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Middle School

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Aiden is over three months into his middle school career. I had more issues with him starting middle school than he did. I was sure wearing a uniform would send him over the edge but it’s been easy for him. He likes not having to think about clothes in the morning. He really prefers not to think at all in the morning but that’s a different issue. He has figured out how to get himself up and ready for school with a minimal amount of nagging from me. There are times when I need to tell him to brush his teeth. I hope to God I can stop reminding him to brush his teeth by the time he starts college otherwise he’ll need to find a job that has excellent denture benefits.

Aiden has been riding the bus everyday. I guess it’s loud and slightly chaotic so I’m guessing its a lot like Lord of the Flies. Most of the kids from that book survived so how bad can it be? He actually stays after school once a week to willingly participate in Model United Nations. I was positive he was forced into a group but he chose it. He is choosing to stay after school to learn more about different countries and their governments. This is fun for him. I’m not even joking. Oh and they fund-raise for starving kids in third world countries… during lunch! Lunchtime. The time when normal kids act like a-holes and fool around. I’m going to be honest and say I’m not sure where this kid comes from. I’d be worried that he was too good but then he asks to modify disposable lights and I know he is going to be OK. Well he wont be OK if he modifies lighters…

He has been working really hard to improve his goalie skills and it’s paying off. Goaling is an entirely different post so I’ll end this for now. Also I don’t feel like typing anymore.

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Summer Birthdays

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

I need to write more so I can remember all the things that we do. My memory is pretty terrible right now. I’d like to think it’s because I have so many schedules to keep straight.

Summer went by fairly quickly. I worked during the summer so the kids were home during the day with the babysitter. I feel guilty about this. I think society has me conditioned to think that summer time should be fun for kids. Like nonstop fun. Which is insane. Morgan and I were home in the summer with my dad. He was never concerned about fun. I need to let my worry of fun go. They are kids and they aren’t in school, that should be enough fun.

Charlotte turned 7 this summer. I can hardly believe it and this is mostly because she is the baby of the family. We all treat her like this still. I’m trying to break us of this habit. We can’t keep calling her baby Charlotte when she finally graduates from college. My cousin came out to surprise Charlotte for her birthday. I’m sure it was the best gift she received. We took Charlotte and a couple friends to eat lunch and have their nails done. Judging by the amount of cartwheels that were done throughout the day the girls had a great time.

 

Aiden turned 12 this summer and his entire summer was like a giant birthday party. He attended one engineering camp and two hockey camps. See what I mean? It was the summer of Aiden. His actual birthday was spent in Beulah Michigan. We spent five days at my grandma’s cottage. Thank God the weather was great this year. We were able to spend a lot of time kayaking and swimming. They even went tubing.

It will probably be the last summer I need to use a babysitter for the kids. Next year they might might might be able to take care of themselves. Maybe.

Changes

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

I have 14 days until Aiden goes through his 5th grade promotion. When Aiden was in his four year old preschool class I made the decision to delay his start. His wonderful teacher Miss Sara suggested I start Aiden in kindergarten when he was six. Aiden has a late summer birthday and he was more immature than several of his four year old  buddies. Delaying his kindergarten start was the best thing I could have done for him. You know, aside from potty training him and taking away his binkie. School has gone very well for him academically and his socially he is right on track with his peers. It hasn’t always been easy for us. My kids spends have grown up spending the majority of their time with Keith and myself.  They often feel anxious around new situations and new people. Sometimes it takes Aiden awhile to get adjust to a new environment.  We don’t have our bio family in Maryland to help us our through tough times so we made our own family here in Maryland. I am so grateful to my Maryland family for helping Aiden grow into a more confident guy. Moving to middle school will be hard on Aiden and myself.  I know the elementary school staff incredibly well. I know he is safe and taken care of there. I hear about any problems before he comes home from school.

I don’t have connection to the middle school. I have to trust Aiden to take care of himself. I have to trust Aiden to be a 6th grader. I’m not there yet.  He has visited the middle school several times. He has been practicing using a lock. Most importantly he saw the variety of carbonated drinks in the cafeteria. (FYI, they are juice drinks and not soda). Aiden has chosen his language classes; either Mandarin or French. French in case he wants to play a game of hockey in Quebec. You know, cause that could happen to a Maryland kid. I think I am going to have him take some Tae Kwan Do classes this summer, to help with self defense. Aiden has a huge heart and will stand up for his friends. I want him to be able to do this without being stuffed into a locker. Thankfully,  he is not as small as I was at that age. I definitely fit into lockers.  So, 14 days until we move through the next stage of childhood. I’m heading to the drugstore to buy some cheap waterproof mascara so I can make it through without humiliating him or myself. But mostly him.

