Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday is all about me discovering something that is different. I don't want to post things that you and I have more than likely heard before. I want to find something different. It could be from another country, someone singing from the streets of NY, and more.

This week I'm posing about the band Pentatonix.

Pentatonix is an American a cappella group of five vocalists originating from Arlington, Texas. Their work, mostly in, but not limited to, the pop music style, consists of covers of existing songs, and original songs to. I'm not super into pop music, but I'm willing to give it a shot.

They sold the most Christmas albums in 2014!

Draft Punk

Love Again

This is a rework of Wizard of Oz. It's crazy how they worked in so many hit songs into this. Even if you aren't a Wizard of Oz fan you may like this.  

Wizard of Ahhhs

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Random Tid Bits

  1. Isaak slept walked for the first time. I don't know if it was because he was sick, or just something random. He may or may not do it again. Dad woke up to him standing in the shower/tub, and walking around in circles. I don't know if he was going to go potty in there, or what was going through his mind.

  2. Isaak and I both grind our teeth. Thankfully Dad works at a dental lab. I've had 3 or 4 mouth guards made for free. I guess they don't do anything for kids, since their mouth shape changes so much, and they have baby teeth. It's just a manner of time before he gets a mouth guard. 

  3. When I was little I slept walked. I got up out of bed, walked over to my sister's backpack that was hanging on our bedroom door, and blew my nose on it. I said, "Awww...that feels better!" and went back to bed.

  4. When I was in high school I spent the night at a friend's house. It was the brink of summer time, and her parents did their best to not turn on the air. We all had a sheet to sleep with.

    I remember waking up (or not waking up at all) and saying, "What did you do with my sheet?' to the person next to me. She said, "I don't have it. Go back to sleep." I slapped her. I don't know if I really slapped her, or not. Then I proceeded to get up to look for my sheet.

    I went into the living room to look for my sheet.

    In the living room was my friend's sister (or not). She said, "Alissa someone is outside!" I went outside to look. I walked around in the front yard, came back, and told her (or not) "There isn't anyone out there." I went back in the house to lay back down.

    I woke up the next morning to my friend's mom talking. She said to my friend, "Sarah did anyone go outside last night? The door was open." I came clean about what I thought was real. We determined that I was sleepwalking. My friend's sister was never in the living room at all. 

  5. Lastly our kid that had night terrors was Mica. He'd wake up screaming crying, but was unresponsive. That was pretty scary. It's been a few years, since he's had problems with night terrors.

Garbage Day

We don't take the garbage out a whole lot. We keep a year round compost pile, and recycle most paper, plastic, and glass.

Trash in our house just doesn't stink up very fast because we keep a compost pile going year round.

One of Mica's jobs is to collect and take the trash out the one or two days a week that it needs it. Usually he does it, and I hear no complaints.

Taking the compost out varies because it has to be taken out more often then the trash. I'll sometimes do it myself, or ask who ever has shoes on to do the deed. I'd say most of the time it's Isaak's chore. That chore is easier because the bin is right outside the back door.

One night this week I asked Mica to take the trash out. 

Mica, "Pretty soon I'm not going to be fond of outside." 

Me laughing, "Why?" 

Mica: "You know...there might be people and critters poking around these parts of America." 

Me laughing, "Ok Mica. What's this really about?" 

Mica: "Well when I take the trash out I think there might be ghosts out there." 

Me: "It's a good thing we watch you take the garbage out then."

I always watch him take the garbage out because there was 1 collage kid who went to take the trash out, and never returned. Jason disappeared in 2001. Another high school kid went to take the trash out last year, and went missing. They found out she was a runaway. You can just never be too careful!

If you have kids, what chores do they have?  
Mine have more than taking out the trash and compost, but I'm curious what you have your kids do.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Time is Cloudy

Since I was sick towards the end of last week, and over the weekend everything seems off. It's really Wednesday? I had no weekend to do my errands. I was stuck at home because A) Didn't feel up to leaving the house and B) Didn't want to get anybody else's family sick.

I started back up at work, and the kids started school yesterday.

We had a teacher Inservice, and I was one of the main presenters.
I had finished up my 3 PowerPoints when I was sick. One was an intro to the whole Inservice, another was on the Adobe Creative Cloud and many of the new things that programs offer, and lastly I had a PowerPoint to talk about Creativity Cans from Creativity for Kids | Faber-Castell. Faculty members got to take a Creativity Can with them. 

