Yesterday Stella turned 8, I can’t believe my tiny baby is now 8 years old. She is quite a character, and puts a smile on everyone’s face (maybe not Maizie’s all the time).
Every year I ask the kids 20 questions on their birthday. Here we go…
How old are you? 8
What did you get for your birthday? GoldieBlox Survival Kit and MadLibs
What is your favorite color? Turquoise and Cyan
What is your favorite TV show? Liv and Maddie
What is your favorite toy? GoldieBlox Action Figure
What do you want to be when you grow up? Fashion Designer and Engineer, but ultimately an Imagineer
What sport do you play? Soccer
What are you good at? Soccer and Football
What is your favorite food? Pepperoni pizza
What food do you hate? Artichokes, Brussel Sprouts and Bacon
What is your favorite outfit? Any of her Batman clothes
What is your favorite song? Never Forget You and Try Everything
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter
Who is the best in your family? Everyone
What is your pet’s name? Goldie and Amazing (goldfish)
What makes you happy? When Maizie’s nice
What makes you mad? Mondays
What is your favorite thing to do at school? Math and Science
Who is your teacher? Mrs. Scanlon
Where do you want to go on vacation? Washington DC
What was the best thing that happened when you were 7? Going to the Lego Discovery Center
Stella took a personal day for her birthday. She had never been to Dave and Busters so that’s where she wanted to go, and she wanted to go to Zara.
I received the Bubble Windstorm™ and the Bubble Flurry™ from Bubble Blitz™ and Imperial Toys to review with my kids. The second that box arrived at our house, they couldn’t wait to open it and see what was inside.
Bubble Windstorm™: Create endless streams of bubbles with the Bubble Windstorm! This incredible bubble machine shoots hundreds of Bubble Blitz bubbles into the air at the press of a button.
Bubble Flurry™: Dip the handheld Bubble Flurry’s wand into bubble solution and press the button to make hundreds of bubbles in seconds.
Once they opened it it was a race to the park to give it a try; we wanted plenty of room to use the bubbles. (They do require two AA batteries each.)
I was amazed at the amount of bubbles these created. They were everywhere and it was fantastic. The bubble solution is scented which was an added bonus.
The amount of bubbles created was crazy, I can’t get over it.
Bubble Blitz bubble toys can be found at Target, Walmart and other retailers. In March you can also get 25% off all bubble products at shop.imperialtoy.com with the promo code CELEBLITZ.
My kids have had several bubble toys over the years, but this takes the cake.
Disclosure: I was given the products to review, but the opinions expressed are completely my own.
It started as a normal situation, Teddy and Stella got into a fight. Nothing new, it happens seven to eight times a day (with three kids, there’s always an argument over something).
This one was over one of Teddy’s light sabers. He came downstairs all in a lather saying Stella broke one of his light sabers. He said she grabbed it and broke it. It was in two pieces, but it was able to be slid back into place. He was all worked up because it “wasn’t the same anymore”.
Stella is known for grabbing things, so I was pretty miffed about this whole incident. I called her into the room and was ready to tear into her. Then she fills in the rest of the story…
Teddy held out the light saber for her to hold on to as he tried to lift her. Poor judgment on both of them.
I confronted Teddy with my new found information, which he had no choice but to admit his part in the terrible decision. I told him it was just as much his fault as it was Stella’s.
He wasn’t happy.
A few minutes later, Stella came running done stairs in tears.
“Teddy blew up my world!”
She has an array of Mi World shops in her room and I thought that was what she was talking about.
I couldn’t have been more wrong! (It took me a few minutes to figure out what happened.)
All three of the kids have there Minecraft world linked up on their tablets. Well, Teddy went into Stella’s world and set off a whole lot of TNT and blew up a bunch of her stuff.
Man was she upset. She was crying about not being able to get her animals back in their pen.
This is where my parenting skills are lacking because I started laughing and couldn’t keep a straight face (I tried SO hard). So I told her we need to go take this problem to Daddy.
