Wednesday, February 27, 2008

All Grossed Out For the Day!

I am usually the one that seems to be a good example of what not to do with your children. Right now with everything that my kids are picking up and utilizing as true fact we kinda try to be somewhat age appropriate. We miss sometimes. We let Isaac watch the Simpsons Movie. NOT a good idea. Sometimes it has been suggested to let the kids sing nursery rhymes and read fairy tales. So this has been my story over the last couple of days. I went to the library to pick up some extra books to read to the kids. I wanted some older stories, but at the time all I could find was Hansel and Gretel. I remembered about the witch, but thought it would be ok. Reading to your children about how moms and dads are trying to rid their children and then nearly get eaten by a witch just does not seem a pleasant story. Even though at the end they try to reassure the child reading the book that their parents will not harm them! So I was telling this to one of our patients this morning and she was telling me how most of the celebrations and songs and whatnot for our children are not very pleasant in nature. For instance-Ring around the rosie-which happens to be one of Zoey's favorites. It happens to be about the black plague in 1347 and killed 25 million people. Ring around the rosie describes the rash that they first get. Pocket full of posies describes the flowers to ward off infection and to calm the smell. Ashes ashes describes the burning of the dead and their homes. We all fall down describes the dead. How child appropriate is that? Now I did get all that from Google which also said that it could just be a nursery rhyme that has no purpose similar to Hey Diddle Diddle. But now that I have heard that I think I will always have a terrible image in my head of ring around the rosie. One of my co-workers is reading the full book of Grims Fairy Tales. Most of which--not nice. I didn't know that he wrote The Little Mermaid and I sure didn't know that in the story the mermaid commits suicide. Not sure I will read that one to Zoey anytime soon.
So this went around work and I thought it was funny. It is real. But so silly.

1943 Guide to Hiring Women
The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine. This was written for male supervisors of women in the work force during World War II.
"Eleven Tips on Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees: There's no longer any question whether transit companies should hire women for jobs formerly held by men. The draft and manpower shortage has settled that point. The important things now are to select the most efficient women available and how to use them to the best advantage.
Here are eleven helpful tips on the subject from Western Properties:
1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they're less likely to be flirtatious, they need the work or they wouldn't be doing it, they still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently.
2. When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It's always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.
3. General experience indicates that "husky" girls - those who are just a little on the heavy side - are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.
4. Retain a physician to give each woman you hire a special physical examination - one covering female conditions. This step not only protects the property against the possibilities of lawsuit, but reveals whether the employee-to-be has any female weaknesses which would make her mentally or physically unfit for the job.
5. Stress at the outset the importance of time the fact that a minute or two lost here and there makes serious inroads on schedules. Until this point is gotten across, service is likely to be slowed up.
6. Give the female employee a definite day-long schedule of duties so that they'll keep busy without bothering the management for instructions every few minutes. Numerous properties say that women make excellent workers when they have their jobs cut out for them, but that they lack initiative in finding work themselves.
7. Whenever possible, let the inside employee change from one job to another at some time during the day. Women are inclined to be less nervous and happier with change.
8. Give every girl an adequate number of rest periods during the day. You have to make some allowances for feminine psychology. A girl has more confidence and is more efficient if she can keep her hair tidied, apply fresh lipstick and wash her hands several times a day.
9. Be tactful when issuing instructions or in making criticisms. Women are often sensitive; they can't shrug off harsh words the way men do. Never ridicule a woman - it breaks her spirit and cuts off her efficiency.
10. Be reasonably considerate about using strong language around women. Even though a girl's husband or father may swear vociferously, she'll grow to dislike a place of business where she hears too much of this.
11. Get enough size variety in operator's uniforms so that each girl can have a proper fit. This point can't be stressed too much in keeping women happy."

Monday, February 25, 2008

Just For Fun

I was looking at the picture I posted of Ike and his snowboard. He is such a fun kid to be around! He really picked up snowboarding fast. I make him take care of his own board and do his own bindings. He had no trouble. On our way to church yesterday he says "Mom don't let the black widow spiders bite you, they bite the hardest. They are black, I think." I ask how he knows about black widow spiders- "from school Mom". Later going through the drive through for lunch we are talking about kids meals (which neither of us had). I told him I couldn't have a kids meal because I am not a kid. "Yes you are Mom. You have a Dad, so you are still a kid." Ok may be I shouldn't have posted that one, it may come back to me. He is a very serious kid, always making sure rules are followed by Mom, Dad and Zoey. Also very organized. If I am in a hurry for work and help him put his snowpants and things away--I usually get it wrong as it all has an order and special place.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Kids today, all they talk about is big air. I say, stay on the mountain, that's where the action is. If you want big air, pull my finger. ~Smooth J

Isaac went snowboarding at Big Mountian today. He still needs to learn how to stop. He kinda ran into a bunch of things, but LOVED every minute.
Jara's Training Room at Glacier High School. I have taping tables off to the right and along the wall where I am taking the picture is my desk (my own with no previous owners) where I frequently check email and blogs.

The weight room at Glacier. Not the same as Southland's.

I know you have all seen a gym before, but this is the one I live at. I love it. The quiet before the storm. I have to admit, I love the energy of it all.
Here is the full house. We seat about 2800 and I don't think that counts the standing room along the track on the upper floor. This was the championship game between Ronan and Whitefish. Not my teams, but they all played well. The video below was taken today on my camera so it is a little bouncy and there is no sound.

