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End of Elementary School

  • Posted on July 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm

So, I am a little behind here but I still want to do a post on the end of elementary school for Sage.   It was a big deal (and a very busy time.)   The last week of elementary school was a whirlwind of fun.    One day Sage had field day, another day was game day, one day was graduation day, one day was a luau followed by a pool party.   I ended up being up at the school every day that week for one thing or another.

I was a little sad about Sage graduating.   This marked the last time she and her brothers will ever be at the same school at the same time.   Aspen and Reed were more than a little upset about this.   They really liked having their big sister at the same school.    They always got excited if they passed her in the hall during the day.   They liked talking about things that happened at school with her to see if she heard/saw it the same way they did.    They are really going to miss that.

Her actual graduation ceremony was kind of long, and somewhat disappointing.   There were three teachers in her grade.   One gave a great speech where she said something nice about each of her students.  One (Sage’s teacher) said a few words about teaching fifth grade and the challenges the class faced this year, and one just called out the names of the graduates.   I guess it was good for the ones who got the personal mentions but the rest of us were left feeling a little left out.   There was an award portion of the night as well.   Sage earned a Presidential recognition for her scores in Language Arts but she should also have been recognized for her Math scores.   Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but still a little disappointing to her because she knew that she earned both and wasn’t recognized for it.

The luau was a lot of fun (for the kids and the parents.)   For those of us who volunteered to help out it was a chance to see our kids in their natural element, interacting with their peers in a somewhat relaxed setting.   It also gave us a chance to reminiscence since we’ve been together since kindergarten at this school and none of us could believe that our babies were leaving elementary school.    We spent a lot of time commiserating over impending middle school issues.   After a pizza lunch provided by the PTA the kids got signed out of school to head to the pool party.    That was very interesting as well.   It was great to watch the kids playing and swimming and having a great time as they said goodbye to elementary school.

Need to Make Time for Me

  • Posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

So, I’ve been working and I’ve been taking care of the kids and the house and I haven’t been writing for lilypop and I miss it.   I need to make time for the things that are important to me and this is one of them.   I have so much to talk about.     Here’s what to look forward to in future posts:

  • End of elementary school for Sage
  • Awesome family trip to Northern California
  • Family visit
  • Middle school here she comes!

I may not get to them tonight, but I will get them written.



  • Posted on June 29, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I am experimenting because I need to be able to write blog posts with links for work and I want to be sure that I know what I am doing.    I’m supposed to have a call with my boss tomorrow to go over this process but if I can learn to do it on my way that will be a much shorter conversation and hopefully he will be very impressed.


Let’s see, can I link this to my post on missed deadlines?   I think I just did it.  Yay me!

Missed Deadline = Massively Productive Day After

  • Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm

So, I missed my first deadline for work yesterday.   I am supposed to 12 blog posts per month and as of end of day yesterday I only had 8.   Start of day yesterday I only had 3.5 .   Obviously this wasn’t good.

Now writing these posts isn’t my primary job (at least as I think of it) but it is still an important task and one that I am responsible for each month.   I e-mailed my boss and he was very understanding.   (The kiddos were tracked out the last three weeks and I just wasn’t as motivated as I normally am and I let the end of the month sneak up on me.)    I, however, was horrified.   I pride myself on not missing deadlines.   If I say I am going to do something by golly I do it.   There are still plenty of hours left in today and I now have all 12 posts completed.   Clearly, I was capable of getting them done on time I just didn’t.   ACK!

For some reason this motivated me in all areas today.   Not only did  I write 4 more blog posts, I dusted, I vacuumed (well, I let Roomba run which is totally the same thing) and I cleared off my nightstand and our dresser.   DH is totally going to fall over when he sees that one.  :)

I also found time to eat lunch and watch two shows.   Go me!!!

Feeling very happy right now.  I love it when I can leave home knowing that I have completed all my outstanding work tasks.   Heading out the door to go do fun stuff now.     I’m sure work will be calling my name again in a day or two.   ;)

Water Heater Woes

  • Posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

I’ve been on DH for months to check out tankless water heaters so this morning when he asked me how I felt about researching tankless water heaters I sleepily gave him a thumb’s up.   That was before I knew that the puddly demise of our current water heater precipitated his request.

Suddenly my day took a turn in an unpopular direction.    I visited two local home improvement stores with little to no success.    Then I came home and began a cycle of calling plumbers, getting quotes and texting DH all the info.

After a fruitless day we still have no water heater, my head is spinning with facts and figures and I am cranky because all I want is a hot shower!!

We have pretty much ruled out tankless but even just getting a new version of what we currently have is proving problematic.   Here’s hoping that the plumber coming out in the morning can solve our problems.

