Tuesday, October 14, 2014

POYHO~ This Helps How?

What do you do when the school year starts off bad?  What do you when your child is being is targeted by a so called friend on a daily basis? What do you do when despite emails and meetings your child has taken matters into their hands?

Middle is school is brutal? How about the fourth grade? This has been the first two months of fourth grade for my son. A rotten turd child (yes I will call him that) has been picking on Ryan since school started. If that wasn't enough, a so called friend of his has joined this boy in this terrible treatment. Now when a random kid picks on a kid it is bullying. When a "friend" does it, I call this abuse. Certainly a nine year old doesn't realize he is abusing his friend, but let's face it, it is in fact abuse. These boys relish and delight in teasing and harassing Ryan for anything their simple minds can come up with, which at  nine is limited. However, when you are nine as well feelings can be hurt easily. Unfortunately this is where the retaliation comes in. Ryan, like any other human being could only take so much and he snapped. He has resorted to hitting, pushing and kicking. That isn't to say these other boys didn't fight back, it is just that Ryan threw the first punch. Suddenly Ryan is the problem.

Now before anyone gets upset, let me explain that I did address this with the teacher. I felt like this was a problem and seemed one-sided. (I still do--which is why I am blogging after months of hiatus.) The problem here is I am not allowed to know the details of these boys' discipline or action plan. I just have to "have faith" that steps have been made. I can't really have much faith when they continue to harass my son and my son is basically on isolation. He is doing tech stuff on computers with the teacher during recess time. Now he likes this, and he is learning how to do things on the computer, but I am wondering what steps are being taken to correct the behavoir of the boys in question. Do they get to continue acting like little jerks, because there are jerks in the world? That is the message I got today and the message I heard my son get. I also felt like he had to just put up with it. To be fair, he was given some tools and action plans in order to defend that did not include violence. However, in a class of 31 students my son only has issue with two boys. Does this seem slightly off to anyone else?

I was in a bad mood the rest of the day. I cried. I didn't say anything further to my son other than funny stuff he could think in his head, because let's face it if he said anything verbal he would be the one in trouble.  I kept my mouth shut, mostly because it was his birthday yesterday and I didn't want to spoil his day with my rotten attitude. But what would you do?  Am I overreacting?

I am linking up with Shell today for Poor Your Heart Out.  You can too!





Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ten Things That Made Me Smile: May




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It is time to reflect on what made me smile in the month of May, so I am linking up with my bestie Emmy to tell you all about it.  Ready?  Here we go.

1.  Free Comic Book Day because we dressed up and had fun...



2.  We did Relay For Life on that same day...part of it in costume...part of it as normal human beings.


Those Firemen though!

3.   There were several kids little and not so little who wanted hugs and pictures with Kristin and Emily on Free Comic Book Day.  I am shooting for dressing them as Queen Elsa (Kristin) and Ana(Emily) for Halloween.  OMG how cute would they be???  And they would be followed by all the little girls!!  Soooo cute.  Me?  Ummm....Marshmallow the big mean snowman.  Hahaha.

4.  I get some of the strangest followers for things I tweet?  So, come on Tom Hiddleston...follow me already!  Seriously though, I have DisneyFrozen following me, KidsTalent, A life coach, just to name a few.  

5.  We saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier....twice.  Oh you need to see this....
Because Chris Evans...

6.  Kristin participated in "Night of Incredible Scenes."  She directed one from Big Bang Theory.  She was Penny.  She had an absolute blast doing it.  And yes, it totally made me smile.

7.   
The cutest reincarnation of George Washington ever to be this on planet.  All of third grade did a "Living Wax Museum" and he was George Washington.  No wig...though I could have used corn starch.  I used that once for a performance! Hahaha.

8.   
Mother's Day  I was Queen for a day.

9.  And speaking of Mother's Day...they made a cute video(at church) with all the children.  Two things Ryan said that made me laugh extra hard:  What does your Mom do that is funny(I think that was the question) Ryan said:  When we watch The Avengers, of we play tricks on each other that means you are "Loki-fied"  (This is actually his word) hahaha.  The other question:  If you had a million dollars what would you buy for your Mom?  His answer:  A red mustang.  My boy!  hahaha.

