Tuesday, May 21, 2019

WW: The Renaissance Festival of Nebraska {Linky}

Two weekends ago we went to The Renaissance Festival of Nebraska. It was fun! I haven't ever been as an adult. 

Favorite Parts:

We loved watching people duel! That's where I got the most pictures.

The food was great! We only got to enjoy a Funnel Cake. I haven't had one for years! It did suck it was so windy. I had powdered sugar all over my glasses. When I tried to clean them off, it was a smeary mess. I heard their beer is good. I didn't have a cold one.


I do wish there were more booths that let kids have hands on activities like making soap on a rope, candles, and crafts. Most of the booths were things you buy. That's fine, but interaction is ideal in my mind.

I loved seeing people dressed up. I couldn't understand why some dressed up as something other than the Renaissance period. It's not a Comic Con. Ha!

This guy said Isaak was wanted:



The Queen:


Have you been to a Renaissance Festival? What was your favorite part(s)?

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Happy Birthday Isaak!

Dear Isaak,

You turned 11 today!

We spent much of the weekend in the car, but loved spending time with the Apel side of the family. We don't get to see them as often as the Spiehs side. Grandma Apel made you chocolate cake. Nom Nom!

You moved up in the world, and got your first cell phone. Kind of necessary when we don't have a land line. You're excited to take the Babysitting Class at the Omaha Public Library this summer. They have Basic First Aid as part of the class.


You were too busy this year. We had to take something out of your schedule. You want to sign up for everything.

You enjoyed (not all at once) Show Choir, Strings, Basketball, Soccer, Student Council, Chess Club, and Safety Patrol this year. You go to Banister Leadership Academy on Saturday nights. We made you drop Chorus because you were so busy.


I still think your favorite thing to do is draw. When you don't have homework, or a sport you draw.

We've been watching all the shows of Medium on Amazon Prime. It's our show!

You go back and forth from liking basketball to liking soccer.

You love free nights where there's no homework to do. It's a woo hoo! moment!

If we celebrate it, you totally dig Taco Tuesday.

You are gentle with younger kids.

You like to hang out with kids that are nice. Your words, not mine.

You are goofy, yet empathetic.

You like to cuddle.

You're a good helper. You enjoy working outdoors the most. You hardly complain with any other task given to you.

I know you're growing like a weed! You snack all the time, and often have seconds for dinner. Later this week we get to see how tall you are, at a well visit with Doctor Harrison.

We Have to Work on:

Being speedy. You are our kid that takes awhile to get ready in the morning. You eat slow. Taking test slow is a struggle. Especially when there are 6 tests in one day. I feel for you with that one. I'm a slow test taker too! Any helpful sites, please comment with them!

New Chapter:

You start Beveridge Middle School in the fall. It's an art and world cultural studies magnet school. We're all so excited! One of your classes will be Piano Lessons!

Happy Birthday once again!



Friday, May 17, 2019

Random Tid Bits

  1. Today is my last day of classes. I can't complain much, as they were all pretty great students.

    I got thank you cards from two. That's never happened. They are usually in such a hurry to get out of there, and know they'll see me at graduation.

    I had a discussion with a few of my older students how when you talk, it depends on your voice how people take it. If I say in a cheery voice, "F ya" that's going to be taken very differently than saying in a deep mean voice, "F#*#* you". I didn't say the words to them. Well except for, "F ya". On one thank you note it had the F word because of our conversation. I covered it up. It can be left for an inside person like me to understand it.

  2. My kids get done next week. Isaak's beyond ready to be done. He's loosing focus.

  3. I don't think I ever posted about this, but said it on facebook. Isaak's big science fair project was due one day a few weeks ago. We worked on it, since Christmas to try and get it knocked out. I wanted him to review everything because judges go around, and ask kids questions. I know other kids do it literally the night before it's due.

    His teacher gave him 5 different worksheets. Math he didn't understand because he had Strings during the lesson, with Social Studies we had to dig out his book that I bought because he can't bring home the school's book. There were a few other things.

    Then there was this crazy worksheet! This tops all the crazy worksheets he's gotten. The kids had to fill about 14 lines with words that equal $100. A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5 and so on. Who has time for this madness on a night a HUGE project is due? I'm horrible, and google all his busy work assignments. Someone had a page of these $100 words. The guy that made the site went on about how the assignment is a time waister. He is is a computer programer, and programmed them in to create the words for him. I laughed so hard when I read the letter.

  4. I think I finally figured Isaak's teacher out. She was a sub for 7 years before teaching. This is her first year teaching full time in her own classroom. It seems like a lot of his homework is busy work. It's work that possibly a sub would give to students because a teacher is gone. She's stuck in sub land. Most nights he has a synonym sheet. Travis and I both have to look on google to figure out the words. Lots of busy work. Two hours of Isaak working on that in combination of good real homework is too much!

