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Next time, ear plugs!

Next time, I’m bringing ear plugs.But I guess there probably won’t be a next time so I’ll just be thankful that I got to enjoy Every. Single. Decibel.Hy-Vee sponsored an Exercising Your Character event in Des Moines last week.I didn’t know much about it before volunteering to accompany my favorite 4th grade class – I knew that it was geared toward 4th/5th graders and in the past they had brought in Olympic Gold Medalist & DWTS Champ (and DSM native) Shawn Johnson.So the easily star-struck side of me had hopes that I wouldn’t be disappointed.
I got a little bit of a hint as we unloaded the bus and the bus driver asked me if I had brought along ear plugs – “I stuck my head in there a couple years ago and I couldn’t believe how loud it was”.He wasn’t joking.As we entered HyVee Hall, the lights were down low, the speakers were blaring with (fun!) music and the high pitched squeal of 9-10 year olds was (as the kids these days say) lit!As we waited the ~20 minutes for the convention ha…
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Our Little Reader

Boy, did I need to come across this random video today...  I've been meaning to post something after our most recent Parent Teacher Conferences with Cutie #2 (** see below), and this video fits perfectly.

I don't think Cutie #2 necessarily started reading earlier than others, but once it "clicked," he was off and running and there has been NO stopping him.  I remember being a little anxious before we left for Australia that missing the first semester of first grade might set him back in site words and reading.  But I have vivid memories of him reading to me in our Aussie house and when he started back to the second semester of 1st grade when we returned, he jumped right back in with all the others! Over the years his love of reading has only  grown and grown.  For kids in 4th & 5th grade, our school district offers GT (Gifted & Talented) enrichment and it wasn't much of a surprise when he was asked to participate in GT Reading this year.

Which brings me t…

Best. Gift. Ever.

Valentine's Day is stupid and Ryan and I have a strict agreement that there is no need or reason to buy me overpriced flowers just because it says so on the calendar (in case he's reading this, flowers on any other random day are fabulous...).  Although I didn't think we were getting each other gifts at all, he surprised me by ordering and installing a new MCU (not sure what that is - but something about a motor control unit) in our 12 year old washing machine. 


I was only without a washing machine for 4 days, but boy did the dirty laundry pile up quickly!  For this mom of three active (and sweaty boys!), a working washing machine is seriously the BEST. GIFT. EVER.

So you don't think I am a complete non-emotional robot without feelings, I did make a super yummy funfetti cake for the family on Valentine's Day...

THIS. JUST. HAPPENED.

Yep, this "new" car is now a permanent fixture in our driveway and my first-born baby has a car.


Wait!  What?  I am having a VERY hard time wrapping my head around this new development.  It seems like just yesterday Boy #1 had THIS new set of wheels...


He is growing up way too fast and Iowa driving laws certainly aren't helping!  At age 14, kids can drive with parents in the car after passing a written driving test.  Check - that happened last summer.  The next step is to take a 6-week Drivers Ed class at the High School.  Check - that also happened last summer.  Six months after completing Drivers Ed, kids can then get a student permit that allows them to drive themselves to and from school related events only (think school, practices and games).  Boy #1 was technically able to get a student permit last month, but I had reservations about sending him into the IHS parking lot on his own - that is a SCARY place for even experienced drivers.   Not to mention we didn't …

Hands Free

For anyone that knows me at all, this time of the year is hard for me because it's the dreaded flu season.  Obviously no one wants to get the flu, but because my anxiety symptoms are really just flu symptoms in disguise (imagine the Pepto Bismol commercial from back in the day), just the mention of the flu can give me cold sweats, a racing heart and have me running/hiding from anyone and everyone.
And this particular season hasn't disappointed - stories about the flu are everywhere you look.  So imagine my anxiety level when I walk into my doctor's office earlier this week for a routine meds check (i.e., I'm not sick I just needed to check in so that I can continue to get prescription refills).  Before I even enter the building, I see signs on the doors with a person wearing a mask that encourages sick guests to keep their masks on at all time.  At that point, I go into high alert mode and I use the hand wave sensor thingy to open both of the entrance doors (no worries…

teenage smells

My first born child walked upstairs with his laundry basket last night as I was heading to bed.  My initial thought was that there was something he needed washed and ready for his 6am practice in the morning.  As I started to calmly and politely express my frustration (at least that's how it sounded in my head), he assured me he had everything he needed for tomorrow.  Whew.  But I was still confused. It was the night before his first round of high school finals and he should have either been studying or sleeping! I am fairly certain he has NEVER brought up his laundry on his own so the entire situation was very confusing to my tired brain.  I continued to ask questions in an attempt to figure out what was going on and he kept giving me short answers with his cute little smirk on his face, which only confirmed that something fishy was going on.  He finally admitted that he didn't want the laundry basket in his bathroom anymore because of the SMELL.  So he brought it up to me.  …