Thursday, April 30, 2009
Then they got harder - where, were, eight, quick, quack. But she did it.
So I am not expecting anything "bad" for her learning. I am sure there will be something said about her behavior as even this week she has been on yellow twice.
And I am still in shock that on July 7th she will be starting 1st grade (year round schools). Complete shock. She keeps telling Ray and I that when she is in 1st grade, she will walk to the bus stop by herself, and Ray and I just give each other that look - you know, the "over my dead body are you walking to the bus stop by yourself" look. And its not that it wouldn't be safe. I fully expect to be walking Ashley to the bus stop when she's in college, you know, just to make sure she makes it to her classes and all.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
So this weekend was busy as you can only imagine. We stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge Friday night and came home Saturday. After we left the Great Wolf Lodge, we hit the Ikea store which was only a few exits down on I-85. Audrey was so tired, she fell asleep while talking about some toy she wanted. Seriously. I guess the water park wore her out. Of course, I was holding her and had to then maneuver a shopping cart while holding a sleeping three year old, but we survived (Ray was pushing his own cart of furniture for his office). I scored new dishes and new pots and pans for less than $80. Our previous pots and pans? We had since we GOT MARRIED (that's 11 years ago). They were long overdue to be replaced.
So Sunday rolled around and we did the church and grocery shopping thing. And then I had signed up to run the Race of Grace, a 5K race through part of downtown Raleigh. At 4:00pm on a day where the high was 90 degrees. Luckily, my friend went with me and having her running faster and in front of me sort of pushed me to finish. I did end up walking a little bit of it as my head was on fire. As you can tell from pictures of me, I have jet black hair (and yes, that is my natural hair color). My head got really, really hot and I had used the bottle of water my friend bought me within the first mile of the race.
And I didn't even mention the best part. While waiting for the race to start, a bird pooped on my shoulder. I am so not kidding. I have no luck with birds - I have even been pooped on in Disney World.
I am not going to share my time with you because it sucked. I was hoping to do better. I didn't get to the gym at all last week due to my random head cold/coughing thing, so I think that hurt. That and the heat. I am signed up for the Race for the Cure in June, and I had better beat my time on that race.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Audrey had been begging to wear those shoes for weeks. I finally let her wear them. The dresses are from Crazy8s...an awesome site with great priced clothing. I always get free shipping and shop the sales.
Actually, Audrey was only happy about the shoes. She wasn't too keen on the dress, although she will only wear dresses these days and it drives me insane. Mostly because I bought her some really cute shorts that she refuses to wear.
So freaking glad I got her hair cut....but really? Does this look like a five year old?
So to celebrate Earth Day last Saturday, we hiked over the the UNC campus, specifically outside of the Morehead Planetarium last Saturday. Not only was there free stuff for the kids to do, but Kickin Grass was playing. They played the girls favorite song, Chugalug (yes, a song about drinking, but it's catchy and fast and it puts the girls in a good mood) and even dedicated the song to us. Which was nice in that now half of Chapel Hill thinks our family is a bunch of drinkers.
And this is Bob (a girl) and I forget what Audrey named hers. They are now sprouting grass "hair" on our back deck.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The before picture - completely out of focus. I am pretty sure Audrey took this picture.
And Audrey definitely took this picture - but look! Cute shoes! (I have passed on my shoe fetish to my children...).
And the haircut. And a cute pose. And Tootles making a cameo appearance. And you can even notice on the wall in the background where Ray did some touch up paint (the shiny parts) - WITH THE PAINT FOR THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE. Yes, more touch up paint is in his future.
With her cute hat she made at school. And I don't care what people say about madras shorts. I think they are adorable on kids.
And all of a sudden, Ashley looks older. Give me a few minutes while I sob into my coffee....
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Fast forward to yesterday. One of the reasons we moved down here was because of our best friends Wendy and Matt. Ray and I went to college with Wendy, and she got a job in Raleigh out of college. We would visit them a few times a year, and fell in love with the area. They have a little boy Ashley's age, and a little girl who just turned two.
