Saturday, March 6, 2010

For the first time in four years

My brother has a job. He called so excited last night. I was on my way back from having dropped his kids off to visit with him for the weekend.

"Are you sitting?"

"I'm still driving. I was caught in traffic, so yes."

"I got a job!"

He was so excited, but in typical Billy fashion, he had him self a little wound up. It is to be expected. Over the last 4 years, he has battled her*oin/coc*aine and ox*ycontin addiction, along side Bipolar depression. He is divorcing his wife, has moved a few times and has just been trying to pull himself around, handle his financial obligations and to be a good dad.

I'm so happy for him. He got the call asking him to show up for work this morning at 7:30 AM. It was God's work in many ways. First, in getting the job, but in letting him know at probably the latest possible time they could. Less time is less time for my brother to freak out.

Please consider praying for him and his nerves. What a great lift for my brother, though.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Seussin' through the week.

We've had an unbelievably good time celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday this week. We started the celebration with Saturday's Storytelling at Target. Target took good care of the kids!

Our school week began with K- wearing her Dr. Seussesque hat I made her. It was a stripey stove pipe hat with a matching bow.

Tuesday, Dr. Seuss' birthday, was a teacher development day, so we were off.

Wednesday was Wacky Wednesday! Oh heavens! We had so much fun getting K- ready in the morning. She wore her clothes, including tights, inside out. She had one high pig tail with a big curly bow and one low, braidy pig tail. She had mismatched shoes. She wore her watch on her shoe. She went to school with her coat inside out. She needed the teachers help to get out of that one! (Daddy did a great job.)

Thursday was The Wocket in my Pocket, Fox in Sox and another story I can't remember. She went with a big computer scanned Wocket cut out and glued to her play kitchen apron (with lots of pockets, of course) and mismatched socks.

The kid has been so excited for the theme of the day!

That brings us to Friday. It is Green Eggs and Ham day. Mrs. H- is serving the kids breakfast and I've explained to K- that the eggs are perfectly fine, just a different color.

Thanks for the good week, Dr. Seuss!

Smiles in my day:
- Dr. Seuss week!
- Gluing and coloring at work. Oh my! What fun! (I've been coloring the jewelry background pieces-parts for the new case backings. More specifically, the case designer has cut abstract butterfly and dragonfly wings out of mat board, scribbled a design in Elmers, allowed it to dry and I'm coloring the in-betweens. It has taken me hours and hours, but since it is the slow season, I've had nothing else to do. It has filled my time nicely!)
- Setting my sights on getting in the studio to work TODAY! Hooray! (And yes, I will take pictures!)
- Post Toasties classic boxes of cereal on clearance at the Dollar General for $1.00 a box. Wow! We bought 4 of them!
- It hit 46 F today and I threw open every window and door that we had. I left them open for about a half hour to air out our house. Oh, it felt so good! Fresh air!
- Blue skies. Big, BIG! blue skies. NACITS, actually. (Not a cloud in the sky.) SUNSHINE! We've all been a bit sunshine and vitamin D deficient here in the great ole state o' Ohio. Praise God for the blinding sun! :)!!!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

My internet is behaving like a fitting two year old.

Mike's got fixed. Ours went down. It is spit-spotty now. More spit than spotty.

Hopefully soon.

The end.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tales from the Trenches: Kylie from Connecticut

One day last week we were driving to school and the song came on, "Kylie from Connecticut." K- announced real excited, "That's what Mrs. D- calls me!"

Folks, my child's name is kept private but I can absolutely tell you that Kylie is not it. (Though, Kylie is a very beautiful name.)

Who is Mrs. D-? K-'s speech therapist!

Over the years, K- has been called a variety of "K" names. I learned early on that choosing a very old, but different name would be great in that every child out that wouldn't be named her name, but sadly it has left her having to correct many people on a regular basis.

While I was driving, I told K- that I had to apologize to her.

"K-, I'm so sorry."

"For what, Mommy?"

"For giving you a name that no one can pronounce, spell or remember. We chose your name because of its meaning. It means - - - ."

"Oh, Mommy! You are going to make me cry! Don't worry! That's okay."

Bless her heart, or whatever the name of the heart that she has today. If she had a brother or a sister, they were going to either be Ian Anakin (or Ian Mark) or Teagan Cait. Boy, people could have really butchered those names, too!
- - - - -
Ewwww: Read this. And I just polished off a bag of lettuce yesterday. Fecal contamination and bacteria? Yum. [insert shiver and twitch of digust]

Dear AARP,

I'm 36, not 50. Please know that when the day comes, I'll probably take advantage of my AARP and Golden Buckeye discounts. Until then, I beg of you to discontinue sending me cards already embossed with my name. Really. As a friendly request, I'm sending you the cards back in the pre-paid business envelope you provided. Thank you for saving me the money it costs to return it to you. See? You are saving me money already!

Ewwww part 2:
K- decided that she needs to cut ties with M-. The final straw came in the form of spit. M- spit on K-'s book. She spoke up, M- got in trouble and she is now done. "Mommy, I really don't think I want to be friends with M- anymore." "K-, I believe that might be a great idea for you." I'm sorry that it had to come down to him spitting on her school work. I'm still unbelievably grossed out. I'm glad that she didn't ignore it.

Smiles in my day:
- Being paid to color all day long. It was very therapeutic and the day flew by! :)
- Though there were a few kids that laughed, K- wore her lovely Seussian hat at school today all day long. She even wore her bow tie all day, too.
- Antiques Roadshow! :)

Have a great day!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wii are family.

Hubs' Mii My Mii K-'s Mii

We have a lot of fun playing the Wii. I bought it for Hubs for his birthday/anniversary combined, but knew that it was a family thing. I did the same a few years ago with snow shoes.

So, do you play Wii? Share your Mii! :)

Smiles in my weekend:
- Tackling the Dr. Seuss hat for K-'s Seuss week this week. It's not perfect, but it'll do.
- A really great sermon by a visiting pastor. It was Pastor Matthew's father-in-law. Wow!
- The studio! I'm about 85% done with the reorganization process. My MIL would be glad to know that I think that getting older has taught me to look at things in a different way. Why did I keep half of the crap that I did?! I've been busy doing the heave-ho. It feels rather cleansing!

Have a great week!