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Monday, February 8, 2016

Jakob's birthday party

Jakob Green turned 12 and had his birthday party at Conroe's Incredible Pizza Company.  This place is similar to The Main Event or Itz, pretty much a Chuck E Cheese for all ages.  It has an arcade, mini golf, go karts, laser tag, bowling, and "ice skating".
My kids LOOOOVE places like this.  So does the big kid.
Brian and Jack raced go karts and they came in first!  Jack was super excited.  I was quite proud of the husband's driving skills; he started off last and made his way to the front.  

The party room was glow in the dark!  This is Myleigh and Arden.  As usual, they're connected at the hip, or something like that.
Arden rode bumper cars a couple of times and ran around playing games and collecting as many tickets as possible.
Jack attempted ski ball, but kept throwing the balls into other lanes.  He was dangerous!  Wish I had a picture, but I was too busy avoiding being whacked in the face!

The moms tried to take a selfie.  I was tired and sick, but I needed an updated picture of us.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Jack's first day of preschool

2/1/16
At least for the month of February I'm working at the hospital full-time hours.  Because of this, and because I have been wanting him to go at least a few times a week, Jack started preschool. 
For some reason though, he thinks he has to be four to go to preschool.  This morning I told Jack that he was staring today.  He said, "Oh!  Am I four yet?!" (Except he pronounces four like "fourv", a cross between a four and a five.) I told him no.  "But I have to be fourv to go!"
"No you don't, three-year-olds go too."
After arguing back and forth I finally got him in the car.  Once in the car he realized it was still dark.
"Mommy!  It's still dark outside.  I can't go to school at night!  We have to go in the morning!"  That was another argument that went on all the way to his school.  Oy.
Once I finally convinced him he walked right in and had a great first day.  

Christmas break 2015

We were busy over Christmas break!  Here are the highlights:
Arden and Halle helped with the Saturday mission through our church that feeds the homeless in the north Houston area.  Halle said it was very eye-opening to her.

Our family helped with another missions project through our church.  Brian dressed as Santa and passed out bibles.
We went to my dad's house a few days before Christmas.  He surprised the girls with BB guns.  They were very exited about their gifts and spent several hours shooting targets in PawPaw's yard. 
Jack got a remote control truck from PawPaw.  He spent his time playing with that and the other trucks my dad has for him.

I took Jack, Arden, and a friend to the Polar Express in Palestine.  Jack loved it.  Since then we have watched the Polar Express movie a billion times.

Jack learned how to ice skate!  

Jack and Arden visited Santa in Old Town Spring.  The kids really thought it was the North Pole, though, because the sign said so!  Jack asked for a Thomas bike, and Arden asked for science books.  
We had a game night because "That's what families do that like each other," according to Arden.

The kids found Melvin, our mischievous elf, in the most nonsensical situations.





Thursday, January 28, 2016

Halle's name

Funny conversation.  Brian and I were watching a debate in which Hilary Clinton said something about heroin addicts.  
Brian and I started talking about the subject and were using the word, "heroin", a lot in our conversation.  

Halle, "What's heroin and why is it so bad?  You know that's what my name means, right?  I googled my name and it means heroin."

I was so confused, and then it hit me.

No sweetie, that would be heroine.

My boy got his hair cut

******Just realized that this did not publish when I posted it before. *******

You might remember that he got his first hair cut at Hargrave's Butcher shop, without mom's consent.  That was when Brian shaved Jack's head.  
Since then, I've been cutting his hair.  Sometimes it turns out decent, sometimes..... well we'll just blame it on the cheap clippers I own.
Anyway, we decided to take Jack to a real hair cutting place, now that he's old enough to sit still.  
Brian is very selective about who cuts his own hair.  He found a girl at Camo Cuts (I know, such a country bumpkin name) that he likes. Sooo, that is where I took Jack.  He got the pompadour hair cut.  
He did a great job sitting still.  I'm sure me bribing him with ice cream had a little to do with it. My only complaint with the place is that they didn't offer me a beer.  Brian gets a free beer every time he goes!  Or they should have offered Jack an IBC root beer.  ��

**UPDATE- Jack has been another two times since this post.  He got to enjoy a root beer there both times.  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Magical man

Arden is in her second season of basketball.  Her coach is a coach from Halle's middle school, so he is serious and competitive with sports.  Naturally he's got these first and second grade girls doing a lot of things that are new to them.  

