Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Happy Birthday, Jim!

Jim's birthday was last Saturday, August 26th. He turned 42 and is a virgo. I have always found it interesting that his birthday is the same date as my best friend from childhood. Anyway, I didn't do too much to plan the day since my mind has been on getting moved to this apartment and the kids starting school. None of my babysitters were available Saturday night so we were looking for something to do. We decided to go to the evening lift-off at the ballunar festival at the Johnson Space center. Jim is big on family outings (I call it FFF or Forced Family Fun :-) ) but he seems to really enjoy it. It wasn't very exciting but still a nice way to spend a birthday.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Jackson and School

My son just doesn't like school. Ever since the days of mom's day out and preschool, Jackson just didn't like it. He'd wake up every morning and ask "Do I have to go to school today?" The answer was always yes. He went and he always seemed to be fine when I picked him up, but the next day, the same question.

Once he started kindergarten, I didn't hear that question again. Jackson seemed to love going to school, although he still wasn't a fan of the "work" part of school. Jackson is very social and has a lot of confidence...he'll talk to anyone. So, the social part of school was what he liked. He did fine in 1st grade as well, didn't mind going although he occasionally got notices sent home that he "couldn't control his talking" or "wasn't focusing on his work." To combat those issues, for this year I kind of requested that he be separated from his good buddies. I thought this would help him concentrate better in class. After the first two weeks of school, I thought I had made a mistake. Jackson again was asking every morning why he had to go to school and even crying because he had to go. He said he didn't have any friends in his class and no one would talk to him. I felt so bad. Like I had really made a mistake as a parent. I was talking to my mom about it and she told me that my little brother was always the same way...even all the way through college! Good grief. Do I have that many more years of this to look forward to?

Well, today, I stopped feeling bad. Jackson got his first weekly behavior report from school today. The two categories marked as "needs improvement" were...drum roll please..."controlling excessive talking" and "following directions." Sheesh! I asked him, "if you don't have any friends in class and no one will talk to you...why can't you control your excessive talking!?!" His answer..."I made a friend."

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

12 on the 12th

Except I was only able to do 9 on the 12th this month. But, I figure since it's my first time I'm allowed a little leeway. Not only that but it took me about SIX HOURS to get this collage figured out on pse. If it doesn't get easier next time, I won't be doing this again. On Saturday, August 12, 2006 this is what we were doing:

(1.) We had our meet the teacher event at Shadow Forest at 9:00 a.m. This is the first year they've done it on Saturday. Not sure if I like it or not. Both Jackson and Jordan's teachers are new to the school so we'll have to reserve judgement for now.
(2.) We also took a few loads of things over to the storage unit. Why you ask? Well, we have to move out of our rental house and into a 2 bedroom apartment. Why you ask?
(3.) Because our house is not yet done!!
(4.) While we were moving boxes, Jim folded my rear seat down and somehow the upholstery got ripped. Life just keeps gettin' better.
(5.) My famous (at least in my mind) queso and these awesome chips always makes me feel better.
(6.) And a little retail therapy never hurts.
(7.) Jackson decided to escape the madness and spent the night at Andrew Morrison's house. The last sleepover of the summer.
(8. & 9.) Since Jackson was gone for the evening we decided to go to dinner at Carrabba's and invited Madison Enochs to go with us.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Okay, Okay

I realize the post below is long so I've learned a lesson not to go a week without posting something. I also tried to add some pics to break it up a little and make it a little less boring, but the site wasn't letting me for some reason. I still don't really know what I'm doing with this whole blog thing.

Here are a few pics I would have added. The first is the kids on the first day of school. Jensen so wanted to be going to school that day but she has to wait another week.

