Saturday, April 6, 2013

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 composer with a past, future and present. I just love people that have a story! Chou Wen-chung has many stories to tell.

Chou Wen-chung was Born in China’s Shandong Province only a decade after the fall of the Qing Dynasty. Chou grew up during a period of social and political transformation in which traditional Eastern and contemporary Western culture briefly co-existed. Chou arrived in the United States on a fellowship to study architecture at Yale. He dropped out before completing a semester. He knew his true calling was music. After briefly studying in Boston with Nicolas Slonimsky, he then moved to New York City where he met Edgard Varèse. After only a couple of lessons with the legendary French-American iconoclast in his Greenwich Village home, Chou became his assistant, helping to turn Varèse’s byzantine sketches into decipherable and performable musical scores; that home would later be the place where Chou Wen-chung and his wife have lived for decades.

Pien was composed awhile ago, but is still interesting to me. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Statue of Liverty

Isaak started scream crying at 2 pm; with ear pain. So much for being well. He acted so chipper this morning.

At first the doctor's office didn't have a spot for him. Then she said, "Wait a minute. They can see him at 4:20 today." I said, "We'll take it."

I know with ear infections they don't treat them always with antibiotics like they used to. I feel like if the parents are taking precautions to try and prevent them, and they still get one, antibiotics may be needed. I could totally be wrong. That's the school of thought the boy's doctor has to.

We've used the Netti Pot, we've been giving him meds, we've been giving him water to drink over milk, he laid on a heating pad during the afternoon, and he's been sleeping extra.

I wanted to make sure Isaak is well for this Kindergarten appointment next week. They don't like to give shots to sick kids.

Isaak: "I'm the Statue of Liverty Mom."

Sure enough he had fluid in both ears, his glands were swollen and he coughed like he's smoked for years for them.

Little man fell asleep in the car on the ride home. The doctor is across town.

Good News and Bad News

Little Isaak, which isn't so little anymore woke up feeling good and chipper. If you read my last post, you'd know he was under the weather. I tell you rest is the best medicine! He still has a cough, and a stuffy nose. His fever is gone and he was himself.

It was so funny because Isaak said immediately when he woke up, "I want to make a movie! I want Grandma and Grandpa to be in it! Can they come over tonight to be in the movie?" I said, "Isaak I'm glad you are feeling better. It takes awhile to plan for a movie. We don't even have a camcorder. You need one of those to make a movie. Mommy's little camera makes little videos, but it can't hold a whole movie." He said, "What's a camcorder?" I think by that time I was changing the subject, and trying to get him changed into clothes. He must of had one heck of a dream!

Then I went to wake Mica up. He had a gravely voice. He usually is fairly quick in the morning, but was slower than Isaak. That's pretty unusual. I'm afraid he's next. He didn't have a fever. So far it's just a cold. We may get a call from school to come and pick him up. I told him that if he felt hot, and/or awful to go to the nurse's office right away.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I Thought We Had Allergy Issues

Maybe we do have some allergy issues. We have more than that. Mica, Isaak and I must have had a cold. It's no wonder...the weather really can't make up it's mind.

It seems like between seasons is when a lot of people get sick. This year after every major holiday we've gotten hit with something.

We usually get it from Aunt Terra's clan. Cousin's Elijah and Emerson are always sick it seems.

Isaak got worse last night. Then today he had a fever, didn't want to eat, didn't want to drink and didn't want to walk. Yep I carried him from the house to the car. I won't be able to do that too much longer. He's getting heavy! It's a good thing I don't carry him around on a consistent basis. That's just asking for back problems.

On the way home from Grandma and Grandpa's house this is what Isaak looked like:

I told him we could cuddle and watch a movie. He fell asleep, while I was doing dishes. Tired sick boy went to bed at 7, but more like 6:30 if you factor in sleeping in the car, and while I was doing the dishes.

Sleep truly is the best medicine for sickness.

An Inspiring Story

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

WW: Easter Shots {Linky}

Daddy, while the Easter egg hunt was going on. Can you tell he's not a morning person?

Just one shot during the hustle and bustle of the Easter egg hunt. Isaak's hair looks like that EVERY SINGLE MORNING!

Isaak didn't want his picture taken. Is it bad that I think this is funny?

