Saturday, March 30, 2013

Last Year Mica Almost Caught the Easter Bunny!

It's true. The Easter Bunny was busy dealing with eggs way after bedtime. Mica had to go to the bathroom and peered into the room I was hiding eggs. I dropped everything and said, "Mica you just missed the Easter Bunny. He hopped out of here." Mica's eyes were wide. He bought it. I left the eggs all over. Then Daddy made Easter Bunny prints on Mica's drawing that was left on the wood floor.

Santa is much easier! He puts things in one spot.

Mica said earlier today, "Mom wouldn't it be funny if Dad was the Easter Bunny?" I said, "Mica that would be weird." I was thinking, Dad doesn't do crap compared to Mom!

Tonight I hid eggs in their closets, while they were outside with Daddy. I thought, This will be great because they can't hear me doing anything. They came in and I said, "Take your clothes off, and throw them down here in this pile. I'm getting ready to wash clothes." Mica didn't listen. He hung up his shirt. Then he said, "Oh no I hung up my shirt. I forgot what you told me to do." Lucky for me he doesn't pay attention well enough. He missed the eggs in his closet!

Then he said before bed, "I'm going to pretend to be sleeping and surprise the Easter Bunny like I did last year!"

Wish me luck!

Happy Easter!

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. I'll try and include why we like it and/or the history of the song/singer.

This week I'm covering a long time favorite. I started following Ani Difranco about 12 years ago. Many have heard of her, many have not. Those that haven't are the reason why I'm covering her. She has sold many CDs, but she's self published. She even creates all her own artwork for her CD covers. She pushes the envelope big time with singing about government issues, woman's rights and other hot topics. She is so great to listen to live! Almost all her songs on YouTube are live. I really couldn't find one single hyped up video. Most of her money she gets is from shows and not CD sales. Her parents got divorced when she was 15; instead of moving in with one of them, she started supporting herself. That was both good and bad. She was raped, got pregnant when she was young and had an abortion. She speaks out about abstinence. She even wrote a song about how moms should teach their daughters about abstinence. She just has a lot of energy and thought put into her songs. I'm going to try and pick out a few songs that won't offend anyone. Again her music is very out there. If you'd like to hear more of her work, please do. Just look up Ani Difranco on YouTube. Her own record label studio can be found at Righteous Babe Records.

Her style has changed somewhat throughout the years. It still remains that she's a folk artist.

She just came out with a new album in 2012 called ¿Which Side Are You On?. 

The first video I'm going to show of hers, she is not in at all. She had a contest over the summer, where people submitted videos of their interpretation of the song. Then she sliced and dices peoples videos to include everyone within one video. The song is called, Mariachi. I'm going to call it a fan video.

Little Plastic Castle

This one is titled: 32 Flavors. One verse of the lyrics in this one are: 

And god help you if you are an ugly girl
course too pretty is also your doom
cause everyone harbors a secret hatred
for the prettiest girl in the room
and god help you if you are a phoenix
and you dare to rise up from the ash
a thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
while you are just flying back

Friday, March 29, 2013

Things That Make Me LOL

Do you ever have photos that just make you laugh and laugh? 

Take this bunny for an example:

He's either: 

A) Very sad that he is better at walking than hopping.
B) Drunk.
C) Has to pee (according to Theresa at Theresa's Mixed Nuts on Facebook.
D) Depressed.
E) Tired.
F) Sick of being in that heavy suit.
G) Has very bad posture.

This also makes me laugh every time I see it:

That's the headband that Mica cried about not wanting to wear. We were given 4 of them at the Y for a game. Mica said it looked ridiculous. He threw it on the ground. I picked it up and wore two of them. Daddy said, "It doesn't look ridiculous! See I'm wearing it." Doesn't he look flat out ridiculous? I made him put it on on St. Patty's Day just to get a picture. Then he could see how he looked. I laugh every time I see it. Mica even got a good laugh when he saw Daddy make this face. At least it turned tears into laughter.

Lion King on Broadway

The boys were so excited about going to Lion King on Broadway yesterday!

