I have been neglectful of my blog lately…so here is a little picture drawn by The Girl. She was teaching my son and I about science. What do you think the topic was?
For my daughter’s 9th birthday, we decided to take her to her first concert, Maroon 5. We figured out pretty quickly that she was not going to be one of those screaming, crying, star struck girls…
Not only did she not scream like a love struck little girl when she saw Adam or heard her favorite song… she made this comment…
“Those girls obviously are not here to hear the music, because they cannot hear any of it, because they are screaming so loud!”
Seriously, is she an 8-year-old girl or a grumpy old man?
I really had to work to even get her to sway a little to the music (which is funny, because I don’t dance). I hate to admit this, but she may be a little too much like me or her dad (who refused to raise his arms and sway to the music, even when Adam asked us to do it).
Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter (because it is still technically Easter in my part of the world)! Of course, if you don’t celebrate Easter then I hope you had a great Sunday (and/or Walking Dead finale day)! I don’t want to leave anyone out!
Our Sunday was a nice one, but not without our usual surprises. We were late to church (which is not a surprise), then somehow I messed up our reservations (again, not a surprise)… but just like everything in life, just because things did not turn out as planned, it did not mean that the day was ruined. Although, it did get a little iffy there when my husband‘s blood pressure began to rise.
There was a restaurant nearby, Conch Republic Rocketts, that was able to give us a table immediately. We had a really wonderful brunch with really tasty food! By the way, they had real Key Lime Pie! My favorite! The kids loved there baskets from the easter bunny (even though that stupid rabbit forgot the batteries for the Furby) and their grandparents (which included a real pineapple and deviled eggs and matching quilted placemats). After we got home, it was time to be lazy and I loved it!
Another wonderful family holiday is over and I am enjoying the peace… until the dentist appointments tomorrow. I am thinking I will need another piece of that Key Lime Pie after their appointments.
Today, I got my first taste of what it may be like when my daughter hits the tween/teen years.
The Girl: [crying] I don’t want “The Boy Next Door” to come over anymore.
The Girl: He told “The Other Boy” that I liked him. [melodramatic pause] He (Other Boy) came up to me and asked me if I liked him because “The Boy Next Door” told him I did.
Me: Well, then you all you had to say was ‘Yeah, I like you. You’re a great friend.’
The Girl: Moooom! That is not the point. [stomps foot] You just don’t understand. “Boy Next Door” should not have said I liked him. He lied.
Me: No, he did not lie. You do like him, don’t you?
The Girl: Yeah, as a friend.
Me: Then, that is what you say.
The Girl: Well, that is not what he meant. He (the Boy Next Door) should just not come over anymore if he is going to say stuff about me to people.
Me: Well, that is probably not going to happen so I would just stick the friend thing. It will be fine. Kids your age don’t have good memories unless it has to do with something your parents were supposed to do for you. Want a piece of candy?
The Girl: Yeah. [then leaves to play Minecraft and forgets about it… For now]
Hopefully, the candy redirection/bribery thing will work just as well when she gets older.
Yes…. I am that evil. Bad news is that I have only just begun. [Insert Evil laugh here]
I joined my daughter on her field trip to see a a dancing showcase at a local college. The dancers did a really good job and I enjoyed it for all the wrong reasons.
What I realized is that I just do not understand the whole modern dance thing. I can understand the whole draw to ballet (although I personally would rather have my eyes gouged out than watch it). Tap dancing is kind of fun to watch. I have to admit I have seen quite a few Dancing with the Stars episodes, and so I guess I have to admit that ballroom dancing can be fun to watch. Modern dance… It seemed like a whole lot of arm waving, running, and laying on the ground.
With that said, the production was visually beautiful at times. At other times, my mental commentary was just too distracting to be moved by the dance. For instance, during one dance, I kept narrating the action in my head so that I saw a story of a guy trying to tie his shoe and the girl trying to keep him from tying it.
Another dance just screamed “Ode to Menstruation” to me. It featured a dancer in a white dress with red detailing who looked pained as she wrestled with a big red cloth. I really do hope that was not what the dance was about, and I have a sneaky feeling that it had a much deeper meaning (which I obviously did not see). My daughter thought the dance was about a strange vampire which was probably what it was about.
I am sure some of you are reading this and are thinking she is really brave for sharing how uncouth and uncultured she is. I just hope that this confession will help someone else who finds themselves at a modern dance production and is thinking “What are they doing?” I don’t want them to feel like they are the only one that does not get it. It is a public service I am willing to give.
I thought I would share this video, just in case you are reading this and have not been exposed to modern dance (like me before going on this field trip). This is not the production I saw, but it will give you an idea of what I am talking about.
