Monday, February 28, 2011

D Day

Today is D day. Or E day. As in evaluation day. I've had some concerns about Crash's speech for quite some time. I've never admitted because then I'd feel like a failure. So, here I am, telling the blogosphere that my son's speech (to me) doesn't seem to be where it should be. I've scheduled an evaluation with Parents As Teachers.

Crash is able to speak. He uses a lot of words, but many of them are jumbled. I feel like I have let him down in a way. Some how, I have caused him to not be able to speak as clearly as he should be. I am not saying that Crash is slow or deficient. He's a very bright child. I haven't come across many three year olds with an imagination quite like his, well besides Tater. I'm just concerned with his speech. I have seen many cases where problems in speech have caused problems later in learning and behavior issues.

Should there be something wrong, I want to fix it as soon as possible. We shall see what the evaluation says. Wish us luck.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Revisit My 101 in 1001

I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the list I made last year. In case you aren't familiar with it the idea was to make a list of 101 goals to complete in 1001 days. I liked the idea because it gives me plenty of time to knock things off. I hate being crunched for time. It's also the main reason why so many times I fail at New Year's Resolutions.

My 101 in 1001
Start Date: January 6, 2010
End Date: October 3, 2012

All About Me
1. Lose 30-50 pounds-IN PROGRESS
2. Purchase an iPhone-COMPLETE
3. Visit the lady doc. I know TMI. Nothing going on, just haven't been in for routine service. :o)
4. Stop picking skin on feet-COMPLETE
5. Buy all of Joshua Radin's albums-COMPLETE
6. Buy an MP3 player-COMPLETE
7. Buy new mascara-COMPLETE
8. Buy one "nice" nail polish (Any recs?)-COMPLETE
9. Buy 2 perfumes (Again, any recs?)
10. Take better care of skin-IN PROGRESS
11. Get another tattoo
12. Read 50 books (0/50)-IN PROGRESS, not sure how many. Need to check.
13. Get new glasses-COMPLETE
14. Buy 6 new bras (0/6)-COMPLETE
15. Read the Bible
16. Find a church-COMPLETE
17. Attend church at least once a month (15/32)-IN PROGRESS, this won't be a problem at all.
18. Change all accounts to my married name-STILL HAVE ONE TO GO :O)
19. Be more organized
20. Stay up until midnight on NYE at least once in 1001 days-COMPLETE

Hobbies
21. Strip table in garage-COMPLETE
22. Paint table in garage
23. Paint picture frames-COMPLETE
24. Learn how to sew
25. Crochet a blanket-IN PROGRESS
26. Make a camera strap cover-HAD MOM MAKE, COMPLETE
27. Attend at least 2 photography classes (1/2)
28. Take more photos
29. Organize photos better
30. Buy an external hard drive
31. Make a quilt of each of the kids (0/3)
32. Paint 5 paintings (0/5)
33. Make coasters-COMPLETE
34. Start a veggie garden-COMPLETE
35. Start an herb garden-COMPLETE
36. Start a flower garden
37. Dry my own herbs-COMPLETE
38. Can my pasta sauce
39. Can my salsa
40. Make sugar scrubs

For Others
41. Pay for the person behind me at a drive-thru
42. Leave at least a 50% tip for awesome service-COMPLETED A COUPLE TIMES
43. Give ten "just because" gifts (3/10)
44. Collect all of my loose change for 1001 days-IN PROGRESS
45. Donate said change to a charity
46. Buy something from Etsy-COMPLETE, MORE THAN ONCE :O)
47. Donate a cart worth of food to a pantry
48. Surprise the parents at work with something thoughtful

For the House
49. Clean and organize the pantry-COMPLETE
50. Clean and organize the hall closet-COMPLETE
51. Plan a budget
52. Stick to the budget
53. Pay off Chase
54. Pay of Bank of America
55. Build shelf in the laundry room-BOUGHT A SHELF INSTEAD, COMPLETE
56. Put carpet down
57. Paint boys' bedroom
58. Paint Grace's bedroom
59. Paint master bedroom
60. Paint basement bathroom
61. Paint upper bathroom
62. Paint kitchen
63. Paint family room
64. Paint light fixtures
65. Vacuum van once a month (4/32)-NEED WORK ON THIS
66. Wash van once a month (0/32)-NEED WORK ON THIS TOO
67. Clean and organize spice cabinet-COMPLETE
68. Purchase a flat panel t.v.-COMPLETE
69. Hang photos of kids-COMPLETE

