Sep 29, 2007

Thank Goodness for Weekends!

What a monkey!
Kristin's class made "beach in a bottle"

Finally, it is Saturday and I have nowhere to go and nothing to do (other than laundry and a few usual things around the house). SO much has been going on lately and I am so ready to just enjoy this beautiful weekend. Next week will be busy again as we prepare for our school fundraiser garage sale next Saturday.
Here are some of the highlights of the craziness around here:

* I got infant, child and adult CPR certified and
* Pediatric first aid certified
* Finished 30 hours of early childhood teacher training
* Painted doorways in the front rooms of the school yellow
* Moved all the stuff from my old room at school to my new room (my old room will become the toddler room)
* Rearranged my room at school
* Finished evaluations on my kids for parent/teacher conferences in October
* Took Kristin to the doctor--she has a urinary tract infection
* Lost 9 pounds
* Finished reading A Thousand Splendid Suns
* Began reading The Glass Castle and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
* Put together an outfit for Kristin’s pictures next Thursday (one we both agreed on!)
* Tried to get Hannah Montanna tickets (I didn’t)
* Began cleaning out the garage (haven’t finished)
* Checked on my health insurance coverage to see what the co-pay is for surgery (I don’t think my appendix will make it much longer)
* Ordered a bookshelf for Kristin’s room (no, I still haven’t finished painting her furniture)
* Drove by the new movie theatre to see what’s playing--Siloam has a movie theatre now!!! (Kristin and I are going to see The Game Plan--we wanted to see Hairspray, but it’s not on)
* Bought a new battery for my car--last night when I tried to leave school, my car was dead--so now Chris is putting in a new one with Kristin’s help!

Kristin is having a blast at school. Next week she will have her first test--an oral test over a memory verse. She is so excited about it...tests are fun when you are in Kindergarten!!! Last night she asked me if she was going to go to Ozark forever and I said she would as long as we could afford it. She smiled and said "Yay, I love it there!!!" Nothing could make me happier.

Chris is getting ready to start working overnights for five weeks while he helps with the remodel of the store. I am excited because I know what all they are going to be doing to the Wal-Mart and it will be awesome! He had to go to a jewlery meeting about a month ago covering new jewlery they have coming out...I can't wait to see it. After the remodel Chris is stepping down as assistant manager and is going back to a department manager. He was getting so stressed out and to the point he was working non-stop. He'll be manager of the infant/toddler department, will work 7-4 and have weekends off. We are all excited about it and can't wait to have him home on the weekends. After doing that for awhiel he'd like to move to a Neighborhood Market store.
I'm staying busy at school too. Next weekend is our fundraiser garage sale...hopefully the weather will be nice. We are getting into a good routine with the kids and they are keeping us very busy.
I hope everyone has a nice, relaxing weekend!

Sep 9, 2007

Fun In the Arft House

Here are a few pictures I took over the weekend of my goofy daughter. The first ones were on Friday night. Kristin had been in her room watching a movie and playing. After awhile I realized I didn't hear her. I went to her room and there she was, sound asleep. She'd managed to get her pj top on, but had on pants that went to a totally different outfit. For all of you who don't know, Kristin has struggled with sleep since birth and I don't mean the normal fighting has been awful. She did not sleep through the night until she started her medicine in January and now going to sleep is no big deal. The medicine helps her to slow down enough so that she can actually sleep. Anyway, I was so happy, I had to take a picture! Oh, speaking of sleep and not sleeping, Kristin has started sleepwalking--ALOT. She's always talked in her sleep and done some sleepwalking and she had night terrrors for a long time, but now she's up walking around every night. Most of the time I don't realize it until I wake up because all the lights in the house are on...sometimes I'll find her wandering around, sometimes asleep on the couch and sometimes back in her bed. It's just too weird.

The next two pictures are of Kristin "fixing" her daddy's hair. This is something she LOVES to do and Chris is good to let her do it...unless he's going to work! I walked by her room and found her hard at work trying to make his hair look its best. Sometimes she will wrap a blanket around him like she's about to give him a haircut. It is just too funny!

Oh, and in case you are wondering, yes Kristin is STILL in her toddler bed. Luckily it is a big toddler bed! I've finished painting her headboard and mom has a twin mattress, foundation and bedframe at her house....I just have to get it from there to here. We will eventually. At least with the toddler bed she can't roll off it!

Sep 2, 2007

Happy Labor Day!

Hope everyone is having a relaxing Labor Day weekend. We are enjoying the beautiful weather--another gorgeous day before the storms move in next week. Grandma and Grandpa spent the day with us today. They took me out for a birthday lunch and we all had a fun day together. Kristin made Grandma beautiful by trying out her makeup artist skills. (the picture above is of Kristin "decorating" Grandma) Needless to say, I don't think it will be a future profession for her!

I am on day 2 of my Weight Watchers diet. I am allowed 35 points a day and boy do they go fast!!! I do like though that I can eat the same things, I just have to pay more attention to portions, which was the problem to begin with! A good friend of mine did weight watchers after her second baby was born and is back on it now after her third it's nice to have someone else who's done it before and is encouraging.

Kristin is still loving her school. She's doing better with listening, not talking when the teacher is, etc. and is mostly bringing home good reports. The afternoons and evenings are going so much smoother for us...she's worn out by the end of the day and is actually glad to see me when she gets out of school. She informed me that she does not miss me, though! I guess after being with me for two years, I understand! My pre-k class is great. They are a handfull and I'm having to get my bluff in on them, but they are a good group and we are having fun. Hopefully by October we will have our toddler program going. Here is another picture of Kristin on the first day of school ready to go!

Have a great Labor Day!!!!!!