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Showing posts from October, 2010

1st Ameriversary

Exactly 1 year ago today I arrived in the USA with Z & K. We have been apart from Ben for over 3 weeks so we were finally back together as a family. 
Cake anyone?

Crazy Socks Day at School

Today is crazy socks day at the kids school as part of the drug free living week. I managed to get K a pair of knee high socks with a Halloween theme. It wasn't so easy for Z, so I settled on a sort of camouflage theme with skulls on them. You can't see them under his trousers though and there was no way I was going to convince him to roll his trouser legs up so you could see them! He did add to the camouflage theme though with a pair of combat pants that he was given last year.

Gaming & Technology

I am taking a little break from writing about my kids wearing 'crazy socks' or the fact that the weather has now just started to turn cold. I am asking for opinions today. I am terrible with computers. Absolutely shocking. When I say computers I of course mean computer video games! I can just about handle playing the Nintendo DS and games on Facebook! When I take the kids to get their haircut at Cookie Cutters they play the Playstation and Wii there while they are waiting and whilst they get their hair cut. My hand eye co-ordination is not great so I generally don't play computer games. I have tried to play the Wii whilst at an event in the UK but was not very good at it. Also it is probably not a great idea to be sat on your backside playing computer games. Z has been known on occasion to disappear with the DS and not turn his bedroom light out until very late! I think if I was to get a computer game system it would need to be one that made them get up off their backside …


K and one of her twins from school today!

Drug Free Living

Yesterday the kids came home from school wearing badges that said "'PAWS'-itively Drug Free" and a flyer in their class folders saying that this week the school is focusing on 'living a drug-free life'. To support this cause they want the kids to go to school today, tomorrow and Friday dressed a particular way.

Today is 'Twin Day'. The kids have to pick a friend and dress in similar clothing.
Thursday is Crazy Socks Day.
Friday is Wear ALL red day.

Both Z & K came home yesterday saying they hadn't chosen a friend to twin with but K kept going on about needing to wear a dress to school today. I needed to get some black leggings for her to go with her Halloween costume, and a few other things, so I took them both to Target. I found a pair of simple black leggings but K spotted a sparkly pair of black leggings so we got them. Then she spotted a purple patterned dress (it may just be a long top with a frilly bit at the bottom) that she wanted to g…

Letter Painting

In the video above the kids painted large letters for their bedroom doors and the finished products are below.

It's A Bit Wet Out

I am just back from the kids school where I have been doing my Tuesday volunteer stint in the Media Center. When we left for school this morning there was a tornado watch for our area. Always a good way to start a Tuesday! I walked the kids to school and then came home again to get the car and my umbrella as the storm was due to be hitting us around the time I would probably be leaving the school. Z was going on a field trip with the 1st Grade classes today so he was not going to be in school until the afternoon. K was not going anywhere so if anything happened I would be in school near her.

The storm hit a bit earlier than I expected it to and the school did a severe weather drill. All the kids were taken to safe places and in most cases were on their knees with their hands over their heads or were under tables in rooms with no windows. They stayed that way for about 20 minutes or so and I'll give the kids their dues, they did really well. I was near some of the kids and they sta…

Ghosts & Goblins 5K/2K

We may be doing this as a family on Saturday. Anyone care to join us?

Pumpkin Competition

K and Ben carved a pumpkin on Saturday and today I entered it in a competition to win a $50 March gift card. If you like it please vote for it here. Voting starts on October 26th! Thanks!

Trunk & Treat

Z went to a Scout Pack Meeting last night. At the end of the Meeting all the Scouts went out to the car park at the back of the Carmel Lions Club and had a trunk or treat. I had no idea what trunk or treat actually was so I had to Google it. Turns out you have to decorate the trunk (boot) of your car and the kids go round the cars and get candy from everyone. I had no real idea what to do so I went the lazy route. I went to Wal-Mart to get some more candy and bought some $2 cobweb stuff.  I then carved 2 small pumpkins with K when she and Z came home from school. I draped the cobweb stuff around the back of the car, put the carved pumpkins, pumpkin baskets and a pumpkin decoration in as well and, voila!

