Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Boys playing with Daddy

The weather has been very nice, and the boys have enjoyed playing outside with Daddy.
Here, Baby Plum and Cheese Puff were playing basketball in the driveway. Yes, Cheese Puff is wearing a baseball helmet... and pajamas. That's how he rolls. It's surprising Little Elvis isn't in the picture. He LOVES to play with basketball and net. I have no clue why he wasn't out playing in that picture. He even gets ready for school early some mornings, so he can play basketball.

Cheese Puff and Daddy climbed up into their club this weekend to read "Miss Suzy" (a totally random book from my childhood about a squirrel.) Isn't that a sweet picture?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Some big accomplishments

I'm going to brag on the boys for a bit.
Little Elvis won a local writing competition for his age group! He wrote a poem for the competition. It's about our hometown, and is kind of a "fight song" if another town tries to take over. One of my friends read it, and asked if he had seen "Dead Poet's Society," because it reminded her of "O Captain, my Captain." I told her that while I let him watch age-inappropriate movies, I hadn't gotten that one for him yet. Definitely don't want to answer those questions.
Baby Plum has also been doing really well recently! He got straight 100s on his latest progress report. They get points for good behavior in his classroom. It's based on a color system, and you get more points for certain colors. He found out last week that if he had 75 points then he'd get to take a special field trip. He has 76! The kid with the next highest amount of points has 58. He's our sweet, quiet child. He's absolutely not perfect (especially when he's frustrated with his brothers!) But for the most part, he is a really good boy.
Cheese Puff? He comes home from pre-school most days with Smarties. He gets Smarties for making smart choices. He's also super friendly. The child just loves older people. We helped out at a food pantry last weekend, and he adopted a lady to help. He yells "Hewwo!" out the window to anybody that we drive by, especially walkers. His end of school performance is Friday. He's so excited that I'm coming to his school in 4 days! He tells anyone who will listen! It's great that he likes to have me around so much.

I ordered a set of100 80's songs for their Karaoke machine, and it was a solid investment! Cheese Puff LOVES "Thriller" and "Footloose." Baby Plum likes those alright, but prefers "Tainted Love" and "Love Shack." Little Elvis still thinks he can't sing, but he's tried a couple of songs. I ordered this hoping for Bon Jovi songs, but no luck. I played him "Addicted to Love," and he liked it. He also really wanted "St. Elmo's Fire."
Speaking of the karaoke machine, we took it to the cast party last weekend. Baby Plum wanted to sing "Manic Monday," but I had to help him. Cheese Puff "sang" "Thriller" and "Animals" by Maroon 5.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Aladdin Kids is over!

The boys' play is over! The performances were last weekend, and they went so well! It was a great show!
I normally try not to include too many other kids, but I wanted to show off Jafar's costume. His costume, and Little Elvis' turned out so well! I am patting my back a little.
Here are my three. Baby Plum was the tiger. Little Elvis was Iago, the mean parrot. Cheese Puff is a townsperson. We called him a prince. He wanted to be called the Genie.
A better picture where they are at least looking at the camera. I gave Little Elvis pointy eyebrows, but he wiped them off by the time we took the picture.
I had to show off the back! Look at his wings! It took some work -- and lots of help cutting -- but it turned out so well. The hood of his sweatshirt has a beak like Iago, and Iago's eyes and eyebrows. You can't really see it in the picture.

Onto our next big event...

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Gearing up and winding down

This has been a crazy period for our family. Super busy. As an only child, I didn't realize the busy-ness of having multiple kids. Now that they are all old enough to do things, it's getting hectic.

But, two of our commitments are winding down... and two more are gearing up.

Baby Plum played his last soccer game of the season last night. He's gotten so much better! He's such a shy, non-aggressive child. At the beginning of the season, he would just stand by the ball if any other kids were around. But last night, he was kicking and following through. He was keeping up with the pack. He inherited my lack of speed, but I think he will be a great defender. He has a knack for being in the right place to block the ball against the other team.

Here he is with his team. I know, too much light. Baby Plum's the third from the left. His team won, although they don't officially keep score. He was excited.

