Monday, March 28, 2005

Oh the torture

It is now spring break in Appleton. The kids will be home all day; all week long. I like to think of it as a preview to what summer vacation will be like. When I grew up we had no computers, sometimes no cable TV, and the oldest game system ever made. We had our bicycles but little or no spending money to go to the nearby gas station or Drive In. How boring.
Now a days kids have very little of that. My kids have their own computer, TV, Playstation 1 and 2, and Cable. They have nothing to complain about! At least I would think not, but the are kids after all.
Of course they are required to do some house work before going out side. I have some tweaking to do with the summer schedule but we will figure it out.

Friday, March 25, 2005

And Life goes on

I am listening to my 2 yr old throw a fit because he fell asleep down in the toy room and woke up by himself. He has been crying now for quite a while. His brother Reece had tried to cheer him up but he is still screaming. He is SO stubborn. He only has to walk up here and I will pick him up, but there is no reason for me to go down to get him. He is just mad. Reece hates it when he cries. He is our little cheer leader. He always wants everyone to be happy. So we are just waiting for the boy to settle down then maybe we will go get a movie or game.
We went and got a new cell phone for Duner today. His was droping calls alot and cutting in and out. We had to wait for them to activate the phone. I looked at the store while we waited and noticed they dont have alot of inventory. I read in the newspaper how the owners of this peticular company are millonaires. After thinking about it, I can see how they became millionaires. It is the "little fees' that are associated with cell phones. That is why we don't see alot of inventory in those stores.
We also went and bought Brock some new shoes. I can't believe it. He is in a size 7 1/2 now. His feet are bigger then his grandmas. That should be no suprise to me. But he is age 10. Duner wears a 10.5 and I were size 11 in womens. I am thinking that he will be bigger then both of us. My dad weres a size 12 or 13 so it might be closer to that.
OhWell, on with the war....

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Baby #4 is no more....

This morning I woke up with not so good news. We lost the baby. I went in to the Dr and they did an ultrasound. It looks like it died at 9 weeks. I was supposed to be 11 weeks along. I am actually doing pretty good. I know that God has a plan. That baby just wasn't in the plan. Everything happens for a reason. We have 3 great, healthy boys. I am very lucky that way.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Spring has Sprung

We just had our final "hopefully" winter dumping of snow before it goes for the season. It is always nicer to have the option of shoveling. With the weather warming up that means outdoor soccer season is soon underway. Reece is excited about it for now. His practices start in April and the games in May. He will have the same coach that he has had since he started and most of the same teammates. There team color will be orange this year. It is much better then the white they had last year. They will have tie dyed socks to match. This year the practices will be sunday nights at 5 pm and the games will be Tuesdays. I like that the games will be on Tuesday's that way Duner can watch. The last few years the games were on Thursdays, and that is Duners golf league night so he missed most of the games. I also have to work on Thursdays til 5pm and didn't get home til 5:30pm. It was alot of running. Hopefully he will enjoy the outside soccer. I am glad I didn't sign him up for Baseball too, with gas prices creeping up there it will be enough running around I think.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

A girl Called Rachel.

Rachel was the name of a girl who came to Brock's Birthday Party. At first she was quite but then she opened up more. She was very proud of the gift she gave Brock. She told me, Duner and Brock "That on is from me!" She wanted to him to open it right away, but we waited to open them after the bowling.
We had to give her a ride home because her mom was going to the ER for a toothache. We didn't mind at all. The party was from 3-6pm but we ran out of time to open gifts at the end Brock did it really quick, then everyone went home. We sent all the kids home with a goodie bag of various toys, like a rubix cube key chain, silly bobing eye glasses, foam flyers, gag gum,candy and fortune cookies. She lived near Duners work in some apartments. She had some older siblings who were home.
After we put away everything we got homework completed, checked for any money needed for fieldtrips and various other things, then we went to bed.
When Brock woke up the next day he had a stomach ache. As a precaution I kept him home, since Zeb was sick 2 days earlier. He stayed on the couch most of the day and didn't move, but as he started to feel better he was checking out his gifts.
Rachel's gift was a Rocket the a shot up in the air almost 5 stories. When he opened the box we found only the rocket itself without the accessories that were supposed to be included. Instead there was a coloring book (well worn) all filled in, a couple of perfectly colored pictures from another coloring book, some chocolate covered cherries, and empty crayon/colored pencil boxes. After seeing what was in the box, I am glad that we did run out of time. She was so proud of what she had done, and kids would have maybe said something not very nice about it. I told Brock not to say anything bad about her gift, since that was probably all they could afford. I am glad she came. I think it helped Brock realize how lucky he is. I think she had fun.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Do you know how hard it is to get a picture when the kids hardly ever stand still!! Posted by Hello

Brock was so excited to light the candles. Posted by Hello

All the kids from the Party. (Starting from left back is Rachel,Brandon, Greyson,Ben (Back) Reece and then Brock. Posted by Hello