The excitement was so much that Isaak didn't take a nap. I tried putting him to bed early the night before; that didn't happen either. He had to go potty and shout out the details from the bathroom. It ended with us saying, "Isaak that's enough! Just go potty and get to bed!" Needless to say he was tired before the show started. It was a 7:30 show. When he lacks on sleep at home I put him down at 7. The latest he goes to sleep is 8:30.

When Isaak is tired he does what Mica used to do; act crazy! This is how Isaak hugs Mica, it's more of a tackle. Boys!

This is on the overpass:

This is in the elevator. Isaak was so excited to have his own ticket:

It all worked out like should have. The boys got to sit on the end of the aisle with their cousins; that are their ages. They were close to the animals that came down the aisles.

Here's the Orpheum theater. It's not my photo. I tried manual, flash and automatic, but the lighting was so dark! I was unsuccessful inside the theater. Of course when the show is going, no cameras can be used. The Orpheum is a really beautiful building!

The show was great. I kept looking over at Mica. He was on the edge of his seat, with a HUGE smile on his face, he kept tapping Cousin Evan, pointing, and laughing. Isaak and Cousin Elijah enjoyed it to, but they looked SO sleepy on top of their enjoyment.

Mica liked the young Simba best. We all agreed that the Rafiki was so funny and had a great voice! The best and hardest puppets to master had to be the elephant and giraffes. The bicycle with the Gazells was so intricate! The only mishap was that the sun in the end got hung up. It looked like it worked like mini blinds do. Part of it went up, another part didn't.

At intermission the first thing Isaak asked me was, "Mom is Simba's Dad really dead, or was he pretending? Because he wasn't moving." He kind of looked concerned. I said, "Isaak Simba's Dad did die, but Simba will learn that his memories with his Dad are locked inside him." Hopefully I answered that one right.

The boys sat through the whole show, fully awake.

They both fell asleep in the car. Isaak looked like he had a hangover this morning. Grandma said, "Just bring him in his pjs in the morning with some clothes and we will feed him breakfast." He never slept in pjs last night. I ripped sleepy boy's clothes off and he slept boy style in his underwear; under the covers. Daddy got him dressed. I drove him and his muffin to Grandma and Grandpa's. Mica slept in as much as possible. I'm hoping he's ok in school today. It is just one day after all.

I think staying up was well worth it!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Guess Where We Are Going Tonight?

Tonight we're going to Lion King on Broadway. I've been before. The kids haven't though. I know they will love it. I just think the costumes are amazing!

Watch out Friday though. I hope Mica doesn't fall asleep in class.

Julie Taymor is one of my favorite directors. She is truly artistic. She went to Indonesia to study their African culture. When she first took on directing Lion King, she wanted to incorporate many types of puppetry in it. She also was a part of making some of the masks for the musical. She's also directed Across the Universe, Frida (I so wish Salma Hayek won an award for that one!), Phantom of the Opera (I've never seen) and Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. Spider-Man I've heard has had many stunt accidents! It still has great reviews.

Lion King
I wanted to make t-shirts for the boys to wear to Lion King. I kind of procrastinated a bit. I guess life got in the way. I wasn't expecting to be at my sister's house for Elijah's friend birthday party. That's when I planned on working on the t-shirts. She asked me to watch Emerson. Of course I couldn't say, "No!" I wanted to watch him. Plus it stinks that my go to place to buy fabric paint and t-shirts, Hobby Lobby right by my house and work closed! What's moving in? Walmart. I keep saying, "NO!" I had to venture out to Michaels, which is much farther away. They have way less check out people to!

I drew out 4 designs. One looked too much like the original Lion King image for the broadway show, and too Egyptian like. I kept telling myself, "Think African!" I did like the cubistic quality though! I wanted my own style though!

The next one looked too much like the lion in the Wizard of Oz.

The next two I liked, but fellow artist friends told me that they looked too itty bitty kid like. They were the most unique though.

Everyone liked the 1st design best. I had to use it, but tweek it; to be my design more!

Mica picked out yellow shirts. Usually I'm not a yellow person, but in this case the color worked really well! The crown has rivets on the top. They do make gold fabric paint; I used for the crown!

