Sunday, April 30, 2006
So, today, I'm reading the paper (it's the only paper I read all week so I tend to read it cover to cover) and I come across the classified announcements and read that one of my former students is being petitioned by the courts for permanent custody of her child born in Dec '05. At first I thought it must have been an error but she had a rather unusual name and then I started calculating how old she must be now. I think I have it figured out that she's 16 or 17 now. I used to work with her on reading skills and must admit she was one of my 'pet' students. Mom can attest to how devastated I was when she ran away from home, I think I cried for the entire time she was gone. You just never know what could happen to a young girl these days. I always hoped that I'd have some impact on her life or the lives of the other kids I've helped out over the years but not in this case.
Maybe I'll skip those ads from now on, it was a little more disturbing than it should have been. Aaron's mom also worked at the elementary school that I worked at and it's being closed this year due to low enrollment/poor structure so the school is having a reunion party for former staff and students. Hopefully there are some real success stories!
Bargain Baby Shopping has officially begun (once again). Aaron told me to hold back and we'll buy something big for the Christmas baby but I thought I'd take a peek at Superstore to see what they had and I found a vibrating bouncy chair on clearance for $9. You just can't beat that price, and that is one of the things I gave away already...like so much other stuff...but this one is nicer than the one I had (which I thought was pretty hot stuff). And all babies deserve some new stuff to go with the shared goods. Now I just need something for the Mommy to be...H always bought me these wicked massage cocoa cake thingys to help moisturize to prevent stretch marks (which worked quite well) but unfortunately for H the store that sold them isn't around anymore. Guess that could be my next quest, to find a good belly jelly.
Happy 200th Post Everyone!
Saturday, April 29, 2006
I won't say it's about time but you know that's what I'm thinking! Congratulations Heather and Jeff! Aaron and I are pretty thrilled to be official aunt and uncle to your wee little babe! I'm sure the boys will be excited to have another cousin to play with!
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Bunco night's tomorrow and poor Heather's going to miss it.Oh well, I'm sure she'll have fun at Mom's too.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Tonight was the usual dayhome meeting, we're having it monthly now, so in theory they should be short and sweet meetings but it still managed to be over two hours of talking about potty training and different ways to get kids to eat. Being secretary turned out to be not much work because we didn't really talk about anything worth recording, except the next date and who was hosting.
We are planning a Ladies Night though, but I'll see it to believe it. I go out quite a bit with stamping, bunco,dayhome meetings and school stuff so I'm not sure how receptive Aaron would be to me adding another night out...just wait until Kathryn moves to Cochrane (as early as June) and we start with the wedding plans. Maybe Jeff and Aaron can start a poker night?! Oh wait, that would interfere with my nights out wouldn't they?
This is my competition! One of Joseph's classmates always sends home cute little homemade things at holidays like we do but we were definitely outdone for the birthday party! We brought cake and chocolate milk to school and sent treat bags for everyone. Well these parents have invited everyone for a BBQ at their summer cottage. It's a weekend we're away so we won't be bringing Joseph but that takes a lot of planning and patience! I don't think I could have 18+ kids to try and keep track of, especially out in the wilderness. And the invites alone took a lot of imagination. Each one was rolled up and tucked into a corked bottle with some sand/seashells in it.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
We didn't do anything terribly exciting, mostly just hanging out. I woke up feeling better this morning and Aaron woke up with the sore throat...the beginning of the cold.
Mom and Dad have made the final decision to travel with the truck and trailer, they were waffling for a bit with the price of gas, but have decided to go ahead as planned. This week we'll finalize our plane tickets, hopefully we can sneak a flight a day or two earlier than scheduled and be there for the long weekend. We'll have to see how lucky we are though.
Aaron and Dad picked out a new Volkswagon Beetle for Mom, I can't remember if the colour is celery or minty green. Aaron thinks it suits Mom to a tee, now to just convince Dad to buy a car that's not red!
PS - Mom, Joseph added $2.87 to his piggy bank today, it seems he filled his pockets from your change dish while getting his shoes on today.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
The boys made a quickie video for you guys, just to show off our fabulous +22 weather today. We had to actually use sunblock today. I have to admit that I missed this kind of weather more than I realized. We spend most of our spring/summer outdoors at the parks or in the backyard.
