Thursday, September 30, 2010

Carroll Elementary Read-A-Thon

Do you remember going to the school library when you were little? Do you remember being excited to check out books and bring them home? I do. And I would love for Tom and Abby to have the same experience.

Because of the lack of funds in the school district one of the positions cut last year was the school librarian at Carroll Elementary. No child at this school has been able to check out a book since March 2010 when the librarian was cut from the staff. It's such a shame for all those brand new books to sit and gather dust for months on end.

Carroll Elementary is determined to do something about this! Next Wednesday, October 6 the entire school is participating in a Read-A-Thon from 8:30am to 10:30am. Tom and Abby are seeking one time pledges to help raise funds for a librarian's salary.

If you think you can help, even just a little bit, please send a check to Tom and Abby this weekend! If you don't have our address, just ask.

Make checks payable to: Carroll Elementary PTA

If snail mail is not your speed, you can choose to send the money directly to our paypal account and we will write the check for you! It's that easy!

Wouldn't it be great if Tom and Abby could each fill in every line on their pledge sheets with you generous donors? If every one of my friends and family on facebook pledged just $5 we would be able to collect over $1,300 for the school! That would be amazing.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Just Cleaning Up the Neighborhood!

Tom is really into picking up trash lately. The other night we went on a family bike ride. He stops in the middle of the street to pick up a discarded McDonald's cup. Guess who got to travel home with it in her bike basket? Remind me to disinfect that tomorrow...

On our way home from school today he collected an empty bottle of transmission fluid, two plastic bottle caps, a disposable straw (that looked like half of it was gnawed off with a chain saw) and a dirty paper napkin. Guess who got to carry all this home? Yours truly.

The kids get "Comet Coupons" during recess for picking up trash on the playground. Their mascot is the Comet and these coupons are awarded to students caught doing good things for the school or for themselves. They also get coupons for running around the 1/4 mile track during recess. Every week a Comet Coupon winner is drawn by the principle and the student gets to pick a prize.

Well this has carried over into our every day life. I think I should start carrying a trash bag with me on the way home from school, you know, like those doggie poop bags you take when you walk the dog. Good times.

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Great Bunk Bed Switch

While the twins were at school on Thursday I slaved away for an hour unmaking and re-making their beds. There is nothing easy about changing bunk beds, especially with 43% lung function. As I gasped away I thought about what Tom was going to say when he got home because not only was I changing the sheets I was switching the bunks! I put Abby's sheets on top, and Tom's on bottom.

Well 2 hours went by after school and neither of them had gone into their room. Abby made it back there first and she came running out to the living room to get Tom. She was giggling so hard it was hard to understand her. She was so excited! She told Tom as they both raced back to the bedroom, "Tom! Tom! You have to see this. This is amazing. She did it! Wow! You have to see this, it's so great!"

Tom got back to the bedroom and ... *silence*. He eventually said over and over, "I do not like this at all." He was very calm about it though. As soon as Dad got home Tom explained he was going to "destroy Abby and Mom for this." He got his nerf gun out and pretended to shoot us. He knows he can't shoot an unwilling participant.

It took them awhile to settle last night for bed time. They were too upset or excited to sleep, I'm not sure. But overall Tom took it better than I thought. It definitely went better than it would have, had he been home during the great sheet switch.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Towers of Good Oral Hygiene


Do you think these towers were the product of the twins' imaginations? Or my husbands?

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Camping Trip

On Saturday after the soccer game I packed the twins up and sent them on their way with a family Tom met through soccer only just one month ago. They went camping in Yosemite! This was a big weekend because it was their first "sleepover" with friends!

I'm happy to report there was no whining or crying all weekend (until Tom got home, but that's another story.) They came home dirty, tired and hungry on Sunday evening. I think they had a good time!

I didn't get much information but we did hear that they had a camp fire both at night and in the morning, they did some hiking and wading through a river and they didn't run into any bears. Oh and all Tom ate all weekend was pop tarts, which probably had something to do with the two hour screaming fit he had once he got home. He did say, "But they DID have strawberry filling!" That must make the pop tarts healthy. Tom also reported that when Abby got dressed in the morning she put on her jacket, and only her jacket. Why she wasn't wearing a shirt under her jacket, we'll never know. That's about all I'm going to get from two five year olds until I talk to the other parent from the trip I think.

Here's a photo from Saturday night in the tent.

Here they are on Sunday morning on their hike.