My little bucket head! I'm such a proud Momma!

An egg hunt at my aunt's house. The boys are with their cousins and my cousin's kids. I did get permission from the other parents to post. All are between 4 and 7. In order: Cousins Evan and Elijah, my own Mica, Cousins kid's Colton and Kensley and my own Isaak. It's funny to me that the other kids are with their siblings. Mine are spread out. I don't think they liked each other that day. Isaak was super excited for the hunt! Can you tell?

 Me: "Isaak let me take your picture." Isaak: "Sure! Right after I put a pinwheel in my face." Still I love this shot!

Isaak viewing pictures with Aunt Terra AKA my sister.

What photo was Isaak looking at? A photo of his Cousin Emerson getting an egg out of a tree.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Natural Vitality Review and a $50 GC Giveaway!

I'm excited to tell you about Natural Vitality!

I was lucky enough to win a $100 GC to spend at their store. Then I asked if I could review the products I got. They happily said, "Yes!" Then they offered to give one of my readers a $50 GC! I'm super excited. They are very helpful, have all their product information on their site, ship super fast and send samples!

Their products go a long way. You mix just a Tablespoon it in juice or water. We've tried both, and happen to like water better.

Organic Life Vitamins was my top pick. It's their best seller. I've never had vitamins in a drink form.

Some things about Organic Life Vitamins:  
  • It is made with all organic ingredients.
  • It has 24 superfruit and veggies!  
  • The drink covers all nutritional bases.
  • Your body doesn't have to work on breaking it down. It's liquid form, so the nutrients goes right where it needs to.
  • It has: Aloe Vera, Amino Acids, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Chromium Picolinate and antioxidants. All these help with the aging body. 
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Kids Multi was my second pick. 

This vitamin drink has many of the same things that Organic Life has! Here are some other things about Kids Multi:  
  • It is made with all organic ingredients.
  • It has 24 superfruits and veggies!  
  • The drink covers all nutritional bases.
  • Your body doesn't have to work on breaking it down. It's liquid form, so the nutrients goes right where it needs to.
  • It has: Omega-3 DHA and EPA, Calcium and magnesium. All these help with growing bodies.
Energy 28 was my third pick.

I thought this product would be great before workouts, when I'm run down with allergies, or sickness!
  • It is a complete functional food containing 50 percent heart-healthy omega 3, 6 and 9 oils by weight.
  • 20 percent dietary fiber. 
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Stupid Snow

Two days ago my boys were outside with out a jacket and had short sleeves on. This morning I woke up to snow on the ground. :(

Mica, Isaak and my allergies suck right now. I've been doing the Neti Pot, washing our hair before bed and washing our pillow cases often.

The Neti Pot only takes a few minutes with each person. Those minutes add up in the morning!

This morning I was running late.

I went out to the car. I was expecting to just brush the snow off. Nope it was ice. Not good when you are running late already!

Luckly I had a metal scraper. I say had because this is what happened to it:

I've had it for about 10 years now. Is it silly that I'm sad to see it go? I don't see metal scrapers anywhere. When I do they have whimpy handles. If anyone knows where I can get one, please comment. Plastic ones just don't do a good job.

I also need a battery in my key for my car. That's always annoying because it seems like my car has to be re-programed when I get a new battery for that thing. There are some days I miss manual things. I do like digital locks when I can't find my car in the parking lot. I just beep it until I hear/see it. Maybe that's why the battery is low. Sigh. Our back windshields haven't worked for a few years now. We barely used them. I'm sure it will cost an arm and a leg to fix them. Hand cranking windows up and down would be great! I don't need power windows.

Lazy Boy

It just turned warm the day before Easter. Worm enough to be outside in shorts.

Isaak wanted to go out and play, so he did. Mica was right at his side. They shot Mica's bow and arrow.

They came inside after awhile of playing. I told them to go potty before we went to the grocery store. At the store I threw Isaak in the cart. He was picking on Mica. I saw that Isaak had a big wet spot right between his legs! I said, "Isaak why are you wet?" He said, "Mom I peed outside. I just couldn't get to the bathroom fast enough." This is rubbish. I know he can make it; he just chose not to. When we got home I had him change.

