Monday, September 22, 2014

Again with Monday and MMMM

So here we are again with Monday.  Not really up with the Monday thing.  I'm just not feeling it today.  Then again when am I feeling Monday?  Never.  But about last weekend...
We had one very busy Saturday.  Nick started it off with a bike ride.  He did better than he had expected and climbed all the hills without stopping, so he's getting in better shape. I knocked grocery shopping out of the park.  Then we dropped the boys off at my mom's and went to the tailgate party for our local college team.  We had fun and got to see the first half of the game.
Fun with my honey!

Go Cowboys!

College football is a great time!

Bruiser had a Birthday party to attend at 4:30 and when that finished up we headed over to a friends house for ribs and good times.  We finally got home around 10:30.
Nick was up at 4 am to go hunting.  He did manage to get a  bull elk close enough to shoot, but the elk was looking at him so he couldn't draw on it. He plans to hit it hard this next weekend.I truly hope he gets an animal with his bow as that would make his year.

And this week's MMMM is stadium music.  Since we were just at a game I can share some of the music we heard snippets of during the game.

Jump Around by House of Pain:

Thunderstruck by AC/DC
The half time show was band day--17 high school and junior high bands joined the college marching band to play Happy by Pharrell Williams:
It was cool to see all the kids out playing their hearts out.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Five

Let's hear it for Friday!  Whoop Whoop!
This week has been so busy that it has flown by for me.  I like weeks like that.  Now, I really hope that the weekend doesn't speed by, but since it looks busy too, it probably will.
On to the 5 thoughts for Friday:
  1. Bruiser learned to ride his bike this week.  He even rode his little bike to school yesterday. He's so very proud of himself.  We found him a larger bike and he is learning the stopping and starting part of riding a bigger bike.  He still has some practice to do, but he really loves riding his bike.  This makes Nick so very proud and happy.  Bikes are very important to my hubby.
  2. I have really been enjoying the cooler mornings we have been having.  Makes drinking tea much more fun. The leaves on our trees are turning yellow all over town.  Fall is definitely here, no matter what the calendar says.
  3. We were able to pick up Bruiser's new glasses yesterday.  He finally gets to wear glasses to school. Now watch, the old ones will turn up next week sometime.  Even though I have scoured the house looking for the darn things.  
  4. We have a fun weekend planned.  Nick and I have tickets to the college football game.  This comes with tailgate time and all the associated fun.  The boys will be with Grandma and they will enjoy that, I'm sure.  Bruiser has a birthday party to go to Saturday afternoon/evening and we may get together with friends Saturday night.  Sunday, Nick is hunting, so I hope he catches the big one. I get to spend Sunday cleaning house.  The dust Rhinos are beginning to charge.
  5. I'm thinking that it is time for me to get my bake on.  Banana bread, pumpkin pie bread, spent grain bread, scones, cookies, brownies.  It all sounds so very good.  My waist and hips will hate me, but I just want to bake.
5 pictures:
Just after proudly riding his bike the seven block to school.

Love this goober of a dog.

Archery is big at our house.

This kid is growing up far too fast.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spin Cycle--What If...?

So this week the spin cycle is What if...?  This could go any of several directions.  I'm leaning toward asking the questions and just contemplating the answers.

What if:
  • calories screamed as your burned them?  Exercising might be a lot more fun...
  • boys picked up after themselves automatically? I would spend far less time picking up...
  • laundry folded itself? That would be heaven...
  • there was no insomnia? 2 am would not have my company.  I'd be OK with that.
  • chocolate was a health food? Mmmm, chocolate.
  • wine was as necessary as water? Some would say it is...
  • pigs could fly? Umbrellas would be a standard.
  • Bruiser ate a meal without complaints? Then we all just ate chicken nuggets and green beans.  Yum.
  • exercise was as fun as watching TV or reading a book?  I'd sure do it a whole bunch more.
  • We could see the future?  People might act a whole bunch differently...
  • life was all sunshine and puppies? We would all be wildly bored inside of two days.
  • women ran the world? Good question...
  • I could read for a living? I'd be really good at my job.
  • we went back to the moon? That would be a fine adventure.
  • video games counted as school work? Turbo would be the best student ever.
  • magic was real? Doing household chores would a snap...
  • I could make dinner without protest from the kids in the house?  Truly, a miracle would have happened.
  • we could do it all over again, knowing what we know now? Not sure I would change too much...
  • Scooby Doo was really what it was all about? That would be, like, cool, man...
  • I had all the answers?  There would just be more questions.
Many things in science have been discovered by asking what if? People can change their lives by asking what if? What if leads to dreams and if you follow those dreams, who knows where you will end up.  So ask.  Then go find the answer!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bike Riding

