Wednesday, December 3, 2008

bingo, anniversaries, birthday, prayers...

Just a quickie.
We have our 7th annual cheesey bingo with friends this weekend. Always a December favorite.
We have our 12th engagement anniversary this Sunday, aka Pearl Harbor Day as well. I can't believe the time....I can't imagine it spent in any other way.
We have my baby's 7th birthday next week. 7? what? Jake mentioned 4th grade. What? Can't they be 6 & 8 forever. They are great ages. They are great kids.
We also need continued prayers for baby Zoe (see below) and I have some other family members who need to be kept in prayer.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

2 holidays down and 2 more to go...

Halloween was beautiful this year weather-wise. We had nearly 70 degrees for the kids to enjoy. J was a trooper and S was a pirate, snow princess and know everyday is halloween for my dress up queen.

Thanksgiving was fairly uneventful and lovely as well. No major drama. well...ya, nothing too major.

Kids got their first report cards and are doing fantastic. Sky is reading at about a 2nd grade level. She LOVES it. It really has improved her personal world. J loves to read, but she LOVES LOVES LOVES to read. It's cute. Oh and she loves to go to her room, turn the music on and sing or dance....nearly 7, nearly an evil tweenager! Jake is still taking off in piano. I am constantly amazed at how he can play a piece once and then perfect it without his sheet music. yes, 2 hands and all...It's a gift I tell him that a lot of people don't have and he should be thankful. He does enjoy it which makes it all the better.

Bri's swim season is over. He thinks he's done coaching...he has been burnt out due to this season. We shall see on that one. Otherwise, he's doing well...actually developed a nice new organized method to his teaching (finally)! He has been a lot more relaxed because he is on top of his work.

Me, well, the babysitting gig is ending at Christmas. I have been subbing in preschool and LOVE it. They offered me a super deal...M-F 8:30-12:30 with previously committed days and the summer off! I could not beat that... I know I said I don't miss teaching, but please note that applies to anyone over the age of 6! Oh, have whooping cough since halloween, dr. said plan on it to remain in some form til christmas. OH WELL! Sky had super strep throat and there has been some some sort of evil germ pretty much in everyone's house right now. UGH!!

So December is near. Bingo, Sky is 7, kids vacation, CHRISTMAS and New Years...oh and best of all is Pearl Harbor Day! That was the day Brian asked me to marry him some 12 years ago!! I will update again hopefully before Jan! I am a Facebook junkie now a days.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Well...look who's blogging again!

Yeah yeah...I am much more into my facebook page as of late. Sorry for no updates.
School has begun and the kids are doing very well. Jake's in 3rd and Sky 1st. She is reading so well. I love it. She WANTS so badly to learn. It is cute. She is turning into a little teen. She listens to music in her room with her door closed. She will sit in there music blarring and reading. She asked if we could get a real pink fuzzy phone for the playroom the other day. I thought oh it all comes and she is only going to be 7!

Jake is playing piano, singing in the choir and is obsessed with pokemon. He is really growing up. He is a good student and has made lots of friends. It is really nice. I knew time would allow for him to grow out of his crazy behavior. IF Brian and I believed in ADD or ADHD, we would have had him drugged like every other parent in kindergarten. Fortunately, as teachers, we have seen how this has been disturbingly over diagnosed. Parents should sit back and let their rambunctious little one have time to grow out of it. Skylar has entered that stage now. I have an idea that she is actually bored in class and so why not doodle or tip a chair here and there. As long as work gets done right???? I can almost see it in the teacher's eyes when they tell me that they want to suggest some sort of problem...I however cut them off with a "DON'T EVEN" look.

ANYWAY....Bri has been coaching swimming again. Almost done with that for the season. I am watching a teachers baby on T/Th 8-3 and that has been really nice. I was trying to start my own drama troupe and a school picked it up! Then of coarse, funding fell through and so I have nothing. I miss it too much. I don't exactly know what I will do. I enjoy being on the PA and very involved in school. I DO NOT MISS TEACHING! I have subbed a couple of times. I may do it 1-2 times per month, but that is it.

Other than all of that...same old same old...
Enjoy the fall.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

August 26th??Really?

So summer has come and gone since I last wrote. I am sitting here with a snoring frenchie on one side and WE ARE MARSHALL on the big tv with a box of kleenex on my lap. This movie is too sad. Bri is working on a dvd, he goes back to work tomorrow. The kids are long in bed. Soooo what's new you say?

