"The Laughter of a Child is the Light of a Home"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween costumes

Today I was on the search for Halloween costumes for the kids. Brianna said she wanted to be Dora, Jordon wanted to be a cat, and Jereme wanted to be Goop from Ben 10. After searching all the party stores I concluded the following.

1. Halloween is totally over priced

2. There is not a single modest costume for me.. unless I want to be a clown.

3. Dora's plastic costume and paper shoes are not worth $45.

4. No where sells a cat costume for kids.. unless you are 0-18 mos.

5. Jordon would actually rather be a girl for Halloween with a pink wig and leopard print staff.

6. Brianna does not like wigs and would rather be a cowboy with a gun.

7. Take your child to the bathroom several times or they will poop in their pants.

8. There are no alien costumes

9. Jordon would also like the sexy lady bug dress costume or black slip with his pink hair.

10. Brianna would like to be Diego

11. I could make all of their costumes for half the stores price and make it look 100 times more realistic.

12. If I had $20 to spend on the Homer mask I would make Joel wear it.

13. If I had to choose.. I would be the "Tacky Tourist" for Halloween... but then again can not justify spending $50 on a costume.

At the end of the day, my phone was dead (thanks to the cat who chewed through my charger), Natalie was still in her Jammies, Brianna had no underwear (trashed after the accident), Jordon still wanted the Pink hair, and we had no costumes. It was such a productive day.. however I did manage to find a mini fog machine.... but no fog solution! After some negotiating Jordon has agreed to use his superman costume and allow Brianna to wear his Flash costume..only we have to call her "Super Cape". Joel will be a Gorilla and Jereme is now undecided. I on the other hand will just be an old tired woman, I won't have to change much!

Popcorn Sales

For the past two weeks we have been working hard on selling boy scout popcorn for Jereme. We sold at Blockbuster 4 nights and knocked on some doors. Naturally we also asked family for their support. Tonight we had to have all the orders in. I was so proud of Jereme, he worked so hard and was such a persuasive and handsome salesman. His grand total of sales was $1000! The prize that he has picked is the bow and arrow, he is so excited! I also just took on the roll of his Assistant Den Leader. I am so excited to do scouts with him, and surprisingly he is too! I even get a snazzy yellow uniform shirt to go with the title.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The police

I kept telling Jordon that we don't sit or stand on the toy kitchen. He decided he wasn't going to listen. "Jordon would you like to get down, or would you like a time out" I asked. Picking up the toy phone he says" I am calling the police.... hello police... my mom is being rude!" My dad and I start laughing hysterically, to which he adds ".. and they are laughing at me.. yeah.. ok... bye.." Pop Pop asks "What did they say?" Jordon turns with attitude and says "They are coming to get you guys and take you away!"
So parents watch how you speak to your kids, if you give them options it is considered rude and you could be arrested!

Eight is the count

Yesterday I dropped Jordon off at school. I told his teacher that Jordon had hurt his foot over the weekend and has been limping for the past couple of days. I told her that if he complained about it that he could come home. About two hours into his day I got a phone call from the school nurse. I wasn't surprised at all, figuring that the phone call was due to his foot. She then informed me that "Jordon was playing on the playground and was stung by a bee... actually six bees!"
Holy Crap! My poor boy. Thoughts of allergic reactions stormed my mind and the movie "My Girl" haunted my thoghts. Joel is allergic to bees so naturally I wanted to pick him up and monitor him. On the way to the school I called the doctors and called my dad (he's a nurse) to come over and examine him. When I got to the school Jordon seemed perfectly fine. He continued to say over and over "Those bugs that bit me are just so stupid, I don't like them." I took him home and he was insistant that a bath would make him feel better. So I put him in the bath, which was nice because I could actually examine his body a little better. The official count was 4 on his right back side, 3 on his left side and one under his armpit. He must have been in the perfect position for the bees to swarm up his coat and two shirts and then sting him multiple times. Just thinking about bees up my shirt gives me the hebe jebes!! Luckily he didn't react at all and was able to go to school today. He will ocassionally complain about them itching but thank heavens it wasn't any more serious!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Natalie is One

Dear Natalie,
I can't believe how fast life passes me by. It seems like only yesterday you were born. This past year has been filled with countless memories that as your mother I could never forget. You bring a certain joy to our family that no one else could ever give. Your brothers and sisters absolutely adore you and smother you in love all the time. From your sweet kisses and gentle hugs to your high pitched laugh and enormous smile I thank god for sending you to us everyday.
You have grow so quick over the past year but here are some of your recent favorites.
You love hair.. mine especially! If it is not in your hand when it is time to sleep.. there is no sleep for you. I have been placing a strawberry shortcake doll next to your hand to try to trick you. Sometimes it works.. but most the time not.
You have discovered music and love to dance to it. So precious!
You also have discovered the phone and despite your little hands you somehow manage to pick it up, place it to your ear and mumble a few sounds.. sometimes they sound like hi and bye.
You love the little kitchen and find that the best time to go and dump out all the food is right after I have cleaned them up and vacuumed.
As soon as Daddy or Pop Pop walk in the room you will sit there and bounce up and down with your hands in the air until they pick you up.
You love love love to eat. As long as you are eating you are good to go. Anything and everything is good for you.. but peanut butter and jelly seems to be the favorite right now. You and your brother Jordon have that in common.
You decided that you don't like the crib and would rather sleep with your sister.. which seems to be just fine with her.. although she doesn't like it as much when you pull her hair.. again I place the doll in between you two.
We have a dog and a cat and you love to play with them both. You will chase Sophie the cat around and throw the ball for her. Lexi, well you just lay on her most of the time.
You love to laugh and be tickled but no one can make you laugh like your brother Jereme can. I don't know what it is.
You have almost mastered walking and won't give up. It won't be long.
Lastly, you love the tub! I always find you in the bathroom trying to get in it. When ever some one is in the shower you will stand at the door wanting to get in. If the door is ever left open we can bet that you will be soaking wet from standing there with the curtain open.
I love you so much! You are a beautiful and sweet child of God, and I am so glad that we have an eternal family.
Happy Birthday!

The big 7

Dear Jereme,
You have grown into such a sweet and handsome boy! Sadly you got sick on your birthday this year and we had to cancel your party. Most of the day you sat on the couch and I rubbed your head. I felt so bad for you. This past year you have grown more mature.
You do extremely well in school and that is important for you.
You love to draw and color. You are extremely artistic and I hope that you will continue on with it.. you have a true talent.
Your favorite things right now are Star Wars, Ben 10, Bionicles and Pokemon. You will spend hours building your own designs for Bionicles. They are quite cool!
You love being a brother and spending time with your family. Of course there are fights but tons of fun as well. As I watch you guys play it takes me back to when I was a child being crazy with my bothers and sisters. It is so much fun to watch!
You love to play baseball and you are a great team player. Your coach absolutely loved having you on his team because you listen and you are quite good.
You started taking piano lessons this year as well as swimming lessons. You love to swim and even have to have the goggles in the tub so you can swim. You are fearless.
You love your friends and are a great friend to them. Some of your friends this year are Elijah, Xavion, Murphy, Taylor, Madeline, Neo and many more. In fact when I take you to school there are always kids saying hi and bye to you. When I take your brother to his class I have several kids wave to me and whisper to the other kids " that's Jereme's mom!". I love it.
I love you so much and I am so proud of the boy you are becoming. It is because of you that our family exists today and is eternal.

Happy Birthday Bear!