Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Grade Five Leadership at Safety City!

Max was one of twelve kids chosen from his grade to be on Leadership for next year. (That's because he's awesome.) The twelve kids had a full day of training today at Safety City, where they learned something or other about safety and stuff like that. They also learned how to be Safety Patrollers. They even had a final exam, and Max got 98%. Nice work, Max!

This is the little city they have there, where the kids could practice being Safety Patrollers.

When the parents came to pick the kids up at the end, they put on some little skits about safety for us. I am always impressed when Max doesn't think he's too cool for stuff like that. He has such a good attitude.
There are our grade 5 leaders!
What a great kid.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Mommy, I'm tired.

That scary neighbor keeps waking me up too early.

Corina tried to dial a phone number herself today. I told her the last four numbers to dial, and she said, "I can't remeberalize all those!"

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Any old assface can be a mother.


I just want to sleep in the tent with my children without having to hear a woman being cruel to her daughter. It's really not that much to ask! Both nights that we slept in the tent, we were woken up a little after 7 by my nasty neighbor shrieking at her poor daughter for half an hour. Every request she makes of her comes out in a terrifyingly angry shriek, including the very first communication of the day.
"THE ALARM WENT OFF! IT IS TIME TO GET OUT OF BED! GET OUT OF BED RIGHT NOW! NOW GET THE COMB AND GET IN HERE TO COMB YOUR HAIR BEFORE I COUNT TO THREE! NOW GO GET YOUR CLOTHES! NOW NOW NOW! FASTER FASTER FASTER! DO IT BEFORE I COME IN THERE AND SMACK YOUR FACE!"
Normally I hear this through the walls, but it's sure different being outside and hearing it through the open window. My heart breaks for this poor little girl, who is actually very quiet and well-behaved, by the way. I did actually talk to her mom about the yelling a few weeks ago, and she stopped for a bit. It's back on with a vengeance now though. Seriously, is it so hard to go in and give your daughter a kiss on the forehead, maybe crawl into bed beside her, tell her you love her, and then get up together? Wouldn't that make for a nicer day for everyone? How do people wake up so angry? It's bothering me a lot. I'm sharing my feelings.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Because I am the best mom ever...

I bought a tent for my kids. I am not a tent person. Max and I set it up all by ourselves, and we're pretty proud of that accomplishment. It was our first time! Tonight we're going to sleep in it. If that goes well, I may even take them camping one day.

I am trying to get skin cancer by playing outside in my bikini again.


Today we made chocolate covered strawberries together. (That is also because I am the best mom.) They were awesome, but they sure melted quickly in the hot sun.


And now we're going back outside to play in the sprinklers. I think the best idea I ever had was to go to school to be a teacher person. I get to play like this every single summer!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Our Summer Holiday

This weekend we had a car, which was awesome all on its own. We could have just driven around the neighborhood and it would have been a great holiday. I made it even better by going to lovely places. First we went to Cardston to visit M & M & M. We went swimming, and Corina jumped into the deep end from a big ball. I was very impressed with her.

We visited the temple, where we posed reverently.


The next day we drove to Calgary so we could go to Calaway Park for our very first time. We all loved it. The kids were brave and went on all kinds of scary rides. Max even went on the roller coaster. It goes upside down, you know. (This picture isn't the roller coaster. It's a spinning thing.)

Here are my little people having lunch and looking adorable.

And here I am wearing a fanny pack. I am the awesomest.


We watched a show of some kind at Calaway Park, and they invited Corina to join them on stage. She was adorable.

The show itself was not so adorable. Their parents must be so ashamed.


Drinks and popsicles, drinks and popsicles...it was a very hot weekend.

The day after that, we went to the Calgary Zoo. This is the dinosaur exhibit, which was awesome, but in a zoo? I don't get it.


This slide was pretty cool. Who wouldn't want to slide out of a snake's mouth? (I wonder how Corina's skinny legs are strong enough to even hold her up.)

Hot dog time at the zoo.
Mustard time at the zoo.

Our favourite thing at the zoo - the gorillas! We fell in love with them. We wanted to bring them home with us.
We were face to face with them as they licked peanut butter off the glass at feeding time.

Anyway, those are just a few of the 240 pictures we took this weekend. We had such a great time. We even stayed in a fancy hotel, which was a first for the kids. We're thinking we need to do vacations like this more often. It was so fun!

Friday, July 20, 2007

I am a Free-Wheeling Architect.



I'm efficient, logical, self-reliant, independent, charismatic, and practical...but I'm not feminine or empathetic. Rude!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Easily amused.

Today I was eating a salad with crunchy croutons, and the kids were eating nectarines that hadn't softened yet. Crunchy lunch. I accidentally discovered something important. I put my hand up to my ear for something or other while I was chewing. Did you know how loud that makes the crunching sound inside your head? For the rest of our lunch, all three of us sat with our hands on our ears, crunching away, mesmerized by the sounds. It was awesome. The only thing that would make it better would be if the food was screaming in pain.

