Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Confessions of a S.A.H. (stay at home) Mommy

I believe that humor is what gets us through the rough times.  Allow me to entertain you with my experience today.

Set the scene-I have been wearing my work-out clothes since 7:00 am in the hopes of getting at least a 3 mile run in today.  My wonderful husband tries to give me every opportunity to attain my goal, unfortunately life got in my way.  He had to leave for work around 2:30, which left me solo for the remainder of the day.  My handsome son informs me how much he really wants to go to his school's Open House tonight.  It was from 6-7, so I informed him that we might be able to squeeze in a little cameo.  After taking my husband his dinner and feeding myself and the kids, we were looking at 5:00.  So I quickly drove home to wash my face, still in work-out clothes, and get shoes for the kids.  They both picked their new (too big for them) rain boots.  Perfect!  I load up the car and we get to the school right at 6:00.  As I start to unbuckle my beautiful daughter, I smell an order.  You all know the one!  Lucky for me I had an extra pull-up and wipes in my purse.  I inform the dynamic duo that we will be making a quick stop at the restroom before we go to the classrooms.  Raise your hands if you have ever experienced the "blow out".  Hmmmm, that's what I thought.  SO, I finally get my daughter into a clean pull-up, throw her dirty one AND pink skirt in the trash, all the while my son is giving me commentary on what he is observing.  She quickly puts her boots on and we head to the classrooms.  You guessed it, I was THAT mommy.  My daughter in a tee shirt, pull-up and rain boots.  Nice!  Luck for me, the director had extra pants and let us borrow a pair.  We play for half an hour and start to head to the car.  By this time I need to use the restroom.  But I figure I can hold it until we get home.  Wouldn't you know it, just as I get the kids buckled up, I SNEEZE!  Any mommy can tell you what happened next.  I quickly get in the car and head home.  Ahhhhh, the joys of me.

To be continued...

Kids just want to have fun!

Last night I hosted bunco, now becoming ladies game night!  I knew that some of the husbands had to go to a meeting, so we had the mommies bring their kids.  We gave the evening a fun theme, PJ Party!  All the kids looked so cute in their jammies.  The mommies even participated.  We served pizza, popcorn, gummy bears, M & M's and puppy chow.  All the ingredients for a good time.  I loved how the kids all sat around a single table to eat their pizza.  I think they all had fun, mommies too!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Update!! CN 2009

We are excited in the school office!

Look at all the goodies!

PLEASE!!!  Can we open it now?

Friday night, around 9:00, the phone rang.  When I answered it, a woman on the other line asked to speak to Owen Arnett.  I informed the caller that he was in bed sleeping and that I was his mother.  She then introduces herself as president of the PTO and that Owen had won the "Family Fun Night" gift basket.  Now remember we only bought 6 tickets.  And we put them into 6 different drawings for various gift baskets.  Owen must have the luck of the Irish!  We decided not to tell him until Monday when we picked him up from school.  We then drove to Wheatland Elementary and went into to the office to get our "bag of goodies".  Allow me to list the run down of what all came in it.

The Game of Life, Twists and Turns Board Game
Scrabble Upwords Board Game
Wig Out Card Game
Out of Sight Board Game
Trouble Board Game
Solid Wood Bingo Game
Rubic's Cube
Taboo Game Teaser
Double Nine Dominoes in Collector's Tin
Poker Set
Leap Frog Toddler Game
Magnetic Dart Board
Hand-held 20 Questions Game
Snow Castle Kit (2 of them)
Butterfly deck of cards
Radio DVD
Cheaper by the Dozen DVD
Backyard Volleyball/Badmiton Set
WSU/KU Baseball Tickets to May 2nd game (2 of them)
Movie size box of Milk Duds
Movie size box of Reese's Pieces
Movie size box of Skittles
Movie size box of Junior Mints
Box of Orville Redenbacher Movie Time Pop corn

Let the fun begin!!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Carnival Night-2009

Tonight was PTO Carnival Night at Wheatland Elementary.  Yep, that is where our big boy will be going to kindergarten next year.  We thought it would be fun to check it out.  It was awesome!  They had two bouncers in the gym, popcorn and cotton candy in the cafeteria (Owen didn't like it, as you can tell by the picture.  Allie LOVED it!), cake walk in the music room and various other games in other classrooms.  All down the hall they had what some would call "gift baskets" to be won through raffle tickets they sold.  These things were HUGE!  One basket had a Wii and about $500 worth of other things all packaged together for the "gamer basket".  There was a "4th of July basket" that included a huge GRILL!  Owen went down the hall and picked out the ones we signed up for.  The kids each got to do the cake walk a few times, but we didn't win any cakes.  Owen then tells me, "It's okay.  Nennie is coming soon and she makes the best cupcakes!"  To top our evening of fun off, we met our friends the Williams there.  Owen is so excited for next year!  I even asked him if we can go again next year.  His response, "You can come when I'm 5."  Does this mean I can't the next year?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

It has already begun...

Today, Allie took her nap like she always does.  She always looks like an angel when she sleeps.  After about 2 hours, I thought I had heard something come from her room.  I wasn't in too big of a hurry, so when I opened her door there she was.  She was sitting on the side of her bed with her feet on her step stool and a bottle of her Sleeping Beauty nail polish open and ever so carefully painting her finger nails!  (If you close your eyes you can totally see the image I saw.  Unfortunately, no pictures were taken.)  She got two finger tips and her thumb tip on one hand painted and a handful of drops on her sheets and blanket.  "I'm getting pretty!"  She tells me with a cute smile.  Who can argue with that?

