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And yet more fun!

I told you I missed my kids, right? Well, when practice was called of yesterday, I opened up another new game! When I went to NMB last month, I visited the bead store, which I told you about. While I was there, I saw they were selling magnetic hematite. I wondered to myself what in the world a person could use magnetic hematite for. I mean, I just couldn’t think of much to do with it besides drape them around your wrist or neck, and if you have ever handled hematite, then you know it is pretty heavy.

Well, when I opened Jishaku, I suddenly realized the possibilities inherent in magnetic hematite. I played first with Batman:

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Notice DaBaby trying to horn in on the fun.

The game proceeded pretty slowly and methodically, and perhaps a little ho-hum, until this happened:
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(Notice Batman laughing like a loon. At me.)

Ohoh. That was interesting. Suddenly, it got about ten times more fun. We played about five games in rapid succession, with lots of good giggling time. And then the other boys came in.

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(Notice the handsome dh in the background.)

You know, it’s just as fun with 4 players as with 2. Except we were a little bit mean. We just told them the object of the game was to get rid of your stones. We didn’t tell them what to expect. And so we won, nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.

I can foresee the whole family having fun with this game, but not until I go back to NMB and get some more stones. Like most games, there just aren’t enough pieces for all the folks who want to play. That’s ok. The stones are pretty cheap ;)

B-I-N-G-O

If you noticed the other day when I reported on my trip, I showed this picture of the kids playing a game:

I didn’t say much more about it at the time, because I wanted to ask them about it, which I did this morning. Drama, Batman, Spidey and Stuntman declared the game “awesome”, and only Country, whose job was to work the remote found the game less than thrilling. And guess what?? Drama won! How often do you find a game where the youngest player wins? Of course the rest of the crew insists she had help, but seriously, how can you “help” someone play bingo, when the dvd does all the calling?

Disney Bingo comes with the DVD that features a short how-to-play segment, and calls the numbers. You can play several different patterns on the 6 reversible cards. It’s for ages 4 and up, and each letter is populated by a Disney character. There are movie clips on the dvd, too!

You guys know, because I told you, how busy I have been the past couple of weeks. I didn’t mind the work so much as I missed my children. If you don’t think you can miss people you live with, let me assure you that you can. We have a lot of fun hanging out and playing games together. Before football practice started, I was spending the time after dinner and before bedtime playing games with them. It was a pleasant way to end the day, beating the pants off them at “I Spy Snap” and “Phase 10″ just having a little fun together. ScreenLife Games’ Disney Bingo allows even more of us to play together at once, and around here, the more the merrier. I only wish there were 4 more cards so all of us could play at once.

You can get the game at Amazon.com or Drugstore.com, and I recommend it without reservation. Here’s a little video about it:


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Confessions in Recent Parenting Events

Ok, where are my children and what are they doing? Well, they are here at home as usual, and they are on the computer/watching tv/cleaning their room. In a bigger sense, they are almost through with the second of two five-night-per-week practices. Except when canceled for weather as I just discussed. It’s brutal, but next week, we go down to just three days.

I think I failed to mention what happened to my van last week, didn’t I? Some jack-leg (that’s what I say when I want to call someone a donkey, but my mother may be coming along and reading what I said) dug a pure-tee TROUGH in my van door. A Trough People. Seriously. I assumed they did it with the sideview mirror, and it starts out as a light scrape and gets deeper over about 18 inches until it is about 1/2 inch deep at the end. Half an inch may not seem like a lot until you see it gouged out of the side of your van, and then it is quite a bit. Dip-wad jack-leg. Cause they drove off, you see. So they are also chicken-poop. (I don’t need to define poop do I? Remember: Mama.)

I ought to call Advocate Auto Claims and see if I can get anything for the diminished value. Do you think I could get anything for a 1992 Dodge Caravan? Meh, at least the estimate is free. I didn’t know you could get paid for diminished value after a car accident, but you can. Too bad the person drove off, and I don’t carry comprehensive insurance on that old thing.

Ok, I am going to do something my mama likes to do. I am going to talk about everything under the sun, and then at the end I am going to include some pretty significant information. Tomorrow morning, I am taking Country for a fasting blood draw. At her physical yesterday, she was spilling sugar and ketones in her urine. And also, she and Diva will be getting full length spine xrays. They both apparently have scoliosis, and Diva has it bad enough that the doc referred her straight to the Ortho without even seeing the xrays. I think I might have now entered the phase of parenthood called “scared poopless”.

