Tuesday, August 26, 2008

In between

Well, we're in between first days here. Fellan's first day of kindergarten was yesterday and Marxo's first day of preschool is tomorrow!

Here's a picture of the kids on their way to the kindergarten class. Marxo was very sad to leave her big brother, but she seemed to recover fairly quickly.

Fellan was so excited to go to "big school" yesterday and we think he generally had a good time. Apparently, he was caught running in class and that seems to have made an impression on him - he seems to feel pretty bad about "being bad" and wants to be "good" from now on.

All his imaginary play last night revolved around school: the living room was the classroom, the kids' bedroom was the cafeteria and the hallway was the path to the cafeteria. Fellan was the teacher for most of the evening, but I didn't hear him yelling too much at Marxo, so I'm hoping that the teacher didn't yell at him too much yesterday...

Tomorrow is the first day for Marxo to go to preschool and she absolutely cannot wait! The teachers stopped by our house last week for "home visits" and she was wowing them with the fact that she can finish her favorite 100-piece puzzle in about 5 minutes. (she actually has all the pieces memorized - when she looks at each piece, she puts it down relative to where it is located in the puzzle!) Anyway, the teachers agreed that they might have to get some different puzzles since the ones in the 3-4-year-old classroom only have three pieces each.

We were looking at her class roster last night and noticed that she and another little girl in her class are by far the oldest in the class. Both of their birthdays are in the beginning of October. The rest of the class' birthdays are in January, May, June, and July of next year. There's a big gap and I'm wondering if Marxo and the other little girl might gravitate towards the girls in the older class since their birthdays are actually closer to Marxo's than the kids in her own class. It will be interesting to see...

Friday, August 22, 2008


Wake me in time for the evening coverage...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Who needs sleep?

I've decided I'll just sleep next week. Thank God the Olympics is only 2 weeks long...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Bela Karolyi (US Citizen, 1981), Liang Chow (US Citizen, 2002), and Shawn Johnson sitting together, talking about Shawn's gold medal in beam at the 2008 Olympics.

It doesn't get more American than that to me.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Save me from the Olympics

I'm powerless to stop watching the Olympics every night. I think I finally set the TV to the sleep timer at 1am last night.

Everyone is so caught up in Phelps-mania, but I love the whole thing. Finally, the other day, I got to see some water polo and equestrian events. The only thing I'm really missing seeing now is synchronized swimming (do they still do that?).

The kids keep begging us if they can watch one of "their shows". Poor kids. We have no sympathy for them, however. Our answer is always the same, "The Olympics only happens once every four years. NO. We will continue watching the Olympics and you will love it!" (well, I think we leave off that last sentence - we usually just say, "NO!")

The one thing I could really do without is the arrogant track athletes. I'm already tired of watching them showboat across the finish line, letting up during the last 10 meters of the race and coasting across the line just to show how truly awesome they think they are. And then the interviews of those people afterwards? Please. I don't need them to tell me how awesome they are again.

I was very proud of the three guys who swept the 400m hurdles for the US, though. They were very nice during their interview and talked about how happy they were to represent the US. That was a nice change.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go take a nap during lunchtime...

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

What a Dud.

Tropical Storm Edouard has turned out to be a complete dud. I was hoping for some good rain; some good wind; some good destruction (but not to our house). But instead, we just got kind of a continuous light rain all day starting at around 7am. Boring.

The forecast made it sound like we were in for a big one. And after tropical storm Allison, everyone was wary of just what a tropical storm could do. Most all of the offices around town closed for the day as well as the daycares/schools. Not our office, though! We got an e-mail that said, "Your personal safety is our utmost concern" but we're still going to be open and if you don't come in, be sure to go ahead and charge that to your vacation account, mmmmKay?

I woke up early this morning and checked the weather. It was still predicting that the storm would hit in the late morning / early afternoon, so I figured I'd come to work, get in a few hours and then leave before the real flooding started. Dumb storm didn't create enough rain to even think about heading home, so here I sit. The good news is that since I came in so early this morning, I get to leave pretty soon. :)

The nanny is off this week, so the kids have been spending some (even more than usual) quality time with Daddy. They stopped by here for lunch today, too, which was a nice break since I was hoping to not be here anymore, but still was.

Well, time for me to go home and inspect the storm damage! Not.