Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays




Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Aidan's Rally Sign?


Aidan's Rally Sign?
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
I found this drawing sitting out. I had nothing to do with it. It cracks me up and makes me proud :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Conquering SkeeBall


Conquering SkeeBall
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
I don't think its meant to be played this way. Future rock climber maybe? Or maybe just a monkey.

Monday, September 08, 2008

The Addition of Ike


Ike and Norah
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
We bribed Norah. We've actually been bribing her for 2 years now. And she finally followed through. So we had to hold up our end of the deal and get her a cat. After seeing many cats, she picked Ike - a 1.5 year old boy stray. Ike's a great cat - - he loves the kids, loves attention, lets them manhandle him while continuing to purr, and never uses his claws (he's not declawed). Quinn doesn't love him, but that's another story.
Ike also likes the basement rec room, which is fine by me, because that keeps his hair out of the rest of the house. He's a serious shedder.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Butterflies


DSC_0009
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
I think this is the first year our butterfly bush has lived up to its name. We've got monarchs like mad in our backyard.

First Day of School


First Day of School
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
Back to school!! One first grader and two in JK. 2.5 hours to myself. Whatever will I do?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Elliott's first person

Just this last week, Elliott started drawing stick people. He's never drawn a face or person prior to this. Watching him, he switched to his left hand when it came time to draw the left arm and left leg. What a strange kid!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wahhhh


Wahhhh
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
My whiny little man. He can find anything to cry about. This time it was because he wasn't quick enough to get a tootsie roll at the parade. Gotta love him.

First Missing Tooth


First Missing Tooth
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
Aidan lost his first tooth recently. He looks like such a big boy and so cute!! He was so excited to get a visit from the Tooth Fairy!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

My Delicate Little Ballerina


Miss N
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
yeah. ha ha ha ha.

Too Cool For (VB)School


VBS Trio
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
Can you believe it? Yeah...my kids went to a week of VBS (forget that we don't belong to a church and/or they've never been to one). They went to the one associated w/ the twins preschool. And they loved it. Aidan went to a week of Y camp later on and said, "Mommy, I don't want to do summer camp again next summer, ok? But I want to go back to bible camp!" They had a blast.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

aidan in uniform


aidan in uniform
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
Aidan's a big boy now...he takes Tae Kwan Do once a week for an hour and really likes it. He has to practice during the week, and he has to learn how to count to 10 in Korean and learn the TKD creed. Serious stuff!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Chivalry is not dead

Last Friday, Aidan went on a field trip to a nature preserve with his class. One of his female classmates forgot her jacket, so he offered his to her and let her wear it until they got back to school.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mothers day book8


Mothers day book8
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
My mom is special because she loves me.

Mothers day book6


Mothers day book6
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
My mom is very smart. She knows all about lallgre (laundry).

Mothers day book7


Mothers day book7
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
My mom likes to crk (cook).

Mothers day book5


Mothers day book5
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
My mom likes to eat soop (soup).

Mothers day book4


Mothers day book4
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
It really bugs my mom when ants r in the hows (house).

Mothers day book3


Mothers day book3
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
She has brond (blonde?) hair and brown eyes.

Mother's Day book2


Mother's Day book2
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
This is my mom. Kare (Karri).

Mother's Day Book


Mother's Day Book
Originally uploaded by flabonganator
Aidan made me a mother's day book in school.....

Monday, April 14, 2008

Puzzle Mania!

This weekend, the dynamic duo went from doing 25pc puzzles to doing 100pc puzzles! WOW! Elliott is a boy obsessed. He does them over and over and over. Last night, he fished his cucumber chunks out of his salad and pieced them back together.

durrrr...

blog readability test

TV Reviews



Uh, apparently one does not need as much edumakashion to read this as they need to read Lynn's blog.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

She Spells!!!!


This is Norah's version of Mommy! She handed it to me and told me it was my name!! Momee!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Spring! Spring! Spring!


(ok, i dont know how to rotate that, since its not sideways on my file. huh.)
Yeah, its officially spring, but its hard to believe it when there's still snow on the ground and its still pretty cold out. But look at this!!!!

