Monday, October 24, 2016

Oh Zeek!

I don't know what the deal is, but this year has been an emotional one for Isaak AKA Zeek.

He had the whole marker incident happen at school. Where punk kids took the markers we donated removed the caps and stomped on them. He was pretty upset about that. So much so that he had to go talk to the councilor. For the record that was the first time in history he was sent to talk to the councilor. It wasn't because he was violent; just upset.

Then he forgot his homework one night last week. He cried hard for an hour thinking that he was going to get in trouble. He didn't get in trouble. I told him that we all make mistakes. It's not something he does regularly. I've left my laptop at home when I had to teach. Travis has left his wallet at home when he went out. It happens.

He's been having problems with one so called friend. I blogged about this problem already. I keep thinking that he and this kid will just get over their problems someday. I don't even care if this kid is someone he wants to stop liking. We don't have to like everyone. It's just that this kid is in his circle of friends. I fear that if Isaak continues to hold a grudge he'll be the one that's left out of that circle. So far this hasn't happened yet.

Back story: The kid laughed when Isaak fell way back in August. Isaak fell hard, and can't shake that this kid laughed at him when he was hurt. He never apologized. To make matters worse the kid kept telling Isaak, "I only need two friends, and you're not one of them."

Isaak is not one that forgets easily. Things come up that happened a year ago - like they were yesterday.

Do I expect Isaak and this kid to be best friends? No. I wouldn't want to be best friends with a kid that laughed at me, or was rude to me either.

Their teacher decided to have them not talk for 2 or 3 days, and then see how things went. Those days have come and gone. The little boy came up to Isaak at the Fall Festival on Friday to say, "Isaak have you seen so and so?" Isaak shrugged his shoulders. He refused to talk to him.

I said, "Isaak it's been past 2 or 3 days. You can talk to him now."

Isaak said, "Or I can just continue to not talk to him."

I said, "Isaak you don't have to be best friends with him. Don't go out of your way to talk to him, but don't be rude when he comes to talk to you."

Isaak said, "Or I can just continue to not talk to him. He's mean to me."

I said, "Yes his actions were rude. Maybe he doesn't know how to act when someone falls. I think it's funny when I fall. I'm not sure why I do. Sometimes I laugh when I feel like crying just because my emotions are all mixed up."

Later on that night I found out the kid's parents are having problems. I didn't bring this up to Isaak. I don't want rumors to start at school. Another friend's grandparent told me that. His Mom has leaned on her to watch him many times over the last month.

I let Isaak think about what I said.

The next day I had another talk with Isaak. I told him about a story from when I was little:

One day I was over at my best friend's house. All the sudden she got a call from neighbor friends to go swimming with them. She wanted to go. Her sister told her it was rude. She didn't care. I left very sad.

The next day she called me up to see if I could play. I said, "No you're not my friend anymore." 

I wish I knew how we made up. I think she apologized, and all was forgiven. 

Do you ever think that maybe things happen in the past on purpose just so you can pass those stories along for the future?

Maybe my friend is telling her kid a story about something I did to her to teach him a lesson.

Isaak said, "I know where you're going with this... I'm not going to be best friends with so and so." He's good with connecting the dots.  

I said, "I don't expect you to be best friends with him." The point is... is that the friend of mine that went to the swimming pool over hanging out with me made a mistake. We all make mistakes. If you ask her, she'll have stories about me. Things that I did that made her feel bad. She's still my friend today." I showed him pictures on facebook. I told him, "Even you have hung out with my friend's son."

I said, "Sometimes it's not about forgiving. It can be. Often times it's about being the bigger, better person by letting negative things go. Just know that people make mistakes." As I said that I was thinking about adults that don't deal with negative people at all, and write them out of their lives. I get that too. I just know kids make more mistakes hopefully than adults do. 

Conferences are this week. We may get some things solved there. Even the councilor is usually there. I may talk with her about this friend conflict. 

Isaak's always had a plethora amount of empathy. When I told him I had to go into work one evening he wanted to know why. I told him that my boss's mom had passed away. How I had to cover for him. He nearly started to cry.

To think one of my co-workers raised 5 boys and 2 girls. He told me, "Alissa you're going to love having boys. They let stuff go; when girls do not. There isn't drama with boys." Boy was he wrong about boys letting things go, and not having drama. He was right about something, I love my boys.

Brick Logic By Think Fun

Brick Logic is a new fun game by Think Fun!

Brick Logic is a challenging one player game.

It makes the player think in 3-D.

