PJ’s homework

September 30th, 2009

This came home from school in PJ’s folder.

Only in Chinese school do you get a star with a frown in it when you get ONE wrong.

She is just not living up to their standards.


September 23rd, 2009

I love reading Dooce and today she has officially shown us that her case of the SHINGLES! has driven her insane.

Check out the video.

Looking sick, isn’t he?

September 22nd, 2009

He woke up with a temperature of 100.2 and a cough. 100 degrees is the point where the school suggests to keep them home due to spread of germs.

He was so excited to stay home.

As the bus pulled up yesterday morning he was yelling at the top of his lungs, “I’MMMMM SICK! I’M SICK, I’M STAYING HOOOOOOMMMMME!!!!!!!!!”

Yup, the rule girl in me just had to keep him home.

Do you follow the school guide line rules?

What have I done?

September 18th, 2009

I have tried to write this post several times.  To no avail I have either lost it or run out of time trying to edit it.

That must mean something right?

What it means is you get to read T-odd’s rendition of the weekend.  Don’t stop before you get to The Gary Project.  It is just pee in your pants funny.

And yes, we did sign up.

OMG we signed up!

Peaceful morning

September 16th, 2009

Peaceful morning

Originally uploaded by sellke

Not even on the bucket list

September 11th, 2009

Tomorrow I am leaving to go out of town.  I will be heading to Madison, Wisconsin to volunteer for the Ford Wisconsin Ironman.

Five years ago, as a stay at home mom, I decided I needed to find something for myself.  I was surfing the internet and decided I would try my hand at triathlons.  I just had baby number three and I needed something for myself.  So why not.  That was in January.

By June I was deep into training for my first sprint triathlon.  My mom would come over and watch the kids while I went running or biking or swimming.

There was one particular run on a path near my house that I clearly remember.  I was day dreaming that I was doing an Ironman race.  As soon as that day dream was over, I assured myself that THAT was never going to happen, because who in their right mind would do that?

Five years and several triathlons later, I find myself going to volunteer at the Ironman race ONLY because it will solidify a space for me in the 2010 Wisconsin Ironman.

Sunday I will volunteer.

Monday I will register.

Tuesday I will question my sanity.

Look who doesn’t want to go to school

September 10th, 2009

I did not expect this.

I did not expect this child to be the one who does not want to go to school.

This is Tuesday.  He just wanted to lay his head down in his cereal and when he was done doing that, he wanted to go back to bed.

He clung to my leg at the bus stop, gave me the big fat “I’m going to cry” lip as he got on the bus and then I wept.

Wednesday he upped the ante.

Right after I took this photo I wrapped my arms around his waist and pried his fingers off the edge of the bed, then pulled. We got to the stairs where his little hands grabbed onto the hand rail as I tried to get him to the first floor and out the door to the bus.

Today, he was a little bit better.

He was happy and excited for picture day.  He got to choose WHATEVER he wanted to wear.  Then it came time to get on the bus and this is where I found him…lumped over by the back door, wanting to go back to bed.

First week

September 4th, 2009

KP has been handling the adjustment to all day Chinese Kindergarten with a tremendous amount of grace.  Granted, he must go to sleep around 7:00 pm and if you push his buttons it is OVER, for everyone!

That all said, the cutest thing happened yesterday.

KP came running off the bus and ran into my arms for a big hug.  He turned his head and whispered in my ear, “Mom, I cried at school today.”

Me:  Oh noooo, what happened?

KP:  I wanted YOU!

And then I welled up.

Off to school

September 1st, 2009

This was yesterday.

CT had just rolled out of bed and wasn’t ready yet.

PJ is set and ready to roll.  In fact, she ran onto the bus so fast that I had to go on after her to kiss her goodbye.

KP was all ready but had to wait another day for school to begin, but got to visit for an hour and hang out with his new class mates.

All in all, the day went pretty smoothly.

And today…KP headed off to his first day of ALL DAY Chinese Immersion Kindergarten (didn’t even want to stop for a photo-can you tell by the blur?).

With his big brother giving him ample instructions before leaving the door, his big sister taking his hand as they stepped onto the bus together and his wide anxious eyes waiting for all the new adventures to begin, I am sure this day too will be great.

Unless he goes insane because he has no idea what the teacher is talking about.

I’ll let you know if that happens.