My Little Hunter

While we were driving today, the kids saw a deer crossing sign and asked what it was. I explained and then Elliott asked, "daddy took those things off the deer. what were those things?"
Me: antlers
E: why?
Me: for decoration, I guess. that's something hunters do.
E: when I grow up, I am going to hunt.
Me: do you know what hunting is?
E: yes, I shoot the deer.
Me: with what?
E: with a cannon. yeah. I would use a cannon.
Me: what would you do with the deer after blasting it with the cannon? would you eat it?
E: NO! EW! Nuffin'. I do nuffin' with it.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

D-d-d-d-d-Dora!


The kids got to meet Dora while at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America this past week. Norah hid behind a sign, while the boys ran up for the photo op.

Eggcellent!


Easter Eggs!!!
Someone asked me if I got a new camera yet. Yes, I did. I got the Nikon D40x. I love it, but I am also still very very much learning how to use it.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Let's see....to catch up:

All 3 kids are swimming, with Aidan being the best. N & E do it mostly underwater, but its still swimming. And its very cool. Too bad they (the dynamic duo) have a hard time listening to their swim teacher.

We had N & E's conferences in February.
They are doing great in preschool and the teachers are really happy with how far they've come since the start of the year. They're finally starting to separate themselves from each other (yay), but often times, Norah will still trail Elliott, whereas he's more independent at school. She's also the troublemaker of the two - the one who tackles him, the one who has her mama's wandering mind and the need to do something else while still listening to the teacher talk....

We had Aidan's 2nd conference in March.
He's doing GREAT!!! Not counting his specials, he got all 4's!! Last report card, he had 3 or 4 3's, so he made some improvement. (4's are the highest you can get). His teacher said that he's made so much improvement from the start of the year and she's so proud of him. He's reading, he's doing addition, and he's become much more social and is starting to be more sure of himself. We're still working on being assertive. Which is funny, because he so does not have that issue at home.
His Speech and Language Pathologist said that he's made so much improvement, as well. He met a lot of his goals with her, but still have some, and then she set some further goals for the next 12 months.

He's going to start a TaeKwando class at the Y in 2 weeks. I hope he likes it. I think it will help him with the assertiveness thing and with his confidence.
He's also said that he wants to do t-ball again this summer. I gave him the choice between that or soccer. I am kinda surprised, and wish he had chose the latter, but what are you going to do? It was his choice.

Norah is in dance - she has her recital on Wednesday. Then she'll continue with it for the next session. She's really enjoying it and its nice to see her interact with other girls. Although she doesn't know that I see her. Because she does not want me to watch her. She's made that very very clear. Every week. Weird kid.

Elliott's been taking a sports class - they go over the basics of soccer, kickball, and football. He has really enjoyed it. I think I'll have him take it again, so that he has a good grasp on them and can choose a sport in fall. But he's also taking a preschool movement class in 2 weeks. Gotta keep them busy, right?

What else?
Aidan is 6. Which just floors me. Not so much that he's 6, but that I've been a parent for 6 years. I don't feel old enough, and it still seems like just yesterday that he was a baby.

Norah's got mad drawing and coloring skillz. She colors completely in the lines. And she's drawing some cool pictures - people with hands and feet and hair and accessories - like popscicles or cat tails. Cats (natch). All of her faces - people or animals - have straight faces. Never a smile, never a frown, never anything but a stern, straight face. Its rather funny.

Both Norah and Elliott are starting to spell. Finally! We've got their names down, which was my goal before they started K4 this fall.

Norah will start seeing a psychologist in 2 weeks. Oh yay. The GI person and I decided that enough was enough and it was time to end this ridiculous behavior. She's still withholding. And then there is the whole won't-go-on-the-potty thing. Good times.

And finally...the kids will take their first real road trip next week. Its spring break, and we're taking them to MN for a few days. Going somewhere where its warm. ha ha. They're quite excited, as am I.

the return of the slacker!

Norah has discovered the art of being girly.
She loves to apply scented hand lotion several times a day.
She loves all her lip balms - flavored princess, flavored hello kitty, glittery gloss - its all good.
And best of all, she loves putting makeup on her Barbies. Oh yeah. She found a little Barbie makeup compact among my old Barbie stuff (gross) and I gave her some q-tips and she goes to town, making her Barbies "pretty". Pretty scary is more like it.
I'd share a photo, but apparently, either my new camera or my mac or something doesn't want to cooperate with sharing photos on the internet.