 

1st cottage trip

1st cottage trip

Aiden and His first shepherd Meadow

Aiden and His first shepherd Meadow

Aiden at three months old

Aiden at three months old

Aiden with his beloved grandpa Ron. Best guy ever.

Aiden with his beloved grandpa Ron. Best guy ever.

Aiden and Madeleine Feb. 2005

Aiden and Madeleine Feb. 2005

 

March Has Issues

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

March has had some serious issues weather wise. We had two snow days this month along with several days of mild temperatures. All I want to do is get outside and work on my yard. Which is an odd thing for me to say because I usually wait for my dad to work on my yard. Not this year. This year I will tame my yard and make it my…friend.

Last weekend we took the kids on an exotic hockey themed vacation. Translation= Aiden had a hockey tournament in northern Maryland so we stayed at a Hampton Inn. In the past, I have complained about staying in hotels with obnoxious youth hockey players. I find the more judgmental I am the more life teaches me all kinds of lessons. The kids on the team had a great time and learned a huge lesson about fairness. Like life is usually not fair. They played a team that had louder parents, louder coaches and more aggressive players. The game ended with our guys getting slashed twice and checked once. It was really hard not to become angry and freak out but I did some hard core breathing exercises and calmed myself down. I reminded myself that it was youth hockey and not that big of a deal. I did make fun of one parent from the other team but he really had it coming. He named his kid Ranger and spent the entire game coaching from the bench. If I had to hear “Ranger, skate faster” one more time I was going to chuck my coffee at him. The parent. Not Ranger. I’m not even sure which one was Ranger. Anyway, they won two out of three games and ended their season with a win. I didn’t even get too mad when one of the kids on Aiden’s team got his toe stuck in an elliptical trainer. He didn’t realize it wasn’t a toy and you need shoes for it. We got his smashed toe out and he skated the next morning. If you are wondering  if the girls had fun, the answer is yes. They swam, they ate chick fil a, and they bought new shoes. Win win for all.

The standardized tests are done for the school year and now we are heading into science project season. Madeleine’s project involves crystals and Aiden is working on filtering bay water. Somehow. These projects will require a lot of coffee and mental toughness on my part. Working with Aiden on anything science requires the mental toughness.

 

Aiden and Adam getting ready for their game. Either that or they are stuck and can't move with all the equipment on.

Aiden and Adam getting ready for their game. Either that or they are stuck and can’t move with all the equipment on.

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Celebrating a hard fought win. Poor Aiden is at the bottom of the pack protecting his head and his manhood.

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Adam and Aiden the super nerds! I mean super goalies. But mostly super nerds!

 

Christmas Past

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

So, I thought it would be really cute to post pictures from the last 10 Christmases. It would have been cute had I been properly organizing my pictures from the last 10 years. I haven’t. I wouldn’t know organization if it stabbed me in the eye. Although, I’m not sure I would know much of anything if I were stabbed in the eye. Here’s what we are going to do, I’m going to pretend like you care and you’re going to pretend that I have labeled the past 10 years correctly.

December 2003

December 2003

December 2004

December 2004

December 2005

December 2005

December 2006

December 2006

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December 2007

Christmas 2007

December 2007

December 2008

December 2008

 

December 2009

December 2009

December 2010

December 2010

December 2011

December 2011

December 2012

December 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Photo Shoot

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

One of my former gymnasts is a grown up now. An actual grown up who is almost done with college. Kyri is incredibly artistic so I wanted to have her take some pictures of the kids. I wanted them to be real and not matchy matchy. I admire people who match, I really do. People who can get their kids to match are usually the same people who are well organized and tidy. I’m neither, so the chances of my children having clothes that match was pretty low. Also, Aiden gets super mad when I try to dress him up in lady clothes. Lame, but really funny. Anyway, Kyri came and took pictures of my kids being themselves. We headed down to the community beach where the weather was cold and windy. I know how to pick days to make sure my kids suffer. They were very happy when the whole thing was over. And I’m happy with the results. However, the next time we do a photo shoot the big kids will probably have braces. Which is awesome because I didn’t want to save for retirement anyway.

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An Aiden dance move.

An Aiden dance move.

This is where they were supposed to jump.

This is where they were supposed to jump.