So we have been working with Bruiser so he could learn to ride a bike.  He's doing well.  Want to see:


He's doing so well. Nick is there mostly because Bruiser's attention does wander and Nick acts as the buffer against falls.
It's time to get a bike that doesn't require constant pedaling.  The little bike he's riding needs to be pedaled all the time.  It has no brakes and is one that should probably be retired.  Sadly the next bike we have is still a bit too big for Bruiser.  I do think a trip to the store is in order.
Stacy Uncorked

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Randoming It Up!

And now we are on Tuesday. The whirlwind continues around these parts. Last week was busy, this week is busy and next week looks much the same.  But first let's random:
  • I had a dentist appointment last Wednesday.  For a cavity, not just the cleaning.  I loathe going to the dentist.  My face was numb for three hours after the tooth was fixed.  Totally put me out of commission. Yuck.  
  • This week Turbo has started off with a bang.  We got two, two calls from the school yesterday about him. One was for a field trip he in going on today--he needed to get his permission slip signed so he could turn it in--he claims he lost it.  
  • Anyway, that one was easy.  The other call was for an altercation he had in gym class.  He started a fight.  OK, so his side of the story is they have been playing basketball and another kid has been pushing Turbo's buttons and got in his face and knocked the ball away and told Turbo he got served.  Turbo finally had enough and kicked him. Turbo was the one who got in trouble. He gets four strikes a semester before disciplinary actions are taken, so he's on strike one. Middle school is going to be interesting.
  • So after that who needs a laugh:
For anyone who follows Big Bang Theory.
  •  We have ordered Bruiser new glasses after the other ones he had took a walk somewhere. I have a sneaking suspicion they may have inadvertently been throw away. our Eye doctor has a deal where if you buy children's frames, the lenses are only $1.  Makes the bite a bit less to replace Bruiser's glasses.
  • And since we were strongly requested to attend the football game this weekend, we are going to the game.  It's energy weekend and a good opportunity for Nick to network. And hey, free tickets to the game. Wyoming might win another game.  Last weekend we got spanked by Oregon.  Kind of saw that coming though. Anyway, it's an afternoon of being adults.  Always a good thing.
And that covers my random for the week.  Go see Stacy! She who is now Random Queen, or our fearless leader of the random!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Going's On and MMMM

So I'm finally back to a five day work week.  Had a few four day weeks there what with back to school, the holiday and then Bruiser pulling a mild fever.  So this is my first Monday in forever it seems.  Not that Tuesday didn't try it's best to be Monday's clone.  ANy way, want to know what our weekned was all about?  Sure you do.
Friday was very laid back for us as Nick was hunting and I was home hanging with the boys. I powered through the laundry and kept the boys happy.
Saturday, I grocery shopped and then did more laundry.  Folding was waiting for me--I hate the folding part. Nick got home about noon and he was tired, but jazzed about the animals he had seen.  He still hasn't hit on the magic combo of location, timing, animals, and opportunity yet, but he's getting closer. He is at least seeing the elk and deer he is hunting, just not close enough to get a shot with his bow. Maybe this next week...
Anyway we have a very old--like from 2000/2001--handheld GPS.  It still works, but we have miss placed the cord that lets us download the point from it and it is slow to find the satellites.  Also thick cover, or clouds and it claims there are no satellites to find and pouts that we don't have it out in perfect conditions. So Nick decided that he would like to get a new handheld GPS for not only hunting, but field work and such.  So off the Cheyenne to look for what he wanted.  He found a very nice one.  A Garmin 62s, and he got the topo chip to go with it.  He played with it all the way home.

