Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tweet! Tweet! March 2012

I'm not sure if Twitter is going to keep all my tweets forever and ever. Because they are often little snippets about my very glamorous and exciting daily life (and aren't good enough stories to make a blog post) with my family, I will preserve them on this blog monthly.



  • I just ordered 7 Balls to be shipped to my co-workers. I wish I could be there to watch their faces when the mailman walks in! @heysendaball Mar 30, 2012 
  • So angry that @neisd changed the Dual Language rules THREE days before registration. Terrible leadership decision. #sanantonio Mar 29, 2012 
  • @Bob_Schneider my request is for you to change your Twitter pic..or is that not what you meant? #whenwillyoubebackinsanantonio Mar 29, 2012 
  • Taking these three girls to San Antonio Childrens Magik Theater. Wish me luck! http://t.co/myw9v6Td Mar 24, 2012 
  • Give the people a vegetarian burger (oil soaked mushrooms don't count)! Please @bigzburgerjoint ! Mar 23, 2012 
  • #ILikeObamacare because access to healthcare isn't a privilege, it's a basic human right. Bravo @BarackObama Mar 23, 2012 
  • We sent Maddie to school today in a t-shirt without a jacket. It's 48 degrees outside. Someone better learn how to check the weather soon. Mar 21, 2012 
  • Oh! So that's my problem!! RT @LeadToday For highly successful people "good enough" never is. Mar 20, 2012 
  • Thinking about my dad...knee replacement surgery today. Ouch. Mar 20, 2012 
  • The Benefits of Bilingualism http://t.co/7ef2hrJc -->Another reason I send my kids to a dual language classroom. (@fedupwithlunch) Mar 18, 2012 
  • After asking if St Patrick's Day included candy from a mysterious leprechaun, we told the girls that he only brings green beer to grownups. Mar 17, 2012 
  • When will @Bob_Schneider be back in San Antonio? Need him bad!! Mar 17, 2012 
  • Sad little strip mall space...first it was a smoothie place, then fro-yo, now it's a bakery. No wonder Texans are over weight! Mar 15, 2012 
  • RT @thedailybeast: 7 reasons why you should not eat meat http://t.co/OqRk4zgE Mar 14, 2012 
  • Madison (7) just rattled off all 7 continents. Wasn't it just yesterday that she learned her letters? She's officially smarter than me. Mar 09, 2012 
  • Maddie's First Grade Program: "We're making music by banging sticks together." AWESOME! (I'll be wearing earplugs.) Mar 06, 2012 
  • You know it's not going to be a good morning when you wake up to the sound if your kids trying to vacuum up some mess they just made. Mar 04, 2012 
  • Oh, I remember those stairs at RMU! My office was on the 8th floor, and I know the BURN that @FitFoodieChef is feeling. #FatChef Mar 02, 2012 
  • I just saw Amy Keck! :) Miss her so much! @FitFoodieChef Mar 02, 2012 
  • Not of fan of JJ! Comment about kids was a low blow! Jen stood up for her students & the integrity of her profession. @FitFoodieChef Mar 02, 2012 
  • I'm so excited for Jen @FitFoodieChef my former co-worker who is on FAT CHEF...RIGHT NOW on the Food Network. You are so brave! Mar 02, 2012 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Brooke's pre-k class leads chapel

Whomever (whoever?) comes up with these animated movements for Pre-K children church performances deserves a special place in heaven.  It ALWAYS makes me laugh.  Out loud.  Almost as if I'm making fun of the children.  Almost.  Sorta.

  (Brooke is second from the right).



Whoa, oh, oh, ooooo!
THUNDER!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Veggie Burger



I could not stand to look at that picture of Brooke's allergy tested back anymore on my homepage.  I think The Hunger Games books have freaked me out!


So, here is a picture of my dinner on Sunday... Veggie Burger topped with tomatoes, mixed greens, and avocado. This is what Vegetarians eat.  Not bad, huh?  That burger could have used some cheese. 

