Bluebonnets To Peaches

Texas Math
January 28, 2010, 2:58 pm
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It’s no secret that Texans are proud of where we are from!  It starts at a very early age, most preschool programs incorporate a “Texas” theme unit study during the year.  It’s common to see the bumper stickers that say “I’m not a native Texan, but I got here as fast as I could.”  As parents, we have also stressed to our boys that they are from Texas and to be proud of it! 

One of the things that I love about teaching preschool is that I am just down the hall from our son, Hotrod’s, class.  Hotrod’s teacher lived in Texas several years ago and she brought in a Math workbook that stated it was the “Texas Edition.”  The book had a picture of the state of Texas on it so I called Hotrod over and asked him what the picture was.  He yelled “Texas!”  His teacher told him that they were going to be learning “Texas Math.”  Hotrod’s reaction was the same as if she had told him they were taking a class trip to Disney World!  He immediately ran over to his friends in his class and with much excitement declared “We are going to learn Texas Math!  Whoo Hooo!”

I think we have succeeded in teaching our boys where they are from!


Loosing Teeth
January 20, 2010, 7:00 am
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About a month or two ago, our oldest son (7 years old) came up to me to show me that his front tooth was sightly loose.  Both he and I thought that he had already lost this tooth, so I called my best friend, the dental hygienist in Texas. She told me not to worry because it was still growing in and not permanently attached to the root.  So we didn’t worry.

Skip to this past Friday.  As lovely son is getting dressed Friday morning he hits his front tooth with a coat hanger and his tooth starts to bleed.  We get the bleeding to stop and go to school.  Everything seems fine.

Saturday during lunch the tooth starts to bleed again.  I get a little concerned, but the bleeding stops.  Saturday night at dinner the tooth starts bleeding again and lovely son starts complaining that it hurts.  I call dental hygienist friend to find out what I should do.  She thinks he probably scratched his gum with the coat hanger, we could put some orajel on it to ease the pain. 

We run by the store on the way home and purchase a bottle of orajel.  I put some on his gum and realize that half the tooth is not attached to the gum.  Now this is when I start to FREAK OUT!  I e-mail a picture of the tooth to dental hygienist friend but the e-mail takes forever to send, so I call her to tell her the tooth fell out.  She can’t believe it!

In case you’re wondering what to do with a permanent tooth if it falls out, let me tell you – you place the tooth in a bowl with icy milk.  I know, I thought it sounded weird too, but dental hygienist friend explained that the icy milk keeps the tooth alive and we had about 2 hours to get it reimplanted in the gum before the tooth would be dead.  As I start asking my friend what I should expect and thinking about all the years and money that we will be spending on an implanted tooth, hubby searches for a pediatric dentist in our area that has an after hours number. 

As I’m headed out the door to meet the dentist, dental hygienist friend calls me back.  She has finally received the e-mail with the picture of his tooth.  As best she can tell from the picture, she thinks the tooth is a baby tooth.  Well, we’ve already called the dentist and pulled her away from her family after hours, so I have to go plus dental hygienist friend still thinks it would be a good idea to have x-rays done to make sure there is no damage to the root.

Thirty minutes later I am at the dentist office with lovely son and our bowl of icy milk.  The dentist takes one look at his mouth and says “Mom, that was a baby tooth”!  At this point I am both embarrassed and relieved!  The dentist still wanted to take x-rays which of course showed the permanent tooth coming in!  Hallelujah! 

As I pay the bill for an after hours dentist visit, I will try to remember that it is better than years of dealing with implants.  Maybe the tooth fairy will leave a little extra for this tooth!

A Proud Parenting Moment
December 16, 2009, 7:00 am
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Raising children is hard work.  Days, weeks and months go by and you wonder if you’re doing a “good” job raising them. (I’ve heard that in when they hit the teenage stage, years can go by where you wonder what kind of job you’re doing, but since our oldest is only 7 I can’t comment on that stage!)

Occasionally you witness one of your children do something without being asked or reminded and you think to yourself  “hey, we are doing a decent job!” In the toddler years it could be the first time your child says “thank you” without being reminded! In the preschool years it could be watching them share a toy with another child! As a parent you just beam at these special moments!

I recently experienced such a moment with our oldest son. We recently sold a ton of stuff on ebay and had over 20+ packages being picked up by our mailman in one day! It happen to be cold and raining the day the pick up was scheduled, so when I saw the mailman drive up I put on my coat and went outside to help load up all the boxes. A few minutes later our oldest son comes out WITH HIS COAT ON (he hates putting on his coat so this in itself was a proud moment!) and then helps me and the mailman load up all the packages! I didn’t ask, he saw an opportunity to help and just jumped right in!  I was so proud and I’m still beaming from the moment!

A Little Negotiator
April 20, 2009, 7:00 am
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I think we are raising a negotiator.  We woke to find this outside our bedroom door last week.


Night at the Museum 2 is coming out on DVD in a couple of weeks . . . who knew we could get such great behavior for just $19.99?

Another Visitor
April 17, 2009, 12:00 pm
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We’ve had another visitor this past week . . . our cousins Flat Stanley from Texas!  Flat Stanley is based on the book by Jeff Brown.  Brad had read about Flat Stanley at his school too so it was fun that the 2 Flat Stanley’s got to spend the week together!


Brad will be writing about their adventures and we will send our cousins Flat Stanley (along with pictures) back to Texas!  If you have elementary aged children, you should check out the Flat Stanley books.  They are fun and the kids LOVE them!

Enjoying Spring Break
April 8, 2009, 7:00 am
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We are enjoying a relaxing spring break:


And the Winner is . . .
November 4, 2008, 2:05 pm
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I thought it would be fun to hold our own election at home today, using an idea I saw in Family Fun magazine, I made ballots for our family to vote for what we will have for dinner tonight!  Our ballot had tacos, spaghetti, waffles and hot dogs as the choices.  We all placed our secret votes this morning and at lunch time today (there is no school here today) the boys and I counted the votes. Tacos had one vote, spaghetti had one vote and waffles had 2 votes!  So we will be enjoying waffles for dinner tonight while we wait for the nations election results.