Friday, June 23, 2017

Random Tid Bits

  1. I have one summer school make up class done! Basically the girl that took my Portfolio class didn't show up enough to finish the course out. Instead of taking it all over, she took 5 days to make up some credit hours to get her to pass. We have a system that seems to work. I don't mind summer make up courses for the most part.

    It just stinks that students who don't care about their education are in them. College isn't cheap. Utilize your time people! These tend to be the same people that complain about student loan payments. 

  2. I'm pre writing this, so right now I'm getting ready for surgery. Yikes!

  3. I love to do what I can to help with my health on my own, but sometimes medical people need to step in to help. Recently I joined in a discussion group on facebook. It was with a company I've liked from the get go. I like them so much, that I'm not even going to mention their name.

    They had a guest speaker on there that is a meditation and healing councilor: Mas Sajady. Now I'm all for meditation in a relax, let things go kind of a way. But he was pretending to know people. I mentioned my nasal problems. He said, "The girl with the nasal problems has a struggle relationship with her Father." I'm like, Wow he couldn't be more full of bullshit than he is right now. I get along with my Dad great! What I really said on facebook was, "I'm the one with the nasal problems, and I get along with my Dad great."

    Of course I was the one that won a special reading with this man. I'm not even going to partake. Has there ever been a person where you're like, They are so full of shi*!?

  4. My Brother-in-law Eric was so nice - he buffed my car lights. 12 years of stuff was on them that clouded them all up. He put on some rubbing compound, and buffed it. Now my car can see. :)




  5. I've been cleaning up a storm. Just so you know artists are pack rats - most of them any way. I shredded 2 bags of papers, and still have a stack that's overwhelming.  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy First Day of Summer!

I like today because it's the first day of summer, it's my birthday, and it's sometimes the day that Father's Day lands on. I like when people say, "Happy Birthday!" and I can say, "Happy First Day of Summer!" right back.

I'm not really doing too much today. We celebrated June birthdays a few weeks ago with my bigger family, and went out for pizza on Father's Day celebrating both on that one day.

I did get this from my Mom:


She got the Succulent Necklace here

She also got me some ice packs for my nose, which sort of surprised me. When I asked for them she said, "Just use a bag a peas Alissa. It works better than anything else." The ice packs are nice because they can freeze or heat up. 

Travis gave me a gift card to Dunkin' Donuts. It's newish here, right up the street from work, and I happen to like it. He said, "Whatever you do don't spend it on us. Spend it on you." 

I got myself some bee earrings. 

It kind of came out of the money my Mom gave to me. They were on clearance + 25% off and I liked them. They're hook earrings. They really aren't as big as the picture shows. Earrings are hard to photograph I think. I tried many shots of my ear, but kept cropping them on accident. 


I'm on the cusp. 

Some sources say I'm a Gemini, while others say I'm a Cancer. I never put stock into signs. I think I didn't get into it because I grew frustrated when one source would say I'm one thing, and another source would say I'm something else. I looked it up last night, and I read articles about how being on the cusp is magical. Ha! I'm not so sure I'm magical:
  • Strengths: Fun, flirty, curious, intellectual, affectionate, caring, devoted, sensitive and inspirational I guess I'm those things.
  • Weaknesses: Moody, overly emotional, scatterbrained, selfish, depressive and self-destructive I've become more scatterbrained in the last few months. I thought it was because of my surgery coming up. Usually I have it together. My husband is more scattered brained than I am. He'd even admit that. I'm sensitive to other's emotions. Like if someone else cries, I might cry too.
  • How Gemini-Cancer Work Together: Gemini's speedy and breezy energy combines with Cancer's slower and more thoughtful nature to create people who are both light and bright. Gemini's restlessness is nicely balanced by Cancer's sensitivity, resulting in a well-rounded soul. I like to think of myself as well rounded. When I take a color personality test I get all the colors. 
  • What They Love: Great big books about history and philosophy, trying out new recipes, hosting dinner parties and playing with children (after all, they are kids at heart). Yes, yes and yes. Travis makes fun of me for trying new recipes. I love kids overall.
  • What They Need: Sensitive and affectionate Gemini-Cancer cuspers need someone to love! Without a special someone to nurture, they can become moody or depressed. I may get depressed when Travis is away a lot. He has this residency right now. While I'm proud of him, I miss him too. I'm odd though because I also enjoy my alone time. 
  • Advice: Thicken your skin! I do tend to take things personally. If someone drops off I think it's something I said, or did. In fact I've been known to confront them, and sometimes they just won't respond back. I've apologized before when I didn't know what I did wrong just to open a line of communication. I hate when people don't say, "Goodbye". 
Travis says I seem more like a Cancer. 

