Friday, April 30, 2010

They’re everywhere!!

The kids decided they all wanted friends to come over tonight. So after a long day at work, with lots of testing, reports and meetings with parents, I came home to 1 senior, 3 juniors, an 8th grader, two 6th graders, a 5th grader and a 2nd grader. All hungry. Pepper and I made salad, spaghetti and garlic bread. The garlic bread was a hit, spaghetti went fairly well and I have a lot of salad left over!! The potato chips and double stuffed Oreo’s are totally gone.

The older kids all watched a movie and were so quiet at times I had to peek in on them… or send in one of the younger kids to do my dirty work! The younger kids spent the evening playing outside with bows and arrows practicing target shooting. Pete’s friend asked if he could bring his gun as well for some target practice… I was a bit worried about WHO the targets would be, so I said no to the gun, and only agreed to bows. (I knew Pepper and I had a limit to how much activity we could supervise tonight… guns were WAY over the limit.)

Everyone got along amazingly well, and I am happy to report no injuries or casualties and everyone seemed to have a good time. Even when the dog jumped on a couple of the older ‘love birds’ lying a bit too close together on the floor! Such a good watch dog she is becoming!! It was a fun evening even if I felt like the Old woman that lived in a shoe that had so many children she didn’t know what to do!! ☺

Monday, April 26, 2010

Flight plan...

We just bought plane tickets for a trip we are planning to Orlando. The kids are all very excited because (except for Dori) they have never flown. They have been asking questions trying to figure out how it will all work. Pete wanted to know if it was true that your ears can pop while you are in a plane. Pepper and I explained that yes they can pop, but that it doesn’t really hurt and you can chew gum to help keep it from happening. He thought about this for a few minutes then asked, “So does the pilot come on the speaker and tell you when to start chewing gum?”

As we were driving to baseball, Dill asked us if the flight attendant would pass out parachutes on the flight. Pepper explained that there were no parachutes on board. Glancing in the rear view mirror, I noticed the worry on Dill’s face. “What if the plane crashes?” he asked. Trying to make him feel better I quickly said, “Well, the seat cushion turns into a floatation device.” Pepper quickly remarked, “Gee, that’ll really help as we fly over Georgia!!” OK… she had a point! ☺

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Opening Day

Megamom assured me all week that God loves baseball so the weather would be better than the weather report predicted. Well, God may love baseball, but he doesn't mind if the fans get a bit wet. It poured through all but about 2 minutes of the opening ceremony and a lot of the actual games. The problem with it raining early is that everything... the bleachers, the grass, everyone's clothes stayed wet throughout the day. Then the wind picked up and sent a nice chill through the whole area. The sun peeked every once in awhile, mainly to remind everyone how cold we all actually felt. I sat on the bleachers for quite awhile and then switched to Dad B's lawn chair... the result was a frozen butt. Seriously, I do not get cold often, but geez, how do all those parents watch games and still have any feeling in their posterior?!!

ok... the baseball. It was a good day. Opening ceremony started at 9. All the kids came onto the field and parents cheered. Kids got awards for fund-raisers and people were thanked. The national anthem and little league motto was read. Kids ran around from umbrella to umbrella and all had fun. There was a moon bouncer and concessions and it felt like spring really had sprung. The first pitch was thrown by a boy that had been in a serious accident and was doing well in rehab. It all went well.

The boys did great. Dill's team won their game 15-3. He played center field and struck out twice but he was hustling and tried his best. Pete looked excellent on second base. His team lost 3-8 but he tried hard. Both boys lived up to the Little League Motto. I was very proud.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

The head of a dog...

I thought this was so funny when I saw Macy and Kirby laying on the floor like this I had to take their picture. Kirby continues to grow and loves rolling around on the floor with the kids. Macy thought it was a cool picture too! :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The problem with children now...

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

Attributed to SOCRATES by Plato

When I first saw this quote I could imagine it was someone of my parents generation speaking about mine, and now I can imagine it someone from my generation speaking about the next. It looks like every generation has the opinion that they were better when they were kids. Were kids ever not tyrants? Is ‘tyrants’ just a word they used long ago for ADHD? Is the youth that ‘contradict their parents’ today’s teenager? Did children ever rise when elders came into the room?! I can’t even get my kids to move off the couch to let older relatives sit down… but I guess it isn’t a new problem! Have students tyrannized their teachers since Plato’s time?! I must admit.... like my kids, I do prefer chatter over exercise on most days…. Don’t most of us?!! I do not understand the leg crossing thing. I read that Socrates was the type of guy that looked at others and told them what they were doing wrong. Sort of a “Do what I say and not what I do” kinda guy… but it is interesting that the same problems parents had with children in 400 BC are still around. By the way… I also read that he was executed for ‘dangerous ideas’…. I guess someone thought it was ok to cross their legs!! ☺

