My Little Man is 7, Otherwise Known as Holy Crap, I’m Old!

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Connor just turned 7 yesterday, and he had a fantastic birthday! We kept the gifts to a reasonable number this year, and included among his gifts 3 shirts (1 with Sonic, 1 with Angry Birds Star Wars, and 1 plain), an adorable Angry Birds winter hat, a few Sonic action figures, Disney Pictionary, Angry Birds Toss, and probably the coolest light saber toy I’ve EVER seen (I’d have gotten 2 of them if they weren’t $30 because I know hubs would LOVE playing outside with him on summer nights…maybe for Father’s Day). We’re working on teaching him that life is more than video games and “screams” (he doesn’t believe me that it’s pronounced “screens” yet, and the poor kid inherited my technology addiction), and that “stuff” doesn’t equal happy. He was thrilled with everything he got, even the clothes, so I’m hoping our message is getting through to him at least a little. If any of you are wondering…yes, I made the cake. I think it came out pretty cute considering I was scrambling to get it done in time so I could pick up Connor and we could go to a Cub Scouts outing! I have to make another one this weekend, so I think I’ll do a step-by-step for that one…

We’re trying VERY hard to keep the birthday parties on the down-low for years that aren’t that big a deal (1, 5, 10, etc. being the biggies, naturally), but that’s going to be pretty darn tricky seeing as how he got a small party yesterday (Connor, Kyle, hubs, me and my mother), we’re bringing him and a friend to Pump N’ Jump on Sunday with cake and ice cream after, then he gets another party at his other grandparents’ house in a couple of weeks. UGH. Oh well, at least none of them are obnoxiously expensive and he gets to see how many people love him to pieces. When he gets older and has some best friends that he can’t live without, we’ll do more in the way of parties, but for now, he’s more than happy with this arrangement.

I am SO proud of how hard Connor has worked at school this year! Not only is his behavior in class better (we’ll talk about outside of class behavior later!), but he’s no longer needing more than 1/2 the services the school was providing for him! I love getting notes home telling me he’s an excellent reader, that he’s doing well in math, or anything like that – keep up the good work babes!

Connor and his Cub Scout buddy are now Tiger Scouts! They earned their Tiger badges yesterday after attending a tour at WATD in Marshfield. It was great! They got to record their voices and hear them played back with special effects applied, and John played Connor’s favorite song – “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts. They also learned about how radio stations earn money, interview people, have live bands come in and play, the works. Thanks John! (By the way…a little known fact is that WATD stands for “We’re at the Dump”! The station’s tower is at the Marshfield landfill!)

And, after the cake and ice cream were eaten and my mother went home, I realized that I’ll be 41 in less than a month. Dammit.

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No Sleep & Bread Clips #NaBloPoMo

Kyle decided to get up at the butt-crack of dawn this morning. For those of you who are fortunate enough to not understand what the “butt-crack of dawn” is, it means it was still fricking dark out.

Apparently, Kyle then decided to go into his brother’s room and wake him up, because the next thing I know, Connor is standing at the top of the stairs yelling “MAMMA!” as loud as he possibly can, with the stairwell helping him out by making it echo through the entire house. My guess is that yelling was easier than pushing the door he was standing right next to all the way open to check if I was still in bed.

Since I was still pretty much in a coma, I tried (without opening my eyes or sitting up) to get Connor to put a movie on – quickly – so that Kyle would sit and watch for a few minutes while I caught up on some much-needed shut-eye. Unfortunately, to a 6-year-old boy, remembering to close your bedroom door is akin to remembering to use a napkin rather than wipe your hands on your shirt, so Kyle made a bee-line for Connor’s room – and all the wonderful toys in there that have umpteen million pieces. I gently reminded Connor that Kyle was going to get into his room, which made him run to keep Kyle out, which of course went against Kyle’s master plan. In his defeat, Kyle began screaming toddler-profanities as loud as he could.

Yeah, I didn’t think it was going to work either, but I figured giving it a shot would at least allow me the satisfaction of knowing that I had given it my best shot. (And it will work at some point in the future, as long as I keep trying!)

Why am I thankful for any of this? Because hubs just got home, let me take a nice, hot shower, made spaghetti for dinner, and is keeping Kyle occupied! I think I owe him big-time.

Last week I started a new collection. For someone who is dead set on getting rid of stuff, a collection sounds pretty crazy, right? Well, this collection is going to make finding things easier!

I started collecting the tabs from loaves of bread and bags of rolls. Turns out, these little suckers are fantastic at labeling cables and wires! Check it out…

Yes – they do fit cords and various computer cables. And yes, they really work!

This is going to be a life-saver – we have cables and cords for plugging in various items in a large drawer of the basement, and finding the one we need isn’t going to feel like a quest for the Holy Grail anymore!

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