I’m the Tamamamma

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Parent Teacher Conference

I forgot about DS's Parent Teacher conference a couple of weeks ago (bad mommy!). I just got going with the afternoon routine. We had friends over for the kids, and I was doing my own thing and before I knew it, we had missed it.
However, his teacher is the best and arranged a new time for us. The beginning of the conference consisted of DS reading to me from a prompt sheet his teacher had him fill out before hand. Things like "I think I'm good at....." and "I need to work on......". One prompt was "I'm proud of....." and DS said "my Dad". I'm sure she intended for the answer to be school related, but how sweet was that? She said "You must really like your Dad" and DS said "Yah...we're kind of like buddies." Awwwww. So sweet!
The wind is blowing like CRAZY today. I went to get the mail and had tears streaming down my face! Not very condusive to a fun Saturday. I needed to clean up anyway and I also got a nice long morning nap while the kids watched Pippi Longstockings. They like to listen to stories on CD in bed at night, so I got them the movie at Hollywood so that they could compare to the story.
I hope all is going well with you guys. Hopefully I'll have more entertaining blogging material for you next week!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Back to Scrapbooking

I actually did some digital scrapbooking this morning after a long break. I know I already posted these photos, but I'll go ahead and post the page anyway because I don't have anything else to share!She loves her new haircut. A few days ago I "styled" it for her and flipped the ends out with my straightening iron. she looked so cute! DH came home and she patted her hair and said "Do you like my style, Daddy?"

I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend. We went down to Fairview to visit DH's parents. There was still snow on the ground there. We had an indoor Easter egg hunt and dyed eggs. It was fun. I forgot my camera though! UGH! I had even purchased a really cute digital kit just for Easter pictures. Oh, Well. Such is life!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Haircut for my "Baby"

My DD#2's had started becoming a rat's nest in the back most of the time. She kept asking me to cut it. So, I figured it was worth a try (to see if we liked it shorter). Here is her before photo:
This had become the usual morning hair-do, and was not easy to comb out! We cut off quite a bit of hair. I think she started thinking it wasn't such a good idea after all when she realized how long she had to sit still. It turned out so cute, though! Here she is checking out all of the hair we cut off. I'm not sure if she was really that suprised or if she's just making a goofy face, but it's a great picture!
And the view from the back:
I can't wait to see it styled. Maybe curled or just with the ends flipped out--it looks like that's what her hair wants to do anyway. She still gets a messy spot on the back of her head. She must have some curl in her hair back there. At least it will be easier to comb out. She looks so much older to me now : ( I have mixed emotions about that. She's growing up so fast!

Monday, March 17, 2008

A Litte Too Clever?

My DS walks home from school every day because we only live three houses away from the school's back gate. A few times lately he has come home frustrated because some unknowing teacher has told him that no one is allowed to walk out that way (they are just trying to keep him safe and don't realize that he really lives right over here). Anyway, the poor guy ends up having to walk three times further when they make him go around the front of the school.

Now to the funny part of the story--the part I don't want to forget. He came home one day and said that another teacher had stopped him and tried to keep him from walking through the back gate. He said that he ended up doing it anyway. I said "How did you manage that?" and he said "I just said to her "Look! A kid is running across the street!" And while she was looking the other direction, I ran!". I was totally laughing because what he had done was so unexpected and clever--and naughty! I told him that it isn't ok to trick teachers like that and I went over the next day to talk to the director about how to solve the problem. I wonder how he thought of that? My guess is that he saw it on tv! Speaking of which, springtime is coming and I want to set some tv guidelines and get him outside playing more often. Wish me luck on that one!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More St. Louis Stories

I finally got the rest of my pictures from my trip off of my camera. After we spent a couple of days with my dad and step-mom, we went to my mom's for a bit. One of my favorite places to eat in St. Louis is Steak and Shake. They don't serve steaks really, just steak burgers. They are soooooo good. They are thin and yummy and crispy on the edges. Their french fries are super skinny. The shakes are great. What more could you want? Here is a pic of my mom with DD #1 and a picture DD drew of the three of us while we were waiting for our food.

When we walked into my mom's house DD walked over to this lamp she has in her living room and touched it and said "This lamp is impressive!" We thought that was hilarious. I just had to get a picture of her with the lamp (and Great-Grandma's cane)We also went to see Enchanted together. I love that movie! My mom likes to make jewelry (as do I) and she took us to her favorite bead shop called LadyBug Beads. She had DD choose beads and a charm to make her own bracelet. I ended up making some things for myself, too. Here's Nanna and DD making the bracelet.

After that, we went by a place called ABC Trading Company. It's a Chinese-run costume jewelry place that also has purses and belts and all of that kind of stuff. Everything is really inexpensive. I got some CZ earrings along with some sparkly hair clips for the girls. We decided to get some lunch on our way to the airport, so we headed down the street. It turns out we were in a China town of sorts. Chinese lawyers, dentists, accupuncturists, food markets, and lots of restaurants. I love Chinese food and so do DD and Nanna, so we picked a cute one and went on in. Warning: this is not for the week of stomach. The menu was very authentic. They had tendon, stomach, intestine, and beef penis (yes, you read that right) on the menu! Oh, my gosh! We ordered from the more Americanized section of the menu and got Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice. It was delicious!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I'm ready for spring!

I saw Kari's new banner on "My Sweet Life" and just had to make a new one myself (so who's the copy-cat this time, Kari?). It was lots of fun to make. I love coming to my blog and seeing something so cheerful. The kit I used is called "Hunny Bunny" by Mindy Terasawa and you can find it at Designer Digitals. The alphabet is from the new FREE kit from Shabby Princess.

I haven't done any digital work in a while because I was all caught up with pictures. Now that I'm back from St. Louis, I'll have some new ones to work on. I was going to post some new pictures today but my DH is gone with his laptop (which I use to download my photos) so that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Friday, March 7, 2008

St. Louis adventures

We're having a great time in St. Louis. Lots of new adventures. Last night on the way home from the airport we stopped to eat at Shogun (like Benihana's). We were all very entertained and the food was great. DD#2 was startled when the chef lit the grill on fire, but she recovered quickly.
This morning we woke up and drove out to the Butterfly House in Creve Couer. It was soooo cool! There were butterflies everywhere! For those of you who watch "Go, Diego, Go!" with your kids, you've heard of the Blue Morpho Butterfly. That was the most common type of butterfly in there. So beautiful and big. There were a lot of other smaller types too. We took along my parents' friend Ann and her granddaughter Marci. Haylee had a lot of fun playing with her. We are definitely being spoiled!
It was really, really, warm and humid in there because of the butterflies. That's why this picture is so foggy! All the excitement is wearing DD out--this is what I found when I went to bed last night:
Awwwww. What a sweetheart!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Off to St. Louis

We are off on a whirlwind adventure to St. Louis to visit my family. Two weeks ago I was looking at fares online, hoping to find some tickets for an April trip. Instead I got tickets for this weekend because they were so inexpensive. So, DD#1 and I are off tomorrow until Monday. Because of the cost of tickets and the frustrations of traveling with a bunch of little kids, I've started going by myself and rotating through the children. It gives me some great one-on-one time with whoever I'm taking, too.

Nothing else new to tell--I'll be back with pictures in a few days!