What's your sign? Do you believe in signs?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WW: Father's Day and Birthday {Linky}

For Father's Day and my early birthday celebration we went out to a place called Sgt. Peffer's Italian Cafe. It's a little hole in the wall place. They have some Beatles stuff, and play music from that time period.




Their pizza is pretty good!


Then for dinner Travis had Isaak help him in the kitchen.



They made Varna-Style Chicken with rice, and a garden picked kale salad.



#SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps


I worry about our countries healthcare. Those that need it, aren't getting it. We pay for our own because our works are so small. 

I worry about people like my nephew Emerson that may loose Medicaid. They have helped him with hearing aids, a walker, a wheelchair, therapies and more. 

Trisomy 18 is considered Incompatable With Life in hospitals. My sister did nothing to help him in the beginning. Once he hit 2 months, and was still growing she chose to fight for him. He is showing us that he is Compatible With Life. He's potty trained, can understand yes and no, is happy most of the time, walks, and more. 

I've been emailing and calling my senators to help save Medicaid. There is a list of Senators, and how to get ahold of them here: http://contact411.blogspot.com/2017/05/us-senators-115th-congress.html

You can use my nephew Emerson's story, or a story of someone you know to make them understand how Medicaid has helped. 

Their phones should be ringing off the hook, but people just aren't standing up for those that need it the most. 

If you don't know what to say there are helpful scripts here: https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/call/

Thank you so much!

Emerson thanks you too!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Omaha Community Playhouse - Camp 1

The boys are in quite a few camps throughout the summer: 

  • Omaha Community Playhouse (theater camp)
  • UNO Aim for the Stars (science camp)
  • UNO Basketball Camp 
  • Hummel Day Camp (outdoor rough and tumble camp)
Some camps around here are less expensive than daycare + more fun. Camps can be written off on taxes like daycare can be.

Last week they started their first camp at Omaha Community Playhouse. 

I don't mean to sound negative, but...

  • In the past they had a performance up on stage. They didn't do that this year. A lot of parents didn't know what they were doing, or where to go. 
  • Mica said he didn't know what his group was doing at all. 
  • My Mom was unable to go down the steps to see Isaak preform. She had Polio, so her legs don't work the best. 
  • The boys performed in different spots, so I had to run back and forth from downstairs to upstairs. 
  • It seemed like a scattered mess - unfortunately. It's really too bad because the boys actually do have fun at that camp. I've always had great things to say about it. 

Where there's a negative there's a positive, so...

  • Isaak's class did seem to have it together. I don't know if his teacher has been there longer, or what the deal was.
  • Isaak learned about puppets, which I love. He made a cardboard mask, and worked with shadow puppets.
  • Mica's performance was more like a bunch of games. He did learn to project his voice. My parents said that he was easy to hear, and moved around well, which is what they were supposed to do. 
  • They enjoyed each day. The camp seemed to wear them out pretty well. They were tired around 8. For summer that's a great thing.
  • I think this is the first year they have gotten t-shirts.
I can't say we'll do it again. It's sad because my kids loved it in the past. Isaak's teacher did do well. It just seemed too all over the place this year; with no solid plans.

Isaak's class acted out the story from the book, The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters.


Isaak was the bear in the story. He was all excited about it! He got this mask:



Then his class made shadow puppets. They acted out fairytales. This was The Gingerbread Man. They did the voices behind the puppets as well.


I went up some steps to peek in on Mica's group. They were just playing acting games, but didn't really perform anything. 

This is really the best photo I could get, since I had 2 kids in different spots. I didn't get a good seat.


My parents did say that Mica acted out his exercise really well. I was hoping for more. I think all of us were.

I took photos of the boys with their theater shirts on at The KANEKO Museum that night.


Have you ever been disappointed in something you were once happy with? 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Random Tid Bits

A blogger named Mandy on the blog: With Love nominated me with one of those awards that travels around from blogger to blogger. It's been awhile, since I've participated in anything like this. I get nominated for things on facebook, and I have to be honest - I usually ignore them. I really only ignore them because I don't feel like anyone else wants to read it. But you want to read it, right? :)


Another reason why I usually don't post awards like this is because I'm not usually a rule person. That's kind of the reason I stopped doing a Sing Song Saturday Post. I kept getting nailed for not following rules, when I was invited to play along. Sorry, not sorry on that one. I am honored, and I will be a rule person this time around.

Rule 1: Put the award logo/image on your blog. Did it!

Rule 2: List the rules. Doing it!

Rule 3: Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Thank you Mandy. 