How to Play:

1. There is a set of 60 challenge cards. Each challenge is different.

2. Once the challenge is picked, the player then tries to build it with the 5 brick pieces.

Challenge 1:

Challenge 2:

It's not as easy as it looks. Some of those bricks are already connected. It's all about moving the bricks around to match the challenge. I have 58 challenges to go. Ha!

Brick Logic, as part of Think Fun special collection of STEM games:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Math
It really expands the mind with all that variety of spacial thinking. I think games like this are fun for kids and adults. In fact many of these puzzle type games help reduce one's risk of getting Alzheimer's disease. This game is for ages 8 and up. I think Isaak will enjoy it. I plan on giving to him for Christmas.

As explained in her book, Mindsets in the Classroom, Mary Cay Ricci implemented a Growth Mindset Project that inserted Think Fun games into 53 classrooms.

Mary Cay Ricci writes: 

These games, in partnership with growth mindsets lessons, showed unexpected results in just 7 months. Not only did the teachers report increased motivation and persistence, but the data showed growth in reasoning abilities All 6 schools averaged growth of 8 percentile points in analogical reasoning and 7 percentile points for quantitative reasoning.




The game Brick Logic also comes with a bag to make it easy to transport.

Disclaimer: I got this game to review. Think Fun in no way expected me to write this review. I wrote it because I love Think Fun, and their STEM friendly games.

Advanced Probiotic by Health Labs Nutra Review

My family takes probiotics daily. I just notice that I feel better when I have them. Advanced Probiotic Formula contains 11.5 Billion organisms including bacillus subtillis. 

I like that the package was really secure. What I mean by that is that the lid was wrapped in a tight plastic, there was a paper seal on the lid, and cotton in the bottle. I don't like a lot of waist, but with any pills it's important to have them safe.

After saying the waist bit above,  I do think the bottle could be smaller. There was a lot of room in the bottle. I'd pay more just to have more probiotics in it, if left the same size. The cotton was fairly loose.

I take out 3 pills in the morning, open them up, and add them to our smoothie. These are great because the capsules are easy to open up.

They help with Mica's skin issues, if anyone is having tummy issues, and help to prevent sickness.

100% Potent Formula Get Your Digestive Relief! 
Probiotics have been known to provide relief from the following symptoms: 

  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Nausea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Indigestion
  • Sour Stomach
  • Acid Reflux
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Colitis 
  • Eczema
  • So much more

These Are Safe For... 

  • Women
  • Men
  • Kids
  • Women that are pregnant 
  • Women that are breastfeeding 
I love that they are safe for anyone. Since I put them in our families smoothie I look to make sure we all can have them. If Travis or I has tummy issues I make sure we have another one later in the day. Adults are supposed to take 2 pills a day. I kind of wish that 2 pills were just packed into 1. I'd rather take 1 a day, than 2.

If you are looking for relief from bloating and an upset stomach, probiotics are a cure-all for many digestive related symptoms. Probiotics are living microorganisms that create good bacteria and yeasts in your intestinal tract. It promotes healthy microflora in your system that helps with your colon health too.


$22.97 on sale for $21.82. They are sold by Natural Solutions Now.

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. I'm already cringing about next week. I reluctantly agreed to do this thing that is for high school students called Career Explorers. I didn't do it last year, and knew they needed someone, so why not? The lady in charge told me that the night would be split up. I thought it would be me doing my thing, and someone else coming in to do something else. Nope! It's the same as it was a few years back. It's not that awful. I teach about Photoshop, they get turned loose to play with Photoshop on a college student's laptop along side them.

    What sucks is that I have conferences for my boys the night before. The night after I have an advisory board meeting at work. Isaak has basketball practice another night. I'll be swamped. I teach 2 of those days. I don't even know when I'll have time to mess with dinner, and lunch prep work. I so wish I could get out of the advisory board meeting! Keep in mind that I've never missed one. 

  2. Mica has less homework than Isaak. Is that odd? I talked with one of our friends that was a Paraprofessional at the school last year. He said, "Some teachers have different teaching styles." Travis wants Mica to have more homework. He needs a push with math. He doesn't want Mica to go to middle school next year unprepared. 

  3. A few nights ago Isaak accidentally left his homework at school. He freaked out. He was crying for a good 30 minutes. I told him, "Isaak no one is perfect. I've left my laptop for work at home before. Your Dad has left his wallet at home before. No one likes messing up. You're going to have to get over it though." We sent an email off to his teacher, and everything is fine. 