    There are assignments that she assigns that we love. Like look up a word in the dictionary, write it's definition, and 2 sentences on how that word would be used. Math is need, Social Studies I'd love if they could in fact bring home a book. $7 on Amazon to buy a used book was the best money I spent all year!

  5. I applied for a company, and was had. They wanted to chat with me before calling me in to an interview. Well I knew I was had when they put their logo up, and it was stretched. Did they think I wouldn't notice? A big company wouldn't make that mistake. I know someone that works for them, so I FB messaged them about their hiring process. Sure enough they didn't go through the hiring process they way I was. I continued to reply to them knowing I was had. I wouldn't give them any of my information. I just would reply back with crazy answers. Plop up their logo, then the companies real logo, and ask if they saw any difference? Things like that. Have you ever been scammed before?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The NOOFORMER Mini Travel Umbrella #review

Last week Mica walked out the door with a children’s umbrella ☔️. He texted me saying it is too small for his 13 1/2 yr old self.

When I saw that an umbrella was up to review, I was all about it.

 The company has all the star ratings.


Mica loves space anything. The inside of it is space related. He likes black too, so the outside works as well.

The company sells 7 different color options on Amazon. If you don't like space, then no worries. Lots of variety = happy customers.

The umbrellas are tiny! That makes them easy to fit in a purse, bag, or backpack! Size: Weight( 8oz), Length (6.7 inches).


It was so hard to open up! I thought I was going to break it! Travis tried. He said, "I think it's broken!" We finally got it to work. If it's that hard for us adults to get it to pop open, I can't imagine Mica being able to get it.

I felt a bit like Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman when she went to the Opera and couldn't get the Opera Binoculars to work. Yep I've seen that movie way too many times. I'm showing my age because it's an old movie. She kept saying, "They're broken!" over and over again. Then Richard Gere leaned into her and showed her how they work. Except Travis is no Richard Gere. He couldn't get it to work either.

Finally after about giving up we got it to work. Apparently we're not alone. Others stated they had trouble with the same thing on Amazon. I ran into a lot of this with kid umbrellas. I was happy I found kid umbrellas that worked great! It's too bad they can't just be bigger with more adult like pattern on them.

Sometimes when I agree to review products I don't know a whole lot about them before they are sent to me. It's my job as a reviewer to figure out the products to review them. It's a sun umbrella. In Nebraska we do have 3 good months of sun, but no beach to enjoy that sun in one spot. If you live on or by a beach, this sun umbrella may be the thing for you! It does have 95% UV protection. Possibly it's a sign that we need to go to the beach! What we need is a rain umbrella! They do say on the website that it's big enough for rain. Is it for rain, or not? We haven't had rain this week to give it a shot.

It's hard to get back into the sleeve. I can imagine if it's wet, it's near impossible! It's more of a sun umbrella...so in the sun it should be fine.

Where to Get It:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q8GPJPK for $16.99.


Last week would have been our week for trying the umbrella out in the rain. This week it's hot. After much frustration, and feeling like we were going to break it we did get it extended.



Mr. Mica with his new umbrella:

Do you prefer a rain coat, an umbrella, or running in the rain?


I got this product for a discounted price to help with this review. The company did not tell me what to say. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WW: Awards {Linky}

At Mica's school he had an award ceremony.

The little tall boy likes to wiggle on stage. He seriously does this gig, which makes it hard to photograph him.

He won:
  • Geography Bee Contestant
  • Astronomy Academic Excellence
  • Social Studies Academic Excellence
  • Student Council
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Language Art Academic Excellence
  • Student of the Week
  • Outstanding Achievement in Music
  • Renaissance Gold
  • Perfect Attendance
He thought they missed him for Think Tank. I told him he's good. He and a friend like to compare how many awards they got. It's a healthy competition.

He was pretty proud of his awards. So am I!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Random Tid Bits

  1. Isaak cracks me up. He said, “Mom it looks like your necklace that was Great Grandma’s is a bunch of cherry tomatoes. I just want to gobble them all up.”

  2. I remember I was so excited to get the boys umbrellas at Hatley. I think one of them I won. It's the best quality kid's umbrella I've ever seen!

    I'm not promoting this. It's just the same umbrella Mica has. It's out of stock. I got the image here.
    In fact it still works very well! They aren't cheap, but they won't break like others do.

    Mica texted me, "We might soon want to go out and buy a bigger umbrella. - It did look a little funny watching him walk away to the bus stop with a kid’s umbrella ☂. He’s way taller than me now! I noticed the site is for ages 12 and under. Mica's almost 14! 

