Saturday, May 19, 2007

Wish us luck

Jet's wearing "big boy underwears" today for the first time. He's very excited because they have baseballs on them!

His teacher says that he stays dry all day, except during nap. She also says he's very good to tell her when he has to go to the bathroom, even when they're all busy playing. Hopefully we can do the same at home!

My plan is to try to ask him to sit on the potty every 30-45 minutes. Hope it works -- I really think he's ready.


Friday, May 18, 2007

Two nights in a row

The music worked AGAIN! Yay!

We had our graduation ceremony tonight. I'm so proud of our seniors. There were thirteen this year, and they are a very close-knit, uplifting group. (Keep in mind that this is only the fourth class that has graduated from our small, private school.) Next year, we should graduate 30. God is working in our school, and I am so blessed and humbled to be a part of it.

Our family is also celebrating with Beezneez today. She finished her nursing school and was pinned this afternoon. You go, girl!!! I'm sooooooooooooo happy for you!!

We'll also be celebrating with my other sister, Shorty, who is 17 and graduating a year early next week. She's making the other three of us look bad -- we all took four whole years to finish high school! I'm proud of her, too, though!!! In fact, she's staying with us this weekend while my parents are with Beezneez in Oklahoma.

That's it for tonight... I can feel the orange spreading over my body as I turn into a pumpkin. :P


Thursday, May 17, 2007

The best 20 bucks I've ever spent. Ever.

Remember The Plan? Getting Jet to sleep in his own bed? Yeah, we've still been working on that. It hadn't been going so well.

Then, a week or two ago, we got the brilliant idea to play some music whilst patting him to sleep. So, I filled my Ipod with some nice, gentle Christian music, and Knight hooked it up to some speakers in Jet's room. It helped a little, but not much. I've been browsing online to see how much small CD players/boom boxes cost. They're around $30 or so, from what I could find. That was a little more than I wanted to spend, for some reason, so I waited...

Tonight, I was at Target and they had a cheap one on sale for $20. I've been so frustrated with having to sit and pat for 20-30 minutes that I broke down and bought it. I already had a CD that I thought would work.

When I got home, Knight told me that, when he went to pick up Jet today (during nap time - he spiked a fever, but more on that later), they play music for them to go to sleep. We already knew that, but he found out that they play it really loud. Much, much louder than we do, to keep them from being disturbed by other noises going on in the school.

So, I plugged in the CD player and started the music - much louder than would be comfortable for me if I were trying to sleep. Jet argued for about 2 seconds before he climbed in bed. I started to pat him, but realized that I hadn't given him any Tylenol recently (to help with the fever). So, I told him to stay in bed while I got the medicine.

He did, and took his medicine like a champ (he's always been good about this). I left to put the dropper back in the kitchen. When I started back toward his room, I decided to not go back in and sat in the living room instead. I didn't even close his door because I didn't want him to see me. I wanted to give him a chance to fall asleep on his own.

The little booger DID IT. He didn't come out ONE SINGLE TIME. Hallelujah!!!!!! The heavens opened, light shone down, and angels sang -- this is the most excited I've been about something he's done in a loooooooong time. Mostly, it's probably because it gives me real hope that maybe we've found The Secret in getting The Plan to actually work! Yay! (If not, please, please don't burst my bubble. I think I'm actually too excited to go to sleep now.)


Gotta love bureaucracy

Wanna see something silly? Click here and scroll down to "Nutritional Information for Ice Cream Lovers in New York City".

Go ahead and read it. I'll wait.
Basically, because Coldstone publicly provided nutrition information at the time the law was passed in NYC, they were required to put all caloric information on their menu boards. As the site says, since most of their menu items are custom made, it's virtually impossible to do that.

So, instead, they took down the information from their website. Now they aren't required to put it on the menu, and the rest of us get to pay the price along with the lovely, lovely people who put that law in place. Nice.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Growing up

Lately, Jet has wanted Knight to do just about everything with or for him, instead of me. It's rather bittersweet. I find a part of me feeling relief that, finally, Jet is clinging to someone besides me. The rest of me, though, is a bit sad and my pride takes a lashing every now and then when he flat-out refuses to let me do something and asks for Knight instead.

Jet has also taken to repeating Knight, using both the same words and mannerisms. If Knight crosses his arms, Jet crosses his arms. If Knight stretches, Jet stretches.

I teasingly ask Knight if it makes him nervous, and he always says yes. I usually say, "Good." :P

The most amazing thing to me, though, is how actively Knight teaches Jet. I know that kids do "most" of their learning just by watching the adults around them and mimicking them, but Knight really does work hard to teach Jet how to be a gentleman.

Knight always compliments me and says thank you at dinnertime, and asks Jet to do the same. Jet has learned, and now he always says thank you when I serve him a meal.

Knight has worked to teach Jet to open and hold doors for ladies, and Jet opens the door for me to leave his playschool every single day.

