Saturday, July 4, 2015


When we went to see the Jurassic World the movie theater had this stand for The Peanuts Movie:

My boys never got into The Peanuts. I've tried to get them to watch it. I used to think it was special to watch their movies each holiday season. Mica says, "It's dumb!" I roll my eyes at him. My nephews Evan and Elijah (my boy's ages) love The Peanuts. 

I gave Evan and Elijah these mugs one Christmas:

Evan got this one!
 Elijah got this one!
I got Emerson a Peanuts glasses holder. He'll use it more when he gets a little older. Right now his glasses are too small for it.

I want to pick up another mug for my youngest nephew Edison. I'll buy it, and stash it away for when he's past the throwing stage. The problem is, the only one left is the Lucy one below. I don't mind bossy Lucy, but it's a girl, and it has no fun backside of the mug. What would you do? They have other characters like Garfield, but they like The Peanuts. Would you just get a duplicate of one above?


Out of the Box Saturday

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday is now Out of the Box Saturday. It's 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. I'll cover something sing | songy one week, and artsy | fartsy the next.

This week I'm covering something sing | songy. I read (didn't get to watch) a shocking documentary about Nina Simone's daughter Lisa Simone. Lisa claims that her Mom was abusive to the point where Lisa thought about committing suicide. I always liked Nina Simone's voice. Just because I liked her, it does not mean that she wasn't abusive. Stars especially have a lot of pressure. Abuse is a real thing. 


I'm putting on here a few of Lisa Simone's videos. If you are unfamiliar with her mother's work, you may want to look it up to.

All is Well

Child in Me

Read about Lisa Simone here.
Check out Lisa Simone on Facebook.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Random Tid Bits

  1. We got a dumpster last week. With my husband being a sculptor he has acquired some junk over the years that he thought he'd use, but hasn't. We did some work on our stairs, and needed to get rid of some paneling. The shed was full of stuff when we moved into our house, so a lot of that had to be removed. Lastly I threw away random stuff like store hangers, cheap toys that the boys didn't want, and 2 car seats. Mica's officially out of a car seat.

  2. 2 random strangers were spotted in our private dumpster. Isaak came running down to my car to meet me, "Mom 2 strange boys were in our junk yard. They must have come into our house to take Mica's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. He wouldn't throw that away. Those men were playing with it."

    I had to get the whole story from Dad. Travis said there were two grown men playing with McDonald Happy Meal toys in our dumpster. He felt odd telling them to leave; only because he thought there might be an altercation. Thankfully there wasn't

  3. One of the students that is here taking a summer class (I'm not the teacher) wears a man bun. He has really curly, unruly hair. I get why he'd want it up. Do you love them, or hate them?  I don't really care one way, or another. It just struck me as something that stood out. Hey if it's comfortable, why not? To me hair is just an extension to one's self. It doesn't make up who a person is. Many moons ago I went out with someone that went to an all boys school. He and his friends tried so hard to push the "no long hair rule". The rule seemed silly to me. It really doesn't matter to me what someone's hair looks like. On the flip side if someone is going to go to a school with rules that they previously knew about they better abide by them.

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  5. The speech teacher keeps wanting me to sit in on speeches that the student mentioned above is giving. We don't have a typical classroom setting in the summer. It's understandable. At the same time I forget. In the summer I'm not on a schedule per say. I come in and work on a project all day long. I forget when lunch happens, and when it's 5 I don't stir until it's 5:05. I hear others move around, and I'm like, "Oh it's time to leave."

  6. There are mulberries growing behind the school I took the boys there to pick berries last weekend. I made the mistake of not explaining to the boys how bad the berries stain. Isaak sat down in the grass right by the berries. He had a dark purple butt. Then when I was on the ladder Isaak decided it would be funny to start pitching berries at Mica. It was a mess! For the record soaking clothing in vinegar for a few hours, and washing them with another cup of vinegar gets most of the berry stain out.

    My boss came over and started picking berries with us. I said, "Boys we're going to watch Saving Mr. Banks later today." Mica said, "That's PG13. We can't see that." I said, "It will be fine. You've seen other PG13 movies. I wouldn't let you watch a movie that's bad for you." He said, "It might be sexually explicit!" Talk about embarrassing around the boss man! That boy reads way too much! He said to me yesterday that Robin Williams was murdered. He read the tabloid in the line at the grocery store.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Birthday Party Cheesecake Jelly Bean Boom!

Whenever I think of birthday parties I think of the R.E.M. song It's the End of the World. No I don't think about it being the end of the world. It's just that there's a line in the song that says, "Birthday Party Cheesecake Jelly Bean Boom!"

Emerson's 4th birthday was this year. I can't believe the little firecracker is 4! Since he doesn't do a lot I always think of him as younger than what he really is. When I pick him up I'm quickly reminded that he's 4. He's not lightweight.

If you haven't been reading this blog for very long then you may need an update:

Emerson is my nephew. He was born with Trisomy 18, also known as Edward's Syndrome. It's extra of the 18th chromosome. To give you a better understanding Down Syndrome is extra of the 21st chromosome. People with Trisomy 18 are usually pretty low functioning. In fact many die before they are ever born. In the hospitals Trisomy 18 and 13 are called "Incompatible With Life". Many moms are trying to get this changed. They are compatible with with life. Sure some sadly pass away, but others go on to live until they are 13.

