Kyrie’s Rants & InSaNiTiEs

Archive for December 2008

Yeah right…the only reason there is still snow in my yard is because the wall is blocking the sun.  Admittedly last night it looked like this…

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My poor poor roses.  Kayden had a blast playing outside but Alex was to sick to go out.  So here are some shots of Kayden.

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Last night Kayden decided he wanted to make a new project so I taught him how to read a pattern. Which he picked up very very quickly. And even finished his project in about 5 hours. He did an amazing job on it too.

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Alex spent most of his day yesterday finishing up his Nevada project that was supposed to be due today…had a fake snow day not been called. He did a really good job on  it.

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Then he decided to take try out sock modeling for me, which was kind of funny because they are Kiyana’s pink socks so I figured he wouldn’t want a whole picture taken just his feet. But he said no take a whole picture!

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Then he insisted on posing his feet in different ways so you could see the true wonderfulness of the socks…

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Craig has been a very busy bee and has finsihed…mostly my lovely Yarn Armorie! We still have to stain a few drawers but check it out!!

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I now get to clear out the area I want it to go on and start organizing my yarn!!!! I can’t wait. Probably after the doctors visit for my eye today.

WHY GOD MADE MOMS

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We’re related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s mom like me.
What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.
What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.
Who’s the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.
What’s the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don’t do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.
If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
2. I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Yes it was once again that dreaded day for children when their teachers rat them out on all their bad behaviour.

Alex

Last years conference for Alex were mostly just frustrating because the teacher seemed…less then able to deal with the challenge that can be Alex.  Perhaps I have high standards.

This year though Alex’s teacher is fun but strict. Which I think is a great combonation.  Currently though Alex is having rushing issues, because he wants to read his books. His teacher graded his last Math test in front of us and he would have gotten a hundred…except he didn’t answer one question at all and the other he didn’t read fully. So he missed two questions he shouldn’t have missed as he knew the answers on both of them.

His teacher says his grades do not reflect his knowledge and that having to grade him lower was really hard for him because he knew Alex was capapble of the work if he would slow down and not rush.

He also said that Alex has a big problem with his temper and causing scenes in class. That if there is trouble going on the common demonator is Alex is in the middle of it.  He said Alex seems to have a sense of entitlement and an inability to accept any responiblity for his actions. Gee I wonder where he got that from. *Insert theme music for the Wicked Witch of the West here*

His teacher is very concerned about this because he feels that if Alex does not learn how to solicalize with the other children properly then he will have a very big problem by the time middle school comes around.

When he asked Alex why he was withdrawing from trying to be friends with the other kids Alex said that he didn’t like being hurt one bit.  To which the teacher promptly decided to have the school counselor come and talk with Alex about that issue more during school.

His teacher also said that Alex was a very smart kid, he just was not performing to his potential and he thought part of that was out of boredom. He said Alex’s reading levels were putstanding and showed the reality of his potential that was lacking in some of the other areas. He also asked if he could test Alex for the Gate program…which is a program for Gifted Children. If he tests in then he would get to go do some more challenging creative work, in which his teacher thinks he would excell at.

Over all Alex is doing well, a bit immuature in his socialization skills, and needs to work on his temper.

Which makes me wonder about how much of Kiyana’s behavior was a reflection of some of Alex’s behavior at Thanksgiving. She told me on various occasions that Alex was throwing temper tantrums, but since I haven’t ever seen him do it and they were always out away from adults when she talked about it I thought she was exagerating.  Now I’ll be watching for it.

Kayden

Kayden’s teacher had a glowing report for him, she said he comes to school excited to learn and that he gets along very well with all the other children.  She said he is doing very well in his studies but that his reading was just at level. She said she was concerned about this because if he slips a little there is no room for error.

She suggested a website called ticket to read, which gives them a club house that they can decorate by reading and passing tests on what they have read. Correct answers earn them tickets to buy things like pets, balls, rc cars and various other things to decorate thier club house as well as getting ribbons and trophys for the reading. The program even records them reading and if they read so many words a minute then they get tickets for reading out loud at level as well.

She also said that sometimes Kayden will raise his hand to answer a question and then pause for a long time before speaking. She said it’s not a stutter, she not really sure what it is but she was wondering if we had noticed it as well. I haven’t noticed it, but as she said it could be something he does at school out of nervousness or it could be something we are just used to him doing and so don’t notice anymore. So I’ll be watching for that as well.