Aaron did actually mention that we may see some white fluffy stuff later this weekend, so we'll gloat and enjoy it for the short time it lasts.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Yeah, that's my boy looking all cute and innocent! I heard tonight that it's actually supposed to hit plus 20 tomorrow. I guess Mother Nature decided not to punish me for packing away the snowgear. (Thank you Mother Nature, the kids and I really appreciate this great weather!) So now it's time to dig out all of the sunhats and sunscreen to grease ourselves up with. Ugh! I just remembered how well sand sticks to greased up arms and legs...oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do!
The good news is that even though Kathryn and Jeff live in Whitecourt, they are planning on getting married here in Calgary (at the zoo, in fact) and are hoping to be moved down to Cochrane by then.
Life just seems to be so busy lately although I'm not sure why. Not much has changed, I'm the secretary for the Dayhome Association and we're having our first official meeting next Tuesday so I can try out my meeting minute skills. I don't have the luxury of a laptop and don't know shorthand so it won't be pretty, guaranteed. Although a lot of these meetings are just the dayhome ladies comparing notes about monthly rates/holiday pay, so I'm sure I'll be able to keep up to the important stuff.
We're planning an impromptu trip to Morinville Friday night, Aaron had a schedule change and heard the hot tub is up and running and calling his name. Joey's going to miss his swimming classes on Sunday but I'm sure he'll get his fill of tub time...if he practises his starfish floats then I guess we'll call it even!
If Kathryn's groom is wearing his RCMP red dressy outfit (I can't think of the official name) then what colour would go with that? I've been sending Kathryn some dresses from the uglydress website...in retaliation she's threatened me with a perm!
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Happy Easter Everyone!
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Lambda Lambda Lambda
Mrs. Edna Garrett
Jo, Blair, Natalie, Tootie
Ma’am and George
Barbara and Julie
Jenny, Chip, Emma
Milk and Pepsi
She went in a grocery store and never came out
Alien Life Form
Danny, Joey, Uncle Jesse, Rebecca, DJ, Stephanie, Michelle, Nicki, Alex, Comet the dog
Greatest American Hero
Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, The Stingers
Rebecca’s nephew Howie
Britney, Jeanette, Eleanor
My Little Ponies
Brandon, Bonnie and Harriet Brendal
Forest of Feelings
A red caboose
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Green Slime by saying I Don’t Know and Water by saying Water
By the power of Grayskull I am He-Man
What according to GI Joe was ‘half the battle’?
What was the name of the bartender on the Love Boat?
What was the name of Bo and Luke Duke’s car?
On Three’s Company what was Jack’s restaurant that he opened and was head chef?
Who was Mallory Keaton’s fiancé?
What is the name of the cat in Smurfs?
What was the name of the dog in Fraggle Rock?
What was Angela’s sons’ name in Who’s the Boss?
What was Alf’s girlfriend from Melmac’s name?
What star of the Breakfast Club was also part of the original cast of the Facts of Life?
Who played the uncle on Family Ties?
What was Alf’s real name?
Who played Michael P. Keaton’s girlfriend on Family Ties?
Who shot JR?
On Night Court, Harry had a statue of what animal on his desk?
Who was the Budweiser mascot?
What was the name of the space shuttle that exploded?
In Dirty Dancing what was Baby’s real name?
What is the name of Sarah’s brother that she’s trying to save in the movie Labyrinth?
In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off who plays the burnout in the school office?
What fraternity does Lewis join in Revenge of the Nerds?
What was the name of the cross dressing woman played by Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie?
What was Michael Jackson advertising when he was nearly killed?
On Three’s Company what was Chrissy short for?
What was Balki Bartokamus’ occupation when he lived in Mypos?
On The Fact’s of Life what was the name of the school mistress?
What were the names of the four main characters of The Fact’s of Life?
What actor was famous for the line “nanoo nanoo”?
What did Webster call his adoptive parents?
On One Day at a Time what were the two daughter’s names?
Name the three children on Kate & Allie.
What was the name of the robot girl on Small Wonder?
On Laverne & Shirley what was Laverne’s favourite drink?
On Punky Brewster how was she abandoned by her mother?
What show was Family Matters a spin-off of?
What does ALF stand for?
On Night Court, who was Harry’s idol?
What is the real name of Jem from Jem and the Holograms?
Who all lived in the house of Full House when the show ended?
What was the name of the TV show with the theme show that began “Believe it or not, I’m walking on air…”?
On Full House what was Uncle Jesse’s real first name?
On Three’s Company what was Chrissy’s father’s occupation?
