Friday, May 25, 2007

Funny Story

Funny story... A few months ago, Ethan and I had a discussion about his birthday. He said he didn't want to celebrate at school because all the kids blow out the candles. So he said he wanted to have a party at home.

ME: Am I invited to this party?

Ethan: No. Just my mom and my dad and Toria and Allie and Nathan and Grandma and Papa.

Me: Not me?

Ethan: No, but you can make my cake.

Me: HUH!?!??! I'm not invited but I make the cake?

Ethan: Yeah.

Me under my breath: We'll see about that, small boy.

Now every time someone asked about his birthday, he would just say no party at school only at home. Fair enough. About a week before his birthday, he told his mom again that he wanted a party at home with the family. But now EVERYONE had to come or it wouldn't be a party. He told his mom he wanted hot dogs and that I was making the cake. So, his mom called everyone and told them that they were serving hot dogs and french fries, and she'd have other stuff that the adults could eat. Ethan should thank his lucky stars that we had a leaking pipe last Saturday because that had me home after the men left so I could make the cake. Otherwise, I would have been at church and no cake would have been made. There's just something about cooking/baking when dust and paint are flying around.

So then that night I get to talking with his mom and he decides that he must talk to me.

Me: I made your cake.

Ethan: What kind is it?

Me: Vanilla (it was actually white cake, but I knew he associates cake with flavors).

Ethan: When I was at your house yesterday, did I tell you I wanted a vanilla cake?

Me: You didn't say. Is it okay?

Ethan: Yeah, it's okay. What is on top?

Me: What kind of icing do you want? Chocolate or vanilla?

Ethan: What are you going to put on top of it?

Me: What do you want on top of it?

Ethan: Spider Man.

Me: Again?

Ethan: Spider Man. that's what I want.

Me: Okay. Spider Man. I'll draw a web too.

Ethan: Okay.

We did have hot dogs, meatloaf and chicken, salad, rice and french fries. He just wanted to stare at his cake until we could cut it, but the lure of the hot dogs and Lucas being there won over. Here's the much anticipated (by Ethan) cake! I made the spider out of cupcakes, Japanese biscuits and decorating gel. I found the spider man figurines at the hardware (!) store.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Note to self...

...when a student is aiming to run out of the classroom, DO NOT BLOCK THEIR WAY. Did that today and ended getting punched in the stomach and kicked on the shin. Then while dragging him towards the office, kid tried to bite me TWICE. Kid's grandma works at the school. So, after I tell her what happened and what he did, her response was, "SOOOOO SORRY! I'll have him apologize tomorrow. It's from the weekend. The anger's been building up since Friday." It comes out that he can't go on our end-of-the-year field trip because I wrote that he needed an adult to come with him if we go bowling. When one of the other 2nd grade teachers asked why he couldn't go on the field trip, grandma turns around and says, "She can't handle him." She meaning ME. Requiring adult accompaniment for an ADHD child on a field trip with 80 other students was not much to ask. I have one set of eyes and ears. I hate that she turned around and made it my fault that he was upset.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

NSD Layouts

Made this slide show of the layouts and card I did in honor of National Scrapbooking Day! Most of the layouts were for challenges on Two Spotted Dogs' message board. Check them out! Two Spotted Dogs

Saturday, May 05, 2007

The destruction begins!

Water blasting on the exterior of our house actually started yesterday. Today I got to hear all the noise for most of the day. It was enough to bring on a throbbing ache in my head AND my neck! The yard is a mess...the old paint lays scattered in chips on the grass. Looks like dirty snow. Ick. The contractors also put in the new windows in one of the bedrooms. Turns out I didn't measure one window opening right so they had to jackhammer a 1/2 inch off the opening. The other window was a 1/2 inch short! GRRRR!!! So frustrating, but the windows are in! I had a short reprieve from the noise, dust, and general irritation of having strangers trudge in and out of the house when I went to run errands and make an appearance at China Arts. Everything was 25% OFF in honor of National Scrapbooking Day. I took advantage of that and got some Heidi Swapp ghost flowers, a pack of different colored slick writers, a medium corner rounder, and some other necessary scrapbook goodies that elude me right now. Can you tell they were so important?!?!? They gave out goody bags of SEI paper and some other little things. Shortly after 1pm, I got a call from 76, the gas station, saying that I was one of 100 finalists to win 1 of 20 wii game systems, but you had to be present to win! I debated about going for a few hours and then just decided, "What did I have to lose?" I didn't win. But, while it would have been nicer to be in air conditioned comfort or doing something else I liked, it was nice to be out of the house BY MYSELF in a crowd of people. Know what I mean? Grabbed a Wendy's bacon and mushroom junior double melt meal on the way home...yes, I got fries with that and boy did it taste GOOD! I'll be good tomorrow...

I finally got around to taking pictures of my back bumper. From a distance, the only thing you can really see is the bent tail pipe of the muffler. But, up close, you can see the circles imprinted on the bumper from the idiot's front headlights and a bunch of scratches from his hood. His car looks far worse than mine, but the point is, the bumper would have been perfect had he not been tailing me so closely! Mr. Bautista, my favorite body shop dude, is going to be adamant about getting a new bumper. Let's hope the idiot's insurance company doesn't give me bones about it!

While I was outside snapping pictures of my car and the house, I saw this flower swaying back and forth in the slight breeze. It's planted in our flower bed. I have absolutely no idea what kind of flower it is, but it's SPRING-Y for all you spring folks around the world!