Another Snow Storm?

February 12th, 2014

We are supposed to get more snow tonight. Then, the snow is supposed to turn in to icy sleet. When these two statements are added together the result is children staying home from school. My children will then be home from school and unable to play outside because it will be sleeting. I have no guarantees that any of this will happen but I need to be prepared. I have been trying to think of ways to keep them from killing each other and I came up with boxes and cats. The kids are going to build cat houses and force the cats to enjoy being in the houses. It’s probably animal abuse but I can’t worry about that right now. Speaking of animal abuse, I was accused of hurting Willow during the last snow storm. Willow loves being in the snow and it can be a challenge to get her to come inside. I have had to chase her down, pick her up, and carry her in the house. Willow is also really annoying with her barking habit. She will bark at the door until you open it up and throw a stick for her to fetch. This stupid game can and has lasted for hours.  During the first snow incident I had the kids and Willow playing in the front yard. Snow was still fun and the cold didn’t bother anyone yet. Some lady pulled up in front of our house and asked who owned Willow. I was prepared to answer questions about how amazing she is and how she can walk and run without back knees. Yeah. No. That didn’t happen. Instead the woman accused me of leaving her outside so long that her knees froze. She then went on to say that she had been watching my house and keeping track of how long Willow was left outside. Which isn’t creepy at all. After  accusing me of dog abuse, she drove away. She drove up, accused me of animal abuse and drove away. Not creepy at all. The kids and I were rather stunned and Aiden summed it up with one word. “Awkward”.

Winterness

January 21st, 2014
Nana and Madeleine Skating

Our Nana can skate better than your Nana.

Sharing the new electric guitar with our grandfather. How many grandkids can say that?

Sharing the new electric guitar with our grandfather. How many grandkids can say that?

We played our new electric guitar using my uncle's amp.

We played our new electric guitar using my uncle’s amp.

Cousin love

Cousin love

More cousin trouble making

More cousin trouble making

He shot a rat.

He shot a rat.

We watched the Rose Bowl as a family.

We watched the Rose Bowl as a family.

A lot happened over the short time we were there. We saw a lot of family and did a lot of sledding. We took full advantage of Michigan weather, so much so that when we arrived in Maryland to find three inches of snow it was rather upsetting. I think the kids started screaming, “For the love of all things holy,no more snow”. Of course, that could be because it took us over 16 hours to get from Michigan to Maryland. It usually takes us between 11-12 hours but we drive with a snow storm so that slowed us down. The day after we arrived the kids had a snow day. We are also having a snow day today because it might snow. That’s right, there is no snow on the ground but there might be snow later. My kids will be going to school until July.

Christmas

December 26th, 2013

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Christmas Past

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Day

December 10th, 2013

We have a snow day. Without a lot of snow. At first we had snow and then it rained and then it snowed again. Then our winter storm warning was called off. Now it’s wet and muddy out. We made cookies. We ate cookies. We fought over cookies. Now I’m drinking coffee trying to stay mostly sane.

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Frozen Photo Shoot

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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No one earns a turkey leg.

December 5th, 2013

Writing about Thanksgiving seems like a good idea while I wait for the dishwasher repair person. This year we went to my friend Stephanie’s house. We have been celebrating Thanksgiving together on and off for over 10 years.

This was a landmark year. We were able to watch an entire football game and eat dinner without having to deal with kid issues. Our kids are growing up and while it can be bittersweet it was really great to move to a new phase. I miss my babies and how easy it was to keep them safe. I miss knowing everyone who knows them. I miss being a part of every moment of their days. But growing up can be good too. While I am not apart of every moment of their day I do get to hear about all the ups and downs. I know their friends and I am watching them become people. I was thinking the other day that I will have to share them during the holidays when they get older. Yeah, I made myself sad.  When I get sad I think of what my dad told me when I was freaking out right before he walked me down the isle. He told me to get my shit together. So, I grabbed some coffee and got my shit together. Which when you really think about it, getting shit together is a really disgusting phrase.

ANYWAY, Thanksgiving was fun. Stephanie’s oldest son is on the spectrum. It has been a tough tough road. He made huge strides this year when he willing ate turkey and asked for more. This was unfortunate for anyone who wanted the turkey leg because Jake wanted it, to play with and to share with the dog. The turkey leg involved a huge fight between Steph and Jake.  Jake was yelling that he had earned the turkey leg.  Steph yelled back that no one earns a turkey leg. Which I thought was great because I bet back in the 1200’s people totally earned turkey legs. So to summarize: Thanksgiving was nice, I made myself sad and no one earned a turkey leg.

A failed attempt at hockey

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.

 

Madeleine Birthday Pictures

November 7th, 2013

I realized, after I blogged about not having any pictures of Madeleine’s birthday, that I had a few pictures. The night of her actual birthday we went out for dinner at La Madeleine. Ya, she likes her name so much that she chooses places to eat based on her name. Then we went to the Lego store because she wanted to pick out a new Lego friends set. Lego = Legos with accessories. I only find it odd how different the chicks from Lego friends look compared to Lego men. It’s obvious they won’t ever date. Or exchange hair.

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Oh and birthday pictures:

Cake full of poisonous food colored frosting.

Cake full of poisonous food colored frosting.

Daughter getting ready to enjoy poison cake.

Daughter getting ready to enjoy poison cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 3rd

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