Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fresh Snow

On the way to work the other morning, the kids were talking about going sledding when we got back home.  I said that was a good idea and commented that there would even be fresh snow for them as it was snowing that very minute.  Scott studied the snow falling outside his car window and commented, "Yep, that snow looks pretty ripe to me!"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Look Who's 8!!!

Bekah had a pretty fantastic 8th birthday. Last Saturday she got to go on her annual birthday shopping trip with Grandma Dianna. They met up with Auntie Londa in Hibbing and Bekah came home with new boots, jewelry and Disney's Brave on DVD. This past Saturday Jesse and I took her, Caidence, Corinne and the boys to see Wreck-It Ralph. We had dinner at Zorbaz and played air hockey and skee-ball. Us girls also had a shopping stop at Claire'.

Today, on her actual birthday morning, Bekah got freshly baked monkey bread to bring to school for her birthday treat.  For dinner she choose Beef Noodle Bowl and apple pie for dessert.

Then it was present time and she was wowed by both the Barbie set that Scottie picked out to be from him and Alarik and by the Disney's Brave bow and arrow set from her Daddy and me!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lesson Learned for Mom

The iPad Jesse got me for my birthday is much-loved by everyone in the family. Since I often hand over my iPod touch to Bekah and Scott to play their many apps, I didn't think twice about letting them also play on the iPad. It's fun to be able to access apps that aren't available for the touch and to play some of our favorites, like Angry Birds, on the bigger screen

Imagine my surprise last Saturday evening when I grabbed my iPad to check my email and found an iTunes Store receipt for an in-app purchase of 75,000 coins in Temple Run ($9.99)! WHA...? I had NO idea the kids would be able to make any kind of purchase without my iTunes password. Shame on me for not checking I guess but it's pretty crappy that apps can do that if you ask me. Needless to say I did a quick google search on changing my settings so that it doesn't happen again. As for my little shopper, I couldn't be that mad at her because when I asked her about it, she had no idea she'd really done that. She said she didn't know it was real money and then started bawling and asked if we were going to be broke because she did that! It was all I could do not to laugh as I reassured her and then explained that she needed to read every pop-up window and come get dad or me if she didn't know what it meant. I guess we both learned something. :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Alarik's Growing Vocabulary

Alarik's at that point where he blurts out a new word, or what closely resembles a new word, every day. Here's what we've heard him say so far in addition to daddy and mommy:
pweees (please)
'cottie (Scottie)
Mow-gee (Morgan)

Several nights ago Jesse and I had put the kids to bed and were sitting on the couch when we heard a little voice call out "cottie?"  And then Scott's deep little reply, "what Alwick?"  Alarik answered, "pweeess?"  Who knows what he wanted but boy was it adorable!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lovin' Us Some Winter Weather

We might be singing a different tune come March, but right now we are loving this snowy weather we've been having!  We spent some time out on the sledding hill today and we got some Christmas decorating done too.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bekah Goes to Work

Last year Scott came to work with me the day after Thanksgiving and had so much fun that Bekah has been planning the entire last year for it to be her turn this time.  There was no way I was taking that day off since she was so excited to come with!
I work in a different department now so she got to do different things than Scott did.  Her favorite thing was shredding paper in the monstrous paper shredder we have down in materials.  She also liked going up to the new cafeteria for snacks and she claimed her breakfast hadn't stuck with her so we actually had to go twice for refreshments.  I think the elevator was part of the appeal of that as well.  She liked dusting supply shelves at first, but that didn't last long.

Since I am in a different department now, Bekah was worried I wouldn't be able to make her a badge like I had for Scott, but Sandy was up in the HR office so we snuck in and she let us make one.

We had several deliveries to make throughout the facility and Bekah enjoyed loading up the supply carts and wheeling them where they needed to go.  She got so excited that she was bounding down the hallways and more than one I had to tell her to slow down in case a patient or co-worker was coming around the corner.  The second or third time I reminded her, she stopped dead in her tracks and, with a straight face said, "That's right, Mom.  I have to act 'professionally".  She made quotation marks with her fingers as she said "professionally".  Not sure where she saw that but apparently she hasn't quite figured out how it's used yet!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Blueberry-Walnut-Chocolate Chip Pancakes

This past weekend was the last one for me and the kids to be hanging out at home while Daddy was away at the hunting shack. I made them pancakes both mornings and Sunday morning I wanted to doctor them up with some yummy fresh blueberries I'd bought at the store. While looking on the side of the pancake mix box, I saw they suggested chocolate chips or walnuts as add-ins as well. I thought, why not add all three at once?
I thought they turned out DEE-licious and Alarik was a big fan as well.
Bekah and Scott each left about half a pancake on their plate so they must not have been that impressed. Bekah claimed to not like blueberries which was irritating since I'd asked her before I made them if she wanted fresh blueberries in them and she'd said yes!  What a stinker. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mighty Hunters

Last Friday Mr. Scottie got to skip school to go deer hunting with Dad. They did not get a deer, but Scott was able to catch a little nap in the deer stand. Four deer were in sight but never came in close enough to shoot so at least they got to see something. Scott very much enjoyed the donuts Jesse had bought for breakfast. 