10.  
Because it's cute. (Because he is)

BONUS
We went to Mulligan's yesterday and had lots of fun!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I Know I'm Crazy, It's Okay...

How many of you know that first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day?  Don't feel bad if you don't because I didn't know for years.  Then when my son was about 5 we went for the first time and it was a blast.  I had no idea what to expect.  They had charcters there.  Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, Spider-Man, Robin, just to name a few.  Plus the pizza place next door was really smart and did a special offer that day for the patron's of the comic book store.  Then, the next year we went again and it was more fun.  Well last year, started a new tradition with Kristin cosplaying as The Joker.  (Heath Ledger's).

You can guess which one is her.

She was a major hit last year.  She even got a pic with Batman.  This was like a dream come true for her.  Then it got ten times better when Batman asked if she would pose with his daughter who was dressed up like Batgirl!  

So this year she did it again, and so did Emily...and so did I!  Yup.  Me.    

Kristin and Emily were Jack Frost(Rise of the Guardians--if you haven't seen it please do!) and Elsa (Frozen---if you haven't seen it I can't talk to you anymore!)  They both got asked for pictures and hugs!

Costumes are homemade...wigs are bought.  (it was HOT!)

Elsa

But I said I did it too...

No, I wasn't a missionary!  You sillies!  But they were there!  Oh I had a good time pretending...but even more fun here....
At the Relay for Life in the fight against cancer, because folks even LOKI hates cancer!!  And let's face it, FIREMEN!  Hello!  Kristin posed with them as Jack but alas, I do not have that one.  Howver...we went home for a bit...changed and came back since it was a 24 hour event and posed with the same firemen! 
Oh darn, those firemen didn't recognize us!

My mom was there for this round.  She walked a 5K thank you very much!

Me and my fierce WW Leader and Team Leader for Relay for Life!  You Go Kimmy!

Oh and how much did I walk?  Well....
the 5K charm marks the point when I completed a 5K.  I walked a 10K.  Not to shabby.  I was sore the next day.  



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ten Things To Smile About...



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I've got ten things that made me smile this month, and I went and forgot!  So now that I remembered....I am linking up with my bestie Emmy!  

1.   We went and saw Captain America:  The Winter Soldier.  You know...I blame you for all of this Emmy.  I was fine until I saw Thor and The Avengers.  Yep, it's all your fault.  

2.  There was also Easter....it was nice.  We have interesting eggs...

3.  We took family pictures (twice actually) and got some nice pictures




4.   I have lost 14 pounds..it's a tough battle...especially when you like food.

5.  Speaking of food, I may or may not have had pie at Marie Callander's, and piece of said pie may or may not have fallen off my fork and into my shirt....INTO.  That was a sight...maybe.

6.   I recently referred to myself as a misfit on FB.  I am fine with that.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  I like who I am:  A misfit.  :)

7.  Speaking of being a misfit...I recently was browsing in HOT TOPIC....have you ever been there?  It's a lot of fun to shop in there.  They have all kinds of geeky fun stuff, rock stuck, metal stuff, you name it.  The music is...well it is not my style...nor are the employees, or most of the clinetelle...see...misfit...so...imagine my surprise when I saw someone from church there.

8.  I arm wrestled my niece who is 24 by the way, and I won.  Oh and I did it left-handed.  She will tell you she lost because she was laughing.  I will tell you she was putting her weight into it, and I am not left-handed.

9.  Kristin is directing a scene for drama...she and a select few other students got chosen for A Night of Incredible Scenes.  She picked a scene from BIG BANG THEORY, pitched it and was one of them that was chosen.  I can't wait to see it.

10.  Sometimes, something like Shakespeare can make you smile!  From Macbeth:

Brilliance!  I love it.

What made you smile this month?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I'm Fierce

Fierce?