The boys weren't exactly excellent models this morning. I wish they could have gone with no long sleeve shirt underneath. It's kind of cold this morning though!

 Have you been to any broadway productions?

The Reasons Why I Dislike Most Sports

I've never been a fan of football. Daddy is. I know I'm crazy. It's the number 1 sport in the US.

I don't know what it is about artists; many of them don't care for mainstream sports. That is a generalization. Many art schools do not have sport teams. I went to two art colleges and teach at another. Most artists just don't care for mainstream sports. Maybe it's just that our interests are somewhere else (generally speaking).

I came to a realization the other night. It's like a light bulb went off. Daddy was watching basketball with Mica in our room. I was in the living room by choice. The sounds of the clapping and cheering just sounded like bees flying in my ears. I think it's more the background noise that bothers me; then it is the actual game.

Before you think I'm being ridiculous, you have to understand that I'm around children most of the time. If it isn't my own children buzzing sound effects in my ears, it's my 40 college students. When I watch TV I want a storyline, adult conversation.

A second part to why I dislike mainstream sports is that people are nuts here in Omaha, Nebraska. They go crazy for Nebraska Cornhuskers. It's a college team. We have shops here that sell Nebraska Cornhusker merchandise.

People in Omaha complain that other places think we are hicks. With a name like Nebraska Cornhuskers for a football team, I don't blame other cities thinking this way about us. 

Not only is our football team called a ridiculous name, we have a mascot that is named Herby Husker.

Look at Herby, he has corn in his pocket, and a big red hat. I don't know how much more hick you can get!

Oh wait we can get more hick like. Our crowds wear these hats on their heads:

There are also fans that have their garage doors painted with Herby Husker on it, man caves with Husker gear and more.

I'm sure there is sports I like. I love playing Pillow Polo at the Y, which is a lot like hockey. I always thought wrestling was interesting. It's fun to watch Mica in Jujitsu practice. Swimming looks relaxing and it a life skill. I don't want my babies drowning! I'm not anti sports. I just don't care for the clapping, yelling, corn hats and Herbie Husker.

What about you, do you like sports?

Do you like sports?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

WW: Birthday {Linky}

This past weekend Cousin Elijah turned 5. Isaak was invited over for the family party, then the friend party. We spent a lot of the weekend celebrating.

Meeting of the Little Minds

They Made Their own Pizzas

They Made Their Own Fruit Kabobs

They Decorated Their Own Cupcakes

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Getting Old

Isaak was taking a bath this morning. He decided he wanted to stay in there and play, and play some more. I told him to get out. He said, "Just a little longer Mommy."

I said, "Isaak you need to get out. Your fingers are going to get all wrinkly. You are going to turn into an old person."

He showed me his fingers, then looked at them himself. When he looked at them he started crying. He said, "You are right! I'm turning into an old person."

He stopped crying when I told him that his fingers would go back to normal; after that he got out of the tub.

That was in the morning.

Fast forward to bedtime.

At bedtime Isaak started crying once again. I was thinking his door got shut. He hates his door being shut. His door was wide open. I went in and asked him, "What's wrong Isaak?" He said, "I'm afraid of all the people I know dying and wonder what's going to happen to all their houses?"

I was thinking, Gee wiz isn't he too young to be thinking about these kinds of things? He hasn't watched any scary movies, no one has passed away in our family since the fall when Great Grandma Kent passed away. The only connection I could think of with his thoughts is me telling him that his bathtub wrinkly fingers would make him old. He was really worked up. I said, "Isaak everything is ok. You have nothing to worry about."

He then said, "That one Grandma died. Will my Great Grandpa die to? He's old." I said, "Isaak he is old. Just because he's old doesn't mean he'll die anytime soon. He could live until he's 100 year old, or more. We don't know when he's going to die. If he does die we'll all be sad, but he would have lived a very good life. He has kids, grand kids, great grand kids that all love him."

I told him that everything is alright once again, hugged him and he went to sleep.

I hope I didn't traumatize him with the bath tub wrinkly old man fingers.


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