  4. Isaak had another drama incident happen at school. I'm beginning to think some boys are just as bad as some girls with drama. This one kid that he was friends with last year all the sudden decided he only needs 2 friends. Apparently Isaak isn't 1 of them. I thought it would roll over - poof be gone, so I didn't do anything about it. This has been going on, since August. The kid keeps telling Isaak, "You're not my friend. I don't need you..." Of course I'm only getting Isaak's side. The kid went up to Travis to tell him that Isaak and him aren't getting along. Travis talked to the teacher about it. His teacher thought it would be best that they not talk for 3 days. Then if all is good...great! If all is still to the councilor's office they go. 

  5. Travis spent hours on this meal. He was all excited to make a Mexican dish. He went to 2 grocery stores to get what he needed. It's homemade Tostadas. It looked looked good. It just tasted ok. It took forever for the boys to eat because it was spicy. Have you ever been excited to try and make something, and it just turned out ok?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Family Get Together

Over the weekend we got together for my Mom and Brother-in-law's birthdays. For us we celebrate August and September birthdays together, October birthdays together, a November birthday (because the October birthdays are so early and the November one is so late), December and January birthdays, March birthdays, May birthdays, and June birthdays.

For my Brother-in-law I got him this funny card:

Later on he fell asleep.

It seems like there's always some man that falls asleep during a family function. Is it like this in your family?

Anyhow the photo reminded me of this famous art history piece Lamento sul Cristo moto or Lamentation Over the Dead Christ.

The really hilarious thing about this get together was what Mica did. 

For a month he's been saying, "Mom can I play my trumpet at the next family get together?" I said, "I don't care." 

For a few days he's been playing, Hot Cross Buns. He kept saying that he nailed the song. Ummm....not so much. He nailed it twice, but was inconsistent with it like anyone would be when they first start playing an instrument. I kept reminding him that he's really only been playing for a month, if that. He didn't start until early September, and his teacher was gone for 2 weeks. But according to Mica he had it down. 

He wanted me to learn how to sing it. I kept saying, "Mica you're having a hard time playing it. I don't think I can sing to it just yet. You'll get there eventually."

He wanted his cousin Evan to come with his flute to play along side of him, but he forgot his flute on that day. 

The morning of the get together he kept coming out of his room in suit jackets. They were mine that I've had stuck in the back of his closet. I didn't care if he wore them, but Travis said to one, "You look like a girl Mica." To another, "You look like the kid in the movie Big when he went from an adult to a kid, and his clothes were all big." Mica was getting annoyed. He wanted to look great for his first debut. I kept saying, "Wear a nice shirt, and leave it at that." That wasn't good enough. I said, "Well wear this grey jacket over the shirt." It was a sporty jacket, not a dress jacket. He of course didn't go for that. He had on a nice shirt, and another nice shirt over that. By that time I told Travis I was done listening to the two of them argue. 

He set up his music stand right away when we got there. I said, "Let's wait until lunch is over before you play."

When he played I couldn't hold it back any longer. Tears were rolling down my face from laughing so hard. My sister was laughing in the kitchen. Our laughter was feeding off each other. The jacket, the tapping of his foot, the notes that he tried to make were all making me laugh. Even when I told everyone not to laugh. He never heard me over the trumpet sound, and he was looking at his music notes. Let's just say that I'm amused easily.

My sister kept saying, "This is the best thing that's happened all day. Please play another song." So he did. 

My two year old nephew was on the side lines clapping. He said in his little voice, "Good job Mica!" 

I said, "Good job son. I love your dedication. You need to practice more to hit those notes." He did do good for just starting. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. Mica's slowly stopped the blinking all the time thing. Travis took him to the doctor last week. I just wanted to make sure he didn't need glasses; considering that he was squinting too. I called to see how it went. Travis: "They said they think there is a parasite in his eyes." He said they had to swab his eyes, send samples out to be tested, and that antibiotics would be expensive if it came back positive. I of course believed him. For the record his eyes are fine. They think he has a tic, which does mean he has Tourette Syndrome.

  2. Isaak has a pretty close group of friends. What would you do if all the sudden one of the so called friends kept saying, "You're not my friend anymore. I only need 2 friends. You're not one of them."? I know kids have issues.

    This one kid is starting to piss me off. I'm not even Isaak. What's really annoying is that the punk kid is around his other 2 good friends all the time. I sound like a girl in high school talking about someone that just broke up with him, "Isaak it's not you, it's him." I'm going to talk to his teacher about it at conferences to see if she has any wise words to share with me. I was hoping it would blow over, but it's been going on for awhile now.