This weekend we're going on our summer holiday. It's just a little trip, but it's going to be great. I will tell you all about it when it's done!

Monday, July 16, 2007

This is 11:00 pm.

Last night I babysat the kids who live next door, while their dad took their mom back to Calgary for yet another week of chemotherapy and radiation. (Sad.) That's a six hour trip for him. It has been so very hot here, and we couldn't handle it in the house. It's an oven. It started cooling off outside, so we went out and read stories together. Corina and their littlest boy both fell asleep on the concrete steps. Wouldn't you think that would be kind of uncomfortable? They didn't seem to mind. Awfully cute.


And that is a clear shot of the black Mary Jane Crocs.

Nothing else is going on. I'm waiting for my policeman to call me, which supposedly he will be doing tomorrow morning. I still don't know what's going on with the crazy lady.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A blog entry about Crocs, to prove I'm a nerd.

I love Crocs. I know that's not cool for adults, but it's very cool for six-year-olds. That means I'm very young and hip, really. Crocs used to be huge and clunky looking, but now they have a new style called Mary Janes. Look how cute they are!
Corina has a pair in that soft pink, and today she got a black pair with jeweled Jibbits in them. I have a gold pair, and today I got black. We are awesome. They feel so amazing (like walking on babies!) that it actually makes them look cuter and cuter to me the longer I wear them. It's kind of like when you go on a date with an ugly guy, but he's so nice and funny that he gets better looking as time goes on. Crocs are an ugly, funny man who always gets the girl. That's what I figured out.

Today we picked up some Crocs Butter. After a while, the Crocs start to look kind of dusty and faded. We tried the Butter in the store with our old Crocs, and it's amazing. They look like we just bought them today. They're all shiny and new-like.
Crocs also came out with some tiny little ballerina flats called Primas. I wanted them so very badly. Unfortunately, they fit all weird and fall off at the back like flip flops. So sad.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Riding a two wheeler!

Today Corina decided to learn to ride her bike. I helped her get balanced, she started pedaling, I let go, and off she went. Just like that. She didn't even fall once!

Max helped her get balanced too. He's a great big brother.


Look how excited she is!
Max spent hours today going off the jump. He took one really bad fall when they set up the jump dangerously high. He got cuts, bruises, and scrapes on nearly every part of his body. He says it was worth it.
There's my big girl. She was so proud of herself.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

Church Day!

Cute little people. That's all.



Friday, July 06, 2007

This is why people try to run me over.

I got a phone call today from a super friend (Superfriend) who is concerned about my weight. He thinks I'm too skinny and he wanted to know about my eating habits. He's a nice fella to care, but really...I eat a lot. A LOT. I love food. (He's also nice to talk to me about it rather than try to run me over because of it.)

So then this afternoon the kids and I played outside in the sprinkler, and we took tons of pictures as usual. Hmm...maybe a few extra pounds wouldn't hurt me. My bones are bursting through. I'm going to go eat a meatloaf now.


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Summer Holidays

It is so hot here right now! We're turning into Alberta wimps, because back home this wouldn't be considered hot. We're hot wimps. Yesterday we enjoyed the air conditioning in the bowling alley.

Today the kids spent the afternoon in my friend's little backyard pool. It is 35 degrees here today! Gross. At least there's no humidity.
Max is the best big brother ever. He gave Corina swimming lessons and showed her that she can float.
And I watched. This is what I look like when I'm watching.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Canada Day

We went to the fireworks last night for Canada Day. See?

This is also us at the fireworks. Corina appears to have gained fifty pounds just for this picture. We got home past midnight. We were all starving, so we made hot dogs. Corina insisted she could eat two, although she normally eats almost one. I made her two anyway. When she stopped eating before the first one was done, I said, "I know a little girl whose eyes are bigger than her tummy!"

Max and Corina both looked confused and said, "Pardon?"

I repeated myself, and both of them got such shocked looks on their faces. Max said, "Really???" and Corina just looked like she might faint. They had no idea what I was talking about, and thought I knew a little girl whose eyes were literally bigger than her tummy. They were amazed. I laughed and laughed and laughed at them, and finally told them it's just a silly expression old people use. I asked if they could guess what it means.

Max seemed to have figured it out, and said, "Oh, it just means they have big eyes."

I started laughing at him again, and he said, "Tiny eyes?.... A tiny tummy?.... Eyes on their tummy?.... They go wide-eyed? .... Is it Corina?.... Is it one of the kids in your Nursery?"

I love that story. It's my favourite.

And on a different topic - I gave Corina a present for passing kindergarten. It's Kate from Lost. She loved it, if you can't tell. When she got her out of the box, she breathed, "I've never touched Kate before."

And here's a great picture Max took of me after the fireworks last night. I was doing Canada Day Karate.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

And Max did one too.

Corina the Rock Star



Corina says, "I am rocking the road."

She helped me make that. Very awesome.