Sunday, December 28, 2008

Holiday experience

Well, the mini and I went to see Bedtime Stories on Christmas Day, and we give it 2 thumbs up. Very cute, and worth the wait. I like Adam Sandler, he did a good job!

Santa brought Natalie an Ipod for Christmas this year and we had to immediately load music on it as soon as the package was opened. Miley Cyrus, Corbin bleu, some 80's, the Barbie song, and of course, The Jonas Brothers. She also got Guitar Hero for Playstation 2, which she has already gone to 3 levels in 2 days.

I'm glad Christmas is over, and I'm so ready to take down the tree. That's on the agenda this week, since Daddy is home this week sitting with the mini, that's a good project for them to do. All our snow is gone now, so they can't do the normal stuff like sledding etc. Worked out for me!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tootsies 2

I got some socks for christmas........Nat and I got the same ones, and despite my hesitation, I actually didn't mind them after a while

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
- Dr. Seuss

Twas the night

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap.
When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.Away to the window I flew like a flash,tore open the shutter, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snowgave the lustre of midday to objects below,when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
"Now Dasher! Now Dancer!Now, Prancer and Vixen!On, Comet! On, Cupid!On, Donner and Blitzen!To the top of the porch!To the top of the wall!Now dash away! Dash away!Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the skyso up to the house-top the coursers they flew,with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roofthe prancing and pawing of each little hoof.As I drew in my head and was turning around,down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes--how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow.The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.He had a broad face and a little round belly,that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.A wink of his eye and a twist of his headsoon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,and filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.And laying his finger aside of his nose,and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Movie anyone?

Since the hubby is now laid up for Christmas, I think the mini and I will be going to the movies on Christmas. But which one should we see???

  • Madagascar 2
  • Yes Man
  • Tales of the Desparate (lol)
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Marley & Me

All have really good potential, but which one would be the best one to see on Christmas Day. Hmmm. When I wake up Christmas morning, I shall decide........

Happy Holidays

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tribute to Stewart

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Let it go

WARNING: This blog entry is going to be some major venting!

If you read my blog regularly, you will know that Natalie's last day at Stewart Elementary was Friday. This was a difficult decision for us, moving her in the middle of the year, and starting her in a private, religious school.

On Friday, (her last day) everything went fine, Natalie was a bit emotional to be expected. Each of her classmates wrote her a "goodbye" letter. After reading them all, I began to have doubts about this, is this the right move, right now. All of the letters had very kind words to say to Natalie. Until last night.....

Natalie was invited to a Christmas party at our local YMCA. They got to swim, eat pizza, and exchange a little Christmas spirit. While our kids were having fun, I was there with other moms that wanted to stay behind. The hostess mom said to me, I heard Natalie's last day was Friday. I said yes, it's time for a change, lots of issues etc. The next thing she said to me, sealed the deal. She said "I heard there were issues with her at the beginning of the year, but I thought it was getting better now." She heard of issues.. I've met this mom twice, and just in the last 2 weeks. HERE COMES THE VENT

Obviously, if this mom has heard of issues, someones been talking. We are normally very private people, especially when it comes to Natalie. I normally only post the very best things about Natalie and our life on my blog. So how would this mom know about the issues? I realize that moms talk to other moms, but isn't the one thing that we mothers impose on our daughters is how hurtful gossiping can be? How gossiping can really destroy people's lives, if it is done in the worst possible ways. So with mother's gossiping about other kids, how does the kid ever stand a chance? Natalie has had issues with these girls at school, but I'm starting to have my doubts about the moral characters of their mothers. Are they encouraging the behavior by setting such an example? This is why my daughter has self esteem issues!

I hope that the parents of Natalie's new school, being that it is Christan based, are mature enough not to gossip about other children, and accept Natalie for the beautiful girl she is. I have to let this go now........

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Whats on my mind

laundry piles
Christmas parties
Christmas shopping
laundry piles
Christmas shopping
cleaning the house
winter break
swim meets
swim practices
laundry piles

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's Official

Natalie and I went to visit the Lutheran School where we met the Principal and Teachers. We took a tour of the school and Natalie got to sit in the classroom and see what the difference is with a "private" school. She loved it! She even participated in the class discussion as if she were already a part of the class. I felt so relieved that this happened. There are 8 boys and 7 girls, Natalie will make 8. Natalie has 6 more days of school, and then a new start.

2009 will be the best year yet for Natalie. I wish for you, Natalie a fresh new beginning, with friends that care, and finally some peace in your heart. That would be the best Christmas gift for me!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Winds of Change

Its been no secret that Natalie has been struggling with school issues. She is far more advanced than her peers, and this is causing conflicts with other girls. It began last year, and is now starting to erupt again now. The option of private schooling is now heavy on my mind.
I know that no matter where she goes to school, there are always girl issues. However, I believe putting her in private setting, where she can be EQUAL with her peers on the intelligence level, and knowing that this environment is less tolerable of the drama, is indeed the best place for her.
I dread pulling her out in the middle of school year, but I have no other choice. I hope this winter break, I can find inner peace for the struggles I have been dealing with in this hopeless decision. I will put my trust in Jesus, for I know he loves Natalie just as much as I do.
Natalie and I will be meeting her new Teacher, classroom and classmates on Thursday. I hope this will bring some peace to her as well. Here we go, turn the page.......

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Elf Yourself

It's fun, check ours out at the bottom of my blog. I seen this done last year, but it was already to late to do it. After you upload your pictures, you can choose the dance. Also you have to choice to email it, download and embed it. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Girls, Girls, Girls

No I'm not talking about the Motley Crue song. Who'd ever thought that there is drama in 3rd grade. Apparently I missed that chapter in the user manual for raising girls. I'm up to my eyeballs in 3rd grade girl drama and I'd really like to take the next plane to nowhere...alone. Anyone out there have any known cure to man how to rid our house of drama?

Just thought I'd ask......