Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thought i would add another snow picture.
Good tidings to all...and to all...avoid the mall!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
We will go back to the doctor in another 30 days to see if we have made any more progress. Cross your fingers that this patching, red eye, green eye thing kick his brain/eye into gear.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Well, I have to admit we were caught a little unprepared for our "snow storm." Winter clothes are a joke around here, and as you can tell from Ivy's picture we dressed a little like hobos. She actually went to school like that. She picked a dress out to wear so I did not want to discourage. I consented as long as there were jeans under...thus the hobo look.
If you look closely at Ivy's face you will see mulch. Izaac taught Ivy the fine art of eating snow, well when I ran in to get the camera I came back to mulch face. I guess she got a bit of dirt in her mouthful of snow.
Izaac had a blast! He was too young to remember or enjoy our last snow but he sure made up for it this time. We stayed out playing until around 11:30 pm...with the hopes of a "snow day." No such luck, so we were all up bright and early with very little sleep and snow still on the ground and covering most surfaces.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
So here is my bad mom story for this month. On Monday of this week, I had the all the kids, Izaac, Ivy, Kyle and Tyler. We had a really good day and around 2pm we finally decided we would go outside to play. Well in the confusion of getting everyones socks and shoes on I forgot to take off Izaac's patch and he forgot to remind me. Well, with the patch on Izaac has a HUGE blind spot, and well, Ivy was in it. Izaac was actually looking at me and when he turned his face forward it was too late to stop and he slammed into the side of Ivy and her tricycle. She went flying and you can see the results on her face. I am so thankful she was on her tricycle, because it could have been so much worse that when I think about it it makes me sick to my stomach. I saw the whole thing and it was like watching a movie in slow motion. I knew what was coming but could not react fast enough. That is a time when you really can see the delay in the brains response time between what you realize is going to happen and your body doing somethin about it.
So the adventure continues. We go back to the eye doctor on December 11th to have his vision retested. So pray that his brain and eye do what they need to and we can get him out of the patches soon.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Why did the cow man want a dog? Because he wanted a long skinny dog.
Now here is the real joke.
Why did the cowboy want a dachshund? Because he wanted to get a long little doggie.
Tobie told him this joke one night and he repeated it to me in his way. I thought it was a one time thing and he would forget the joke...but no. I am watching my nephews a couple days this week and we were just sitting around the table and Izaac announced..."Do ya'll want to hear a joke?" After the punch lin Kyle looked at me like "what" so I had to repeat the real joke for him. I am still laughing to myself, because Izaac will tell you the joke with all seriousness and he doesnt skip a beat. He just does not realize that his joke doesnt make sense to anyone but himself. Oh the humor of a 5 year old.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
So I said I would post some pictures of the Halloween/Non-Birthday party, and this is the third time I have sat down to do it...I did not do a cake, just tons of cupcakes so that the neighbors could just pop in and pick one up. No one really wanted to try the brain jello. Robert had a bite from the part that was not exposed to the many poking fingers, and he said it did not taste all that bad...just not very appetizing looking
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Three weekends ago...
Shelly and the kids came for a visit. We managed a trip to the Dewberry farm and had a wonderful time. The last time we went I was BIG pregnant with Ivy, and I would have said that I would not go again. Knowing that I might have had a slight bias due to the fact that I was HUGE and hated every picture of me, we went because Shelly wanted to go. We love Shelly, so off we went. Well we had a fabulous time...and not just because I was not gargantuan but because they actually stepped it up and the place is well worth the money. Shelly made the cutest dresses for the girls. Don't they just look sweet:-) During our walk back from the pumpkin patch all four kids shoved themselves into the wagon...it went bad quickly.
Two weekends ago...
Garage sale. No, it was not fun. No, I did not get enough sleep. But we did get much need "junk" out of the house and made $350 in the meantime...enough said.
Last weekend...Halloween and Ivy's non-party, Birthday celebration and Travis' wedding in San Antonio.
