If you haven't yet readthis post.....please do so now. You'll laugh your fool head off, and then you'll go get yourself some paper bags.
Which leads me to my paper bag experience today. Cam got off the bus. When he gets home from school, if he doesn't have any homework, I will let him play the I-pad.
This morning though, before he got on the bus, I told him if he didn't turn in his papers to his teacher today (he had forgotten for 2 days), he could not play the I-pad this afternoon.
Well, he didn't turn in his papers. Hence, no I-pad time for Cam.
This does not go over well. At all.
We get in the van to go pick up Emmitt from daycare. I'm firmly, but nicely, telling Cam why he can't have I-pad time. He is getting more and more upset as we drive. By the time we pull in Amanda's driveway, Cam is bawling upset.
"I wannnnnnnt the the the I-pad. Waaaaaaa."
I leave him in the car, crying, while I run in and get Emmitt. I was gone probably 10 minutes.
We get back to the van, and he is crying even harder.
"Why can't I pppplay the I-pad? Waaaawaaaaa."
"I told you Cameron. You did not do what Mommy told you to do this morning, and in order for you to learn your lesson, you need to suffer consequences and get punished. That's why you can't play the I-pad."
Insert Emmitt:" Mom, can I have a piece of gum?"
Myself: "No, Emmitt."
Emmitt: "Why not??" (winey voice)
Myself: "Because Emmitt. Every time we get in the van, you ask for a piece of gum. Then we get home, and you want a snack, so you have chewed your gum for maybe all of 10 minutes. That's a waste of a piece of gum."
Emmitt: pause........"So I have to chew my gum forever?"
Cameron: "Waaaaaaabaaaaaa.....I want the I-pad waaaaaaaa."
Myself: "No Emmitt, you can't chew gum forever, but you should really chew it more than 10 minutes."
Cameron: "Waaaaaa, I wish we could go to school right now so I could turn in my papers.....baaaaaaa."
Myself: "No Cam. (I'm trying to have a gentle tone here) You were at school all day and didn't turn in those papers. Why would I drive all the way back to school now, when you should have done it like I told you? Plus, your teacher is gone for the day and school is over."
Cameron: "Well, well, we can just lay them on her desk! Waaaaaaaaa."
Emmitt: "Oh, that is so annoying!"
Cameron hits Emmitt.
Cameron: "Why can't you drive me to school Mom? Then I can turn them in and play the I-pad."
(He's not getting this)
Myself: "No Cam, then you wouldn't have learned your lesson. You have to learn to be more responsible, and do what Mommy tells you to do."
Cameron: "This is so unfair! Waaaaaaaa.......pause......I'll turn them in tomorrow Mom?"
Myself: "Yes, that would be good. And if you don't, you won't play the I-pad tomorrow either."
This afternoon, I was busy in the kitchen making lasagna for supper. Emmitt repeatedly kept asking me to come help him with a game on the I-pad. I just really wanted to get it in the oven, and then help him. He asked and asked and I kept saying, "just a minute honey....I'm almost done."
After several minutes of this, he said, "ugh, MOM! I thought you said it'd be just a minute?!"
"I know Emmitt, I'm sorry honey. Mommy's trying to hurry for you."
His reply, "It's ok Mom. You're still the best Mom I ever had."
This past July, we camped for 6 days at Burt Lake State Park in Indian River. It's minutes from the bridge. We had such a fabulous time. We took one day to go over the bridge, visit Oswald's Bear Ranch, and Taquemenon Falls. Absolutely breathtaking! The kids had so much fun.
So every year, in September, we have what's called a Youth Hunt. This is where kids from ages 11-16 can go hunting with an adult for just one weekend, and try to get their trophy buck!
I can't tell you how stinkin proud I am of our daughter. She went out with Eric a couple times before they saw this nice little 5 point. She shot it compltely by herself and it was a perfect shot! WOW Girl! So impressive. She was completely esctatic.
Olivia started middle school this year. Yes, that's right - Sixth grade! I KNOW! Can you believe it?! I know I can't. She is really loving it and getting good grades. She played on the volleyball team and they had a winning record - she did great!! She loves her i-pod, doing her nails, shopping (especially at Claire's), and reading. She is really into the Northern Lights Series by Lisa Tawn Bergren right now. If you haven't read it - do it! She helps me so much around the house and is a caring girl.
Cameron started first grade this year. He's reading like a pro. Amazing how quickly he caught on to that. He played soccer this past fall and did really good. He loves playing his dsi, the Wii, our I-pad, and also playing Farkle and Yahtzee. He's darn good at it too!
Emmitt goes to Miss Amanda's 3 days a week right now, and to Aunt Sue's 1 day. We didn't have a good option for pre-school for him this year, so he will be starting Young 5's this coming fall. He's a bright kid, let me tell ya. Oh the stuff he comes up with. His imaginary friend, Jack, does all sorts of crazy stuff. I am thinking I need to start writing on my blog about, "The Adventures of Jack." Cuz they are quite something! :)
My sister is an amazing photographer. Her business name is Suetibles Photography. You can find her on Facebook! We did a family photo shoot in November and these are a couple of my favorites. There are a few more on my side bar. She is awesome!!!
This past September, Eric, myself, my twin sister Sue, and Chris, my roommate from college all participated in the 8 mile race on Mackinaw Island. What an amazing day it was. The weather seriously could not have been better - perfect temperature. The sun was shining and guided us all the way around the island as we ran.
What an absolutely gorgeous place here on God's earth.
I, unfortunately, was not feeling well that day :( I ran this same race a year before and never stopped running once. Ran the whole thing! Yes, I was very proud of myself. I finished in 1:30. ...which to me, is great because I am so not a runner.
But this year was different. I had terrible sideaches the entire way, and couldn't catch my breath. So I ran/walked it in 1:40, which still isn't too bad considering. It was still a wonderful experience again, just enjoying God's handiwork and some time w/ my hubby, sis, and bestie.
My husband on the other hand, rocked the race. He was amazing. I admire that man so much. He pushed through a torn calf muscle and still ran the whole thing in 61 min. WOW!
Yeah, he pretty much rocks. Love him and his determination and stamina.
Chris finished in 1:22, and Sue finished about 10 minutes after me. They both did amazing as well.
This is long overdue....but wanted to share it anyway.
Cuz it's kind of a big deal. To us.
We were camping last July, and had literally gotten camp just set up and were nicely settled. The kids were begging to go to the swings and slides, so we walked over to the playgroud. Emmitt, being a normal boy, decided to not sliiiiiiide down the slide, but rather to slide half way down, and then jump over the side. He did this a few times and was fine, but the last time he did, didn't pan out well. He ended up breaking his foot in 3 places. Right on the top, right behind his toes.
My poor baby.
It swelled up nice and fat and got purple. He was such a trooper though and handled it way better than his momma did. He only had to have the cast on for 3 weeks, but right in the middle of summer, and no swimming allowed = not fun. He healed nicely though, and there should be no lasting effects. We're thankful for that!