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Friday, April 13, 2012

Outside Adventure

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Well, since I had the migraine last week and didn't design, today was the day to skip all friends acitivies and stay home and design. Sigh. Plus, we had couples couneling at 1pm. No fun for me... All work and no play :(

But I did get the packs designed. And we did get the counseling done. It's now 5pm, and I'm done. And the kids are all home from school, and CPT is home from work and off picking up the washer and dryer that were in the repair shop. When he gets back, he will take Joe to Hockey practice. Then, since I'm done early, I get to watch some Vampire Diaries! Nerd, I know. My kids are supposed to be cleaning their rooms. And yeah, since I'm working in my room, they are outside playing in the backyard. Because I am not supervising. And since I locked all the electronics away. They are off on an outside adventure. I guess, in their heads, it beats cleaning. I should get off of here and go kick their butts and make them clean, right? Or should I let them have fun playing in the backyard together???

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

All * (Star)

OK, you guys, so it's really late today. Sorry about that. I didn't blog until the next morning. I woke up with another bad headache! The marathon week long headache has struck! I managed to get the kids to school, medicated myself, then crawled back into bed to die...

When CPT came home from PT, I asked him for a Priesthood blessing just before he went to work for the day. Then I drifted back to sleep. And you know what? When I woke up at 10am, I really did feel better. Weak, but better. I think the headache was gone! Thanks CPT and Heavenly Father!

Kim and I had a few errands to run, so she came and picked me up (thank goodness the headache was gone!), and we headed to the West side. We stopped by Hobby Lobby to see if they had Easter clearance (not so much), then hit up the Dollar Tree for Cub Scout den meeting supplies (Food Guide Pyramid).

Next, it was Lowes for stuff to fix a Pitching thing-a-m-jobbie that Kim had that CPT wanted to borrow for his practices. Only it wasn't Lowes, it was Home Depot (pronounced De-Pot). And CPT and Kim both hate Home De-Pot. hehe. I couldn't remember what was on Mesa near Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree! I knew there was SOME Home improvement store by Walmart! I wish it had been Lowes.

Home De-pot really had nothing that we needed. I needed some stuff for CPT for the garage, and they didn't have it. Luckily they had what Kim needed, though. After a lot of searching, we finally found it. And we paid (no military discount either!) and headed to Academy Sports. Where I had to do my returns/exchanges.

Tom's baseball pants were too small. So he needed a men's XL. And one of his compression shirts was the wrong size. The hanger said the right size, but someone had put it on the wrong hanger. Don't you hate that! And I got Joe the wrong socks. So those needed switched out. Kim needed a few things too. And I got some more baseballs for CPT too. He wanted the leather ones, but yeah, um, no, that wasn't in the budget. Have you SEEN the prices for leather baseballs??? Holy crap!

We paid, then headed to Olive Garden. We met Julia there, and had fun eating soup, salad, and bread sticks, and talking about special needs and the school system, and making the waiter think we were crazy when he came near. hehe. He was having a good time with us!

After lunch, we headed back to post. I unloaded all of my purchases, and yeah, my 1/2 price chocolate bunnies from the Dollar Tree didn't fare too well in Kim's car at lunch.... They were bunny soup. Darnit! So much for a Cub Scout treat - ROLF!

Tom was home early for Middle School early release, and he was watching TV. I watched an episode of Vampire Diaries (did I tell you I JUST started watching this? It's a fun show), then went to get the kids from the bus). We had about an hour before baseball practice. It was a mad rush to get everyone ready and out the door. Wednesdays are always crazy like that.

The girls and I coordinated to have a picnic dinner at the ballpark. Kim brought the pizza, I brought the drinks, Kari brought some oranges, and Julia brought the plates, napkins, and hand sanitizer (ROFL! - Silly Julia, my germ-a-phob friend). We had a good time in the windy warm sunshine with the little kids while the 9-11 year olds played ball. My older boys were home with CPT. He was gonna bring them later for Scouts.

At 6:15, Kari and Julia left to take all the little kids to practice. Kim and I stayed behind to gather up the bigger kids. CPT came to the park with the big kids. After practice, I took Leo and Joe with me to scouts, and Kim took Corey and Alex with her to the little kids practice. We had quite the system worked out.

My den meeting went pretty well. We had our opening, then worked on the food guide pyramid. The boys cut out pictures from a store circular, and drew some of their own pictures. On their own piece of yellow poster board. That took about 30 minutes. Then we went outside and they played freeze tag for the last 30 minutes. It was a good den meeting.

I gathered up Joe and Leo and Eme, and we headed back home. CPT had Jake and Tom. I dropped Leo off at home and collect Jim, and then I worked on getting kids to bed. Jim and Joe got showers, and I started a load of little kids clothes. And straightened up a bit. My house is SUPER messy. Thursday is gonna be clean the house day, I think. And design day.

CPT and the boys got home around 9pm. They had stopped at 7-11 for sodas and ice cream. And brought me a DDP. So sweet!!! I was watching a show, and put it away and spent the next hour and a half listening to CPT talk. That's his love language, you know. Sharing and talking. And since he'd brought me a "gift", I wanted to show him some love back. I listened to him talk scouts and baseball and a little about work. It was nice :)

After he went to bed, I watched a few episodes of Vampire Diaries on my iPad with headphones. And yeah, I was up way too late. oops. I wanted to see what was gonna happen, though!!! hehe :)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Parent/Teacher Conference

So, the headache was, thankfully. at bay when I woke up. Mostly. I was walking on eggshells, hoping that it wouldn't come back, though.

After the kids went to school, I went to Kari's house, and got a NICE massage, so that should help long term, too. She said that my neck/shoulders were EXTREMELY tight. Not good. Not good at all.