For the Fam
70. Go on a family vacation for the first time
71. Go on at least two long weekends with the hubby (0/2)- GOING IN 3 WEEKS!
72. Have family night once a month (0/32)
73. Have a date night at least twelve times (0/12)
74. Have professional family photos taken
75. Rent a nice car for a day
76. Start a journal for my hubby
77. Have a mani/pedi day with Aubrey at least six time (2/6)
78. Buy twelve DVDs (12/12)-STOCKED UP WHEN BLOCKBUSTER CLOSED, COMPLETE
79. Make a candle lit dinner for the hubs
80. Take the fam fishing
81. Go to a blues bar
82. Go on a picnic-COMPLETE
83. Go to the park at least 50 times (25/50)
84. Fly a kite with the kids
85. Star gaze with the kids-COMPLETE
86. Walk Lady at least 8 times a month (0/256)

Traveling
87. Visit the City Museum
88. Visit the Arch
89. Visit caves
90. Visit the Science Center
91. Visit Elephant Rock
92. See an ocean in person
93. Go somewhere for NYE-COMPLETE
94. Visit Chicago
95. Visit a winery
96. Attend at least one MLB game (0/1)
97. Attend at least one NFL game (0/1)
98. Attend at least one NHL game (1/1)-COMPLETE
99. Visit Brimfield, IL or any of the surrounding areas-COMPLETE

Random
100. Donate $5.00 for any task not completed
101. Start planning a vow renewal getaway

I'm not even half way done with my list. Boo. I fail. :o( I guess I'm not doing too terribly awful. I do have to revise some because we are planning on moving, so no need to put carpet down and paint. Also, my dog is not very good at going for walks. She freaks out. Big time. I'll try it a few more times, but I may have to change that one too. As soon as I come up with replacements, I will post them for ya!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Snow Days? Snore Days!

For those of you that don't know, I live in the Midwest. Last week, we were supposed to have the "winter storm of the century." Monday wasn't a huge ordeal. We had mostly rain with a little bit of freezing rain towards the later hours. The kids did not have school Monday because the winter weather was supposed to be starting around 9.

Tuesday is my day off. School was called off again. Ugh. We still had rain at this point with the areas that had ice on them melting because of the rain. Grace stayed at the neighbor's house and the boys were already going bonkers. We decided to make play dough. I jumped on the interwebs and found this recipe. I tweaked it a little by adding Kool Aid to give it a fun scent and added a drizzle of vegetable oil to help with the consistency.



Crash stirring the dough.


Tater wanted a turn too.


Shot of the blue before I added the oil.

This was a FANTASTIC idea. The boys had a blast playing with it. Tater made a comment about how it was a lot like the real thing. I let the boys use the rolling pin, some cookie cutters and butter knives to play with it. This kept them occupied for nearly an hour.



Grace came home shortly after and ruined all our fun. :o) Kidding. She joined in also. They soon became bored, so we decided to make some cookies. Mind you, I wasn't very well prepared for snowpocalypse so I had to make do with what we had. We opted for peanut butter cookies that only call for peanut butter, sugar and and egg. Not the best ever but the kids had fun.


We let Crash smoosh the cookies with the fork. He tried to roll the balls but he kept making patties.

Wednesday rolls around and school is called off. Again. The center I work at made the choice to close because of the weather. And there was only one child who came the day before. So, I'm off work for the second day in a row and the kids are off school for the third day in a row. Oh. boy. With Valentine's Day fast approaching, the kids decided to make boxes for their parties. Grace isn't sure they are doing a party in her class, so she told Tater she'll make one for him to take in case someone in his class does not have one. Awwwwwww.


Crash painting. He didn't need a box but felt left out.


Grace working hard.


Tater and his guitar box. Yes. I custom made his box. He LOVES it.


All the kids working hard.

The kiddos ended up being off school the entire week. A came and picked Grace and Tater up on Wednesday evening. I think overall, they had a pretty good time on their snow days. They are definitely ready to go back to school, though.