Wednesday, October 21, 2009


The kids' school is having Red Ribbon Week this week. Each day they have a different fun theme to emphasize making good choices and living drug-free. Monday's theme was...

(This is the sticker they gave all the kids.)

Kaylee was insistent that she needed to have a brightly colored lei to wear. Rather than drive across town to buy her a lei at one of the party or toy stores, Mark decided we (meaning mainly me) could make her one using some paper flowers he had as extra refills for a magic trick. Turned out to be waaaaay easier said than done. After much experimentation, I finally managed to attach the flowers to one of Kaylee's bead necklaces, and the result was this...

It turned out pretty cute and was a big hit at school. She got lots of compliments on it, and her PE coaches at the end of the day told her it was the best lei they had seen all day. Kaylee was grinning and so excited talking about it. I completely cracked up when she told me... "It hurt my neck, but I couldn't take it off, because I didn't want to give up my popularity!" I guess all the hassle for me and discomfort for her was worth it. ROTFL

Finally she had enough of me taking pictures of her...

But she was back begging for more a few minutes later, when I took her hair down and she saw the crazy waves that had resulted from it being put up damp in a "circle pony tail". LOL

And then, just because she was being cooperative, a couple more gratuitous shots...


Yesterday Kaylee brought home an art project from school that she was especially proud of. Introducing, straight from the door of our refrigerator, Mrs. Scull! (Kaylee's spelling. ;) )

She said the legs were bent because she ran out of room on the paper, but I thought it was fun because it looks like it's jumping. The whole project is so cute, but I think my favorite part is Mrs. Scull's bow and eyelashes. :D


Wow, after all those photos, I'll have to do a mega-Matthew photo post sometime soon! He's been keeping busy mostly with schoolwork. He has a major history fair project due soon, and has just had lots of other homework in general.

Last night we spent a couple of hours studying state names, abbreviations, and capitols for the southeastern states for a quiz today. The previous region they studied was the southwest, and he only had four states to memorize, so the 12 states on this week's list was a big jump. Poor kid was so discouraraged when we started practicing, thinking he was never going to get them, especially having to also spell them all correctly. But this morning when I quizzed him, he pretty much rattled them all off instantly, only getting stuck for a moment on one of them. He was so proud! It was so great to see him conquer that. :) I hope the quiz goes smoothly for him!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

October Storm

I can't believe it's October already. September flew past in the blink of an eye. Our month started out with one heck of a storm.

Journaling: A ferocious storm moved in very suddenly just as Matthew’s karate class was ending. There was lots of thunder and lightning, and the rain was coming down in great white sheets. We waited out the worst of it inside the building, then made it home just in time for Kaylee to spot a rainbow as she looked out our back windows. 10/1/09

All papers and elements by Red Leaf DigiScrapping at ScrapDish -
Papers: Fun Times Paper Pack
Alpha: Dress Me Up Alphabets - Oversized Chipboard
Stitches: In Stitches
Frame: Sliced Up Photo Frames

Font: Pea Anderson (Kevin & Amanda's Fonts for Peas)

Other random happenings:
  • I took Matthew to pick out his Halloween costume yesterday. He is going to be Megatron from the Transformers. Granted, Kaylee and I had brought home a costume catalog for him to look through in advance, but it's amazing how much more painless it was for him to make his decision than it was for his sister.

  • We do the computer hand-me-down cycle here. Whenever I get a new machine, Mark gets my old one, and the kids then get his old one. The kids have been computerless for about a year and a half, since theirs had died and we were unable to get it fully working again. I finally got a new machine this past spring. I had a ton of files and applications to deal with getting transferred, and then Mark also had loads of files to sort through, so just yesterday we finally got around to getting his old one reformatted and set up for the kids. Thanks to an extra un-needed flat screen monitor from my mom & dad (thanks, Grandma Karyl & Grandpa Jim!) we were able to set the third pc up on our little kitchen desk much more easily than we had in the past with those ginormous CRT's. The kids are thrilled to have their own computer again, and I'm thrilled to not have to share with them as much anymore! LOL

  • Mark had some friends over for gaming today, and one of them brought along his newly adopted almost 13-year-old son so that he and Matthew could hang out together. I was worried that the age difference might be a problem (2½ years can be a lot at that age), but they had a great time playing video games. We relaxed the rules and let them play all afternoon/evening, while Kaylee played on the "new" computer. My head is still ringing with all the battle action and Hannah Montana music. I think you can guess which noises came from which activity. ;) Unfortunately for my poor head, my desk is right in the middle of it all. LOL