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Wordless Wednesday: BabyGirl at School

May 26, 2010 By · 3 Comments

BabyGirl has had one big month this month, first I got to attend her performance at the school where they sung a variety of Nursery Rhymes, including my favorite, “The Twinkle March.” She was very proud and listened to the teacher so well, so much that she wouldn’t look away from the teacher even for me to take a picture of her.

After the singing the kids got little certificates and she got to stand by the boy she likes. Liiikes (the way she says it) She thinks he’s a cutie and I must agree, they are both so tiny they look cute side by side, thankfully there will be no boyfriends for years to come.

Last week they had a field day where it was all types of water games, the hubby took the youngest to a park and BBQ while I went to the school. Babygirl and I had so much fun, it was nice just watching her play with her friends. I loved watching her run around, drench herself and dance under the limbo bar. Happy WW!

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Wordless Wednesday: A New Train

May 19, 2010 By · 3 Comments

Okay, as you can see by this weekend’s “A Train Ride at the Mall” we have yet another child that simply LOVES trains and his daddy shares that love right along. By this I mean we went to collect Soccerboy’s sewing materials for his class (yes boys still take that class) and while we were there daddy saw the trains and wanted one for umm, Little A. Most were $200 and above and we weren’t okay with that, not for a 3 year old, if he still likes them like this when he gets older we may do that. But for now we stuck with a simple $50 one that goes around in a circle. He has a little device where he can speed it up or slow it down too. Here’s the WORDY Wednesday photos. (please ignore the messy table and stains.)

In the picture off to the side he’s yelling “Choo, Choo” and he does it the whole time it is on. So much that I thought he might need a break and found a youtube video that does train whistles so we kept replaying it until he was ready to do it himself a bit more.

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A Train Ride at the Mall

May 19, 2010 By · 1 Comment

Did I tell you that we love visiting the Independence Mall out here? Probably not but it is a nice mall, I’ve been to some in California that had lots of issues. This mall actually states there are no groups of more than four allowed in the mall, with the exception to mom, dad and the kids. So going to the mall on a weekend and just walking around can be an enjoyable event.

Soccerboy asked that we (mom and dad) leave the two oldest with him this weekend when we went out shopping. So, we granted his wish and took Little A with us to do some fun shopping. I needed a few new shirts so off to the mall we went. I also needed shoes and for a girl with big feet I can never find any that are cute. I can find tons…that are UGLY but not cute. Once at the mall he stopped off at a sandal place and told me to pick a pair. See I never wear sandals because I don’t wear jellies and I hate things between my toes. I went inside to find a nice pair with hopefully a small heel, not a large one. They were cute and everything but when I flipped them over I saw that these sandals, ie beach shoes were $150+ I turned and left the store. He kept insisting he’d buy them but there was no way I was putting those on, I knew if I stepped in a puddle anywhere they’d dissolve or something. I did end up finding a pair of really cute, white sandals that had a strap around the heel (perfect for those of us that have to run after kids and shoes won’t fly off) and it even had a small heel. My wish was granted, oh and of course since it was Payless I was able to find it under $20. Yes, I am cheap…but not for my kids they always have to have the best. Aren’t all parents like that?

Next up …. SHIRTS. Okay, I gained weight and not everything fits so I hate shopping for myself and normally will quickly grab whatever XL I can find in the clearance tshirt aisle and leave. I don’t care what print it has on as long as it is black, white or gray. I decided I wouldn’t do that this time. I did go with a brown and black top but it had this really neat stretchy material that goes right under the boobs (as my youngest so nicely puts it) and flows down like a skirt. This gives the illusion there isn’t much tummy, which is what I like. But the best part was it had this really neat neck thing where in the back there were a row of buttons so it made it look dressy but casual. Perfect.  I got one more shirt and this one was very unlike me. I blue and white stripes a ruffle around the short sleeves and one around the back of the neck but not front. It goes just above the “boob” line so it shows a bit of cleavage but not much, at the bottom there is a draw string on the side to tighten or loosen it.

Finally, just before we are about to leave we hear, “Choo, Choo” directly behind us is a little train giving kids a ride around the mall. Not one of tracks either, so immediately Little A wanted on and of course daddy couldn’t say no. Quickly we followed the train until it stopped, they jumped into line and boarded the train. I’ve included all the train photos I can find.

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A Field Trip to Jefferson City!

May 14, 2010 By · 1 Comment

I was up by 4 a.m. and boy was I tired but the day was full of promise, excitement and fun. The best part was I was going on this field trip (4th grade) with my daughter, BalletGirl, as a chaperone. Where were we going? Jefferson City, Missouri to the Capital, Supreme Court and Governor’s Mansion.

We were to board the bus by 7:05 and leave at 7:15, of course being the early bird (and desperate to get hubby to drop us off so I wouldn’t have to walk so early with the possible storm brewing above us) meant we got there at 6:15 and boarded the bus at 6:30. Yes, we were early but thankfully the hubby supplied me with a Carmel Frap from Starbucks just before dropping me off. Yes, I needed it to stay awake. Once the bus got boarded you suddenly hear the buzz of ….not children whispering or even being loud but all their video game machines being turned on and the volumes up as loud as they could to drown out their neighbor’s.

