Monday, January 31, 2005

Five years, where does the time go?

My middle one is five today. I still can't believe that I have had him for five whole years. Cam is a daddy's boy, most of the time he would rather hang out with dad than me, but that is ok because the other 2 both are mama's boys. He would never tell me that he likes dad better though, because it isn't in Cameron's nature to hurt anybodys feelings. He will tell us "I love you all the same" and he means it. Cam is a very head strong child however, and he demands that things be his way. Him and I go around and around, out of all 3 of my boys I fight with him the most. He is the middle child and everything they say about the middle child is true. Most of the time he is ready to please you, he will bend over backwards to please you, but then he expects the same out of you. He is more demanding with my time than David or Colton. He just doesn't know how to play by himself, he has never had to he always has one of his brothers to play with him. He is the best at helping around the house. He helps me do the dishes, and pick up and do laundry as long as he is the center of attention things are fine!
Colton and I took cupcakes for the class today and Cam got to hand them out to all his friends, and they sang happy birthday to him, then he asked to open his presents because he didn't want to open them with David because David always hog them! So we let him open them up and then tonight we will go to McDonalds with Steve's family. Yesterday granny came and took him to birthday lunch and got him a new pair of shoes and a cap gun, cause that is what he told her he wanted so she let him pick it out. I am off to play with the new toys!

Saturday, January 29, 2005

High as a kite!

Yes we are all walking around in our own little loopy worlds. We finished putting up the tile board in the bathroom yesterday and my house has the lovely smell of tile glue. Mom and dad came on Wednesday and dad and I got 2 sheets of the tile board up, and then mom and I went shopping. Colton went home with his granny, and she will bring him home tomorrow. We went to home depot last night and I got to pick out a new vanity, sink, and medicine cabinet. They don't have them online or I would link it up, but I will get the camera out after we get the faucet hooked up and the medicine cabinet up. We will put that all up today and go get the finishing touches, a door, the trim, and a hook the toilet back up and we will have a brand new bathroom! It will end up costing about $2,000 which isn't to bad really, unless your like us and don't really have that kind of money to be throwing around, thank goodness we have a gold card!

Yesterday I went on a field trip with Cam to kids works, it is an indoor playground, we had a great time. I am a little leary of enclosed spaces so there was no way I was getting in that cage thing they play in. Well I have to go back to work Steve is calling.

got this joke from mom and had to share it:
Hate needles?

A man walks into the dentist's office with a toothache, and after the
dentist examines him, he says, "That tooth has to come out. I'm going to
give you a shot of Novocain and I'll be back in a few minutes." The man
grabs the dentist's arm, "No way. I hate needles. I'm not having any shot!"

So the dentist says, "Okay, we'll go with the gas." The man replies,
"Absolutely not. It makes me sick for a couple of days. I'm not having gas."
So the dentist steps out and comes back with a glass of water, "Here"; he
says. "Take this pill." The man asks, "What is it?" The doc replies,
"Viagra". The man looks surprised, "Will that kill the pain?"

No." replies the dentist, "but it will give you something to hang on to
while I pull your tooth."

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

I'm melting I melting

I was in the shower and Steve was still in bed. It was a weekend, and I had gotten the boys up and gave David his breakfast and Cam his bottle. David must have been almost 2 and Cam was just a tiny baby, and we didn't have Colton yet. While I was in the shower I hear "got ocean mama" "Ok baby" I said thinking great we will have lotion all over everything. I hurried with my wash and rinse jumped out, grabbed a towel and scurried out to get the "ocean" away from the boy. There was David sitting in the hallway, his skin looked like it was melting off his face, my first thought was "Oh my god he got into something really bad." and I screamed for Steve he came running out just as I got to D. David held up an empty jar of vaseoline smiled and said "Ocean good ocean". He was completely coated in vaseoline, his head, his face, his arms, his legs, every part of him was thick with the stuff. I quickly wiped his eyes and mouth and nose off with the towel that I had wrapped around me, and then I started laughing. It was that moment that I knew kids were tricky and you have to watch them every minute of the day like a hawk. The vaseoline was on the top shelf of the closet, how he got up there I still don't know to this day, but I do know that all the dawn dishwashing soap in the world doesn't take vaseoline out of your hair. We washed him and washed him to no avail. He was greasy for weeks afterward. That was the day I stopped showering unless I put the boys in the tub with me, at one point I would shower with Colton in my arms and David and Cameron sitting on the floor of the tub at my feet. I had learned my lesson: never ever under any circumstances leave small children alone in a room and expect them to actually sit and watch TV or play with a toy it isn't going to happen.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Spring has sprung