Even though Ivy will not be officially 2 until the 8th of November, we went ahead and celebrated early. On Ivy's real Birthday, Adam would have been working, and we like to plan around him so he can be included in the festivities. So Friday night we did the whole trick-or-treat birthday party for Ivy. If you normally get invited to the kids parties, please do not feel slighted...We decided against the big party and opted for only family. Mainly to maintain what little sanity we have left. We then left early Saturday for Travis' wedding in San Antonio. We had a wonderful time, and hope to get back to that area again. I will post wedding and birthday photos in the up coming blogs:-)
So now Wednesday is almost over and the weekend is sneaking back up on us. This is my prayer for the weekend...Dear Lord, Let the nights be long, let my kids sleep past 7:30am and let us not have to go anywhere. Amen
Sunday, October 19, 2008
When you look back on a day that means so much in your life it is funny to see what you actually remember. Like I remember sitting and waiting at my parents house waiting for the limo...which we found out later had forgotten to pick us up, and someone at the church had to remind him to go and get us. I remember that the only food I had before the wedding was a banana because my stomach was all in knots. I remember Tobie and I laughing at the weight of my flowers (they were deceivingly heavy)while we were kneeling in front of the priest and all of our friends and family. I remember that I had all of one sip of beer at my reception because anytime Tobie and I sat down we ended up taking pictures...I don't even know if the food was any good. But most of all I remember being happy. Even when the kinks showed up during the day, I still remember how happy I was. And I remember all of this like it was just yesterday.
So what is my hope for the next 10 years...I think that I hope that I can slow down enough to appreciate all of the little things that build up those years. So when my children ask me about an event I can recall it...even if it seemed insignificant at the time.
Oh, and by the way the 10 year anniversary gift is tin...good luck with that. I even saw one site that was offering gift ideas and they listed tin snips as an option. Good grief!
So to my wonderful husband...Happy Anniversary! I'm so glad we took the plunge:) No tin for you!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Tobie picked out Ivy's outfit and I think it is the perfect one for her. We were not sure what Izaac was going to pick but when he saw this one, he could not resist.
I think Ivy's face shows exactly how they were both feeling:-)
Monday, September 29, 2008
With that being said I did have four students who lost everything. They lived in Seabrook and, don't anymore. Very sad, but they were holding together very well. I did have one student fall completely asleep sitting up in his chair, to the extent of drooling on himself. He lost his house and has been living in a small travel trailer with no electricity, until yesterday when the electricity came on. I also still have one student that is unaccounted for. I am hoping she will turn up soon.
Our weekend was very uneventfull. Tobie worked on our front garden that got pulverized by Ike, but is looking good now.
Tobie loves decorating for Halloween and has begun the process of spookafying our house. I will have to post some pictures when he is done.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I have issues with the handling of FEMA ice. Three nights ago they showed aerial photos of FEMA melting bags of ice in San Antonio, and dozens of truckers sitting idle in Houston at the Reliant stadium. When interviewed in Houston, one trucker said they had been sitting there for days, waiting to be told where the need was....GALVESTON!!!!!!
Yes, I do agree with people who say that those lazy, cheep, taking advantage of the system people who could now just drive to the store to buy ice, but instead are sitting in long lines for free ice, do not need it. I agree!
This is just one quote I take issue with.
"He said the agency decided to unload the ice and let it melt because it would be more expensive to keep it frozen indefinitely to fill some unknown future need. Scorza did not know how many trucks or how much ice was headed for Seguin, but said if any areas on the coast needed more ice, FEMA could supply it immediately. "
Unknown future need? Indefinitely? GALVESTON people! I does not take a degree or even a slightly intelligent person to see where the need is. The people in Galveston and in other areas around here are still hurting and if FEMA can't see that I don't know what good they are being. Galveston is going to need it for awhile and I feel it is a slap in their face to say there is no need.
Okay, I'm done.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
But what I really needed to tell everyone is "Thank You". The outpouring of concern, prayers, well-wishes and offers from a place to stay to places to do our laundry, was overwhelming! We weathered the storm just fine...it was creepy...I would probably do it again only I would send my kids away with someone. Tobie and I were able to do damage control throughout the storm, so what did happen was lessened. As Shelly told me and I found out, it is very hard to leave your house. But leave we did.
Monday after two and a half days in the dark, we had had enough. I think the decision was finally made when Tobie had to stand in the FEMA line to receive ice, to try to save what little food that was still cold. So with offers to go to many different houses we finally decided to make a "vacation" of it and we headed to a small town outside of San Antonio. Tobie's friend Travis grew up in the area and his mother and step-father own a ranch and they thought the kids would enjoy the country and the animal. They were right.
So two people who had no clue who we were took in our whole family including the dog. So thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Kathy and Edgar Dodson, who took us in, fed us, let us enjoy their home and made us feel welcome.
I have many pictures to add, and they will come in the following days. But until then, Thank you everyone. Please keep the people in this area in your thoughts and prayers. They are going to need them!