It is a homemade recipe that I found in Shape magazine.  I couldn't find the link, but it's main ingredients are onion, garlic, yellow squash, zucchini (the squash are grated), black beans, egg, and oats. The recipe called for grated carrots too, but I didn't have any on hand.  I also added some chopped jalapeno for more flavor too.  

I sauteed the veggies until soft in a bit of oil, added the beans, egg, oats, and more spices and let it all chill for an hour in the fridge.  I made the mixture into hamburger patties, dusted them with flour, and cooked them in a frying pan.  I had planned to put them on the grill (next to Zak's rib-eye!) but worried they might fall apart.  I'm glad I did because the burgers held together really well in the pan, but may have not been so lucky had I grilled them.  Plus, pan frying crisped it up nicely.  

It was way better than any frozen veggie patty I've ever eaten!  Also...no fake fillers.
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Monday, March 26, 2012

Allergy Test


Brooke got tested for allergies after her pediatrician scolded me for not reporting Brooke's "bee hives" in a timely manner.     As you can see from the above picture, she's got some issues.  I took that picture about 2 minutes after the nurse applied the test.  Brooke didn't have any complaints (other than we were there for TWO hours!) and didn't feel itchy.  She asked if she could see the picture after I took it, and I lied to her and said my battery was dead because I didn't want her to see what her back looked like!

Officially, Brooke is "moderately" (or "slightly") allergic to:

Tree Pollens:
  • Mesquite
  • Live Oak
  • Ligustrum
  • Mountain Cedar
  • Arizona Ash (slightly)
Grass Pollens:
  • Bermuda
  • Johnson
Weed Pollens:
  • Rough Pigweed
  • Western Ragweed
Mold Spores:
  • Alternaria
  • Curvularia (slightly)
Animals:
  • Cat (slightly)
Food:
  • Egg White
  • Canteloupe/Melon 
  • Soybean (slightly)
The good news is that we don't have to take any invasive action, and she doesn't need allergy shots. We can just give her some Zyrtec if she gets any symptoms. The Allergy doctor also said he's not quite sure why she gets the hives, but its rare that the hives don't itch (Brooke never complains about it).  



Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pink Eye

Bad News: Madison has Pink Eye

Good News: We were at a party tonight when it flared up.  At the party, we met a man who just so happens to be a physician, and asked him to look at Maddie's eye because she was rubbing and complaining about it non stop.  It was BRIGHT pink and swollen.  He immediately diagnosis her with Pink Eye after a 5 second close up look, and JUST SO HAPPENS to have a sample of medicine in his car.  Apparently, Pink Eye is "going around" and he took a sample home for his own kids yesterday 'just in case.'

He also sent us home from the party with a prescription for more medicine.

Hooray for doctor friends!!!  Hooray for no copay on Monday morning and a missed work/school day!!!

Like most things in life...it could be a lot, lot, lot worse than it is.  Life is good.

Going to the Theeeaaaaater

 
I took Brooke, Maddie, and Helen to the Children's Magik Theater!  It's the best season pass EVER, and I love that we're exposing the girls to art, acting, music, and culture (even if it's just for kids).  We've enjoyed nearly every production this year.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Brown Family visits the Lake House


The Brown Family came to visit us at the Lake House!  Megan posted some really great pictures on her blog, so be sure to check that too.

 

The first thing that Blake did when he got to our house is bust down the screen door.  It's like a rite of passage for any guests we ever host.  The adults almost always walk right through the screen door. It think this is because they're staring at the view and just are not paying attention.   The visiting kids always trip on some random uneven stones or thresholds in our uneven house.  (After some beverages, the adults start tripping over rocks too!).  If you're over six feet tall, you will also hit your head on our ceiling fans in the sun room.  The sign on the door should read "for midgets only."  It's a hazardous place, y'all, and I'm almost out of band-aids. 


