Friday, November 18, 2011

A Typical Week CA Girl Style

What is a typical week for you?  A typical week for me goes something like this:

Monday:  Take the kids to school.  Take the man to work.  I usually end up running an errand or have an appointment on this day.  It's early release for the two younger kids and they get out five minutes apart and the schools are 2 miles apart.  Who set this up?  After I get them home I have about a 30 minute break before picking up the teen.  Come home for a small break, homework, dinner, dishes and pick up the man.

Tuesday is similar, but add in Weight Watchers and usually a Wal-Mart trip. The kids all get out at the same time...well let me rephrase that...they get out at 2:45(elementary and high school) and 3:10 Middle school.  Homework is in there, dinner, dishes, DWTS recap, picking up the man and finish that recap!

Wednesday:  Husband and kids all need to be to school/work between 8:30 and 9.  I like to keep Wednesday's open for working at home. But they are usually crowded out by last minute errands, appointments, grocery trips, business calls, etc.  Pick up kids blah blah.  Husband gets off at the dinner hour so teen has to finish up dinner.  Come home to make sure homework and dishes are completed before bedtimes are enforced. And collapse in my chair.

Thursday:  My regular shopping day.  Plus everyone to work and school.  Shopping knocks me out!  Maybe it is because I am always running.  Maybe it is because I am wimp.  Whatever it is, by the time I am done, I am DONE!  Sit and have lunch and then I just sit!  But then I am back in the van!  I swear sometimes I live there!  Kids. Homework.  Dinner.  Husband.  Bed times...collapse again!

Friday comes and I am ready for it be Saturday!!!  No taxiing.  No lunch making...what?  I didn't mention that?  Shoot.  I do that.  Did you notice I didn't mention the laundry.  Yeah I do it on the weekend.

Does this mean I do not take time for me?  Almost!  I do go to Zumba and Weight Watchers.  Those are mine.  I just lead a very crazy busy hectic life. I am sure one day it will slow down, and I will wonder where all the time went.  In the meantime, I will be busy busy busy. 

What is a typical week for you?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Proud Mommy Moments-Academics





It's time for Proud Mommy Moments with EmmyMom and KMama and have I got some proud moments to brag about share with you.

Let's start with my Little Middle...Emily.  Miss Em as we often call her struggles so much in school but she is fierce and she works hard.  And she has a team of people working with her.  And it has paid off because she has leveled up in the state testing.  Yeah those horrible state tests that the kids take every year.  I hate those!  But she was among the highest scoring in her class!!  Woot!  Go Emily!  Well she got an award for her achievements!  Go girl!  See!  Hard work does pay.  You can do it!  We are so proud of our fierce girl.






But that is not all....

I have one more....

I had a parent teacher conference earlier this week with Ryan's teacher.  I went in knowing that there would be lots of talk about his behavior.  It was absolutely hilarious because she was actually apologizing to me because she knows he is not a bad kid.  We talked about his stress issues and anxieties and about how he just gets super busy.  Hehe.  We talked about some ideas to help him improve.  And since our talk he has had better days.  But that is not the brag...no...the brag is this....are you ready???  Ryan is in the first grade...age 6--he is also one of the youngest in his class--I have to make this brag really count!  First graders should be able to read 35 words per minute.  Ryan can read 71.  Yep!  71!  I almost fell off my chair when she told me that.  She also told me he is top of the class academically.  Yeah I was proud.  I am proud of both my babies!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dancing with the Stars--Semi Finals

Tonight it is the semi finals, and the four remaining couples are dancing two dances PLUS a cha-cha relay where each couple will dance a segment of the Cha-cha.
Hope and Maks 1-800-868-3408

Hope has THIRTEEN anchors in her shoulder.  Yes you read that right.  Thirteen.  She was in a lot of pain.  And you know, for an athlete to admit any kind of pain it's bad.  She called her doctor in to give some shots which she was saving for the Olympics.

Their Paso Doble was powerful, perhaps too much.  It started with Hope chained at the wrists.  Yes, Hope has come out of her shell but now she has an attitude. Hmmmm.

