Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I am totally going to home school my kids

This year I had to register the girls for kindergarten. I was pretty excited too, next year I am getting 3 hours with only 2 kids at home. What more could I ask for? Less bureaucracy. Oh my heck registering my kids made me want to home school my kids, and I totally don't agree with home schooling. Like I need more work in my life
So I see the women in the office every Wednesday when I take Evelyn to speech. The ladies in the office made a point to let me know that I needed to have the girls registration papers done by Monday. It seemed to me that I needed to get the paperwork in before Monday, that would make sense right? So Friday I have got everything together and filled out all the papers, got girls all ready for school, and took Liam to school. He has to be there at 8 so you can imagine the running around my house to get everyone public ready before 8. So we got to the school, I unload all 5 kids, send Liam to his class and walk into the office with all 4 girls. All 4 girls 5 years old and younger...
I tell them I want to turn the girls Kindergarten registration in and they say "Not until Monday". I can't turn it in, I can't make the copies I need, they won't let me leave the paperwork there. I ask how do I get the girls into the same class, and they say "Write it on the top". Well there isn't a place for it at the top and so I hot foot it into Liam's class to ask his teacher what I should do. She tells me that there is a sheet that the office will give out if you ask for it that allows me to make special requests like putting the girls into the same class. So I turn around with all 4 girls and walk back into the office and ask for the sheet. "You mean this sheet?" the lady asks picking up an entire stack of copies lying on the counter. Yep... I don't trust myself to say any more to this woman. I collect all 4 girls and stalk back to the car thinking it is easier to just forget about Kindergarten at this point.
Sunday I fill out the additional paper, double check if I have everything together, and think "It will be easy tomorrow". So Monday, I go through the same thing again. I make sure everyone has hair combed (even bows), shoes on both feet, and all the paperwork together and off we go. We get to the office. I try to turn it in but I can't because registration starts on Monday at 8. So I got to take my 4 girls and wait until 8 to turn my paperwork in. I ask the office lady if I can make my copies and she tells me no. So I keep waiting for the next 7 minutes until 8. During the 7 minutes, Adele announces she has to go to the bathroom. I ask Evelyn to take her and she agrees. Remember, we know where the bathroom is already since we come every week to the office. After a few minutes I hear wailing from the bathroom. The principle rushes out and asks me "Are those your children in the bathroom screaming? Do they know how to use the potty?" I tell her "Yes, those are my kids and yes they know how to use a bathroom." I go open the room and Evelyn is leaving and Adele is withering on the floor screaming that Evelyn FLUSHED the toilet. Yep.... So I return to the bench with the 4 girls and let Delsa crawl on the floor. Now I know there are those that would let their kids go everywhere. I am not one of those. I let Delsa crawl about 10 feet down a hall in front of the principle office and she is sitting there. She is not crawling, crying, screaming, playing, puking, or dying. She is sitting nicely by the principle's office. The principle comes out of the office, stalks up to me and says "I need you to watch your children" "She is fine" I say. The principle more forcefully says "I need you to WATCH YOUR OWN children, please get her". I tell Evelyn to pick her up and then I scowl at the whole office as I make sure I am watching my kids.
 By this time there is a whole line of women waiting for registration papers in and they have handed out sticky notes out with the number in line we are. I am 4. After 3 is done, 5 steps up to say she will go since 4 is not there. I quickly and loudly announce my presence and go to turn my paperwork in. "Do you have copies already made?" the registration lady asks. "No" I say, but what I really want to say is "Do you think I would have asked to make my copies earlier if I already had them made? Remember I have to have 2 copies of everything since I am enrolling the twins into school.
She goes through all of MyraJean and by this time I see Adele start to run down the hallway and Evelyn chase her. I leave the registration lady, grab Adele and tell her to sit right next to me by the counter. When she doesn't listen and everyone has stopped what their doing to watch me with my kids, I say in my growly mean voice and point to the floor "SIT". Adele knows I am mad enough to do something about her disobedience and sits with a pained look on her face. I imagine the other women are thinking that I talk to my kids like they are dogs, which at this point would be an accurate description of how I was talking to them. I finish Evelyn's paperwork and gather my kids to go home. As we walk out the door, one of the kids ask "Do we get a treat now?" Hmmm, NOOOOO, but I need a large Diet Coke! I don't know how the school could have made it any more crazy but I am sure after watching me with my 4 kids waiting 20 minutes to register my kids for kindergarten I have straightened out anyone thinking of having more than 1 kid.

But I will think twice before I register another kid for school.

Pintrest is for fun not to make me fat

Some of the crafts that I have been doing with the kids. The best one, shaving creme painting! They turned out so great, I love having my kids art on my walls.

Family pictures

Delsa's 10 months

 Tooth picture. Pretty cute huh!