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A failed attempt at hockey

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I attempted to take the kids to a Navy hockey game. They were playing Michigan State’s club level team. Navy fans are very uneducated about the Big Ten. They actually had the game listed as Navy vs. Michigan. This was upsetting to myself and to Aiden. I casually mentioned the error to the ticket desk. They looked at me like I was loony. No, the loony comes later.  It was really fantastic to pay $11 for four tickets for college hockey.  I was arrogant. I assumed the night would be smooth sailing.

It immediately went down hill. Charlotte was hungry and completely acted like she never had dinner.  Since we were standing behind State’s goalie I told her to wait until play had stopped before we got food. She was hungry right then. Right then she needed to eat because I have never given her dinner and she needed dinner oh and her dinner needed to be candy. Yeah, I got it. She was hungry and she was attempting to trick me into a candy dinner. Before I could give her the business, a bunch of midshipmen came in with noise makers.  They stood next to us and began taunting the goalie. This sent Aiden into a quiet rage. I began talking him off a ledge while trying to get Charlotte to wait for a snack.I had two code red situations. I needed to stop Charlotte from acting like a punk and stop Aiden from freaking out on the Navy. I asked Aiden if he could hear me when I stand behind him and yell during games. He said he couldn’t, so I told him State’s goalie couldn’t hear the Navy punks yelling at him. Praise all that is holy the period ended and I was able to get the kids some dinner. It was just in the nick of time because we almost lost Charlotte to chocolate starvation.

OK, period two. We sat in the bleachers close to the boards so we could watch the action around the net. My other big mistake. We were right next to a group of Navy youth hockey players. Players who were yelling shit at State’s players as they came off and on the ice. Now I was pissed. First, you are wearing your team shirts which means you should behave in a semi respectful manner. Also, Youth hockey players shouldn’t give college hockey players shit about their skills.  They were punks. So I opened my mouth and told them to knock it off. Then they told me Michigan state sucked and Navy was awesome. Where were these kids raised? A barn? Entitled punks.  I loudly said to Aiden to ignore the kids because there was no way Navy could beat our Big Ten team. That got their attention. They shut up after that. Then the ref gave my kids a game puck and suddenly the Navy kids were nice and offered to take the puck off of our hands. What was with those kids?

After that we were done with the game. Done. State wasn’t doing so great and Aiden had developed a grudge against the entire Navy. The kids and I left. I noticed a coach bus from an Owosso bus company but the kids seemed to think me asking the drive if she was from Owosso was humiliating.

We still had hope

We still had hope

Hope was lost

Hope was lost

Again, hope.

Again, hope.

 

November 3rd

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

The boy’s hockey team is off to a strong start this year. The girls and boys are working really hard and having a lot of fun. Also, I don’t want any crap about his hair. As long as he doesn’t have a rat’s nest  in his hair, he is fine. However, I should probably make sure there isn’t anything growing in there.

November 3rd

November 3rd

November 3rd game

November 3rd game

November 3rd game

November 3rd game

Waiting for the start

Waiting for the start

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November 3rd

November 3rd

Happy Easter and Stuff

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

My blogging fell apart after I went back to work.  And let’s be honest I was never very consistent to begin with.  March sort of flew by while I wasn’t paying attention. We were very busy with work and kid activities. I would love to share some pictures of Madeleine at gymnastics however, she doesn’t not like me to take her picture. I need to figure out how to take her picture without her knowing. Charlotte loves to have her picture taken during gymnastics. She loves it so much that when I start to take her picture she stops doing gymnastics.

I do have pictures from Aiden’s last few hockey games. It’s fortune he has no idea his picture is being taken, otherwise he acts completely obnoxious.  He takes enough pucks to his head, he doesn’t need anymore distractions out there.

We are coming off of our spring break. It was rough to say the least. The family was hit with flu this year and it caused temporary insanity in me. I think (crossing me fingers) we are at the tail end of feeling like crap.

Random Aidenisms

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

The day before Christmas, Aiden and my father went to a guitar store. My mom wanted a new guitar for Christmas. Aiden has a fantastic time guitar shopping with my dad. I think he has hopes that my dad will break down and buy him an electric guitar. Instead my dad bought him a harmonica. Actually, he bought all three kids harmonicas. Before you get the big idea that my dad just throws around his money, these harmonicas were little. Like, two inches long. On the way home Aiden began playing his new little harmonica. Sometimes that kid comes up with the oddest ideas…

Aiden: “Well, I guess if I ever go to jail I will have something to play. I’m not sure why I would go to jail. I am a pretty good kid. I hope I don’t end up in jail”.

And with that, he went back to playing his harmonica.