Yesterday it was Bekah's turn to play hooky from school and go hunting with Dad. They also got skunked. The only thing they saw was a fisher climbing a tree. Bekah's favorite part of deer hunting is staying up late playing games and having snacks with Dad.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Best. Toy. Ever.

It will never cease to amaze me how many hours of entertainment are provided by a plain ol' cardboard box.  Now that I work in the purchasing dept of the hospital, I have a pretty much endless supply of good sized cardboard boxes.  I brought one home Friday night knowing that I'd have three happy kids on my hands all weekend because of it.  Alarik was the one who enjoyed it the most.
 Crawl in.

Crawl out.

 Crawl out.

Crawl in.

Shut the door. 

Scott was excited to color the box like a spaceship and Alarik helped with that too.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Top Ten Picture Books we Love

Even though Bekah is into chapter books now, she still loves to be read to and hasn't grown out of the beloved picture books phase yet.
Here are her and Scott's current TOP TEN FAVORITE PICTURE BOOKS:

1.  The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
2.  LMNOPeas by Keith Baker
3.  Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson
4.  Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
5.  More Bears by Kenn Nesbitt
6.  Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
7.  The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog by Ana Martin Larranaga
8.  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
9.  Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
10.  Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lost Teeth, Books, Birthday Cakes and Lies

Bekah lost a tooth several days ago.  It's the 8th one by her count.  The tooth fairy left a dollar under her pillow.

Alarik loves to "read" and be read to.  On this day, Scott thought it would be nice if Alarik had a booster seat on the couch so he put Bekah's cushy little SpongeBob chair up there for him.  He looks nice and comfy there.

My birthday was on Tuesday and I took the day off to hang out at home with the kids since the older two were off of school for end of the quarter.  They baked me a birthday cake in Bekah's Easy-Bake oven.  I helped them get out the ingredients and the measuring cups and spoons but they did the rest all by themselves.  It turned out quite edible! They even put candles on it and had me blow them out.

Scott's teacher uses a green-yellow-red chart system for behavior and he is always happy to tell us that he was in the green all day long.  One day last week he got busted though.  After telling us he'd been in the green, we found out he'd been in the red.  He was punished for lying - one night of firewood/other chores and a week of no screen time - and we made sure to emphasize that they lying was a bigger deal than the talking in class that got him moved into the red was.
Well then, this week he got in the yellow two days in a row and he acted rather nonchalant about the whole thing.  I think he figured since he told us about it right away, he was in the clear.  We didn't want to encourage lying but we also didn't want him to think he could do whatever he wanted as long as he was honest about it, so his punishment after the second day in a row of yellow was to haul a few wheelbarrow loads of firewood.  It's a nice little pile he has going there, isn't it?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Fest 2012

I almost forgot about Fall Fest!  Our 5th annual Fall Fest party was a great success, as usual.  We started off with a little pumpkin carving action.

The story of this activity was Scott.  He spent 1 hour and 45 minutes carving his pumpkin.  I know I'm not exaggerating because I checked the time on the photos.  What focus!

He was very proud of it when he was done, as he should be!  He had a lot of extra things carved into it other than a face.  Actually, it was more carved than not which caused it to shrivel up within a couple days of the party.  Oh well.

Bekah was proud of her pumpkin too.  Especially of the carved piece that she stuck back into it's mouth so that it was sticking out its tongue.  

Here are all the pumpkins lined up in a row.

And here's all those pumpkins matched up with the kid that created them!

This is the best picture of Bekah I've gotten in awhile so I just had to include it.
Besides pumpkin carving, we roasted hot dogs to go with the rest of the spread of food which included such delicious, Haloweeny desserts as Oreo truffle eyeballs and striped cookie witch hats.  We also had the customary hay ride.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Parent-Teacher Conferences

How timely of me to have discussed the kids' mis-pronunciations - Scott's teacher told Jesse and I at his conference last night that she'd like to have the speech teacher come in and observe him and see if she recommends any extra speech help for him.  He has a lot of trouble with his Rs, which we knew (and I still think it's adorable when he says it like a W instead)  but he also has trouble with his Js which I hadn't noticed.  So we'll see what they have to say about that.
That was the only thing close to a concern that she had about Scottie.  It was fun to hear her observations of him.  She marveled at how night-and-day different he is than Bekah!  He's so quiet and serious...and she's SO not!  Scott's doing well in all the areas that they are scored in at this point in the year and his behavior is great.  I worried that his biggest hurdle would be wanting to go to school at all.  I figured he'd be fine at first but then get tired of it and start to complain about going.  Not so.  He's taken it all in stride, just like he did preschool.  He doesn't get all excited about it, but he's not nervous or not wanting to go either.  He just is.  And that's Scott for ya'!

