Friday, August 11, 2017

Random Tid Bits

I'm writing this a week early. Classes started this week, so I know I'll be super busy. If you comment, I'll be sure to get back to your blog.
  1. I gave my fall sylabi to the Education Director in the spring, well before classes were over. She never went over them; that I'm aware of. I find it kind of insulting; considering I plowed through to get them to her before my surgery. It's less than a week before classes start, and she still hasn't given them back to me with any changes. I emailed them on over to the Director (a different person) of the school. She emailed me back asking, "Did the Education Director approve these?" I just replied with a, "Yes." There are times where I want things to be right, and there are other times I just choose my battles. At this time I just chose to let it go. Yes she's reviewed them in the past, so there's that.

  2. I was surprised to see a guy teacher back at work. Why was I surprised? Last year he told the student it was his last year. He also told me that he has Alzheimer's Disease. 

  3. Last year I had lots of workbooks for my kids to work on during the summer. This year I didn't. For one they stop making a lot of workbooks in upper elementary. For another I've read a few articles here's one that being bored is good for kids. Here I was trying to give them something to do all the time.

    Instead of always giving them things to do I encouraged this:

  4. Mica's new to doing laundry. I went to go make Isaak's bed, after asking Mica to go get what was in the dryer. It was all wet. He put it in the dryer, but never turned it on. I just can't believe he brought them up and didn't think, These feel a little wet. We made him put them in the dryer, turn the dryer on, then I said, "Don't worry about it. We all start out laundry with mistakes."

    Travis piped in, "Mica I've washed a load of water before. I forgot to put clothes in there." Travis did that as an adult! I think us admitting we've made mistakes helped establish that he can come to us when he makes a mistake. 

  5. We have a Family Reunion on my Mom's side once a year. In a way it's too much of the time. In another way it's just once a year. Here's a photo of my Grandpa with his siblings that are still alive. He's had 2 sisters, and 1 other brother that have passed away. These 3 have always been the closest of the siblings.

    My 91 year old Grandpa is the one in the front with the darker skin. I swear he looks part Native American, but I have no proof of that. 

What's your oldest relative? 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dear Mica,

Happy Birthday Mica! You turn 12 today. You're a tweenager for sure.

A month ago we decided to get you your first phone. That's your big present. With walking and riding the bus to and from middle school we figured now is the time to get you a phone. We also lost our land line some time ago, so you needed a phone.

Today I'm giving you a set of lenses for your phone. 

  • Taking pictures with your phone is your newest hobby.
  • Music! You love playing Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Brono Mars the most. You like Peter Gabriel, Bob Marley, and the Village People. 
  • Reading! You've been really into this series called Spirit Animals this summer. You read classics like Of Mice and Men, Two Kill a Mockingbird and more. You'll read books 4 or 5 times over again. 
  • You still love movies and shows. Grimm is one of your favorites right now. No one else around here likes it. We've been watching The Cosby Show as a family. Yes Bill Cosby has been in hot water, and on the news a lot this year. It's still a good family show. You'll watch any movie really. 
  • You got your first "job". You volunteered at the library and helped stock books, and collected zip codes from people for their Read to a Dog program.
  • You started playing the trumpet. There are times when you practice where you're pretty good. Other times I don't think you try. You had hopes of playing Sledgehammer from Peter Gabriel, but you quickly learned that Hot Cross Buns and songs at that level would be played mostly. You did get to learn the Star Wars theme song, which is fun.

Your Personality Shines in This Video:


  • You're not a big fan of chores. You had to take over for me when I got an upcycled nose (surgery) hand washing dishes. 
  • I've been having you do laundry at times. Last week I had you take up a load, and you forgot to dry it. 
  • You still dislike playing outside and sports, but did decided to give soccer a shot in the spring.
Other Things:

  • You do this thing where you bend your elbow out to stretch it. It drives Dad nuts. Ha!

  • You're more apt to want to be in your room more. That's kind of the reason why I called you a "Tweenager". 

Goofball Photos:

Happy Birthday my soon to be Middle Schooler!



Little World Lightweight Sleeping Bag Review

Isaak still has a Cars sleeping bag. It's starting to fall apart. He just needs a new one.

One of Isaak's Christmas presents is going to be a Little World Lightweight Sleeping Bag! 

The sleeping bag can be found here: $34.99 on Prime.

Like most sleeping bags, this one comes in an outer bag:

I do like how the bag hugs the sleeping bag. You can really get something large in a small space!

I dislike how there are so many straps on the bag. I found it difficult to get open and closed easily. Just a open and close on the top, and possibly one strap going around it would be all it needs in my opinion.

I also wish the bag would match the sleeping bag. Stick with all blue, or go all black.

About the Sleeping Bag:

Temperature Scale - 15℃-5℃ or 26 and 73 degrees (Fahrenheit) It's good for spring, summer and fall. Not ideal for winter.

Material - 170 Polyester Cloth

Size - 180 x 75 cm and a hat with length of 30 cm

Good For - Camping in a Tent or Cabin, Hiking, Overnight Stays, Trips, and In Door Camping (which we do in the winter)

Waterproof - The outside is waterproof

I do like the pillow area. Some of my other sleeping bags do not have this. It's nice because the pillow stays in the bag.

I do like that the head part can be adjusted. If you have a large pillow it can be loosened up, if you have a small one it can be tightened up.


There are zippers on both sides. I wish they were metal, but they are plastic. There is a velcro, which doesn't seem to secure. It look like it could come apart any time to me.

Typically we make camp outs during the winter indoors. We invite a friend over for each kid, or their cousins. We pop up a tent in the living room, have mats and sleeping bags inside, make smore's on a light broil in the oven, and watch a good movie. It's a good way to feel like down in the winter. The boys really love it. It doesn't make my allergies or asthma flair up. Ha!

