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Sep. 27th, 2007

Moving Day (If only it were in real life, too!!)

As of now, my journal is relocated to http://mischief0617.wordpress.com/

I'm enjoying keeping a blog and I plan to keep it up, so if you are even remotely interested in anything I have to say I hope you'll visit sometime. :)

Sep. 19th, 2007

Butterflies

A while back we went to the butterfly exhibit at the arboretum. Here are some pictures from our day:

This way to the butterflies!


American Lady:


Black Swallowtail:


Monarchs:



One that I couldn't identify:


R with his guide:


Caterpillars:



Butterfly Eggs:


Just-hatched caterpillar:


Some of the flowers:



Frogs -- I JUST missed getting a shot of a frog eating one of the butterflies but it gulped just before I snapped off the pic:


After seeing the butterflies, we went over to the meadow maze. The boys on the way:


R was impatient to go in, C'MON, Mommy!!!!


A funny bush:


R saying goodbye to H:


It was a really fun day. The boys had a great time seeing all the butterflies, caterpillars, eggs and frogs. We enjoyed a nice picnic lunch, and R likes to take credit for single-handedly leading us through the meadow maze so we weren't lost forever. The kids also found a water fountain on the way out that they enjoyed playing in a bit to cool off, since it was a HOT day.

I have some more pictures to post soon from our crazy weekend at Dorney Park and the Renaissance Faire, hopefully I can get to those soon. :) I also have to post the rest of the pics from the (mis)adventres of R, K, and IA when he was visiting us in August.
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Arrrrr and Ahoy, it's National Talk Like a Pirate Day!



My pirate name is:


Mad Mary Bonney



Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!

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Sep. 11th, 2007

First day back-to-school

Today was the boys' first day of preschool for the year. R is in his last year of preschool, and K is in his first year of actual preschool. (Last year he was in a Children's Morning Out program.)

It was orientation day, meaning parents came with the kids and spent an hour hanging out in the classroom with them. Since both classes "orientated" at the same time, N came with us so he could go to K's classroom with him. R asked me to stay with him (!!!) It wasn't that long ago that R was all Daddy, all the time, so that felt GOOD!

R seemed to get along well with his classmates and he loves his teacher. It looks like it is going to be a good year, hooray!

Some pics:

Here they are, all ready to go. Last night R decided he wanted to wear his dinosaur shirt today. Then I was asking K today which shirt he wanted and he said he wanted HIS dinosaur shirt. Unfortunately, K doesn't have a dinosaur shirt! Then he decided to wear a race car shirt...which he also doesn't have. Then he asked for his Elmo shirt, but I just threw that one away because Elmo's eyes were all yellow and scary looking. So then I asked R if K could borrow his Sesame Place shirt to wear today, and R decided he wanted to wear the Sesame Place shirt but K could borrow his dinosaur shirt. So it all worked out in the end!



R in his classroom, playing with a toy. I used to play with this exact same toy when I was little. I haven't seen one in probably almost 30 years!


K in his classroom. N got jostled by someone just as he was taking the pic which is why it's all off-kilter, but K wasn't in a picture-taking mood so it's all we've got.


The boys enjoyed it and are looking forward to getting down to their regular schedules.
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Sep. 7th, 2007

Good Customer Service!

Last year for Mother's Day, N and the boys gave me a mother's bracelet from www.cuddlebabies.com. It's silver and crystal beaded with the boys' names on it. I love it and wear it every day. A while ago, one of the beads broke, and I recently emailed Cuddlebabies to see about getting it repaired. I included this photo to clarify my confused explanation of the busted bead:



My email asked if they could replace the broken bead, and also swap out all the ones of that type with different beads, since I don't really like those particular ones -- the one broke, and the others look grungy compared to the other beads.

I received a quick reply saying, sure send it back, we'll swap out the beads no problem. I have to send $7 to cover shipping/handling and all is good.

Hooray for GOOD customer service!!!!!

Aug. 30th, 2007

Overheard: That was an apology?