So we were at the two year old's birthday party when my high school friend walked in! Her daughter is at the same daycare as Wendy and Matt's daughter. Crazy, crazy, CRAZY! So we got to catch up during the whole party (while Ashley and Audrey, who were the oldest kids there, ran rampant, but nicely rampant). We exchanged phone numbers and promised to get together since they are still getting to know the area, and fortunately for us (with Ray being a realtor), we kind of know the area better than most newbies. That, and we have lived here three years next month.
I promise to post pictures of Ashley's new haircut tomorrow, as well as our adventure from Saturday. We have a sort of busy week - it's teacher appreciation week this week (instead of in May) at Audrey's school. Ashley has her field day at school on Friday, and then we get to leave for Concord, NC to spend the night at a Great Wolf Lodge as a "Very Important Family" or VIF. I am so freaking excited about it, I can't even tell you. Not only do we get to stay for free, we are being treated to dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning, AND we get to see Mitchell Musso in concert. The girls are beyond excited. Ray is of course excited about all the free parts.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Dance class for the year is over for us (we only took a mid-season class), but I signed the girls both up for next year. Hopefully they will remember how much fun they had come September...
And yes, at this point she was supposed to be on the floor...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Audrey has slept in her bed ALL NIGHT LONG for the past two nights. Did I just jinx myself? Probably.
I did level 3 on the 30 Day Shred DVD last night and good GOD was it hard. I mean really hard. I am sort of in shape, I mean I ran OUTSIDE on Sunday and I go to the gym regularly...but this one? Hard. Of course, I hadn't done it in a few weeks, so that was part of it, but still. I am pretty sure I won't be able to walk later today.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Audrey wet the bed in the middle of the night the other night (she has only does this a handful of times, no idea why she does it) and instead of actually finding clean sheets to put on her bed, I let her come to bed with Ray and I.
And speaking of sheets, no one uses a top sheet in our house. Except the guest bed. Top sheets are pretty useless in my opion.
I don't fold the girls pj's or match their socks when I fold their clothes. They get put (okay, thrown) in a drawer and get matched when it is time to wear them. Yes, completely lazy on my part but again, what's the point of folding them when half the time Ashley is looking for a specific pj and will destroy the drawer anyway.
The girls watch tv while eating their breakfast most mornings just so that I can get everything packed up and the dog walked.
Chocolate is a great bargaining tool to get the kids up and moving in the morning.
Monday, April 13, 2009
At the very least, go wish Laura happy birthday, it would be great to get her comments to 40!
And right now, she is actually at work with me. Her daycare is closed today (teacher workday), so Audrey is with me this morning and in a few minutes we are leaving to spend some time in Target or some other store and wait for Ray to get out of his meetings so he can take Audrey home. She has enjoyed being at my office mainly because she likes to smell my Sharpie marker.
But we had a good three day weekend (really a four day for Audrey). I took the girls to see the new Hannah Montana movie, and now Ashley (okay, really ME) is obsessed with learning the dance steps to Hoedown, Throwdown. We had playdates with friends, spent some time outside, and I even got a run in outside late yesterday afternoon. Which is good since I am running a 5K in two weeks for Race of Grace. I have been having a lot of issues with getting stitches in my sides when I run in the gym, but running yesterday outside even without stretching, I was fine. Go figure.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Look! It's a real picture of Ray! And my other favorite thing, Diet Coke!
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Unfortunately, I have done that some lately. Last Saturday night when our friends were in town, we were eating dinner when Audrey was asking me something. I know what was happening, I was thinking WAY ahead of the answer I had to give her and just forgot to answer her. My friend Adrienne spoke up and said, "are you going to answer her?". We laughed about it, but seriously, I need to stop doing that.