The second pic is Jackson with his missing tooth. He used to be a really cute kid...now he kind of looks like a criminal. :-)

Jim took Jackson and Jordan to the Museum of Natural History on Saturday to see the Body Worlds 3 exhibit. Jackson didn't quite get the concept and kept asking how all these people died like this. The exhibit was apparently insanely crowded but it was very quiet. Jim said most of the people were using the audio cassette things and, hence, weren't really talking. One of the parts of the exhibit showed a guy with an artificial hip. Jim's brother has an artificial hip so he was trying to make a connection with the kids and told them that their Uncle Steve broke his hip in a jet ski accident and had to have it replaced. Jackson looked up at him and asked "So, does that mean he can, like, take his leg off?" Jim just burst out laughing...in this room full of really quiet people. He said about 100 very serious museum goers turned and gave them a dirty look.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Life is What you Make It

I'm not off to such a good start keeping up with my blog, but man we've had a busy week or two! First off, we've had to move from our very comfortable rental house that we've been in for the past year while we're re-building our house, to a teeny-tiny TWO BEDROOM apartment. I'm talking going from 3200 sq. ft. to about 900 sq. ft. And there's 5 of us...in a TWO BEDROOM apartment! However, we've decided to set an example for the kids and make the best of it. There's actually quite a few good things about it...not the least of which is that we can keep the air as low as we want since utilities are included in the rent. We've been sleeping great at night now that we keep the temp set at about 72!! This was the first weekend morning we've woken up in a long time not having to worry about doing any yard work or property maintenance whatsoever. So...we may be in cramped quarters, but it's not all bad. And, I may have guilty feelings about one of the kids having to sleep on an air mattress, but they all think it's great! Every night it's a big fight over who gets to sleep on the air mattress. We've had to set up a rotating system. So long as I don't have to sleep on it, it's all good.

During the weekend of the move, we used the u-haul type truck that the storage place provided. Jim and Jackson went to pick it up and Jackson got in the front seat and yelled to Jim, "Hey, Dad, look at how the windows roll down!" Turns out they roll down by using a crank handle, which my sheltered son had never seen. So, at the very least, we're broadening their horizons a little.

While we are in the midst of this move we also had our meet-the-teacher event at school last Saturday. Our school is growing tremendously and we have tons of new teachers this year. Well, both Jordan and Jackson got teachers new to the school so this year is going to be one big experiment on our part. At first glance, both teachers seem great. Jordan's 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Cape, comes from Pine Forest and has tons of experience. Jordan really clicked with her and i liked her too. And, the best part is that Jordan's friend Susan Xu is in the class with her. They've been hoping for that every year since kindergarten.

Jackson's teacher is new too. She's young and has 4 kids age 4 and under!! No wonder she wants to get out of the house...even if it means being with other kids! Her classroom looked great, however, and she seems very organized.

Following meet-the-teacher on Saturday, we had the first day of school on Monday! The kids were excited (well, mostly Jordan) and got ready in plenty of time for me to take a few pics on the front porch. Jackson had an attitude, but that's par for the course these days. I was at least able to talk him into a picture with his teacher, but not Jordan. I guess it's just no longer cool in 4th grade.

The second day of school, however, Jackson came down with some mysterious illness which involved a one-time vomit in the early morning hours. No other symptoms but vomit is vomit so I let him stay home. This happens every year. He gets sick during the first week of school. Last year he had to go see the nurse on the FIRST DAY of school. It's crazy but Jim and I think it must be nerves or a the change in schedule or something. So he stayed home Tuesday and proceeded to drive me crazy as I was trying to unpack boxes and find any nook and cranny to store stuff.

He got bored enough, I think, that he spent most of the day wiggling his loose front top tooth. He wiggled it so much, that it finally came out Tuesday evening. The tooth fairy left him $3.00 so he was in heaven!

The rest of the school week went by uneventfully and we're adjusting to our new living space. Next week Jim is going out of town and this is one of the first times I'm actually looking forward to it...one less body in this apartment!

(Just found out that Jackson's teacher is Heather's sister-in-law's sister! How weird is that?)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

ARRRGGHH! Pictures

I'm having a tough time posting pictures. Heather gave me some tips and I read the help section here but I'm still not getting it. I can add a picture, but when I try to move it around within my post it ends up being copied and I can't seem to get rid of the extra copy within my post. I'm going to try again now.

