Monday, March 30, 2009

I'm always amazed by the generosity of friends and strangers

While the boys were at a Reading Royals game last evening one of the ushers ( I guess usherette since it was a lady) gave them a bag of nice clothes with logos -Royals, Flyers - apparently she was impressed with Josh and since her son had outgrown the stuff she wanted to give it to him and Dima. Very nice - I had Dima and Josh drew a picture make up a Thank You card this morning to give to her the next time they see her.

We've been very fortunate to have friends with bigger kids that have given us lots and lots of stuff including NICE logo stuff. Pretty much everything they wear is a hand me down from someone. We're also lucky that the kids' grandparents are nice enough to chip in for new outfits once in a while so there's some new stuff in the closet too.

Yesterday afternoon the skies seemed clear after a gloomy morning so I decided to try to find a cache or two in places that aren't very kid-friendly - as in lots of uphill hiking and lots of walking off the established trail. Soooo, I got my act together as they were getting ready to head out to the hockey game and found one cache relatively easily. I proceeded to another cache that's rated a 3 for terrain (pretty difficult) while I was searching - I really do need to figure out how to get better reception on the GPS while out in the woods - I thought I heard thunder in the distance - didn't think it was a big deal because the weather geeks who live in my house hadn't mentioned anything big coming our way. Plus my cell phone usually gets notifications sent to it when the weather service posts a warning - I've had that set up since the summer when we spent most of our days at the pool - no warning so I'm ASSUMing everything is okay and still out there searching for the cache. After more distant thunder for a second I thought it was still really far away. Then as a purple sky rolls over me and I'm literally running to the car holding my baseball hat on I'm thinking "this is probably one of the stupidest things I've ever done" but the kids weren't with me and I was still really focused on the cache hunt until it was obvious that the storm was right there. Still no rain or lightning by the time I got in the car but as I drove home there were literally lightning bolts coming down very close to my car. By the time I got here there was definitely rain but not as bad as some places north of here where they had huge hail. Once I got home the phone and shut our open windows notification buzzed in on my cell phone - Thanks a whole lot National Weather Service!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

March 24, 2009

Dima got 100% today on his "Daily Point Sheet" where he's got his school day divided into the times of day and the tasks that have been his problem areas. He's been in this class since mid-February. Is this co incidence that he's on different meds now ?? Today was the first day that he got 100 - He had one light slip in being distracted while lessons are taking place - but they give him a chance to redeem himself. Whatever works, I'm glad that he can hold it together and I hope we've turned a new page.

In other news... Josh had a friend come home from school with us today so her Mom could take her brother to an orthodontist appointment. He was very excited and then as we were on the way to our house: first the kids compared the stuff in their back packs and then Josh was like " So, what do you want to do today? ". He was quite the little host. Once we got here we played with a Frisbee, and ended up getting out our goal and kicking a ball around until his friend's Mom and brother came to pick her up. While we were talking we realized that the brother had Dima's current teacher while he was still in grade school - he's now in middle school. Dima's also been referred for an orthodontic consultation and they were happy with their doctor so I asked them to get a card for us so we'll be following up on that soon too. Small world!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

These guys always put out entertaining videos:

Josh likes this and it's educational too!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


They're everywhere!! A long time ago I read an article about letterboxing and geocaching and since I just realized that my new GPS will let me do this I decided to get out and see if I can find them. I searched on line and found the site that most people who do this use and started doing some research and next thing you know I'm finding them and I'm hooked! Some of them are very cleverly hidden and yes, I've had some unsuccessful trips but when you find one there really is a eureka moment.

This was my description of the trek in the online log of such things: Did someone say quick find? check - yeah! - now that I'm getting the hang of this stuff. Did someone say thorns?- yowie! check - did someone say ticks ? -check - found one on my arm after leaving - If this weren't the closest cache to me I'd have thought twice but I HAD to do this and I knew it was now or never with the weed situation.

The closest to us is only .6 mile away and Dima was off school yesterday so I lured him out to look with me by telling him we were going to go look for treasure. He did get bored when my GSP signal was jumping around a bit - it's not made to be used this way - after some traipsing around in a remote part of our favorite park and seeing some ports of it we didn't know were there - we finally zeroed in on it and he was clapping and cheering and thrilled that it had beads inside. I haven't gotten to trade stuff yet since I'm just getting a feel for what kind of stuff to trade. So far I've just signed the logs I've found and I do intend to stock up on stuff to put in them especially when the kids are with me so they can keep something from the cache and hopefully be excited about going out to do it again.

I've already checked out locations near my parents' house and near where we used to live and it's amazing to me that I've gone by some of these laces on an almost daily basis and didn't know they were there.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

She's a princess -- Don't you get it???

As we were flipping the TV channels the other night Josh wanted to watch Oklahoma because he saw Shirley Jones in a frilly white dress and bows and he was saying he "wuvs" her because she's a princess - and to me " Don't you get it???".

Both boys have been having a ball outside since we had a pretty decent storm here on Sunday - Monday. Though it's pretty warm right now and to the point of melting they're still at it. Josh has been coughing at night and running around sniffling so he's not allowed to go out too long but when he is out he's yahoo-ing about sledding and digging in the snow and having a grand old time.