Emerson loves to stand up! He does a dance when you stand him. He nods his head back and forth, gets excited, and rocks back and forth. Maybe it's the attention he loves. When he's sitting, and chilling he often puts his hand on his hearing aid. It makes a sound like an old dial up internet. It threw me a few times. It's a coping mechanism. He's potty training. It's more like my sister and brother-in-law read his signals to set him on the toilet, so he can go.

He's getting surgery in the fall for his tethered spinal cord. It's a pretty standard procedure. Usually they find it earlier. Kids that are so called "normal" whatever that is can't walk with a tethered spinal cord. Because Emerson has delays they didn't detect his tethered spinal cord until this spring. The always want to do surgery on him when it's getting to be cold and flu season (fall). Emerson gets sick easily. They won't put him out if he's sick. We'll see how that goes. 

Emerson is doing good other then his spine. 

I missed the really happy, happy moments for pictures. I was too busy enjoying the happy moments. When I first got to their house he was laying down. I dangled a clean shirt over his face, and he was giggling. 

Emerson got: A Superman piggy bank, a big ball, a ball popping toy, a balance toy, and bean bags (smaller ones he can hold, and textured ones). Common Question: The band on his head is his hearing aid.


Isaak's big about giving people homemade cards. All week he talked about writing a nose book. So that's what he put together for Emerson. Emerson actually smiled when my sister read it to him.

As you can see in the picture above my Dad fell asleep. Our family get togethers are just too exciting for him. ;) For those that think I'm cruel for posting the picture of him sleeping - well he used to hang our bras on the front porch if we left our clothes in the bathroom when we were teens. He also hid under my bed to jump out at me when I was afraid because of a movie he let me watch when I was around 5. Our family if full of jokesters. He's one of my favorite peeps in the world. I'm a lot like him.

Edison is my youngest nephew. He's a Momma's boy right now. His older brothers try to love him a little too much by caring him when he doesn't want to be carried. Edison takes Emerson's cloth diaper off. He eats out the trash, and climbs on coffee table to stand up (watch out!). He'll kick Emerson when he's in his way. He also tried to steel Emerson's presents. Then he cried when he isn't the only one that got to hold the Emerson's presents. LOL In Edison's defense it was way past nap time.

Do you get together with your nieces, nephews, siblings...? We do often just because we all live in the same town.

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I get labels for the boys every other year to use for school and camp. Some of their things don't need to be labeled because their school supplies go in a big pile for the whole class to use. Other things do need to be labeled. At camps the boys always need a water bottle. I put labels on those.

Last year it was Isaak's turn to get labels. I picked out Spiderman for him. This year it's Mica's turn to get them. He's more of a Hulk lover. I went with that set.

Hulk Smash!

As you can see the label set I got has a variety of sizes.

Here are some tips that Label Daddy sent me:
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  • When you apply a label use pressure to get the label down, so that it doesn't fall off. 

  • Wait 24 hours before washing a clothing that has a label on it. Again this will ensure it's had time to adhere to the fabric.

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  • Do not apple labels to clothing that has been pre-treated with a stain/water repellent, such as a scotchguard. They won't stick to a "not-stick" surface.

  • Zipper tags are for labeling, not for pulling. If they are tugged on daily a zipper can break. *See the image below.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IPhone 6 Case Review

This IPhone 6 Case is made with high quality luxury brushed metal aluminum and chrome hard plastic material and it is designed to shelter your IPhone from: dust, scratches, bumps and other daily damage that can be caused to your phone. 

I have to be honest, I don't feel like it protects my phone enough. I'm taking my $100 GC to Best Buy and buying another IPhone cover.

I do like that it's thin, and will fit in sport armband carriers without taking the case off. I just don't feel like it's durable. If I'm worried about dropping my phone, then I need a better case.

The case is pretty! It has a nice sleek design. 

It is a Super Slim iPhone Case and Comfortable To Use. I didn't have any problem getting the case on my phone. It fits comfortably in my pocket!

- Perfectly fits the iPhone 6 (4.7 inch)
- Made from the Highest quality materials
- Won't scratch your phone
- Easy to install and remove
- Clear & easy access to all ports
- Easy to grip and hold
- Designed Specifically for Apple iPhone 6 (4.7 Inch)

Cost: $25, and on sale for $11.99.

The installation process is quick, simple, and requires no phone disassembly. It offers full access to all the ports, buttons and camera.

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Pink Iphone-5/6 Light Up Charging Cable Luminescent Review

One thing that's important to me is to have accessibility to charge my phone when I need it charged. I don't want to have to carry my charger at home when I go to work, so I love that I got a Pink Iphone-5/6 Light Up Charging Cable Luminescent to review! Now I can leave the charging cable in my purse, or computer bag. It can come to work with me.

Light Up Charging Cable Luminescent Visible LED Current Flow Smart Lightning to USB Cable 3.28ft (1M) can be used with: 
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone 5/5s/5c
  • iPad with Retina display
  • iPad mini, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3
  • iPad Air and iPad Air 2
  • iPod nano 7th Generation
  • iPod touch 5th Generation
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The cord is Pink measuring 3.28 Feet Long. It's used to charge your Apple devices up with your computer, or wall USB connector.

If you don't like pink they have many other colors to choose from. Being the only girl in my family, I'm leaning towards pink these days.

Compact Lightning Connector head works with nearly all cases.

100% Compatible with ios 8. We had no problems using our cord. The phone did make a beep beep sound when it was plugged in. I'll have to silence the phone, so it won't do that. I got no warning messages. It just charged it.

It's inexpensive to buy. The cost is only $7.99. With as many things that it works on, I think it's worth the $7.99.

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