On Out of this World what planet was Troy from?
What was Punky Brewster’s best friends name?
What was Al Bundy’s nickname during the dream sequence?
Name the three main bands featured on the cartoon series Jem.
What was the name of the home that Sofia Patrillo lived in before moving in with her daughter on the Golden Girls?
Who was Michelle’s first boyfriend on Full House?
If you saw a segment of Mathnet what show were you watching?
On Who’s the Boss? what was Samantha’s license plate on her first car?
In Desperately Seeking Susan what was Rosanna Arquette’s character’s name?
What planet did Alf come from?
What were the names of the three Chipettes from Alvin and the Chipmunks?
On Three’s Company what’s the first name of Mr. Furley’s tight wad brother who owned the building?
What is the name of the cartoon that had ponies of all colours of the rainbow?
Who are the three annoying neighbours in Small Wonder?
What was the name of the home of the Care Bear Cousins?
In the cartoon Jem and the Holograms what was the name of Jem’s computer?
What was the club house of the Get Along Gang?
Who was the leader of the bad guys on Hulk Hogan’s Rock N Wrestling?
On You Can’t Do That on Television what were the two things that dropped out of the sky and onto actor’s heads and what had to be said to activate them?
What did He-Man say when he lifted his sword and gained his strength?
Friday, April 14, 2006
Yes, the video is sideways...we were trying for a picture and duh! the setting was for movie...it was pretty funny though because I have a few of these little clips. We just couldn't figure it out! Makes for interesting video clips though!
Heather is modelling a lovely Chip & Pepper t-shirt circa mid-1980s while Les (who appears to be trying for a piggyback ride) is sporting the black tank dress with fishnets complete with a hole (compliments of Alexander), fingerless gloves, studded bracelets, bracelets galore, bazooka joe socks and some big poufy crimped hair! Ta da!
PS - The curtains were retro for the party!
So we had about 14 ladies attend the party and we played some games, did the Partylite bit, ate lots of food, had some cocktails and socialized.
What's the best way to start a party than a hilarious story?!? God Bless Aaron's mom Deb, we love her, really we do, and she started off the evening for us...at my neighbour's house! Deb came with her girlfriend Gloria and Auntie Arlene and they parked across from my neighbour's house and apparently she went up the front porch, knocked on the door, took off her shoes, went in, was chatting with Jacquie (my neighbour who was at my party)'s mother in law who was babysitting...then realized she was at the wrong house. Poor Joan (the mil) didn't know why these ladies were over but assumed they were friends of Jacquie's...poor Deb...will never live this one down! We've lived in our house for 3 years now and they've been over hundred's of times, maybe Deb started early on the cocktails!
Some of the girls dressed up, thank goodness, I didn't want to be the only one with crimped hair...Jacquie even managed to get the 4 inch high teased bangs! That's what girlfriends are for, right?
On a totally different but yet exciting note we're adding another member to our extended family tree! There's been an engagement, not Heather...
Uncle Jeff is going to make an honest woman of our dear Auntie Kathryn! We are just thrilled! I still can't believe that she didn't phone me to tell me but in all fairness it was really late...little did she know but at the same time I was waxing my mainfloor and could have really used a break! They've already decided on a May 2007 wedding...soup diet here I come! Most of my family knows Auntie Kathyn, we met about 5 years ago at the elementary school I worked at and have been inseperable since...well until she moved to Whitecourt but figuratively speaking I think we're still pretty much inseperable. Kathryn was rooting for a boy when I was pregnant with Joey because our girl name was Katherine Elizabeth and coincidentally she's also a Kathryn Elizabeth. The same night Joey was born Kathryn drove through an almost blizzard to come see him...she also shared an entire tub of gummi bears with Aaron as the nursing coach was squeezing my boobs into cheeseburgers to help out with the nursing (there's just no dignity after that!) Neither of them have eaten gummi bears since then. Auntie Kathryn is godmother to Joseph and has been there for all of his firsts...first road trip to Morinville, first shopping trip to the mall, first overnight babysitting when Aaron graduated Funeral Director School, first trip to the swimming pool...and so many more! We've only met Jeff a few times but he fits right in with us, doesn't hurt that he's a huge hunter so him and Aaron can talk forever about that. He makes Auntie Kathryn pretty happy so that makes us happy too! Welcome to the family Uncle Jeff!
