Saturday, May 31, 2008

Last Day of Elementary School

Ashlyn's class held a BBQ for the last day of school. The students participated in games and celebration. Each class has their own shirt and class color. What a fun way to say "Goodbye" to elementary school forever.

Happy Birthday Sleepover

Ashlyn and Kaelyn celebrated their upcomming birthdays with their special friends. They each had a gal pal spend the night and, in the morning, we all headed out to Wild Adventures theme park.

Good Citizenship

Kaelyn was acknowledged on Wednesday for her achievement in school this past year. She made the all "A" honor roll both semesters and received a metal for "Good Citizenship" for the entire year. She is now officially a 4th grader.

Pre-k graduation:
3rd grade graduation: My, they grow up fast!

Autistic child voted out of Kindergarten

(CBS) A Port St. Lucie, Fla., mother is outraged and considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class.

Melissa Barton says Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo had her son's classmates say what they didn't like about 5-year-old Alex. She says the teacher then had the students vote, and voted Alex, who is being evaluated for Asperger's syndrome -- an autism spectrum disorder -- out of the class by a 14-2 margin.
Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer. St. Lucie School spokeswoman Janice Karst said the district is investigating the incident, but could not make any further comment. The state attorney's office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed. Teacher Wendy Portillo was advised by the school board not to speak to the press so she declined our interview offer.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Graduate

With two semesters on honor roll and an Outstanding Academic Achievement award from the President of the United States, Ashlyn graduated today from elementary school. She is officially in middle school!
Waiting for the bus:
Graduation march:Flowers from Daddy:
Her BFF Olivia:

Kung Fu Fighting

Aoife is demonstrating her fancy martial arts moves. First is the proper stance. We call this the "Sumo wrestler."

Then she stomps the ground to intimidate her opponent.
This is her Karate Kid "flying crane", combined with a high-pitched battle cry.
She lulls her opponent into complacency with a sweet smile. But don't be fooled...
High yah! A karate chop to the tummy for you!!!
Those hands are a lethal weapon. Let that be a warning to you!

Memorial Day BBQ

Upon my husband's return, we broke out the Walmart pool and suits for a swim. He made dinner on the grill and the monkey's cooled off from the hot Georgia summer day.
The smell of BBQ in the air, happy and wet monkeys, on a sunny summer day. Alls right with the world.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Merely a cover story

Kevin claims to have been working during his two week vacation. LOL! He offers the following as proof:

And then there are these:
Add that to his fun in Ireland and I think that equals a day at the spa for mommy. Who's with me?

My Goodness, My Guinness!!!!

While I wiped baby butts and runny noses, my husband was off traveling abroad. I consumed Monster after Monster in an effort to keep my head above water while he drinks himself silly in an Irish pub...IN IRELAND!!! Sounds fair, right?

Can you see the four leafed clover?

Well, he did come home with jewelry and Christmas ornaments. He's on the path to forgiveness.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Webster defines Entomophobia as the abnormal fear of or aversion to insects. "Hello. My name is Lea, and I am an Entomophobic." Our home was invaded this evening by a "walking stick." He made himself at home on our stairs and my children would have nothing to do with going to bed until he was evicted.
The only problem here is that I have raised two other Entomophobic. It's midnight and there is not a bug killer in the house, so after a half an hour of panic and drama, the girls and I devised a plan. We would place a paint swatch card on the step below our unwelcome guest and I will throw water at him until he falls onto the card. Then, Kaelyn was to trap him with a glass and carry him outside. Unfortunately, all we did was drench (and I do mean drench) our stairway carpet. Time for plan B.

Enter the swiffer! We decided that it was better to put the glass on the step beneath this stubborn guy and knock him into the cup with the swiffer at a great distance. Only, the swiffer holder (Kaelyn) was unable to actually look at the bug so she was guided by voice commands. Then I am to covered over the glass with the paint swatch card and was to carry it outside. Sounds easy right?

The second Kaelyn was successful, I did as I promised and covered the glass. In a panic, Kaelyn managed to wedge the swiffer between the banister spindles which completely blocked my path. In her haste to free the swiffer, she smacked me with the handle T-H-R-E-E times!! I am so freaked out by the bug in my hands that I am shaking. I finally make my way past her and Ashlyn opens the front door so that I can get this awful troublemaker outside.

Mission accomplished. This offender is sentenced to life in a glass, on display to serve as a warning for all of his insect buddies who thought that perhaps I might be willing to share my home. How's that for "Girl Power"?

Build-a-bear adventure

My kids had amassed numerous build-a-bear gift cards that needed to be spent. After an hour ride in the car, we finally made it to Savannah for our great build-a-bear adventure. Although the big girls are bear-building pros, this was Abbi's first time. She was terribly excited! The whole gang came home with a new friend.
Kaedence loves stuffies. She was perfectly content to hug her new bear. Just don't take it away from her grasp to pay for it. There will be hell to pay!

Our little man got a blue bear with a Spidey t-shirt. (Ignore the "Princess" cuppie, m'kay?) Back home at least. Three happy girlies and their new bears. Er, uh...I mean panda and fancy leopards.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The dreaded blood draw

It went great!!! I could not be happier. I did take him out of his seat, as I couldn't keep his other arm out of the way. I sat in the passenger seat and held him in my lap. The lab tech was terrific and he got it on the first stick. My little man has had a lot of blood draws and they NEVER get it on the first stick. He didn't like being held still, but was not bothered by the needle at all.

It's done. I am relieved. Next time, I have my ace in the hole.

The great green enemy

Sand, grass, name it, he hates it. I have it in my head that if I keep exposing him, he will eventually decide that maybe it's okay. Eventually was not today.

He's getting steadier on those sensitive feet.

And then came the crack.

Darn that crack. LOL!

An attempt at "the park"

Each Thursday, Kaelyn goes to speech. Typically, I load the triplets and Abbi in the car with cuppies and a movie. The whole gang sits outside of the speech building and waits. Directly across from speech is a park. Today, we made an attempt at park time with the whole gang, minus one.

It was really nice to get out and enjoy the beautiful day. I think it went rather well! We may make another attempt at this tomorrow!