  3. Isaak has another thing he has to deal with. He gets to school early because Mica has Safety Patrol. Another little girl in his class shows up early for the same reason. Isaak chats with her. They've always been friends. When a bunch of kids come to breakfast they say, "Oh look Isaak's with his girlfriend!" I said, "Isaak that's silly. Just tell them she's your friend only. Otherwise let it roll off your back. Artists that that are girls who hang out with Dad I joke about them being his girlfriends. They aren't really. It's just something I say." I had to explain what, "Let it roll off your back" meant. I hope that advice is good enough. 

  4. Did you see the Corey Feldman's video Go For it on the Today show? It was so bad. I like him in older movies, but this music career is odd. Go watch it here. It's a song about taking a stand for the United States, but he threw the flag on the floor. 

  5. Source
  6. I'm not a big meme person, but found the one below funny. Have you watched Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David? It's one of Travis' favorite shows. I like that you don't have to watch the show in order to get it. If you liked Seinfeld you'll like Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David wrote Seinfeld

  7. Source
    I say, "Hi!" in a friendly voice to students all the time. Some are really friendly back, while select few don't say anything at all. Awkward! I'd rather them say, "Hey, mind your own business. How about that?" to me, than to give me the silent treatment. At least it wouldn't be as awkward. It's acknowledging that they heard me. Ha!
What's something random in your life?

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Last night we went to Wenninghoff's Farm for the boy's school. It was a fundraiser.

We only spent slightly over an hour there.

The perk was the pumpkin patch area. We grew pumpkins, so we didn't pick out pumpkins. It was just really pretty.

Pumpkins Only

Pumpkins With People

Pumpkins With People and a Dog That Kept Following Us on the Hayrack Ride

A Phone Shot

We spent the rest of the time talking with other parents, and running around.

Which photo is your favorite?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Self Hair Cut Clipper Pro System Review

Travis cuts his own hair most of the time. He also cuts Isaak and Mica's hair when they want it short.

I'm so happy to share with you: Self Hair Cut Clipper Pro System that I got for review.

The grooming trimmers pot set has a unique curved handle. This allows for a better grip on the handle. The blade will cut without problems. No more twisting funny at the wrist to try and cut a spot.

There is a cord that comes with the set. The cord is just for recharging the battery that comes in it. The battery is a lithium battery that can be used for over 60 minutes. The battery lasts 3 times longer than most batteries.

The set does have a detachable blade heads which can set in 4 different directions to help reach all tough spots. There are 6 combs for different cuts. 2 are for sideburns.

There was one that was bent.

All attachments are rinsable for an easy clean, washable with water and air dry.


The only thing I miss with photos that I'm super excited about is the hair cutting cape. That's going to be great to use on the boys. It was hidden under everything. 

Have you ever cut someone's hair? 

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discount in exchange for an honest review. 

Flavored #motionmatcha Green Tea with Real Fruit - Review

I feel better when I have greens in my daily diet. I have steamed kale or collard greens in the morning, spinach leaves in my smoothie and at times matcha tea at work.

Matcha tea makes me feel energized without feeling jittery like when I drink coffee.

Recently I got Flavored Matcha Green Tea with Real Fruit to review.

  • It comes in a plain Matcha flavor. Cost: $34.99
  • I got Matcha with Strawberry and Lemonade. I like that they use real fruit for the flavoring. I really do love the taste! It has a more of a lemonade after taste. Cost: $38.99

There's Only 2 That Could Use Improvement:
  1. The bag was not very full. I'm ok with how much I got. You really only need 1 small spoonful for each drink. What I have will last for a long time! I just wish it was in a smaller bag, so less waist goes in the landfill. 

  2. Like any Matcha it will clump up a bit. This isn't something against this brand. All Matcha's clump up. You can have a small whisk handy. I put it in a container with a lid, so I can shake it up before and mid drink. 

Will I Buy This Again?

Yes! I like the flavor. Even better is the health benefits. Japanese Match is good for me. I like how it makes me feel awake. Being a teacher I have to pretend to be wide awake, and happy all the time. This is a better alternative to coffee. 

It's Nice That This Can Be Consumed Different Ways: 
  • Cold with water *Like I have shown.
  • Hot with water *Great for when I'm sick, or have a bad allergy day.
  • In a smoothie with other things *Just a little bit goes a long way.

Isaak liked his sip of Motionmatcha.

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discount in exchange for an honest reveiw. 


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