Sunday, December 30, 2007
The kids and I do have the list of "to do" things, but just do not have the drive to do them. We should get cracking though as work and school will start back soon. Then the mad rush of everything will be upon us. I guess that is why between Christmas and New Years we get very lazy (at least the kids and I do). Mike is NEVER lazy. I do not think he knows how. We have tried to show him, but it is not something he can do. He does not even have his "crash days". Which is where once a month or so he would do nothing but sleep from like a Friday night to a Sunday morning. But not anymore, he is like an ADHD kid. Always on the go, not able to sit still. His mind runs 1,000 miles an hour it seems. Well off to force myself to acomplish some tasks before we leave for Aunt Sophie's party.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Well the other night we actually got him to go. Probably because the movie he really wants to see JUST came out in theaters and we cannot rent or buy it just yet and HE did not want to wait that long. And his movie of choice was......
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Our puppies love to go out in the snow, but they have decided that this stuff is no fun. After a few slips and falls from one step to another they look at you with this look of "why are you making me come out here" look, and try to run in as soon as they get out and before they get any business done. Which usually means they will head straight for the dining room carpet.
An Update To Yesterdays Message.....................................
As I had said we went to Devin's first wrestling tournament today, not a good day for Devin. He placed 4th in his weight group. But he took the loss well, much better than I expected. Seeing how last year he always placed at these things. BUT what the great thing was is that on the way home Devin got a HAIR CUT! It was too easy, I happened to look over to him on the ride home and asked if we could get a hair cut (which is a question I ask quite often lately)? He said sure OK. I must have had a stunned look because he explained to me that another coach (not one of his)at the tournament today made a comment about him being a girl. He was very upset with this coach and mad that he would even suggest that he thought Devin was a girl. Which I guess I could understand where Devin was coming from, especially since I saw quite a few boys there with longer hair than Devin's. But all the same "thank you" to that coach, because now Devin is sporting a new dew that is about 3-4 inches shorter than yesterday.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
What is it with some of the boys today? Especially my boy. Check out the hair. His hair is actually longer than his 'lil sisters hair. I have tried every bribe in the book to get him to let me get his hair cut, from letting him get highlights to not letting him play certain video/computer games. Nothing works I have come pretty close to just tying him up and drag him kicking and screaming to get his hair cut. And it is not like it is straight nor is it really curley but it DOES have quite a bit of body and when he wrestles it goes everywhere. Any suggestions on how to get him to cut his hair? How about getting him to clean his room?
You know I hear people say all the time how much easier boys are to raise than girls. I will definately have to argue that point. My girls are WAY easier than the boy! Looking for any and all suggestions on how to deal with a 13 year old very headstrong boy
Friday, November 23, 2007
For my children who keep me on my toes and are always doing the unexpected, and I am especially grateful on the days they get along and do not fight. Our friends relatives, near and far, who bring me back to reality when my head gets stuck in the clouds.
Our dogs, who remind me not to take life too seriously and not to forget the important business of playtime. Our cat who shows me it is OK to be alone and to enjoy the times I am by-myself .
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Audrey sent pictures of Alayna and Kahlen. Kahlen was so happy to be a police man. he was so cute on the phone describing his outfit to me. He did state the he did not get much candy, but that Alayna got a whole lot of candy! He also went into great detail describing his birthday party and how much fun he had. He is about the cutest kid, I can not explain how adorable this little guy is. Nothing but pure excitement in his face while enjoying his bouce slide at his birthday party. Oh to be a kid again, carefree and no worries. Just pure enjoyment. I do miss those days.....................
Saturday, November 03, 2007
The weather was beautiful, and we had a healthy stream of trick-or-treaters until 8pm. Then it was dead. So I was actually able to get some algebra homework done (which was a good things since I had a test on Thursday). As usual Mike brought home "extras" to give the kids that knocked on our door. The first two Halloweens we lived here Pepsi came out with new flavors of soda of which Mike would bring home a couple of cases and we would hand them out with the candy. This year he brought home coupons from Tacobell for free tacos (probably not as big a hit as the soda, but I know the parents appreciated the free stuff). We also had an over abundance of Aquafina lanyards so we gave those out as well. Now those were a hit (weird kids!).
Felicia was not able to come home since Halloween was on a week day. But they totally decorated their dorms. Not their rooms, but hallways and shared areas were all fair game. Felicia said she bought candy for trick-or-treaters that were coming by the campus. Apparently people in Kirksville will drive their children to the campus for them to trick-or-treat all the halls. Felicia said 3 bags of candy did not last long.
