Things I learned in the last week or so- 10/20-10/30/13

1. Jennifer Garner is officially my new favorite celebrity based on this quote while accepting an award at the Elle’s Women in Hollywood Celebration, “Can we just stop pretending that skinny jeans are a good look on anyone?  Can we just band together and go for a nice boot cut, please?  Ladies?  And crop tops while we’re at it.”

2. Yelling “Smile!” at kids when they aren’t smiling for their school pictures is not an effective way to get them to smile.  I may not be a fancy “photographer,” but I’m smart enough to figure that out.  Also, it really shouldn’t take over an hour to take pictures of nine 4-year-olds.

3. My Titans lost again on Sunday to Houston and are now 2-6.  Awesome.  They started rookie Zach Mettenberger, who was lookin’ super groovy at his press interviews.  Too bad it didn’t help us win…

That's our quarterback on the left.  You might recognize the other guy from such movies as "Zoolander" and "Dodgeball."

That’s our quarterback on the left. You might recognize the other guy from such movies as “Zoolander” and “Dodgeball.”

4. My fantasy team dominated (Sorry, Angela!), and I came in first place this week in the Pick ‘Em League.  I am still in sixth place overall, but I moved up from seventh place!

5. We took a great field trip to the Walden Farms Pumpkin Patch on Monday.  I did not drive, as I didn’t want to end up in a ditch again.  My kiddos had a good time picking pumpkins, climbing a hay tower, petting animals, and going on a hay ride.  I had a fun time too, but I was pooped by the end of the day!

6. When I picked up Sammy from my Mom’s house after tutoring on Tuesday, he felt really warm.  Little guy had a temperature of 102.3.  He has still been happy and playing like his normal self, but he had to miss his Halloween party. 😦

7. My kids looked so cute for the Halloween Party on Wednesday!  We had a pirate princess, Daisy Duck, General Grievous from Star Wars, Batman, Robin, a ladybug, a dead pirate, an astronaut, and Anna from “Frozen.”  They had fun trick-or-treating, playing a variety of Halloween games, and decorating cookies.

These are just random kids in Halloween costumes.  I would get in trouble for posting pictures of my actual kids.

These are just random kids in Halloween costumes. I would get in trouble for posting pictures of my actual kids.

8. Doorjambs are the devil!  In this post, I told about one of my girls busting her lip and nose on one.  Well, on Wednesday one of my boys tripped and busted his head open on the doorjamb.  It was truly horrific.  The cut was so deep, you could see the bone.  Both of his parents were in Dallas, so his Grandma had to rush over to get him and take him to the ER.  We got the bleeding stopped and tried to keep him calm and awake until she got there.  I was still shaking an hour after it happened.  In good news, the CT scan did not show any damage, and he was stitched up and sent home.  In bad news, I am still pretty traumatized.

Update: I talked to his Mom this evening and he ended up getting 20 stitches!  Yeesh.

9. We are a whole family of sickies.  Mike stayed home yesterday and today, and I woke up not feeling so good this morning.  We have used this free time to watch a lot of “Sons of Anarchy” season six. (Only while Sammy is sleeping, of course!)



Things I learned lately- 1/28-1/30/14

1. Sammy officially has an egg allergy and unofficially has a peanut allergy.  He reacted to the egg and the peanut, but because he has never had peanuts, the doctor said it could be a false positive.  For now, we are going to operate on the assumption that he has a peanut allergy.  They will test again when he is older.

2. There are a ton of words that mean there is egg protein in food.  Words such as: Albumin, Lysozyme, and Ovalbumin.  The allergist gave me a laminated card with all the egg words to carry in my purse.

3. Sammy had his full evaluation with TEIS on Tuesday afternoon.  The lady that came was super nice and good with Sammy.  She also informed me that in her 12 years of doing early intervention, she has never seen a kid scoot on his back to get around.  Our kid is very unique, apparently.

4. Who is on “The Amazing Race: All-Stars.”  I like almost all the returning teams.  The team I was most disappointed to see return is Rachel and Brendon.  I was especially sad to see that they are newlyweds.  I was really hoping Brendon would wise up and get a new girlfriend, not marry that crazy.

I think this is going to be a great season!

I think this is going to be a great season!

5. Yesterday was my first field trip with the 4 year old class.  We went to the Nolensville Public Library for story time.  It was the most unstressful field trip ever!  Perhaps this is because I am used to taking field trips with 22 kids and no parents or volunteers.  For this field trip, I had 13 kids, 4 parents, my assistant, and the director of the Mother’s Day Out to help me.

6. The Nolensville library is adorable.  It is tiniest and homiest library I have ever been in.

Nolensville Public Library

Nolensville Public Library

7. You can always count on kids to tell it like it is.  Two of the four year old girls rode to the field trip in my car.  One of them informed me, “This car is dirty!  There is hair everywhere!”

8. Mike helped lead the motorcade for the President of the United States today.  He did not get to meet him or even get a glimpse of him, so that was kind of a bummer.  He did take a picture on his phone of Air Force One!