If you don't have a teenager then let me enlighten you that taking a selfie with your fingers poised just so stands for "fierce."  Make me laugh....OUT LOUD!  First of all do they even know the definition of the word itself...here's a couple for your reading pleasure.

1.  menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.

2.  violent in forceintensity, etc.: fierce winds.

Do they really believe they are these things?  Do they think they are conveying this message?  They don't know fierce.  I would like to line them up and smack them ask them if they ever cleaned up someone else's barf, been peed on, cleaned up poop or wiped a booger off their arm that wasn't theirs.  That's fierce right there.  Have they ever gone to head to head with another parent defending their young?  That can get ugly.  Still, I think the most fiercesome thing I came up with besides the gross stuff and turning into a Mama Bear, was this:  Would they lay down their life for someone else?  My guess is no.  I do not even have to hesitate when asked that one.  It's a done deal.  My life for theirs.  That is what fierce means.  I will be menacing and wild if you put my child in any danger.  Do not tangle with any mother.  I am also a violent force of intensity if you cross me; especially when it comes to my kids.  I do not shield them from the world at large, but I will fight anyone who hurts them.  I submit then, that these kids do not know what fierce truly means.  One day they surely will, but for a certainty, it is not that pose.

What is fierce to you?



Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Five: It's Been a Bad Week



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It's time for Friday Five with Emmy!  It's been quite a week...are you ready....?

1.  Do you have one of those weeks?  Yep.  Me too.  I am glad it is almost over.  It came in like a lion.  I sure hope it goes out like a lamb!  Sheesh.

2.  One thing that happened was that a high school kid had a stroke of brilliance stupidity and on an app called "YIKYAK" which is anonymous, has no usernames, and has GPS in it(great right) this student made a threat to shoot up the school...oh did I mention that this was at MY KID's SCHOOL!  yeah!  It's been a bad week.  Nothing happened.  Security was up twice as much.  Cops were crawling all over the place.  But yeah...it was bad.  For more info about YIKYAK you can go here and here.

3.  I saw a fox yesterday...no I wasn't at the zoo.  It ran out across the street.  Pretty little thing.  

4.  Kristin and I have a new insult thanks to dear Mr. Shakespeare.  "egg."  Yep, that's it.  "egg."  Just like that.  It's from Macbeth.  "What, you egg!"  

5.  To add insult to injury...I am in currently in a math class.  I will leave it at that.

Picture time...  I actually got some this time!!!

Isn't he cute??

So is she

Jump!

Selfie!

Aren't these yummy? (I didn't buy them...just played.)



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Why Theatre IS a Sport




During the last three years she has been dragged, chased, a boy, a fangirl, an elf, a zombie, and through it all almost no room socializing or even time to raise money for Girl's Camp.   Why do I think know that drama is a sport to be rivaled with actual sports...well sit down and let me tell you a story or two...

Sometimes when people ask me about my oldest and her ambitions about drama, I often get, "Oh." Like "That's nice, but what does she do when she isn't playing?"  I am not one to offend easily, really I am not.  Tell me a blonde joke, go ahead.  I love them.  I am queen of them.  I often mock my own blonde moments.  

However, when theatre gets tossed off as play time it ruffles my feathers.  Let's start with that dragging I mentioned earlier shall we...


That was a lot of time and effort taken to make sure those girls were not hurt in the process of dragging them down in the pit.  Then there are the countless hours she spends learning new dance routines, plus lines, and blocking all this five days a week all while going to school, plus doing her homework, and going to church activities.  Oh, did I mention she does these dances, and stunts she does so without protective gear?  What?  Oh, see in sports they have to have protective gear.  Theatre isn't a sport.  Even though they stage fight, sword fight--with swords-- learn actual combat (depending on the play) to safely toss each other around.  No, theatre is NOT a sport!  

Do you know why actors perform their own stunts?  It's because it brings that reality of it.  Everything these days can be digitally blended.  So when you see Captain America being tossed around, yeah he is doing that.  If you are not convinced, ask him.  I will wait.  He worked hard for that.  Yes, there were trainers around, and sometimes the answer is no, you just can't do this stunt. But mostly these guys and gals, let's not discount The Black Widow please, do it.  