As I was washing their jackets and one of their dirty stuffed animals I noticed a loud thumping sound in the dryer. I thought for sure it was the stuffed animal eyes, or the zippers from the jackets, but no, this was more like shoes bouncing around in the dryer. I opened it after a couple minutes to find a rock. Not a pebble, not some sand but a big old ROCK! Mental note: next time, check jacket pockets.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Disappearing Iron Man

Well, I admit, in hindsight it was a mistake.

The twins have a fundraiser coming up next month and their class is putting together a "Littlest Pet Shop" and "SuperHero" raffle basket. Us parents are responsible for filling the baskets. I guess between 75 students they ought to be busting at the seams with toys for the raffle.

I decided to buy 2 super heros for Tom to turn in and two Littlest Pet Shop animals for Abby to turn in. Abby has no problem doing what she's told and she'll let you know when she's jealous of something. Like one day after school she said, "Mom, I saw a girl eating a doughnut after school and I was soooo jealous!" So the next day Paul treated the twins to doughnuts (a rarity around here!)

Tom is not so obvious. I bought him Iron Man and Spiderman figurines to turn in to his class. Well, apparently he doesn't have his very own Iron Man and he slyly let me know it.

I placed the figurines in his backpack and then I found Iron Man on the couch a few minutes later. I didn't think anything of it. I told Tom they were a donation for school and I put it back in his backpack.

Then I found Iron Man on the couch again. I put him back. Then I found him on the kitchen table. I put him back. Then I found him hiding under the glider's ottoman in the living room. I put him back. Then after the twins went to bed I checked the backpack and guess who was missing? Iron Man.

I told Paul all about the disappearing/reappearing Iron Man and asked him to look in the twins room in the morning and put it back in his backpack if he can find it. Well Paul found it stuffed in the back of one of the dresser drawers. He snuck it out, put it in the backpack and off to school they kids went.

When I picked Tom up from school I asked him if he turned in both toys and he said no! That little stinker! He kept the Iron Man for himself. Paul and I decided if Tom wanted to, he could keep the Iron Man if he worked for it. So after school I put him to work vacuuming up dog hair in the living room, in the kitchen, down the hall and in my bedroom. I think it took Tom a solid hour to complete this task. I guess he earned his $5 Iron Man after all.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Dance! Dance! Dance!

Abby started dance class yesterday! Over the summer she repeatedly scolded me by saying, "Mom, how am I ever going to be a dance class teacher when I grow up if I don't learn to dance?" So we buckled down and enrolled her in the fall session of "Intro II" which is a tap/ballet combo at Elite Studio of Dance.

There are only 3 other little girls in her class, which I think is great. That means more one on one time with the instructor. I've been told Sandy Gomez is the best tap teacher for little kids in Elk Grove! I hope it's true because by the looks of things yesterday we have a long road to go.

Abby did great following directions. It's so great to see her really enjoying something she is passionate about. She's so passionate that she dances like no one is watching... a little bit like Elaine Benes, if I do say so myself.

At one point the girls were kicking their way across the dance floor. They were all lined up, strutting one leg in front of the other with a high kick. Well, Abby was much faster than the little girl in front of her and she eventually gave her a good kick in the butt. I'm just glad they were wearing ballet slippers and not those tough tap shoes! That's when Abby got moved into her own kicking lane across the stage. *sigh*

August 2010 Update

Tom and Abby started the first grade this month! The older Tom gets the more picky he is with food. The whole first week of school I packed his lunch with the same three items. Fig Newton bar, Wheat Thin crackers and pretzels. I went shopping and decided to change things up for the second week. When I picked him up from school that Monday he rummages through his lunch box on the way home, pulls out the tupperware with the Honey Nut Chex Mix in it and says, "Mom! What is this?!" Maybe he thought I was trying to poison him at school with such things as pretzels, crunchy breadsticks and cereal all mixed together and coated in a yummy honey flavor. He hadn't even tried one bite. He just zipped up his lunch box and mumbled, "You should really warn me next time."

Abby has been in the habit of collecting "magic fairies" outdoors at school and at home. These magic fairies are mostly dandelion seeds floating through the air but occasionally she happens upon a real bird feather. Unbeknownst to me, one day before swimming in the pool, she had captured a magic fairy and placed it on a deck chair. When she was done swimming she came back to look for her magic fairy. To her horror it had flown away in the breeze. She was beside herself and unconsolable for 20 minutes because magic fairies are hard to catch in the first place. Maybe next time she'll bolt it down with a sturdy rock.

For pictures of the twins in August 2010 click here.

Thank you to everyone that participated in this year's fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis research at UC Davis. With your help we raised a grand total of $4,355. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you!