Tuesday, August 5, 2008

If you take a Nate to the movies...

Well, we finally did it. This morning, a half hour before the show was to start...we braved the crowds and the bus loads of summer camp/day care kids from as far away as Lumberton... stood in a long line for VERY overpriced popcorn and found just the right number of seats together among the many "saved" seats and watched 1-1/2 hours of sweet fun in the form of Horton Hears a Who. The movie was great, at least the parts I got to see. I especially loved the pouch-schooling kangaroo momma, hehe...hope I don't resemble her.

It was Nate's first movie at the theatre...and Emily's second viewing (seen on a daddy-daughter date when it first came out). The movie admission price was free...and the summer movie program our local theatre runs is a nice option for a hot day in the Sandhills. I'd heard about the crowds and general chaos...you know, sometimes "free" just isn't. It seemed like an opportunity, though, to see if Nate was interested in sitting for a long movie. Well, now we know he really wasn't.

So if you take a Nate to the movies...
He'll want to be held at first, it's gonna be dark and loud and he'll be "scerd"...then he'll want to eat some "potorn"...then he'll want to hold the "potorn"...then he'll spill the "potorn"...and then he'll want to eat somebody else's "potorn". Then he'll be thirsty and probably want some "jewce"...then he'll want to hold the "jewce"...he might spill some on his shirt...then he's gonna need a "nakyun" to wipe it up. Then he's going to want something sweet like the fruit snack he saw his mom sneak into the theatre...then after all that "jewce" he's gonna want to go pee...then right after getting back to the movie, he's gonna want to go poop because he realizes going to the potty gets him out of his seat. But, he might have a mommy whose prepared and he might accept a lollipop instead...then he's going to want to share and give Memmie a "yoldipop"...then he's probably gonna be "dicky" and want to go wash off. Then he's going to want to "go see Memmie" whose sitting two seats away. He'll make friends with the people in front, behind and beside him and he'll tell all of them "sshh" with his finger to his lips...and then finally he will go home via the lobby where he will see the Wall-e robot and will want to come to the movies again because Wall-e the "robod" looks cool. Then he'll probably go home and throw up all the popcorn, soda, lollipops and fruit snacks he ate...yep...He's gonna want to go to the movies again.

And well, because he threw up we missed an afternoon trip to the ice skating rink in Fayetteville, but honestly....I just don't know if I would have been up to it! Taking a Nate to the Movies is really hard work...

Monday, August 4, 2008

Last week of summer vacation

We'll start our homeschooling next week. Yep, one week from today...we'll start second grade. I'd planned something fun almost every day this week. But, not today. Today was spent taking Nate for his follow up for his food allergies and asthma. He weighs 34 pounds....don't know how tall, but I think close to 36 inches (he's about as tall as a yard stick in height). The M.D. visit didn't reveal any earth shattering news...no real asthma issues since winter...eczema has been pretty stable since around March, still just seems to flare when he has a lot of dairy...probably will be years before he "outgrows" the peanut allergy. Later today, we went to our local hospital (which Emily still calls "Mommy's Hospital") for a blood draw for levels of antigen for all the most common allergens. We won't know the results for a few days/weeks. There is a possibility that some of the antigen levels have decreased and could indicate that he's "outgrowing" the egg allergy (85% of kids "outgrow" this one around age 3)...we'll see. Nate was a trooper getting stuck. Of course, he was well rewarded...I knew some of the ladies and we left with stickers, pencils and stuffed animals. Emily too, for being so supportive.
We stopped at the McDonald's in Sanford for breakfast, they have a really cool play land that looks like a tree house and both kids love playing there. Why does it seem Sanford has more shopping than we do now?
Well, I need to start studying...I think second grade is going to be really hard! When we got our curriculum in May, the package insert directed me to the website to watch a video on how to unpack the box...how to set up the materials...etc. That's when I really started to get a little worried ; ) If unpacking the box is that complicated, I'm really not sure I can handle teaching Latin...and then there's second grade math...we'll see.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

She's Home!

They arrived home around 7 pm on Friday...she came running and jumped into my arms with her long legs wrapped around my waist...and I cried.
She says she's nev-ver going to camp again...or at least not until she's ten. I think we're only missing a few pairs of underwear, maybe one pair of shorts, a couple of shirts that I can tell. I don't think we have anything that belongs to anyone else...
She has some sweet campfire songs and some good memories...but says she cried every night at bedtime...sigh.

It was a sweet Saturday to have all the chicks back in the hen house. Nate pulled his sleeping bag into her room last night and announced, "I seep Memmie's 'oom"

My favorite to share is a song they had to sing if they forgot something...while doing a silly dance...she thinks it's hilarious and she had to sing it once when she forgot her water bottle and one other time...

"my name is tinker-bell
I don't remember well...
I lost my underwear...
I don't remember where
I need my mommy here
to help me pack my gear
My name is tinker-bell
I don't remember well..."

I could sing this one a LOT!