Sunday was a total be a bum day.  I finished up the sheets and towels, even got them folded.  We really didn't do anything at all. Sometimes you need those down days.  In the evening we watched Jurassic Park: The Lost World.  Turbo agrees with us that the movie is not so good. But now he's seen it and knows why we don't have it.  We will stick with Jurassic Park I & III.  Much more watchable movies.

So now on to MMMM.  It's a freebie week, so let's see, what have I been rocking to lately:
Rascal Flatts with Payback:

Jason Aldean with Burnin' it Down:

 Lady Antebellum with Bartender:


Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday 5--Brrrr!

Time for Friday!  Woo Hoo! The week is almost over! Now for Emmy Mom's Friday 5:
5 thoughts:
  1. It snowed here last night.  Not much, other places in Wyoming got far more than we did, but we still had snow on the cars and roofs this morning.  And it's totally freezing out there. It was time to get out the big coats this morning.  And find the ear muffs and gloves.
  2. I have finally solved the issue of Bruiser's shoes.  At our house Bruiser's bedroom and Nick and my bedroom are in the basement.  This makes keeping Bruiser's shoes in his room complicated.  So I found a basket to put by the door for him to put his shoes in.  He does pretty good at putting his shoes there when he comes home.  We are run around in your socks people so it works out well as he sheds his shoes as he enters the house anyway.  So far it's working well.  By the time his shoes won't fit in the basket, other arrangements for his bedroom will have been made.
  3. Well Turbo figured out the girl's name who asked him out.  They are "going out" now.  She's cute and at this stage it's all pretty innocent. I think he's sort of getting a kick out of the whole thing, but there was one girl who told everyone about it and Turbo was less than pleased.  We told him we live in a small town, things have a way of getting around.  Better to learn that now, rather than later with something more serious.
  4. I have fallen a bit off the wagon as far as the 30 day shred, but I am still doing something.  Any type of movement helps to combat the fact that I sit all day at work.  Got to make the jeans fit right and if I can get into a habit, I might survive the winter without increasing my backside by so much.
  5. Bruiser has started making noises about Halloween and what he might want to be.  Nothing definite yet.  Turbo is on the fence about Halloween.  On one hand CANDY, on the other, being cool.  We shall see which one wins.  I'm thinking this year the candy will win.

5 Pictures:
Not much snow, but still some on the car.
Still pretty psyched about the Monster Trucks.

Bruiser with the sweatshirt the drivers signed.
What Nick is doing right now, stalking the mighty Elk.
They excel in making me crazy, but I love the little stinkers.
What up for you today and this weekend?  Link up a Friday 5 with emmy Mom!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Spin Cycle--Secret

So this week the Spin Cycle is all about secrets. 

I think I'm pretty good at keeping secrets.  Although I do let some things spill--especially if there is a long time between my knowing the secret and the revealing of the secret.  We tried to keep the destination of our end of summer trip a secret from the boys, but we spilled it way earlier than we wanted to.
I do much better with Christmas surprises and birthday surprises. Keeping secrets about gifts is easy.  Keeping them hidden is much harder. Last year I had gotten Nick a range finder for archery hunting and had kept it a secret and had it wrapped and under the tree.  Then Thullee attacked the tree and some of the gifts under it. Awesome.  That spilled the beans, but Nick was excited anyway.
Nick is far better at keeping secrets than I am.  He has a real gift for sincerity in what he tells people, even if he's lying through his teeth.  He's gotten me once or twice about Christmas presents.
My mother is awful at keeping secrets, especially if it has something to do with a gift she is giving.  She does not wrap presents. She doesn't give the boys toys. But she is generous with them in clothing, gift cards for video games, and her time.  The last one is the most important.
We are entering a whole new world of secret keeping with Turbo approaching teenager years.  He's already got a girl he's "going out" with.  At this stage, it's not much more than identifying as being a couple in school.  I think he might have her phone number, but I'm not sure.  He told me about her asking him and he was not sure he wanted Nick to know, but after he had talked to me he was OK with Dad knowing.  At least he doesn't feel the need to keep secrets from us.  We have tried to be open and supportive. So far it's working.
Can you keep a secret?  Or are you a spill the beans kind of person?
Put your spin on it and join Gretchen and Ginny Marie, they would love to have you!