Zoo Trip on Earth Day

Jake was off of work this whole week, so early in the week he suggested that we all go to the zoo on Thursday morning.  We could get up, go eat breakfast at The Good Egg and get to the zoo right when it opens.  Wonderful plan!  The weather was amazing!  Except for the fact that the zoo was hosting Boeing Earth Day.  I think every elementary school in the area was there for a school field trip!  We got there at 8:45 and it was already busy.  The kids were wonderful!  Owen even got to buy a toy in the gift shop with his allowance he had been saving for 2 weeks.  As crazy as it was at the zoo, we had "the best zoo trip EVER!" according to Owen as we were leaving.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Girl Update!

Today's blog is just going to be a general update on the "Big Girl".  We went to the dentist this morning for a check on her tooth.  The bad news, it is still a little lose and he thinks it might be starting to turn colors.  The longer the tooth stays the better.  Wish us luck!  The good news, they decided to go ahead and start her on 6 month cleanings since we were there.  Allie was so brave!  She just laid back, the chair scared her at first but no crying, and did everything they asked.  Both the dental hygienist and Dr. Brown were impressed with her.  I was blown away!  She even let me take her picture.

The word on the big girl bed is... AWESOME!  She never leaves her room.  She takes her naps and goes to sleep in the bed just like normal.  I go in and she is just laying there awake waiting for me.  During the nights, she has been waking up scared once.  I go in cover her up and start her sea horse music and she lays back down and goes right to sleep.  Last night, at around 1:00, she fell out of bed!  When I got to her room, she was just standing in the doorway waiting for me, crying.  I went ahead and changed her pull-up and gave her a big hug.  I laid her down and covered her up.  She then went back to sleep.  She stays in bed until around 6:30 or 7:00 when I can hear her talking.  Then I go in and get her up.

Life is good, and moving pretty fast.  I just hope I take enough pictures to capture it all!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Big Girl Bed!

Today it came!  Allie is official not a baby anymore!  We went shopping earlier this week and found the cutest white wooden twin bed.  We bought it there on the spot.  Yesterday, Allison and I went to Target to pick out sheet for the new bed.  She chose Dora.  She told me that Dora will keep her safe at night.  (I hope so.)  Here are a few pictures of the whole process.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I am blessed!

Today we got into our Easter clothes and went to church.  Seeing my two angels in their outfits almost put a tear in my eye.  I am so very thankful for the things I have in my life.  These two, are what makes me so blessed.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Fun Run

This morning I drove to the Sedgewick County Park on the west side, ready to do my first 10K.  The weather was perfect!  I met up with my good friend Angela and her mom (thanks for taking our picture).  It was a really good trail.  I just took my time and didn't over do it.  In the end, I finished in 1:05:40.  That's about 10 minute miles!  It's a far cry from completing a whole marathon, but it is a start!  Next on my list is the "Hospital Hill Run" in KC on June 6th.  We'll see how that goes...

Thanks Easter Bunny!

Since Jake is Trauma Call on Sunday, the Easter Bunny brought the kids their Easter baskets today.  It was almost as good as Christmas!  They were so excited about what they had in their baskets.  I had to leave shortly after the discovery to do the Easter Fun Run (previous blog entry).  But I left two very happy children.  Here are the "traditional" pictures of kids in their p.j.'s with their baskets of goodies.

Friday, April 10, 2009


We thought that since Easter is just around the corner, we would color some eggs.  It was the first time we've ever done it.  It was quite the adventure.  Owen and Allie liked guessing what color the dye was going to become.  I think Allie was disappointed that we didn't have pink or purple.  Next year I'll have to solve that problem.  Owen was more excited about the Transformer stickers.  Each one made 5 eggs.  After dinner they got to pick one to eat and the rest went into the fridge for later.  This is going to be a fun weekend!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Taken 3 hours after the accident.

This morning was just like every other morning, except for the emergency visit to the dentist.  Let me back track.  We were getting ready to take Owen to school and Allie was begging me to let her wear these flip flops that were too big for her feet.  I didn't see the problem with it, and out the door we went.  Once we got to school, Owen went running down the hallway past the Nursery.  Allie started running too, but at the same time was trying to take her jacket off.  So with her hands basically tied behind her back in her jacket, she trips in those darn flip flops.  Everyone can imagine the next scene.  Allie face plants on the carpet.  Blood everywhere.  Allie crying, but for once not passing out.  Office personnel running out to assist and Owen starting to get worried.  Lucky for me two other moms that I know were able to escort Owen to his classroom, someone brought me a bag of ice and I was out the door and on my way to the dentist.  Dr. Brown, first time seeing him, was very nice.  The nurse who took care of us the whole time was amazing, she even gave me a hug.  Allie was a trouper!  They took an x-ray and found out that the permanent tooth isn't damaged.  But the front right tooth was very loose.  It had been knocked back and up.  We go back in two weeks and there is a 50% chance she'll lose the tooth.  She always wanted to be first at something with Owen.  Now she is!

Sunday, April 5, 2009


This picture was taken by the "girl" next to me.

This is what the stage looked like.

The Pussycat Dolls opened for Britney.

They can really get their groove on.

This LCD screen was awesome!

Britney coming on stage to "Circus".

Costume change.

Another costume change.

India theme, "Everytime".

Encore, "Womanizer".

As most of you who know me know, I LOVE Britney Spears.  I can't put my finger on what it is exactly, but I can't get enough of her.  My wonderful husband accepts this and even plays into my obsession.  About a month ago I got a text from him asking me if I would like to see her in concert.  I replied that if he was teasing me to knock it off.  Long story short, he wasn't and we got tickets and a hotel room for the concert.  It was beyond my expectations!  I knew it would be good, but I was blown away!  Even Jake admitted he was impressed.  I for see him downloading a few more Spears songs on his I-pod.  Enjoy the pictures from that wonderful night.  They don't do the evenings sights justice.