Thursday, January 24, 2013


New Owenisms (so I don't forget)

January 6, 2013
in response to not wanting to nap...  "I'm not even tired and neither is my penis".

January 8, 2013
discussing how far away my sister lives. "Does she live further away than the blimp?"

I wonder what makes his mind work sometimes

January 23, 2013
"Grandma- if you make me nap I am walking home"
of course, he doesn't realize it's a 15 minute drive.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Oh Hunter, Oh Hunter...what am I going to do with you?

Well, sophomore year started well, and then this quarter happened. And truthfully, he did well. Minus one class. The one class that the teacher is the hardest on him, the one class where he needs to learn responsibility and accountability. The one class where I think he realized for the first time that he can't just "get by". That he has to work- and try- and study.

Report cards come out on Friday. I believe he pulled a 3.0 (if what he's telling me about getting an A in gym class actually happens). A 3.0 is great. I'm happy with a 3.0. What I'm not happy about? That it could have been much higher except he got a D in American Literature. He failed a big paper- that he knew was a huge portion of the grade. Basically, he could have not gone to class all quarter and probably still have gotten the same grade in the class. It's so frustrating. I believe his final grade is a 68.42%. Granted, report cards have not come out, but I know the grade isn't changing. We have access to view them daily on progress book. Thank goodness. I stalk it. Like seriously stalk. Daily.

Well, because he got a D, he got grounded. No ipod, no computer unless it was for school work, no PlayStation 3. And what happened? We went out Saturday night and left him alone for the night. Guess what he did? Played the PlayStation and went on the computer. When we asked him about it, he lied and said he didn't play any games. Then 5 minutes later, came back and admitted he lied and that he played about 5 or 6 games Saturday night because he was bored. The thing is? we already had him busted. Sean's co-worker ratted him out because he saw him online playing on Saturday.

So- for lying, he has now lost his cell phone and snowboarding. He had ski club today and is missing it. Not sure how long the grounding will go on for, we may need to throw him a bone here or there. But, I don't know what else will get through to him that this is not OK. It's clearly him being a typical teenager. But it's the lack of disrespect that I cannot handle. And the fact that I do not, nor can trust him.

He woke up for school yesterday saying he didn't feel well. Sorry- are you lying? do you really not feel well? How can we tell you are telling the truth? He did look miserable. But, you know what? we sent him to school anyway. Karma's a bitch. The school called about 9:00am and the nurse said he had gotten sick and we needed to pick him up. Sean went and got him (Sean was home with an ear infection and Owen was home with croup). He went to his room and slept most of the day. Still didn't feel 100% this morning, but off to school he went. It's the first week of the grading period, I cannot let him get behind.

But- the good to all of this? I think he's a good test taker. So far, for the mid terms that I have seen, he got a B on his Literature (go figure) exam, an A on History, and an A (I think) on trigonometry. And- he took a pre ACT test and scored in the range of 25-29 with most scores being above 90% of his grade level. I know he's smart, he just needs to apply himself.

And learn to tell the truth.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Quinlin- age 3

This photo was taken on Saturday (photographer Five Eleven Photography). Swoon.

I die of the cuteness. I had pictures taken of Owen too, just waiting to get an image back as a sneak peak.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy birthday Quinlin!

3 years ago today, my precious little girl was born and I suddenly understood what everyone said about the amazing experience of having a daughter. Happy birthday, Quinlin! My beautiful, smart, funny, feisty, fabulous little girl.

Leading up to three has been amazing. We had some rough go's in the terrible two's, and I know she's well on her way to becoming a threenager, but she really has grown into this amazing little girl. No more toddles, but a full blown little girl with her own, large personality. 

(example- image below- you want a picture? Ha- not posing)

And she is beautiful- so incredibly full of inner beauty.
Though have you seen this amazing hair?

She is so incredibly sweet, hilarious and so caring. She is very maternal, and very protective. She really has come into her own. She's opinionated and independent. 

