Wednesday, October 27, 2010

memory retention

Or rather, lack of. I had something to blog about it and of course it came to me in the wee hours of the night. And I was smooshed between two 3 year olds so unable to get my cell down and text a summary of it to myself. To try and keep a paper and pencil handy is just laughable. Any paper around here is promptly taken hostage by someone for their most recent "birthday card".

I finally managed to make it to a chiropractor after 7 or 8 months. Lots of adjusting to be done from head to toe. But boy, it's amazing to be able to turn my head so smoothly again. And the meds that the doctor called in for me seem to be working. No major headaches or heartburn in nearly a week!

Now if I could just keep the kids healthy. After a bout of bellyaching about bellyaches at the beginning of October, Alexa came down with a fever that just wouldn't give in to the meds last night. So of course she had to stay home today, can't send someone in with a fever of 101. And of course by 11:30 the fever was pretty much gone, although she's cranky, lethargic, doesn't want to drink or pee. But she does want to go to school and see all her friends because she misses them.

Potty training is still a no-go with Jacob. He'll get all upset when he's wet in underwear and will just hold it. Tried going back to prefolds - ha, he's just as likely to sit in those wet as he is a disposable. And at least the disposables won't burn my nose hairs off with their smell.

Elizabeth has been getting a bit mouthy. 3 going on 16 I say. I was told the other day to "zip it" and she included a zipping mouth shut gesture as she did it. Great...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Official school pictures - preschool

If only the folks doing the elementary school could be so efficient. These were back by the next day of school for Jake and Liz. According to the moms that stayed behind (I'm so not that mom!), Jake was all smiles while Liz didn't even want to look at the guy. Still, smile-less it still reflects her personality!

Soccer as a pack sport

This fall Alexa is enjoying her second year of soccer through the Waldoboro Rec Department. And Chris is enduring his second year as the coach. I find it amusing that Chris coaches soccer given how all I heard before she was old enough to play was that it's the dumbest sport ever.

Attempting to do some stretches, they weren't too keen on the wet grass.

It's a K-2 league and they play every Saturday through the end of October. An hour long practice before squaring off against their opponents. And it doesn't seem to matter what they do for drills and skills practice, once the whistles blow it's all about going for the ball.

Skill practice: passing back and forth till you get to the goal

Alexa seems to be kick prone. As in being kicked. After every game she's come home to tell me where she got hit (ankle, chin, head, wrist, stomach). But she just gets up and keeps going. I'm not really sure if the team has managed to score any goals yet or not. I think that if they stopped operating as a pack someone would have a better chance at kicking the ball rather than another player! But I suppose that comes with...practice.

And they're off...sort of reminds me of harness racing
It's important to be alert when on the sidelines viewing unless you want a ball in your lap.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

September review

One month of school down already. It just doesn't seem possible...

Besides everyone starting school this month and going apple picking (from which we still have at least 1 1/2 pecks left!) what did we do? A whole lot of hanging around the house really. It's hard to go far with Chris's schedule, school, and just one car. But the kids have had fun. Alexa's gotten everyone hooked on catching grasshoppers. We've had a few loose ones in the house, but at least it's not crickets! Soccer has also started for Chris (coach) and Alexa. That takes up a big chunk of our Saturday mornings. Only 4 weeks left of that, then it'll be basketball.

I also started working part-time at the Samoset Resort answering the phones. My position title is "considerate it done". This is because when you call I'm supposed to get done whatever you want as soon as you ask. Of course this would be much more effective with a little more training beyond "here is your phone, this is what you say, this is the list of extensions". But I am getting the hang of it and haven't had anyone complain about me or call back to yell at me for hanging up on them. Of course I'm having a hard time arriving on time, usually running 5-10 minutes late. My shift last Friday I ran right into the GM, late as usual. Later I answered the phone wrong (gasp...said guest services instead of considerate it done) and got harassed for both. Fortunately for me it turned out I was really 50 minutes early, scheduled for 9, not 8. My latte was good though!

The twins have been enjoying preschool. I got one call to go change messy pants. They are doing great on their work, although apparently Liz doesn't like to talk to the teacher. I guess that's good in some way. While they are at school I've been either hanging around the house, or visiting with friends, and even playing hostess! It's amazing how fast 2 1/2 hours can fly by.

Other big things that happened this month: I got elected as co-President of the PTO at my first meeting. Of course I volunteered - how hard can it be? Time will tell! I also joined the recreation committee and have been working on talking Chris into chairing it. He had said yes but now is saying he's going to quit. Why...not really sure. It's a great gig for him, doing something he knows and helping kids have more to do in town. We also celebrated by birthday - 32 years. 40 sure is creeping up fast.

Jacob's milestones

  • weight/length @ 7: 55.6lbs, 48.75"
  • weight/length @ 5: 42lbs, 43.5"
  • weight/length @ 4: 36 lbs, 39+"
  • weight/length@ 3: 32lbs, 36.5 inches
  • weight/length @ 2 years: 26lbs, 33.5 inches
  • weight/length @ 1 year: 18lbs, 29 inches
  • walking: 11/17/08
  • standing: 3/31/08
  • crawling: army, 2/5/08
  • first time rolling: 9/30/07, belly to back
  • first smile: 9/7/07
  • birth date/time: 7/8/07, 12:49am
  • birth length: 19.5 inches
  • birth weight: 6lbs, 1oz

Elizabeth's milestones

  • weight/length @7: 53lbs, 47.75"
  • weight/length @ 5: 40 lbs, 42.25"
  • weight/length @ 4: 34lbs, 38"
  • weight/length 3 years: 28lbs, 35.5 inches
  • weight/length 2 years: 24lbs, 6oz 33 inches
  • weight/length 1 year: 18lbs, 1oz 27.5 inches
  • walking: 9/1/08
  • standing: 4/4/08
  • crawling: army 3/16/08
  • sitting alone: 2/29/08
  • first time rolling: 11/23/07, back to belly
  • first smile: 9/7/07
  • birth date/time: 7/8/07, 12:50am
  • birth length: 18.75 inches
  • birth weight: 5lbs, 8oz

Alexa's milestones

  • weight/height @ 10 (really 10.8): 186, 5'3"
  • weight/height @ 8.4 years: 113 lbs, 55.5 inches
  • weight/height @ 5 years: 61lbs, 4oz 45.25 inches
  • weight/length @ 4 years: 49lbs, 42 inches
  • weight/length @ 3 years: 38lbs, 38 inches
  • weight/length @ 2 years: 32lbs, 8oz 35.75 inches
  • weight/length @ 1 year: 22lbs, 3 oz 29.5 inches
  • 1st day of preschool: 9/3/08
  • solo somersault: 3/4/08
  • whistling: 3/2/08
  • potty training: 10/7/05
  • walking: 12/21/04
  • standing: 8/23/04
  • crawling: 8/21/04, only a week, then became a butt scoot
  • first wave: 7/27/04
  • rolling: 5/2/04, belly to back
  • sleeping thru the night: 3/1/04
  • first smile: 1/20/04
  • birth date/time: 12/4/03, 10:41pm
  • birth length: 20 inches
  • birth weight: 7lbs