Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The First Day of School!

Tommy and Anna were both up and dressed at 7am! We didn't have to leave until 8!
Tommy kept asking me if he could go to the car. He couldn't wait. I swear, he went to the garage about a million times. I finally turned on Spongebob to distract him. I promised the kids a yummy, but not so healthy, breakfast of doughnuts. They ate in the car on the way to McGowen to drop Tommy off.
I thought the 100% juice would help off-set the not-so-healthy food.
Anna and Tommy both picked out their outfits, and Tommy chose how his hair would be cut (I wanted it shorter, but as long as he got SOME kind of haircut, I was happy!). Anna's messenger bag is almost as big as she is! She had a great first day and loves her new teacher, but I think she's re-thinking the bag! It's a little bulky and hard to carry!

Monday, August 25, 2008


The first day of school is supposed to be fun and exciting, right? Mine was frustrating and chaotic. Tommy's PPCD class changed schools and teachers this year. I was hoping for a great change and a smooth transition. Boy, was I wrong! First of all, I didn't find out about where his class would be and who his teacher was until last Wednesday! Then, I get to school to drop him off, only to find out that I have to park, unload everyone, fight through the huge crowd of parents waiting in front of the school, and try to get Tommy to his class! His bus schedule was all messed up and they weren't sure about when he would start, so they told me to go ahead and plan on picking him up today, and if there was a change, they would let me know. They didn't. I woke Eddie up from his nap, put him in the car, and headed to McGowen to pick up Tommy. I get there and NO ONE is there where they told me they would be. I wait FOR 15 MINUTES! I finally turn off the car, go inside and TRY to find someone who knows what's going on. The aide comes out and tells me that they PUT TOMMY ON THE BUS! 15 minutes ago!!! She said, "Oh, I'm sorry for the confusion, but maybe you should have called first." ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! They told me that THEY would let me know! So, I run to the car, get Eddie back in and head home hoping to get there in time. Then, my cell phone rings. It's the bus driver, and they've been waiting outside the house for 10 minutes! I told her what happened, and she was VERY nice about it, and said she would wait for me. Tommy was fine. He had a great day at school, but he was very happy to see me, and I was relieved to see him. I almost started crying. It's so upseting when the teacher drops the ball, and even more upsetting when you don't know where your child is! I had a good talk with the bus driver and she worked everything out for me so that this won't happen again. If it does, some heads will roll.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ugh...what IS that smell?!

If you have a weak stomach, read no further. On Monday morning, I walked into Tommy's room only to walk right back out, with my nose plugged, and said "what is that smell?!" It was awful! It smelled like REALLY stinky feet, and yet it smelled so...familiar. I went back in and smelled it again. Yep. I've smelled that smell before. Rotten milk. It was overwhelming, but I couldn't find the culprit! Tommy had lost his sippy cup sometime last week, and we thought it was empty, but apparently it wasn't. I asked him and Anna if they knew where it could be, and almost immediately, Anna crawled under Eddie's crib and came out with the offending cup. Poor Eddie was sleeping with that awful stink right underneath him! I prompty stuck it in the sink, grabbed my Clorox and went to the bedroom. The cup was on its side, leaking, so the carpet was nasty. I cleaned with the Clorox to kill the smell and whatever else might be growing, and finished off with the steamer. I sniffed the air and was satisfied that it smelled much better, and left the room. I came back 2 hours later, only to have the awful smell hit me right in the face! The carpet that I had cleaned was still fresh, and stink-free, but the smell was somewhere else! I had washed all the bedding, looked in every nook and cranny for something that could cause a stink, but the room STILL stinks! I even told Anna I would pay her if she could find the source of the smell. Of course, she hopped right on the job with the thought of earning money, and sniffed every inch of carpet and even she couldn't find it! It's horrible! So, I will try again. I HAVE to find the source of the stink! My poor boys don't deserve to sleep with that smell!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Dangerous Territory

Anna has discovered the dangerous side of the internet. I know. She's only 7, and I didn't expect her to discover this side of the world wide web for many years. It happened one day last week. It was horrible. Now, she is scarred for life, and she is forever changed. The site? Sigh...why did she have to discover the horribly addicting side of the internet so soon? WHY!? She used to love to play on, Webkinz, My Little Pony, and many others. Why did she have to learn about internet shopping? I blame only myself. I should have been more careful. Now, she has branched out to other sites like! Oh, the humanity!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Anna's Birthday Party

So, here's the fabulous cake that I made for Anna. It was hot in the kitchen and it started to melt. It tasted a whole lot better than it looked, and the girls loved it!
Makayla dressed as Lilly from Hannah Montana, and working hard on her t-shirt.
Jane and Taytum working on their necklaces.
Mmmm! Pizza!
The girls got finished with their crafts in less than an hour, and it was a 3 hour party! So, they sat down and watched "Enchanted". We also had a pinata, but I forgot to take pictures! It was so hot outside! All in all, I think the party was a success.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Aquarium in July

So, we took our yearly trip to the aqurium in Fair Park. It's not the greatest aquarium by far, but the kids like it, it's cheap, and it's air-conditioned! As you can tell by the picture above, Eddie was not too happy to stay in his stroller!
What a smile! It took Tommy less than 10 minutes to see everything he wanted to see at the aquarium! Man, that kid is fast!
Anna is such a poser!
The kids love the trail that goes over the pond. They think it's a wonderful adventure and we even saw a snapping turtle!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Miracle of the egg

I'll post pictures from Anna's B-day party later, but I just wanted to share with you a little miracle that happened this week. I am a little crazy, and I have an order that I get eggs out of the carton. I get the ones in the corner first, and work my way inward. Don't know why, but that's the way that I do it, and I do it every time. Well, I baked 3 cakes, and used all my eggs. I remember looking in the carton on Sunday and grabbing the last 3 eggs, and telling Anna, "Oops, it looks like we're out of eggs, can you help remind me about that when we go to the store?" I was in a hurry, and the trash can was full, so I just left the carton in the fridge. Early Monday morning, Anna's birthday, Anna hops onto my bed and announces that she wants pancakes for breakfast. I groggily told her that I would make them while she was at the pool with Danny and Tommy. They left for the pool, and I went to start the pancakes. I was in the middle of putting all the ingredients together when I got to the part that says "1 egg." Crap. I totally forgot that we were out of eggs! Danny was gone, I had no one to run to the store for me, and my daughter was expecting pancakes when she got home. I went to the fridge, knowing full and well that there were no eggs left in the carton and looked, just to be sure. Well, there was one lone egg in the corner of the carton! Are you kidding me? Those are the eggs that I use FIRST, not last! How could that happen? Well, I have no idea how it happened, but that egg was there and I was able to make pancakes for Anna's birthday.