There was other water damage but the pictures are not as interesting as this one. We are worried that the insurance is not going to pay enough to cover our deductable...rotten insurance. I know our damage is not as bad as others, but we pay our insurance like everyone else and when we have damage you would hope the insurance would pay. That is the point of insurance right. It almost does not seem worth it. Not in a good mood. I will add more pictures when I'm not so grumpy.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Mom did call at 2am this morning...sounds like they will make it to Atlanta and then probably have to stay there.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tobie was not and is not leaving. He feels that if the water or wind is going to do some damage than he could be here to do damage control. Last night we were not even going to board up windows...my how things change during the night. Well turns out almost every neighbor boarding windows, and here we are without a truck to even go get wood. But the goodness comes out in people during storms and a guy Tobie was helping board up his house offered us wood and clips to do our house. So now I feel a bit like we are living in a cave, not so bad because it helps keep the house cool:-) Gotta find that silver lining right.
But, I do want you all to know that I have heard and debated all of the advice that I have been given. As of right now I am staying here, and I don't think it is going to change. I feel safer being here with my family then trying to venture cross state with who knows what other crazies that might be in the car stuck next to me an my children in traffic.
So I'm sure I will be the subject of "bad mom" conversations and that is okay. But I have decided that I can not deal with leaving Tobie here by himself. So we are going to do this as a family...Ike has been fickle so we will see again tomorrow. I will keep blogging as long as I have electricity.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Item #1 I said...Izaac has had all good days but two. This week alone two bad "days". Sounds like Izaac had a typical, nothing I do is right day, yesterday. Then when he got home and after he told me all about it, while eating his snack; fell out of his chair, hurt his leg, big crocodile tears, layed on the couch with ice and conked out. Today, he was so tired he fell asleep on the bus. Our neighbor who watches him on Wednesdays freaked out because he did not get off the bus, so the bus driver had to make an anouncement to wake him up...Kindergarten is catching up with him.
Item #2 I said...No exciting news...Ike is coming, where exactly...they are not quite sure. As of right now we are out of school Friday. There is a little bit of evacuation going on, no major freak outs yet.
Mom and Dad have been gone visiting one of their neices in Europe...They fly in Friday night...into a hurricane.
Woo Hoo! I will watch what I say:-)
Monday, September 8, 2008
Izaac is doing well in school. He has received reports of "Good Day", "Great Day" or a smiley face every day but two. And those two days the reports were not all that bad. One funny one was, "Had to be reminded about the proper use of the maniplatives". For anyone who is unaware of what a maniplative is in school, its basically a hands on learning item...beads, string, blocks, you name it...So what exactly proper use was, and what Izaac was or was not doing, I'm not quite sure, but it was not bad enough to move his clip.
We have been storm watcing as most of you have been doing...we got only slightly prepared for the last storm...which included getting cash and milk. Sad I know. Waited and watched. Kept in touch with Shelly through the storm by text. And recieved no rain at all.
My new job is going very well. I am enjoy the students, small classes, co-workers and the added sense of responsibilty and consequences the students have. Its the best of two worlds, small classes and relationship building with my students but consistent consequences for misbehaviors. I am enjoying going to work every day and that has not happend for me in a long time.
So now we are watching Ike...enough said.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
So Monday was the first day of school for Izaac, and it went very well! Yea! It has been a challenge figuring out how he was going to get to and from school. My work day starts at 7:30am and ends at 3:30pm with no leeway, and Izaac can not get into the school until 7:45am and has to be picked up by 3:30pm. Luckly a lady down the street offered to help. At first she was going to pick Izaac and some other kids up from school...but it turned out to be way too many of them so we decided the best option was going to be the bus. Tobie did the car rider thing for the first day and decided right then that Izaac was going to ride the bus both directions. Calling the place a mad house at drop off and pick up times would be putting it lightly. So today, Tobie and Izaac waited out with the rest of the kids and their parents and Izaac got on the bus with no problem...he was actually really excited about it. Its hard getting information from a 5 year old about his day, what he thinks is important and what I think is important information is two different things, but it seems to be going well. His behavior sheet has read Great! and Great Day #2 ! I can not be happier. His teacher has already taught him to spell red and one. Hopefully this pace will keep up, and he will be reading in no time.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Oh. Cool side note. I "knew" the superintendent of Alvin ISD...and by that I mean he knew my parents from church. 