Len said she had attitude and aggression,but there was so much aggression and attaack it lacked finesse and control.  (I actually agree with Len????)
Bruno said she was unchained and untamed, but that she went so far she lacked artistry.  He pointed out that control is as important as energy.
Carrie Ann told her she had the character of the dance in the zone, but that in the holds she lost the shaping.  She said the character took over.  

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

JR and Karina 1-800-868-3410

JR got hurt during rehearsal of their Paso Doble.  He landed wrong and rolled his ankle.  It was not a pretty sight.  Karina refused to let him run the dance any more because he was limping.  Ice and wrapping.  It definitely effected his performance.  He pushed through it and gave it all he had.  I could tell how much it effected him physically and mentally.

Bruno said he could feel the thrill and excitement of the chase. He warned him about posture(due to his injury) and how it wasn't quite there. He said the performance wasn't as good as usual.
Carrie Ann said she gave him so much credit for attacking that with a hurt ankle, but she agreed that the posture did suffer.
Len gave the "Certain dances suit you other don't." speech and mentioned the posture as well.  Then he said the dance was more Zero, than Zorro! Dang, Len!  Way to kick a guy when he is down!

Scores:  
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 7
Bruno: 8
Total: 23

Rob and Cheryl 1-800-868-3402

Rob and Cheryl are dancing the Samba.  In the weeks past, Rob has been told to tuck in his butt.  And now Cheryl is telling him shake it.  Work it. And he did.  He did great.  They came out on a float.  And danced a great Samba.

Carrie Ann shouted, "Who are you???" She thought the float strange was a beginning, but that the dance was fantastic.
Len said his first thought was:   Oh no a float!  and then it was OH YES!
Bruno called it Beyond the rainbow exceeding all expectations!  

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  10
Len :9
Bruno 9
Total: 28

Rikki and Derek 1-800-868-3411

Another Samba from Rikki and Derek.  And it was a good one.  Rikki is good. 

Len said there were No chains, no floats, no funny costumes, just  straight into the dance, and it  Fabulous fabulous fabulous! "You've just taken a giant step into the finals!!"
Bruno called it  Sizzling hot, bright and brilliant from beginning to end.
Carrie Ann said she saw her working your shoulders so hard!  It makes all the difference in the world!

Scores:
CA:  10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 30

Hope and Maks 1-800-868-3408


Hope's parents divorced when she was a child and her father tried to steal her brother and her from her mom, but even so she always felt safe with him and never has or had bad feelings about him.  He passed away in 07.

Len said that this dance was far better than Paso with clean lifts and that it was well done.
Bruno agrees saying it was much better and more control.
Carrie Ann said there was much more more fluidity but she didn't like the in and outs of the lifts but gave them credit for the ambitiousness of them. I thought the lifts looked awkward myself.  I simply tied it too Hope's height.

CA: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24 with a 45 out of 60

JR and Karina 1-800-868-3410

His mother taught him from a young age to always smile no matter what life throws at you.  It has given him the best attitude.  She also told him after his accident that the girl who will love him, will love JR for JR.  He joined the armed forces for college funds at age 19, as most young men and women do, not thinking he might be deployed to a dangerous place.  And he was.  He was in a terrible accident, but he survived and is quite the inspiration!

The Argentine Tango is very precise, has sharp moves and lots of lifts.  This is not a great dance to do with a bum ankle.  He manages though.  However at the end, you can see the pain in his face.  He's hurting.

Bruno said he was strong and fearless and that he did an incredible job.
Carrie Ann said there is a true fire burning and that it was truly fabulous  the way he handled the mounts and dismounts of the lifts.
Len said there was mood, intensity and that he came back strong.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27/50/60

Rob and Cheryl 1-800-868-3402
Rob was 16 when his dad died.  His sisters used to dress him up in their clothes and make up and his picture. They showed a picture. Poor kid.  When he first started this show he was such a punk. I couldn't stand him. And out of all of them, he has grown and changed the most.  It's amazing. And not only that.  He has learned how to dance!!! 
 
Carrie Ann that there is no way to fake good dancing and that there was no faking involved.  She said it was good strong dancing. " I want to see it in the finals."
Len said that on DWTS it's not where you start, it's where you finish.  "And you're finishing strong."
Bruno said that he started as a goofy outsider and now he is a leading man. Slick, dark, in control. 