When he woke up from his nap he went potty, and back outside to play. Little man wet his pants again! I made him put all his laundry away. This is nothing new really. This load he had a lot more pants to fold and put in his drawer. He said, "That's a lot to do!" I said, "You peed your pants twice! You put them away!"

Grandma thinks he should not be allowed to play outside the rest of the day if he pees his pants; due to laziness. I think that's a great idea. I wish I would have thought about that!

Speaking of lazy...a week ago he put his pants on backwards:

I noticed it at the Lowes Clinic. I told him to take his socks, shoes and pants off in his room and turn his pants around. He told me he did. We went to Aunt Terra's and his pants were still backwards.

Lazy butt! I hope he's not going to be lazy with his homework when it comes to school!


I'm saving all my good photos for my WW. Come back here on Tuesday night if you want to see them.

A few weeks ago I had Isaak and Mica's pictures taken with their fancy Easter duds on.

I'm not too crazy about the dark shadows below their hats in the next one. The boys like the next one the best though.

 Here's Isaak at the mall.

How was Easter for you? It was good on our end. 

I go a little overboard with holidays. The Easter Bunny I have a scavenger hunt every year. I was smart and had my station downstairs this year. Laundry was done, while I stuffed eggs. Daddy was in the kitchen, so no one would have a chance of seeing me. I hid eggs in their closets, while it was still awake time. The boys were outside playing; when I did that. Each hiding area had one main egg with a clue to the next hiding area and a dollar coin for each kid. The clues don't give them a direct answer as to where to go next. They have to think.

One year I did, "Rub a dub, dub 6 eggs are hiding in the __________." Then they have to figure out it was the tub, go find the eggs and get the next clue.

This year I decided to get a little harder. I had one that said, "I like to hop down the __________. Go find 8 yellow eggs." Well they put on their shoes and went outside to go look on the hill in the backyard. It was down the steps inside. That's ok, they got their exercise. They finally figured it out. They love the hunts. It does take some thinking on my part though. I kind of have to do a lot of it on the spot because otherwise even I get confused as to how many eggs I was supposed to be put here or there.

This year I hid less candy. Other eggs had mini erasers that were truck shaped in them; that I found at the dollar store. Isaak was really excited about them! Then the dollar coins were special to. I found blue stuffed bunnies for a dollar each at the dollar store to. Mica's asked for a blue bunny to match his blue bunny he got from preschool. I don't know why he wanted it. He's not a stuffed animal kid, but that's always been his favorite. He was very clear that it had to be a blue, boy bunny. Try finding that! They got 2 movies, an outfit and 2 DS games I got for a major deal at Christmas time.

The boys got to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which they got from the Easter bunny. It's not my pick of a movie, but I knew they would love it! Daddy finally came to life (he's not a morning person at all!); he talked to Mica about the artists the turtles were named after.

While they were watching their movie, I made the veggie tray for my aunt's house. It was 4 sections that looked like this:

Mini Sweet peppers flowers with cheese stamens and celery grass.
 Radish flowers with celery grass.
Mini carrots and cheese carrots; I cut out with a cookie cutter. More celery grass.

I made beer bread to.

Then we headed off to my Aunt Sam's house. There, we had a big meal, another egg hunt for the kids and an egg toss for the middle generation (which would be me!) I dropped the egg many times and it never broke. I caught the egg and it broke all over me. YUCK! I think my aunt should have given me warning that, that was to take place. I would have brought a change of clothes!

Here's my bucket head son!

By the end of it all the boys were tired and whiny. Isaak tried running from me when it was time to leave. He cried about having wrinkly hands in the bath again. This time he was like, "What's going to happen to me now Mom? Tell me!" Me saying, "Nothing." didn't fix his issue. He cried harder.

Mica begged to watch Madagascar 3. I kept saying, "No. If you are going to keep whining about wanting to watch that, you will go directly to bed." It was 6:30. He said, "Mom I'm not whining!" Then he said, "Ok if I stop whining can I watch it?" Total contradiction there! Mica also tried to argue with me about how we never ate lunch. We had a huge meal at my aunt's house! Then when we got home we had veggies, crackers and cheese for dinner. Somehow he forgot about all that.

Bedtime was at 7:30 last night.


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