Yes, it is!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Snow Day!














School and work was cancelled today. We're supposed to get more wintry mix today. I do not like to drive in snow but I absolutely love to watch it fall. I was up until 1:00 this morning watching the snow fall.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Overdue Update

I know this update is long overdue. We have been quite busy here for the last couple of weeks. We took our house off of the market and we interviewed another realtor. We really like him but we are going to interview a couple of others. We stripped wallpaper from the 2 bathrooms upstairs and repainted the walls so hopefully that will make this place more appealing. I hate wallpaper so I was glad to finally be rid of it.
Jackie went back to school last week on January 5th. She was excited to go back and she really missed her teachers during Christmas break. Last Friday evening, I took her and Ben to story-time at Jackie's school. It was fun and Jackie enjoyed some cookies and took home a brand new book for her library. Several school staff members took turns reading stories and Jackie truly enjoyed that. The Cat in the Hat was also there for pictures with the children and at first, Jackie wanted nothing to do with it. She wanted to be brave as she watched the other kids shake hands with the Cat and eventually Jackie got brave enough for a handshake, too, although she kept a good distance between herself and the Cat. Ben wanted no part of it. Ben is keeping me busy as ever as he is now almost running everywhere. He does not slow down. He is always into something or on top of something. I do not understand why I am not losing weight with as often as I am having to get up and go rescue Ben from trouble.Tim started his new job on January 5th. So far, he likes it better than his old job. I just don't like the new salary. But being that this is a government job, job security and benefits are much better and hopefully he will move up quickly on the pay scale. I am encouraging him to pursue his Master's degree as this will increase his potential for promotions and salary increases.
I have a couple of funnies to share. Last Saturday as I was bathing the kids, Jackie pointed to her nipple and asked "Mommie, what's this?" My first thought was how do I explain to and what terminology do I use with a 4-year old. So I asked "I don't know, what is it Jackie?" To which she replied "It's baby food." Then she went back to playing in the water. Tonight the kids were playing quietly upstairs in Ben's room while I loaded pictures on the computer. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Ben walk into Jackie's room. I did not think anything of it because he usually likes to play with Jackie's Dora dollhouse stuff. After a couple of minutes I heard Ben scream and cry hysterically as if he was stuck or hurt himself. So I hurriedly checked Jackie's room and he was not there. Then I looked across the hall into Ben's room and there is Ben standing just inside the doorway crying at his sister who he did not recognize because Jackie was wearing her own made-up costume. Ben finally ran and hid in the next room behind the desk chair. It was hysterical.I hope everyone who lives in the tundra is staying warm. It has been very cold here for these past couple of days and in fact we are experiencing minus zero degree wind chill. The weather is still projected to be in the single digits for at least the next day or two. I really do not mind living here in Illinois but this freezing weather makes me pine for Florida again.