Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Here he is playing a game where you try to rope the bull. He was totally cracking me up, so I got out the camera for a little video. The Nintendo company could so use this video for advertising what a good workout Wii can give you. :)
In the video after trying to rope the cow a couple of times, it's hard to hear, but he says, "Don't just stand there" (meaning the cow). He was going so crazy with his wiimote that he wasn't even pointing it at the screen. It was funny. At the end he says, "I got the cowie".
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tessa and her classmates blowing their pinwheels while waiting for everyone to gather.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
It ended up being much better during the day and there were no lines and a much better atmosphere as well. There were lots of bounce house type activities and you paid $10 for a wristband to get into nearly everything. Unfortunately, the wristbands were only for 6 and up, so the girls got to go on everything, but not Jarem. Jarem patiently waited for the girls to go to their activities and finally we got to go to the toddler zone where toddlers get to play for free.
First, everyone had to get their faces painted. Jesikah wanted her face painted SO bad that she couldn't even think about anything else. The lady that painted their faces did an amazing job. It was not included in the wristband however, and we had to pay $4 per person. Later, we found free face painting which I totally would have done instead. I have to admit though, this lady did an awesome job, so I really didn't mind paying the $12 for the three of them in the end.
The food was very expensive, but we did manage to find some $2 hot dogs and $1 water bottles before we left. We got a funnel cake and cotton candy for everyone to share too. They wanted the sno-cones, but for $3 each, I just couldn't see paying that much. So, I promised them a 99 cent frosty at Wendy's on the way home and everyone was happy. We had a great time, and when we came home, the boys had cleaned out the garden area in the backyard and headed to see the movie, "GI Joe". So I guess they got their reward for their hard work!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
#2 In other notable school news, I got a call from the PTO president last week asking me if I'd be willing to be treasurer for the PTO. She said she saw on my membership form that I had been PTO Secretary before. After explaining to me all the responsibilities of the treasurer, I somewhat reluctantly told her I would be willing to do it, if they needed me to.
Well, later that evening, I get an email from her informing me (in a vague sort of way) that she had called two other people who had also said they would be interested in being treasurer (they wanted some options I guess)... She wanted us all to meet at the school on Monday morning during their PTO board meeting. Then, during the meeting, they would call us each into the meeting one at a time to ask us questions and then we could all leave and they would vote. The lucky winner got to be the treasurer, and WOULDN"T THEY BE LUCKY?!? :)
Let me just say, have you ever been interviewed for a job you didn't apply for? And further, have you ever been interviewed for a VOLUNTEER position that you didn't volunteer for? Well, one of the three of us said she was OUT (the smart one)! And the other two of us suckers showed up at the school to get grilled. Well, I ended up being the really big sucker because I was the LUCKY WINNER!! Aren't I lucky?
What they didn't tell me until later was that the previous treasurer quit because it was too demanding and school had been in session only 2 weeks before he quit...not a good sign. I'm even more nervous now that I've been the treasurer almost two days and already received at least 15 or more emails from the PTO president plus I already met with her yesterday. She is quite the go-getter! I may end up being another statistic. I like being involved with the school and the PTO(don't get me wrong), but I have to admit, I really didn't think it was right the way they handled it. I'm already Jesikah's room mother, isn't that enough?
#3 I just wanted to share some of Tessa's spelling words from last week. My kids have all done lists of spelling word contractions before, but these were a little different than the typical ones I'm used to. They definitely have a bit of Southern flair.
I was surprised aintn't wasn't on there. :) Certainly the south isn't known for their proper grammar. I'm constantly correcting the kids.
Child: "There ain't no pie in the fridge Mom."
Mom: "You mean, isn't any?"
I'm joking, they aren't really that bad yet, but I do find myself correcting them often.
There are, on the high school/middle school grounds, tennis courts, but they are always locked. I contacted the person who is in charge of the courts this morning to find out if we could get access to them. Here is the response I received:
"Ms Bass, those stay locked and I cannot give out keys. Sorry"
It makes no sense to me. My son GOES to the school and is on the middle school league representing their school, but they are not allowed to use their tennis courts. I'm told that their insurance covers middle school students too, so I just don't see what the issue is. Where we came from in Washington, the high school tennis courts were always open for public use.
So last night we found some tennis courts across town and dropped off Alex and his friend to practice. He called me 10 minutes later saying they had to pay $4 an hour to use the tennis courts. Are you kidding me? I did find out that the fees start after 5:30pm, so we'll be going early from now on, but still, it's across town. Why not the school courts...any feedback?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Our assignment for this week was to take lots of pictures and read our camera manual. It has been both fun and frustrating this week taking pictures with the new information. For the class, we are required to only take pictures in manual mode using only natural light. So the frustrating part is when I am in a hurry and can't get the light set quickly enough. I felt a little frustrated when we went to Riverfest this weekend and I couldn't get the settings adjusted correctly. I was going from shade to bright sun to overcast, etc, and everytime I had to change the settings before I could take a picture. I admit that I did cheat a couple of times and change it to Auto mode. However, on just a typical evening or morning, it has been fun adjusting the settings to change the picture because I don't usually have to keep changing them once they are set.
I don't know much yet, so you photographers out there, don't be too hard on me! :) Here are some pictures that I have taken for my class this week:
This picture below is of Jarem taking a nap. Sometimes, he just puts himself down for a nap if he gets tired while playing. This was one of those days. After I shot a couple of pictures, I accidentally woke him up and so I put the camera away. He said, "No mom, I want you to take a picture". I said, "Ok then go back to sleep" and he did.
The next several pictures are random ones I took of the kids playing outside with thier friends one evening:
The next pictures I took at sunrise behind our house when the mist was rising off the ground:
Poor Jarem woke up Monday morning looking like this... We suspect it was sun poisoning since regardless of the amount of sunscreen we lathered on his face the few days before, he kept getting sun. He has such light skin. We used three different types of sunscreens the day before, and after reading up on sun poisoning, it says it can be an allergy to a sunscreen that is activated by light. His poor little nose had lots of little blisters and his face was hot, red, and swollen. Regardless of the cause, he was a bit miserable most of the day, but especially because we wouldn't let him swim in the pool with the other kids. Finally, when the sun started to go down, we let him out to swim for a couple of hours.
Another picture of him after he woke up. The kids kept saying that he looked like a different person and Alex called him Chinaman because his eyes looked a little Chinese he said. After some Benadryl and staying out of the sun all day, he looked much better by the end of the day.
He looked in the mirror about halfway through the day and told Eric that he was only a little bit China now.