Rule 4: Mention the creator, Okoto Enigma, of the award and provide a link as well.  Did it!

Rule 5: Tell your readers three things about yourself:
  1. I'm a paper pack rat. I hate going through papers! Instead they are everywhere. This is not something I'm proud of. I really need to go through papers before I have surgery. BLAH!

  2. We only throw out 1 or 2 trash bags a week. For a family of four I think that's pretty good. We recycle, have an on going compost pile, and reuse many things. 

  3. I honestly don't care about somethings: Like if you say soda, pop, or soda pop. Just don't refer to everything as "Coke". It would be one thing if Coke was the only main brand of soda, but it's not. I guess one could argue that because Puffs and Kleenex both rule the tissue world. People say, "Hand me a tissue.", or "Hand me a Kleenex.", but they don't say, "Hand me a Puffs." I grew up with flavored carbonated sugary drinks as being called, "Pop", but my Grandpa called it, "Soda Pop" and in grad school most people referred to it as, "Soda".

    I also don't care if toilet paper goes under or over. I try and put it so it goes over, but life is too short to get in a panty bunch about something so small. I think I'm like that with many things. 
Rule 6: You have to nominate 10 to 20 people - No you don't have to participate. These are just blogs I visit on a regular basis. If anything it just will get the word out about your blog:
  1. Noelle from 'Jumpin Beans' Go Georgia peaches! She took my girl name Savannah. I love it! It's her girl's name now. She always liked it too, so she didn't really take it.

  2. Theresa from Theresa's Mixed Nuts Such wonderful recipes and pretty girls! 

  3. Rosey from Mail 4 Rosey Florida life! Oh what I'd do to live by a beach in the summer time.

  4. Lisa at Two Bears Farm Farm life! I love posts about her boys. They are so creative.

  5. Mitch from Gay NYC Dad Wonderful Giveaways! I love to read men's blogs. There's not enough men bloggers.

  6. Indah My Purple World I love her photos: The colors, perspective and more. Plus she gets to go a lot of places. I like her different food recipes.

  7. I'm missing Robin from Masshole Mommy Go Massachusetts! I love posts about her boys too!

  8. I'm really missing Terry from Journey With Candida Blog She even took herself off facebook. If I stop blogging. I promise to at least say goodbye. I feel like I lost a friend. Yes you guys are friends to me. Anyhow she commented on my blog a lot at one point in time. I loved reading about healthy tips!

  9. Liz from Eat Move Make Great travel tips! I always get hungry after going to her blog. 

  10. Felicia from Go Grow Go The first blog I started reading on a regular basis. She has 2 adorable boys as well.

  11. Terra from Heck of a Bunch She shares my sister's name. They even spell it the same. How fun!

  12. Kristi from Moms Own Words Go Massachusetts! I enjoy that her boys are into acting, and band.

  13. Harry from Self Sufficient Mountain Living I love that we can comment on each other's blogs even though we are different. I'm not a republican - I don't know that I'm any party, I'm not a gun enthusiast, I've never had anyone in my life that's been in the service except for my Grandpa, and I'd never choose to live in solitude. I firmly believe that we have to learn to live through our differences. Even some family members are very different from me. If we were cookie cutter people, life would be boring. 
Rule 7: Notify them. Kind of did that above.

Rule 8: Ask your nominee any five questions of your choice, one weird or funny questions:
  1. What is something creative you did as a child?

  2. What is one of your biggest mistakes that you've learned from?

  3. Have you ever broken a bone? If so how?        

  4. Have you had any fall outs with friendships? Do you wish you still were friends?        

  5. Are you a morning person, or a night person?
Rule 9: Add a link to my best post. This is hard. I've been writing, since Isaak was born. Maybe this post: How Did the World Begin

Rule 10: Answer the questions your nominator gave you:
  1. What is your favorite breakfast (food + drink)? Baked Chocolate Doughnuts, Steamed Kale, Eggs: With ham, onion, garlic, green onions, and nutritional yeast, a Smoothie: With spinach, frozen bananas, fresh mint leaves, unsweetened almond milk, and ice, and eggs. Can you tell I like breakfast?


  2. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Iceland because art is a huge part of their culture, Bjork's from there, and all the photos I've seen look pretty! It's kind of odd I pick there because I'm not really into being cold.

  3. What is the weirdest thing you have seen in someone else’s home? We accidentally went into someone else's home. We were supposed to go in a small house/cabin, and thought someone's house was were we were supposed to be. The clue it wasn't were we were supposed to go was the bra on the steps! Yep I didn't see that until Travis went to the bathroom, and the boys were running everywhere. Later Travis realized he left his maps inside that house when he went to the bathroom. He had to re-trespass to get his maps. I felt like we were in an episode of 48 Hours. It was really pretty there though - minus the bra on the steps!


