Saturday, August 18, 2007

Momentous Moments

I am home ALONE for at least an hour.

I know this doesn't sound like much, but as a mother of 5 kids, it's actually a little slice of heaven!

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Occasional Rewards of Parenting

Although it's not easy to see, it is important to note that Evan is surrounded by Rebi and Ellie's friends (does he have the life, or what?!?) and is freshly showered, clad in new clothes, with his teeth brushed. Need I say more? :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A list of things I love

Friends who tell me about great shoe discounts
Ocean air (but not necessarily the water, although that is another post entirely!)
Clean sheets (Dave, just in case you're reading this, that was a hint)
Entertaining textbooks that my kids love

Which magically brings me to the "Life of Fred" math series.

So, at some point, someone realized that math can be fun. I know it sounds crazy, but it's absolutely true. This author decided to write a series of stories which have math integrated into them. At the end of each chapter of the story, he gives math problems for the kids (or parents, as the case may be) to solve on their own.

To give you an idea of how great it is, yesterday (less than a week before they are forced to go back to school), when I told Tyler to grab a book for a car trip, he chose "The Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra." And, he was quite engaged and happy, until the car sickness kicked in from reading.

I'm also quite pleased to note that Beginning Algebra is all review for me so far. :)

Monday, August 13, 2007

A list of things I dislike

Brussel Sprouts
Drivers who cannot manage a 4-way stop correctly
Loud cell phone talkers
Random inappropriate content in otherwise lovely movies

Shoe shopping for 5 kids.

It's actually number one on the hatred list at the moment. If I had to choose between shoe shopping with a child or eating Brussel Sprouts tomorrow, I would choose those foul stinky somewhat slimy things in a heartbeat.

So far this year, we have gone to 6 (or more) different stores and spent more hours than I care to keep track of. Every year it's the same old story. One pair is too small, the 1/2 size up is too big, the color they want is out of stock, the pair they like are $60+ (and I'm not spending that much on rapidly growing feet), the style they like has too high of a heel, or not enough cushion and structure for constant PE use. I think they place bets on which child can make me cry first.

As of today though, 3 of them have tennis shoes, and there are only 2 left to shop for. Of course, then we start over with the casual and dress shoes.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Perseid meteor shower

We tried to go watch the meteors tonight. I have fond but faint memories of a warm summer night full of shooting stars when I was little. Silly me to think the kids might also enjoy this. After 15 minutes, Evan was using the high pitched voice he gets when he's out of control (can anyone explain that to me? It's like a piercing whistle driving straight through my brain) and at the 30 minute mark, Nate managed to throw dirt in Dave's eyes. We did see several bright shooting stars, but not nearly as many- or as quietly- as I would have liked.