It has been beautiful here the last few days. It has actually been in the mid 50's, which is almost perfect. The snow has all melted and the sun is shining. We have been playing outside the boys sleep better when they get outside. Woohoo for nice spring weather in the middle of winter!

They have started Davids assessments, and no one informed me until yesterday when I got an email from the teacher saying that they were almost done with them. I swear the school district has a real lack of communication skills. I wonder if anyone has taught them to pick up a phone or write a note and send it home with my boys, no wonder they have such trouble teaching children when it is apparent they can't read or write either! As soon as I can send Colton home with mom for a few day I will be going to sit with the class. Mom has had to work for the last 2 weeks. D scored a 98% on is last reading test so he moved up a level. He is now reading level 10's at school and about level 14 at home. I have noticed that if I hand him something and make him read it and tell him you can read it, he will read it. I think at school when they give him something he thinks is to hard he will just tell them it is to hard and they don't make him do it. He does everything better for me than he does for the teachers, because he knows I expect him to do it better. I have seriously been looking into home schooling him next year. I hate to take him away from all his buddies, but I am just getting madder and madder at the school district. We will see how the rest of this year goes before I do anything that drastic.
Colton has decided that he doesn't have to go to school after all, because they don't know nothing, I think his mom has made him cynical, can you tell that I don't have a very high opinion of the public school system!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Forming a sentence

It seems so easy doesn't it? I can't seem to write anything worth reading. There is nothing that seems to inspire me to write lately. I sit here thinking I need to blog, and get nothing. The last few months I have lost any humor that I once had. I can't seem to tell a story or even get my posts to come out with a hint of intelligence. Everything is jumbled in my brain and longing for escape, but somewhere between my mind and my fingers everything gets lost. My stories on the forum have sucked lately also. I just throw them together and post them without even proof reading them or giving them a second look. I am wandering in a fog that seems to get thicker the harder I try! Oh well here goes the details of my day.

I am not a morning person. I don't honestly believe that the day should actually start until around 11am. That way I can get up slowly and have my pot of coffee, and stare at the wall for an hour or so before I have to move to much. This morning I had an appointment with the school nurse to have D's health assessment that is the start of all the other assessments they plan to do, but have still not set a date for, or maybe they have just forgotten to inform me, either way they have until Monday to contact me or I am going to go right back to the school and throw another tantrum. I had to get up early so that started the day off wrong to begin with. Colton and I met with the nurse and filled out 15 pages of paperwork all with no, except for the one question "did you smoke with your pregency?" which was a yes, but not as much as I smoked with the last one, and that was even mild compared to the 2 and a half packs I have been smoking lately, but that is another story. We finished up with the nurse and I am behind on my volunteer time so I went down to Cam's class and signed in to do some time. That really turned into what was more like "run around like a chicken with my head cut off" because I couldn't remember a thing. I was making copies and ended up having to go back 3 time and ask how many of each page do they need, the scary part was I wrote it down twice! I got 3 hours today and still need 4 to get caught up, so I need to get in again this week to fix that before I get so far behind I can't get caught up. We have hockey tonight and I am attempting to cook a prime rib that I was suppose to cook when dad was here, but we got busy and I forgot. I am gonna go watch cartoons with the boys now, I need mindless entertainment!

Monday, January 17, 2005

Remodeling, shopping, and kids

Friday I went to pick up David from school, and Colton stayed home with dad. When I got home Colton was sitting on the stairs with his coat over his head screaming "I just wanna be the baby." and Steve was laughing so hard I thought he might wet himself. He said Colton was sitting there since I left going "whaaa whaaa I just wanna be a baby again and drink from a bottle and pee my pants." He was angry I had left him, but he wouldn't get his shoes on so I left him.