The 1st and 2nd grade teachers co-teach those classrooms and both had glowing reports about Bekah.  She is testing near the top of her 2nd grade level in both reading and math.  Jesse and I knew she was a great reader and that math came pretty easily to her, but then her teachers started talking about how kind she is and told us that she's a great friend to everyone.  The 2nd grade teacher said her favorite thing about Bekah is that she is so much her own person.  (I knew those knee-high-sock-n-skirt outfits were doing some good!)  She said a lot of kids that are coming into their own at this age are either really academically gift or they are busy working out their own personality but that Bekah has the whole package already.  THAT makes a parent proud!

It's always nice to hear someone else confirm what you already (thought you) knew - that your kids are AWESOME!

Monday, November 5, 2012


Besides all the funny comments and one-liners, the kids have some adorable little mis-pronunciations that always make me smile.
Scott often puts "up" in place of "ex" - "up-scuse me" instead of "excuse me" and "up-cept" instead of "except" and both Bekah and Scott still say "renember" instead of "remember".  Jesse always corrects them.  I never do.  I think it's cute and that they will eventually realize they are saying it different from everybody else and correct it.  Until then I'm just going to enjoy it.  Then again, they might just be the next irritating adult who says "I seen" or "ain't".  Maybe I shouldn't let it slide!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Collection of Funnies

Kids are just the best entertainment you could ever ask for.

Bekah made us chuckle awhile back when we asked her how many kids were attending religious release classes this year.  She only named off a few and when I asked if that was it, she said, "well, that's all for the...what are we called again?...prosthetics?"  Took a moment to realize she meant "protestants"!

Here's a few of her other comments that have made us smile:

"I don't like rootbeer floats cuz the rootbeer makes the ice cream all...sizzly."

"The foot is my favorite unit of measurement"

When Bekah complained that the Spanish teacher was hard to understand, I asked if that was because she only speaks in Spanish to them or if it was because she had an accent.  Bekah answered, "Well, she does speak mostly in Spanish, but even when she speaks English, and she tries her best, but it just comes out know...Spanishy" 

Scott keeps us shaking our heads and laughing pretty much on a daily basis.  Here's a few of his recent good ones:

"Mom, know why I don’t empty my boots at daycare when they get sand in them?  Cuz I wanna bring it home and add it to my sandbox!"
"What do people mean when they say “have a good one” to other people?"

To Grandma Linda: I learned two new words today!
Grandma:  That’s great! I learned a new word today too!
Scott:  What?????? (obviously frustrated) You’re so old and there’s still more words to learn?

After not cleaning his room very well, "Well mom, I’m just not in a cleaning mood”

The song "American Honey" was playing and Scott asked me, "Does she mean the honey you eat or your husband that you call honey sometimes?"

On the way home with book orders:  “Mom, can we get four each?”
Me:  I’ll have to think about it.
A few moments later.  “Mom, are you done thinkin’ about it yet?”
Me:  No.  You can mark the ones you like and I’lll see what we can order this time.
A few more miles down the road:  Mo-om, you should be done thinkin’ about it by now!”

Friday, November 2, 2012

My Little Halloweenies

Bekah and Scott didn't want any cute costumes for Halloween this year.  Nope, it was all about the classics with Bekah wanting to be a vampire and Scott wanting to be a ghost.

True to form, Bekah couldn't be just any vampire.  She had to be fashionable which meant additions to the standard vampire ensemble such as a green wig, thigh-high purple and green striped socks under her black skirt, and matching striped fingerless gloves.

And Scott had been very specific about the type of ghost he wanted to be.  He had to have "that mask with the long open mouth".  Not sure where he'd ever even seen that before, but I found it and he was thrilled.  He was also thrilled with the cloak I made for him.  It consisted of two yards of black fabric safety pinned to a black long sleeve shirt and then ripped to shreds.  I must say, it did look pretty awesome!

And then there was Alarik, our cute little baby bat.  We figured with Bekah and Scott going the classic Halloween route, Alarik better follow suit so I whipped up a costume for him using a black zip up hoodie and some felt wings and ears.

 He wasn't exactly a happy little bat.  He was a little off all day. 

Jesse took Alarik home after we'd hit up both Grandma's houses (homemade cookies from Grandma Dianna and homemade popcorn balls from Grandma Linda) and then I took Bekah and Scott to the party at the Marcell Family Center.  They played games and loaded up on candy there and then we trick-or-treated our way around town and home.  Getting up for school the next morning was a bummer for Bekah...and for me!  But Halloween comes but once a year!