Tuesday, February 21, 2017

bye, bye blankies!



These have been the little man's companion since he was little. The grayish looking one in the bottom used to be lighter blue. He has had it since he was a baby. The brown one is only a few years old. These two went on trips with us. Just recently though, he decided to give them both up. I was told not to throw them away just yet, just put them up somewhere just in case he will need them. He has not asked for either in a while. I am so proud of him! But at the same time, I am sad because he is growing up. He will be eleven years old in a few months and he has grown so much since that day daddy decided his little baby will need something to comfort him when he is upset. I have decided to keep the blankies, if nothing else but for the good and bad (these two have caused commotions a handful of times) memories they have brought us through the years.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

school trip

The little man went on a school trip to watch the Long Bay Symphony perform. He said he loves it. I asked if he had a good time which he said he did. I was told though that there was nothing but people playing instruments, just in case I guess I ask more details. I wondered what he would have said had I asked if he saw an event 20 20 at the event. Lol! He was dressed up nice because their teacher sent a note to dress the kids up for the event. His little sister told him he looked sharp which made him laugh. I like it that his class goes on school trips. It makes up for the things we do not do at home. He not only learns academics but current events and attends some social ones as well.

Friday, January 27, 2017

in need of guitar picks

I do not know why, but we always need a guitar pick. That is somewhat odd in a family where only two people play the guitar and only when they feel like it. So, we need to go to the store to buy more guitar picks. I am grateful that there is a music store nearby and that we do not have to go as far as guitar center north olmsted although it might just be worth the trip. The good thing about it is that it does not cost so much so we can buy more if we want. I do need to make this kids learn how to put things back where they should be because they always end up asking me what happened to their stuff. Me! Like I should be keeping an eye on everything! It will serve them right if I just stop picking up their things and let them dig through mess to find what they need. But, I dislike to see mess so I do pick up. I just do not know what happened to the pesky little guitar picks.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

wii u

The little man will get a wii u for Christmas. He already knows what he will get. He already knows the truth about Santa because his father had a talk to him about the guy in a red suit. I was not happy when it happened because I wanted him to believe for as long as he wants to but I was told that his son's list have become outrageous that it was time to tell him the truth. He is told not to tell his sister though which he agrees. So while his sister is talking about how excited she is about Santa bringing presents, he keeps his mouth shut. I think he may be a little bit excited for her. We talked about his options: either an xbox or a wii u. I would have bought the xbox for him but I have worries about the available games which I think is too mature for his age. Fortunately for me, he said he wanted a wii u so we agreed that that was what I was going to get him. I also bought amiibos to go with the pre-installed game. He is very happy. He will be a busy kid come Christmas morning when he sets up his new game console.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

the way to relax

There is nothing better than listening to good music when you are by yourself. That is what I do when the kids are at school and I am not swamped with assignments. Just kick back in the couch with the television on Youtube playing my favorite love songs from the 70's and 80's. I use Youtube because it is free. It probably would have been better if I had an ipod and a bose sounddock portable but since I don't, I am quite happy with what I have. The husband does not like my type of music because he said it is so sad and depressing. The love songs do sound depressing but listening to them make me feel better. I know it is weird. I doubt there are a lot of people who understand me but to each his own right? Besides, I let him listen to new songs that these new generation calls music without telling him my opinion so he has learned to keep his mouth shut when I am "relaxing".

Thursday, October 20, 2016

field trip

The little man informed us today that his class is going on a field trip. He is pretty excited because they are going to be visiting an old tribal ground. This is for their Social Studies class. I am always okay with field trips but my husband always has reservations. He wants to know who will be going, who will chaperone and if parents are allowed to chaperone. Our school district implemented a policy a couple of years ago where any chaperone will have to have a volunteer ID to chaperone any school related activities. This requires submitting an application and background checks and such and normally takes a few weeks to complete. The husband and I have our volunteer ID's because we know that school have field trips and that we want to be able to go if we can. Anyway, I told the little man he can go if daddy goes with him. Daddy looked at me and asked why him. Lol! To be honest, I have not chaperoned on any of the little man's field trip. The husband did that. But he said I will have to go with the little girl's field trip this time so I should not feel bad making him go with the little man, right? I do not think the little man will want to pass this field trip up so we will have to make a decision very soon. I would have loved to go on field trips when I was in school. That never happened in my nick of the woods.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

a headphone is a must!

It is no secret that the little man is into online games. He plays Minecraft, Roblox, Blocksworld, Animal Jam, among other games. He also watches Youtube videos about games, trivias, documentaries, and any topic he is interested in. He used cheap headphones for a while until I bought him a nice, noise canceling headphone set. It is not by any means comparable to beats pros but it does what it is supposed to do so he is happy with it. I would love to buy him an expensive gamer's headphone but it just costs too much right now. Maybe in the future. He seems to be happy with the ones I bought for him. I hope it will last for a while because it pains me to buy new headsets every few weeks because it either quit working or somebody tore it up.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

pretend play

Somebody has been making noise with his mouth mimicking a wind instrument. I could not tell what he is pretending to use but I am telling you it is annoying. He laughs when I tell him to stop because he is just "playing pretend". While I am all about fostering pretend play even at his age, I would prefer it to be a little bit quieter than he currently is. Even his father told him to tone it down. I have a mind of bringing him to a brass and woodwind shop and buy him what makes him happy. But then, what if he asks us to buy something that costs a lot? I would be in real trouble then, lol. I am hoping that just like the recorder phase, this too shall pass. And very soon.