Mom and dad came this weekend so Daddy and Steve could work on the bathroom. If something could go wrong it did, but they managed to get the bathtub, the tub surround, and most of the sheetrock up. So now I have a floor and new linoleum, a bathtub, and some walls! We are actually just going to glue up tile board instead of taping and painting. It will be a lot easier and quicker. Steve has to go out of town to work this week so I may end up putting up the rest of the sheet rock and starting on the tile board. We are so close to having it done it is amazing!

Mom and I took the boy and we went grocery shopping. My boys are usually pretty good in the store, but the last few times I have taken them they have been little monsters. All three of them start running around and being wild. I think it is do to the fact that we have been below zero all last week and they had to have indoor recess. They were bouncing off the walls though and driving me insane. It is 40 today and they have been outside cause they have the day off of school. Tomorrow I have to go to the school and we will start David's assessment.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

My mom

Ever since I had kids my mom has been looking for ways to make us all healthy. Really she doesn't even let me buy over the counter cleaning products anymore, because she read somewhere that they attrubite to cancer and all kinds of other health issues. She has now decided to get her own blog to tell the world about all the hazzards of living in a chemical world. Go ahead and check her out! I am always suprised at what information she finds. Mom's blog

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

JP said and lack of anything better to post

3 names you go by:

3 screen names you have:
I forgot my msn screen name

3 things you like about yourself:
I can't think of one much less 3

3 things you hate/dislike about yourself.
My weight
My lack of organization.
that I am not great at anything.

3 parts of your heritage:

3 things that scare you:
Not being a good enough mom to my boys.
Someone hurting my boys.
My boys growing up and leaving me all alone.

3 of your everyday essentials:

3 things you're wearing right now:
A big soft sweatshirt
my ugly pink sweatpant
my glasses

3 of your favorite bands/artists:
Los lonely boys
Toby Keith

3 of your favorite songs at present:
Heaven by Los Lonely Boys
Rock Me by Steppenwolf
The way it is by Tesla

3 new things you want to try in the next 12 months:
Sky diving (doubt that will happen)
be a better mother
lose weight

3 things you want in a relationship (love is a given):
a best friend

2 truths and a lie:(no particular order to keep ya guessing)
I am happily married
I smoke to much
I once owned a 1971 mustange.

3 Physical things about a love interest that appeal:

3 things you just can't do:
say the words specific and linolium
chin ups
walk without triping at least once a day

3 of your favorite hobbies:
Watching hockey
Playing with my kids.

3 things you want to do really badly right now:
go back to bed
choke someone and bury them in the back yard
get more coffee

3 careers you're considering:
I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, been trying to figure this one out for years.

3 places you want to go on vacation:
Disney World

3 kids names (either boy or girl):

3 things you want to do before you die:
Sky dive
Go to Alaska
learn to like myself

3 people who have to take this quiz now:

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Some sneaky people!

I got a urgent phone call tonight the voice on the other end saids "Did you know it was Tricia's birthday?" Me: "No it isn't her birthday isn't until June." "No it isn't it is now!" At least someone remembers that I am an idiot and suffer from CRS (can't remember shit).

Why I thought her birthday was in June I will never know, but then I have a hard time keeping the boys' birthdays straight! So Miss Tricia I wrote it down so next year I will not forget.

Famous people who share the Tricia's birthweek:
January 3
JRR Tolkien
Mel Gibson
January 5
Marilyn Manson
Diane Keaton
January 6
Joan of Arc
January 7
Nicolas Cage
Kenny Loggins
January 8
Elvis Aaron Presley

Tricia girl you have pulled me out of some very down times, you have been my friend when I didn't think I had any. I feel like I have known you my whole life, and I have yet to hug you! You are the sweetest, kindest person I know. I miss our late night IM's, and tag comment games! I know that we have both gotten busy with life as it just seem to happen no matter what, but I want you to know that I love you Trica girl, and I will always been here if you need me for anything! I am so sorry that I forgot your birthday! Maybe it was because Steve was yelling at me all day about the remodeling job! YES that is it we will blame it on Steve!

