Saturday, September 12, 2009

New Words

  • Isaak said, "Tay Doe", which is "Potato" and "Dower", which is "Shower".
  • If he's in a good mood, he'll get us things. Daddy asked him to get a diaper off the couch, and Isaak brought it right to him.

I Want...I Want...I Want

  • Mica wants pretty much everything these days.
  • He's into Team Geotrax, Transformers, Toy Story, Thomas, Polar Express and more!
  • We went to Target to get a few groceries and I wanted to get a few more containers for Mica's room to hold his Team Geotrax stuff.
  • Mica of course wanted to go down the toy isle. My rule is that we can go down the isle only if he's good. That means no running and cutting people off.
  • He knows that I will not buy him toys. Only for holidays. But...he points out everything he wants and says, "I want to borrow that Mommy!" and "I want that on my Christmas list!" Luckily Mica rarely has temper tantrums!
  • A lady walked by us, and said, "Christmas already!"
  • A kid his age is all about the next holiday. The day after his birthday he said, "When is my next birthday? When is Christmas?"
  • At least I can use this to my advantage. I've caught myself saying, "Mica you better watch how you act Santa is watching you!" Crazy thing is that it works.

Mac and Cheese

  • I made homemade Mac and Cheese today. This is not something we have often. Mica looked at it and said with a disgusted face, "What is this?"
  • Mica tried it with hesitation and gobbled it up, only to want more.

Friday, September 11, 2009


  • I don't know if Isaak is supposed to have popcorn yet, but tonight he has. Of course I didn't give him any of the husky stuff.
  • Mica and Isaak love popcorn!

Messy Hair

  • Isaak woke up looking like this.
  • An automatic mohawk in the 3rd picture down.


  • Mica said, "I want to be like Buzz Light Year, and push that button and I want to fly!"
  • He wants to be a hot air balloon, be like Spider-Man and have a bird suit to fly. He wants all these things. This is truly coming from him.

Preschool Face

  • This is Mica's face he made at preschool. He's really proud of it.
  • It's him, can you tell?
  • I think it looks more like Isaak with the slanted eyebrows.


  • I'm a huge fan of puppets. I just think they can be so cool.
  • One of the best sites for kid friendly puppets is: Folkmanis.
  • They are sold in Boarders, and if you live in Omaha I've seen them at Fontenelle Forest.
  • Last year Santa brought Mica the peacock one, and I gave my nephew Ethan a lizard one. I wonder if my nephew Payton would like one? I already bought what I'm getting for my nephew's Evan and Elijah.
  • Check out the Folkmanis site, it's cool seeing all the animals they have. Even cooler seeing them move.


  • Isaak woke up screaming this afternoon. I went in and his hair was soaked with sweat.
  • I took his temp twice and it was normal both times.
  • I'm thinking that maybe he got this way before the Motrin kicked in. I gave it to him before I put him down. His fever may have gone down after that.


  • We went to look for a dinning room table after I picked Mica up after preschool.
  • An expensive furniture store is going out of business. I wanted to look there since we were out that way. I tried making it quick since Isaak was getting his fever back again.
  • There was nothing I really liked. It's hard getting just the right table!
  • To keep Mica from sitting on every piece of furniture, I gave him a little tape measure. I told him that his job was to measure the furniture I liked. It really worked. He was really into measuring everything. He told me that most of the things were 2 pounds. I'm not sure what happened to the feet and inches LOL.
  • Mica always says, "Mommy, I want to borrow all of these things"! I reply, "Mica I do to"!
  • I was sort of turned off by the fact that no one asked me for help. All the other places we've been to jumped at our feet. My boys were the best that they've been in a furniture store today.


  • I took the boys to the store Marshalls quick.
  • Mica said, "Mommy I wanted to go to Marsha's! Her house is my favorite!"
  • Marsha is my aunt.
  • It's good to know he likes her and her house.

The Forgotten Daughter

  • I'm only kidding with that title.
  • So...I talked to my sister Terra this morning to tell her that I wasn't dropping the boys off.
  • Then I called her a second time to make sure my parents knew, so they wouldn't go to her house to watch the toddlers, while she took the big boys to preschool. She told me that my dad still wanted to get together to "hang out".
  • Notice that he doesn't want to "hang out" with me. He doesn't see me as much because I work full time. He wanted to "hang out" with her because she'll go to nurseries with him.
  • I think this is a trend in my life. My mom usually wants to shop with my older sister. Although I don't think she shops too much anymore.
  • I don't really care. I like time to myself. But I do notice.
  • I'd rather shop with guys because I like going to Lowes, hate shopping for shoes and purses for long periods at a time, and most girls shop in circles LOL. They just walk around and end up getting nothing. I like to go out and shop for a purpose.

Staying Home

  • Isaak woke up 3 or 4 times last night. He got his fever back when he woke up at 1 am.
  • He was a major fussy bucket! Every time I set him down this morning he cried. He also keeps running into things.
  • I decided to stay home and let someone else teach my class today. I left things VERY prepared.
  • These photos are one of his good moments.