Theatre is more than any sport.  It takes a lot mental and emotional dedication.  I am not saying sports are lesser; certainly not.  I am saying that theatre should be recognized for more than fun and games.  I see first hand how hard my girl works every school year, all year.  She puts her heart and soul into it just as any professional would.  It's not a game.  It's not play.  It's hard work.  She recognizes that, do you?

*Disclaimer:  Theatre is often swept under the carpets as an unnecessary extracirracullar. It has been my personal experience that more emphasis and importance is placed on Sports porgrams than on any arts programs especially Theatre.  I do not mean to discount sports of any kind.  This is simply how I feel.  The facts about how hard actors work be they pros or students remain truthful.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Five Things

I can easily come up with five things to write about as I am a lover of words.  However, to post five photos every week is a huge challenge for me.  My kids do not let me take their picture.  I have to be very sneaky.  I can only take so many pictures of the cats.  I find instead, that I collect pictures that people post(no I am not creeper I am not collecting children!)  I collect scenic views, quotes and so on.  Occsionally I take a selfie, a picture of a kid, but mostly...it's hard.  That being said...


1.  The one thing we did over Spring break was see Captain America:  The Winter Soldier.  Go see it.  It's very good, intense, and of course because it is Marvel has its funny moments too.  Plus as you know stay for all the credits.  ;)

2.  As a member of The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints, my family and I watched General Conference this past weekend.

3.  A water main broke about 2 miles from our house.  Unfortunately this deeply affected the route to school.  It took us 40 minutes to get Emily to school.  The road buckled.  It will take at least 10 days to repair the damage.

4.  I started a math course last night.  It's going to be a very LONG 5 weeks.  LONG.

5.  Seriously I will need a tutor holding my hand the entire time.

Picture Time...

Ready to see Captain America

Selfie

"You are the center of every group attention"  A little rough in the translation, but okay.

Possiblitiy for my hair.

This stupid cat chased his tail/butt for like that about 5 min because he had a plastic wrapper stuck to him.  He wouldn't let me near him.



I did it!  Five things, and five pictures.  I am linking up with my bestie, Emmy.  




Emmy Mom








Friday, April 4, 2014

The Pirate Fairy

It's Friday!!  The Weekend!  The end of Spring Break...wait what?

1.  It's the end of Spring break.   It's a mixed bad.  I didn't get to sleep in everyday.  In fact, I hardly slept in any days.  I did enjoy the stress free mornings of not having to rush everyone around.  What a drag.  What I won't miss...everything MINE CRAFT.  If you don't have a kid between 7 and 12 consider yourself lucky.

2.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier...still trying to figure out when we are going to see this movie.  So excited about it.

3.  The Pirate Fairy.  Yes, I totally bought it because Tom Hiddleston is James Hook.  However, the movie is adorable.  It has all kinds of Peter Pan references and I laughed so much.  And just so you know Hook is a COD FISH!  He's a meanie butt!  I reccommend this movie to anyone.

4.  "Life is what happens when your busy making other plans."  Do you know who said that?  Put your thinking caps on.  I love this expression especially because it completely sums up Spring break for us.  *

5.  I have lost 14 pounds exactly.  I am moving more and eating less.  That is the big secret.  Sorry. When I hit 5pounds, I bought myself a bracelet.  Since I went past ten pounds I bought myself lotion and a smelly candle.  When I offically lose 15 pounds I plan to buy a tiara!  Why not!  I am worthy of one.

This is a dress I tried on at Penney's.  It is two sizes too big.  However because my ribs and chest are...ahem...it didn't fit right.  Looks cute tho.  I need a Busty Girl Store.  Is there one of those?

My lotion and candle

This is when Ryan was finally feeling better.  He's still coughing, but otherwise himself.
This one is a throw back...it's ME!  I think I was 4.  This is my HOTROD!
Another throwback...this is from Jan...it was after Christmas.  Showing off our weather.  Sorry.  Not sorry.



Emmy Mom


I am linking up with Emmy today for Friday Five!