I feel so very, very blessed to be married to such an amazing man. I know I loved Knight before we had Jet, but I love and respect him much more deeply and intensely now that we have Jet. There is someting so very primal and tender, all at the same time, that arises in my heart when I watch him interact with Jet.

Tonight, for the very first time, Jet said, "When I grow up, I'm going to be just like Daddy". It brought a tear to my eye to be able to say to him, "Yes... Yes, you are" and know that him growing up to be "like Daddy" would be a very good thing, indeed.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

This made me laugh

Email from my sister:

Took (and dominated) my VERY LAST COLLEGE FINAL today!

Goodbye scantrons...

Helloooooooo Chocolatier.

:) Love you! Let's talk soon.

Also, Mom informed me this evening that she never should have bought the game. She started playing it when she couldn't sleep last night, and discovered the addictiveness (addicitivity?) that is Chocolatier... :)


Everyone's a comedian

Jet rarely poops in his pull-up these days. One of my first goals after school lets out is to get this kid potty-trained. He really is ready.

Tonight, however, I guess he was distracted or something and laid a big one in there. Like a good mommy, I sat on the floor and changed it during House without even waiting for a commercial.

After I was finished, I stood him up and asked for a hug. He gave me one, and I said, "I love you."

He was being all goofy, dancing around, and said, "Iloveyoutoo!!!"

I said, "No, tell me serious."

He looked me dead in the face and said (and I promise I'm not making this up), "Serious."


Monday, May 14, 2007

Word to the wise

Whatever you do, don't download this free trial because your sister told you it was a blast.

Even if you do that, don't mention it to your Mom. She might buy it and send you the code.

Then you'd be up really late playing it, when you should be going to bed because you have to teach five classes tomorrow.

Just sayin'.


They didn't study

The teacher in me finds these hilarious! Maybe you will, too.

I epecially love the one that says, "I wish I could give you marks for this!" I know that feeling.... The kids spend a bunch of time being "creative". If they would spend half that time doing some quality studying, they'd all ace my classes! LOL!


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day

I'm sure there are a zillion posts out there about Mother's Day, but somehow that doesn't seem like enough. So now there are a zillion and one.

I have had a fabulous Mother's Day, after a little scheduling snafu before church this morning. Knight and my brother, MusicMan, had a little misunderstanding about who was supposed to do the sound board this morning, which resulted in a phone call from the music director at 7:30 a.m. because nobody was at rehearsal. They worked it out, with my brother agreeing to cover so that Knight could sit with me for Mother's Day. (Thanks, little bro!)

Also, we had our nieces (ages 10 years, "Big Daisy", and 1.5 years, "Little Daisy") and Knight's Dad with us for the weekend so that my s-i-l and her hubby could have some quality time.

I dashed out at 7:00 this morning to pick up cinammon rolls and donuts for breakfast. Basically, I rolled out of bed, poked in my contacts, brushed my teeth, and threw on a hat... and ran into my high school English teacher at the grocery store. Natch. She was nice and understanding, and we wished each other Happy Mother's Day and went on our ways.

The pastor gave a very nice sermon about the many hats that we mothers wear... some ladies in the church had decorated the stage with bunches of ladies' hats, and that was very cute. The pastor's sermon was titled something along the lines of "How Mothers Can Maintain the Right Hattitude" and we all groaned appropriately when he announced it. :P

After church, we met Deanan and her hubby at a local Mexican food restaurant for lunch. It was early (11:00) in an effort to beat the lunch rush. Little Daisy, who honestly had been a perfect angel all weekend, promptly melted down for her mother. We ended up getting all the food to go and taking it back to the house to eat. I think Little Daisy was just overstimulated; once we got back to the house, she settled down and played. The food was yummy, as always. It's one of my favorite restaurants!!

Then Deanna and I headed to Coldstone Creamery to pick up ice cream for everyone. Yummy! Their clan headed out shortly after that.

Knight and Jet settled on the couch, and Jet promptly crashed. He and Little Daisy played really hard this weekend, and I think it finally caught up with him. I headed off to our bed for the Traditional Annual Mother's Day Nap; three and a half hours later, Knight's phone rang and woke us all up. I can't believe Jet slept that long!!! I slept so hard I dreamed, and I thought Knight's phone was my alarm. I woke up in that panicky-holy-cow-why-is-the-sun-already-up adrenaline rush (my alarm usually goes off at 4:45 a.m. -- still pitch black at that hour).

My parents came over so that Knight could borrow my dad's pickup truck to go get some stuff for work. While he was gone, they took us to dinner -- nothing fancy, but it was fun to be out with them and Jet.

Knight came home with a bottle of wine and some chocolates, and a very sweet card. :)

He's currently getting Jet to bed, and I'm looking forward to my promised Mother's Day foot rub... and we'll see what happens after that! ;)

Oh, and P.S. Happy Mother's Day to my Mom, Granny and Mokie!!! I love you!