Friday, August 21, 2009


As you read (previous post), we visited Jennah's new school for open house the other day. Upon leaving her classroom, which we've now discovered isn't her classroom at all, she was given a back to school project to complete during the first week of school. She is to take a brown paper bag or a shoebox and decorate it with pictures that depict her interests. She is then to place three items inside that she would like to share with the class. I gave her a shoebox - yeah, can't believe I had one but lucky for her, she just got some new shoes for bowling and since we haven't used the shoes yet, they were still in the box! I also gave her some of my magazines that I had not tossed out yet so she could go through and cut out some pictures. For those of you who know Jennah, you'll find the following funny... Here is a short list of the types of pictures she cut out: A bowl of soup - we all know this kid can put down some soup. Take her to Sweet Tomatoes and she'd pull up a chair to the soup bar if she could. Pictures of dogs - she really misses our dog Ebony who we sadly had to put down almost two years ago. Clothes and jewelry - She is the fashion queen of the family. A plant - huh? I don't get this one but okay, I'm not going to say anything. Pictures of some art work - Jennah is very artistic and loves to draw. She did find a picture of an eye mask used for sleeping which she has and loves but she changed her mind about using it because it had an advertisement for some sleep medication on it! Thank goodness she changed her mind - I could go to jail for that one as there was a time when she was little that she told a teacher "My mommy gives me sleeping pills at night to make me go to bed." Not true, not true at all I don't know why she said it - I swear! And finally, a picture of Elvis - Yes, that's right, she loves to imitate Elvis. She'll run around the house with her pj's unbuttoned halfway, do "the moves" and say "Uhh Huh, Thank You, Thank You Very Much". Now for the three thing she'll put in the box, well, that'll be another post as she hasn't decided yet. My guess is it'll be a spoon, a bowl and a can of soup!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Open House Day

Today was "drive around town day" for school meetings and school open houses! We started off this morning going to a meeting for the new school that Jennah will attend. It's called Explorer K-8. She's going to be in the gifted program there. It's a really neat school and so far, we like what we were shown as to what and how they teach. We then ran around to the local department stores to get Jennah some school clothes (see previous post). After finally returning home, I packed up Kaylee's school supplies and headed over to her school. She's going to be in the same ESE Pre-K program as last year. The good thing about that is she'll have the same teacher who knows all about her and her little disabilities. When we walked into Miss Ann's room, Kaylee ran with open arms to her and yelled "Miss Ann, I miss you!" It was so cute. She gave Miss Ann a great big hug and then said "you're my school". All went well there so we finally headed home for the day. Now to cook some dinner and relax until Monday morning when school starts!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I thought I was ready...

I thought I was ready for the new school year. I bought the girls' uniforms as soon as I saw them because I had issues finding the correct sizes last year. I printed off the school supplies list and already shopped. I had everything or so I thought until I received a phone call today. Jennah was tested for the gifted program at the beginning of summer and passed with flying colors. So, with that said, and with the phone call this morning, she'll now be attending the local school for gifted children. That's where all my pre-shopping went downhill. They have a few things on the supplies list that she didn't need for the other school yet a few things that I bought that she'll not need now. She'll also not need the uniforms I bought as they wear regular clothes with a few exceptions - no torn jeans, or explicit shirts. Not to worry though, I don't let her wear those either. Anyway, it just means that I have to go buy her some clothes to wear to school since I planned on her wearing uniforms. I hadn't bought her any new regular clothes and I know her old ones don't fit. Oh well,,, I can handle shopping, I was just going to avoid all the last minute school shoppers this weekend. I guess I'll be one of them now.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Cube...

Today I had to take the Cube to the dealer to get it detailed. They didn't want to make us wait the night we bought it because we'd had already been at the dealership for a while. I'm glad that we opted to come back a different day to have it done especially since we took it to the beach with us. Not so much for the sand but the bugs on the windshield and the little crumbs in the back seat...hmmmm, how'd they get there? Also, we were promised another tank full of gas (it was full the first time) and I would have needed to fill it up again soon. Anyway, she's all clean now and smells like yummy new car! Now for a name.... :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

We're back...

Wow, I can't believe it's been a whole week since I "Scooped" last! We've been busy so I'll give you a quick rundown of the week along with some photos to share. Mike of course has kept busy with work and the girls and I are making the most of the last few days before school starts. We've been picking up the last of the school supplies and all the necessities to get them going. We took the girls on a mini vacation to the beach this past weekend. We got a late start on Friday and stayed until Sunday evening. It was wonderful. Our hotel was right on the beach and I do mean right on the beach! No parking lots or streets to cross, not even a sand dune to cross... as soon as we walked out the back of the hotel, there was the beach. We chose a pool view room which was very nice and we had a great view of the ocean as well. We also made it out to the Mote Marine Aquarium. The kids really enjoyed that. Did I mention we bought a new car? Yep, we finally cut the cord with the green van and took advantage of the cash for clunkers program. We ended up with a Nissan Cube. It's a cute car and very fun to drive. I didn't realize how much I missed my stick shifting! All in all, we had a very good week and are well rested for this coming one.

Jennah decided to put her own suncreen on!

A view of the beach from our room.
Kaylee patiently waiting for the water to come to her bucket!

A friendly manatee at the Aquarium.

The Nissan Cube.