Favorite Quotes

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  • "I'm so busy.... I don't know if I found a rope... or lost my donkey! - Unknown"
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

We did our usual trip around the neighborhood. Before we finished the rounds Madi got tired and went home because her candy bag was so heavy she was tired of carrying it. Carlie went home early because she wanted to start eating her candy!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall Day At the Belle Plaine Arboretum

When Frank has out of town football games, he has to be there an hour early. And then the games tend to run late. So the girls and I drive around town and see if there is anything interesting to do. This weekend we stumbled upon the Belle Plaine Arboretum. It was stunnly beautiful and we stopped to walk the grounds and take pictures. Of course we were dressed for a ballgame, not picture taking. Carlie had stayed at home with Bob because she didn't feel good. Here are some pictures.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Baby Lost Her First Baby Tooth

She has waited forever for one to get wiggly, but they were all firmly in place.

When I came back from my trip from MN, I brought them back suckers. She was crunching hers up tonight and suddenly her tooth was gone. It figures that she would have to do things differently. All my other kids we had to hold down, cajole, beg, threaten....to get their first tooth out. Carlie's just comes out and disappears. We don't know what happened to it. But she's thrilled that she's finally lost a tooth.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October Quotes

Why can't EVERY day be a weekend!!!! - Carlie Pool
It's hard to unlove someone. - Olanna SWB
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.-Cherokee Expression
You're a Great Friend, but if the Zombies chase us I'm tripping you - T-shirt

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Revenge on a Birddog

My grandma's name is Obie. And my grandpa's name is Cassol (Cass for short) and he always had bird dogs and coon dogs around the house.

One old dog just ate constantly. If food was thrown out the backdoor, that dog would catch it and eat it before it hit the ground.

Grandma Obie decided one day to teach that old dog a lesson. She took some biscuit dough and wrapped it around the lid of a mason jar. Then she threw it out the back door.

Sure enough, the dog tried to catch it in midair before it hit the ground. But the jar lid was firmly wedged in his mouth!!!! The dog tried to get it out and so did Grandma Obie, but it wouldn't budge.

When Grandpa Cass came home, he was so mad at what his wife had done to his dog!!! He did managed to get the lid out of the dogs mouth, and the dog was fine.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cooking Mishap

The kids like to make Cinnamon Toast for breakfast sometimes. Libby decided to make some earlier this week. She mixes butter, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and then spreads it on toast that comes out of the toaster.

The kids dug into their toast and immediately spit it back out. Libby had accidently grabbed the red chili pepper instead of the cinnamon. LOL.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day At The Zoo With Madi

Like myself, Madi is a true animal lover and we enjoyed taking our time at the zoo today without being rushed by other family members. There is something about Madi that attracts animals. At the lion exhibit a half grown lion cub came up and sat by the window right beside her. And when we went to the otters, an otter was trying to get her cap through the glass. We had a great day!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rebel in the Wrong Century

I got an email from school yesterday. Frank had been having SUCH a good year. But apparently he took his DS to school with him yesterday. Then he took it to the bathroom with him and stayed in there alot longer than he should have. He had a sub...so I guess he thought he could pull one over on her. When they finally got him out of the bathroom the sub asked what he had in his pocket and he lied and said he didn't have anything in his pocket. They finally got it and took it away from him.

Then after he went back to class his teacher told him to get ready for a spelling test and he told her "FU".

I like to read romance novels set in the past. And they are full of swashbuckling men who get what they want and don't take any crap off of any one. Right now I'm reading about an Irish Chieftan.

I got to thinking that Frank was just born in the wrong century. If he were a 30 year old Irish Chieftan, his FU attitude would get him women and hero worship.

Unfortunately for us, it's just not appropriate for an 11 year old in a modern classroom. Sigh.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

You Just Don't Use Coloring Much In Life

Carlie had just always marched to the beat of her own drummer. Pictured below she's at a football game with those socks that have places for each toe on her hands. LOL. It was about 90 degrees outside.

We've still been going 'round and 'round with Carlie and first grade. She's still getting in trouble alot, and I am having her tested independently so we can figure out what's going on. I told the lady doing the testing that Bob and I both and ADD/ADHD traits so Carlie might have a tendency towards that. So she sent two forms for each of Carlie's teachers to fill out and send back. There were questions where the teachers were supposed to rate her. Instead of just putting the rating on there, they wrote all over the form. And it wasn't pretty. I was so upset.

They wrote that she was telling the other kids "I'm SO much smarter than you are!!!" That when given assignment she was rolling her eyes and saying things like "This is SO easy." They said she was manipulative with adults and kids. They said if another student got a question right that she sulking and glowered at them until they felt uncomfortable. I don't know WHERE she got any of these traits from....no idea.

They were also concerned about her fine motor skills. So Bob and I sat down and talked to her that night. I asked her "If someone came up to you and said I am SO much prettier than YOU are...would you like that??" and she said "No".

Another comment was that she was rushing through her work and then immediately demanding more to do. Bob told her he wanted her to take her time and write her name. (She's a lefty.) So she wrote her name perfectly. Then he got one of her school papers out that was NOT written perfectly. He asked her why she didn't write her name neatly all the time and she mumbled "Well it's good enough that they can READ it." So then he asked her if she could color neatly...and she said she could. So he got out one of her school papers that had been scribbled on. He asked her WHY she didn't take her time and color her best. She stared down at the ground and thought about it a minute then she said "Well Dad, there's just not much coloring in life!!!" Oh My.

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