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weird Dreams

Two people told me they dreamed about me last night. The first was a co-worker. She told me that she dreamed I kidnapped her and forced her to eat chicken pot pie... and wondered what that meant. I am no dream analyzer.... but I do know my chicken pot pie isn't half bad, so it must not have been THAT horrible! I gave it some thought and told her maybe she missed me and wanted to spend more time with me... and she probably wanted me to pay for lunch! She thought that was probably true. :)

The second was Dill. Which I thought was weird because he mentioned it at the dinner table and I had not said anything about my co-worker dreaming about me. Two dreams about me in one night... weird. He said he dreamed that we were standing in the front yard and a man shot me. (I already did not like this dream) then he said the man's father came over and was talking to Dill and Macy. I said, "Did you call 911 first?!!" In a mock serious tone. "I'm bleeding over here!!" He laughed but said no. By the end of the story it turns out that I was really ok... in his dream I apparently own a top notch bullet proof vest!!

I have no idea what I dreamed about... maybe cooking chicken pot pie and shopping for bullet proof vests. :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Magician and the Money

We went to a birthday party for a friend’s child last weekend. It had all the usual birthday things… balloons, cake, pizza, gifts, lots of kids as well as parents and an extra bonus… a magician.

The magician, “Magic Joe” did all kinds of slight of hand tricks with handkerchiefs and even a dove named Dovini, he was very good as far as local magician talent goes... of course, he did not go so far as to cut anyone in half or drop himself into a large vat of water.

We brought 5 kids to the party. Pete, Dill and 3 of the “Boyer bunch”. They all came into the party and were very shy and reserved… for about 2 minutes. Once they saw the birthday decorations, the pizza and the small section of chairs reserved for kids they felt right at home. Pete immediately needed two hats… to wear both on his forehead like a bull. Twirler girl made the mistake of asking her big brother to help her put her pointy Dora hat on and he could not resist giving the elastic cord a little snap under her chin. All 5 had their shoes off and had gone into the play area in a flash. It really was a bit young for all the kids… although Twirler girl was adorable playing in a mock classroom teaching several baby dolls their letters. She looked just like Megamom teaching her class! I could not watch for too long because the boys were arguing over firefighter coats and who got to be the driver of the fire engine and needed adult intervention.

The kids all kind of spread out and at one point Dill and Pete were standing near the Magician when he asked if anyone had a dollar. Dill was very proud of the wallet he had (made out of duck tape) and whipped it out of his pocket quickly to show that he had a crisp dollar bill inside.

The magician asked to see it and Dill handed it to him. The sinking look on Dill’s face was priceless when Magic Joe started to crumple the dollar and turned it into a tiny little ball that we wadded into the palm of his hand. Then there was a look of shear horror when Magic Joe pulled the dollar bill apart enough so he could rip it in two. At the same time, Dill’s mouth dropped open and Pete smiled, grateful that he had kept his money in his wallet.

The magician then handed Dill the little tattered half of his dollar back and Dill slowly and sadly started to un-crumple it. His face lit up when he realized that it was a WHOLE dollar! He was giddy when magic Joe handed him the other half of his dollar….. which was now another complete, intact (but very wrinkly) dollar bill. At this point I was wishing I had a few $20 or $50 bills I could give Magic Joe so he’d double my money!!!

His next trick was to turn four dollar bills into $100 dollar bills. He flipped the bills once and they were singles, then they were hundreds. He had the kids and the grown-ups attention for that trick! Unfortunately, he put those bills back into his own pocket.

When we got home the boys were still talking about the money tricks. Pete said he wished they had learned the trick where singles turned into $100 dollar bills. We overheard both boys talking about all the things they would buy Pepper and I to make our lives better. Pepper and I smiled at each other at what sweet boys we have. As an adult I spent lots of time watching to see HOW the magician tricked his audience into believing the impossible… but it is nice to hear how magical and amazing he was through the eyes of my innocent and unjaded kids. Here's hoping we can all find happy magic in our lives! ☺

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Easter 2010

This is a great card we found in Dill's backpack. (He also had an invitation to one of his best friend's birthday party and several school notes that he never showed us!) The inside of the card said, "Dear Family, Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy, Happy Everything!! Love, Dill"


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Macy's outfit

This is not an April fool's Day outfit. Macy loves to be creative and challenge conventional dress codes!! I do not think this goes together at all... and not even because I grew up as a Garanimals kid! (Outfits with little animals on the tags... so if you matched the top animal with a bottom animal it always matched!) She usually wears mismatched socks... so this is pretty tame for my Macy!! :) Maybe I will get a picture of her hot pink "power" suit she wore in the talent show!!! :)