During the second game Arden became really frustrated and confused about what she was supposed to be doing.  Her coach had her playing different offensive positions and she just didn't understand. She was in tears and at a point where she didn't want to play anymore, so I had her talk with the coach.  He talked with her and encouraged her to keep trying and it would all get easier after a few games.  

So here we are tonight, after her third game and driving to her weekday practice.  In the car she says, "The second game I was so confused and didn't know what to do, but after the third game it was a whole lot easier and I did much better.  My coach was right.  He is like magical man or something because he knew exactly what would happen!"  She made sure to add,  "But not like God, because God is better than anyone.  But still kind of magical."

So now she loves basketball again.  

Monday, January 25, 2016

Questions about mommy.

WITHOUT ANY prompting, ask your child these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It is a great way to find out what they really think. When you re-post put your Child's age.

Arden age 6

1. What is something mom always says to you? 
Obey

2. What makes mom happy? 
When I obey 

3. What makes mom sad?
When I don't do the right things 

4. How does your mom make you feel? 
Good

5. What was your mom like as a child?
I don't know I wasn't even born so I couldn't even see you.

6. How old is your mom?
34

7. How tall is your mom? 
Maybe....14 feet

8. What is her favorite thing to do? 
Probably exercise or take a nap

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? 
Take care of Jack 

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? 
Taking care of kids

11. What is your mom really good at? 
Good at a lot of things I can't choose one.  You're good at doing right exercise and a good mom 

12. What is your mom not very good at?
I would be embarrassed to tell you........ You're not good at..... Um.......you're not good at...... I can't say because I don't want to hurt your feelings.  I can't think of anything anyway 

13. What does your mom do for a job? 
Take care of kids

14.What is your mom's favorite food? 
You eat everything, but probably those bars (Lara bars)

15.What makes you proud of your mom? 
[laughs] when you do your push ups right or teaching me right or when you  take care of me and make sure I'm safe 

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be?
Talking Dolphin like Bobby

17. What do you and your mom do together? 
Help me with my homework 

18. How are you and your mom the same?
We're both nice to people 

19. How are you and your mom different? 
You have tan skin and green eyes.  I have blue eyes and peach skin

20. How do you know your mom loves you? 
Because you're my family and you take care of me 

21. What does your mom like most about daddy? 
when he helps you 

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Work and do your ultrasound.  Oh no , ex that out, stay home with your family and spend time with them 

23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
Ummmm, 28.  

Jack age 3

1.  What is something mom always says to you? 
Talk

2. What makes mom happy? 
Toys

3. What makes mom sad?
Flowers

4. How does your mom make you feel? 
Happy

5. What was your mom like as a child?
I don't know

6. How old is your mom?
34

7. How tall is your mom? 
A Little big

8. What is her favorite thing to do? 
Have flowers 

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? 
Put socks on 

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? 
Kisses

11. What is your mom really good at? 
Drinking coffee

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Drinking orange juice

13. What does your mom do for a job? 
Go to work to make money like Daddy

14.What is your mom's favorite food? 
Everything. Real food like sweet potatoes 

15.What makes you proud of your mom? 
Farting (what???)

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? 
An astronaut

17. What do you and your mom do together? 
Play 

18. How are you and your mom the same?
You big-small and I'm small

19. How are you and your mom different? 
You big-little  and I'm little 

20. How do you know your mom loves you? 
Gives kisses at me

21. What does your mom like most about daddy? 
Daddy's big

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Work

23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
25