Saturday, August 18, 2012


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

5 Years!

This has been such a busy summer that I am just getting around to transferring any pictures since the beginning off June off of my camera.  Among those pics were anniversary pics.

Bill and I hit the 5 year mark on July 7 (yes, we got married 7/7/07).  To celebrate, we headed north to the Montreal Jazz Festival where we had tickets to see my favorite artist, Norah Jones.

We had a GREAT time.  The weather was great, the hotel was beautiful, and the concert was amazing.  And the food - delicious!  We introduced ourselves to poutine.  Yum!

Looking forward to the next 5 years!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na... BATMAN!

I can't recall if I've mentioned this before, but Kevin is a huge Batman fan. He figured out at an early age that he could be Batman with the right training and gadgets. To illustrate how big of a fan he is, here is a conversation we once had:

Kevin:  Mommy, if you die, where will I go?

Me:  If I die, you go to live with your dad.

Kevin:  What if he's dead, too?

Me:  Well, then you go live with your Aunt Melanie.

Kevin:  No, Mom, she's dead, too.

Me:  Well, I guess you'd go live with one of your other aunts or uncles, or your grandparents.

Kevin:  No, Mom.  You don't understand.  EVERYONE in the family is dead.

Me:  Oh.  I suppose you'd go live in an orphanage.

Kevin:  What about the butler?

He also claims to be Batman's #1 fan.

So, it was no surprise when he started begging to see the Dark Knight Rises months ago. The begging has gotten worse since it actually opened.

Today, I had a half day and Mike is at Boy Scout camp this week.  And it rained. Of course I had to take him.

I have to be honest, I'm not sure I could give an honest assessment of the movie. He loved it so much and was so excited to be there that the movie could have sucked and I would have thought it was great. He sat riveted to the movie for the whole 2 hrs 45 minutes (ADHD be damned). As we left he said, "Mommy, that was the best movie ever. I'm so glad I got to watch it with you." Awwww. As big of a pain in the ass as he is, there is no denying his ability to melt my heart.

Anyways, here is how he went:

As we were leaving the theater, everyone waiting to see the next movie smiled, laughed, or commented on it.   He was so cute - everyone could sense his excitement.  

It was definitely one of those great Mom days that come around maybe once a year!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Why I Deserve to be Mom of the Year

Kevin hates his curly hair.  HATES it.  Tells me the kids tell him he looks like a girl.  Tell me, does this look like a girl to you?

School ended and Kevin kicked some serious ass.  Last year, he was at the bottom of the class.  This year, he brought home a report card that matched up to Mike's 1st grade report card.

So, I let him do this:

Doesn't even look like the same kid, does it?  Those pics were taken about 2 weeks apart.

Needless to say, Kevin is thrilled with the faux-hawk.  And I have to admit, I like it.  Even though I practically cried as they shaved those beautiful curls.

So, I win the award, right?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March Madness

I am a huge college basketball fan.  When I was younger, I'd be up until all hours watching whatever game was on even during the regular season.  I played in high school and could not get enough of the sport.  Now that I'm older, I don't want to spend that much time watching TV.  March madness has taken on a new meaning.

Mike decided to start playing basketball again this year, which thrilled me.  I enjoy watching him play soccer, but to watch him play my first love is just awesome.  Especially when he's 11 years old and 5'3".

It's playoff time in his rec league.  For most of the season, they don't keep score during the games (officially - I'm sure the kids know the score at any given time).  The last 3 games, they call it the playoffs and keep score.  Based on those results, the teams then advance through until there is a season championship.

Mike's team is really good.  They are by far the tallest team out there and they play hard.  They strolled through the playoffs and went 3-0 with nothing less than a 20 point win.  Yep, I'm bragging.

One thing I will never understand about youth sports is the effect it has on the adults.  I am a competitive person.  I want to win at any competition I enter.  I want my kids to win whatever competition that they enter.  But I still remember that I am an adult and conduct myself accordingly.

After the first playoff game, an email went out from the league reminding people to cheer the kids on, not yell things from the sidelines, and to treat the refs respectfully as they are kids, too.  Really?  Adults need to be reminded of this?  I hadn't witnessed it and thought it was just a preemptive strike from the league before things got hot.

Turns out it was warranted.  The last couple of games I have seen parents do things they should honestly be ashamed of.  Yelling at the ref.  Yelling at kids on the opposing team.  Telling kids to get physical and push.  And saying some of the most obnoxious things about some of the kids without even thinking that their families might be sitting right next to them, or more importantly, that the kids can hear them from the court.

What is it about kids' sports that turns parents into these monsters?  Or is it just that these parents are obnoxious in life in general?

Whatever it is, it's no wonder that some kids act the way they do.  With the example they are being given in some cases, how would they know any better?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Kids and Dating

Mike has had a girlfriend for the past few months (pretty much since school started). For the most part, all it has meant was that they hang out during school and school dances. Age appropriate, in my opinion.
But around Christmas, Mike started asking about having her over or going to the movies with her. They are only 11. I told him not until he was 13. And that was the end of him asking.

A couple of weeks ago, her mother called Mike's father to arrange for them to go to the movies. What?
I was so excited to have boys and thought it would be easier than girls. No dealing with boys calling them and asking them out on dates.

Yet here is a mother encouraging this for her daughter in 6th grade. I have to admit, it took me by surprise.
Kids already seem to be growing up too fast. If they start going out on movies dates in 6th grade, what will they be doing in high school? (If you are a parent of a preteen, don't think to hard about this. Take it from someone who practically has panic attacks when I ponder it.)

I'm ok with the hanging out at school  events, or even the movies in a group. But I can't get on board with full blown dates this young.

This girl's mother got me wondering if I'm in the minority on this. When is the right age to allow your child to go out on dates?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Rock Stars

My boys are kicking some serious ass in school this year.

Kevin just got a report card full of win.  He's at grade level standards in all subjects and no longer needs special services.  His behavior is under control and he got some glowing comments from his teacher.  I have to be honest, I never thought I would see this day.  Not that I didn't think he'd get his grades up and his behavior under better control.  But I thought I'd constantly be in contact with teachers discussing his latest antics in his class.

Mike made the high achievement list for the second quarter in the row.  Grades dipped a little, but that doesn't surprise me for the second quarter.

The other day, I received the following letter from Mike's principal:

I am writing to offer my congratulations on Michael's selection for "Student Recognition" for the second quarter. Michael was nominated by Mrs. E for High Standards in the Classroom in Language Arts. High Standards shows academic "investment" and/or improvement in achievement. The student shows effort and interest above and beyond the requirements and/or significant improvement in effort and interest in daily work.

In the nomination Mrs. E says the following about Michael:
"Michael puts forth a great deal of effort into his in-class and outside of school writing. He has a gift for writing thoughtful poetry. I strongly encourage Michael to continue writing poetry, develop his skills with other writing genres, and enter his poems into writing contests. It's a pleasure to read his writing and be his Language Arts teacher."

Michael's picture is on display in the building.

Definitely a proud mom these days!