Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First day of school 2011

Yesterday was Matt's first day of fifth grade. He was suppose to go back to school Monday, but it was canceled because of Irene which hit us Sunday. (we lucked out during that storm and the only damage we have is our broken tomato plants and a lone blue bucket in our yard).

We head off to the bus stop 15 minutes before 8. The bus is suppose to pick up the kids at 8. Didn't happen. She was 20 minutes late. Ya I know, it was the first day of school, but honestly she was late every single day last year and even forgot to pick up the kids one day. Many phone calls to the bus company last year didn't help either.

He said that he had a great day, but was not happy with having homework on the first day. I will have to give the teacher a call because from what I have herd through the rumor mill, is that his teacher tends to let the kids do what they want and get away with things. Matt tends to be an instigator and loves to get other kids going. It is part of his disability that he can not control at times. He needs a nice firm teacher who will put a quick stop to his little quirks, so I am afraid this teacher won't do that.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Games for Matt's Birthday Party

Matt's birthday is coming up and after last years hit of having an outside party with a slip n' slide and other outside things, we decided to do it again, but with some new games. The slip n' slide will be there as well as the tug of war (it was funny watching the little kids kick the asses of the big kids last year). We will set up a volley ball/badminton net, have lots of water guns and water balloons for the water balloon toss.

I did a search online for some new ideas for water/wet games to play with the kids. Here are a couple that we will be doing:

Sponge Relay Race

  1. Divide the kid into two teams and give each team a sponge.
  2. Mark both ends of the course with the rope. Place a bucket filled with water at the start line and an empty bucket at the other end for each team.
  3. On the word, “Go!,” the first player on each team must dunk their sponge into the bucket of water, run to the empty bucket at the other end, wring it out, run back to the start and pass the sponge of to the next kid in line.
  4. The game continues like this until each kid has completed the course.
  5. The team with the most water in their bucket wins.
 For a really hot day have the kids carry the sponge on the head as they race for the bucket at the other end of the course. This can be done with hands or without hands! For the without hands option any kid who drops the sponge has to start over again and re-dunk the sponge.

Water Bucket Brigade

  1. Mark both ends of the course with the rope (about 25 feet apart).
  2. Divide the kid into two teams and give each kid a bucket.
  3. Have each team line up in a straight line from the start line to the finish line.
  4. On the word, “Go!,” the player on each team who’s closest to the water source scoops up a bucketful of water, turns to the kid next in line and pours the water into his bucket. Then this player turns and does the same, and so on down the line.
  5. Until the last kid pours whatever water is left into the team’s bucket at the finish line.
  6. The game continues like this until one team fills their bucket.
  7. The first team to fill their bucket wins.

These ideas came from .

My not so normal ride home

My ride home from work started out like any normal ride home.

I was running late because I got stuck on the phone with someone who wanted to spend exactly 100.00 with shipping (didn't happen buddy), so it was like 11:20 when I left. I drove Cindy to her exit where we met up with her husband, then I got back onto the highway, set my cruise control to 65 (yes I go the speed limit, I am all set with going through more gas than I already do), and call my hubby.

I talk to Steve every night which helps me stay awake on my long ass ride home. So we are chatting about stuff and I am driving along checking out the few vehicles I am passing or that are passing me. I like to see what states other drivers are from. I have seen a ton of different states recently like Louisiana and Missouri.

So anyway, I come up to this driver from Maine in a white SUV. It was a little bigger than an Ford Explorer. Other than that, I didn't really pay attention. I was in the second lane and this person was in the third lane. By now I was already 30-35 minutes into my drive home but not tired for once. Steve and I were chatting up a storm about something (well I was LOL).

I was passing the Maine driver when I happened to see a blinking yellow light out of the corner of my left eye. I look over and the asshole Maine driver had his blinker on and was moving into my lane. The blinking light I saw was the one that is on the side of the vehicle near the front tire which meant I was a little bit passed this car but not all the way there yet, so I was not in his blind spot. Yes my car is black but I have my lights and my fog lights on so you can see me. I hit my horn and didn't let it go (I never ever use my horn cause it sounds like a dog's chew toy IMO. LOL). Did this stop the driver? NOOOO! The moron kept on moving over. I tell Steve to hold on, I put my window down and started screaming lots of bad words at this person. I had to swerve into the first lane and then I gunned it to 80 to get past him.

