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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Patches, Training & Plastic, Oh My! #NaBloPoMo

I went to another Cub Scout Leader training today – it was fun, but more importantly, it was informative. And – for attending the training and being trained in Youth Protection – I was awarded with my first leadership badge…the Trained Patch. Not only am I grateful for those who volunteer to put on these training sessions, but the excitement Connor expressed when I came home and showed him my 1st patch made getting up at 6am after being woken at 3am totally worth it! He wanted me to put it on the shirt I was wearing today, RIGHT THEN…forcing me to explain that I’d rather put it on a uniform shirt. His response to that was “Well, go get one mamma!”

Our portable air conditioner decided to spring a major leak on us a couple of summers ago, and to avoid paying several hundred dollars for a new one, we purchased a $13 under-the-bed storage bin to catch the water and just scooped the water out every few days. This year, the air conditioner suddenly decided to add a peculiar stench to the water it was leaking. It’s kind of a cross between stinky feet and vomit. A wonderful, nasty, nightmares-about-rotting-corpses-chasing-you-down kind of smell. So we’re finally bringing it to the transfer station to be dismantled and rendered as close to nothing as possible tomorrow. Hubs wanted to chuck the plastic bin, too…but after my environment class, I just can’t bring myself to put any more plastic than absolutely necessary into a landfill or incinerator somewhere, so rather than throw it out, I’m just going to clean the shit out of it using rubber gloves and copious amounts of bleach.

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