What else is ending? Their play! "Disney's Aladdin Kids."
Here they are in their costumes at dress rehearsal last weekend. Cheese Puff is in an authentic tunic. One of our friends loaned it to us. He looks like a sweet little prince. He's a townsperson. Little Elvis' costume is amazing, but more from the back. (He has a problem turning his back on the audience.) I will take a better picture. I'm proud of it. Little Elvis is Iago, the bratty parrot. I tightened up Baby Plum's tiger hood. He is Jasmine's pet tiger. He's on stage, and doesn't have to talk. It's the perfect part for him. They are all sweet.

My mom has been in China, so I took this picture to text to her. Instead, I texted to the friend who loaned us the tunic. Her boys are also in the play. She responded about how cute, and I felt silly. She said she loved getting it anyway. My dad was not in China, so I didn't send him the pictures. He was not happy. I had all sorts of texting fails on Sunday.

The play is next weekend! Just in time for t-ball and coach pitch! Yay. They've already started practicing. I will have to take pictures. Hopefully, I will remember to do that...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Science Fair

Little Elvis placed in his school science fair, and got to go to regionals last week. Bob took the day off, and we (Cheese Puff, Bob and me) drove out to meet him at a local community college.
One of his friends from his class also placed. They got to show side-by-side.
Bob helped him set up.
Here he is with his buddy. His buddy won first place! Little Elvis didn't place. He was sad, but we tried to talk with him about putting more effort into things.
He and Cheese Puff got along pretty well. It was supposed to be dressy casual, and a friend had just given us this cute tuxedo t-shirt. What could be more dressy casual than that?
Here Little Elvis is telling the judges about parallel circuits. I tried to get him interested in doing something about the angles of kicking a field goal. He was not especially interested. He wants accolades with no work. I thought if I could make it fun and about football, then he might want to put more effort in.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

The boys had a busy week of egg hunts. I managed to remember to bring the camera to one of them! Cheese Puff had been looking forward to his Egg Hunt for days. Baby Plum remembered it from his days in pre-school, and had been talking it up. Cheese Puff was excited!

I didn't go to his last class party for Valentine's Day. It was the day of Little Elvis' birthday party, and I was cleaning the house. He brings that up. A good bit. I didn't even think about telling him that I would be at his Easter party. So, when he saw me waiting in the courtyard, he went nuts. You would have thought he hadn't just seen me 2 hours earlier. He had told his teachers that I wasn't coming.
Here he is running to see his long lost Mommy. He was the "line yeader." I love this y for l thing. Little Elvis and Baby Plum also did it.
Cheese Puff is not a fast hunter. He wants to open eggs, and maybe put some back. This is fine, except that he gets mad when he doesn't have as many as other people.
We were snuggled on the floor reading after the party, and his teacher came over and said she had to take a picture.
Here we are on Easter. Little Elvis was told not to act wild. So, this is him not being wild. Not sure why Baby Plum looks confused.
Here, the older two decided to go for cool dudes, while Cheese Puff decided to snuggle with Daddy.

Funny boys.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring improvements

Over Christmas, I decided to start doing some "improvements" on myself. Some stuff had happened, and I had just been feeling really bad about a lot of things.

Bob got me a membership to a local gym for Christmas, and I started working out pretty regularly.

I'm on the steering committee for a club that I'm in, and I talked those women into focusing on which colors we should be wearing as part of one of our meetings. Turns out I was not wearing the right make-up or clothing colors!

I threw away some bad make-up, and am going to sell the clothes that aren't right for me. I'm already feeling a good bit better without my old peachy blush.

Then, I decided that if I did well at one of my craft fairs I would treat myself to a hair cut. I was in one last weekend, and did a great job! It had lots of kids there, and they loved my stuffed owls and cats! I have possibly not really written about my craft fair stuff, because of all of the bad feelings I've been having. But I've been in three, and did really well at two! At one, there were no customers. I still sold stuff to the other vendors, though.

So, I finally went to get my hair chopped off on Thursday.
Little Elvis took my picture, and Cheese Puff posed with me. He was invited to get his hair cut, but decided not to.
Here we are after my haircut. Little Elvis was the photographer again. I went to a cheaper place to save money, and felt like it was kind of blunt when I got home. I did a little fixing, and it's growing on me. I got a compliment out of the blue from a stranger today. And, while I was getting my haircut, I recognized one of the beauticians from a past craft fair. She ended up buying one of my pain pillows and some bath salts! I'm mulling trying to make a shop off of Bob's facebook page, although facebook is a little daunting.