  3. Travis' parents moved back to Missouri. This is their 3rd time living there I think. My sister in law's ex was staying at the house, and totally trashed it. He took all major appliance with him. Ya annoying! I don't care for people that thrive on revenge.

  4. I had a student that was moving out of her Step Dad's house. She said, "I'm not leaving it looking nice. None of us like him." She was mad that he didn't let her stay there rent free, and he didn't pay for all her college. Her Mom passed away last year. Not everyone's parents help them get through college, rent free no less. He did help her for awhile. It's sad she felt she needed to trash the place.

  5. I texted Mica a picture of this...

  6. Saying, "This is what I'm making for dinner tonight."

    Oh he believed me. He went to Travis to show him a picture. Travis told him I was messing with him. He then said, "At least we know she's in a good mood. When she's goofy like that it means she's happy.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Health Care Academy

I know I've been hanging low for blogging lately. It's the end of the semester where I teach, Travis has been working long hours on his chair design that should be finished as of this morning, Isaak has homework he needs help with most nights, the boys have had a lot of evening events for school, and I've been looking for freelance design work. Travis has yet to mow the lawn. He won't let Mica or I do it because it's the first time it will be mowed. With my allergies it's not a great idea I mow anyhow.

Moving on...

Last weekend Mica had his first Health Care Academy Expo. 

I have to be honest...I didn't know what to expect with this academy. I do know a few years ago Mica wanted to be a Pediatrician. He's since changed his mind, after he had Astronomy class. I told him it's not as easy to have a career in Astronomy. He said, "I can be an Astrophysicist." I said, "That means you have to have a lot of math, which you don't care for. You can't live in Omaha, Nebraska for a career like that. That's ok you can move." He didn't say anything. I wanted him to try out the Health Care Academy because it's free. If he doesn't like it, he isn't paying for college classes to realize that. I convinced him to join up with the Health Care Academy at school. They have a one week camp during the summer, and lots of classes and activities during the school year. He was hesitant, but decided to apply because I asked him too. He had an interview, and had to fill out an application. Mica got in. If he hates it, it will be my fault. Ha!

Good Vibes:

The Health Care Academy is ran by his homeroom and science teacher he had last year. She was great for both. Good vibes going in!

What the Health Care Academy Expo was About:

They were slow to get started. Lots of speakers, pharmaceutical booths and food.

I found out that the King Science students will be working with patients that have Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, and Dementia. I've known people that have had each of those.

One speaker has Multiple Sclerosis, another is a Neurosurgeon, there were Pharmaceutical Reps., and Mica's teacher.

Pharmaceutical Reps:

They weren't big Pharma! They are in support of therapies and research, for all these diseases. They had ice packs, neck wraps, pens, and other things to hand out.

Other Speakers:

We got to hear a lot about how the students at King Science helped with the patients this school year. Both the patients and the students that participated in the program this year were happy to have each other.

One thing that the patients need to do is laugh every day. That can be hard when you're depressed. 

They have to work on coordination. Another challenging thing. If your body is giving out, how do you control it? The students had to play ball with the patients. There's a lot of communication skills that have to happen to play catch with someone that may not be able to see, can't react as fast as someone that doesn't have a disease.


I was feeling inspired by all the speakers.

I was thinking...I hope Mica gets a lot out of this! I want him to be inspired, and feel more empathy than he currently does.

While I was thinking all this Mica leans towards me and whispers, "Mom I think I know what I want to do with my science fair project next year. I want to change graphite into a diamond. I've seen a video on how you can do that. That would be cool right?" Here I was thinking he was going to have something health care related to say, or how he's learning so much about MS, but nope. Maybe he'll be more empathetic and inspired next year.


They called up all the people that participated this school year, then the ones that will participate next school year.

It's odd that there are Spiehs' at most all of Mica's school events. I don't know them personally, but that's my maiden name. Not a lot of Spiehs' in the US. So a Spiehs was called up.

Mica got called up to. He does this thing where he dances in place, while he's up on stage. Maybe he's trying to be cool? It's too hard to get a photo of someone giggling all around. Ha!

Did you take any health care classes in school?

Friday, May 3, 2019

Random Tid Bits

  1. I pushed Mica to apply to the Healthcare Academy at school. His school has a Healthcare Academy and a Zoo Academy. He's like, "Mom I don't want to." I'm like, "Once upon a time you wanted to be a Pediatrician. I know you want to be an Astronomer now, but it's good to keep your options open. It's better to figure out what you don't want to do now, than to pay for it with college education, and find out you don't want to do it."