These are some of my favorite pictures from our trip to michigan. I love visiting Jim's mom's house. I love that there is so much room for the kids to run around, love that there's trees they can actually climb, love that there is a farm around the corner for them to visit, love that they can take hikes through the woods to the pond. And at my mom's house there's the lake right down the street. Love to visit, but wouldn't want to live there. I grew up out in the country like this but couldn't imagine myself living there now. I like shopping and eating out way too much.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


Carmen kindly mentioned that I needed to change my comments settings to allow anonymous people to make comments. Not that there is interesting to comment about but you never know...so all you non-blog people feel free to comment!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Blogging and Packing

Yay! I think I got the profile part figured out...thanks to Heather. Next to conquer...adding pictures to my posts. However, what I really should be doing is packing. No, not to move back into my house because it's still not done...that's another story. But to move out of this rental house into (gasp) a 2 bedroom apartment! The people who own this house have had it on the market all summer and it hasn't sold yet. They're really getting nervous and want to do some things to the inside to spruce it up...and I guess they need us out to do that. The only short-term furnished rental we can find nearby is a 2 bedroom apartment! So I've been busy boxing up everything except the bare necessities to put in storage...luckily we haven't actually taken delivery of any big things yet so we don't have a ton of stuff to move. And luckily, the kids start school on Monday so they'll be out of my hair most of the time. And luckily, I have a really great husband who is doing his best to help out and to cheer me up and help me see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's been one hell of a year and I can't wait for it to be over.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

It's a Heat Wave!

OMG was it hot here in Michigan the last few days. So hot that the power went out at Dad's house last night due to capacity overload. There was a weird dimming of the lights at 8:00 last night then, boom, they were out. It was close to 100 degrees when it happened so within minutes it got dang hot in the house. There was a recording when we called the power company saying the power could be out for 5 hours or possibly more or possibly less (way to pin it down...turns out it was more...go figure).

We played cards (Phase 10...love that game...thank you Denise for introducing us to it) until we couldn't see anymore then tried to go to bed. There was more heat lightening than I had seen in a long time. And it rained. I was up every hour or two until about 7:00 when I finally just got up. Still no power. Jensen couldn't understand why we couldn't turn the tv on. She kept saying "just use the remote." Like we were idiots or something. We were contemplating a whole day with no power in 90+ degree weather so we decided to go to McDs for breakfast (yum) so the kids could run around the play area in the ac. When we got back from breakfast around 10:00, the power was back on! You can't believe how quickly 6 crabby people cheered up!

I was particularly happy b/c I thought I was going to miss my boodle meeting if the power wasn't back on (didn't think I could leave 3 very restless, unhappy kids with their grandparents while I went out and enjoyed great company and shopping with plenty of a/c). I was able to make the boodle meeting and was happy to see Krystn, Carmen, Laura and Monica again. We shopped, talked and drank margaritas and had a great time. Can't wait until I'm back again.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Okay, this is my first blog post. Never, ever thought I would have a blog. I didn't really understand the need to put your life out there for everyone, but thanks to Heather I see the positive side...you actually are writing things down for yourself...not for others. I want to record daily events better to use in my scrapbooks and Heather is doing an awesome job at that. Thanks for the inspiration, Heather.

Currently we are in Michigan on our semi-annual trip. The kids and I are actually here for almost 2 weeks so it's a much more relaxing pace than it usually is. We arrived on tues. July 25th and headed to Durand. Jim and his brothers and other male family members went on their annual fishing trip in Port Austin on Thursday and Friday. I took the kids up to Lexington to see my mom. Jim got tons of fish. I sat on the rocky beach and spent the night in my mom's claustraphobic house. She seemed happy to see us though.

On Saturday, Jensen came down with a fever and was vomiting all day. Which was a bummer since that was the day the entire Fuja family was getting together at Susan's. We muddled through. Jensen must have liked the attention from being sick as she milked it for about two days afterwards by randomly saying her stomach hurt and she thought she was going to throw up. Way to keep us on our toes.

Jim flew back to Houston on Monday...he'll have a nice quiet week at home...you need that once in a while. On Tuesday (today) I took the kids back up to Lexington (2 hour drive by the way) to see Gilbert. He was out of town last week when we were there. We had a nice lunch then took the kids back to the lake. It was hot, hot, hot today (like home) so the lake felt good. Of course the kids think it's soooooo cold. Welcome to my childhood.