She is making me crazy. Already at 10 months she has 2 teeth, can eat an entire hotdog, and push everyone around. She climbs the stairs, up and down. Moves the bikes all over the backyard and even into the street. Delsa is my dare devil and is now always smiling. I really love this little girl, I just hope she is safe until she turns 1.

Twins turned 5

 The girls turned 5 this year. They were so excited since this year they got to have their first friend party. It was such an affair. The kids did shaving creme painting and decorated their own cupcakes. They had so much fun and we had 7 families show up. Their primary teacher and their Grandma Marsha and Aunt Mo were so kind to come. I was so pleased. The girls had such a fun time but exhausting too.
First, the girls got to watch a show while they ate their waffles for breakfast. Then when their dad got home from the Father Son camp out, they got to go to the store with him and out for a birthday lunch. Then there was their party, and then finally their birthday dinner. They were so wiped out that they had to open their birthday presents from family on Sunday.
Boy, I wish I got to be 5 again. The girls got lots of summer fun. From their friends they got water shoes, sunscreen, bucket and shovel, and bubbles. We all thought it was funny since MyraJean pulled the sunscreen tube out and looked at me confused. I told her it was her own bottle of sunscreen and she squealed "I have always wanted my very own sunscreen". I think she was just thrilled not to be reliant on me to keep her from getting burned. It was so funny though.
They got littlest pet shop toys, lots of my little ponies, and lots of outside toys. It was crazy, I forget how much little kids get for their birthdays. It was so fun though, and I don't know whether they liked the party or the toys more, it probably a toss up. But boy was it a day to remember.
 This is the cupcakes all the kids got to decorate. The girls got chocolate with chocolate frosting. Not a lot has changed in the 5 years they have been on the earth.

 Opening Evelyn's presents. She had such a long day that right after this picture, she melted down. It was sad...
 MyraJean opening the famous sunscreen bottle
 MyraJean got a new bike since she got skates for Christmas.
 Evelyn got a new set of skates. I was the crazy Mom and accidentally bought her roller blades. She is already a pro though. I was really surprised and thrilled.
 New sunglasses. I gotta say, since moving to California, the girls always say it is too sunny. So Adele and Liam got the twins sunglasses and some backyard toys. It is going to be a groovy summer.
 My Mom sent them love Monsters and remote control Strawberry shortcake dolls and cars. They loved them! Between that and their birthday money, the girls are in for collecting all the Strawberry shortcake items they can.
It was a great day and a long week. I am so glad that they had so much fun and it was nice to remember why we love them so much. The twins always make my days and nights funnier and more sunny. We love our twins.

St Patricks Day-Take 2

Right after the lousy Leprechuan colored our food and peed in the sink water, it pooped "Magic Leprechaun poop" by my shower. At least that is what Adele told me.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Liam's wisdom

Liam. wanted to go on the Father son camp out. I kept telling him he couldn't if he wasn't going to obey the rules. After getting after him again, I said "You probably aren't going." He turned and said "Now Mom, You have been yelling at me a lot. I have been yelling at you a lot. You need a break from me and I need a break from you. I need to do boy stuff with dad". I couldn't have said it more clearly and he did get to go.

After talking to the kids, I have been asking "Did you hear me?" I asked Liam that and he said "I was listening but I didn't hear you."

Oh my heck!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Easter 2012

 This year Easter was quite the ambitious occasion.  To get ready for it, I did some new projects. Instead of boiling all the eggs, I decided to do some jello eggs. I "blew out" the eggs first, dyied them, and then sucked in warm jello. It was pretty fun and really kind of neat to see the kids with jello eggs. I also made chocolate bowls for the Easter bunny to fill. I know it seems like a lot of useless ideas, but it was really pretty fun to try new things to make Easter a little more exciting.
Our playgroup did an Easter egg hunt. This is all the kids ready to go on the hunt. Liam is standing next to his best friend Michael. It was a great idea and the kids had so much fun.
Our psudo family the Combers invited us to dinner for Easter. The Comber girls are about my age and have kids around the age of my kids. Maya and Liam had celebrated his birthday together last year. This year, we were so excited to spend it with thier family. After a fabulous dinner, we let the kids dye eggs and decorate them. I thought I needed to bring eggs, they were all laughing at me because I boiled 18 eggs and they thought I over did it. We didn't waste any eggs, they all got eaten one way or another. Boy there they covered in dye and just had a ball together. In the picture, there are my kids and Maya and Regan. We outnumbered them by twice.

 Don't you love the expression on her face? Lots of candy and a bubble gun. She was pretty excited.
 The twins are pretty funny. They both got a crafty item. Evelyn, a rubber ball making kit, and MyraJean a art spinner. They seemed to be really excited about them.

 Do I need to say how cute?
Here are the kids hunting for Easter eggs that afternoon. It was a full two days of Easter egg magic. They had so much fun doing all the traditional things. I was pretty tired after it all