It turns out that I was wise to get extra candy. There was around 65 Scouts at the Pack Meeting and once it was all over we were left with about a handful of candy! Luckily the Scouts took all the Pixy Stix so I don't have to worry about my kids finding them and going loopy off the…

Whodunit? aka TV Break

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As I'm not allowed to work I need to find something to do with my time. Being a 1 income family means that I can't simply go shopping and spend all of my husbands money. If I could I would shop till I dropped as I have seen so many things in stores that I would love to buy for our home and the kids. Usually during the day I can be found doing one of a few things. I will either be wandering down the Monon listening to the Chris Moyles podcast and trying not to laugh out loud and have passers by thinking I am barking mad. Alternatively I could be found at my kids school where I volunteer a couple times a week. I never volunteered for anything before. Not even for when I was at school. Well, except for that one mad moment when I suggested to my Head Teacher that our school have a Yearbook and he agreed! I would like to add here that that was the only time my high school had a Yearbook! Another place you cou…

Weekend Activities

If you tell your kids that you are going to take them on a road trip and that they are going to have a great time, I will bet that your kids won't expect you to tell them that you are going to be spending a lot of time looking at trees! As it is Fall/Autumn here now (not that the temperatures are currently reflecting that!) we decided to take the kids out to enjoy the scenery and drive down to Nashville, Indiana.

The day started with a visit to the joy that is the BMV! We both needed to update our drivers licences and also the car registration. We had gone in last weekend but as I am not allowed to work I needed to get a letter stating that I am not entitled to a SSN. I do have one but it is in my maiden name and the SSA won't update it to my married name as I have 'no valid reason' to require a SSN. I got a letter stating that I am not eligible to have a SSN when I did my written test last winter but now I needed a letter dated within the last 6 months. Cue Ben spendin…

1st Grade Report Card

Last year when we moved over to the US, we put Z into 1st Grade. However, as Christmas drew near it was decided that he should be moved to Kindergarten as he was really struggling with the lessons in the 1st Grade class. He was also put into a Title 1 reading program that aims to help kids who are struggling with things like reading. After he was put into the Kindergarten class after the Christmas break Z started to thrive. He showed a real interest in reading and even though he struggled with concentration he progressed well in the class. In August he started 1st Grade, again. He was actually put in a 1st Grade class with the teacher he first had when he started at school in Carmel. Today he came home with his first school report card. There is the odd mention of concentration issues and not having a great attention span in the afternoon (who does?!) but in the whole it is a good report card. He is reading well, really well! He is almost at 2nd Grade reading level. He is good at writ…

K the Cheerleader

Today marked the end of K participating in cheerleading for Carmel Dads Club this season. She met up with her cheer squad and had a party at MaggieMoos. She was given her trophy and her pom poms to keep. She enjoyed her time, mostly, as a cheerleader and I think she'll want to do it again. For now she has a shiny new trophy as another memento of her first time doing cheer! I will have to see if she wants to do it again. I think there may be something at Carmel High School around January (there was this past January) so she may do that.


OK so the temperatures are not what I am used to for this time in October(89°F/32°C in recent days!) but it is Fall/Autumn at the moment and trees are turning beautiful colors. This weekend Ben and I are taking the kids to Nashville, Indiana so we can show them the change in colors and enjoy the beauty of Fall in the Midwest.

Pumpkins, Sandwiches and 2 Girl Scouts

Last night was the registration evening I had arranged for girls to join a  Daisy Girl Scout Troop. I started with 8 girls wanting to join and had 1 drop out last weekend. As that left 7 that was more than enough to start a Troop. (You need at least 3)

So K and I sat in the church and waited for the girls to arrive with their parents and sign up. And we waited. We drew some pictures and debated what colors we should make our flower petals. Then a girl turned up with her mother. This girl was a last minute addition as her mum had contacted me just before the meeting I had last week. They were the only other people to turn up. No one else showed up. So with K and this other girl being the only 2 who apparently wanted to join the Girl Scouts, there was not enough girls to form a troop. I sent out a final email this morning to find out exactly who did and did not want to join. If no one else does then I am going to have to try and find another way to get K involved. I am disappointed as K …

Daisy Girl Scouts

It could all go horribly wrong. I could find myself sat in the Carmel Christian Church with K and have no one turn up. As long as at least 3 girls show up and register then we will be able to form a Troop. I sent an email out to all the interested parents on Monday to tell them about the meeting tonight, as well as two representatives in the Girl Scouts. I have not heard back from anyone. I hope people turn up as K really wants to be a Girl Scout. I still don't really know what I am doing but, I will figure it out and hopefully get help from some of the other parents.

Kindness Doesn't Cost Anything

I read a blog post earlier that prompted me to write this. I am sure everyone has head about the Rutgers student who killed himself after someone filmed him with another guy. I am sure everyone has heard about the scary increase in suicides amongst young people. Youngsters are killing themselves because they are being bullied and feel they have no one to turn to or feel that no one will believe them or because they feel alone. No one is ever truly alone. There is always someone who you can talk to. Sometimes it may be hard but it is better to talk than to do something that later cannot be undone. My kids are only young but I am trying to teach them that they will never be alone and they can always talk to me and their about anything. Nothing they can do will ever stop us loving them. Nothing. Some people are mean. Some people don't think about what their actions may cause. Luckily other people, do think and do consider their actions. There is always someone out there going through…

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