You can see why I was so impressed by how the dancers could run, do push ups, roll around on the ground, and impersonate seizures so gracefully. Grace has never been my middle name. It also reminded me why I never made it through a year of ballet as a child. That kind of grace is inherited and I did not get any of it!
The thing is that she does not have a lot of people to text and so she has been texting me (usually when she is supposed to be sleeping). Texting with an 8-year-old girl is definitely interesting and it has also been a little scary…
Hmm. I should be worried, shouldn’t I?
So yesterday was President’s Day and the whole family had the day off. We could have done something fun as a family (like go skiing, thrown the football around, or go to the art museum), but we were feeling lazy so instead we all kind of did our own thing. My son and daughter went on some play dates, and I had a play date of my own (which was lunch and shopping with a friend). My husband relaxed (kind of).
The problem was that once I got back from lunch and after my daughter and I re-watched the newest “Austin and Aly” and she headed off on her play date… I found there was nothing on TV. I could have continued my quest to watch the first season of Downton Abby and get hooked on the show (like everyone else in the world and other people my age), but instead I decided that what I wanted to watch was The Wizards of Waverly Place.
I say “I”, because shortly after turning on the episode, “Wizards vs. Angels”, my son disappeared into the office to play Minecraft and that left just me (and my husband) watching the show.
So why did I not change the channel? Well, It could be that it was just because I love to see my husband roll his eyes at me (which thankfully I do love since he does it so often). I may like to torture my husband with kid shows (probably what he thinks and happens to also be a side effect that occurs with most of the shows I watch).
No, the real answer is that I think the show is kind of cute, and I may be just as excited as the kids are for the Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex episode. What am I saying, truth be told, I am probably more excited. Feel free to make fun of me. I can take it.
I am not sure if you have noticed but a lot of people are sharing what they are thankful for each day on Facebook. It is a great idea and I am thinking that I should share the things I am thankful for too (although I am not feeling very thankful to WordPress right now because when I published this post it erased the first part of it and now I have to remember what I wrote). Anyway, it is really too lofty a goal to think that I will be able to maintain a post a day, given my track record with posting lately so I will try to post 7 things I am thankful for each week.
1. I am thankful to my wonderful husband who has been with me for the last 12 years and has yet to kill me! He is a good man!
2. I am also thankful for the two kids that we have. Two wonderful loving kids who love and cherish us and each other. In fact they love each other so much that they often have to act like they would rather be only children, just so people don’t get jealous of how lucky they are. As I write this I am listening to them tell each other how much they love each other by saying “That is why I want to hit you right now,” and “Will you stop it!” Sibling love!
3.I am also thankful to my wonderful dogs who bring me lots of love and poop. A little too much poop if you ask me, but really they don’t. I suppose it is a way of sharing their love with me, but I think I would even more thankful for them if they could just show their love for me outdoors.
4. I am also thankful to my cats. They have been wonderful cats with the kids and no matter what the kids do, they have never tried to hiss or bite the kids, which is why I am still thankful for them even though Lemon, has decided that the kids bath mat is a great place to mark and after countless washings and pee treatments I finally threw it away. I am not sure what he loved or even hated about that mat, but now it is gone.
5. I am thankful for having a house and for it being warm…because it is pretty cold outside.
6. I am especially thankful that the political commercials end today. My kids are such sponges that they have learned lots about the candidates through them and have spent the last 2 weeks sharing the various ideas they have learned through the commercials with us. I am ever so thankful that I have now voted and will not have to hear about how voting for Romney will make us live in a junkyard (from some commercial he had seen).
I am also thankful to the nice people at the voting precinct for trying to stifle their giggles as my son yelled and screamed at me for voting for Romney! I know it was hard not to look our way when he was yelling “Mom! No! Why did you vote for Romney! He will hire more teachers! Erase it!” Also, I should be thankful to those working at the precinct for not throwing us out.
7. I am also thankful to my parents and my extended family! Today is my birthday and without them I would be nothing. Seriously I would really be nothing, because I would not exist.
My daughter had her first swim meet for the YMCA swim team she is on for the Fall. She had a great meet! She won four first place ribbons, which is quite an accomplishment. The other team had a lot of really fast swimmers.
So you would think she would be excited, right? Nope. I tried to get her picture with the ribbons and she did not want to take the picture! Instead she argued with me about why she should show them since they were all blue…boring blue! I did manage to grab a picture though. It is not great, but I was not going to push my luck to try and take another picture.
Although, I bet that poor lady leaving the showers probably wishes I opted to try again! I probably should not take another shot of her ribbons in the locker room, huh?