Friday, January 07, 2005

remodeling is work!

So Steve is trying to get the floor out of the bathroom now, there were parts of it that had water damage and he side he is just going to pull it all up. He had to go to work though so I don't know if I will ever get a new bathroom or if I should just turn that one into storage.

If anyone is looking for a charity to donate to please seriously think about Savannah. They are quickly running out of funds and her hospital stay and all the testing they are having to do is costing a lot of money.Savannah's page at the caring bridge has a donation button. They accept credit cards, and pay pal so please do what you can. Savannah has been through so much in her four short years, and Renee has managed to keep her faith through everything they have gone through. I don't think I would have held up so well under all the pressure!

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

We are suffering from middle child syndrome!

Last night was a night from hell. The last few weeks Cameron, the middle one, has decided that he does not have to listen to. He has told me several time that I am not his boss. Well normally I try not to let him bring me to his level. I try very hard to maintain my adult statis, and not argue with him like I am an almost 5 year old too. Last night this child managed to not only drag me down to acting like a 5 year old, he had me crying like I was 2!

The 3 of them were running through the house and being their normal boy selfs, when I asked them to pick up their toys out of the living room floor before the got broken with all the running around. David and Colton acted like they didn't hear me, which is normal. Cameron however looked me in the eye and said "NO" and then he spat at me. I spanked him and told him to go to his room. He told me "I don't have to. Your not my boss." to which I replied "Oh yes I am until you don't live in this house anymore I am." he kept smart mouthing, and I had to walk away from him. I have never been that close to smacking one of my kids in the mouth. I got my wits about me again and took him screaming and kicking to his room. He stayed there until bedtime, which was about half an hour. Then I got his brothers into bed, and he went and got into my bed, but could he keep his mouth shut? Nope, he started again with the " I don't have to do anything you say. I just hate you." Well I know he doesn't hate me, but it can still rip out my heart whenever one of my kids say it. So I did my best to ignore him and he kept at in. I was in the bathroom cleaning up so when Steve gets home everything will be ready to just put back together, and I dropped a large piece of sheet rock on the top of my foot. Still hurts today! Cameron is still going on and on about how much he hates me and I lost it. I told him "I don't even know if I like you anymore, so you better shut up and go to sleep, because I am seriously thinking about giving you away." Well that must of hurt his feeling as bad as he had hurt mine, because I didn't here another word out of him. Then I sat down in the living room and I cried, not because of the hurt foot, I cried because I had talked that way to one of my babies. I cried because I was stressed out and didn't control my anger at him, I cried because at the moment those words left my lips I had meant them. Afterwards I limped into my bedroom snuggled him up into my arms and said "I don't hate you Cam." he says "I know mom, I just make you so damn mad sometimes! I love you mom." "I love you baby with all my heart and soul." and he went to sleep in my arms.

I know that he was just feeling like he needed my attention, and missing his dad, and he has been stuck in the house all week, and I should not have let him get to me, but it happens they learn how to push those buttons and they are young and have lots of stamina. I am old and wore out it is like a wolf pack, they will always go after the sick or injured, kids are the same way they will always go after you at your weakest moments. I think they thrive on it.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The weather outside is frightful.

The snow is piling up and the thermostat is hovering at 3 degrees, when you factor in the wind chill it is -19 F. For those of you that are outside the US using that Celsius system, that would be -16 and -28 with the wind chill. I much prefer our way it doesn't seem so cold that way. I still don't understand Celsius, or metrics for that matter. I guess it is just because I am old and set in my ways. We are expecting 8 to 12 inches of new snow, which is good. They are offering a special this month at our ski hill. For $35 you get snow board lessons, all day lift tickets, and all day rental of your boots and boards. That is what I am getting Cameron for his birthday, both him and David want to learn to snowboard. I was going to take the boys sledding this weekend, but we have to finish the bathroom before we can do anything fun. It is to damn cold downstairs to have to shower down there much longer, and I am looking forward to a bathroom with a door and walls again! So maybe I will just let them skip school one day next week and we will go sledding!

