Monday, May 28, 2012

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. ~Dr. Seuss

It has been wet here this week.  However, Saturday night instead of the air just being soaking wet we actually had a thunder storm with pouring rain, thunder and lightening.  We don't get too many of those here.  Some, but not often.  Well, it started in just about bed time for the kids.  It kinda riled them up a bit and Isaac decided it was a great time to play games.  So since we didn't do anything specific for the holiday I let them stay up late for some family time.  It was a great time, the kids went to bed really late and slept in really late also.  Ike didn't get up til ten, which is his way of telling me on Sundays that he really doesn't want to go to church.  He still thinks that if I don't see him, I won't get him up in time for church--silly kid!  Well all that sleeping in gave me energy to work on the house.  I cleaned and scrubbed and rearranged.  Still have some more to do today, but I felt like I got a lot done yesterday.  Now all I have to do is make my husband realize that we are not going to finish as many projects on this house as we had originally planned so we can just sell it and get out of here.  I think he has finally realized we are going to sell the house, but all of a sudden he thinks we need to redo the whole house, but I want to move the kids to the country before they are 18!

The kids have a day and a half of school left.  I can't believe the school year is finished already.  It seems we just had new year's.  But now I have a fourth grader and second grader.  But we have a busy summer planned with me doing sports training at the Rec, kids at kids camp and hopefully lots of camping.  Baseball doesn't finish up until the middle of July.  Of course if the rain stops we might even get some work done on the house.  Our roses are amazing.  The whole bush on each of them is always covered with blossoms and we have a variety of sizes and colors.  The flowers the kids gave me for mother's day are blooming.  Chris has been working on the garden and apparently has done something right because the strawberries are amazingly huge this year.  The plants as well as the berries.  Plus we covered them with nets this year in hopes of more for the humans and fewer for the birds!  When we moved here we had a plant that never bloomed.  The first year we thought maby it was a tulip, but we eventually figured out it was an iris.  This year--almost 4 years after we moved here--it bloomed.  I missed taking pictures, but it had three beautiful blueish iris flowers on it.  We were so excited!  Zoey loves gardening too.  She is often out helping Chris with the garden.  She also ordered from her last book order "Monster Plants".  It was a book that also came with monster cucumbers and monster tomatoes.  You might want to ask her about her monster plants the next time you talk to her--she is pretty proud of them.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot. ~Ashleigh Brilliant

Last week the Rec Center was closed for maintance purposes so I did not work much last week.  I was still giving massages so I did miss Isaac's pioneer day.  In Gillette the kids all get to go to the Rockpile museum and learn what it was like to be a pioneer.  They are required to dress the part.  They had to pack a lunch that consisted of jerky, hard boiled eggs (if their family had a chicken), cold pancakes, cheese (if their family had a cow), cookies and fruit (if their family had an orchard).  The food had to be wrapped in brown paper or cloth.  They practiced for the day to be prepared.  Isaac was excited but he was so nervous (as was the rest of the class) he had some interesting dreams the night before.  They had to behave, sit in their chair properly and mind their manners (which apparently they don't have to do today or something) anyway--if they didn't they were told they would get smacked with a ruler or sent to the dunce chair.  Which did not happen that day.  However, Mrs. Lundvull said if she had known how well those techniques worked she may have applied them earlier in the year (well duh!)  Last Friday I did get to go on the walking tour with his class through downtown Gillette.  It was more interesting than I thought it would be.  The kids had a blast visiting all the old jail cells, hearing about all the ghost stories.  Apparently, Gillette had true old west origins and had a lot of shootings.

Baseball and softball are in full swing.  Chris had his first softball games of the season last week.  Only one teammember needed 11 stitches after running into the fence to catch the ball.  He would have too, but that stinkin fence got in his way!  This is Zoey's very first season.  She is playing for the Twins (which makes her super happy) and had her first scrimmage on Sunday.  She had her first game last night and she played great.  She hit the  ball twice and nearly made it home twice (scored once).  She focuses better than I would have thought, but don't get the ball from her when she is going after it.  I saw her get after a teamate for that.  Isaac is playing for the Jays.  He loves to play baseball and gets very excited for it.  Fielding doesn't always keep him as challenged as he might want, but it will come.  He has also had some good hits this season already.  He should have another game tonight, but we will have to wait and see if it is going to rain or not.  You never know here in Gillette!!

