Sunday, September 14, 2014

a camping we will go....

Right at the end of August, Evan's class had a special camping day.  I spent as long as I could there -- a few hours (which I didn't think would be much but I was the only parent there most of the time)...

There was a fishing pond...



The campsite with tents, a "firepit", lots of lawn games....


Evan playing lawn darts...


This was their favorite tent....

Lunch was a picnic with sammies, chips, and fruit...










One of the teachers took a picture of my butt hanging out while fixing the text...it was pretty funny!  I was like, hey you!





Overall the kids had such a good time -- they talked about it for many weeks before and after, and it was so much work but yet not so much work for such a fun experience for the kids.  What a fun day! 

First day of FIRST GRADE....


Not as many tears this year (for Mom).  None for Nathan.  He wasn't sad, but you can tell he was a little bit nervous....


They have an Open House the week before school, so that you can bring your school supplies, meet your teacher, find your way around, etc -- its a great idea and something they never did for me growing up.  My mom always brought us to the school the week before classes and we met our teachers then.  Anyways, so Nathan and I walked from the door I dropped him off at and he made sure he knew the way to his new room.

So, Nathan was prepared, but as we got to the school, he asked if I could walk him in.  I was so happy -- I said YES!


However, the first day of school they completely CONFUSE all the kids by making everyone go in a different way, to a different door.  Nathan started to get upset, he goes, "If I have to go in a different door, I wont' know the way, and this is going to be the worst day ever."  I told him to calm down and that he knows he just asks if he gets confused.

Well, we eventually made our way around the entire school to the back, and found a line for his teacher.  Nathan was still nervous until I pointed out to him that we could see Grandma's house...he squinted his eyes and looked, and then I could tell he was completely at ease.  He gave me a hug and went to go stand in his line.  When the bell rang, he went in, and didn't even look back -- which was good, but a small part of me really wanted him to....

Thursday, September 11, 2014

need Norwex?

So, let me first start by saying I have heard about Norwex for years, but have never tried it.  Why bother when you already have and use high-end cleaning products?

But, my neighbor started selling it and raved, and even my sister said it seemed like the cloths worked awesome, so I went to a party, and I bought some stuff there, and some stuff from my neighbor.

I am very skeptical about these products these people sell at parties where they try to get you to become a consultant, but hey, while I really wish somebody would throw a Tupperware Party (seriously, why does no one do these?  Tupperware containers rock and I could use some more...), anyways, I digress.  So, I normally hate these parties, and when I went it was pretty hilarious because the girl started to talk about how Amway is their biggest competitor, and my mom, who has sold Amway products since the 70's, through the ups and downs, was sitting in the corner.

Lots of people have a lot to say about Amway (pretty much all negative), but most of them, just like me with Norwex, really can't say anything about it because they have never tried the products.  Why?  Probably because they are expensive (yup, they are) and because Amway got stupid in the 90's (they really did, and I miss a lot of their products they have gotten rid of).  But their basic products haven't changed much and have always been environmentally friendly, and most people just have no clue, which isn't surprising because unless it's viral on FB or twitter, this younger generation doesn't seem to care about it.

So, I went to this party and I bought some stuff there, and a bunch of stuff from my neighbor.  And I was excited!  When my stuff came in the mail, I was like, "awesome!" and I decided to start using my products right away.

Let me first talk about the windows.  So, I had some pretty dirty windows downstairs.   And I was going to test my "old way" with the "new way" from Norwex.  And let me say, I clean a lot more than most people, so my "dirty" is often much cleaner than other peoples "dirty", and I think that may be a BIG factor with the Norwex lovers.

So, I take some water and my Norwex window cloth, and I take my flour sack towel (that is what you use for streak free windows), with water and my LOC window cleaner (used to be called See Spray, not sure why the dorks at Amway changed the name, I still call it See Spray).

I did one window with Norwex and water.  It got a lot of the dirt off, but took a lot of elbow grease.  It was almost like the cloth clung to the window, which I assume is the tiny microfibers latching on or something.

Then I took my flour sack towel and water and did the other window.  Much easier to move around, and it got the same amount of dirt off.  Now, granted I assume that the "bacteria" may not have been removed this way, but who cares about bacteria on your windows?