  4. If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you had done? Trespass, or theft. There was an old house by Kansas City Art Institute that I trespassed in a few times. If it's old and abandoned it's cool! I'm an artist, so if I take something it's because I think someone is throwing it out. I could see me getting busted for that.

  5. Is cereal a soup? / Is Boston cream … a pie or a cake? Cereal is not soup. Boston Cream is a Pie. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mr. Elbow

Mica is a wonderful child. He gets good grades in school, does things the third time you tell him, and smiles a lot.

He has a few set backs. He forgets things easily, makes a ton of sound effects, and sticks his elbow out a lot.


I sit next to him at the table, and Mica does this elbow stretch all the time. Jab Jab! 

The boy has never been aware of his size. My Mom refers to him as a Pitbull that thinks he's a small little dog. 

I remember when I was pregnant with Mica my coworker that has 7 kids said, "One thing about boys is that they don't like to cuddle like girls do." He may have been right in referring to his own kids, but not mine. 


Are you a cuddle person, or not?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WW: @OmahaLibrary Volunteer {Linky}

Mica's moving up in the world! I asked him if he'd like to be a Youth Volunteer at the library? He said, "Yes!" right away. It is after one of his favorite places to go. The boy loves to read.

I made him fill out his own application. We covered things like why there are 3 lines for an address (if someone has an apartment number), what his skills are and his experience. Luckily he's been on Student Council at school, in the gifted program, and goes to a camp called Banister's Leadership Academy. We had some things to work with.

The library said that he can help out this summer, but not during the school year until he's 13. The boy doesn't turn 12 until August 10. I to would like him to focus on his new middle school experiences and studies during the school year also.

He works volunteers at the library for 2 hours on Sundays. I love it because it gives him more experience, keeps him busy, lets him do something to help our community, and I get one on one time with Isaak.

Isaak and I made some String Art, while Mica was off to volunteer:




Mica was off to volunteer at the library. I think Mica was slightly nervous at first. At least that's how I read the crossed arms.


When I went to pick him up 2 hours later he was still busy volunteering away.


He said, "Mom I have got to tell you about this when I'm done."


He told me that his first experience was ripping books that they couldn't sell apart to be thrown away. "Can you believe they throw books away at the library?" He said. Then he had to shelve books. He said it was easy to do, but that he didn't realize certain letters moved over to the next shelf system.

He must have enjoyed it because he asked to call my parents Grandma and Grandpa to tell them about his whole experience.

I'm so thankful that the library is letting him volunteer. When it comes time for Mica to get a job he'll actually have experience to put down on that application.

What was your first job, or volunteer experience? 

Nutra Kids Multivitamin Gummy Review

Ever since the boys were able to chew, I've made sure they have a daily vitamin. Both boys have allergies. They don't have them nearly as bad as me - thankfully! Because of allergies I think it's important to make sure they have a daily vitamin to keep their systems strong.

Recently I got Nutra Kids Multivitamin for Isaak to review: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GGGUF7O


About Nutra Kids Multivitamin:
  • The best thing in my opinion is that it's sugar free. Many vitamins on the market are full of sugar. 
  • They are gluten free. Gluten turns into sugar inside your body, so this is a perk as well!
  • They are USDA Organic. It's important that companies have gone through the step to be USDA Organic. Anyone can put Organic on a bottle, when it's really not. 
  • They are vegan. I'm not vegan, but I have a sister that is. If your needs fit with that, it's certainly a perk to some! They are pectin based, and gelatin free.
  • They are certified GMP. I had to look up what that means. GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practice. The importance is that they keep all bottles the same quality, so that they spend just as long on the 200th bottle as they did on the 2nd. 
  • They are K Parve, which is Kosher.
  • Favor: Pineapple, Orange and Strawberry.
  • Cost: $12.99, but on sale for $5.99! It is on Prime. There are 60 gummies in a bottle. In the long run it's better for your kids, and cheaper than most multivitamins that you get in the store!


Are Vitamins Necessary?

I've read a lot about if daily vitamins are necessary to take if you eat a balanced diet. I think if they are full of sugar, than they are not worth taking. 

Nutra doesn't put crappy ingredients in their products. They certainly do not hurt to take. 

I think it's important to have a multivitamin when kids are growing. Vitamins help boost kid's immune systems. It's especially important to boost an immune system if sickness is going around, or if you're like my family that has allergy sufferers. Some kids are picky eaters; vitamins may give them what they may be lacking in their diet. While I do have kids with allergies, I don't have picky eaters thankfully.




