Sunday, September 28, 2008
Not often. But still...
Last week seems to have just been a whirlwind of trying to make Beaver scarves, hosting an overnight guest while my mom saved my sorry ass and came down to do the hard parts of the scarves (which was everything but the cutting out), and making fruit kabobs for Joey's class and still trying to find a little time to buy something for the wedding we attended yesterday.
It's been non-stop until this morning. And here I am sitting in my jammies trying to update when I really should be getting ready to pick my boys up from their grandma's house and taking them to the science centre.
Yesterday Alex was invested into Beavers so the boys and I went to Fish Creek Park for the ceremony. It was very cute, all the little blue hatted boys gave their solemn promise on the Beaver flag to be good beavers.
Then it was off to Grandma's and I rushed home to change for the wedding. It was a very different ceremony than what I'm used to. The groom is Egyptian which I guess equates to being Arabic and having an Arabic ceremony. Very interesting. The reception also had a lot of Arabic touches to it. The married couple danced in the middle of the venue upon being announced and coming in. And not just for 2 or 3 minutes. They danced for like 15 or 20 minutes while we all stood and clapped along. They even raised the couple up on chairs and danced them around. Crazy! They had 2 traditional dances, first dance and father-daughter dance and then a live Arabic band came for the next 45 minutes. I got up there and got some belly dancing lessons from one of the aunties. She told me to just be sexy. I said I AM BEING SEXY!!! I have zero rythym when it comes to Arabian dancing. But, I danced and enjoyed myself anyways.
Joey and Grandma at Grandparents Day at school
Fruit Kabobs that mom and I made for Grandparents Day
Alex lost a tooth this week
The boys received their parcel from Auntie Anne and Uncle Derek. Alex took these to school on Wednesday for his show and tell as his favourite toys. Thank you so much!
And Alex being Alex.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
the boys and I went to Wal-Mart after karate to look for the new Minipops CD and as we walked in I seen they finally had WATER. It's been hard to find this last week or so, so the boys and I turned around and went to the buggy corral at the front of the store to grab a cart. There are three rows of carts, the row on the right has the baby seat thingys so we opt out of that and there's a couple blocking the other two rows trying to buckle their baby (who could barely sit up) into a cart. We waited for about a minute while they tried to figure it out and they even looked up and smiled and apologized for blocking the way of myself and some LOSER. So, keeping in mind that I had two boys dressed in sparkling white gi's with me I said "could you excuse me please" and went around them to grab a cart and went around them to continue on shopping. So, the LOSER yelled out "could you show some consideration?" Consideration of what? That I didn't want to wait while they figured out how to try and make the cart safe for their wee baby or that I didn't grab him a cart too? I really have no clue but it put me in a wicked mood for shopping. I just said "whatever" and got on my way.
Then it was time to check out.
I seen that someone was about to open their till so I headed to her line up and this LOSER was in a line beside us and said "isn't it more considerate to let people who have already been waiting go first?" WTF? Is it my fault you didn't see her open first? So, this time I told him "I don't know what your problem is but if you speak to me again I'm going to the manager"
Generally I'm sooooo easy going but was I seriously being pushy? Maybe I just don't see it...
On a positive note - the boys had a great time at karate - even though I obviously can't tie a belt worth shit. They fell off two times. Each kid.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Don't you love it when kids dress themselves? One of the dayhome kids came sporting cowboy boots this morning. It totally made my day!
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
We had a busy weekend, zoo with the boys yesterday was a lot of fun. The river otters and wolves were very active and captured the boys attention for about 20 minutes at each place. It was heaven for me!
Today the boys and I went to Calaway Park with Auntie Kathryn. Considering how dismal it looked, it turned out to be great. No big lineups and the boys got to go on about 10 or 11 rides so they were pretty happy!
This week is the start of our evening activities and we're already double booked! Why oh why did Beavers have to start up on the same night as Joey's parent/teacher conference? We've requested either 5:30 so we'll be a few minutes late or 7:30 so we'll have to leave Beavers a few minutes early.
Let the games begin!
Saturday, September 06, 2008
We survived the first week of school for Joey :o)
Next week Alex gets to meet his teacher and then have his first day of Kindergarten on Wednesday - then he'll start full time on the following Monday. It's not a great system in my mind but I'm sure Alex will be fine.There's something like 8 Kindergarten classes and each student gets a 1/2 hour visit and tour with their teacher (where they will unknowingly be assessed for letters, numbers, cutting with scissors and so forth). So, with that many kids to accomodate these interviews are over a 5 day period. Then with two days of staggered entry for them and the first PD Day on the 12th, that leaves a start date for Alex of the 15th. 13 days after his brother. I've given up trying to explain to Alex why he's not starting with Joey..
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
This is the result of Joey's walk home without his raincoat. Not. So. Impressed.
And my shameless plug to any Grandparent or Auntie that live in the Edmonton, Calgary or Red Deer Area and would like to purchase their Student Union Ticket Book through Joey - we are now accepting orders :o)
Tonight was the Beaver Parents meeting and although I decided to not be a leader just yet I did volunteer to help with Popcorn Sales this year.
The next shameless plug for my children will be for Beaver popcorn. Watch for it!
I am continuing with the Food Challenge but have been invited to post directly on the site. How freaking cool is that? So you can check out what we had for dinner tonight over here.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Aaron drove halfway across the city today to get Alex's beaver uniform. Isn't he cute?!? He's definitely excited to start Beavers! After much humming and hawwing I decided to put any Beaver Mama plans on hold. I really have a lot going on with this child care online course, the dayhome, the registry and then there's my stamping class. So, I'll put it off for now and see what happens in the spring. Aaron's already decided he's destined to be a soccer coach in the spring.
And here is my dinner for today: BBQ steak, steamed jasmine rice (yum), roasted red peppers, caesar salad and OJ. Eventually I'll come up with good recipes - just not the first week of school, okay?
And what do you think of the hoodie Joey picked out? The dress code says emblems/words have to be in harmony with the Catholic faith. So is a skeleton doing the universal party on symbol in sync with Catholicism? Yes or No? Aaron thinks it's okay for school and I say no. What do YOU think?
Monday, September 01, 2008
Fruit and Veggie juice, pickles, cut up garlic sausage, applesauce, cheese string, granola bar and fruit snacks. Too much? Not enough? I guess we'll find out tomorrow afternoon.
I can't stop thinking about this conversation I had with another mom: "If an older kid told your son on the playground to pull his pants down, would he do it?" I said "Uh, no" but then said "Well, I don't think so." And about five minutes later I was in Joey's room quizzing him about what he would do in that situation. He said he wouldn't do it. PHEW! So, Aaron and I have talked to him about bullying and that it's not acceptable and to tell his teacher if he's being picked on. I don't want him to be a tattletale but I don't want him to be bullied either. Anyone who's read 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult knows exactly what I'm talking about.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's challenge, and a review of Joey's first day...