DH jokingly said that we might not get a new heater until sometime next week.    It’s a good thing he was just on the phone and not standing right in front of me.    If we still don’t have hot water by Monday I may be living in  a hotel.

Ice Day – AGAIN!!

  • Posted on March 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm

This is getting ridiculous.   Since the kids went back to school in January they have had holidays and now three separate weeks that involved some form of snow days.   We’ve had Saturday school twice in the month of February and are scheduled to have it again in April and May.   We’ve had delayed openings, we’ve had early releases.   What we haven’t had are two or three “normal” uninterrupted weeks of school.     I like the surprise time off for the most part.  I am always glad to have the kiddos home, but I know that they are struggling to get into a rhythm with school.   I know their teachers are struggling to cover all the material that they need to in the limited time they’re getting.   Plus, if you just whisper the word ‘snow’ half the class goes crazy and forgets how to behave.   ACK!

As I type this I can hear icy pellets hitting the windows.   I do not like ice on the sidewalks, streets, etc.   I am not the most coordinated person in the best of situations.   Make the very ground I walk on the least bit slippery and it’s just a matter of time before I kiss the pavement.   The kids don’t mind.   They glide on the ice like they have invisible skates attached to their feet.   Clearly they take after their dad.   Thank goodness!!!

This whole event is starting much later than predicted so the jury is still out as to how much accumulation we will actually get.   I can’t believe I was wearing flip flops yesterday and today I am shivering in my well heated house.

C’mon Spring!   We’re ready for ya!!!!!

Friday Shopping Redux

  • Posted on February 25, 2014 at 2:50 pm

After a few weeks of snow days, catch up and then more snow days I finally made it to the mall last Friday.   If you follow this blog, you know that I had a pair of $75 jeans that I needed to return.    DH had completely forgotten about them so he wouldn’t have known if I kept them or not, but I really didn’t think these particular jeans were worth $75 so back they went.    Observation, salespeople are waaay nicer when you’re purchasing $75 jeans than they are when you are returning them.    Also, they are pretty insistent that you check out their other offerings before they will actually process your return.   Alas, it didn’t work on me this time and I escaped the store with nothing but my refund.   Whoo Hoo!!   Mission accomplished – now I can shop!

We were in need of a new sifter.   You know, a sifter, that thing your grandma used when she was baking stuff from scratch.   I read an article about a boy who supposedly died from eating old Bisquick so I now make our pancakes from scratch every Saturday morning.   This requires a sifter.   The one we had was pretty old and probably not the best one to begin with.   Then I washed it after every use and voila!  rust in our pancakes.   Who knew you weren’t supposed to wash the sifter?   I did a little recon and decided that Sur la Table was my best bet. The new sifter was a little pricey but it seems to be a very good model.   Mission #2 accomplished.

From there, it was all for fun.   Nothing else we really needed just me browsing for deals.   Overall, it was a very disappointing trip.   I didn’t find anything for the kids or a gift for my niece’s birthday.  I did score a great deal on hand soap and stocked up with 10 new bottles plus some anti-bac sanitizers all for $21.

The real find of the trip though was the end of the year gift for Sage’s teacher.   Last year Sage had to read a biography of Albert Einstein.    She thought this was horrible.   She and her friends couldn’t stop talking about boring Albert was and how much they wished they could have read about someone else.   I pointed out to Sage that she will never escape Einstein.    He is such a part of popular culture that he shows up everywhere.   At first she was pretty skeptical but now she has become a believer (thank you Legoland, magazines, tv, books, etc, etc.)  When she was trying to bond with her teacher this year I told him that the best way to get a reaction out of her was to mention Einstein.  He tried it and it worked wonderfully well.   Now that has become a ‘thing’ for her whole class.   For awhile they even had a Time magazine cover featuring Einstein above the smart board in their classroom.     Sage had decided a few months that her teacher’s end of the year gift should be something Einstein.  I had seen a pint glass but I didn’t have faith that the picture wouldn’t wash off and I wasn’t too comfortable with my 10 year old giving her teacher a beer glass anyway so we passed.   On Friday, I found an Einstein finger puppet magnet.  The price was right ($6) and it is something that he can display in his classroom.  I hope that he likes it as much as Sage thinks he will.

All in all, the highlight of the day was leaving the mall to have lunch with DH (even if he did leave my leftover brisket sandwich at work, thus cheating me out of my seconds.)   I am still amazed that we can have this little mini midday dates with all the kids in school.

I probably spent as much if not more than I returned but at least I got some stuff that we will appreciate a lot more than those overpriced jeans.