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Heather went to the zoo with Joseph and his class today and had a great time. Joseph listened really well and even turned down a celebratory Happy Meal, I think he's happy enough just hanging out with his auntie.
So, while H and Joey were having fun at the zoo, I was at home doing cut and paste easter egg activities with 5 tots. Guess who had more fun?
Monday, April 10, 2006
Heather and I got all of the prizes and games figured out this weekend, I've got all of the food and drink stuff bought so it's just a matter of throwing it all together on Thursday.
I think the most time consuming thing will be crimping my hair...if the daycare kids are co-operative that is. I promised Aaron to have an outdoorsy afternoon with the kids so Joey and Alex will go to bed without a huge fight. They usually go to bed between 7 and 7:30 and the party starts at 7 so hopefully the fresh air will wear them out a bit.
Good thing none of us have to work Friday! That's right Mom and Dad, Aaron got Friday off as well as Sunday/Monday....seems kind of stupid to make him work Saturday but he still does. I guess people can't plan their deaths around our long weekends...
You know who shot J.R
You remember when Michael Jackson was actually considered something of a sex symbol
You practice getting in and out of your car through the windows
You owned at least one skinny leather tie.
Your first Walkman weighed 10 pounds and was the size of a brick.
You wore L.A. Gear tennis shoes.
You know the meaning of Wax on/Wax Off
You're always "in the mood for dancing"
If you can "See Better" with sunglasses that have paint splattered all over the lenses.
You can feel St. Elmo's fire burnin' in you.
You need a shopping cart to carry your personal stereo with you.
You remember what Michael Jackson looked like before the surgery.
You go rollerskating every Friday night (not to skate, but to 'hang out')
You still want to take Karate...(after you move to California)
You watch NYPD Blue thinking, "Well, they're no Crockett and Tubbs, that's for sure".
"Outrageous!" is the term to describe something neat and cool
You think that Garbage Pail Kids are your children's worst enemy
You had a poster of Bo, Luke & Daisy Duke
There was nothing to question about Bert n' Ernie living together
The phrase "Where's the beef?" still doubles you over with laughter.
You went out and purchased the sound track for 'Miami Vice'
You remember the magazines of song lyrics
If you think Hulk Hogan is the best wrestler of all time.
If the best non-slasher movie in your opinion is An American Werewolf In London.
Two words: The Clapper.
Six words: "This is your brain on drugs."
You want to live in 'the Valley'.
Ferris Bueller was your idol.
You watched 'Star Search' on a regular basis.
Every now and then, you blurt out: "Ooh noo, Mr. Bill!!!"
If you had an entire wardrobe of Esprit clothing (or coveted one.)
If you know the words to the "Oscar Mayer" theme songs
Your bangs are teased perfectly to 7 inches above the rest of your hair.
Have multi-colored earrings that touch your shoulders
Played Upwords, Boggle or Trivial Pursuit (the original) on a rainy afternoon
You wore lace gloves with the fingers cut off, bangle bracelets up to your elbows, bright red Reebok high tops and parachute pants to a school dance
You're still bitter that WHAM broke up
You know whose phone number is 867-5309
You drink Diet Coke because Max Headroom told you to
You still watch things on Beta tapes
You have the tendency to turn up the collar of your polo shirts
You never go out for a night on the town without frosted blue eyeshadow and feathered bangs
Everything in your wardrobe is either pastel or fluorescent
People are constantly gagging you with spoons.
You know all the words to "I'm just a bill, sitting up on Capitol Hill" and "School House Rock."
The feeling in your thumb is only now just returning after holding down the Atari joystick to control the racecar in Enduro Racer
You still can't believe that Milli Vanilli was deceiving you all that time
You can sing all the words to "One Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head, and now you understand that it is about chess.
You still wear a bandana tied around your leg and/or a ponytail off-center on the side of your head.
You know who Martha Quinn is.
You still carry your boom box on your shoulder
You think David Hasselhoff was awesome in Knight Rider but sucks in "Boob Watch."
When you saw luging at the Winter Olympics you poured water down your driveway and tried it yourself.
A piece of folded paper and two hands could tell your fortune.
Knickers and leg warmers were cool
You ever wanted to learn to play "Stairway to Heaven" on the guitar and choreographed "Dancing Queen" by yourself in your room.
You had ringside seats for Luke and Laura's wedding
You ever had a Dorothy Hammill haircut.