1. We had a great summer did Great America, Ren Faire.... Jake has turned into a little man over summer. He is more aware of his clothing and he even asked for a new hair cut for school. He looks older and his mouthyness (sp?) has gotten to be a bit testier (sp?). We are working on it. He's now in 3rd grade. I abolutely can not believe it. He's continuing with piano and is doing well. This summer he kicked butt in baseball and picked up a new hobby...pokemon. ugh. he uses his allowance to get the cards, so all is well. He is learning strategy and responsibilty believe it or not. He is taking care of these cards! See...a little man.

2. Skylar is my ray of ravenous sunshine. She is sweet and monsterous at the same time. She also has a new adorable haircut and is growing so quickly. She loves when someone asks her how old she is and she can holler out 6 and 3/4!! Teacher called us up already. ugh. She is so bright...really smart! BUT she does her own thing. Today, she cut her gym shirt and broke all her crayons so she can have more. ha. Well, although I am looking at this as an adjustment period from freeloving walk around kindergarten, she has to adjust quickly. She kept up with Jake all summer. She even just bought her own pokemon set and today they played for the first time. They are either best friends or mortal enemies. I guess that is to be expected!

3. Bri taught for 4 weeks this summer. He helped me do some house stuff and he got to play a lot of online poker. oh, I learned to play poker too and have been invited into some of his poker nights with the boys. It's fun... Jake and Skylar even know what makes a good hand! I hate that but with the price of high school and college...might come in handy!!! LOL!!

4. Did the Dells and had a great time.

5. Toby got the big snip snip after a summer of fun loving humping on Ivy...ha

6. Hung out with friends, pretty good block party again, saw some movie the usual.

7. After asking the kid's school if thye wanted to start a theatre programs, they kept giving me the brush off, so I searched elsewhere. I found the #5 CPS school to gladly take me on! That's a thrill in the making. I should have the program up and running mid October-Dec 2 days a week.

8. I am on the PA at school and will be a Brownie co-leader for Skylar's troop. It's a new troop, but there are 3 of us mommas and we are really excited, so it will be fun.

Brian is have so much going on. I said, but I don't work! Well, I work very hard IN MY HOME, so these are all fun extras I get to do. Besides, too much free time and I go bonkers.

9. I will babysit only 2 days for a teacher's baby 8-3 so awesome hours and a few extra bucks. I will be off on all school holidays so no worries.

10. I am hoping for a fairly uneventful September. It's looking to be busy, but when are the Boyles not doing something??

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

other news

So Shel is moving to Texas. ???CRAZY right. I say go for it.
Toby has been a super addition to the house. He will start puppy class mid June.
Jake's first piano recital was amazingly sweet.
Sky's reading.
I am painting the bathroom a shade of ...wait for it...violet. It will look sweet. I'll post pics when it is done. The LR and DR is the fall job. ha.
Bri only has 4 weeks of summer school whichis coolio. lots of museum fun.
OH and I learned to play poker...texas hold'em, 5 card and 7 card stud... I'm pretty ok. ha.
all else is well.

It's a waiting game...

So I was waiting for my new contract, I was waiting to plan our trip, I was waiting for Brian's summer schedule and I was waiting for the kids to finish school...

1. My contract was not renewed because I am not a teacher at the school anymore...WTF? Yeah, my thoughts. I like the IGNORED facts that the shows were great successes, made a lot of money and involved 20% of the school. HMMMM...sounds ratty. My drama kids are flippin' mad and are not taking it lying down. They have a meeting scheduled to fight it tomorrow. I told them they should be heard if they have something to say. I doubt anything will change, but I feel so loved and appreciated. It's a Mr. Holland's Opus, Dead Poets Society and Dangerous Minds moment. I don't want to teach, but I loved directing...

2. Well, Brian's got his schedule and we are off to the Dells early in August. yipee. Kids are pumped. We decided we will do Disney next year. UGH...

3. Skylar graduates kindergarten on Thursday. My BABY is going into 1st grade. My sweet boy is going into 3rd. Oh my...Why? When? Where did the time go? They are awesome and exciting and challenging. They aregoing to take swimming and some camp stuff...

Oh...85 degrees on Monday and 52 degrees on Tuesday...summer? STILL WAITING!!!