Snow Days

  • Posted on February 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm

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We do love a good snow day.   For several winters now we’ve been cheated out of any good snow.    We might get some flurries but not enough to stick.   This year we’ve had snow two out of the last three weeks.   For Reed and Aspen this is the first significant snowfall that they can remember.   We’ve had a blast.

We only got a couple of inches but it was enough for sledding, snowball fights and even a slightly anemic snowman.   That’s the good news.   The bad news is that the kiddos were out of school 4 days the first week and 3 days during the second snowfall.   For us that means Saturday school half days to make up the time.   UGH!  The kids are good sports about it though and we all agree that it is worth it for the fun that we had playing in the snow.   (I don’t love snow day laundry but it is a small price to pay. )

I am ready for spring but if it has to be cold, then bring on the snow!

Valentine’s Day Never Ends

  • Posted on February 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm

It may be due to the snow we got last week, but Valentine’s Day at our house just keeps going and going.   DH claims that his big plans were foiled by several snow days immediately prior to the big day but I don’t believe that for a minute.   He’s a great guy, but he’s not that into big gestures for romantic holidays.

I, for one, was happy to have all my ducks at home for Valentine’s.   We started the morning with special pancakes.   The boys even helped me make them which made it extra special for me.

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After breakfast the kids and I went out to play in the snow.   The weather was warm so we were able to sled without jackets, mittens, gloves and hats.   Whoo Hoo!!   (DH was home but working so he wasn’t able to join us.)

After lunch we took a long walk and then we ordered pizza for dinner.   (Any night that doesn’t involve me cooking is good in my book.)  Reed stayed home with me while DH took Aspen and Sage to get the pizza and he wanted to make dessert so we put some brownies in to bake.   Yum!

That night I put new hearts on the kids’ doors as I have every night since February 1st.  The next morning when they woke up they were so excited.  They thought the hearts would stop coming on Valentine’s Day and they were so happy to learn that I plan to continue all month long.   I am so glad that I decided to do this for them.   Bonus benefit: the boys have been reading their hearts daily and they are learning some big words (respectful, considerate, imagination.)

Since the kiddos had Saturday school DH and I went out to breakfast on the 15th.   It is a real treat to go out just the two of us and I do enjoy a good breakfast so that was great.   I do feel bad that the kids had to put in a half day on a Saturday but they didn’t mind too much.

Grandma and Nana both sent Valentines but they were delayed by the weather so they didn’t arrive until Monday and Tuesday respectively.   It was disappointing to the grandparents whose aim was for them to arrive on time but special for the kids who keep coming home to new surprises.   Grandma sent books, candy and toys and Nana sent Chick-fil-A gift cards.   The kids are very happy!!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!  Enjoy your month!

Valentine’s Day

  • Posted on February 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

So I saw a great idea on Pinterest (okay I didn’t actually see it on Pinterest but one of my Facebook friends did and I totally saw it on her timeline which is pretty much just as good.)


I decided that I was going to do this.   It sounded pretty quick and easy and I thought the kids would enjoy it.   First of all this is a great idea for one kid – for three kids Whoa!  That is a lot of hearts to cut out.   (I decided that Reed and Aspen should each get their own hearts even though they share a door.)   It took me two nights of tracing and cutting while watching TV to get them all cut but I made it before February 1st.   Whoo Hoo!!

Now I have three labeled ziploc bags and a stack of blank hearts.  The idea was to write them in advance and have them ready to go.   It has been much harder than I expected to come up with stuff to write on the hearts.   It’s not that my kids aren’t great – they are.   The trick is not saying similar things to everyone.   I’m really trying to change it up and keep my comments specific to the individual.   You do the math, 28 days multiplied by 3 kids is a lot of encouraging phrases.

Feb 1st arrives and I start putting hearts on the doors.   Days pass – it’s now Feb 10th and NO ONE has said A WORD about the hearts on their doors.   Sage’s door is pretty well covered so you can imagine that the boys’ door is pretty full at this point and still they don’t seem to notice.    Then one morning Reed says “You like the way that I tell stories.”   I say, “I do?   What makes you think that?” To which he replies, “You said it on my door.”   AH-HA!!   Turns out they have been reading their hearts since day one (the boys were able to figure which were Reed’s and which were for Aspen) and they have been discussing amongst themselves.   It was actually a conscious decision to not tell me that they had noticed them.    What?!?  Now that the cat is out of the bag they have been giving me suggestions for things I can say on their hearts.  (Thanks guys!  I can use the inspiration.)

Seriously, this is a great way to make your kids feel special and let them know that you love them.  Plus, it’s low cost and relatively minimal effort.   Win-win!!