*John Lennon is the one who said, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."



  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Who Am I?


I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Who I am and who I aspire to be...let's get the obvious out of the way.  Wife.  Mother.  Yes, yes...I am those things.  I am proud to be those things.  I would not be a mother of three of the most beautiful, intelligent, ridiculous, fun beings I have the pleasure of knowing if it weren't for being a wife.  This is part of who I am.  I would not have children without a partner.  Why?  Because I am a Christian.  Yep.  I am.  Not only am I a Christian, but get this, I am a member of The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Yep.  I am very  slightly unconventional at times with my love for all things geeky, but I stand by my morals, and everything I am taught.

I am taught this:  to love my neighbor (yeah even the ones who wrong me...that's hard!)  But I am also taught to love everyone.  Everyone.  Guess what?  I do love all people.  Their race, religion, gender are not a deciding factor for me.  Lifestyle?  What was it that Jesus taught?  Love the sinner, not the sin.  Here's the thing.  I'm a sinner.  Yep.  I am still working on that one.  I don't drink, smoke, gamble, cheat, beat my kids but I still sin.  My sin is not your sin.  If didn't sin at all, well I wouldn't be here.


I am also an American.  Yep.  I am a free speech, right to bare arms, American.  I don't care about race...nobody should.  The day it doesn't matter will be the day any and all forms leave race off the forms.  If it truly doesn't matter, then why have it there.

I am a woman.  I am not better than a man, nor do I need one to complete me.  I am strong and capable.  No, I do not know how to change a flat tire or change my oil, but I can call for help on my phone.  This does not make me weak.  It makes me resourceful and smart.  I don't know how to sew.  Don't assume because I am female I know this talent.  I am also tall, that doesn't mean I play basketball.  By the way, I do not.  In fact, I am quite terrible at the sport.  I play softball.

I am blonde.  Blondes are not always dumb.  That comes from Marliyn Monroe depicting blondes as mindless.  She was actually a shark, and a brunette.  I am smart, ornery, and I can tell blonde jokes with the best of them.  "What do you do when a blonde throws a grenade at you?"  "You pull the pin and throw it back!"

I am in school earning my Bachelor's in Humanities for English.  As I approach the end of my second year, I am considering the Master's Program.  I find this school stuff both complex and exciting.  I like the challange, and I have enjoyed improving myself.

This is who I am:  A woman, mother, wife.  American, Christian, Latter-day Saint, and Geek-galore!

I am linking up with Shell today for Pour Your Heart Out.



Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Friday

Hey, I am really exicted this week, because not only am I linking up with my bestie but I am also hosting with her.  If you check out Emmy's blog you will see the questions she asked me.  Otherwise you will never know what my favorite super power would be.




Emmy Mom




1.  Spring break started off with a bang.  Ryan got sick...like real sick.  He was fine and them BAM!  He spiked a fever and went down.  He counted each time he threw up...I'm not talking episode, I'm talking every. single. time.  It was TEN!  Poor baby.

2.  We watched THOR the Dark World.  His choice.  What?  He has to twist my arm?  

3.  I'm taking a history class now, and my final report is going to be on women in history.  I am super excited about it.  We rock.  It started with EVE!

4.  I have lost 8. 6 pounds.  it has not been easy, but now people are noticing.  I better keep it up!

5.  Is anyone going to see Captian America: The Winter Soldier?  I am looking forward to it.  When did I become such a geek anyway?  

Ryan on Monday....how pathetic is this?  He is finally doing better, but now his throat hurts and he is all squeaky!

This is Clara Barton...she established the Red Cross during the Civil War.  Not only that, but she helped find missing soldiers and marked graves.  She worked under the direction of President Lincoln.  I am a "Barton."  Am I related?  Who knows?  It would be sooo cool!  

One of my all time favorite Easter funnies

We watched the lil' guy and this was us watching Frozen.  Do you just love this movie???
My cover photo on FB because Olaf is so adorable!  "I don't have a skull, or bones!"

Now it's your turn to share 5 thoughts and 5 pictures.