Saturday, September 21, 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.

Have you every heard of Fritz and the Tantrums? They do remind me of the 80's. They sound a bit like Duran Duran to me. It is repetitive and in your face, but much of the 80's was. They are an American no soul/indie pop band from LA. They started out in 2008 with their first release in 2010 called Pickin' Up the Pieces. They have been on many shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and more.

What I like is that yes they have vocals (Michael Fitzpratrick and Noelle Scagges), but they also have a range of interments: Keyboard, Percussion, Saxophone, Flute, Guitar, Bass, and Drums. It's more lively than many other bands today.


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Random Tid Bits

  1. Our whole family has been having a hard time getting up and moving. I think it's because the seasons are switching. It's dark now when we wake up. I can for see the future: This weekend when I can sleep in, I'll wake up early.
  2. My oldest student this year hardly shows up to class. It's usually the younger ones; that are trying to figure themselves out that has the troubles. We're on week 6 of class, we have one class once a week, and he's missing 3 classes in both of my classes. In other words he's been in class 50% of the time. I printed out all the handouts on Monday to try and get him caught up. Yesterday he shows up with nothing to work on. I shook my head on the inside. Then went back to vent in the office.
  3. I have my first blind student in class. I feel for her. At the same time I don't want to coddle her. The real world will not coddle her. It's my job to teach her though. I'm having a difficult time knowing where to draw the line. So far I've let her come to me for help. I don't seek her out in a big way. I noticed that my assistant helped her out a little too much yesterday. She was frustrated over things not going right for her. I helped her in small ways, and I'm trying to get her caught back up; by printing her handout out, and talking with her.
  4. I got an email from a family friend. I swear I haven't seen the guy in 10 years. He just emailed me out of the blue to say, "Do you know anyone looking for design work for a funeral home? We use Microsoft Word." It just kind of hit me odd. Who knows someone looking for work in a funeral home? What designer designs in Microsoft to design? I just sent him back a link to the colleges career page. So if you are looking for work in a funeral home, email me. 
  5. My co-worker has been asking me the same exact questions she did last year in regards to one of her projects. She forgets what to use on what for art techniques. I should just record my answers, put a date on the recorder, and play them back before her project.
  6. I was wondering about an old student. I googled his name and saw that he lit his whole family on fire, and was in jail for life. The same name, the same face I swore. I haven't seen him for 10 years. I dug a bit deeper, and found out that convict couldn't be him. He's too old to have been my student. So what is he really doing? I found the real him. He's a cross dresser in England. I have to be honest, I was relieved. Between being a cross dresser and a murder serving a life sentence, I like seeing him being the cross dresser. It's kind of odd for me to be happy about that. Who needs investigators when you have google?
  7. Mica had friends over, and they wouldn't eat my dinner. My kids will eat just about anything. It never fails Mica always asks for dessert. Does he always get it? No! Much of the time I give him a second helping. I think I should keep frozen pizzas in the freezer for when Mica or Isaak have friends over. We can eat junk when they have guests; I guess. What did we have that they wouldn't eat? Spaghetti Squash Pie. I think it's really good.
  8. Daddy and I have been trying to be better about lifting weights at the Y. We feel silly when many of the people have the weights on the heaviest setting. I take it out and put it on the lightest setting, and Daddy puts it on the middle one. Yep we're pretty wimpy compared to many of the people in there.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

He Wanted to Do it Himself

We went to the Lowes Clinic this last weekend.

Isaak had to do everything on his own. I know he's growing up, but I still hold things when Mica pounds the nails in. I thought for sure Isaak would A) hit his little fingers with the hammer, or B) have more than one crooked nail. With Mica I can convince him to do things; let me help him. When Isaak has his mind set on something there's no changing it. Everything ended up being great. Isaak did it on his own.

Isaak doing it on his own.

The boys always walk out of the store with sound effects. This time it was fire truck noises. They drove their fire trucks down every beam they saw.

Old aprons on the front, new aprons on the back as super hero capes.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

WW: Gas {Linky}

I asked Isaak if he wanted to help me put gas in the car? He jumped on that. He was super excited to put gas in the car.

I let him "help" me put gas in the car. I did it all. So no safety worries. He just put his little hands there to pose. He did swipe my card, and he got to push buttons to process my card with my help. 

It's the little things that matter so much! He was excited to help.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Creative and Silly Breakfast

I'm in love with protein bites. There are many that I have pinned. I never make them the exact same way every time. Many of the ingredients can be swapped out with something else. The best thing is that the recipe is no bake. Just stir up the ingredients, use a small scoop and there you have the main part to your breakfast. 3 fill up the boys and 4 fill us adults up.

There's also spinach leaves on the plate as hair. The lips are apples, a slight amount of peanut butter and small marshmallows teeth. It doesn't look like a lot is there. The protein bites really fill us up.

Third Stripe

I should mention that all the parents signed wavers to let their kid's photos be used online and on their facebook page.

Mica got his third stripe at Jiu-Jitsu this week. I knew he was up for it later this month, but Sensei has an emergency trip to Africa. I asked if he should test that night, or if he should wait until he gets back? Sensei thought Mica was ready, so he went ahead and tested him.

He had to be able to count to 30 in Japanese, do forward, backward and combination rolls, get away from strangle and wrist holds, and do something that can seriously mess someone up (I can't remember the name of it. The person taps them when it starts to hurt).

Here are the rolls:

Here's the thing that really hurts. I can't remember the name of it. The kid taps when it starts to hurt.

Here's the ending ceremony. Sensei always messes with the kids and their names.

Here's a final photo of Sensei and Mica:


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