially sunk with it.
This morning was... mom, I need this signed! mom! book orders are due today! mom! I need that permission slip! Today!! mom! We didn't get my homework done last night!!
I need a paperwork fairy. And I'm thankful for neighbors who help walk the kids to school. All that paperwork zapped any hopes of getting dressed on time.
Last night had me and the little boys running to pick up Wendy from the library at 7:30. Once she was picked up, I decided that I was in the mood to get hot fudge sundaes from McDonalds. I didn't tell the kids this, but was curious which one would be the first to notice that we were going the wrong way to be going home.
Wendy noticed when we pulled into McDonald's driveway.
Brian? He had his head in an Uncle Scrooge comic and noticed when there was just one car left in front of us in the drive thru line. He could hardly contain himself when he happened to glance up....
WHAT?!! McDONALD'S??? I Didn't even notice that we were at McDonalds!! Are we on a Vacation???
So yesterday I called three different preschools. The first one, there was no answer so I left a long rambly true to nature message on their machine. The second preschool that our God-daughter works at was full and even the God-daughter card or the fact that I was one of those Finns they like so well couldn't get him in. There's a waiting list. The third one answered the phone and told me they had one last spot for four year olds at the school I chose.
They could reserve his seat, but I'd have to fill out the paperwork they wanted to mail me before I took him in.
I had them reserve his seat.
But then, the get this part -
when I got home from walking the kids to school this morning, I came home to a message on my answering machine from the first place I called yesterday. Funny thing was - I knew right away that it was my longtime friend Deanna K leaving a message. I had NO idea that she worked at the preschool I called.
In a nutshell, we went up and checked out the preschool that she helps run, it's very close to our home, and I feel ever so much better and in a 'it's meant to be' sort of way - and he'll go there. She has a son named Mark also, and like my Mark, her favorite color is also green. See! Meant. He'll begin the first Monday of October. *relief*
I also called this morning and switched my medication. I don't like the wooziness, I don't like the way my hand shakes like my grandma Ethel's, and I don't like that I feel as if the tendons in the back of my leg are aching. Could be my head, could be for real - I'm not sure, but I don't like it. I've heard from two people already who have suffered tendon ruptures or severe muscle aches and I'm just not up for that. I'm switching to the slower working drug whose worst side effect is stomach cramps. I'll take it.
Mark suggests that we go to the candy store to purchase his backpack.