What do you do during the winter months to shake up your routine?

Disclaimer: I received this sleeping bag for a discount in exchange for my honest opinion. I only review products I feel my family or readers will be interested in.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WW: 8 Eyes {Linky}

How many eyes does Isaak have here? Technically he has 2 eyes.

He has his own 2 eyes, glasses on his face + 2 more, each lens has 2 eyes + 4 more = 8 Eyes.

Monday, August 7, 2017

My Only Elementary Schooler

It's kind of odd that only Isaak is going to elementary school this year.

Everything seems foreign with middle school. The principle still hasn't gotten back to me from an email I sent last week. An email I sent the vice principle bounced back to me. Travis called last week to find out that they don't have a supply list, bus schedules went out on Friday, and back to school night is on the 15th.

I looked over Isaak's supply list. I was ready to go fork over a lot of money just to find out that I bought a ton of supplies when Shop-Ko (a store similar to Walmart) closed down. Score for me.

Isaak got Miss Nelson for a teacher. I don't know either teacher, so I have no opinions either way. We had to laugh because of the children's book, Miss Nelson is Missing. If you're unfamiliar with the story the nice Miss Nelson goes missing and comes back as mean Miss Viola Swamp to basically get her student body to act more appropriately.

Travis texted Isaak's friend Ben's Mom to see what class he got. Ben is Isaak's friend from Argentina. He got the other class. I was really heartbroken for Ben more than Isaak. Isaak will make or have friends in either class. Ben doesn't know very much English. Last year Isaak communicated with Ben through gestures, and drawings. 

Every day Isaak was excited about something he taught Ben, or something that Ben taught him. One day Isaak said he was humming the Indiana Jones theme song, and found out that Ben knew it too! That amazed Isaak. 

His teacher last year said that Isaak would stand up to show Ben it was time to get in line. He'd put his hands in his pockets when it was time to be quiet. 

For the first time in my life I felt like crying for someone else's kid, that I didn't even know. 

Could you imagine going to another country at the age of 9, and not know much of what they were saying? Ben connected with Isaak, and now they are going to be split apart. 

Argentina's government is really messed up, and they moved right before Trump was elected. I just can't imagine how they feel. If I were in their shoes I'd feel unwelcomed, unwanted, and confused. 

I wrote a letter to the principle on behalf of Benjamin. I said everything I felt. I ended it with saying something like: Please get their teacher from before - her input. He wrote back saying that their teacher from before suggested the switch. 

When I mentioned to Isaak that they were going to have different teachers (after I knew for sure) he said, "I know Mom. It's probably because we talk too much!" I asked, "How can you talk too much to someone that barely speaks English?" He said, "He speaks enough Mom." 

My emotions took over the situation. I felt all this empathy for this kid I don't really know. My kid duped me.

We took a trip to Iowa to go school shopping. Iowa had no sales tax much of the weekend. 

Mica got some new pants at Rue 21 that's closing. $19 for 3 pair of pants isn't too shabby! We got shoes at Kohl's. Some school supplies, or things we needed we got at Target. 

Mica's all into being appropriate. When we ate at Burger King, Mica did not care for Isaak wearing a paper crown. Mica, "Isaak that's embarrassing!" So I put one on. Then heard Mica and Travis say, "You're not really going to wear that?!" I acted like I was going to, but took it off.

Are you still friends with anyone you were friends with in elementary school? 

#Natrogixessentialoil Review

I use essential oils for a lot of different things:
  • To add to homemade laundry soap
  • To add to dryer balls to make my clothes smell good
  • To add to plain lotion or coconut oil to make me smell good
  • To add to my mop water, or homemade cleaners
  • To add to sugar or salt scrubs

and more...

I recently got a box of Natrogix Essential Oil to review:

You can get this set on Amazon for $32.99 on sale for $18.99! That's with Prime Shipping!

I was super impressed with the packaging! The brown is dye cut paper! How cool is that? Side Note: I'm keeping it as a sample to show my design students.

The brown paper is a box sleeve that slides off the purple box. This is what's inside:

9 Main Essential Oils!
  • Lemongrass - Clean, crisp and energizing. It's great for massage oils and to add to skin care products.
  • Lemon - Bright and awakening. used to turn a bad day around, and clean your surroundings.
  • Frankincense - A holy oil because it's been used since Egyptians and Sumerians. It's sweet, yet earthy. It's recommended by many aromatherapists.
  • Tea Tree -It has medicinal aroma. Helps with skin problems, and can be added to cosmetics and ointments.
  • Eucalyptus - It has a minty scent with a touch of honey. It enhances creativity, relieves pain, and heals.
  • Peppermint - Eliminates fatigue and drifting thoughts. 
  • Sweet Orange - Brings joy, and back pleasant memories. 
  • Lavender - Helps with stress and makes it easier to sleep. Added often to perfumes and body care products.
  • Rosemary - A refreshing scent. Supportive to cognition and memory.  

I love all the different scents. Essential oils are something I can smell because alone they are so strong. Some of my nasal preceptors were eaten away by polyps. :( 

I tend to add Sweet Orange, Lemon, Lemongrass and sometimes Peppermint to cleaning supplies.

Other oils I use in body products. I feel like

Frankincense has more of a masculine scent, so I add it to Mica's unscented facial wash.

Whenever any of us are feeling off I add Lavender to our bath.

This set comes with a book and a free E-Book:

The book has facts about the oils, and what they can be used for. The E-book has 200 recipes you can make with essential oils.

What's your favorite scent out of the essential oils I reviewed? 

Disclaimer: I received this set of oils for a discount in exchange for my honest opinion. I only review products I feel my family or readers will be interested in.


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