This conversation went on for twenty minutes about how what happened with Stella and the light saber was an accident, but what Teddy did was on purpose and that was a big difference.
I keep a list of ideas for You Tube on a white board near my desk. A few weeks ago I wrote a bunch of St. Patrick’s Day and Easter ideas on it. Included on the list was a Leprechaun trap.
Stella read it, asked what it was, and flipped out. She was spewing out ideas like an erupting volcano. She couldn’t wait to build a trap. This was right up her alley. Especially once she found out once you catch a Leprechaun he has to give you his gold. Besides building, she is also a big fan of money.
If there is something to be created or built, Stella is your girl.
Last weekend I took a nap. When I woke up, she had come up with a plan, gathered her materials and built her trap. She planned out how to lure him and how to trap him.
She even found out that a Leprechaun is about the same weight as an apple. So, when she made her stairs she made sure they could hold his weight by field testing them…she put an apple on the stairs to see if the would hold up. They did.
Now all she has to do is wait for St. Patrick’s Day and see if her trap worked. I did make sure to tell her that they are very tricky and hard to catch.
Here’s Stella presenting her trap to the world…look out Leprechauns!
I admit it, I occasionally wear my pajamas when I drop my kids off at school. I usually change into yoga pants before I enter the great big world and on special days I actually get really dressed and put on make up before drop off (but that’s as elusive as a leprechaun).
I must admit, my attire completely depends on the demeanor of my sweet, darling children. If they are cooperative, than I can change. But that, once again, can be like that leprechaun. It can also depend on how I feel.
Today I had an incredible headache and every time I moved I could feel my heartbeat pound in my head like it was going to explode. Today my kids were lucky they even got to school. I would have brought them in my underwear if I wasn’t already wearing pants, it hurt to bend over.
There was recently an article floating around that was going to ban parents from wear pajamas at drop off, who cares? Getting three kids out of the house can be a challenge, no matter how organized you are.
The days I do wear my pajamas, I don’t get out of the car. Since there’s usually an issue with one or more of my kids (a fight) they’re lucky I actually come to a complete stop (just kidding!).
I am the treasurer of the school’s PTO so I have to frequently enter the building in the morning to drop things off and to check the mail. On these days, I make sure I am wearing yoga pants or jeans, but if I am wearing a coat I can’t guarantee a bra. I have also forgotten to put on real shoes, but my slippers do look like moccasins.
I must say, I do feel you should have changed out of your pajamas by the time you need to pick up your kids in the afternoon (I know Maizie would be mortified if I did that).
The first thing she does when she gets up is puts on a thick coat of lipstick. Before she even leaves her room, she’s gussied herself up for the breakfast table.
I must say, I have visions of her rolling over, grabbing a hand mirror and slathering the bright colors on before her feet even hit the floor, but I know this is not true (the mirror is in pieces).
I can’t pinpoint when the obsession with lipstick started, but if you ever get a peek in her purse it’s full of lipsticks, glosses and lipliners.
One might think, who cares? Well the caveat is…she’s only ten years old and in fourth grade.
She LOVES make-up! That’s what she wanted for Christmas and her brother and sister obliged.
She goes to school with her lipstick on. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t leave the house without her lipstick.
On occasion she will try to go to school with eyeshadow and blush, but that gets washed off before we leave the house. Her big question is…When can she wear mascara? I told her not until she can drive.
I see the looks other parents give us when she’s sporting her Kelly Osbourne look, but you know what, if it makes her happen and gives her some confidence, I’m fine with it.
She has a serious anxiety disorder and if lipstick helps her cope, so be it. No one at school has said anything to her, so as long as her trademark colored lips are accepted, she’ll keep wearing it.
Watch as her rule for playing in the snow is that Teddy COULD NOT mess up her lipstick!
Today Maizie turns 10, double digits~ I can’t believe it.
Maizie is a beautiful girl with the most infectious laugh who loves her video games.