I covered the last home Rugby game of the season last Saturday.  The weather was great!  And even though I was running a bit to catch the final score--they did win.

I did get the kids registered for Kids Camp again this year.  To which everyday I hear strong cheers from Zoey because it is so fun and strong whining groans from Isaac because it is so horrible.  Yup, no inbetween for my kids--complete opposites!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

If there is no God, who pops up the next Kleenex? ~Art Hoppe

What a beautiful day it is outside.  I have time to get some things done, which will feel good.  And I think tonight only Chris has softball practice, so we are having kabobs on the grill.  Yummy!  Last night Chris grilled up some porkchops and had it with corn on the cob.  Of course we all made fun of Zoey since she doesn't have her top two teeth and is still missing some on the bottom too.

I can't believe that there is only about 15 days of school left for the kids!! That is just craziness.  I haven't heard if Isaac has been invited to Enrichment, but I sure hope so.  He enjoys it SO MUCH. Its the only thing I have seen him excited to leave the house for.  I will probably sign them both up for Kids Camp, which Zoey is totally psyched for and Isaac promptly responded with "Don't bother Mom."  Yup, he's my excitable kid.  What can I say.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living. ~Phil Linz

Well here I am again.  I have been avoiding the blog as things have been incredibly hectic here.  Once again it is time for some change.  I have applied for a teaching possition at the Gillette College to teach health and wellness.  I am  hoping that it will be a good stepping stone to working at their athletic facility--once they get around to building one.  However, the possition is adjunct which is part time and currently they do not have an open possition like I thought.  After this semester I think they are going to look and see what classes they want to offer for the fall and then see if they have a pool of applicants to choose from.  So who knows! But writing my teaching philosophy was stressful since I have never attempted that before and had to google it to see what it was.  Also on the work front I am officially getting paid from Sharecare and I am attempting to start some new programs (again) at the Rec Center.  It all keeps me on my toes.

Next up is my car.  It is a 2001 Chrysler Sebring that we bought in 2002 when I was pregnant with Isaac.  It has been with us through 2 kids, countless moves, taken us through Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, (a wrong turn into Illinois),  Minnesota and back--several times.  It has had two deer run into it, one truck rear end it, some schuck back into it, slid into a hitch and had a kid slide into it with his car.  We have gotten our money's worth out of it!! Last week we sold it.  I will miss it.  However, most of our friends have more than one kid and if we ever help them out with rides we end up short handed.  We give our neighbors rides to and from school all the time and just having the three kids in the back usually resulted in a struggle. So I have gone all soccer mom, broke down and bought a Chevy Uplander.  Yup, a mini van.  I said I would never own one, but next week I am getting one delivered right to my house!  I think I will really like it though. Having a car payment is not top on my list.  Haven't had one in such a long time.

Spring is in full swing.  This week Zoey has baseball practice on Monday, Chris has baseball practice on Tueday, Zoey has baseball practice on Wednesday at the same time Isaac has his first baseball game of the season.  Isaac has a baseball game on Thursday and Chris is playing darts on Friday.  Saturday is the mule deer banquet--which means that Chis and Isaac are going to that with Chris's friend Justin and his daughter Ericka who is the same age as Isaac.  Meanwhile Becki and I will be eating pizza and knitting while Zoey and Brianna have a much anticipated sleep over.  Hopefully we have good weather.  It hasn't been as rainy as the last couple of springs.  Just kinda up and down with the temp.  However, this past Saturday I covered a Rugby game and when we got there to set up it just poured!!  It let up once the game started, but we were already soaked.

Things have been crazy and I haven't had much time lately, but this morning was fun for me.  I made the kids french toast and bacon for breakfast.  The kids were playing great together.  They were rich because Zoey was a fashion designer.  Isaac--the undecided one, said he was getting paid for not going into work.  (I don't think it works that way.)  I had 80's music playing.  Isaac says "Is this real music?"  Thanks Isaac.  By lunch time they had their fill of eachother and we were back to our regular cranky selves again. 

On a totally unreated note-- Sunday nights is now my new favorite night to watch TV.  Once Upon A Time is so good.  I don't know what the new fascination is with Snow White as the show is mostly about her and of course there are two new Snow White movies out right now.  But it is so good.  After that comes the final season of Desperate Housewives and then CSI Miami.  Not that Miami is all that good, but I watch all of them.