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Organizing the Stuff

I posed a couple days ago on Midlife Musings how I had (we hope) marginally organized my blogging, and now I am moving on to thinking about how we can better organize all the stuff. School is ramping up for those in public school, and my kids get their new school supplies this time of year, and it’s …alot of stuff. We color code as much as we possibly can, but with 7 children (and yes, they all have to have “cool plies”) we can’t always find what we need in the right color for the kid who needs it. Since my attempts to Sharpie things are sometimes thwarted by over-zealous rubbing, I’m thinking that it might be time to make life easier with the use of some good labels.

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The Ultimate Back-to-School ComboI’ve been looking at the Ultimate Back-to-School Combo from Mabel’s Labels. The combo and the colours are available for a limited time only, until September 30th, 2008. One pack per kid ought to be enough to sort out their school stuff, their sports stuff AND label a couple of drinking cups each (do you know how many of those we use per day???), and it would last for-ever!

Your Mabel’s Labels agent is Nicole Lee. She’s a WAHM like me, and most of you. You know I like to do business with other WAHMs. It just feels good, ykwim? Mabel makes clothing labels, too. I happen to be at the end of my “made by Mama” stash. Since I fought and fought to sew the old ones in neatly, I’ll probably order these instead:

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Whaddya think? Should I ask her if she’d be willing to trade some sidebar ad space for an order of clothing labels?

Awesome Weekend

I had a great weekend, and I thought I would share a couple of pics.

My kids and my cousin’s kid playing a game together:
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Beading with my aunt, her grand-daughter and Drama:
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The beading was the bulk of the crafty type stuff, though I did knit with some old yarn that I am firmly convinced, based on the burn in my pointer joint was 100 percent plastic. Ouch. YOu can read more about the weekend on Midlife Musings, later today.

This woulda been great!

Back when DaBaby was a baby, not that she is grown now or anything, we had to track everything she did. How much she drank, how much she peed, how often she poo’ed. And it was awful. In addition to tracking her, I tracked myself, as well. How many ounces did I pump? My “value” in my eyes became closely entwined with whether or not my milk makers equaled or exceeded the demands of her hungry belly. All in all, it was pretty much hell, and I am just now coming fully out of that pit of despond, ykwim? Looking back, she only had a few cans of powdered formula for that whole year-plus, and I am pretty sure that most of that was due to the fact that bottle fed babies just drink more because it is easier for them to do so.

Anyway. Moving on. Today, if I had to track that stuff, I’d do it differently. Babblesoft has created Baby Insights, a baby software program that allows you to track feeds, pumps, meds AND baby sleep schedules for your infant. Sleep schedules? That was about the only thing I didn’t track, LOL! And then when you need to talk to the doctor or midwife, all the info is right there at your fingertips. The real plus for me would have been able to close the window after putting in the notes, and then I would not have had the notebook of doom on my desk. Life would have been marginally better, and sometimes, marginally makes a world of difference.

So. Hot.

So, tonight, it was football practice, like I said. I didn’t get any mindless knitting started, so I took a book. I got three whole paragraphs read, because I was “the bathroom mom” tonight. I tour the facilities 5 times between 6pm and 8pm. That is a lot of walking in 90plus degree heat, ykwim? I’m sure I lost a couple of pounds of water weight, for which I am thankful, but Geez, Louise, was I ever glad to walk into the air conditioning here at home.

Have I whined yet about the fact that the a/c in my van doesn’t work for squat? I don’t know if it’s the air conditioning compressor or if it just needs that freon-stuff-that-really-isn’t-freon anymore, but I would be totally happy if dh would fix it. Ok, maybe not totally. But I would be happier. And so would my hair that gets blown around all over my head because of the windows being open. That’s a horrible thing to do to curly hair, you know. Horrible.

Anyway, I’ll have to ask him if he can get the auto ac parts and fix it. With free shipping and a full warranty, it ought to be almost affordable!

Time is running out! In more ways than one.

I just wanted to post a quick reminder that time is running out to enter the giveaway for Tweed. The deadline is Thursday at midnight, so if you’ve been meaning to enter, but kept putting it off, you might want to do that now.

That’s it for right now. For some reason, my husband actually expects me to educate his children if I am not shelling peas and beans or organizing major parts of the house. The nerve of that man, right?

Speaking of vegetables, all those nice lesson plans I write for the next 12 weeks a couple of weeks ago, have fallen to the wayside. Well, not completely, but we are not quite current with them. It’s ok, because we already had in 120 school days for this calendar year before I write them, and that also means the quota for the school year that started last summer is met. We’re still pressing on because I have a more ambitious agenda for us this year. And in truth, the children are not as behind as I am, because they have done school on days I wasn’t able to check them out due to working the produce. Which is a really good thing, considering my mother is planning to come here tomorrow with THREE BUSHELS of something to freeze.

Better get stitching, huh? I mean schooling. Schooling, that’s right.

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