Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
-How to write his name
-Simple math problems like 4+3=
He learned how to write them, read them, and solve them!
-The other day he was in his room and he wrote me a note that said, "No mom I love you."
-He knows about the cover and the title page on books and knows what the author and illustrator do.
-He knows what a period in a sentence is and what it means. Also exclamation points!
-He is a pro at making patterns!
I'm sure there is a lot more, but those are the things that come to mind right now. He says/does something everyday that amazes me! He is getting really good at writing his letters and numbers but has to concentrate, which is hard for him sometimes. He wrote "Love Jacob' on the Christmas cards for his teachers and did marvelous! I am really loving that he is learning this stuff so quickly, and he really seems to like learning it! Makes my heart so happy!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The 'i' button is still really hard to strike on my keyboard. I have no idea why. And I also never noticed how often you have to use that letter. Burger says he has no problems with it. So, he thinks I'm making the whole thing up. Now, why on Earth would I make that up?!?
Friday, December 10, 2010
We all have really nasty colds here at the Oldenburger house. Yuck. The kids seem to be feeling a little better but Burger is right in the middle of his and I just started to get my cold today. Hooray!
We made the kids beds into actual bunk beds a week or so ago. You know, the way the beds were meant to be from the package... I was nervous about Jacob falling out of the top bunk, but he hasn't yet. It's worked out really well so far, and now all the kids toys can fit into their room!
The last picture posted here cracks me up big time! They were playing Ants in Your Pants and having a great time. Burger's face just kills me.
Jacob has a Christmas concert on Tuesday the 14th at 6PM, in case anyone is interested. He has been practicing all his songs and loves it! He was Student of the Week this last week and had an awesome time sharing himself with his preschool class. He got an award from the principal and a little frog beanie baby that he loves, because it's green. And that's his favorite color! How did they know?!?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
On Thanksgiving Day we went to Burger's Dad's house and celebrated. Good food, good company... That's kind of what this holiday is about, right? Then I stood out in line with my bff Megan at Toys'r'Us for 3.5 hours to get some good deals. Then rushed around town all night to all the different stores until I finally was done and went home at 9 AM. Exhausting but really fun! Saturday night my family came over to our house and ate dinner and visited for a while. My mom cooked and I cleaned up he house to get ready for company. Today we are just relaxing around the house. Burger worked Saturday and Sunday on first shift. Monday he goes back to second shift, which actually sounds kind of nice right now.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This is what we do in our spare time. Our dogs are very relaxing little creatures. So happy we have them!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Today, Burger is sick with a stomach bug. Poor guy, the day before his birthday. I worked on cleaning the house, then Emrick went and undid everything I had done. I bought some water paints and Cars pictures from the Dollar Tree and painted with the kids. Tomorrow Peter goes to the vet, and hopefully Burger feels better. And hopefully I don't catch it...
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Emrick was a butterfly princess thing and Jacob wore the skeleton costume to school but a pirate costume to trick or treating.
Monday, October 25, 2010
We took Peter with us to Burger's dad's to celebrate the fall festival with us. He was really great and ran around with all the kids and charmed all the adults. And he went on two hayrides with us! It was really nice to have him outside and not worry about him peeing on my rug. My one single rug in the entire house. The rest of the house is wood floors and not really that big a deal if he pees on them. But he likes the rug. Or the pile of dirty laundry in the hall. And now I'm wondering why I thought it was be a really fun idea to get myself a puppy for my birthday.
Friday, October 22, 2010
I have been thinking of getting a second dog for a while now. Burger wasn't totally on the bandwagon but not totally against it. So I have been reading the swap sheep and craigslist to see what was out there. Today when I checked the swap sheet, there was lab/corgi mixed puppies for free. I had to go check that out! I have never in life seen a corgi mixed with a lab! Well, now I own one... I wanted to name him Peter but Jacob didn't like it. I asked him what he would like to name the puppy and he said Pizza. Emrick yelled out 'Peeeeeeeeeezaaaaa' making the funniest face, so the name stuck.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Jacob has been busy busy in school and yesterday he was practicing writing his numbers. He likes practicing his numbers! Last Tuesday we went to Chuck E. Cheese for Jacob's school fundraiser and had a lot of fun. Jacob played with some friends from school there and we all love Chuck E. Cheese!
I can't believe it's October already! I love the month of October. My birthday and Halloween. Sweatshirt weather! I bought Emrick some new sweatpants today and that was fun. Jacob took a pumpkin to school and we put some out on the porch, too. The trees are all changing colors and everything looks beautiful. We have been trying to enjoy the weather change and are still getting used to Jacob being in school.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Yesterday I had some friends from high school come visit. It was really fun! We had lunch then took the kids to the park. Jacob got along with her two girls and they were all best friends! It was really fun to watch. I'm hoping we can visit each other more often!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Whatever happened to that show Raising Sextuplets on WeTV? I liked it! It was mildly entertaining with lots of babies to look at while laughing at the parents. The last episode I watched, they had moved from Arizona to Florida. Away from all their families. I really wanted to see how that worked out.