On the video where you do not see him stop, its cuz I quit filming when I realized he was going to take out the yellow fence. He also took out a family and snowboarded into the magic carpet. No injuries. Really he does well. Really.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

March Madness a little early

A fabulous day. I woke up about 6:30am and got to watch some news on the Today's Show before the kids got up. They were up about 7:30ish and we made french toast for breakfast. These are the days that really make me miss all the mornings off I had last year. I didn't get a ton done, but the dishes were all clean and I made some tuna noodle hotdish for supper tonight. The kids watched some Avatar while I got ready for work. Zoey refused to wear anything normal. First she picked out some pink bibs which was fine, but then she didn't want to wear a shirt. So she went upstairs by herself and came down wearing yellow pants with pink print on them with 2 blue tee shirts on. I dropped the kids off in time to have lunch at daycare/school. That left me free to go have lunch with a friend. The HuHot is sooo good and I can never get Chris to eat there. Now starts the State A Tourney (boys and girls). I can't believe how many people are going to be coming through here. Everyone is bringing their cheerleaders and bands. Right now both bands are playing at the same time so it is a little loud. Some good games should played this weekend and I did get to meet the new athletic trainer for Whitefish. Three days of straight basketball. My basketball team is AA so they are not playing here this weekend, but have a game across town. I am sure glad they are feeding me well. Which by the way--I have started drinking water. Plain water. My pop consumption has decreased and my time for scheduled workouts has increased some ( I still get called away as I do unfortunately let people know where I am). It only counts if it lasts through next week too, but its a start.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Finally pics..& a first hair cut?

I have not cut more than Zoey's bangs before, however, last night Isaac and Zoey were playing trucks. Apparently Zoey looked like a great road to drive on. Isaac was using a battery powered car and put it in her hair not realizing what a treterous road it would be. I untangled quite a bit of it and Zoey did surprizingly well. I was just happy that I didn't have to cut her hair short or really even have to "fix"it when it was all over.

Chris has finished working on the army trailers. They are both mobile classrooms for the army to learn how to use and fire tank cannons and 50 calibur machine gunnes that also mount on the tanks. They are currently being shipped to Fort Knox.

The Tank Cannon. They equipped this room with three flatscreen TVs, a projector and a video camera. I guess I made that sound like that is all they did. But they get the trailer and totally start from scratch with a totally empty trailer. Chris did most of the cutting to add windows and doors. This was the first trailer they did that came with the sides that extend out. They usually add that themselves also.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"There is no remedy for love but to love more."

Happy Valentine's Day to all. The kids are pretty excited about their parties. They both love to have things to bring, share and hand out to all their friends. I didn't stay up last night baking. Instead I stopped at Smith's and picked up fruit snacks for the kids and a pan of frosted cinnimon rolls for work.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

"I have a rock in my nose." -- 2 year old son, greeting his mother after preschool, a full hour after recess was over.

I wasn't going to post until I got pictures ready, but you will just have to wait.

It has been warm here, like upper 30's lower 40's. All of the snow is melting and it is raining. You know you live in Montana can't wait for it to snow to fill in the pot holes on the bumpy road. The bumpy road is bumpy again as well as wet and sloppy. Our six foot snowman is now just one big snowball.

Unfortunately, my little Zoey has had a fever the past few days. It is her only symptom, but hopfully she is nearly better now. It started Saturday night and I stayed home with her on Monday. Monday was a pretty good day though. We watched Piglet's Big Movie, made forts, worked on Valentine's, ate some cupcakes, played chutes and ladders. That reminds me. We just got chutes and ladders on Sunday. I was cooking supper, so I asked Chris to show Isaac how to play. Well Isaac had a pretty good lead and totally thought he was going to beat his dad. Chris got a ladder and won. Isaac cried and called Chris a cheater. Isaac really thought the whole thing was very unfair. But when I played him we each won one time and noone was accused of cheating. Isaac is always so serious about things. He is such a cutie!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

"I don't have to sing these songs; I'm almost a grownup now!" (Age 4)

Isaac has been learning so much lately. He knows all the names of the oceans and some of the contenents. I picked him up today right after lunch and it was heart warming to see him with his friends. Mason immediately came up to me and reminded me that they needed to have a play date together and many of the other kids asked him for hugs before we left. I usually drop him off before too many other kids are there and I rarely ever pick the kids up from daycare/school. It is fun to see the interaction. So we are in the car and I got a little over excited about how few playdates he gets and told him he could have Tristan, Mason and Nathan over. To which he replies " and Seth too. That's only 4 and Zoey and Isaac makes 6. We have enough room upstairs" he says. Who knows what the future holds, but I see playdates on my Sundays off.
Isaac had his first bout of speech therapy (in Montana) today. It went SO well. He likes to play the games and most of the time he just needs to be reminded of his sounds.
We deep fried a turkey in honor of the Superbowl this past sunday. I would let Chris do that anytime, they are so scrumpsious! We had a few friends over to watch the commercials and whatnot. A good time was had by all.
Ike's recipe for hot chocolate:
Put water in and then the sugar in a cup. Put in microwave. Then stir after the microwave.
I saw these recipies on the internet and thought I'd ask Isaac for his imput.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes of bad judgment.

I finally weighed Zoey. 30 pounds. Or 33 pounds with hat, coat, mittens, hiking boots and two straws in her hand. She also surprized both Chris and I the other night by singing the days of the week song. She knows all the days of the week in order. Who knew?
Issac's speech isn't as bad as I thought. He is mostly having trouble with blends and his therapist says he doesn't need to go more than twice a month if we work with him at home. It will be a little time consuming as I will pick him up from school, drive to Columbia Falls, and drive back to Kalispell again. About an hour and fourty-five minutes for a half our session, but his teacher says this will really help his learning. I am thinking that if we go twice a month he actually might be done by the end of the school year. We'll see.