Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who reads my blogs. It's going to be a very quiet Thanksgiving - just the four of us. My mom is going to visit a couple of my sisters who live in southern Wisconsin (she'll be with us for Christmas). Hubby is working today (Wednesday) and also has to work Friday, so it's not much of a holiday for him. But I really don't mind being by ourselves on Thanksgiving - it's kind of fun to make our own traditions. I'm sure we'll take the dog out to the State Park for a walk in the morning, probably play some board games, watch football and basically take it easy. (And probably take a nap after eating turkey!!) Another thing I love to do on Thanksgiving is read all of the ads for the sales that will be going on for Black Friday. I don't have anything specific I'm looking for this year, but it's always fun to see what's on sale.

On another note - both kids got their first quarter report cards and did very well. School definitely gets tougher as the kids get older - Buddy made the honor roll, but didn't make high honors. I'm totally fine with that, just so his grades don't keep going farther down. It's really amazing what they're learning in 7th grade. Missy had her first report card with A-B-C grades and she did very well. She's can be a bit of a space cadet, so I worry that she might not get as good of grades as Buddy has, but her report card looked great!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Where is Lamb?

I'm sure all parents have to deal with irritating things about their kids. One of Buddy's most irritating "qualities" is his persistence. When he knows he's bugging you, he just won't stop.

Case in point: We have a 2.5 year old labradoodle named Boomer. When Boomer was a puppy, Buddy gave him the nickname of "Lamb". He's the color of a lamb, but he doesn't look anything like a lamb.

At least 25 times a day, Buddy asks "Where is Lamb?" Boomer might be laying right next to my chair, or he might be standing right next to Buddy. But Buddy persists in asking the question over and over. It is soooooo irritating. We threaten him with a consequence if he doesn't stop asking. We say he can't have any computer time. We mimic him by saying "Where is ______?" and adding a girl's name that we think he might like. We ignore him. We yell at him. He just won't stop. I know he does it when he's bored or when he's looking for attention. Sometimes negative attention is better than no attention at all.

If Buddy wanted a dog that looked like a lamb, maybe we should have gotten one of these (a Bedlington Terrior)!


Monday, November 17, 2008

Buddy Read My Blogs

Twelve-year-old Buddy was nosing around when I was on the computer and I told him he could read my blogs if he wanted to. I'm sure that he thought that since the world revolves around him, I would only write about him and nothing else LOL. I showed him how to access the blogs and he started reading.

After about 30 seconds, he said, "Why do you call me Buddy?" I told him I didn't want to use his real name. I told him that he could pick a new "name" (aka alias) if he wanted to. I asked him if he wanted to be called Slickster or something LOL. I suppose I could use his initials, which are A.J., and we do actually call him A.J. occasionally. And I suppose it wouldn't be the end of the world if I used his real name, but I'm not going to do that without his permission.

About two minutes later, he said, "You voted for OBAMA?????" Um, yes. I thought he knew that. Apparently he is a McCain supporter (good thing he couldn't legally vote - haha - I'm TOTALLY kidding).

Then he asked if I had written about the dog at all. I told him I had written about the dog on It's Five O'Clock Somewhere so he had to check that out too.

Anyway, it was interesting to see what he thought was important and what wasn't.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Butterfly Award

Christine over at Power of Housewife Word of Mouth is being so nice to me! First she directed me to a great place to find blog backgrounds, and now she has given me a Butterfly Award!

Now, here are the *rules* that go along with this award:

1. Put the award up on your blog
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3. Nominate at least seven other blogs
4. Add links to these blogs on your blog
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog

And I pass this award along to some of the blogs I read regularly - check them out - they're great!

