Monday, February 25, 2013

Messy Monday: Snowed in the Midwest


So we have another big snowstorm in progress here in Kansas City. I got some awesome Popeye arms shoveling snow last week, let me tell you! So now things are getting cancelled left and right. Scouts, gymnastics, religious education, you name it. We are gonna be snowed in. Yeah, we have food and all that stuff. My main concern is keeping everyone OCCUPIED, if you know what I mean.

The kids have plenty of toys and schoolwork and movies to watch and games and all that. So when they are happy and playing, I like to sneak off and ...

ORGANIZE.

Above is a picture that is very exciting to me. It's a box (one of like 3 FULL boxes) of kid artwork, postcards, letters and so on. I got them all organized recently into separate Banker's boxes for each kid. I have a sad reason for having done this. Since my friend's son died, I thought about how I would like easy access to any one of my kids' writings and artwork ... just in case.


Oh, and it'll be nice when they move out and you can say, "Here ya go. Here's your box of stuff. Enjoy it until it gets ruined in your future basement flood. Don't worry about me; I have everything scanned."

I also got stuff out of these boxes because it seems some mice or other creatures got into the boxes and ate some of the stuff with glue on it. And let me give you some advice, parents: don't save the crap made out of macaroni or rice. Mice love that crap and they don't realize they are also eating other important things you have saved.



Saturday, February 23, 2013

How to Handle Your Parents as Grandparents

I want to share with you an email I recently sent to my parents. I'm  hoping it helps you learn how to handle your own parents in their grandparent role. Sometimes they just need a little smackin' around, ya know. They like to attend stuff or at least know about it, and the kids love to see them, so I like to keep everyone in the know.

"Okay, troops, we have a lot of grandchildren ground to cover. You might know some of this already but I'm reiterating (look it up). ;-)

1. I am working on bidding some of the LEGO architecture sets for Michael's birthday now since there is no rush. Since it's not Xmas, they are MUCH cheaper. If you would like me to find you a set for him, please let me know. You can slip me the money under the table later. Stuff like this http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160974095865. I know you like it when I do your shopping for you. No extra fee.

2. Joel's Scout Court of Honor is [this part not included for you readers in case there are pervos amongst us]. There is some blah-dee-blah then they give out awards and badges. Joel gets his First Class and some badges. After there will be snacks and drinks.

3. FYI ... Joel gets to go to Exchange City on [no pervos allowed]! Remember that place? I got to go when I was in school so I'm glad he gets to. I have to get him to several prep classes for it, but it should be fun!

4. Friday night, April 5 at 6:30 is Joel/Callie's play in Spring Hill. A bake sale will be held for donations. It's Alice in Wonderland, then you can leave before Romeo/Juliet starts if you need to! [I left this date in because I'm in charge of play publicity ... pervos will be bounced; I have pervdar (like gaydar), so I will know you are there].

5. [Not telling you this] is Michael's bday party at 1.

6. [It's a secret] is Callie's first communion at 11; party afterward around 12:30 ... (Callie's new friend just happened to have a nice, white, long dress in her play closet that we are borrowing for a first communion dress, saving us like $50 at least! i'll need to get her a headpiece still, i'm thinking.)

I love you guys! We have a busy spring coming up, so take your vitamins, do your stretches and attend your Grandparent Boot Camp.

The Mom

Sunday, February 17, 2013

One of My Drugs


I'm quite proud of the fact that I am parenting drug-free, folks. My neighbor comments that he's surprised I'm not in the loony bin for being at home all day teaching 5 kids, especially when my husband goes out of town, but it's all good.

I have my mother's little helpers. Like chocolate. And this stuff I make with strawberries, fat free Cool Whip and sugar-free Jello powder.

And coffee.

Good coffee bought with coupons.

And half and half.

And sugar. Real sugar.

For some reason when I'm losing my mind, coffee helps. Thank God for decent coffee I can make at home!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Happy 8th Birthday to Callie!!!



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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Taking Daddy to the Airport (Wordless Wednesday)








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