Wednesday, August 18, 2010

End of summer?

It's time for me to start thinking about school and all the things coming up such as fall.  I love fall and am looking forward to it but also not quite ready to let summer go.  I enjoy being outdoors even though bugs always seem to find me and I'm allergic to bees and they always come near me too.  I'm ready though to get my tomato crop and make my spaghetti sauce, go to apple orchards and get some tasty apples, pick a pumpkin and carve it for Halloween.
Speaking of Halloween I have to get the kid's costumes ready.  O will be a witch and I already have a hat and dress for her to wear so I guess she's all set.  X insists on a Pokemon related costume so we decided on Ash Ketchum (a pokemon trainer).  So I just basically have to make him a shirt like Ash wears and the baseball cap and he can just wear jeans and some fingerless green gloves and he can carry his stuffed Pikachu around.  Yeah I think I know way too much about Pokemon.
So add that to my LONG list of things I want to get done.  I just haven't been motivated or had time to work on a craft.  I spend my free time either reading or catching up on shows.  You would think I wouldn't have as much TV to watch in summer but I watch True Blood, Psych & I'm catching up on all the seasons of The Big Bang Theory.  Only 3 more episodes of True Blood left though.  On my to do list is tons of scrapbooking projects that I need to organize and do something about.  Some sewing projects including a new purse for myself.  I found a cute pattern for a child's messenger bag that I am going to make for my purse.  I am thinking of using denim.  Also I still have some material I was going to use to make O a purse.  Not to mention some refashioned shirts I have and also have an idea for a new t-shirt skirt I want to make for myself.  As for crocheting, I have to make Dan a new bookmark.  O chewed the end off and so I told him I'd make him a new one.
I'm sure I'll have even less time to do these things once school starts.  So for now I will enjoy what is left of summer.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Allergies Suck!

X had his first allergy test yesterday.  He's been miserable for the summer.  We've been giving him Zyrtec, Claritin or Benadryl whenever he seems bad and they seem to help.  They tested him for 24 things, outdoor and indoor things.  The experience sucked because he said it hurt and the nurse had a hard time spotting his back.  We found out he's allergic to dust mites, cats and birch trees.  So for the dust mites I just have to try to keep his room clean and dusted.  For the cat (poor Aries) we have to keep her out of his room.  I already clean and vacuum every week, wash all the sheets every week.  Unless I get rid of her, which I can't possibly do because she is part of the family.  As for the birch tree, there is one in our next door neighbor's yard that hangs over our backyard.  Also the in-laws have one in their front  yard.  The Dr said it would only be bad when they're pollinating, which is May-June (this explains why he was so bad then).  We go back in 3 months to see if what we have done has helped.  He also got a nasal allergy medicine to help.  He woke up better this morning.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Tooth Fairy's First & Second Visit

On Monday I came home and X said "My tooth is really wiggly"  He was so excited.  So we worked on it all night until finally when he was getting ready for bed he pulled it.

Minutes after it being pulled:
Him holding the tooth:

The Tooth Fairy paid him a visit on Monday night.  Then I come home on Tuesday and he says "I think my other tooth is ready to come out too"  I look at it and tell him that it might be a couple of days.  He is determined so we work on it all night.  I yanked it really hard a few times and then made it bleed.  By that point it was in there very crooked and it just needed another yanking.  So I pulled it and he was so excited.  So the Tooth Fairy paid him another visit last night.  He was actually afraid that she wouldn't come to our house two nights in a row.  I told him that she works every night and doesn't mind.

Here he is after loosing his second tooth:

Holding the second tooth:

I think it will be a while before he looses any more since the top ones are barely loose.  But he's excited that he finally lost some.  And now he talks funny.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Up North

We went up to the north shore at the beginning of July.  We went last year and the kids loved it so we thought we'd go back.  Our first stop was Jay Cook State Park.

This is a suspension bridge.  I'm in the foreground with the hat and X is going across.  I absolutely hated crossing it and went fast.  But then X cut his hand on a rock and I had to cross it again with him to go back to the car for a bandage.  I guess I should have been carrying those around with me.
Down by the river on the shore.  Dan and the kids.
Me and the kids on some rocks.  I'm holding on really tight to O because she kept squirming.

After Jay Cooke we got to Duluth.  Since it was lunch time and I had packed some lunches we decided to picnic at Enger Tower.  They have this Japanese Bell because apparantly there is a sister city in Japan.  The kids kept ringing the bell and then we climbed the tower.

The whole family near the bell on a rock
Here is me with the kids in the tower while Dan took our picture
We are in the second window from the top.
We went to Canal Park.  We walked around, the kids fed a few sea gulls.

The next day after breakfast we headed further north to Tettegouche State Park.  Our plan was to hike up to the big falls and the on the way back stop at the smaller falls.  Well after a mile the kids were too tired to keep going and we stopped at the smaller falls.  We figured that the bigger falls were 1/2 mile away and that would mean 1.5 miles back and we did not want to be carrying two kids back. 
Me and the kids by the small falls.  Dan and X actually climbed up next to the falls but me and O decided to just stay back.

This is a different area where it's calm and there's a beach.  The kids enjoyed throwing the rocks in the water and finding some cool rocks.
This is the lift bridge in Duluth.  We were lucky enough to make it to Canal Park right when a ship was coming in.
This ship was a little over 1000ft long.  The kids thought it was cool.
On our last day there we went to The Great Lakes Aquarium.  It was either that or the zoo and the kids really wanted to see fish.
X petting a sting ray

O petting a sting ray with the help of daddy
On the balcony at the aquarium, there's the lift bridge behind them
Other things we did was eat at Red Lobster for dinner.  The kids loved seeing the live lobsters and X just LOVES shrimp and so he stuffed himself with shrimp.  We also went to go see Toy Story 3.  O got a little bored and X loved it.  We went swimming at our hotel and just walked around a lot.

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