Sunday, September 30, 2007

There is too much I will sum up...

Butttercup is marrying Humperdink in little less than half an hour...
I love random movie quotes...
To really sum up there is so much I haven't had the energy to decide what to blog. But I did want to let you know I am still here and surviving:
It was really nice to have Nana and Gram here and we had a lot of fun while they were here. It is so nice to be tourists in your own town. I swear there will be more pictures and info later.
School is going well. Benjamin seems so much more mature to me this year. He seems to finally get it - you go everyday and you have homework everyday - whining doesn't help your cause! He improved almost six reading levels since the end of last school year. I am so proud of him. He is also running for student council this year as a class representative. I don't know if I am ready for my little man to face a popularity contest. Ella is hmmmmmmmmmmm, learning. What she is learning is a whole 'nother subject. She was tested in the first week of school and she is at the reading level for entering first grade. They don't starting reading groups for kindergarten until January. So she has learned three new ways to throw tantrums by watching the bad behaviors of fellow classmates. She behaves perfectly at school she just tries the new stuff on me. The last tantrum included chewing on her clothes and drooling. It was a class act I nominated her for an Oscar. The teacher is really good and is starting her in reading early so I hope that challenges her. Maiya is starting to catch on with this talking thing. Her speech therapist was impressed with all the words she picked up when Nana was here. And just yesterday she mimicked about thirty words with Ella. Next is combining them and we will be cooking with gas.
Now my purpose about blogging tonight -- I have a new calling, well assignment really. I am the chair person for the annual Frisco Nativity Exhibit. I am excited but have quickly realized that this will be a 30 hour/week job until the first week in Dec has passed. So alas I will not be blogging at a normal pace for a while, if I get to blog at all. For all my local readers - Donate your Nativities for display and invite your friends!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Nana and Gram are here

Nana and Gram got here Friday and we have been having a lot of fun and wearing ourselves out. We've all been to soccer games, the local flea market, out to have Texas barbecue, to church and we still have the museum and Ikea to go to. We also celebrated Kyle's 30th Birthday!!! - I bought an ice cream cake this year - didn't try to do it myself! I have a few more weeks to tease Kyle about being an old man until I am in my thirties too!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Can you tell what his favorite subject is?

Benjamin has been doing math fact battles for a while, but in the car today he did some with Daddy that even Mommy kept losing track on. In the car Kyle did some that were ten numbers long!!

Now a quick brag about Ella - She had her first soccer game today and she was on fire!!! She scored six goals and several major assists!! I was very proud and very annoyed at myself for not having my camera. The coach asked me what I fed her this summer. Now watch next game I'll have my camera and she'll pick flowers. It was funny at one point Kyle tapped my shoulder and said I think someone on the other team isn't so into the game and I looked and one kid was trying to do flips on the goal. I think maybe she should have been in gymnastics instead of soccer.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

I could kill...

The person who invented wallpaper. I was on the fence about it but after this project I officially HATE the stuff. After trial and error I felt I had mastered the art of pulling down wallpaper in the last house so I went into this confident that taking down wallpaper would be pretty easy. Boy was I wrong. We have slightly textured walls. To compensate for that when putting up the wallpaper they spread an even layer of joint compound under all the wallpaper. So what was supposed to be the first 1/10th of the project took two days with four people - including Sarah (God bless her!)
But its done and although the green turned out to be a little more lime-ish than I wanted I still like it - and did I mention we're finally done?
The lovely joint compound
Meg scraping (and the mess that all of our home improvement projects create)

Me scraping
Kyle doing drumroll please...more scraping
FINALLY some color on the wall
Thank goodness for shur-line, don't paint without one!
The curtain rod only took five installations with thre different types of screws - we never do anything the easy way!
Next up the master bedroom...after a vacation!