On other notes…my Yarn Armoire is coming along nicely. Last night Craig finished the new drawer and added some stability braceing.new-drawer

This morning he went and bought some clamps to help him with the front door and it’s in the process of glueing itself back together.

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And here is a picture with all the drawers in…though not all stained the same color yet you will see. But we are working on that.

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Anyway it’s been an interesting and productive morning and now I need to go finish that second sock for Kiyana. Here is a picure of the first one, I know you are all dying to see it. 😉

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So today was a great day I finished up some Christmas presents…some of which there will be a preview of here. This year I made the boys Murloc’s for Christmas. They are little frogmen for the game World of Warcraft.  I think they turned out really really cute.

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I can’t wait for the boys to open them on Christmas, very exciting!

Then I finished some other projects that won’t be putting up here.  I had to go out and get a few supplies and on the way home Craig and I happened to see a antique armoire sitting on the side of the road. Craig drove right past it…but I saw…. A Yarn Armoire!!!! *insert glowing light and angelic singing here*

I have a thing for antique furniture even though I don’t technically own any.  After a discussion, I decided that I would let my Best Friend have back her great great great great grandmothers steamer trunk…even though I had kept it safe for the last ten years. Personally I think after 2 years that is technically abandonment and it qualifies it as mine.  I LOVE that trunk, it makes me happy every time I squeeze a bit more yarn into it. Though admittedly I have out grown the trunk and my stash is to big for it.

I decided that my friendship was more important then the trunk when she got that really sad sound in her voice and said I could keep it if I really felt that way. I do…but I understand why she loves it too so she can have it…plus I made her come and get it so I get to hang out with her!

Anyway I saw the Yarn Armoire and made Craig turn around so I could look at it more closely to see if maybe it should come home with us. When I looked more closely I saw….skeltelon keyholes!!!!!!That may fit my keys!!!!!

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It has locking drawers! I have wanted one of these since I can remember. When my friend told me she would be coming in March to pick up her truck, I began dreaming of the perfect Yarn Armoire.

Anyway I tried my keys…and alas they did not fit. However this one is the closest…it just need to be the same shape but smaller.

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So here is my pretty Yarn Armoire which needs a little bit of TLC…but I can’t wait to fix it up. Okay technically Craig is the one doing the wood work needed…but look I am taking pictures and very very excited and supportive that should count!

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Look look it even has one of those shifty metal clothing hangers!

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And a mirror that comes out from the top and does mirror things!

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Plus it has a very heavy antique mirror for the open armoire part.

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I am soo excited I told Craig if he fixed it up for me, I would consider it the perfect Christmas present ever!  How could it get any better, a pretty antique I have been dreaming of forever, a place to store my yarn and my baby making it all pretty for me!

On Tuesday I woke up with a sliced cornea, of which I have no idea how I got it. I went to bed fine and woke up in the most agonizing pain I have ever been in. Craig drove me to the doctor who promptly tried to pretend he was not freaked out about how badly I had injured my eye with no idea how. He tried be appear calm and than gave me four prescriptions. Luckily for me after going to see the doc every morning this week I have been told it has healed well enough that I can come back for my next check up on Thursday. My vision is almost back to where it was before I mysteriously manged to hurt myself.

Which is good because today Alex decided to trash talk about how he was quiet certain he could beat me at Scene it. So I promptly beat his pants off, it was great. The Lost Boys are getting very excited about Christmas and going up to visit their grandparents. Not sure how long we will be up there as I haven’t really taken the time to find out but I’m sure it will be fun. Anyway that’s the update for now.

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So we had 12 people come over for Thanksgiving, Craig’s family and my mom and niece. I had a really good time and really enjoyed hanging out with everyone. We got the Bellagio to cater our dinner and the food was really yummy, and while they claimed it was dinner for 12 it was more like dinner for 15-18 people.  Still it was worth every penny of being able to hang out and enjoy the day.

My grandmother sent down the doll that I have been wanting since I can remember going to my grandma’s house. She used to have a beautiful wedding gown, but that gown rotted to pieces and so my gran sewed her a new one about 10 years ago or so now. My grandfather bought this doll for my gran on their 2nd wedding anniversary and she has hung out on my gran’s bed ever since.

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Except for now she hangs out on my couch with her friend, which my gran also sent down for me.

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Knitting wise I have been pretty busy.  I finished Craig’s Noro stripe scarf and I think it turned out beautifully. Doesn’t he look pretty cute in his scarf. 🙂

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I also made a felted dice bag…which was my first felting experiment. It turned out…okay.  It seems a bit bulky for its intended purpose.

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