Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

I started doing what I call Sing, Sing a Song Saturday.  I'm going to post one song on Saturdays that the boys or I like. 

The song may be part of a movie, a kid's video or just a song we like. It may or may not include words. I'll try and include why we like it and/or the history of the song/singer.

This week I'm featuring a band that Daddy, Mica, Isaak and I all like. It's The Belle Brigade.

This song called Where Not to Look for Freedom. I think we're all in search of freedom. Part of the lyrics include: Where not to look for freedom...Inside someone else's story. It has a splash of country twang, possibly Fleetwood Mac, and Simon and Garfunkle influence. I love songs that have slow and fast parts. This song has a perfect slow and fast parts.

This song is called Losers. It's about not caring what other's think of you. There's a fine line with that one. Sometimes I care and other times I feel like we as society get hung up too much in our status.

Check out more of The Belle Brigade here. They are a brother sister theme.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Mica Turned 7 Today

Dear Mica,

You've learned so much since last year. Here's just some of the things you've picked up on in the last year: Reading, writing, adding, subtracting, telling time, counting change, swimming and more. Much more than when I was your age.  Your Kindergarten teacher felt like you were at the top of your class.

You have a pretty big vocabulary for age 7. Many people think you are older than what you are. It's probably because you talk well and you're tall.

We started adding more chores to your list. At first you liked collecting the trash and taking it out. Now you pretend to not hear us when we ask you to do this job. You also try to skip the process of putting your dishes in the dishwasher. Many times when you are asked to pick up your room, you forget the picking up part and start playing. I'm pretty sure a lot of kids who are 7 are just like you when it comes to chores.

You have a really great imagination. Maybe if we put a story to your chores, they would get done faster. ;) You love to dress yourself and your brother up. Many of the dress up clothes say they go up to age 5, but you still wear them. One day you're a pirate, another day you are a super hero and another day you are a cowboy. Hangers get turned into swards; Daddy and I are often times breaking up fights. No one has gotten hurt yet. In your mind each event should have a theme.

Your crayons have taken a backseat for now. Lego's have taken over in your play. You build all kinds of things, but mostly different types of time machines. Back to the Future has influenced you.

Other movies you like: Karate Kid 1 and 2, The Karate Kid, Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2, Ghost Busters and almost anything that's put on as long as you get to choose. I've heard you tell Isaak that, "Doodle Bops is for babies." You still beg to watch Fisher Price's Little People movies. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think they are both for ages 5 and younger. I was like that when I was a kid to. I loved that Aunt Terra was younger than me. It was an excuse to play with Barbies a little longer.

I love your sense of humor. Things that you didn't laugh at before you now find very funny. Oh and you are right Isaak's knock knock jokes are not really funny. We just laugh to amuse him.

I love that you are so caring. You walk up to people and give free hugs all the time. Not every kid does that!

Happy 7th Birthday!



Thursday, August 9, 2012

Once Upon a Poop...

If poop stories gross you out, do not read this. If you don't get grossed out, you will be laughing at this story.

Tonight Isaak hardly ate. He said, "Mom this is the grossest steak I've ever had!" It was a veggie burger...

Then he had to poop. It took awhile.

Then I heard the dreaded, "Mom I'm done!" That's when I'm thinking, I just sat down. Oh man I need to train this kid how to wipe his own butt!

I went to wipe him. The roll of toilet paper had brown on it. I said, "Isaak why does the toilet paper have poop on it?

Isaak said, "Mom my poop wouldn't come out. I had to help it with my fingers!"

I'm thinking, GROSS!

I wipe him and tell Isaak, "You have to wash your fingers with soap and water!"

Isaak says, "No! I don't have to. I wiped them off on the toilet paper!"

Don't worry, I made him wash his hands!



Last night Mica had jujitsu at the Y.