  • She's been potty trained for about 2 months now, and has done fabulous. She really picked it up like it was nothing and there was no turning back, and also no need to. A few accidents here and there at night time, but nothing to speak of. Thank you to Miss Essie at school for getting this girl trained!!!
  • Not much has changed between 2 and 3 growth wise. She is in 3T clothes and size 8 shoes. I know she will be getting into size 4's pretty soon (at least for shirts). 
  • I am not sure how tall she is as her physical is in a few weeks, but I'm guessing she 's about 34 or 35 pounds. She is getting pretty tall and losing her little chubbiness. 
  • Her hair is darkening up a bit- and is soooo long (it gos down to her shoulder blades- would you have guessed?)
  • Friends are starting to be very important to her. She loves her friends at school- Claudia, Olivia, Joseph (who in fact gave her a Tinkerbell doll for her birthday this morning), Matthew, Nora, Morgan and she of course, loves Troy. 
  • She loves her dollies, her animals, her teeny tiny blankets (aka baby washcloths that she uses for her dolls), Eeyore. 

And as tradition, I did the birthday quiz with her asking the same questions I plan to ask each year. I've been asking Owen the past two years, so time to start with Quinlin. Here are her responses at age 3:

The Quiz

1. What's your name? Quinlin Olivia (our last name here)
2. How old are you? 3 (proudly holding 3 fingers)
3. Where do you live? at home
4. what is your favorite color? purple
5. what do you want to be when you grow up? a robot and a mommy
6. who is your favorite person? Mama
7. who's your best friend? Owen and Daddy
8. what is your favorite tv show? Dora
9. what is your favorite food? Steaky! (aka steak. this girl is definitely my daughter)
10. what is your favorite drink? milk
11. what do you like to do for fun? play 
12. what do you like to play outside? well... we didn't quite answer that one. She has enjoyed sledding a lot this year, but she didn't really come up with an answer on her own.
13. what is your favorite song? How I wonder (which I believe is Twinkle Twinkle)
14. what is your favorite movie? Tangled
15. what is your favorite book? Pete the Cat

Happy birthday little girl! Celebratory and party post to follow!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

December 2012- A long picture filled recap

Well- life has gotten crazy. Between work, the kids, and lack of motivation, it's taken me a while to keep up with my blog. So, to make sure I am still documenting, I am backtracking a bit and need to recap the month of December, minus my trip to NY which I already talked about. And after going through all the pictures, I need to get out there and buy an actual camera. It's a shame, the kids are only little for so long, and I feel like many of the memories will be in blurry pictures.

1st weekend of December, we put up our Christmas tree. We moved it to a corner in the room opposite to where we have always put it and liked it so much better. The room seemed bigger and not as cluttered as it did Christmases past. Owen enjoyed every minute of decorating.

Quinlin could care less.

And notice how all the ornaments are mysteriously 3 feet tall?

Isn't the tree pretty?

We went to see Santa

We had a holiday party- yet I didn't get pictures of the people, just the food I prepared? odd, right? We had about 45 people come over throughout the night and had a great time.

Santa came to Owen and Quinlin's daycare- and this time Quinlin wasn't scared. He liked his beard much better.

We went to the rainforest

Quinlin decided to set up a picnic for her friends

She then told me it was lamby's birthday, so she fed and him and read him books and sang him songs

Isn't she pretty? She finally asks to wear dresses

My parents came over to celebrate Hanukkah

The kids were spoiled

Quinlin loved her jewelry...but kind of looked like a drag queen?

We did a ton of sledding and drank lots of cocoa

Christmas was finally here and we went to Sean's mom's for Christmas Eve


 Then to our house that night where Santa arrived

And then our house looked like this
Quinlin got a kitchen from Grandma...and Sean was stuck putting it together (and not very happy about it)

 It's nicer than mine
Ice Fishing has begun. Say goodbye to my hubby any chance he can get to get on the ice. 

 And then it was New Years. We had the neighbors over to celebrate.

 and the after effects of staying up until after midnight

I'm sorry this was such a long post. I need to do better about posting more timely. Month long recaps are hard!