Addie Brown is adorably delicious and had so much fun in the bounce house.  She would turn it off and on and get in and out as it collapsed around her.  Three year olds are very easily to entertain, and....  


so are 30 somethings!  Zak proudly wore his Reef flip flops with a built in bottle opener.  Those shoes came in handy, but Blake had a much cooler trick (and more sanitary!).  Blake opened bottles of beer with his class ring!  He's a huntin' & meat eatin' Texas A&M Aggie, but we won't hold that against him because he's the sweetest dad ever: 
Addie said she "touched a cactus on purpose" and Blake tried to help her get the pokeys out.  Addie decided to take care of that on her own ('cause she's a tough girl like that), and she did!


Megan found the hammock:
 
Blake taught the kiddos how to build a fire and sent them out in the woods to gather sticks. 
 

Carter Brown (that's what I call him....perfect first/last name combo!) led the girls into the wilderness to find sticks.

Zak did what he does best at the lake---grilling dinner:


Addie wanted to do the same tricks that Maddie does on the chair swing, so I hoisted her up there.  She said, "Take my picture and show my mom! Then, please take me down."

We had a blast with The Brown Family! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bubbles!




 No matter how old they get, kids still love bubbles!
 
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rocky

Madison built a house for her new pet, caterpiller Rocky, and his roommates Max and Sally.  Max and Sally are rolly pollies (not pictured) and Maddie paniced that Rocky would eat them, so she built a partition in their home.

Apparently these three will be going to school with Maddie tomorrow.  I wonder how Mrs. Garcia will feel about that?

--Amanda
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Pile on

Photo taken by Brooke

Color outside the lines

During the day, Brooke attends a full time Pre-K program, and has been at this same school since she was about a year old.  This is her last semester before Summer camp starts, and then Kindergarten, and I think she's getting anxious.  

One of the occasional complaints that I get from Brooke's teachers is that she doesn't want to follow directions for the sole sake of being sassy.  She will sometimes do the EXACT opposite of what her teacher tell her to do, and she thinks it's very funny.  To get out of doing "boring" projects, she'll sometimes take a very long time to complete her current project by providing the utmost detail to her work, particularly when coloring. 

When the teachers are unhappy with her work, they'll make her re-do it properly,  and provide me with the first attempt and the second attempt to show just how sassy she was acting. 

Here is a really good example....How Many Coins?  

Brooke was supposed to color the coins and add them up.  (Note that most students don't begin to add until Kinder, and the concept of counting money is covered in 1st grade.  Pre-K students don't usually color very well either...)



Brooke got into trouble because she didn't color the coins nicely, and just scribbled a yellow bar across the coins.  However, she was able to demonstrate that she can ADD (but still wrote the number "6" backwards).  Math games on the iPad are some of her favorite apps.

The teacher made her re-do the same worksheet and required her to color it nicely (and write her name).....


When I first saw this, and heard the story from the teacher, I couldn't help but to smile.  I've been told that as a child, I wasn't very interested in coloring within the lines either!  As an adult, I still don't bother with the boring details of any project.  I'm much more interested in the bigger picture and final result.  

In this case, my Pre-K daughter is adding up coins!  For that, I'll give her a nickle, and a lecture on following the rules, not sassing a teacher, the value of quality work.

With a wink. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Brooke's Stats at 5 years old

Brooke had her five year old "well baby" appointment last week.  The "well" part is very true, and I'm so grateful to have healthy children.  The "baby" part is a big fat lie, and just plain funny.  BABY! Ha.



Clearly, I'm baby-less, and that makes me very happy and very sad all at the same time.  Brooke was happy to show off her 5 year old skilz, share the fact that she's lost two teeth, and thought the question/answer part of the check up was pretty funny.