While we were there it started down pouring rain for a good 20 to 30 minutes. As soon as the rain started all the kids in his class stopped what they were doing, and stood by the windows to stare at the rain. It was as if they never saw rain before. One kid said, "Sensei we're not in a drought anymore!" All the adults that were in the room giggled. Including me. Sensei said, "We're going to need a lot more rain to pull us out of a drought."

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

Many of my posts lately I've written last week and scheduled to post for this week. I knew I'd be busy this week with school starting. I have a moment to post, so I am.

This last weekend we were gone a lot. We came home after a busy afternoon. Mica was whining about how he didn't get to do all he wanted to do. I just took one look at him and said, "Be thankful for what you do have. Go lay down for an hour while I make dinner. I'm tired of listening to someone being ungrateful." He didn't argue much after that. Soon Mica fell asleep.

Isaak on the other hand was playing nicely with Duplos. Isaak and my conversation got interesting.

I mentioned to Isaak, "Hey bud you should try and go potty. I haven't heard you go in awhile." 

He said, "I already went." 

I said, "I didn't hear you go." 

Then I thought maybe I missed something when I was talking with Mica. I told Isaak, "If you have an accident, you are taking care of it." He rarely has accidents, but sometimes he's stubborn and lazy.

15 minutes after I talked with Isaak, I heard him run in the bathroom and go potty. He rummaged around his room for a bit; came out wearing entirely different shorts. I said, "So did you have an accident?"

Isaak said, "No."

I said, "Well you are wearing different shorts."

He said, "No I'm not."

I said, "Yes you are. I didn't set the shorts you are wearing out this morning."

He said, "Ya you did."

It finally came out that he had an accident. He was like, "Ok, how did you know?"

I said, "Isaak those are not the shorts I set out for you this morning. I know because you weren't wearing those shorts 10 minutes ago."

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire. I have to say that I giggled inside because his shorts didn't match his shirt at all. He was trying to cover up something that I clearly could see through.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

This last weekend we went to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park for a family reunion.

We went there last year just for a Staycation. It was fun to compare pictures of how the boys have grown. Mostly they are the same. Isaak's grown taller and he lost his floppy hair. Mica's grown taller and learned a lot from Kindergarten to first grade.

Here's Isaak 1 year ago when he was 3:

Here's Isaak now {no more floppy hair}:

Here's Mica last year when he was almost 6.


Can you believe Mica picked the same horse? Here's Mica now:

What was really sad was comparing the Platte River from last year to this year! These are pictures from the Walter Scott Jr. Observation Tower. It stands 70 feet in the air.

Here's my view from the tower last year; when we had too much rain:

Here's my view from the tower this year; we need rain in the worst way:

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

WW: "Noculars" {Linky}

I've been trying to find uses for toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls. A few toilet paper rolls were laying around the house. Isaak picked them up and decided to make them his, "Noculars" otherwise known as "Binoculars".

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Monday, August 6, 2012

I Wish the Y Had Riding Bike Lessons

Mica's very apprehensive to ride a bike. He's so close and just won't do it. He'll get going, it looks like he'll take off, but he stops short of riding.

We try and be encouraging. He doesn't act like he wants to ride. It's almost like a chore to him.

Isaak has a bike to. Here he is riding on a trike. He chose to take it up to the school. Inside I'm thinking, "Come on just ride a bike." At least he can pedal this year.

In their defense we have a horrible street for riding. We have no sidewalks and it's a somewhat busy street. We've been working on swimming and Jujitsu. It's hard for kids and adults to focus on too much at once.

Blah Blah Blah

I couldn't help myself, I ordered these 2 shirts for the boys last night:

The blue one is for Isaak and the grey one is for Mica. Seriously it is constant talking at our house. Sometimes it sounds just like what the t-shirts say.

Hank Player Campus Store is having a 40% off sale right now. Just type in FAMILY40 at the check out. Make sure if you do this that it is all caps. I made the mistake of typing family40 and it didn't work. Also the code expires on the 7th. If you want something, you better go get it. They have t-shirts for babies, children and adults.

*This is not a review. I got nothing for posting this. It's just information I wanted to pass along.


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