5 years ago I introduced myself as Maryanne and Curtis Posts daughter. In all of the following interactions (which are few and far between) he remembered who I was and spoke to me. Well a year or so a go, he moved to CCISD as their new superintendent. Wednesday morning I was walking into another wonderful meeting and from behind me I hear "So how have you been doing?" Well, being in a state of drowsiness from staying up late watching Phelps kick swimmings butt...I rambled on to the superintendent. Anyone in a right state of mind would of just said "Fine, thank you. And yourself" So a half and hour or so later he is giving his welcome speech and I have to be honest in saying that I was not paying all that much attention until I noticed some of the lines that I said to him. I actually thought for a moment that he was "stealing" material...as if, right. Then proceeds to ask where "Megan" was sitting. I raise my hand, with what I was sure was a deer in the head lights look...and he continues with my story of exhaustion...don't quite know what lead up to the story, but I'm sure if I had been paying attention it would have been good...welcome to CCISD Megan:-) Guess I need to get more sleep.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So Izaac has had a big summer! First he learned to swim, then to roller skate and now he can ride his bike without his training wheels. Tobie took him out one day after work and it took him all of about 15 minutes with Tobie helping the he was off on his own. I missed the whole thing! I was trying to put Ivy down so we would not have to worry about her while Izaac was learning and so I missed it all. So now that Izaac has riding down, Tobie has upped the bar....He is going off the curb and popping his front tire all in the goal to hop up the curb! Be still my heart! Why can't we just be happy with biking in a straight line...I guess its a boy thing.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Last time the Swansons were here we decided to abandon the couch for a little while and head up to the new park in downtown Houston. Of course this was awhile back but I am behind on putting the pictures on my blog. We had a very nice time, but do not know if we would go back just for the park. It was difficult to find parking and the shade was limited....but we still enjoyed ourselves.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Well it took us a long time to get over losing Butch, but we finally made the decision to get a new dog. She is super sweet, loves the kids and is very energetic. We got her from the League City Animal Shelter and they put her age at about two, two and a half...we think she is more like one, one and a half. She definitely has some puppy tendencies, chewing and mouthing you being her two big ones. She wants to be near you every second that she can and if you scratch her belly she will be you BFF! Don't quite know her breed, mutt most definitely, a lot of some kind of hound (Plott hound is what they told us Im sure so we would over look what else she is mixed with) some pitt, you can see it in her face if she looks at you right, maybe even some lab. I think she might even have some greyhound in her based on her running style, but seeing that no one knows her back ground we will never know. We need to get her to our own vet, maybe he can give us a better estimate of her age and breed.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Ticket for no inspection $197 Ticket for no proof of insurance $0....Feeling like you go ripped off by the City of Friendswood...Priceless
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Well we finally have ordered some of the pictures that were taken of the kids way back in March. Here is just a preview.... I will be sending them out soon. We got two poses of each kid...none together though. It was hard enough just pealing Ivy off my leg to get the pictures we ended up with. Luckily there were enough to choose from. Not enough of all of the cousins together though.
The dreaded TAKS has started today...anyone out of TX, that is our state standardized tests. This week they are testing math, social studies and science. All spread out because we have to provide every student with a TI-83 graphing calculator. Needless to say there is not enough funds to have one calculator for every kid, so they just spread the math test out for 4 days. On other teaching notes I have officially been offered a job in Clear Creek ISD! I am so excited. We live in CCISD and Izaac will be starting kindergarten in August, so it means alot to me to be on the same calender as Izaac. I will be teaching Biology for a charter school in the distrist. I am a little anxious, Ive been at the same shool for 5 years and after awhile you get comfortable with your daily routine. But it was definately time for me to move on. This week I have to sign and turn in my acceptance letter to CCISD and write and turn in my resgination to Alvin ISD. Oh, and they need my college transcripts...weird...its not like I'm just out of college. I have been doing this for 9 years, so I don't really know what my grades in intermediate swimming and underwater photography (yes, I'm serious) has to do with my new job:). Oh and best still...Magic, Ritual and Religion. Man, I loved college!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
So, I managed to make it home where I slept the rest of the day away, nursing a fever and stomach flu. Tobie made it home and Wham! It hits him around dinner time. So there we are two grown adults who really just need to be in the bed and two kids that need to be feed, bathed and put to bed. That finally done, Tobie and I felt like dying all night long...
Morning comes, we all sleep a little late. I barely get out of pj's and I really mean barely, I threw on a pair of flip flops and out the door we go.
They turn Ivy AWAY!!!! Pink eye they say. By this point I am so weak I can not complain and Im almost in tears because all I want to do is go back to bed and sleep away the pain! So I call the doctors office and I manage to get in right away...Double pink eye. She can return to school on Thursday!!!! SOB!!! And to make matters worse. Im in my pj's remember, no make up and I did not brush my teeth. I really thought I would be back to the house in 5 min. Just goes to show you your mother was always right when she said "Never leave home with out clean underwear on". Im sure that carries over to "Never leave home in your pj's" Because you are bound to be pulled over by the cops or end up at the pediatricians office with all the well dressed mothers of Pearland:)lol!