I just need to focus, I realize that. But sometimes I get home from work and something needs to be done and stuff needs to be signed and dinners need to be planned and I start tuning stuff out. And unfortunately for Ray, he gets tuned out first. But that's okay, because he can always hit me on the head with a brick and let me know I need to wake up.
I need an evening where there is no pressure of getting ready for work or school. And tonight is it. The girls don't have school tomorrow and I don't have work. I am teaching a class today at work, so maybe that has been what has been bugging me lately. I get worked up about it sometimes. Especially because I know a particularly volatile (and possible multiple personalities, and I am not kidding) person is attending the training class today. I am hoping her "nice" personality shows up today.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
But the field trip was fun, and when I got home from the field trip I had about an hour to kill prior to getting Ashley off the bus. I should have been cleaning, or cooking, or laundry, or all three since I am not normally home during the day and stuff needed to get done.
Instead, I took that hour and read a book. I am almost done reading Firefly Lane, and let me tell you. If you have a daughter, be prepared to be very, very scared of her teenage years if you read this book. That's my warning. I am currently looking for a stop-growing pill on google for Ashley and Audrey. Because I do not want two teenage girls.
Monday, April 06, 2009
We had friends in town from Virginia whom we love. Their youngest is Ashley's age, and they are "best friends" even though they only see each other about twice a year. Everyone got along really well. We took a trip to the Duke Gardens on Saturday after Ashley and Audrey's last dance class. The Gardens were beautiful and I promise to post some pictures soon.
Our friends actually were supposed to head to Myrtle Beach for Spring Break, but because of a death in the family, they were heading back to Virginia. So Sunday morning we got up and hit the early service at church. Everyone but me (I had to teach Sunday school) went to breakfast and they hit the road.
Then Ray and I split up - he went to Walmart with Ashley for some groceries and mulch; I hit CVS and Harris Teeter for some sale items. Even with a $17 purchase of Tide (that was on sale for $6 off at Harris Teeter), we still only spent $80 on groceries this week. And yes, that include some fresh veggies from Harris Teeter.
Ray spent the afternoon putting mulch down. I spent the afternoon attempting to get Audrey to take a nap (at which I failed) and cleaning the kitchen for the hundredth time this weekend. The pollen is unbelievable right now, and even if we open our windows for a few minutes, the entire kitchen is suddenly covered in a light yellow film. We then headed to a friend's house for dinner and egg coloring. Seriously, the girls colored 24 eggs! I think we done with egg coloring...
Thankfully this week has a lot going on - Ashley has a field trip tomorrow which I am chaperoning, Thursday I am teaching a training class at work, and Friday the girls and I don't have work/school (Ray ALWAYS has work, a downside of being self employed). Bring on the Easter Bunny....
Friday, April 03, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Ashley always gets on the bus in the morning and waves to me from the window as the bus drives away. The kindergartners have to sit on the side with the door and in the first few rows, so she is always on the side that I am looking at.
Yesterday morning, I could see her sitting in a seat, but she never looked out the window and waved. I thought to myself that was not like her, but she was probably busy talking to one of her friends.
At dinner last night, she asked me if I knew why she didn't wave. When I said no, she said that she tried to sit with her friend, and her friend told her she couldn't sit with her. She said she was arguing with her friend about it, and then the bus pulled away before she had a chance to wave to me.
So she cried all the way to school because she didn't get to wave goodbye to me.
Knife. Insert into heart.
Now, I don't care that her friend told her she couldn't sit with her. We explained to Ashley that if someone does that, instead of arguing with them, either switch seats or ignore them and sit anyways. It obviously does no good to argue with them.
But it was so hard to hear that she cried on the bus without me or anyone to console her. I was so sad and told her it was okay, and she said she was okay.
But these are the things I dwell on. I realize I can't keep Ashley in a bubble and protect her for her entire life from being hurt. I know she will learn from all her experiences, just like I did.
But damn, if I could keep her in a bubble, I would.