Monday, January 03, 2005

Running behind today!

Well I got the boys to school on time this morning! I was impressed with myself! I cried when I left them, but I knew I would. Then I spent the rest of my morning talking to Angi. She is just as sweet on the phone as she is in this little box. I use to email her with all my raising little boys questions, now I am just gonna call her up! Don't change that number either Angi, I will just hunt you down!

Ok after having this minimized in the task bar at the bottom of this screen for the better part of the day, I guess I will get on with it!

I was late getting Cam from school, not to late though and his teacher is one of my friends so it isn't that big a thang! Angi and Wendy are both doing the lose weight thing, and that is one of my resolutions this year so I am depending on them to set a good example for me to follow! Last summer I lost about 30 pounds and I have gained it all back plus some! Oh god that is just scary! I have no idea where I was going with this earlier so I am just aimlessly typing away at this point so I will wrap it up.

Oh and Tim McGraw is hot, cowboy or not! Just checking to see who is listening! I do know your out there even if you do ignore me!

oh and Angi or anyone for that matter my AIM is jennschall1971 and my yahoo is jennschall.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

I get a new bathroom!

Well yesterday Steve went in to fix the wall in the bathroom for me. He was going to fix a 2x2 section of the wall. Next thing I know the wall is completely gone. Then the more he got to working in there the more the walls seemed to come down. The only thing in the bathroom now is the rest of the flooring that is coming up and the sink so I have a place to brush my teeth, because I really enjoy brushing my teeth on a daily basis! We have a half finished bathroom downstairs, it has a toliet and a shower, but no sink yet. The plan was to finish that one then start this one up here. I don't have any walls where the stairs come down so you can actually sit on the stairs and have a conversation with the person in the shower, I know this because I have to sit on the stiars and talk to the boys when they are in the shower. They don't want to be down there by themselves. I think I can spend a couple of weeks like that to get me a brand new bathroom though! Steve had to go out of town to work all week and he took the credit card with him so I can't even fisish it up until he comes home to purchase supplies, oh darn it anyway!
this turned into.....

Saturday, January 01, 2005

I just have to always stir the pot.

You may not like or agree with the things I am going to bring up today, but hopefully we are all adult enough to understand this is just the opinion of one woman and some logical thinking.

Last night Steve and I were watching VH1's I love the 90's, it was fun to remember all the stuff that went on. The one thing that caused a heated discussion in our house was of course the Waco, Tx. Incident, which brought up Rudy Ridge also. First off I think that David Koresh or however you spell it, was just a freaking loon, but that isn't where I am going with this. Where I am going is that if the ATF or the police or any form of the US government shows up at your house with a warrant for your arrest, the best thing to do it raise your hands above your head and walk out your front door and drop to your knees. If you decided to have a stand off people are going to die and the only person at fault is the person who's name appears on the warrant! People are so quick to blame the government, but what it comes down to is that there was a warrant, in both cases. In both cases the person named on the warrant chose to hold up in their home, to avoid arrest. I am not say that the government acted in the best possible manner, there is room for major improvement there, but it would have all been avoided if Weaver and Keresh had simply walked out and surrendered. The Weaver's claimed something like they didn't know who was out there shooting at them. Oh please come on your a white supremacist who has been selling sod off shot guns to an undercover ATF agent, either they were truly ignorant, which I highly doubt, or they knew exactly who was out there. I mean the jackets that said "US Marshals" and "FBI" pretty much gave it away! The branch dividens well we will give them ignorance, because I mean they actually believed that Keresh was some sort of profit in the first place, and well my views there are a little slanted. I think any woman who wants to let her 12 year old daughter have sex with her husband, a husband she shares with 20ish other women, is more sick than the man having sex with the 12 year old. I would kill anyone who tried that with my boys, you are suppose to protect your children from predators like that not throw them in harms way! So in closing if your every in a situation where the SWAT team surrounds your home, walk out waving a white freaking flag, it will spare your family possible death.

Happy New Year.