Thursday, November 14, 2013

scattered thoughts by a scatterbrain

So Cy lost his first tooth this week! He was insanely excited. We called Patrick immediately (who was in California.)
It's interesting trying to scramble for a special tooth fairy experience when you are home alone.. Especially because the tooth fairy asked me to help her out. So while Cy and Arlo were in school (and I was home alone) I put glitter glue on dollars (he got $3), wrote a teeny tiny letter that said "to say hi to her friend the dentist and to be sure to brush twice a day" and I bought him a new toothbrush/toothpaste. He was blown away. It was so funny because he was tossing and turning until after 10pm (which meant I had to stay awake longer than him!) and then up at 6am. Whoever started the gift under the pillow thing is a dum-dum. It should be in the bathroom or something so a) we don't have to wait until they're fully asleep b) the kids aren't freaking out that someone is entering their room that night and c) you don't have to pry a tooth out of a clenched hand, in the dark, praying not to wake them. My heart was going a million miles an hour! Hopefully the tooth fairy won't be so busy next time and she can do it herself!

Anyways, he has had a loose tooth for a while. That day he snagged it on his t-shirt when he was getting dressed in the morning. It bled a little and got so loose you could make it perpendicular to his gum. Gross! So after school I told him I was going to "clean it up" with a paper towel. I stuck my hand in there and gently tugged it with the towel and it popped out. I showed it to him and he asked if it was rice! He didn't feel a thing and I had the pleasure of "yanking it out."

And here are some betty homemaker tips:
First, I found the cutest, best teacher gifts this year. I have ordered 5 sets of stationary so far from this site for all of our beloved teachers.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetlifepaper

Such a cute little shop!

and secondly, I finally made a somewhat healthy meal that our kids ate without complaint.
My kids love shrimp, bacon and corn but hate soup... so this was a risky venture but they both gobbled it up! It was delicious!
Bacon Corn Shrimp Chowder:
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/bacon-corn-chowder-shrimp-50400000114422/

 raking. We have been doing A LOT of that lately!
 friends over. wild and crazy Saturday night.
 horizontal tooth before school


 bloody gap - four hours later.
 

(she did leave it!)
 tooth in a bag
 of course this was the weather while Patrick was in California
 cy & mama outing. Mall of America already has their 4-story trees up! It's hard not to get excited for the season!
we rode some roller coasters, some spinning rides and, of course, the carousel.

Arlo has been digging roller skates lately. And harmonicas. And safety glasses. All.at.once.

Tomorrow is "do nice things for other people" day so we will probably have lots to write about! We are bringing toys to the hospital, dog treats to the humane society, homemade cookies to the local drug and alcohol rehabilitation spot and, best of all, the boys have to do chores to make money and then we are giving it away! I decided to do this after the Cy lost his bouncy ball and didn't want to spend any of the EIGHTY dollars in his piggy bank to buy a new one. He wanted me to use my money. Time to start earning and sharing!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Halloween and the beginning of the cold sets in

 Hiya! I can't believe it has already been two weeks since I posted! Above is a "selfie" I took while Patrick and I were out seeing Billy Crystal perform. We were probably the youngest people in the audience. We went with Patrick's work. It was a good show!! I took this picture of me when I was down in the basement of the old theater. I just love these crazy old theaters! Soooo much going on in this basement parlor!
Anyways we have had a lot going on (as usual!) The Cherwenka's came to visit. Then we had Halloween. And lots of playdates and projects inbetween.

 The Cherwenka's (except Mike, he wasn't here yet) and the boys and I went to a Japanese steak restaurant. It's the best place to take kids. They actually eat their veggies and sit, enraptured, for a looong time!
 The next morning we had our annual 5k Monster Dash. We all dressed in costume. It is always so much fun to see thousands of people in great costumes!




 And then we had Uncle Tim babysit while the grownups went to the Vikings/Packers game. It was a great game and hopefully not the last for Aaron Rogers.
 The boys and I went crazy decorating on the night of Halloween.

Here's a flashback picture from 10 years ago/1
 
 We went on a hike with friends.

 Had friends to dinner.
 We bought a "walleye" who now has a prime spot in our living room. Can you believe we are coming up on a year of living in this house!?
 I caught Arlo pooping in the pantry
 Cy and I went to the Children's Museum. I am so grateful for these mom & Cy outings. He loves them and so do I. My girlfriend, who has two little ones very close in age, said that the most she does with 1 kid on their own is a trip to Target! So I am grateful that once and a while we cough up the dough for a babysitter and get to have our own outing.
 This was also taken at the Children's museum. I texted it to Patrick and gave him a heart attack. :)
 The "junk yard" at the museum. Cy and I spent an hour creating stuff!

 And... it snowed! We still have snow on the ground today.
This is what our backyard looks like right now. The kids put on all their gear and played for hours in it last night. Arlo cruised around on little ski's he wouldn't take off. I think he hears Cy and I talking about skiing and wants to be included. Gave me the inkling to take him out to the ski hill for an hour someday this winter!