Scores:  

CA:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27/55/60

Rikki and Derek 1-800-868-3411

Rikki Lake was molested as a child.  She was molested in her own home she said, by whom she did not say.  But this girl is a fighter.  And I like her now more than ever before.

Their dance is amazing.  First of all, she is totally paranoid about "breaking" Derek when he lifts her.  She still thinks of herself as big or fat.  Girl, look at yourself!  And Derek is strong.  He lifts her like she weighs next to nothing.  That comes from two things:  skill and trust!

lLen said it was a lovely contrast of movement.  He said the lifts were just part of the dance.  "It was really really good."
Bruno said he was totally transported and that  the moving was spot on and the dancing was fearless!
Carrie Ann said she could see the core strength, and added that she  always had the passion now she's got the pop!

Scores:
CA:  9
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
Total: 29/59/60

Cha-Cha Relay

In this dance, the couples each dance a segment of the Cha-Cha and the scoring goes: 4, 6, 8, and 10.  Obviously, you want that 10.

Len described the whole night beautiful meal. And said his winner is not going to be their winner.
Bruno said Everybody did a fantatstic show.  The margin is so small!
Carrie Ann said it was good to see them all dance in the relay to see who could what.  And she said it was a surprise.

Hope and Maks 49 4th
JR and Karina 56  3rd
Rikki and Derek 67  2nd
Rob and Cheryl 65   1st

Going home:  Hope and Maks
Next Week:  The finals and potentially FOUR dances!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Strangers and Jokes

Yesterday I was on the go.  It was non stop.  I had an award assembly, minimum day, early out, parent teacher conference and regular school release.  It was back to back.  I have some proud mommy moments, but those will wait until Thursday so stay tuned.

In between all that running, there was some interesting things that could only happen to a blogger.  I say that because only a blogger would write about it.  Especially on a random day like today!!  After the award assembly I hopped over to the dollar tree.  I had to buy a frame after all.  Well no one ever buys just one thing at that place...do they?  Well when I left, this little old lady pulled aside to tell me a joke.  Okay, I will play.  She told me to spell like four times.  I did.  Then spell silk.  I did.  Did I mention I am a bad speller?  She then asked me what cows drink.  I said, milk.  She said, "No, honey they drink water."  Her delivery was fantastic. I loved it.  It did not matter one bit that I already knew the joke.  She was awesome.

Before the award assembly, I ran into a lady who not only knew me, she knew me and Kristin.  I talked to her.  But I can honestly tell you I have no clue who she is.  But she knew me.  She didn't say my name though.

And that's all the more random I can be at this late hour....I have to get to my DWTS post!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Don't Make Me Go Jack Bauer....

Being a stay at home mom has it's pros and cons.  The pros of course are you are there for your children.  As a young teenager, I literally scoffed at that.  I was going to have a career.  Staying at home was so 1950's.  But maturing and having children does something to your brain.  It changes it.  Also I realized I have control issues.  Another problem I have is, I am an enabler.  And I really need to stop being that way.

Here are some examples....

Over the weekend, Kristin was sick.  Not like deathly ill just blah I feel like crap kind of sick.  She spent the night in our room.  On the floor.  Come on she is 14.  Last night she was hinting at it, and I was proud of myself for simply telling her, "You will be much more comfortable in your own bed and sleep much better."  Which is true.  She did.  Ryan woke up in the night with a bad dream.  When I had bad dreams, my mom always took me back to my room, laid down with me til I went back to sleep.  I don't know how she did this.  And she worked!

This morning, I was running back and forth and up and down getting the two younger ones ready for school.  And I decided I was done.  Okay as I said, my mom worked so I was forced to be independent. Is that a bad thing?  I don't think so.  I made my own lunches, I made my breakfast, I made sure I got dressed, I walked--yes walked people, to school, and I was...brace yourself...A LATCH KEY KID.  Anyone too young to know what that is?  Google it.    No, my kids will not walk or need to be latch key kids, but they can do way more than they do...which right now...is practically nothing.

What about your kids?  How much do they do for themselves?  Is it time to go Jack Bauer?