Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Nursery rhymes - as told by Tommy

Tommy came home from school today repeating this over and over:

Hunky Dunky sat on a wall
Hunky Dunky great fall
king horses no put Hunky Dunky together

Hunky Dunky! What a funny kid!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Anna's Tantrums

As some of you know, I've had a rough time with Anna this week. I'm trying to be sensitive to the fact that she's just not feeling well, but this morning was AWFUL!!! It began at 6:45 when Anna came into the living room and announced that she was hungry. When I asked what she wanted, she replied "corn chex." Corn Chex? We haven't had corn chex in MONTHS! I told her that we didn't have any and she just started crying and throwing a fit! She REALLY wanted corn chex! I promptly ignored her and got Tommy in the shower, and as I was getting him out, I found Anna in my room looking through my jewlery box. When I asked her what she was doing, she said that she wanted her gold and silver dollars back. Let me back up a day and tell you about yesterday. She wanted to go to the bookfair and had $4, but 2 of those dollars were her gold and silver dollars that she got from the tooth fairy. She didn't want to spend them, but she really wanted to get a book from the book fair, so I offered up a trade. I would take the gold and silver dollars and trade them for paper dollars, and she could work to earn her dollars back. She was happy, and bought her book at the book fair. Okay, fast forward to today. She accused me of STEALING her gold and silver dollars and she wanted them back RIGHT NOW! I tried to calmly remind her of our deal yesterday, but she would scream and refuse to listen! She continued to scream for 10 minutes! She was actually ON THE FLOOR kicking and screaming like a 2-year-old! Yeesh. She's almost 7-years-old for crying out loud! Eddie came in and found her highly ammusing, and Tommy was looking at her like she had just come from Mars, and he kept on asking me why she was crying. I dressed Tommy quickly and left Anna to her tantrum. It was nearly time for school and I loaded Tommy and Eddie in the car. Anna had gone to her room and was quite calm and was actually cleaning it up! ( I think she was trying to earn her money back. ) Well, I told her it was time to go, and she immediately began to cry and say that she was hungry, and she began the whole corn chex fit AGAIN. She had her chance to eat and didn't take it, so I was going to let her go to school hungry. Lunch is at 10:45, so she wouldn't be hungry for long, but the only way to get her physically out the door was to give her SOMETHING to eat. She refused everything from toaster streudels to pop tarts, so I handed her some fruit gushers and said "take it or leave it." She took it, shut up and got in the car. I have never been so happy to drop her off at school! She gets this way when she's hungry, and she just can't be reasoned with! I started reading this Love and Logic book that Mandie bought me and I think it helped a little with this morning. I didn't raise my voice a single time! I was calm, even though I wanted to scream at her, and I think the situation would have been MUCH worse if I had. Thanks Mandie!

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Older Woman

Tommy came home with this today! It's from Malorie, a 7-year old who's first grade class is accross the hall from Tommy's. He has proudly displayed it on the refrigerator!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

10 minutes in a closet

I was startled awake at 4 am by some monster wind and thunder, but it sounded a lot scarier than the storms last week. I went and turned on the TV to check the radar and see what was going on. As soon as Pete Delkus popped up on the screen, our tornado sirens went off! Pete was saying that there was major rotation aloft and a tornado could drop at any minute right over our house! Anna was in the living room in less than a minute with her blankets, and I ran and grabbed Tommy and Danny got Eddie. We went to the closet and stayed for about 10 minutes until we heard the storm dying down. Thank goodness there was no tornado! Anna was totally freaked out and Tommy was confused, so it took a good 30 minutes to get them settled. Then Eddie woke up. Yeesh. I was awake until about 5:30 AND I had to teach today! Tommy was a little traumatized by the whole experience, I think, because he talked about going into the closet all day today!
It turns out that there was actually a REAL tornado, and it hit less than 3 miles south of our house! Scary!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

No News

Danny job update: The interview panel has not been able to give its reccomendations to the Fine Arts Director, yet, so we don't know who will get a second interview. Hopefully we'll know by the end of the week. I'll let you know as soon as I know. Danny also has UIL tomorrow, so he's been really nervous this week waiting for news and preparing his band for UIL. More prayers wouldn't hurt.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Poor Baby!

Eddie has not been feeling well since yesterday. He has a low grade fever, stuffy nose, and three monster teeth coming in up top! Poor baby! He just wants to sit with me or Danny, and he really has no interest in crawling! It's so sad! He wouldn't even smile for me! It was just on Thursday that he was all over the house showing off his crawling skills to abuela!

This is one of my favorite parts of my day! He gets SO excited when I walk in his room! If his rail were a little higher, he would have pulled himself up to a standing position! What a cutie! This picture was taken on Tuesday when he was still feeling great. What a difference a couple of days makes! Hopefully he'll feel better soon, so I can see that smile more!