Saturday, March 8, 2014


The boys were playing Mario Bros. Daddy played for a bit, and Mica said, "Dad you're awesome!" Isaak said, "That is because he's a grown up."

Grown ups are awesome! The ones in their little lives anyhow. ;)

Speaking of awesome, have you ever seen this? The violinist's name is Teppei Sensei.


Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday is all about me discovering something that is different to post. I don't want to post things that you and I have more than likely heard before. I want to find something different. It could be from another country, someone singing from the streets of NY, and more.

Since I posted about Sean Lennon a few weeks ago, I wanted to post about Julian Lennon to. I have a student named Julian. He told me that he was named after Julian Lennon.

Julian Lennon has been singing for quite some time.  He had some hits in the 80's that I somehow missed. So I've heard the Too Late For Goodbye song, but man I had no clue who the song was even by. Surprise! My parents didn't listen to much music. The music that I've gotten into wasn't from them playing it.

Julian is a song from John Lennon's first marriage. In fact many felt bad for Julian. He got the shaft when he was born. His parents got divorced, and his dad hit fame. John didn't spend a lot of time with him. Julian had his issues with Yoko, but they had since mended their relationship. Sean, his 1/2 brother and him are really close. Julian knows that Sean loves his mom, and therefore he needs to be accepting of her to be close to Sean.

Julian is super into photography right now. Much more than singing at the moment. You can see his photographs here. Julian said, “I have always felt that I have observed life in a different way to others… Music has always been one creative outlet for me, but now I’m happy to add another one too, that being photography.”

Have you ever heard Julian Lennon sing?


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Random Tid Bits

  1. Once upon a time I was a Resident's Assistant in the dorms at Kansas City Art Institute. I went to meetings, had to patrol the area once a week to make sure everything was running smoothly. I have to say that I had more training with safety than I do right now being a teacher. Sad, but true. I've always been an observant person.

    Back then I noticed a girl who came back after a year. Since she took a year off, she was withdrawn from her friends. I noticed that she was super skinny, too skinny. Her fingers looked long, and her skin had a greenish tint. We ate in the school cafeteria. The girl would come down to eat only sometimes. When she did I noticed her plate only consisted of veggies. I brought up my observations to 2 people that brushed it off as no big deal. In other words they didn't want to deal with it. I talked with the school Therapist. She talked with her, contacted her parents and got her help. Later she told me that if I would have waited 1 week to talk to her, she would have been dead. Still to this day I sometimes think of this girl. I hope that she found happiness, and a way to deal with her eating disorder. 

    Have you ever helped someone that was deep in depression, or had a drug problem? I had a student try and commit suicide this last week. I didn't see it coming. I wish I would have seen the signs that something was way wrong!

  2. Sometimes Much of the time Mica is all about Mica. Last weekend he went on and on about the Lego magazine he got in the mail. I could handle him talking about for an hour. After that I wanted to hit my head against a brick wall. Mica: "Mom which character do you like better? Mom I really want this for my birthday! Mom this magazine is the bomb!" His birthday is in August. Needless to say I was done talking about the Lego magazine! He moved on to talking about it with Isaak. It know it's normal to talk about yourself a lot when you're in 2nd grade, but it's wearing on me.

  3. Later on that day he said, "Mom if you get tired of what you're doing, you can check out my Lego magazine." I just burst out laughing. He said, "What's so funny?"

  4. We bought a little bit of Easter candy. Not as much as before. I thought we could do what we did when the boys were younger. That is put Annie's Bunnies in some plastic eggs. Last year I found tiny erasers to put in them at the dollar store. We've put money in them as well. What do you put in your plastic eggs? 

  5. Source

  6. Midterms are next week. It will be a busy one! I'm ready for a slight break from my students though.

  7. I got Art: 21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century from PBS seasons 1 and 2. I find newish art to be more of an interest to me. I'm excited to watch it! Have you ever seen that show?

Feel Good Friday

I ran across this prank video that was so wrong, yet so right! It ends happily, so no worries. I had happy tears when watching it.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Orkin Bed Bug Home Prevention Prize Pack #Giveaway

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

He's Reading!

I'm a firm believer that kids do things at their own rate. Mica refused to cut, and barely colored until something snapped. Then he was all about cutting and coloring. Isaak's been reading words since last year. He was confident in his reading to read books just yet. I'd try off and on, and he didn't want to read. Mica, Daddy and I would read to him instead.

Just this week Isaak decided he was ready to read! It's really exciting to me when kids figure things out. I'm pretty happy for him. It will also be nice that he can read when we go on a road trip this summer!

I love seeing him so happy to be reading!

Little man is also getting really good with math. They are starting him with the common core math. I think that will be another post in its self. There are positive and negatives with that. I'm reserving judgment until I, myself learn more about this style of math. All I can say right now is that Isaak seems to be picking math up very well.

Glen Eden Resort Review

Spring Break vacationers who want to be off the beaten path but still close to a major ski resort look no further than Glen Eden Resort!

I've never been skiing, but I have been to Colorado. Guess what? We're going on vacation there this upcoming summer. I just love Colorado. If you haven't been there, you should check it out. The mountains are so pretty!

Here is a inside view of Glen Eden Resort. Resorts are great because they have everything you need in the kitchen, so you can cook on your own. There is also the privacy that makes it special.

Glen Eden Resort is a small resort just north of Steamboat Springs on the Elk River, in a ranching community where the cows outnumber the people.

The Perks of Glen Eden Resort: 
  • It has two and three bedroom accommodations
  • It has a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area
  • The main lodge hosts a restaurant and tavern
  • There are two hot tubs
  • Accommodating Wifi 
Once you walk out the door there is a wide variety of winter recreational opportunities such as snowmobiling, horseback riding, ice fishing, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

WW: Kiss Curl and Stripe {Linky}

We took my parents out to dinner last Friday. Isaak leaned into me and said, "Grandpa looks like Superman! He has a kiss curl on his head."

Sure enough Grandpa had a kiss curl happening on his bald spot. I nearly choked on my dinner I was laughing so hard.

On more of a serious note Mr. Mica man got his next yellow stripe in jiu-jitsu. In jiu-jitsu they get a lot of stripes before colored belts. One more stripe and Mica will have his yellow belt. He was happy!

He's all serious. Mica's showing you the stripes he's tested for, and has.


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