Monday, October 6, 2014

Social Studies Update

Remember my Motherhood Fail post?

Well after two weeks of asking us to help her study Social Studies, look what Lauren scored on her latest test!

She was excited when she got home from school asking what I thought she got on her test.
"80%, 90%?"
"No, higher!"

I'm very happy for her.  I saw how much effort she put into studying and I'm thrilled it paid off.
What a great lesson she got to learn.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Motherhood Fail

Motherhood Fail
I think it looks better with a hashtag so: 

As you all know from reading this blog, I am the perfect Mother!
(If I'm not perfect then I don't post it and you don't read it so, that means in your eyes I am the perfect Mother. wink!)

So with me being the perfect Mother, imagine what I felt like when both kids were in tears just minutes after getting off the school bus.

Lauren came in the house and immediately told me she got a 75% on her Social Studies test.  She then broke down into tears and ran with her backpack upstairs to her room.

Minutes later Tyler realized he left his binder with his weekly homework in it at school.  He started blinking back the tears until he couldn't hold them back any longer.

(I swear I don't beat my kids about test scores and bringing homework home!)

Regarding Lauren: 
When she was willing to talk we talked.  She already knew that C grades are not okay. (As and Bs are fine.)  C grades mean she did not pay enough attention in class or did not ask enough questions or study enough at home.  We talked about how she felt making a 75% (very sad and not good) and what she could do to improve her score on the next test (study harder with Mom and Dad and ask for help from her teacher.)  We left it at that and challenged her to make a better grade on the next test.

I think with her temperament/personality that was the best approach but I would love some advice.  L sometimes struggles to fully apply herself and I struggle with wanting to MAKE her apply herself more.  I need some suggestions on how to encourage her to take more ownership and pride in her effort and school work.  In other words how do I make her want to try her best because She wants to and not because I want her to?

Regarding Tyler:
While he was blinking back tears I asked him if he wanted me to run him back to school so he could possibly get his binder.  He blinked yes and to school we went.  He found his binder in his desk and when we got home he went right to work on his homework.
(I think this was the right thing to do but does anyone think it would have been better to have him not be able to start his homework as a lesson on responsibility?)

Anyway, so...
eventually everyone calmed down and almost quit the crying.

My #MotherhoodFail wasn't over quite yet.

While doing his homework Tyler came to tears yet again.
(After I saw these tears I made him go get a snack.  The lack of food sometimes....)

T needed some help on his homework.  He could not think of any adjectives to describe the words: cherries, pie crust and pie.
(I didn't take a picture of his homework at this point but I edited the pic below to show what it looked like.)

He said he's never had a cherry before, he doesn't know what pie crust tastes like and he's never had a cherry pie.  If that isn't a #MotherhoodFail then I don't know what is.

While the kiddos were at Taekwondo I ran to the store and bought some frozen cherries (no fresh available) and a cherry pie for Tyler to try.

4 inch Cherry Pie from Publix
(reheated at 350 degrees for 12 minutes)

Tyler with his slice of Cherry Pie and a dollop of Cool Whip.

I think he liked it.

I know he liked it!

And So...
His educated adjectives on cherries, pie crust, and pie:

Hopefully I redeemed myself a little bit from my #MotherhoodFail by serving a good and yummy lesson on Cherry Pie.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Weekly Menu 9-8-2014

With school in full session, things are getting busy around these parts.  We have softball, taekwondo (TKD,) art club, boy scouts, girl scouts, community group, book club, parents night out (PNO) at the Y, bunco, and fantasy football.  Despite all of these activities it's Very Important to me to have a Family Dinner Together every (or most every) night. I've had to get creative to find some quick and easy dinners to make but I love doing this.  I consider this a big part of my job as a Mom, Wife, and Homemaker.

With that said here is our Weekly Menu.  
(I believe we have something going on every single night this week.)

Weekly Menu: 9-8-2014

Tuesday:  Matt in New Orleans for work, Book Club; Starbucks Turkey Rustico Panini Made Skinny & l/o Gnocchi soup
Wednesday:  Matt in New Orleans for work, Community Group; Lauren to make Paula Deen's Stuffed Shells & veggie
Thursday:  Softball & Boy Scouts; Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole & salad
Friday:  TKD, Bunco; Daddy to take kids to dinner after TKD, Momma will eat at Bunco.
Saturday:  Softball & PNO;  Kids will eat pizza at the Y while Momma and Daddy go out to dinner together.
Sunday:  Girl Scouts & Fantasy Football; Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Mushrooms & Quick Italian Bread

Let the good times (and good eats) roll!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy 13th Anniversary to us!