The nurse would ask a question, Brooke would swivel her head to me to make sure I responded correctly, and tried not to laugh at the questions:

"Can Brooke count to 10?"
"Does Brooke know at least four colors?"
"Can Brooke jump on one foot?  Skip?"
"Does Brooke know at least 50 words?"
"Can Brooke hold a pencil? Cut with scissors?"

Later Brooke said, "Mom, why did the nurse want to know that baby stuff? I could, like, do all that when I was, like, 3 years old.  I can do way more fun stuff than that!"

These questions would have been more appropriate:

"Can Brooke do a stand up comedy act?"  Yes. When can she go on the road to tour?

"Can Brooke solve mathematical problems using calculus yet?"  Not yet, and neither can her mother.

"Can Brooke operate and drive a Bumper Boat?" Why yes, yes, she can! Not only can she drive it, but she can also shoot water at her target (Madison) with expert precision.


Now, only if I can get her to think RATIONALLY and LOGICALLY. We are still having some problems with listening (she ironically passed her hearing test) and not having a tantrum at the most bizarre non-sensical, non-important things ever...."my shirt is itchy....I don't want to wash my hair...I hate that restaurant...I don't want to stop playing....I don't want to eat food, just sugar..."  The doctor gave me Parenting101.com type ideas to help solve these problems, and I did my best to not roll my eyes at her.  Yes, yes, it's just developmental.  I get it.

Brooke is also still working on pronouncing her "W's" and "R's" correctly (this is also normal for her age).  When Madison was younger, I would always correct her pronunciation, but with my second kiddo, I'm not so worried about that type of stuff anymore and find it quite endearing.  However, Brooke's about to start Kinder in the fall, and I would be sad if the other kids teased her about it.

Brooke also needs to see an allergist for her "beehives."  Every so often, Brooke will break out into hives, but they don't bother her at all. In fact, she doesn't even notice them until someone else points out the red blotches.  A child's dose of over the counter allergy medicine makes them go away and also prevents them, or they'll fade in a hour or so.  I think it's an environmental allergen exacerbated by cold weather. It's happened over 10-15 times since the Fall, and I thought the doctor was going to pass out when I told her the frequency.  I think I saw the doctor write down, "Terrible Mother" in the notes of Brooke's chart and said something about the possible need for an Epi-Pen to get my attention.  I'll put "make an appointment with an allergist" and also "find a new pediatrician" on my To Do List.

Now to the good stuff:
Brooke has 20/20 vision in both eyes, weighs 37 lbs (30th perctile) and is 42.5 inches tall (47th percentile), her BMI is 14.5% (29th percentile).  She grew FOUR inches last year. Based on her growth chart, and current size, Brooke is predicted to be 5'2'' or 5'3''

Just like her mama...and sister.    It's official, I make tiny people.  Woo hoo!



They'll be so lucky when they are teenagers because they'll get to wear THEIR MOTHER'S CLOTHES! It's every teenage girls' dream come true!! You are welcome, girls!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pierced!


Maddie has been asking to get her ears pierced for several years, and I've always told her that she can do it whenever she is ready.  THEN, I told her HOW it happens, just to scare her off for a few more years!  We were out celebrating her report card (All A's!), and we passed a "Claire's" store.  I told Maddie that I got my ears pierced at Claire's when I was a teenager (my second hole--it was the 80's!).   I asked her if she was ready to get them done, and she said YES!  We watched another girl get pierced so Madison knew what to expect, then she picked out the most expensive earrings they had ($60 for fake blue topaz studs!!!) and I veto'd that choice.  I made the final selection on some small sensible gold earrings.  

The woman who did the piercing was really mad at me for taking this photo because she had already told me that "photos are not allowed to be taken during the procedure."  Well, at this point, the lady was just swabbing with alcohol, but I got scolded anyway.  
 
My post is a little late because this week marks the first time that she can take out her earrings in exchange for another pair.  Maddie was very excited to do that, until I started to take them off, and she got all squeamish.  I think these little gold balls will be in there for a bit longer.