Jacob decided that he wants to take his own lunch to school tomorrow. He's been asking me since the second day of school if he could take his own lunch because one of his friends at school bring his lunch every day. So we packed his lunch in his Toy Story lunch box and he's kind of excited about it!
On Thursday Jacob's teachers from school will come visit us at our home. They visit each kid at home once a month. That sounds like a lot of work for them! There are 10 boys and 9 girls in Jacob's class. They count children every day at calendar time and every day a different student has the job of counting children. Jacob is patiently waiting for it to be his turn to count children.
This weekend is Cattle Congress and I think we are planning to take the kids on Saturday. Jacob likes to ride the rides and play the games. Emrick doesn't mind sitting in her stroller and just watching. Sunday is our nephew's birthday party. We ordered his gift online and are hoping it's delivered on time!
Since I don't work at the YMCA anymore, Emrick and I have been busy running errands and wasting time until Jacob gets out of school. I have been trying to really clean the house but can't seen to get much done. It's getting kind of frustrating for me! I want to start taking Emrick to story hour at the library but I'm not sure about the times yet. That's another thing on my 'to do' list.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
We had a picnic at the park and then played for a while. It was really windy so we didn't stay too long. Mostly we stayed home and relaxed today. Burger worked in the basement. He is trying to make the room down there a bit more 'user friendly.' We went grocery shopping and when we came home the kids went right to bed.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I am really super grumpy today. My head has been hurting for days and I can't figure out why. I put in my two week notice at work on Tuesday, so my last day will be September 14. I'm a little sad about it, but ready.
We are getting ready to run to Wal-Mart. I bought Jacob some Silly Band things at Children's Place the other day and I LOVE THEM. He likes them, and enjoys wearing them to school. He made a friend because she wears them, too. One kid took one of Jacob's and put it around his head so Jacob did it when he got home and it got stuck. I had to help him get it off then he got in big trouble because I was thinking 'what if that got around his neck?' Kind of scary. Anyhow, the point is, we're going to Wal-Mart to buy some more bracelets. And dish soap. And maybe a Zsu Zsu dog because I think those are really cute, too and Emrick loves them, but not as much as I do. Sigh.
Emrick is the messiest kid ever born, probably. And goes through at least 3 outfits every day. Because she gets that messy. True story. This has nothing to do with anything right now besides we just had macaroni for dinner and she's a mess so I have to clean her up and change her before we go to Wal-Mart. I will also have to fight her to get shoes on, and then to keep them on through the store. Wal-Mart is kind of a lot of work.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
And after. These wire shelves were on sale at Target for $14.99 and the bins were on sale for $7.99. Why are bins so expensive? It wouldn't surprise me if these bins were trashed in a month or so and I have to buy new ones. They are pretty sturdy but toys are rough, as are my kids. Anyhow, I am very excited about the change! Next on my list, a new rug for the living room.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
The weekend was really fun. Jacob and Burger went fishing with Burger's dad and then we all stay out on their farm and camped out in the tent. Well, the kids and Burger and Dave camped out in the tent. I made it half the night then ended up on the couch in their living room! Thanks Dave and Sue for letting us stay the night and camp/sleep on your couch! Jacob and Emrick had a great time. In fact, later Sunday afternoon Emrick cried for almost an hour until we took her back outside. She was not done being outside for the day. She's going to be begging us to let her hang out on the farm all the time just as soon as she figures out how to form real words!
We also went to a birthday party on Sunday. More fun and food and awesome cake! I love cake. I mean, I REALLY love cake. So any kind of celebration with cake is my favorite! In fact, after the party I wasn't quite over the cake, so I made my own at home. Not nearly as good as what we had at the party. But still, cake is cake!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Moving on, as the title clearly states, we went to the Iowa State Fair. Yesterday. It was so super hot but the kids loved it and we did so many fun things! We didn't eat anything fun, which is kind of a bummer. But we weren't really hungry. We drank a ton. Water and lemonade and some Powerade. Jacob's favorite part was the little blue dog he won playing the Lucky Duck game. Emrick won a ball. That was handed to her then promptly thrown, then chased down by Daddy. But we did a lot of really fun things! The kids got to ride some ponies and pet a camel. They did spin art and Emrick loved it. We went to Little Hands one the Farm and got to pretend to plant and harvest crops and go through the whole 'farm' then sell the 'goods' at the Farmer's Market to use the 'money' to get a prize at the store. It was really fun! Emrick picked a banana as her prize and Jacob picked a Popsicle.
