Monday, July 31, 2006

I have been put on notice....


....by my 8 year old son no less!

This weekend I was informed that I was to no longer call him "Nicky". He said that "Nicky" is for little boys named Nicholas or girls and since he was neither - his exact words, mind you - that I should call him Nick or Nicholas.

Well I guess he told me, huh?


Posted By Melanie @ 11:07 AM (2) comments |
Monday, July 24, 2006

Back to School Prep


Oh my! How expensive and extensive these school supply lists get each year. I can't imagine how much I will be spending when all four boys are in school. Ugh, I just felt a slight shudder at the mere thought of it!

I went school supply shopping on Saturday. Not clothes shopping, because I have already done that but SUPPLY shopping. You know....notebooks, pencils, tissues, graph paper, etc. So $107 later for supplies for 2 children I am done until Open House on August 3rd when I get to go to the school store and buy the school planners.

How on earth did I make it through shcool only showing up with some pencils and notebooks??? These kids need everything under the sun from the basic pencils and notebooks, crayons and markers, glue and rulers to dry erase markers and Ziploc gallon bags, tissues and baby wipe containers and a pack of copy paper!. And then midway through the year the supplies need a "refresher" and will need replacing! I understand money is tight for education so they squeeze all they can on the ridiculous budgets they get for supplies for schools that are overcrowded to begin with but WOW!!!

All I can say is thank God the boys go to a Uniform school so they don't need as many clothes. And the two of their clothes shopping cost me enough for school and we have yet to buy the school TShirt for this year or Sweatshirt!

I am going to need a second mortgage on the house when all four boys are in school between clothes and supplies! All I can manage is another Oh My!!!


Posted By Melanie @ 8:00 AM (1) comments |
Friday, July 21, 2006

Updates and Stuff


Things have been busy here. We have a lot coming up in the next few months. For starters the kids start school VERY soon! August 3rd is their Open House where we get to see their classrooms and their teachers. August 8th they start school! Its so early to be starting school but I am sooooo ready for them to go back! :) Nick has the same teacher he had last year. The school practices moving teachers along with their classes on certain years. Nick has been lucky to have a great teacher for K and 1st Grade and again will have a great teacher from 2nd Grade for 3rd grade! Makes things easier! :) Jake starts Kindergarten in his Autism class AND *drum roll please* will be riding the bus to school. That terrifies me! I hope it goes well.

Alexander turns 3 years old in only a few weeks. I have to check out Publix to see what character cakes they have that he likes so I can pick out a theme for him. Maybe Blues Clues or The Incredibles, or something. Hopefully with turning three something magical will happpen and he will stop being a terrible two!! :)

Matthew had his cardiologist appointment after we returned from vacation which turned out very well. His cardiologist said we are out of the danger zone right now. Matthew is doing very well and the hole in the heart does not appear to be causing him any kind of stress or health issues. The doctor believes that the heart should be able to repair the hole on its own. He showed me where to feel on his chest to feel the vibration of blood moving through the hole from chamber to chamber. Something that is very eerie to me. When you watch Matthew sleep, his breathing is very rapid and irratic from his heart being large and working overtime. It is scary because it almost looks like convulsions. I am so used to it now if that is possible. We do not have to return for another appointment or full testing until November.

I have a wonderful Girls Only trip coming up with one of my very best friends! I can't wait!!! Allison and I have been friends since 3rd grade. We decided to take a weekend for just us and meet in Orlando for some fun and relaxation! I am so excited - We will be going Sept 9-10 and leaving our husbands home with the kids!!! I can't wait! We both deserve the time away - our newborns (born a little more than 2 weeks apart0, other children and daily lives give us no time to relax and this way we can do it together. What wonderful guys we have to be so suipportive of us and let us leave them with the kids alone. What messes we will return to! :) LOL

Dieting is going okay. I have been getting up every morning with Adam - he leaves to go to the gym and I work out at home before the kids get up. although this morning Jake is awake. I was on here trying to give him time to fall back asleep but it doesn't look like he is going to, so instead I am gonna finish up here and move him into my bed to watch TV so I can use the living room to exercise. So I am off to do just that!