She knows what she wants and when she wants it, and don’t try to tell he otherwise.
Each year I ask the kids 20 questions on their birthday. Here we go…
How old are you? 10
What did you get for your birthday? Disney Infinity
What is your favorite color? Yellow and Pink
What is your favorite TV show? Teen Titans Go
What is your favorite toy? My tablet
What do you want to be when you grow up? Veterinarian
What are you good at? Track
What is your favorite food? Ice Cream Cake
What food do you hate? Bananas
What is your favorite outfit? Dresses and leggings, NOT JEANS
What is your favorite song? What Does the Fox Say?
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Mint Chocolate Chip and Strawberry
Who is the best in your family? All of us
What is your pet’s name? Bama (Alabama Worley the dog) and Amazing (the fish we weren’t supposed to get)
What makes you happy? Opening presents
What makes you mad? When people get sick
What is your favorite thing to do at school? Math
Who is your teacher? Mrs. Schwartz
Where do you want to go on vacation? On a cruise ship
What was best memory about being 9? Going on vacation to New Hampshire
Every school year the kids get to take two personal days. They usually take one as their birthday and so far they want to go to Dave and Buster’s. Maizie was so happy to go today!
Wow, all of a sudden it’s December and the countdown is on, I’m somewhat ready.
I’ve wanted to make an advent calendar for the kids the past couple of years, but next thing I know it’s November 30th and I’m out of time. Now I do get my kids the “24 Chocolate Days” as Stella calls it, the advent calendars where you open it each day and eat a piece of chocolate. But, I wanted something bigger and better.
This year I started my efforts three weeks ago. I knew what I wanted to do, but I couldn’t find what I needed to make the advent calendar I pictured in my head. (I get real fancy in there.)
I did find a great alternative, and guess what? I didn’t cost me the $42 it would have for my “vision” advent calendar. I found it at the Dollar Spot at Target. It was actually $3, but that’s still $39 less than I would have spent if I went with my original plan.
Now to come up with twenty four things to do with my kids. Let’s face it, I’m pretty lazy. Doing things once or twice a week is no problem, but keeping up with something everyday is going to be a challenge, but it is the holiday season.
Here’s what I came up with, many of these things we do every year and some of these things are new.
Decorate the house
Make a wreath
Decorate Gee’s tree (my mom)
Go to a tree lighting
Cut down our tree
Do the Jingle Run (this is mine)
Celebrate Maizie’s Birthday
Deliver our Elf gifts
Pancakes and cocoa for dinner
Write out cards
Look at light displays
Go to Winter Wonderland
Kids shop for each other
Make a gingerbread house
Go to La Salette Shrine
Make giant snowflakes
Make Christmas trees
Make Christmas cakes
Make cookies and fudge
Put out all the presents
Make reindeer food
Go to Auntie Sally’s House
Some of these things are subject to change. Teddy is having his surgery on the ninth and that may throw some things off, depending how well he can see. Not to mention this is the time of the year that the yak attacks seem to hit us.
I’m thinking positive and hoping we can get it all done.
Hope you all enjoy this holiday season! What have you got planned?
When he went to the doctor to get checked after the surgery, he checked both eyes and everything was fine. He did have a cataract in the other eye, but it hadn’t changed in months.
Ted told the surgeon he wanted it fixed right away considering how fast the other eye deteriorated. The surgeon completely agreed. He said it would have to be corrected eventually and since it wasn’t cosmetic, there’s no issue getting it done before it became a problem.
That appointment was on November 2nd. The only thing was, the ophthalmologist had to approve the surgery, just a formality. Teddy’s doctor was on fully booked and then on vacation, no big deal.
The office called to make an appointment for the day after the doctor returned, November 19th. Good because we knew the surgeon was already booked at the hospital and could get us in soon.
The night I made the appointment, Teddy told me he thought his eye (the other one) was getting bad because he was having trouble seeing. He could hardly read (he can’t see close up with the new lens) and I already knew his nearsightedness was becoming an issue. (I took him in September because he was having trouble, but it wasn’t the cataract.)