After the fair we drove to Toys'R'Us and Emrick picked a baby doll in a backpack on wheels off the shelf. She pushed it all around the store and was so in love with it. When it was time to go, she couldn't bear to part with it, so Daddy bought it for her. Spoiled rotten little girl. Since Emrick got to buy something, Jacob got to buy a train. He was really happy.
Today we have been hanging out at home and not doing anything. I cleaned the kitchen up, but that's about it. Emrick's been pushing her baby all around the house. And Jacob rode his bike to the park with Burger. For the first time ever. He never was very interested in riding bikes but today he said he wanted to. And he did. On the way home the chain fell off his bike and Burger can't figure out how to fix it because it just keeps falling off. So, now that he wants to ride his bike, he can't. Because it's broken. Go figure.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I was uploading more picture of our trip to the petting zoo, but blogger doesn't want to cooperate. So you only get the one of Emrick and a goat looking at something that must be fairly entertaining.
Here, I would like to say that I struggle with titling my posts. Everything seems so boring but if I add more, then I feel like I'm giving away the story! Now you know why my titles always suck. On to bigger and better topics. I feel like we have been the busiest, craziest people that ever lived. And we haven't even been doing anything. Well, nothing useful. Certainly not cleaning... But we did go to the petting zoo! And today we went to Barnes and Noble to play with trains and then when Burger went to work I took the kids to the pool with some friends. Had fun, wore the kids out. The end. This weekend we are planning on going to the Iowa State Fair! Jacob's teacher is going to call before next Wednesday and set up a meeting to meet him then orientation (just for parents) is on the 25th and he starts with a half day on the 26th. Omigod, omigod, omigod... Too close for comfort. I hope we fall into the new 'school' schedule easily. Somehow, I don't really see that happening. I have been staying up far too late at night and have to drag myself (literally) out of bed at 8:20 to rushrushrush to be to the Y by 9 on the days I work. Which will be drastically cut to Tuesday and Thursdays starting next Tuesday. Anyhow, I have to go wash my dishes immediately or I won't be able to stay awake long enough. And if I don't wash them tonight then I won't be able to make breakfast in the morning. Because breakfast requires dishes. And I have none that are clean. Putting them all on the floor overnight for the dog to lick doesn't actually constitute clean? Then I better get busy!
P.S. Do you love when I write in one big gigantic run-on paragraph? Because I think it adds some flare to my style. And maybe it gives you an idea of what actually goes on in my head... Also, we went to the pool in Waverly then ate at BK where Burger's sister Cheryl works. Hi Cheryl! Thanks for making a dinner that filled our bellies and satisfied our taste buds!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Today is Jacob's fourth birthday. I can't believe I've had this amazing little person in my life for four whole years. We had his actual party last Sunday but today we went to McDonald's playplace with my parents and my Grandma and our dear family friend, Bonny. Jacob got surprised with more birthday presents. And he made a cake with Burger before Burger had to leave for work. We had a really great day!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Jacob blew out the candles.
He opened his presents.
The kids all played and enjoyed themselves.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
We played at the park today and sweated our butts off. Then enjoyed visiting my mom. Then came home and bathed the kids and put them to bed. And I had a shower in my upstairs bathroom, instead of the basement! Because Burger put a shower in the bathroom upstairs so I wouldn't have to shower in the scary basement shower any more! Jacob loves the new shower and wants to wash his hair every.single.day. From now until forever. Because that's how amazing upstairs bathroom new showers are. Trust me.
Speaking of Jacob's hair... Yesterday he came to me and asked me to put a handsome in his hair, while handing me one of Emrick's tiny baby hair rubber bands. So I put it in his hair while he explained that they are called 'pretties' when girls wear them but when boys wear them they are 'handsomes.' He has some amazing ideas. He will turn four years old next week and every single damn thing about him amazes me to no end. Today he wanted a handsome in his hair and the other little boys at the park thought it was funny/interesting and he didn't bat an eye. He wears handsomes because he likes them. End of story. I love that!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
This is what I did yesterday! I have more pictures but these ones are my favorite and I wanted to share them! We went fora walk around the lake and I decided to get a few good shots since the scenery was beautiful.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Burger's weekends are Friday, Saturday, Sunday now which totally messes me up. We didn't do a whole lot of anything. I somehow talked him into finally painting the back hallway leading the basement. Right where you walk in the back door. We have tons of green paint leftover from the living/dining room area so that what we painted it. It looks so much better but a different color might have been nicer. Next I am going to paint the hallway.
Max gets a haircut tomorrow, hopefully. It was supposed to be Sunday but they never called the vet to get his records so I had to reschedule. They said they will give me a coupon for their mistake. I will keep you updated. And the next dog I get will have short hair. Very short hair.