You thought a Commodore 64 was the highest technology available
You wanted to be "The Hulk" for halloween
You want to be "Where Everybody Knows Your Name"
'A Different World' kicked butt
Remember "Dancin' to a Big Mac at McDonalds!"
You know who played Magnum P.I
One Phrase, "The Plane, The Plane"
You can name at least three members of the Brat Pack
Still think banana clips were a godsend
Still wear Wet n' Wild makeup
If your idea of hi-tech toys is still the heat-sensitive color-changing sticker on Transformers
If you remember Bruce Willis from Moonlighting, not Die Hard
You still wear your "Members Only" jacket.
You still have a couple of those barettes made of woven ribbons.
You had snap bracelets
You remember when Pee-Wee wasn't a pervert.
You had had five pairs of socks on at any given time
You still think Donkey Kong can beat Mario up
If you still have your scratch-n-sniff sticker collection
If you remember when you heard that drinking soda and eating Pop Rocks would make your stomach asplode
If you ever used Lee Press-On Nails
If you wear jelly shoes
You still play with that CASIO SK-1 Keyboard
You're still hoping for a New Kids on the Block reunion tour
You still argue over who was better: Tiffany or Debbie Gibson
Every time you hear the "OH YEAH..." song you think of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
You still watch tapes of Stingray, McGyver, and Airwolf
This is the theme for my Candles & Cocktails party this Thursday...I'm sure in a few years we'll be doin' it 90s style...maybe by then I'll be able to fit into my grad dress for the special occasion...
Saturday, April 08, 2006
This ones for you Madison!
Here's the product of Joseph's hard work today
Maybe Joseph will be a chef like the rest of the Mac. boys, right Papa? Uncle Paul? Uncle Dave?
Alex and his spoon climbing the rocks in the prehistoric part of the zoo
Joseph climbing the rocks too! This is his 'new look', the Harley jacket and motorcycle/flames hat...
We've have a super busy weekend so far. Aaron has been over at Phil's making sausages like crazy and I've been entertaining my boys. Tina and her family came down for the weekend so we had some overnight guests last night and then managed to get a couple hours of zoo time in today.
And we're off to swimming lessons in the morning! Hope you're all having a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Okay Jeremy I meant to ask earlier but forgot, do you always wear contacts or is that more for 'dressing up'? And can you see like normal when you wear them? You probably can but I just can' t picture it with the color all whited out.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Yeah! We can get back into our routine of backyard play in the morning as well as a walk around the pond or visit to the park! I was starting to feel a little housebound with the cold wet mucky weather so the change will do us all good. Now all I need to do is get Alex a Spring haircut and we're good to go, I keep waiting because every now and then I figure if it was longer he could have a hairstyle but it's too thick, it just gets fuzzy. So one 'little boy haircut' coming up. I'll work on some Joseph pictures too...I try to keep it even but Joseph's in school in the morning when I'm taking pictures.
Monday, April 03, 2006
The boys were in bed at 8 last night which would be the usual 7 o'clock bedtime but they didn't sleep until 6 like usual...oh no...they were up from about 4 o'clock. Needless to say by 8:30 Alex grabbed a pillow and was trying to have a nap. Yeah right, if I can't nap, neither can he! We'll have to tough it out for a few days and then I'm sure we'll be back on track.At least Joey can have a rest on the bus. Hopefully!
Sunday, April 02, 2006
We've had a fairly quiet weekend, cousin Cindy, Dan, Brooklyn and Mackenzie came over for pizza last night. It's nice to kick and back and relax, the kids were really hyper but that seems to be the norm. when they get together. The kids stayed up until 10:30 last night and the one time they want to sleep in, I had to get them up so we could go swimming. It's just not fair!
I've got my 80s party all planned out, now I just need to find fishnet stockings and fingerless gloves to accessorize my costume. One of the Bunco girls mentioned she hosted an 80s party a couple years ago and actually squeezed into her grade 9 grad dress. Hilarious! Now if Partylite could get their butt in gear and update their website so I can send the guest specials with the 80s theme information then we're all set! I'm sure everyone has something from the 80s they can throw together...right Jeff?
Saturday, April 01, 2006
What a fun night! Who would have thought rolling 3 dice could be so much fun! It wasn't a very late night but it was still nice to get out with the girls. We carpooled with Jacquie and lo and behold we each one a prize last night, I was high score I think Heather was low score and Jacquie won the door prize. Although it says martini glass...we all know they'll be used as my new shooter glasses! LOL!