Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bullnose Molding

Gratitude: Finding old friends on Facebook and staying in touch with new friends, PTSA, money for a remodl, and free bullnose molding.

Eagerly Anticipating: Our new bathroom remodel. We put the deposit down on our new bathtub/surround remodel today. I don't know why but I still feel like such a grown-up when I take on things like this. You'd think with a mortgage and 2 kids I would have felt like a grown-up a while ago. Taiko drumming with my kiddos next week. Thanks to the fabulous PTSA at my school, my students and I have the good fortune of spending a week with One World Taiko, a taiko drumming group based out of Seattle. Not only are my students exceptional percussionists, but they are wise to embrace musical styles from a variety of cultures. I think I might take a bit of credit for that one.

Boyfriend Update: It seems TEYO and her beau plus a BF and her beau are planning a DOUBLE DATE to the movies. I am not at all comfortable with dropping my beautiful baby at the movie theater so the DH is going with them. TEYO has implored her dad to go to a different movie than the foursome are attending, but that has not been decided. We suggested that Uncle P go as well. TEYO did not think that was such a great idea. Hmmm, I wonder why?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'm all gooshy inside.

Gratitude: a week of vacation and sunny days, my garden, my wonderful husband (also on vacation), a job, funny and beautiful children.

Anticipating: a week of Taiko Drumming at work, seeing Big Tunes, the next funny thing to come out of TTYO's mouth.

Reading/Watching: I have been in vampire heaven these past two weeks. Miss Amy loaned me the Snookie Stackhouse "Dead Until Dark" book and then I read "Twilight" in two days and am half way through "New Moon". Miss Amy is mad because I am not reading through the Snookie books quickly enough so that we can gush over vampires while walking the lake, but I have to know what is going to happen to Bella and Edward!!! I don't know what it is about blood drinkers, but they make me all gooshy inside.
Watched "Burn After Reading" with the DH the other night. I know that Brad Pitt is impossibly cute, but he really can act. I love his character in this flick. Definitely two thumbs up.

Boyfriend Watch: still going strong. TEYO was telling me last night that she has a very tough time getting her beau to sign off when they are chatting because he just misses her soooooooooo much.

Potty Training: TTYO is definitely pee-trained, but is still not wanting to go #2. She tells me it is so much easier to poop standing up. Which, I guess I'll just have to take her word for.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hug Me

Mrs. Berry: My job is a bit rollercoaster-ish. One minute I'm thinking I don't get paid enough and the next I can't believe I get paid for what I do! Cases in point: special ed kid who accuses me of "enslaving him" because he has to do what I tell him and 5 year-olds who can sing along with the Beatles. Then there would be the impossible task of getting some learning done on "valentines day". A day when the "pre-pubescents" are skittering about wondering if they will get just the right valentine from just the right person and the little ones are so strung out on sugar they can barely see straight. Then of course the impending vacation! Next week off! Not paid, but who cares!

Boyfriend: the most current EYO boyfriend news is that my little darling was given a green frog holding a heart saying "hug me" . I just found out that she did indeed HUG HIM when she received this most important gift. Crap. I am taking a big breath. I did ask if he tried to feel her butt when she hugged him. The response was, "NOOOO Mom, that is so wierd." But it is my job to ask and I will keep asking. I told her that if he ever does try to feel her butt she is supposed to kick him. That statement was met with silence.

The DH: I found out, again, this week that my husband is the most wonderful DH ever. He totally has my back, especially when it comes to the insanity which is, quite frequently, my parents.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sweet Stuff

Gratitude: for sunshine. Finally. Went on a stroller walk with the girls and the dog today and it was kind of warm and mostly sunny and dry. The only drama was the dreaded cement truck. TTYO was sure that the cement truck, on the other side of the street, was going to spill cement on her and make a "big mess". Sometimes there is no talking down a three year old and the best strategy is to just keep walking, just keep walking.

Mommy worries about TEYO's new "boyfriend". He is definitely sprung and she is playing it cool. I asked her if she was tired of the sweet and sappy emails and she said, "No, not even close". He is a very sweet boy and has been a student of mine for 3 years. There is some "crazy mom" drama that he has been forced to live with, but he isn't acting out on it yet. They have been crushed on each other for more than a year now but had decided that they "weren't ready to go out yet" until last week. Granted, "going out" in 6th grade, doesn't amount to more than hanging at recess and exchanging emails (yes, I read over her shoulder), but of course my worse fear is that he is going to break her heart or something and I will have to give him an "F" on his report card. Which, you know, I will totally do.

Don't you hate it when you watch a movie and it is really, really good until the ending when the director totally hangs a left turn, which makes no sense, and then you end up hating the movie? This is what happened when the DH and I watched Christian Slater in "The Quiet Man". Only watch it if you are up for a big disappointing ending.