Saturday, March 12, 2005

The Plight of the Sick

I work at a Doctors office. This year in Wisconsin has been peticularly bad for fever, cough and vomiting. We have sanitizers all over the office. We have them for patients and for employees. I try to use it as often as I can since ours has moisturizers in it. I hope I did Thursday or Friday. I just hate the thought of bringing my work home to the kids. Especially Zeb. He is only 2. At that age they are blessed to recover quickly but they don't realize why it is happening. I can only hope he picked up a bug by crawling around on the floor at the resturant we ate at last night.
Well don't read the rest if you have a weak stomach. Last night I woke up to Zeb throwing up right next to me where Dad normally sleeps. (Good thing he is out of town) So, at 1:45am I was changing bedding and putting it in the washing machine. I was too awake to go back to sleep. I had the bucket ready, a towel down and the TV on (for a night light) to be ready for the next time.
I tried explaining the concept of throwing up in the bucket, but that never quite sunk in. Next time he pushed the bucket away and spit up on the sheet. Luckily it was only spit. I figured that would happen so I put some not so favorite sheets on the bed.
I better go off to heal the sick....

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Ok quick update...

I was wrong. It was worse then I thought. The boys had 100 questions. That means we owe 25 dollars to the school for just Brock! I didn't realize they would be giving the kids hints. At Least for Reece we only owe 5 dollars.
And as for Reece, the poor tortured child of mine. We had taken Duner out to the airport yesterday for Baton Rouge,LA. Of Course Reece did NOT want to go with. On the drive out there he was whining about going with us. I told him if he kept whining he wouldn't go to the pizza place we were going after we dropped off Duner. He then asked "What's whining?"
Duner answered " That was what you were just doing"
Reece responed " That wasn't whining, that was a cry for help!"

Poor, Poor, Poor Child.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

I think I am in trouble

My oldest son Brock has been wanting to work on the Knowledge a thon questions lately. Which scares me since I said I would pay .25 cents per question he gets right. He has 50 questions. I had put only .5 cents on his brother since he was more willing to learn and doing so well on them. I guess even if he gets all of them right it won't be that bad. It's only $12.50. At least I know of one question he won't get right. He can't name the 7 continents. He only knows Austrailla as the one with Kangaroos. He all together forgets Europe and Asia. He likes to think of Antartica as New Zeeland. At Least that will say .25 Cents. : }

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Here we go...

I give up. I am not going to drag Reece to Soccer so I can sit there and watch all the other kids play, while Reece clings next to me. What is the point. It would make things with the boys he is afraid of worse. I believe it just gives them more of an excuse to pick on Reece. Not that they do now, but I don't want to take any chances.
It's not like he is getting off scott free. He is still grounded on Saturday/Sundays through Easter.
In other news, we are busy getting ready for Brocks 10th Birthday Party this year. He will be 10 on the 10th. So he wanted to invite some kids from school to go bowling this year. Yeah. I don't know how to score for bowling and the bowling alley we are using is one that doesn't have automatic scoring. Duner must be there to keep track for the kids.
Speaking of Duner. He will be flying out of the state on Wednesday for a couple of days to Baton Rouge, LA. He likes to go to a National Bowling tournament with some guys from a League around here. This is the first year I am not going with him. (Ha, Ha, Ha) I think it is funny. He is the type of person who tends to take the long way of things. He is not Mr. Navagation. If fact when we have taken our trips in the past I drive. He hates business. He is flying alone. Something he has NEVER done before. Not to mention a plane change in Ohio. It will be interesting. He will come back (if all goes well) on Saturday at 5pm. Luckily that is 22 hours before Brocks bowling party. I hope that is plenty of time. : ]

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Life is Good...

Well, Reece spent the weekend grounded. By Sunday night he was watching the clock so he could go to bed at 8:08pm. (I don't know why the :08 part) But he was not grounded come Monday. So since his Brother Brock went shopping for a birthday present with Aunt Sara from all the way down in Verona (near Madison), he wanted to play that game in the worst way. Brock was very excited to go shopping with Aunt Sara. He did it last year with her and Loved it! He couldn't forget it. He was hopeful that she was going to do it again. After they went shopping we had pizza at our parents house and made baby shower invites that was fun. It was good to use some paper punches and scissors I had gotten but never used.
Anyway, Come monday morning at 3:30 am I woke up to hear Reece turning on all the lights and heading down stairs to play the game he patiently waited for SO LONG (thats 24 hrs in 7 yr old terms). Needless to say I told him it was too early and he should get to bed. He waited till 4 am. I heard him trying to be as quiet as possible heading downstairs. I realized it was inevitable. He was going to be awake no matter what.
I yelled at him ' If you insist on playing just eat something first".
To which he replied ' Ok!"
For me it was a very stressful Sunday where we had a meeting about the cabin we have up north. I had email everyone with some issues that we had never discussed and a few people were not happy about it. So I expected the worst. But it went fine. Everything I said was agreed to by everyone. I just don't know why some people were mad?
Then there was Zeb. Over the weekend I had to rewrite a check to the babysitter, AKA Grandma Z, because he chewed the numbers off the bottom. And for apprx. 6 weeks we were missing our check book. I wasn't very worried. It was Zebbed. I had it last and I know I put away in the roll top desk drawer that I always do. I had just made out bills. I never take it anywhere. We knew Zeb had something to do with it we just didn't know where. Anytime we would ask him he would show us his toys. We'll he ended up putting it in some paper that I had in the file drawer in the desk. Life is good. All is well. I know eventually they always show up.