We were playing at the park with some friends yesterday, and a bit of our day went like this:

S (Running to his mom) K hit me with his foot!!!!!

I call K over to me: K, did you kick S?

K: Yes.

Me: We don't kick people. Apologize to S.

K: (growls) Sorry.

Me: No, K, you need to apologize to S like you mean it.

K: (still growling) Sorry I mean it.

Another of those moments where it's all I can do not to laugh.

Aug. 28th, 2007

I love my children, I love my children, I love my children, I love my children...

Maybe if I keep repeating that I'll remember it...

Seriously.

Nah, it's not really THAT bad. One of them (And I'm pretty sure I know which one) put crayons into his pocket. Four of them. Then took off his clothes and put them in the hamper. Which I emptied into the washer, and then switched into the dryer.

Argh!!!

So now we have a pretty dryer. Seriously -- it's like a nice watercolor effect on the (formerly) white enamel.

And a ruined load of laundry. At least N will get some new socks out of the debacle.

For your viewing pleasure...

Dryer interior:



N's socks:


K's new and improved tie-dye shirt (and you thought it couldn't get any more colorful!)


And lastly, the remains of the offending crayons. I think I know which Thing was responsible for this particular goof because the crayons are yellow, blue, red, and purple. Wiggles colors. Huh. I wonder whose those are??? That concert is costing us more money by the minute...

Aug. 26th, 2007

Boy clothing rant

Someone needs to tell boys' clothing manufacturers (Specifically to this rant: The Children's Place) that taking a perfectly nice shirt, and slapping a tacky sports decal or sports-number-like thing on it DOES NOT MAKE IT CUTE. Seriously! They have these gorgeously soft layered-look tees right now, that, if they were plain I would have totally stocked up on for the boys to wear this year. But no. They had to stick tacky numbers and slogans all over them. Ugh. The worst part is they are intentionally made to look old and faded out. Yuck. I despise that style.

Same with the thermal shirts. Nice thermal henley tops...with ugly number patches stuck onto them. The couple of plain thermal shirts are wonderfully squishy but cut so small that the 4T size would just barely fit my 3 year old now. Forget once it is washed because you know you have to allow for some shrinkage.

I want plain, cute, well-fitting boys clothes! Give me nice textures like thermals and soft long sleeve tees for fall, jeans that aren't made to look dirty and worn out before my boys ever even wear them and have adjustable waistbands for my skinny 5 year old.

We did find a few long sleeve tee shirts and a pair of plain sweat pants for R. I still need to go through the rest of his old stuff and see what will still fit him. I know he has a couple of sweatshirts but I think he's outgrown all of his sweaters now. K is totally set for fall/winter this year. He's got all R's old stuff plus a few things I bought big on purpose last year for him. K still needs new sneaks and both of them need some slightly dressier shoes.
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Aug. 25th, 2007

Overheard: Diego is not useless after all :)

I know Go Diego Go is geared towards younger kids and that not all kids like it. But both of mine do, and I would so much rather they be watching that then some of the other crap that is on TV. In a perfect world they wouldn't be watching TV at all, but hey, I gotta clean the house somehow :)

So N is downstairs drawing with the boys this morning and he draws them a cartoon frog. R says "Hey Daddy is that a red-eyed tree frog? Because those have suction cups on their feet." So Diego does serve some purpose...even the scary tree frogs!!!

Aug. 19th, 2007

Oh, CRAP.

Wizards of the Coast announced today that they are putting an end to Living Greyhawk D&D in 2008. This sucks. Big time. Apparently they are starting up a new Living Forgotten Realms world, but my characters will be gone. (sob) Since there is just over a year to go, hopefully I can at least get one of my characters high enough to retire...but it SUCKS. Bambi and Lychee are low enough level that I can start them over again with no real issues. But Cecelia and Brenna I had all kinds of plans and ideas for. Brenna just made 9th level and Cecelia's special mission looks like it is finally coming through after almost a year of waiting. We'll see what happens -- there's been some talk of a petition to keep LG going, and where do I sign THAT? -- but right now I am really bummed about this. :(

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