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

WW: Give Me Five, or Fifty

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. 


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