Have a great weekend!


Posted By Melanie @ 5:20 AM (1) comments |

Friday Feast


Appetizer
Fill in the blanks: I ____________ when I _____________.
I cry when I laugh too hard

Soup
Name something you use to make your home smell good.
PartyLite's Amber Dream scented candles

Salad
If you could receive a coupon in the mail for 50% off any product, what would you want it to be for?
A Disney cruise for my family :)

Main Course
Besides sleeping, what do you spend the majority of the hours of your typical day doing?
I spend more time in any given day taking care of the boys than anything and that includes sleeping!

Dessert
What can you hear right now while answering these questions?
The Disney Vacation Planning DVD - Jake is laying on the couch watching it right now



Posted By Melanie @ 5:12 AM (10) comments |
Thursday, July 20, 2006

Thursday Thirteen




Thirteen Things about Melanie
Thirteen Things Coming Up


1. The first day of school for Nick and Jake on Aug. 8th

2. Alex's 3rd Birthday on Aug 17th

3. Cousin Joe comes to visit for a week starting Aug 18th

4. Alex's 3rd Birthday Party on Aug 19th

5. Adam and my day away at Disney alone on Aug 26th

6. Our 9 year anniversary Aug 29th

7. Disney trip for the family Sept 16-17th

8. Bucs Game on Sept 24th!!!

9. Nick's 9th Birthday and Birthday party on Sept 30th

10. Adam's 29th Birthday on Oct 5th

11. Dad's 50th Birthday Oct 13th (Friday the 13th!)

12. Halloween Horror Nights 16 weekend on Oct 14-15th (*edited date)

13. Adam and my 3 day Cuise to celebrate our anniversary Oct 19-22

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  • Posted By Melanie @ 8:31 AM (0) comments |
    Friday, July 14, 2006

    Friday Feast


    Appetizer
    Name one thing nice that you could do for someone else today.
    I could iron Adam’s work clothes for next week and hang them all nice and pressed in his closet but that would mean I would need some hands free time and that just ain’t gonna happen! (This I can do one-handed while holding the baby)

    Soup
    When was the last time you were frightened by the weather?
    During Hurricane Charlie

    Salad
    What would you say is the most useful website or blog that you visit?
    For all our trip planning to Disney – http://allearsnet.com

    Main Course
    Who was your favorite singer/group when you were a child?
    My favorite thing to listen to as a child was the soundtrack from Grease. By about age 11 or 12 I loved Def Leppard and Guns N Roses. What a switch! I still love all of them though.

    Dessert
    Do you have any rituals? If so, what are they?
    Rituals…um, yeah I have a child with Autism so my whole life is about ritual, not to mention my own slight touch of OCD. To list them all would take forever and make me seem like quite a lunatic so I will just answer – YES, I have rituals.


    Posted By Melanie @ 1:12 PM (2) comments |
    Thursday, July 13, 2006

    Thursday Thirteen



    Thirteen Things about Melanie
    Thirteen Things I already MISS from vacation last week
    1. Relaxing in a CLEAN condo
    2. Swimming in a heated pool
    3. Walking up and down the Boardwalk
    4. Funnel Cakes
    5. Jersey pizza!!!!!
    6. The smell and sound of the ocean
    7. Watching people duck and run from the seagulls
    8. Spending time with my guys - no work, no interruptions
    9. Having more sets of eyes on the boys while all out together and more help with them too
    10. Getting away with Adam for the night for margaritas
    11. Fudge from Morrow's Nut House
    12. Cape May
    13. Seeing Dad and the family we haven't seen in over a year

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    Posted By Melanie @ 10:54 AM (0) comments |
    Tuesday, July 11, 2006

    We're Back!


    Wow - that was a long trip! But we had lots of fun. The boys loved the Boardwalk at the Jersey Shore, the pool at the condo, the zoo, and spending time with our family. We have had our fill of ice cream, pizza, funnel cake, stuffed animals, go-carts and squirt gun games at least until next year! We even took a last minute trip over to Disney World on the way home for one night which ended the vacation just right!

    Some pics from the trip:



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