Homemade Paper Towel Mask

  • This homemade paper towel mask looks scary, strange and in poor craft.
  • But...the boys loved it this morning when I went to clean them up after breakfast. Cheap entertainment.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


  • Isaak was fussy this morning. We gave him some Motrin.
  • He woke up from his afternoon nap, and had a fever of 103. Grandma gave him some more Motrin.
  • This evening Isaak was off and on fussy. He was drooling. This leads me to believe it's teeth once again. He went down to sleep without a fight, but I'm guessing will wake up off and on tonight.

I Won a Book!

  • I won a book from: Meadow Book Press. The blog Feisty Frugal and Fabulous is where I won it.
  • I'm not sure yet which book I'll get in the mail. There were 3 winners, and each one gets a different book. It will either be: The Wheels on the Bus, Old MacDonald Had a Farm or 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Elephants. I kind of am hoping for the monkey one just because I have other versions of the other books. They all look fun though.

School District

  • A lady from the school district called me back today about Mica.
  • They have to evaluate his coordination. I'm more worried about his lack of muscles in his hand then anything.
  • This will be the second time Mica's been evaluated. The last time was when he was 1. Then it was about his leg (from his funky crawl, he had a limp when walking) and speech. He passed, and they didn't come back again.
  • We'll see what happens this time. I'm so glad it's free!
  • The lady I talked to had a list of questions for me. She asked me if I had any complications during my pregnancy or his birth? I said, "Many!" and went into the many details; including the problems after he was born. It's too bad they didn't have him on file from before.
  • They'll get back to Travis or I early next week.


  • I've made two students cry in the last two days! :( I haven't made a student cry in a few years that I know about.
  • The first one was over preliminary ideas for artwork. The first year student really just didn't want me to say, "I'm not sure what that is, can you explain that to me?" and "I'd take this idea further by..." Her eyes were welling up and turning red.
  • The second one is a third year student that is bouncing all over the place with ideas. All her ideas are good. They just don't reflect one single campaign, maintain one look and go with the store. I've helped her with ideas, typed critiques and actually took her over to her poster and critiqued it. Finally I thought, this is enough. I sat down and had a heart to heart with her. Told her to pretend that I'm her client, and follow the critiques that have been given to her, or she'll fail the class. I didn't mean to be so harsh, but we're going on week 6, and she's still spinning her wheels from week two. She too cried.
  • I sometimes think that students walk into this college thinking it's going to be easy being an artist. It is not easy! It's one of the most competitive fields out there. You have to make projects work, and you better do it quickly, or you may loose a client.

Monday, September 7, 2009


  • Isaak loves to read this Daddy and Me book over and over again.

Candy Land

  • Mica wanted to play Candy Land with Grandma Apel in private. This is what he says whenever he wants his bedroom door closed, so Isaak can't get in.
  • He usually wants the tale told that's inside the box first before playing.
  • Mica ended up winning.

Blast Off!

  • Mica was playing the part of a space shuttle tonight.
  • He's got the 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 down.
  • Notice when he lands the shuttle, it goes past Main Street, Patio Street, Papio Street and the rest is shuttle history.


  • This waterfall went between the steps.
  • We kept waiting for the bucket to fall over.
  • The bucket tipped over and I missed the shot.
  • The boys and me. It was very windy!
  • Mica kept wanting to go up the steps.
  • There was a busy street up above.
  • We told him to go sit up by a family.
  • He went up to them and tried being a part of them.
  • They ignored him.
  • Poor Mica. :(


  • The boys liked climbing inside this sculpture.
  • It's a good thing that this artwork is acceptable for climbing on.


  • We fed the ducks at the park.
  • The boys loved it!
  • At first I thought Isaak would just sit in my arms, but he soon started acting like he was throwing something out to the ducks. Travis gave him some bread, and Isaak got to throw some bread to the ducks too.

Mica Swat the Fly

  • Mica saw a fly in the window, and wanted him gone.
  • He swat it with his hand, and killed it.
  • This is the 2nd time this has happened.
  • Mica seemed so proud of himself.

Isaak Hanging Out

Grandpa Apel and the Boys

Grandpa Apel and Daddy

Grandpa Apel and Mica

Daddy and Mica Wrestling

Bad Words

  • In the last two days I've heard Mica say, "God Damn" twice.
  • Today he came in from being outside to go potty and said, "God damn I have grass all over from that ground outside!"
  • I just didn't say anything. I've heard mixed things about kids cussing. Some sources say to ignore it, and the kid will stop saying it. The theory is that if you bring attention to their bad words they will say it more. Other sources say to confront it.
  • I've tried both. I'm just glad it's not a huge problem, and he's not saying anything worse.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Isaak's Favorite Toy

  • Isaak's favorite toy lately is the Jack in the Box.
  • He figured out how to turn it! :)

Not Feeling It

  • I'm trying to get ready for the In-Laws to come stay with us this weekend.
  • We can't wait to see them. I just am not feeling the getting ready part. I cleaned out the refrigerator, and now want to be done, but there is a lot more to do.
  • Mica's being mouthy and Isaak's being cranky.
  • We went to my cousin's Stacy and Ryan's house for the football game last night. The clocks all over the house were an hour off, so I thought it was 8 pm, when it was really 9 pm. By the time we got home, and ready for bed it was 9:45 pm. This is how they act when they don't get their proper amount of sleep.


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