Meanwhile the story gets worse. Tobie has to take the mustang in to get it inspected so he can get cleared of a ticket (whole other story) whose court date is Thursday at 6:30pm, and he has to have proof of inspection. So Ivy and I follow Tobie in the mustang to get it inspected. Of course there is a wait...Finally we get done. Medicine for Ivy. Back home to nap. We both suffer the rest of the day but both decide to go to work Thursday. Which we both regret. Than Wham!!! Tobies court date was Wednesday at 6:30 pm not Thursday at 6:30. So for just over 14 hours Tobie was a fugitive! Funny I know! So he had to post bail to get a new court date. I'm laughing as I'm writing this...because, really! REALLY! Oh! AND we missed Mrs. LaBauves birthday. Both of us had it scheduled in our new fancy phones, but no, not even that could pull us way from our horrid nightmare that was the stomach flu.
So there it is. Things are going great and just to remind you, you are not in charge:) God laughs and gives you stomach flu, pink eye and a fugitive husband! Thanks, Lord, point taken:)
Oh and forget FLYlady when you cant get out of the bathroom! My house is a pit! I will start again this weekend.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The Swanson's came for a visit this weekend and we had a very nice time. There is a new park open in Houston that we tried out and then went to Katz for lunch...very yummy. We have pictures so I will download some soon.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Here is proof that I have issues...One night I was falling asleep sitting up on the chair downstairs, so when I finally realized what I was doing I just got up and went to bed...WITHOUT shining my sink. It drove me so crazy that by the time Tobie came to bed, I was still awake and I told him that I did not shine the sink...I know he must think I am nuts... BUT not nuts enough to actually get out of bed and fix it.
More proof! Izaac is now swishing and swiping his own bathroom. Not that that is a bad thing, maybe just weird for a 4 year old. Now if he will just keep up into adolescence. But back to the issue at hand:) So when I bought the new toilet brush for the kids bathroom, I told Izaac that I would teach him how to clean his bathroom, thinking that he would not be interested...but for three days afterwards he bugged me to teach him. Now I am worried I have passed on my "issues" to him. He has a "procedure" for the toilet. He plunges the brush in and swirls it around exactly 11 times. Who knows where he got that number from, but I could not sway him from it. And one evening we were all upstairs watching tv and he ran into his bathroom, went, and then proceeded to want to clean the toilet because he just went in it. Issues! I guess I should not complain. I just don't want him losing sleep because the toilet has not been swished:)
To all you moms out there who want the get your kiddos involved, I was a little worried a first thinking he would get into all kinds of chemicals. Plain water in the toilet and a baby wipe for the counter, sink and toilet exterior surfaces:) Works like magic.
So there you have it...just a few of my issues. Fly on ladies! I'm going to work on not losing sleep over the fact that I have not completed my zone for this week (kitchen if you are follwing the plan)...sorry, issues.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
To all of you who are FLYbabies or Flyladies, I am proud to announce that I have shined my sink, picked my clothes out every night this week and I am working on writing my morning and evening routines...oh yea I managed a 27 boogie...I cleaned out all of the candy from the past holidays that have been hiding among our stuff on our shelves in my kitchen cabinets. I am pretty sure it was more than 27 pieces but I could not stop with 27 (did not even take 5 min). I know I am either supposed to throw them out or donate...well, I am taking all of it to my kids at school, and leaving some in the teacher work room, so that is like donating it right:) Wish me luck, I am going to try and swish and swipe my bathroom, put a load of laundry in the machine, make the bed and empty the dish washer in my attempt to start a morning routine...baby steps, I know, so if I do not manage all of it, I will keep trying. I am looking forward to my sink tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This year the kids Easter party at school was during spring break. So I was lucky enough to get to go and watch the kids have their egg hunt. I was keeping the kids home with me during Spring Break, so we made a special trip to school just so they could participate. Ivy did not quite understand the concept of hunting eggs. The teachers and I finally got her to pick up one egg, which she kept a death grip on. With me being there she never wanted to get off of my lap, which made hunting eggs hard for her:) Izaac had a very nice time. Even though we did not get to stay long enough for him to eat. Sad, but they were going to sit down and watch a movie...and by then I had enough fun for the day.