Oh and did I mention that I was on the bridge that goes over the Merrimack River? Of course we were talking about this bridge as I was leaving work last night and how stupid drivers like to slam on their breaks while going over it.

Now I am really pissed off. I honestly don't remember being anything but pissed during the whole thing which lasted like 2 minutes, if that. I tell Steve what just happened really fast cause my adrenaline was going nuts and he goes "Welcome to my world". I honestly don't know how he can drive the mixer and deal with people like this every freaking day. I would go nuts. This guy was either drunk or falling asleep. I am thinking sleepy. He wasn't swerving or anything. Eventually I get back into the second lane and go to my normal cruise speed and I am keeping an eye on this guy who is now behind me. He never did catch up with me and eventually he was well behind, so he had to have been going much slower than my 65.

Of course when I get home, I am no longer tired (I was hoping for a normal falling asleep time for once) and I stay up reading till like 2am.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Pease Air Force Show August 2011

This past weekend we went to the air show at Pease International Tradeport in Newington, NH. It was like a dream come true for Matt to see everything military up close and very personal. It was a blast, even though I burned up a ton. So here is a little picture montage of our day.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New School Binder

It's that time of year again to start gathering all the school supplies for the school year. Of course there is nothing that we can find that Matt likes. Well, he found some car folders, but what he really wants is everything military themed or camo print. I have looked, but have had no luck at all.He needs a binder to put all the folders in and we have a ton of those white binders with the clear pockets on the front and back covers.

Soooo, Matt and I hit Michael's Craft Store to see if we could find some camo printed scrapbook paper. We found plenty of stickers that were geared towards specific branches in the military (Matt picked out the Army and Air Force) , but nothing military related for paper. Off to Joann's Fabrics to see what they might have. I was also on the look out for camp fabric to make him a pencil pouch (will do a post on that later). Well, they did not have much when it comes to scrapbooking stuff, but we did find some camo paper.

                        Sorry for the yellow light, but it was 1am after all

Last night (or this morning because it was 1am when I did this LOL), I could not sleep so I decided to make his binder. I cut two of the sheets to fit inside the front and back pockets. Then I used the Army stickers on the front cover paper and the Air force on the back cover paper. I am going to use the uniform stickers to make a tag for Matt's backpack instead of writing his name on it. (Will do a post on this too).

                             Matt showing the Army side of the binder

                         And showing off the Air Force side of the binder

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Gracie

A few weeks ago the vet found a mass in the colon of my baby, Gracie. She had just turned 5 years old back in June, so for her to get sick this young upset me. I have had many cats over the years, but they all have lived for a very long time. Mama Cat was 26 when she passed and her daughter, Pumpkin was 22 when she passed.

The vet of course wanted to either do surgery or chemo. I love my cat, but I can not afford this. I spent a fortune for them to tell me she had the mass that "might" be cancer. I decided to not do anything and just keep an eye on her. There are days when I think I should put her down, but then the next day, she acts like her normal self.

When we got her, she was an abandoned kitten and use to spending all her time outside. When we moved to our current location, the mobile park owners made us sign a paper saying that Gracie will remain indoors. They claimed that they were trying to get rid of all the stray cats out of the neighborhood. Not sure how that is possible seeing how we have other houses outside the park that could have outdoor cats. Not to mention a bunch of our neighbors in the park have cats and they are always outside doing what cats do.

So now that she was diagnosed, we decided to say screw it to the paper we signed and have been letting her outside. We figured she might as well enjoy her time doing what she enjoys the most while she has sometime left. She is gone literally all day long. I let her out in the morning and she is waiting on the porch for me when I get home from work at midnight. Last night she was out all night long thanks to the butt load of rain we have. So when she came home this afternoon, she actually ate a ton of food. Something she hasn't been doing a lot of recently.

Here are a few pictures that I love of her.

                                      Hiding in the water bottle box

                          Checking out what is in the heater/ac vent

                                          Helping me homeschool Matt

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