Three Times a Bridesmaid
Thrifty Thoughts
Theresa Sez
Mama and Hustler
Here on Columbia Ave


New Look

I'm learning more and more about blogging! It's really been a lot of fun. When I visit other people's blogs, I'm always wondering how they get the cool stuff that they have. Christine from Power of Housewife Word of Mouth left me a comment on Chatty Chica saying that I should check out the blog backgrounds at Cutest Blog on the Block, and I had a great time picking out backgrounds for all three of my blogs! I hope you enjoy the new look! Thanks for the tip, Christine!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Last year both kids finally figured out how to downhill ski! I started skiing when I was 13 and skied all through junior high and high school. We skied a little during our early married life, but not much once we had the kids. Buddy had been out skiing a few times but was always very cautious and HATED the chair lift. Missy had only been out one time before last year. But last year was the greatest - they both finally figured it out and they both LOVE skiing now - I'm so happy!

So we decided to invest in equipment for both of them this year. We went to our local ski hill's ski swap and got a pretty good deal (less than $400 for two sets of skis and bindings, poles, boots, and a helmet for Missy - Buddy already has a helmet).

Yesterday I went to pick up the skis at the ski shop and was surprised to see that the Bunny Hill was open and people (mainly snowboarders) were on the hill!! It made me want to go home and pick up the kids and go right back! But it didn't make sense to pay for a lift ticket if only the bunny hill was open. I guess it won't be long before we can get out on the slopes as a family! Yippy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day at School

The kid's school puts on a very nice Veteran's Day program every year. This year one of Buddy's classmates dad's spoke - he was in the Air Force in 1979-1984. He was never in a war, but did his part to serve our wonderful country. He gave a very nice speech about how everyone did their job, even if they didn't do anything heroic.

So here's to all the Veterans out there - this day is for you!

Monday, November 10, 2008

End of First Quarter

Well, my kids (and me!) have made it through the first quarter of school. They'll get their report cards next week, although I know how Buddy did because we have online access to every grade that goes in the gradebook. He will be on the honor roll - not with high honors - but the honor roll nonetheless. School is getting harder and harder! I can't believe what they learn in 7th grade, especially in Science class. I know for a fact that if I ever learned the stuff Buddy is learning now, it was in high school.

This will be the first time that Missy will be getting A-B-C grades. Up until now she has gotten 1-2-3-4 grades, with 4 being "exceptional". I don't think she ever got a four. But from the work she's brought home, I think she's doing pretty well. I guess we'll know next week!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Historic Night

Wow - what an election! I'm glad everything appeared to go alright and we didn't have any "dangling chads" or anything else!

I have to say that I voted for Obama and I'm very glad that he won. But it wasn't until last night night when the entire Obama family came out on stage that I realized how important this step in American history could be for my kids. I've mentioned before that we are a transracial adoptive family. My husband and I are Caucasian and our kids are Latino/a. They were born in Guatemala and have brown skin, dark brown eyes, and black hair. When I saw the beautiful Obama family standing on stage last night, I couldn't help but think what great role models they can be for my kids. My kids can see that no matter the color of your skin, you can lead the United States of America, or be married to the person who leads the United States of America. I'm assuming that neither of my kids would want to be President (in fact, they can't be President, since they weren't born in the U.S.), but just the message that if you work hard, you can be whatever you set out to be is a great one to learn at this age.

I wish Barack Obama all the luck in the world - he has a huge job ahead of him.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

Don't forget to vote today (as if "forgetting" is even a possibility).

Both kids wanted to know who we're voting for. I think they cast pretend ballots at school. Buddy has known for awhile who we are voting for, but Missy just asked this morning. I don't know how I feel about the kids going to school and saying, "My mom is voting for so-and-so." It's not like Missy could defend her parents by talking about the issues. She knows who's running for President and can identify them if they're on TV or in the newspaper, but we don't spend a lot of time talking about the why's and why not's of who we're voting for. I guess that's because both Hubby and I are fairly middle-of-the-road politically - we've both voted both Democratic and Republican - in fact, today I voted for some Republicans and some Democrats. I guess I just don't base it on whether someone is Republican or Democratic - I base it on where they stand on the issues and how I feel our country is doing as a whole.

Anyway, hopefully Missy won't come home from school and say, "You're the only parent voting for Mr. X." I don't think that'll be the case, but you never know.