On the way up there I talked with the teacher and several moms, each wanting to know what it was that I actually do online. We stopped briefly at a train station for a potty break, the actual museum part (gift shop) was closed but thankfully the bathrooms were not…except later that afternoon as we’d be coming home. Once we arrived at Jefferson City we got to go to the Capital Building and walk around exploring the Legislative and Executive rooms, we also went inside the dome. Did you know the dome holds a 9000 pound bronze chandelier? Let me tell you it is amazing looking but I’d rather look at it from the ground and not so high up that I’m actually above the lights. The kids were impressed as some walked and others ran around the top where only a rail kept them from falling. Me? Oh I walked all the way around and then sat on the bench and waited for everyone. Did I mention…I’m scared of heights?

Next up…Supreme Court. The kids got to sit inside a court room where they would be in front of the seven judges chairs. Tons of questions were asked and answered before we’d walk around looking at all the pictures of the judges themselves. We then went into the REALLY old library, you weren’t allowed to touch the books in case the spine would crumble. I did catch a “curse” on the wall before leaving that I didn’t finish and am still looking for. Anyone know of a book curse?

For lunch we sat between the Capital and the Governor’s Mansion at a small picnic area where the kids got to run around and have some fun. It was relaxing sitting there watching the small waterfall run and the kids jump over a small ditch.

Once lunch was over we went to the Governor’s Mansion where we got to see “The Missouri’s Children Fountain” that has three figures on it: Carrie Crittenden (the Governor’s 9 year old daughter that died), there were also two little boys on the fountain. Each child represented something in the fountain: Health, Environment and Equality. Honestly I thought it was lovely and for the life of me I can’t find the picture I have of it.

The mansion itself was PINK, inside and outside, which tells me a lady decorated this place. In each room there were portraits of each of the Governor’s wives. We stayed on the first floor but I must say it was amazing to look around. Once done we went back to the Capital for our tour. All in all it was a great trip, the best part was watching BalletGirl interact with her peers and the little boys that followed her. I could tell two really liked her, but I don’t think she realizes it. Makes you think back to those years in your own childhood. Throughout most of it she’d slip her hand in mine whenever we’d come to a standstill. It felt great to experience this with her but also see she wasn’t afraid to hold her mommy’s hand. 🙂

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I’m a Yoursphere Ambassador!

May 14, 2010 By · 2 Comments

I know that probably sounds very confusing but MomCentral recently asked me to head over and visit a new social site called, “Yoursphere.”  First I want you to know this is a FREE site. Yoursphere is a great site where kids can go online and talk amongst themselves, it reminds me of a mixture of Ping and Facebook with a bit of Twitter mixed in. The best part is, the parents get to sign their kids up and can watch what they do week by week. Love it?

I signed both of my children up, one is under 13 and must have different guidelines than my 13 year old. But I can still view both accounts.  I’ve been watching my son, Soccerboy (age 13) get on and have fun. His favorite part about Yoursphere so far is the contest page.

When he logs in he can check to see if he has any messages or friend request, this is one of the first things he wants to do as soon as he gets home. Once on his homepage he can also view how many credits he has, the credits he can later exchange for gifts from the Gift Gallery. Currently the lowest amount of credits if 450 so he has a little while to go with 91 credits in his account. This doesn’t phase him though as there are a lot of sphere (subjects) that he likes and is having fun with.

Some prizes he could get are: Harry Potter DVD, Karokee Revolution Wii, The Blind Side DVD, and many different types of gift cards.

Currently he is the member of two spheres: TV & Movies and of course every teens favorite thing…Gaming. He can go into the subject areas and join in on any of the discussions there. Reading things such as reviews of games to tips and tricks that’ll help him through it.

He loves to enter all the contests they have here are a few right now: Spring Photo Contest, Who Am I (you guess by looking at a small portion of a picture), Write a Caption, Choose a Nickname, etc. As you can see there are a variety and if you become a winner you get more credits and of course when a prize.

He’s not fond of the blog portion but that’s probably because he hates to blog, he prefers the simple text like the way twitter allows a person to send only so many characters.

Once he logs into his account he can also view most of the updates right there under the “Inside Scoop” which has the following:

Safety Tips: Be Kind to other yoursphere members. Why? Being nice is a good thing. Earlier there was one that read, “Don’t reply to a text you don’t know.”
Did you Know: A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away.
Question of the week
Featured Sphere
Dreams for your Future: Scholarship
Contest Winners
Our World
Gift Gallery
American Idol Connection
Featured Video

You’ll also see your Circle of Friends (like myspace), feed of all things going on in your groups (spheres), your friend activity and finally any new photos your friends have uploaded. Sound like fun?

I’ll update later in the week as we explore new things in Yoursphere.

Have you signed your kids up for Yoursphere yet? If you’d like to sign you or your child up here is a referral code to help you out: YSMC-0060

“I wrote this review while participating in the Yoursphere Test Drive program by Mom Central on behalf of Yoursphere. I will receive a free lifetime Gold membership on Yoursphere.com, Yoursphere t-shirts, and a $50 American Express gift card to facilitate my review.”

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