Gummies or No Gummies

We're trying to do away with most chewy things. Isaak has a space maintainer in the bottom of his mouth where he was told no chewy things. These are not super chewy like Gummy Bears would be. That's a total perk in my mind. I don't need a piece of vitamin to get caught between Isaak's teeth, or space maintainer. I also don't mind vitamins that can be swallowed or the old school kind that can be chewed, and are not gummy at all. Not all kids can swallow vitamins, so I wouldn't expect a company to make a swallow kind for kids.

When to Make the Transition From a Kid Vitamin to an Adult Vitamin

I often do my own research when it comes to child development. On most kid vitamin bottles it doesn't say what age it goes to. Recently I was looking at Mica and said, "I think it may be time that you start taking an adult vitamin." He weighs 90 pounds, is almost 12, and is getting super tall. Just to make sure this transition was ok I emailed his pediatrician to ask. Sure enough he thought that it is a perfect time for Mica to make the transition from children's vitamins to adult ones. I did see on one website that when kids start hitting puberty they can switch from children's vitamins to adult ones. He's growing up!

Isaak on the other hand still takes a children's vitamin. Nutra Kids Multivitiamin is great for him!

What about you - What vitamins do you take? As for me I take a daily adult vitamin, Acai Flower to lower my cholesterol, vitamin D  only for dark days that never seem to end, and allergy meds right now.

Disclaimer: I received Nutra Kids Multivitamin Gummy in return for writing this post. The store certainly inspired me to write this post. I only review things that I think my family or readers will enjoy, or find useful. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Random Tid Bits

This post is going to be about taking two steps forward, and two steps back. Does anyone have the Paula Abdul song stuck in your head now? Has the world actually gotten better as time moves forward?

I think about this every single time I watch Little House on the Prairie.

  1. Health Care used to be more for the people. Now it's more about business. A long, long time ago you could get healthcare in return for eggs, chickens and more, doctors made house calls, and everyone was guaranteed care. Costs went up dramatically because of technology. CT scans, MRI's all cost money.

    Pharmaceutical companies and Health Insurance companies are much of the problem.


    I think good doctors have always cared about their patients well being. A long time ago I think people had other people's backs way more than they do now. On the flip side our life expectancy is longer than it used to be because we have the tools to prolong life. Back then if doctors had the tools they would have used them. Right now many aren't getting the care they should have. I don't have the answers. I wish I did. In your opinion is healthcare better now than it was then?

  2. Let's talk about food. Our food is so good. We have more gluten, nut and dairy allergies than ever. Where are all these allergies coming from? Is it antibiotics, and growth hormones that are given to animals that in turn hurt us? Is it the pesticides that are sprayed on our crops that weaken our immune systems? I have to admit that it's handy to have pre-made snacks. There's something to be said about how REAL food shouldn't last as long as it does. Are we better off, or worse off when it comes to food today compared to the olden days? 



  3. I remember the the 70s and 80s where many moms would stay home with their kids. If my mom was working; there was surely a mom down the street that was around to help watch me. Yes I'm all for women making just as much as men in the same job. The women's right movement did do one thing in a not so positive way. We've gotten to the point in our culture where both parents have to work. I think kids are way better off if one parent is home with them. It could be the dad or the mom. The trouble is, most families can afford it.

    In my opinion: We helped equality, and at the same time we smashed child development in the process. 

  4. There's always this argument about racism: Is it better, or worse now than it was many moons ago? Keep in mind that racism isn't only about race anymore. It's really about anyone that isn't like you. While it's true that black people do not have to sit on the back of the bus and women do have the right to vote, we still have racism in the world. I think we always will. I don't think we're born with it. I think it's a learned trait. Oftentimes those that learn it from their parents, will carry it to their children.

    If you've never listened to Jane Elliot teach about racism look up her name on YouTube. Her talks are very eye opening.

  5. Technology! I have to admit I'm guilty of being addicted. I blog, I check emails, I check social media outlets. For work I run the school's facebook page. I'm on there a lot. If I didn't have all the technology I couldn't keep up with past students, friends and family. At the same time I wouldn't have my mouth drop when it comes to those people as well. I have a different view of some people because of what they post. Maybe they do of me as well.

    I do have to say that I have had positive things happen through social media:

    Someone posted that a family wanted to get rid of special needs equipment. I told my sister. Now my sister has a new friend + used/new equipment for Emerson.

    I also got a ton of baby food jars for my Color and Design Theory class because someone was getting rid of them.

    Is social media a good thing, or not?

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