Devin was torn this year, one minute he wanted to go out the next he did not. He refused to go pick out a costume with me, so for the most part I assumed that he was not going. Then one of the neighborhood boys called and asked if he was going to go and would he go with him. Then off to the basement Devin went and rummaged through the Halloween bucket of old costumes. Came out as SCREAM FACE again.
Now that Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is fast approaching, so is the thought of christmas. First of all Lynn and Dave (Mike's Sister and Brither in-law) will be visiting us this year for Turkey Day. Yea! Since they live in Georgia we do not get to see them very much, and when they come in town to stay with us, that is pretty much the only time the Dannemann Family gets together. So we get to see ALL the family. Felicia is bring home two friends from school to stay the holidays also. So we will be quite full. Should make for interesting sleep arangements and pictures!
It also is time for Christmas shopping which maybe Lynn will do with me this year. Just the though of getting up at the wee hours of the morning to get dress and FREEZE in a line at a store usually does not appeal to me exept just his one time a year. The day after Thanksgiving. Normally I can never wait until Christmas to give gifts, so I will have to show some determination this year.
Here is a note to Mom and Dad, this is what you got Mike and I for Christmas (for those of you you do not know my parents are now considered snow birds. They are wintering in a home they purchased in Florida) with the gift money you left for us to buy gifts. Yes it is in the kitchen right now but it will be making its way to the theater area this evening. I have been searching high and low for these machines on line and WOW were they expensive. Got to love CostCo Warehouse. They make some things very affordable! So thanks mom and dad, maybe when you get back to Missouri you can come check it out! Now just one more picture of our cat Tequella.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I am glad that my sweet husband asked me where I wanted to go for my big “40th” birthday last year instead of surprising me with a trip. Friends say that subconsciously I knew that something was coming. I am just glad that MY children got to meet their GREAT GRANDMOTHER and other relatives. They asked so many questions of who was related to whom and they made a few bonds that I hope they will keep. I keep encouraging them to write their new found friends (cousins) and hopefully they will continue to get to know their family.
Why is it that in America we push our families away, such as children should get out on their own as soon as possible and older members of the family are put in retirement communities instead of living with their children? I see in other cultures that the grandparents/parents live with and help their children, older children also stay within the home and everyone helps creating this huge network of caring and support. I do understand that it is hard to live this way but at the same time each generation gets to know the ones that came before.
In a separate topic, I believe that I may or may not have mentioned that I am back in school. I know crazy. I graduate in May with my Associates Degree and then start in the fall (maybe) to get my Bachelors Degree. Felicia wants to have a race to see who can get their bachelors first. I told her that would be her as her job is school and my job is a job then school. Felicia wants to go to Vienna this summer for schooling abroad. Or she said that she wants to seek out Cousin Barb (Mike’s cousin) where ever she is at the time and stay with her and go to school where she is for 2 months. She has not quite yet decided. She wants to minor with multi languages and have a major in accounting. She will be graduating college in 3 years with a Masters in 4. It seems I have a very determined your lady on my hands. She is enjoying college life it seems, and I am adjusting slowly to the fact I am not in charge anymore. That part is not easy. Mike and I went up to visit her for a day. Mom kept the other two entertained while we were gone. It was really nice to see Mike and Felicia acting like they use too when she was younger. They talked and goofed around like no one else was around. You could definitely tell Mike was missing his little girl. Those two have a bond that he and the other two do not. I have no idea why, he has always gotten along better with Felicia than the other two. Maybe it is that first child thing or something. Who knows but watching them together was heart warming. She took us all over campus showing us where her classes were and what buildings were for what. And of course daddy took her shopping. He got her a new TV, sun glasses, food, school supplies and such. Wrapped around her little finger he is.
Mikayla got to go to Hanna Montana concert this past Thursday. Daddy was able to get her tickets. Felicia wanted to go so she came home from school for the night and took Mikayla. They had the best time so said Mikayla. I “made” Devin and Mikayla have a day with mom yesterday. We went to Augusta (which is a winery town here) did some antique shopping, checked out a few old grave yards and did some wine tasting. Devin picked out the wine for dinner last night. Yes I only let them have sips I am not a total loose of a mom. On the way home we stopped at a farm and picked out our pumpkins. It was absolutely gorgeous weather the trees were beautiful you could not have asked for a better day. Devin even came up to me this morning and said thanks for yesterday! That made it all worth it. Today it seems to want to do the same so I am off again but this time we bring the puppies!