I went inside and I compared.  Both got the major dirt off, both just a rag and water, Norwex took longer, and BOTH could not get off any of the hard water droplet spots.

I went back out and tried again because no way that this Norwex wasn't going to work for me.  Do you know how expensive these rags are?  They had better work.  But, limited to the cloth and water, it just would NOT COME OFF.  Yeah, it can't get those spots off.  I was sad.  (Mystro thought this process was quite fun, he was on the inside chasing the rags as I cleaned the windows like a NUT!)

I went out and sprayed on the See Spray and it immediately removed the spots and I wiped it with the flour sack towel (since you can't use any products with Norwex, just water).  Sad.

Since then, I tried another couple of windows.  The Norwex does fine so  long as its just a handprint or something, but for tough spots, it can't handle it.  It seems to polish the fridge and the dishwasher okay (the stainless steel), but not the oven.  I think the oven may be a different type of stainless.

The only thing I have found where the Norwex window cloth does amazing is cleaning the control areas of my oven, microwave, and dishwasher.  This is the only thing I have ever used where you can do one swipe with the rag and there are no streaks.  So, it gets an A+ there..., as well as on the TV glass....

It also cannot get off any hard water stains off the stainless steel sink.  It polishes it but leaves the water marks.   One swipe with a dab of my metal cleaner, spots gone.  (Norwex does have some sort of scrub, but it has a very strong scent, and it seemed weird to me buy a product like from a company that markets only using water...).

So, that is my experience with the window cloth.  I have since been trying out their envirocloth and their body cloth, which I will share with later.  It is kind of fun to try all these new products even if they don't work as magically as Norwex says....


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Six Months!


Yesterday was Jeffrey's six month birthday -- hard to believe.  What a sweet, good little baby he has been!  Of course, he has some bad days, but don't we all?  And sometimes I can't blame him, somedays I am tired too and want to sleep and be fed and just held...


So, I think he is going to definitely be our thumb sucker.

I got home late last night from work, and so all I got to take of J was pictures of him sleeping before his nighttime bottle and after...he was quite happy after, playing in his bed...




He likes to gnaw on everything lately...his poor Tiger gets chewed on a lot...




He thinks I am really funny (the only person in the world!  love it...)


I don't have any of his stats, but eh, who cares.  I will get them when I go to the doctor and maybe I will remember to post them, maybe not.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stuff with Nathan

I try to make a point of doing things with all my kids, and doing things with them separately.  When one of them tells me, "that isn't fair!" I remind them simply that life is not fair, and that each of them sometimes gets to do things others don't.  

I grew up in a house where the boys got to do pretty much everything, and the girls, well, not so much.  I learned very early on that life was clearly not fair.  I couldn't even count the number of trips for fishing and hunting the boys got to go on, but I can count the number of trips the girls went on (ZERO).  Given that, balance is very important to me, but at the same time I know it is healthy that they get to do things separately.  
Bragging, well, that is one thing we are working on -- trying to teach kids not to brag is more difficult than I thought.  

Both boys just love this little kitty...he is so good with the kids.  He loves being cuddled, but he also can keep up with their chasing him!  



doing a puzzle with the kitty...


Nathan spilled the perler beads....he was very sad...

Below are some pictures from Feed My Starving Children...I really enjoy volunteering there with Nathan, and I am excited for the day we can all go as a family there...



Nathan loves tomatoes....he can eat a whole container without thinking about it, and often passes up sweets.  The kid is weird!  :-)

He got to go to Fort Snelling this year...here he is with a soldier and his cousin...



Get that laundry done, Nathan!  Man, can you imagine doing that?  ugh...




Hanging out with us on the deck....

Nathan working on a craft he is going to sell on family night this week....hopefully they sell well!  otherwise we will have lots of toilet paper snakes lying around...ha!

Evan helped paint...he loved it.  I have never painted before with my kids and boy was it fun....

Messy, but fun.



Nathan wanted to learn how to cross-stitch.  I got him a beginner kit, but it is still too hard.  I was looking for a kit like I had when I was beginner, but they didn't have any.  

He really liked it though...

My little Nathan will be in First Grade on Tuesday...