Second Blooming

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

And go for questions:
1. On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history-9/11. Will you mark it in some special way? We will probably discuss with the boys what happened, especially Turbo.  The should know what happened, but we won't get too graphic with Bruiser.  He still a bit young for all the images. I know Nick and I will both remember where we were and how we learned of the attacks.

2. Do you ever/still...listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a phonebook? Refer to a paper map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone? I listen to the radio in the car all the time.  At home we listen to the radio when the college football team is playing and in the morning in the winter when weather is bad for school status. WE don't have a VCR anymore.  I often look up numbers in the phone book for businesses--we live in a small town and it's easier sometimes. Nick has taken to using his phone for an alarm clock, but I still use my bedside alarm when I need to get up unusually early. We do use the paper map for long trips, but I like the phone map ap for city driving.

3.  Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don't know? Nope.  Feelings run far too high and we get in enough trouble discussing these things with people we know, so I don't like to go into it with people we don't know.

4. What's a dish you haven't eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving? Have you made it yet this month? Soup.  The heavy comfort soups of Clam chowder, stew, chili, and sausage lentil. Casseroles like lasagna, potato, cheese and ham, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and really anything baked. I ahve not goten to making any of them yet, but it will come soon, as we have been threatened with snow tomorrow night.

5. What's something you know nothing about? Ice Hockey. Auto racing. Car repair. Golf. All of these are things I know nothing about. Oh I can recognize them, but be asked to do any of them and it's most definitely a no go.

6. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like classical music? If so, what's your favorite piece? I like classical music for background music, but could not pick out a favorite.  My biggest exposure was Bugs Bunny growing up, so really anything they used as background in the cartoons?

7. What's the oldest thing you own? That I actually own?  I have a kerosene lamp that has turned purple with sun exposure.  It is at least 100 years old, as to turn purple the glass had to have magnesuim added to it during the creation process. It is a lovely lamp and we do use it during power outages.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. My handy hubby, Nick, was able to fix our leaking toilet Monday night.  Instead of having to call the plumber to replace the guts of the toilet, we were able to go purchase the new guts and Nick was able to replace them with only a small amount of hassle.  I love having a handy hubby!

Turbo Times

Turbo is navigating the ins and outs of middle school.  In some ways he's dealing well with the changes.  In others, it's more challenging.
The school work seems to be coming to him much more easily than it did last year.  He is not as afraid of writing.  Blank pages and a writing assignment don't send him into a panic. It's good to see him writing, misspellings and all.
He is enjoying French class so far.  He likes to tell us the words he is learning.  It is a nice review for Nick, who took French when he was in middle school and high school. He is remembering the basics and he is able to help Turbo with pronunciation.
The social aspect is proving to be more trouble.  There has been some trading of action figures, and Turbo, not being as savvy on the uptake as some, has gotten the short end of the stick on some of them.  He was so very upset the other day over it.  My first instinct was to charge in and make it right, but then I decided that letting him talk it out, offering advice and Letting him determine how to move forward was probably better.

Kids need to learn from these incidents.  Navigating the ins and outs of the social world of pre-teens and teens is never easy.  I know I was baffled by it for years. At least he's a boy and there is a level of sanity that is absent from girl interactions.
However, he has been the object of attention from said girls.  Last week a girl asked him "out".  He came home and was in mild shock that a girl liked him.  He seems to have dealt with it well.  He did not give her a definite answer, but told her he would get back to her about the question.
The funny thing is, he doesn't remember her name. About three schools were brought together to make up the 6th grade immersion class at the middle school here.  There are two or three other schools who will send more seventh graders next year.  This girl was a girl that went to another grade school, so Turbo is not familiar with her.  He thinks he might like her, so we shall see where this goes.
A whole new world is opening up for Turbo.  So far, even though it is early in the game, he seems to be doing OK. I just hope it continues to go well for him. After all this kid is a pretty great kid, even if I am a bit biased.
I'm joining up with Shell for Pour Your Heart Out.


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