When I wrote the PowerPoint for Adobe Cloud I was seriously in a cloud.
It's been a long time since I've been that sick. I should have been resting only I was tending to the kids, cleaning, washing dishes, washing my hands enough to make them chapped, and preparing PowerPoints. Thankfully Dad did most of the meals.

I feel like I presented well. Lucky for me I caught 1 spelling error before I presented. The word was underlined in red, but my clouded mind just didn't see it until prior to presenting.  A few teachers came up to me and said, "Thank you for presenting that. I wrote down some things you said that I found helpful." That's always nice to hear.

It got so cold here like it is in many places that they closed all the schools in the area for today.
We got up earlier than normal to haul the boys to Grandma and Grandpa's house. They were so excited. They love their Grandma and Grandpa. When we got there they fought over who was going to sit next to Grandma. At least we know she's loved.

I'm still not feeling 100%. It doesn't help that the air is super dry. My throat hurts, I'm coughing up stuff, and I feel tired. I hope I'm full over this soon!
Seriously I've had Influenza since last Wednesday. I got on Tamilfu day 1. Isaak's been bouncing off the walls for 3 days now. I did get stuff out of him when I help him do the Netti Pot, but he feels good.

I feel like I need to make a Costco run, a library run, a bank run and so on. It's too cold, and I have zero drive to do any of those errands.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WW: He's Got the Whole World in His Hands {Linky}

Lego Christmas gifts came before this world puzzle. I think Mica had a blast putting it together though. 

He first started out putting it together by putting all of Africa in one pile, Canada in another, and so on. That was before he realized that there are numbers on the backs of those pieces.

I think overall it was a hit gift. Isaak helped a little. For the record Mica's pretty good with where things are at. 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Movin' on Up!

Last Monday Mica moved up in Ju-Jitsu.

Because of the holidays we had to visit a different Y. It had the same Sensei, but different kids in the class. When he tested Mica was throwing kids, and doing pressure points on kids that he's not used to. That's ok, if someone were to come at you in attack mode you wouldn't be used to them.

Sensei threw a ton of instructions at Mica to do. A lady sitting next to me said, "Goodness I wouldn't remember all that!" Mica's been practicing. He knew what he was doing when it came to the instructions.

He has to get 4 black stripes on that belt before he moves up a belt. Right now he's earned 2 black stripes on this belt.

Way to go Mica!

I think it's time we get Mica a new top. His is looking a bit short, and he kept tugging at it.

Peppermint Essential Oil Review

Since we're trying to get over sickness in this house I've been cleaning, airing the house out, and boiling water with two drops of Peppermint Essential Oil in it. Oh my goodness does that peppermint oil help open me up, and it makes the house smell better than any candle could! Influenza be gone! Try it for allergies to.

I so wish I could post scents! This essential oil is 100% pure, natural, Therapeutic Grade, and amazing!

It comes in a 4 ounce bottle with an eyedropper. Cost: $42.95 and on Sale for $17.50

Many Household Uses and Benefits
  • Essential Oil Supports Digestive & Respiratory Health. Just breathe it in to help reduce respiratory problems.
  • Eases Stomach - Just rub a few drops on your belly.
  • Head Discomfort and Fevers - Just rub a few drops on your forehead, and/or rub massage it into your temples. Peppermint Oil is known to relieve headaches and anxiety.
  • Refreshing and Relaxing 
  • Natural Insect Repellent
  • Helps to Keep Bug Diseases Away
  • Helps with allergies and asthma. Just breathe it in to help breathe more effectively.

Powerful and Purifying

It's also helpful is soothing the mind and body with aromatherapy. I often times put some in Isaak's bath water. It can be mixed with shampoo, and conditioner to.

It's safe for topical application, although it is necessary to dilute with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil.

Multiple Uses

Peppermint offers multiple household uses. It provides a wonderful cooling sensation while it naturally alleviates discomfort. It is 100% is NON-TOXIC and perfect for use around the home and gardens. It is effective in repelling mice, spiders, ants, fleas, lice, roaches and rodents.

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Upcycled Shirt

Isaak goes through jeans pretty fast. He puts holes in the knees. This time I decided to cut the pockets out, and reuse them on a shirt. For Christmas I got him buttons with his name on them from Zulily. 

Isaak wanted this design. I did it, and the pockets were too close to his armpits. It looked cute laid out, but not on.

We changed the design up a bit. I sewed one small pocket on a bit pocket, a button on that, and two other buttons. Little man kept bouncing all over, so I didn't get the best picture. We reused a few jean pockets. Isaak's happy with it.


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