Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter Fail

So I'm finally getting around to posting Easter pictures. It was a disaster. At least the egg coloring was. My 4 year old picked out glitter egg dye. Super fun. Of course from the day I bought it until the day before Easter I was asked several times a day when we could use it. Apparently if I'm asked several different ways my answer might change. But I was strong and didn't say yes until the day before Easter. So we boiled some eggs.

Then we got our kit out.

Of course once it was out everyone had to touch everything and loose half the stuff. So once I found almost everything again, they decided they were hungry.

And for once they weren't fighting!

But what is lunch without playing with your food?

Then of course they decided to get the little color tablets out and put them on the table... And of course, them being them, they had 150 glasses half full of water sitting around the house. And since half of those were on the table one of them was sure to be tipped over. Once the tablets were drowning there was no saving them. Sorry, I didn't get pictures. But I did announce on facebook that I was cancelling Easter. Then when I wasn't so mad anymore I realized that my 4 year old was actually the only one that DID mind me and hadn't been touching it. So I made some color for the eggs out of food coloring.

We didn't color eggs last year and she didn't remember doing it when she was 2 so she had a lot of fun.

And of course like always, she freaks out when I get the camera out. "Don't take my picture!"

(ignore her shirt, laundry day lol)

So after a lot of mess we finally have our colored eggs.

Very beautiful of course! As I was cleaning up I noticed that I was having a hard time washing the stuff off my hands. I finally gave up and decided that going to work with colorful hands wasn't too bad.

It could have been worse. I did finally get the glitter off. And yes, I have a mole on my hand. More proof that I'm weird.

So Easter was saved and the kids got to find their eggs. My 4 year old is convinced that all rabbits are named "Easter" now, and it is her new favorite animals. My 8 year old tried to tell her that I was the Easter bunny and she just laughed and said "but mom isn't a rabbit!"

She's right though, I'm not. And they can't wait until next year to do it all over again.

Friday, April 22, 2011


Ever since I can remember I've loved to read. During the summer when I was growing up I would ride my bike to the library and check out the maximum number of books I was allowed to (which was 8), read them all, then I would go back the next week and get 8 more.

There are several book series that I've been reading for a few years now. The longest is the Inheritance cycle which so far have been Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr, and I've been waiting for almost 3 years for the last book Inheritance to be released. Brisingr came out in September of 08 (I remember because it came out at midnight the day before I left on vacation). I remember waiting for over 2 years for that one to be relased. After I read it I couldn't wait for the fourth and final book. After waiting and waiting and waiting... There's finally a release date! After all this time, now I only have to wait until November 8th.

Until then though, there's a few other series that will keep me somewhat occupied. I started reading the Southern Vampire books (some of you know them as Sookie Stackhouse, and others know them from the HBO shows True Blood) several years ago. I was happy when they became an HBO series, but I'm not happy about how far the show has gone from the story line. Anyway, book 11 comes out May 3rd. And then the season 3 of True Blood comes out at the end of May, the 31st I think.

I've also been reading the house of night books, and the next book, the 8th will also be released in November.

Then there was the Vampire Academy books. This series I absolutely loved. The author isn't writing anymore from the POV of the main character in the first 6 books, but there is a spinoff series and the first called Bloodlines it going to be released August 23. Obviously this is about vampires but the love story is what drew me in. There have been very few books that have caused me to shed a tear, but several of these did. I'm sad to see it end but excited to see where the new series goes.

I'm currently reading the newest Vampire Diaries book that came out last month. I haven't seen the show and honestly I'm probably not going to until it is on netflix lol.

And then there's the Anita Blake series. The first book was given to me and I read it just after Jake was born last year. I loved it so much that I bought the other 18 books and read them all within a few months. Now  book 20 will be out on June 7th and it is called Hit List and it brings back one of my favorite characters. And yes, it is about vampires too.

I'm always open for suggestions for more books to read, if anybody has any : )

There was a series that I started to read that I really should finish because it was pretty cool. I can't remember the name of it but the first book was about a guy who was murdered and woke up as a vampire. Then he had to work to solve his own murder. I have to have them sent over to my library which takes a little bit so that is why I haven't read past the third book.

There was also a book I read a few years ago that I'm pretty sure was a series. I thought it was a detective book but it was a vampire book. It was kind of the book that opened the vampire doors for me. I don't remember much except the detective was investigating a murder. Her father had been a cop and that is why she was a cop. I'm pretty sure it was set in New Orleans. I can't really remember more than that except she found out the main suspect was a vampire and then she had to work with him to solve the crime... I know the book is packed away in my storage somewhere. I hope to go through that this summer and get rid of most of the crap in there. Oh well.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The joys of public school

There are so many reasons why I would much rather put my kids in private school than public... but I can't and probably won't ever be able to afford a private school.

There are so many bad things that kids bring home from school, colds, germs, attitudes, bad words. I would rather have all of those before I got the worst one of all. Head lice. Ew. But just my luck, instead of a cold or a flu we've been dealing with head lice this week. And so many things just piss me off about it. (For the record I know my kids could have gotten it anywhere but the most likely place IS school since I don't let them try anything on in the stores for this exact reason.)

Luckily it has only been my older two daughters that had a bad outbreak. But because of it my middle and youngest daughter had to get hair cuts. I couldn't get the comb through their hair. I almost cried when my youngest daughter's hair was cut. It was finally getting long enough to put into nice braids. She had never had a major hair cut like that. I almost cried. She was so happy though. The smile on her face was the only thing that kept the tears from spilling over. She loves it. My middle daughter has always cut her hair herself so she could have short hair. Her hair was finally past her shoulders and now it is up to her ears. She loves it too.

It has been a nightmare, and expensive. The first round I spent $150 on treatments for everyone. The first round didn't kill them all so we did another round. Still live bugs everywhere. I was so grossed out, and there were so many I couldn't just pick them all off. I talked to one of the pharmacists I work with about how frequent I can treat them. He said that I could do it daily but if the next round didn't get rid of them then I would have to call the dr for a prescription that is stronger. So the last time I tried a natural treatment called lice free. It is gel stuff you put on your head with a cap for an hour. It killed them ALL! And it was almost half the price.

I think what upsets me the most about this whole ordeal is the fact that the school is hush hush. They don't have the nurses come and check other kids, they don't send out letters telling parents that there was a classmate that has lice. They claim it is for privacy issues. I told them I don't give a damn about privacy, I want the other parents notified! Nope, they just don't do it. They would rather have it spread around than to actually do something. And what really sucks is that the majority of the children come from low income families, most of whom would have to borrow money to be able to treat for lice. So my mom went ahead and told the teachers about it (she was the one that dropped them off at school when the bugs were gone) and told them that we didn't mind if they put it in the weekly newsletter, or even just a note about remembering to check for lice. My girls told their best friends about it and told them that they should have their parents check to make sure they don't have bugs because they're always hugging.

So now the only toys the kids have are the things that could be washed, and there's a ton of bags of laundry that needs to be washed. On top of it all, I hurt my foot when I was doing some aerobics last week and it is getting worse so I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to go to the doctor about it. I just hope it keeps getting better because I don't want to go!

This past week has been a nightmare and I would much rather be out with the flu than picking bugs off my girls and chopping off their hair.