Tuesday, September 29, 2009

So Proud of Myself

Today as I got in the car to take Jack to story time I realized the drivers door was not all the way shut. (here's is where I had the oh no moment, Jack was the last one out that door so just for the record: not my fault) Then I tried to start the car and it was completely dead.(makes sense since the door had been open all night long) Well Matt has been out of town since Sunday so luckily I had his car still at the house. Only problem my dead car was parked right behind it.
So I was forced to overcome my fear of being electrocuted by jumper cables and jump start the car ALL BY MYSELF! And I can very proudly report we both survived , the car and I! We made it to story time and enjoyed catching up with friends there.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Try this link!

We made our own Monster video and the kids loved it. Thought we would share!

Getting my kids to read!

So I realize I need to work on getting my kids to read. They know all the letter sounds but just don't put the words together. They know some staple words but just haven't grasped the concept. Well since Stephen started school I have more time with Jack and I have started this book called 100 easy lessons in getting your child to read. We have just read up to lesson 5 so far and I can see vast improvements! I just have to post because I am so excited! He is sounding out small words and I love it! He might learn to read before Stephen does! So for those of you who just don't know how to go about teaching your children to read I strongly recommend this book!

My good friend Chelsey recommended this book to me and I am so grateful!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Weekend Fun

Our weekend was pretty busy but fun.
On Friday night we took the boys to the movie "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."
On the way to the movie Stephen kept saying that we were seeing it in 3-D and we told him over and over that we weren't and he then said well maybe we are you don't know.
Well it turns out that we did see it in 3-D (on accident) because we showed up for the 3-D time not knowing it. This delighted Stephen. His little I told you so moment.
So we had a little photo shoot before the show started.

Saturday was filled with baseball, running, grocery shopping, homework,and free dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings for being the t-ball coaches for Stephen's team.
By the end of the day we were all exhausted and a little sick.
Sunday was stake conference and we learned our lesson about getting soft seats during conference. The people who show up early for the soft seats are typically not young families with kids. I felt a little bad because we were surrounded by all these older people that came early to hear the speakers and there is us and our kids disturbing the peace. They did pretty well considering 2 hours of sacrament meeting though.
After church we got to go to some friends house for a little BBQ. It was fun and the best part I didn't have to do any dishes:) They were great hosts and Jack and Stephen love playing with their little boy.
Now it is just back to school, work, and somewhere in there cleaning!YEAH!:D

Friday, September 18, 2009

Jacks Cast

So this was the cast that the doctors wanted him to wear for six weeks after the bleacher incident. Do you see why it only lasted for a day?

Just Trying to Catch Up Once Again.

For our family end of the summer fun trip we all went to Busch Gardens. (For those of you who don't know Busch Gardens is a very nice and clean theme park.) Jack and Stephen were tall enough to ride on almost all of the rides and to our suprise they really like a lot of the grown up rollar coasters (such as the big bad wolf). Before we got there I let them look at pictures of rides on the computer and they really wanted to go to the Haunted House Ride (DarkCastle) and so we went and they were terrified of it. After it was over they didn't want to go near it again. Too bad because it was one of my favorite rides. Everything was in 3-D and I think I screamed through most of it, so they were justified in being scared.

Matt recently celebrated his birthday and it was so nice for both of us. We got a babysitter and got to see a movie and have dinner! It has been about 7 months since our last date so it was much needed. We also had cake with the kids and Matt just wanted a boring vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, but it was his birthday so his choice.

It is crazy that we now have a little boy in Kindergarten. I can't be happier though with Stephen's school. I was a little suprised to realize how sad it is that he is going to school everday now and seems so much more grown up. I was excited for him to start because I knew he needed it and would love it and then I have time to do schoolwork, but both Jack and I miss him!

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Jack gets to go to preschool and he absolutely loves it. Everday he wakes up and asks if it is a school day and then gets really excited when it is. This is his first adventure without his big brother and he is learning how to make his own friends now. On Tuesdays and Thursdays he gets to be with just me and it is so fun to get to know him better. He is so lovable. Right now he is singing "life is a highway to me (from the lightning mcqueen show)." (except he is saying life is a hallway...)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I Am A Published Writer....

For one of my classes we have to write 6 News articles and my first one just got put in the School Paper. (though they did do quite a few edits on it, It still has my name in the title) To see the full article go to commonwealthtimes.com and then do a search for H1N1 virus.
Just had to have my little brag moment... This is why I have been a little stressed lately!
Four swine flu cases presumed at VCU
Amelia Reddington - Contributing Writer
Issue date: 9/3/09 Section: News
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Since the fall semester began, VCU has had four possible cases of the H1N1 influenza virus in addition to the four cases reported during the summer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the H1N1 virus is the only strain of influenza in circulation at this time.

"If a patient tests positive for influenza, A, the health department recommends assuming its H1N1 since the majority this spring and summer were H1N1," said Dr. Margaret Roberson, the director of University Student Health Services.

According to Roberson, only patients who require hospitalization will be tested for H1N1.

The regular flu season will not begin until later this fall.

Three of the students went home and one stayed in their dormitory, according to Pam Lepley, the director of VCU Communications and Public Relations. The latest case was diagnosed over the weekend.

The Centers for Disease Control has identified universities and colleges as "points of spread" for the H1N1 virus. On Aug. 25, the National Geographic Web site cited the World Health Organization as estimating that one out of every three people will be infected by the H1N1 virus before the pandemic runs its course.

H1N1 symptoms intclude fever, chills, runny nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue, cough or sore throat, diarrhea and vomiting.

Students are at a higher risk than the general population for such contagious illnesses because they travel often and attend many social activities, according to the Virginia Department of Health Web site. The provost of VCU issued an e-mail alert on Aug. 26 to students and faculty detailing symptoms and recommended precautions.

The CDC is recommending students, faculty and staff with flu-like symptoms stay in their homes, dormitories or residence halls for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of fever.

"We have to wait to determine the prevalence and severity of the cases," Roberson said. "It's too soon to say yet."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Some of what we did this summer!

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