Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Case of the Clean Laundry in the Dirty Hamper

It all started the other day, when Georgia came home, soaked in her school clothes.

Come to find out that at her activity days get together, she and a couple other girls decided it would be fun to jump in the pool with their clothes on.

Rewind about an hour before:
Georgia asked if she could take her swim suit to activity days
I told her 'no, today is not a swim day, and you are not going in the pool'.

Fast forward back to after Activity Days is over:
I get a message from the teacher that she gave a lesson on Choice and Accountability.  Explaining that we can choose our choices, but we will have to pay the consequence of each choice, whether good or bad.  Then she told me about the pool incident.

I go to find Georgia, who is hiding in her closet.  As soon as I find her, she burst into tears, "I'm sorry!"

"I'm sorry too, you made a bad choice." I said.

Her consequence was that she lost her electronic time for the day (a highly coveted time) and she now had the opportunity to learn how to do her laundry, since she will be doing it herself from now on.  I went through some basics of clothing care, and explained why we don't wear clothes in the pool.  And Daddy talked about obeying the rules and listening to our teachers.

After our discussion, we head to the garage to start the laundry.  As I'm teaching her about the water temperature, we start pulling out all the dark clothes from the hamper.  It was then that I found a stack of clean, folded laundry, that I had done just 2 days before, at the bottom of her hamper.  I had to take a deep breath in that moment, and Georgia saw as my eyes went wide.  The clothes now smelled dirty, like the rest of her clothes.  I kept my cool, but sternly asked why it was okay to put clean clothes in the hamper instead of in her dresser.  She was too stunned at being caught and didn't know what to say.

Again, I had to go back to telling her 'that was a bad choice and I was sad for her and hoped that from now on as she did her own laundry that she would take better care of her clothes'.  (Since, she knows that she only gets new clothes when school starts, Christmas and Birthday)

(and it made me realize that she is totally ready for some more responsibility :)

Case Closed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Tale of the Monstrous Tomato Worms

Once upon a time, there was a big beautiful tomato plant.  It was covered in beautiful green leaves and even had a couple of tomatoes beginning to grow.  

The very next day we found this:

Our poor tomato plant stripped bare and five of these gnarly tomato worms, all fat and happy.

They really are amazing to look at, because they are so gigantic.  About 4-5 inches long when stretched out with these gigantic suction feet.  (Reminded me of the Alice in Wonderland worm, but green instead of blue.)  

After the initial shock and awe of seeing them....well, the chickens had a delicious treat 
(and it wasn't the plant :)  

The End.

Monday, August 17, 2015

First Day of School and other things

Today is the first day of school, and I honestly can't believe how summer flew by.  Levi did not want to stand still for the it isn't the greatest, but you can definitely tell by Georgia's tan and white hair that she had a lot of fun this summer outside.  She has been happy with her short hair, and even went a little shorter last week.

Georgia went to 'take your child to work day' with Curtis.  She had a great time.

 Beach with Cousins

 Curtis and I were able to the Lindsey Stirling Concert.  It was a great show.

At Georgia's Young Marine Beach day, Cousin B was able to get some surfing lessons and boogie board time.  

 Levi loving the sand

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


This Irish Folk song is a favorite: Early in the Morning

and another favorite is this song: The Parting Glass

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Levi's genes

Yesterday we had a follow up with the neurologist to review some blood work and his EEG.  It was an interesting appointment, and amazingly I understood everything the doctor said to me (thank you FDSCI 205 class on introduction to DNA that I'm currently taking).  The doctor ran a test for something called the MTHFR gene (I know, I almost burst out laughing too.  Somebody apparently had a sense of humor while making that acronym.)  The doctor says she calls it the Mother Friender Gene...yea, I'll try to think of that when I see it.

Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, is the enzyme that turns folic acid (which can not pass the blood brain barrier) into folinic acid (which can pass the blood brain barrier, and is essential for normal development.)  1 or 2 affected genes can lead to learning disabilities, mental disorders, schizophrenia and neural tube defects like spina bifida).  It also increases the risk of blood clots, heart disease and chemotherapy toxicity due to hyperhomocysteinemia.

If someone has 1 affected gene, the 2nd gene may take over and work fine, or there is a good chance that the 2nd gene isn't' able to carry the load and the person ends up with Low levels of folinic acid.

If you have 2 affected genes, well, then your up a creek because you likely can't make any folinic acid at all.  

Levi has 2 affected genes.  Poor kid.  
At this point the treatment is high doses of folinic acid.  
It will be interesting to see if we notice any changes.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Les Miserables

"Mom, Can I watch Les Miserables?"  Georgia says
"!!!  You don't even have to ask :)"
(I think she could ask to watch it at 2am, and I would hop out of bed and watch it with her :)

Les Mis is one of my all time favorite musicals.  A local theatre just hosted a production and I went to see it with a group of ladies.  It was fantastic...and remembering that I saw it about Georgia's age, I had to take her to see it.  She loved it.

So last week Georgia asked if she could watch the movie (she saw it last year, but since seeing the play, wanted to see it again).  I dropped everything I was doing and sat down to watch it with her.  I love that she loves it.  She asks lots of questions wants to know the story.  We talk about the different scenes and what is happening.  We talk about the lessons, Forgiveness, Redemption, Hope, Courage, Love, Mercy, Freedom & Patriotism.  One of the most enjoyable parts of being a parent is sharing times like this with our kids.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

School's Out For Summer!

This morning I had to introduce Georgia to some... ah-hem...culture by playing Alice Cooper's, School's out for summer song during breakfast.  Then since she was familiar with it, I was able to play it as she opened the car door at pick up today.  It was so funny, and she rocked out.  

She is super happy school is over and is eagerly telling everyone that she is now a 4th grader....say what?!....yes, a 4th grader.  

I asked her what grade has been her favorite so far (K, 1, 2, or 3)  She said that she has liked them all for different reasons, but even though she liked 3rd grade, she is glad it is over so she doesn't have to see "D" anymore.  (That would be the boy who has been tormenting her.)  Well, at least not for the next 2 months.  

Her favorite day of the school year was their trip to the tide pools last week.  I unfortunately don't have a picture from that, but I do have one from her penpal picnic.


Today I got to go to Levi's school for a Last Day of School Party.  We ate food and watched a slide show and had a great time.  I got to talk to another Mom, which is always great.  Levi's Aide, who is totally awesome, got some great pictures of him on their field trip to the bowling alley.  They rode the Train, which Levi loved.   

 Levi and 'Mickey' looking out the window

Levi and Aide (isn't she just the cutest!)