When I got home, I worked on a Scrapbookgraphics project, and it took WAY longer than it should have. But finally got it done. Then, I went and hopped in the shower. And CPT came home for lunch. And since it was early release day, I got the kids from school at 12:30.

And yeah, the headache wasn't gone. I took some meds, and laid down at 1pm. And woke up at 1:45pm, just in time to make it to parent teacher conferences. Sigh. It was gonna be a rough go of it. Tom was still at school, so no babysitter. Luckily, Jim and Joe had DS's, and Eme is just all around good, so they were no problems for me.

Jim was first. He's a good kid in Kindergarten. Really, the only thing he needs to work on is holding his pencil. Not too bad. hehe. Next, it was on to Emeline. What can I say, she's a perfect student :) Straight A's again. She scored a 100 on the benchmark exam. Her teacher wants to clone her. LOL.

Next, it was Joe's turn. He has improved SO much since last time! Brought all of his grades up! His teacher was so proud of him! I explained about the reintegration process, and how it's rough on families when soldiers come back home. She had no idea. They really need to educate these teachers who live in military areas... I'm sure that's why Joe was having such struggles.

Lastly, we saw Eme's 2nd teacher. Again, rave reviews. All told, we were at the elementary school from 2-3:30pm. And yeah, my head still hurt when I got home. Sigh. But it was a little better. I sat down, and let the kids have free time for about an hour. Tom was home, and Jake got home at around 4.

Then, at 4:30, we had chores. And Jake was having a hard time keeping himself under control. I'm not sure why. He was having a rough evening though. Yelling at people. We all just kinda kept our distance, and encouraged him to continue with his chores. Needless to say, with that much yelling, there was a loss of electronics. CPT got home at 5pm, and he and Jake had a talk. Then CPT had a talk with Tom, about not "baiting" a special needs kid. And about how if he kept doing it, Jake was eventually gonna hurt him.... Tom needed to "be the bigger man"...

Tom and CPT left for Baseball practice at 6 something, and the other kids and I went to the park to hang. Since there was no electronics, and it was SUCH a nice night. Kim came to hang, and Kari too. We stayed till it got dark, and CPT came home. And we all headed back home.

We did some cleaning, and some homework, and there were guitars out, and yeah, it's 9pm now. Late night. But a good night. An electronics free night, but I like it :) Everyone is happy. And my headache is a bay, for the moment. Lets hope it stays that way. I have plans for tomorrow. I need to return/exchange some stuff at Academy. I was supposed to do that today. And I have some designing to do...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Me Time Freebie

So yesterday was a long day. Cap stoned by a killer migraine. Hence the no blogging. But I didn't crash on the way home, so it was all good. ha!

CPT had the day off, and slept in. I got the kids off to school, then went walking for exercise with the girls. We hurried back home, I showered, and CPT was up and getting ready for his exercise. He didn't want to come to the movies with us (we'd had it planned for a while), so Kari and Julia and I headed out. We were gonna see Mirror Mirror.

It was SO super funny! I really liked it!!! Great story (Snow White) with a healthy dose of comedy thrown in.

CPT met me at El Taco Tote after the movie. Perfect timing! We shared a meal for lunch, then after a few phone calls (baseball related) we were off to Academy Sports. We had a TON of stuff to get for baseball. Compression shorts, and cups, and batting helmets, and all sorts of junk. Expensive junk! Boy, I sure didn't like seeing that receipt! Sigh!

Tom got the kids from the bus, and we got home just as Jake got off the bus. And the kids had SO much fun getting dressed for baseball practice. Joe's practice started at 5pm.

Check out Joe in his size Small
And Jim in his size XLarge
All of my boys in their compression clothes. hehe.
Dressed up in their baseball duds

Joe had practice from 5-6:30, Monday and Wednesday. Joe and Leo (Kari's son) and Alex (Julia's son) and Corey (Kim's son) were all on the same time. Then, from 6:30-7:30 Monday and Wednesday, Jim and Josephine (Kari's daughter) and Brooke (Julia's daughter) and Austin (Kim's son) had practice all together. The mom's LOVED it! It's gonna be great for car pooling and such.

Then, CPT is coaching Tom and Hunter (Kim's kid)'s team that practices on Monday's at 7:30-8:30 and Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30. Yeah, we're gonna be doing baseball ALL week long! Not to mention Hockey practice on Thursday at 6-7pm, and Hockey games at 3:10pm on Saturdays. Then Baseball games on Thursday nights, and Friday nights, and Saturday mornings. OMGosh, we will be running running running!!!

Anyway, my head was hurting after Academy, and it didn't really ever get better. It just got worse. By the time I left Jim's practice, and caught part of Tom's practice, I thought I was gonna die. I left it, and headed home while I was still kinda functioning. Yeah, I thought I was gonna have to pull over to puke. Sigh. I didn't, though.

I got the kids mostly ready for bed, then crawled into bed myself. CPT came home around 10pm. Or 9:30. Or something. I don't know. I was pretty out of it. I wanted to die. And I hoped to feel better in the morning.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

How You Play The Game

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Day 12: Commitment

I'm getting sick. Or something. I don't know what it is. why didn't I blog yesterday? I don't know. The ball was super fun, and I didn't feel like it when I got home. Then I didn't feel well this morning. So there you go. But here a picture of me and CPT from the ball. Aren't we cute :)

And a picture of our Easter Bunny loot from Saturday morning. Yummy!
We had our Egg hunt and picnic at 11am. It went well! We were all done and home by 1 or 2 ish. I didn't feel very good afterwords. I just laid around most of the rest of the day...
At 10pm, I went to Walmart with CPT. Bad idea. We didn't get home until now. Midnight. It's now 12:30am. I feel like crap. Yeah, lets home that I can sleep whatever this is off. I wanna go to church in the morning!!!

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