    He got in. Now he's kind of excited about it.

    It helps that his homeroom teacher from last year heads it up.

  2. Mica also is now a morning Anchor at school. He's excited about that. He said, "I have a good strategy Mom! I'm going to sound excited. No one else that does the morning announcements ever sounds excited."

  3. I've had 2 job interviews lately. Both could be freelance. The first one heads up most of the expo's in Omaha. They could use some design work. The position was for social media.

    I got there way too early. 20 minutes too early. I sat in the parking lot, and waited until I was 13 minutes early. Then I waited, and waited some more. The interviewer was 20 minutes late.

    I was observing things like, hey that's the same vacuum we have at work. Maybe that's some kind of sign.

    Do you believe in signs?

  4. The second interview was for 10 to 30 hours a week for Gallup. They have benefits even though I'd work very little hours. I could possibly keep my job here, and also work there. I'd just have to keep it minimal. It so interests me. The interview was through a Google Chat. It was convenient, but I'd feel like it was more real if it was face to face. I applied through a job site. While the lady interviewed me I was searching her up to find her. Nothing! Then the guy that she said would be my supervisor I couldn't find either. I feel uneasy about it now.

  5. I am kind of bummed. I had a great idea, sent it over to a business. Then I never heard back from them. I want to shout out, "Respond!" There's been times were I've blogged about a company, mentioned a few things in the review that they could have. The companies sometimes message me saying that they like my ideas. I guess anyone wants to be valued. A product I use every day, and have an opinion about should be valued by the company. Do you feel this way? 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Stuff Happens Parenting Edition @GoliathGamesUS Game Review

We play a lot of family games at our house. I really love the Stuff Happens series of games. Our whole family (aunts, uncles, sisters, nephews and niece) all got together to play the original, and they loved it!

Games are fun, build memories, and often times make you think.

About Parenting Edition Stuff Happens:

Rank these funny and relatable parenting moments in our new Stuff Happens: Parenting Edition card game. If our Misery Index agrees with you, you get to keep the card. Correctly rank 10 scenario cards to win!

Is discovering your kid’s secret booger wall better or worse than a failed homework assignment that you helped with?

I stress about Isaak tanking his Science Fair Project because I was the one that helped him. We started it around Christmas time, to get it out of the way. We followed Mica's board, which got an A at a Science Magnet Middle School. Just two weeks ago his Science teacher kept referring to their experiment. My face turned beet red, and I swear I could feel me heart beat in my face. His board looks great, but he didn't do a typical experiment. I hope he does ok. If he doesn't it's a lot on me. We worked hard on it. :( We put up Optical Illusions, got votes as to what image people saw first. Then he made bar graphs out of the votes. A typical experiment - not really. He does talk about how Optical Illusions have more to do with the brain, than sight. It's a bottom up process, which we also got into.

This whole year has been kind of rocky for him! Quite frankly I'm just done. We try to do our best to help him. There just isn't a lot of communication in 5th grade. They have homework assignments that are supposed to use pages in a book, which they can't take the book home. In science the teacher doesn't even use a book. They get all fun things taken away from them because their class doesn't behave the best. Isaak was getting an A in Science. Then at conferences we found out he was getting a C+. Then he tanked a test because he wasn't there for a review that everyone else got (he was finishing up his standardized testing). If he tanks this Science Fair Project I feel like it could be my fault!

With the question above, my kid failing their homework assignment with something I helped with is worse than him secretly putting boogers on a wall. He can clean those up.

How to Set Up the Game:

Mix the 200 cards up. Give each player 5 cards. Put the cards face up, in order by number. 

The other player or other team draws a card, says what the card is: "Kid Sabotages Class Picture". Then you or your team has to guess which two cards, or possibly before or after your first or last card it fits in. If you're right you or your team is one step closer to winning!

Here are Some Funny Cards:

Can Work as an Expansion Deck:

This expansion can be played on its own, but if you’re ready for some brutal honesty, mix these babies in with any Stuff Happens deck!


For 2+ players, ages 13 and up. 

Isaak's just about 11, and he loves this game!

Game Contents: 

  • 200 new Stuff Happens cards with wild situations 
  • Fun for the whole family 
  • Complete instructions
When I was about to pack the game away I saw this card: 

Isaak lost his little stuffed puppy in a hotel in Utah. It was such a big deal then. I paid for it to come back to us. He never named his stuffed animals, so we called his puppy No Name.

Parenting is tough at times!

Where to Get Stuff Happens: Parenting Edition:

It's sold by Goliath exclusively at Walmart.

Disclaimer: I got this game for free in exchange for an honest review. Goliath did not tell me what to write for this review. The words and opinions in this post are my own.


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