Traditionally, the 13th Anniversary gift is Lace.
As much as Matt would love to buy me something lacy I was really set on...

Luckily, the alternative gift to lace is a textile.  (proof right here)
Guess what? Carpet is a textile.
Woop Woop!

Getting carpet is a big, expensive, and stressful ordeal.
It's also good for organizing an entire house.

Our old carpet came with the house which was built in 2004.  We moved in in 2005 after it was a model home for a year in the neighborhood.

The carpet and carpet pad were builder grade and they suffered through a lot of activity (and cat puke) in the 9 years we have lived here.

Not all the carpet was bad.  We talked about only replacing the downstairs carpet, stairs, and upper hallway but I knew I would not like seeing the old carpet clashing with the new.  So it was all or nothing.
(Matt had them save some of the good old carpet to use in his basement shop.)
The guest room carpet was flawless.

Preparing for the new carpet was the most stressful.
The installers would move the furniture but we needed to get everything off of the furniture and the floor.  We took this time to go through every room of our house.

Take the guest room closet for example.  It was jam packed full of stuff. I pulled everything out and laid it all over the room.

Piece by piece I organized, donated, threw away and put away.
My organizing madness.
(yes, all that came out of one closet)
I/we did this in every room of the house.
It was tough and painstaking but it was also refreshing to get rid of so many things we did not use or need.

We filled up box after box of garbage, not to mention trip after trip to Goodwill and the recycle station.

Somethings I just couldn't part with.  Even silly things like all of my old cassette tapes (mostly singles.)  We do not have a cassette tape player so I can't even listen to them but they are full of teenage memories for me.

We went room by room organizing and getting everything off of the floor.  The entire upstairs which includes 5 bedrooms are all carpeted.  We had to get creative with where to store everything since UN-carpeted area was rare.
The bathtubs were prime real estate.

Finally it was CARPET DAY!
In just two days the two carpet installers ripped out the old and installed the new.
I enjoyed chatting with them about carpet and their choice of music. (They brought their own boom box.) I even bought them pizza for lunch.

 Room by room they did their measuring.  Then they ripped up the old carpet to expose the cheap carpet pad.  Next they removed the pad and scraped away to get all the glue and debri off the floor.

Snapshots of the carpet demo from the rest of the house.
It was crazy to see the house all torn apart.

Eventually the old was replaced with new.

New Carpet room by room.

I love the new carpet.  It is so soft, fluffy, welcoming and colored in such a way I'm sure it will hide many many stains.
(I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who loves the carpet.)

I'm also thrilled that we got our house completely organized:
empty of clutter and full of clean lines.

This anniversary wasn't just about me and my gift of new carpet. 
I did buy Matt a Metallica t-shirt and he loves it!.  ;)

Happy 13th Anniversary to us!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Romy Has a Favorite

Sometimes the kids like to fall asleep in our bed.
Romy (the cat) does too.

He's welcome at first...
but eventually he makes himself unbearable by snuggling right up to her face.

Romy loves his girl. 

She's Wearing My Clolthes

She's Wearing My Clothes!

I bought this shirt in Italy and thought it was cool.
How is a Punk Baby not cool?

Well that was in 2001.
Since then, us newlyweds finished our drink for two (or three,) had babies and watched them grow up (way too fast) before our eyes.

She's Wearing My Clothes!

She won't wear it to school because she's too embarrassed.
And so it begins....

First Day of School 2014

School started August 6th so I'm only almost a month behind.
(August plus Atlanta equals HOT, HUMID, and STICKY so we might as well send our kids back to the air-conditioned School.  No one is playing outside anyway.)

3rd Grade

5th Grade 

My babies

Dueling Brands
$$Nike vs. Under Armour$$
(hopefully these backpacks last for awhile)

And they're off.

I hope this school year lasts forever.......!
 I'm not ready to send my baby girl to middle school.