I told him he was going to the eye doctor and then we could schedule the next surgery. Then he would be able to see. Little did I know what we were going to find out.
The cataract in the other eye had pretty much quintupled, the new eye couldn’t see as far as they hoped and he basically has no sight in the other eye.
He can see people and objects far away, but he can’t read the board and he can’t read his work. When is he going to catch a break?
Luckily he will only have to wait a couple of weeks for the next surgery. He is scheduled for December 9th. He will finally have sight in both eyes.
When it’s done, he will have to wear glasses. The doctor did tell us that he may never have to change his prescription because his eyes will be surgically corrected.
For now we do all we can at school so he can manage for the next couple of weeks.
Some days I feel like I’m living in a sitcom. The things that happen can’t be real.
Here’s what went down in the Kraus House bathroom the other morning…
Teddy was taking a shower and Stella came into the living room telling me that Teddy said he needed a bowl. In other words, he needed a “throw up” bowl. I relayed to her that he was already in the bathroom and use the toilet (I didn’t think he was actually sick).
She came right back and said he NEEDS a bowl.
Now I need to investigate. I open the bathroom door and he’s standing there, naked and dripping wet. I told him if he’s going to be sick, he’s golden…the toilet is right there. That’s the ultimate “throw up bowl”.
He told me he already got sick, in the shower. I look, I almost got sick. He clogged the drain.
I seriously thought about waking up Ted to take care of this situation for a good 10-15 seconds, I can’t even handle cleaning out the sink after washing the dishes never mind this bio hazard. I decided if I could give birth to that giant baby, I could clean his giant mess.
I noticed my soap was blocking the drain; I wasn’t sticking my bare hand in that shower stew for anyone. I remembered I bought new dish washing gloves the other day, I put them on. I went in and removed the obstruction. As I left the bathroom Stella said, “Well those new gloves are headed straight for the trash.”
Now, Maizie does not handle situations like this well at all. She took a pack of cookies and retreated to the top of the stairs. She was eating an entire package of cookies while using her tablet at 7:30 in the morning on a school day, I didn’t care I had bigger issues to take care of…my tub and a wet, naked kid on the bathroom floor.
Stella, being a giant nose bag, had to see what the scene looked like in the bathroom. I told her to take a look. Maizie was HORRIFIED that she even considered going near the bathroom door, let alone open it.
As she was opening the bathroom door, Maizie is screaming from the stairs, “Don’t do it Stella! Don’t look!” Of course Stella looked.
Stella turned to me, shook her head and said, “Oh-my-God! That’s gross!” I know, I know.
Then Maizie yelled (from her perch), “Teddy, you didn’t throw up on my flip flop did you?” Not, “Are you okay?” or “Do you need anything?”
Once the water drained out, I gloved up, grabbed a roll of paper towels, a Target bag (because everyone has a giant stash of them in their house) and the Clorox spray and went in. I cleaned the sh*t out of that tub. Thankfully we have a removable showerhead and I could spray it directly. I’m not going to say I handled it well, because that’s debatable.
Another problem that popped in my head, I need to take a shower. I didn’t want to go in there after what I saw.
Ted was the one who took the next shower, I didn’t want to be next (I totally would have gone days until someone else went before me). When I was in the shower I went to wash up. I went to grab my soap. It was the soap that was in the shower stew.
How did it get back up there? I left it on the side of the tub so I would remember to get a new bar. There is no way that is touching my body.
Can I reach the sink from the shower to get a new bar of soap without getting the entire bathroom soaked? I don’t care. Ted’s soap makes my skin feel like it’s in a vice and I smell like I’m running through a field, I NEED my soap.
I managed to keep the shower curtain (mostly) closed as I leaned across the bathroom to get a new bar of soap. I immediately tossed that nasty bar! My shower finished successfully.
Please tell me things like this happen in other people’s houses and not just mine!