Tuesday, August 23, 2016

First Day of School Interviews - Little Boy and Big Boy

Yesterday morning, a nervous Little Boy and a confident Big Boy started school for the year.  At the end of the day they both were happy and had a lot of fun in their new classes.  Both of the boys found old friends and started getting to know their new teachers.

Little Boy - First Day of Kindergarten (Dual Language)

1.  My favourite thing to play is:  Cars

2. My favourite colour is:  Orange

3.  My favourite book is:  Batman

4.  My favourite TV show is: Zou

5.  My favourite food is:  Pizza

6.  My favourite activity is:  Riding my Bike

7.  I really like:  Staying home and not going to school (he is laughing)

8.  I really don't like: School....and chicken  (laughing again)

9.  My favourite thing about myself is:  I am smart

10.  At school I am looking forward to:  Recess

11.  When I grow up, I want to be:  I don't know

Big Boy - First Day of Grade 4

1.  My favourite thing to play is:  Lego

2. My favourite colour is:  Green

3.  My favourite book is:  Harry Potter

4.  My favourite TV show is: Clone Wars

5.  My favourite food is:  Ramen

6.  My favourite activity is:  Reading

7.  I really like:  Playing board games

8.  I really don't like:  Onions

9.  My favourite thing about myself is:  I am smart

10.  At school I am looking forward to:  Meeting my friends

11.  When I grow up, I want to be:  An architect or an astronaut

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mini Ninja Class

Do you watch American Ninja Warrior?  My boys love it.  You can learn more about it here: http://tv.esquire.com/shows/american-ninja-warrior

Nobody who knows my kids would be surprised that Little Boy is particularly interested in this show.  The competitors in the show attempt obstacles that look like playgrounds built for adults.  It is amazing to watch what they can do!

A few weeks ago a friend told me that here in Houston there is a gym that has obstacles set up like the ones on American Ninja Warrior and offers a class for kids to try them out.  I had to take my boys!  

Today we checked out a Mini Ninja Class at Iron Sports gym (http://ironsportsfit.com) - their website says that they trained over 50 ninjas who competed on the show!

We met some friends and my 2 older boys attended a class together (but were in different age groups).  When we first walked into the gym, Big Boy tried to "beat the wall" and got up on his first attempt!  He was thrilled.

The groups were taken through obstacles like the ones on the show.  The boys excelled at some and were challenged by others.  They had a blast trying everything and when we left the gym they were very tired and sweaty!

First Day of School Interview - Baby Boy

Baby Boy - First Day of MDO

Today Baby Boy started school again!  Here is his back to school interview....

1.  My favourite thing to play is:  War Machine

2. My favourite colour is:  Black, Blue, and Orange

3.  My favourite book is:  Paw Patrol

4.  My favourite TV show is: Batman

5.  My favourite food is:  Spaghetti

6.  My favourite activity is:  Watching a Movie with Daddy

7.  I really like:  Batman

8.  I really don't like:  Fizzy Water

9.  My favourite thing about myself is:  How smart I am

10.  At school I am looking forward to:  Playing and eating my snack.

11.  When I grow up, I want to be:  Wolverine

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cuff Bracelet

This weekend I finished an ongoing project.  It's a cross stitched cuff bracelet.  It is from a (very inexpensive) kit but the kit didn't have instructions for the actual assembly so it was quite difficult.

Conceptually the bracelet is simple...it's a cross-stitched strip fastened to a backing and then beaded on the edges with an elastic and button closure.  It took a bit of figuring out but I got there in the end.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Exploration Park

Yesterday morning I thought my foot might be a little better after a visit to the doctor and new medicine the night before, so I decided on an ambitious plan - I took the boys to Exploration Park (https://www.yelp.com/biz/exploration-park-katy - there is no website for the park so I attached the "yelp" link).

At Exploration Park, the boys were immediately disappointed.  The bamboo forest and the large foam building blocks are gone.  The stepped hill was under construction.  There are a handful of new playthings but nothing that excited them.  They had fun playing with friends but were overall not pleased about how different the park was from when we first visited.

No more bamboo forest.

A panorama of the park.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area

Yesterday I took the boys to the Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area (http://buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/buffalo-bayou-park/ - you have to scroll down a bit).  My foot was feeling a bit dodgy and I didn't want to do any heavy walking so this playground seemed ideal.

We found parking immediately in the parking lot - I'm sure it's not this easy on the weekends but this morning it was pretty empty.  The skateboard park was closed for repairs so we went straight to the Nature Play Area.  We were the only people at the Nature Play Area for the first half hour or so.  It was kind of like a big, spread-out, playground interspersed with elements of nature.  

The boys had a great time on the slide that is built into a hill and climbing up the mesh.  There is a small creek for kids to play in that is filled with a well.  So basically you pump water from the well and it runs into the creek bed.  It was neat, but not enough water to be lots of fun.  I suspect if there were more people there and some water filled before we got there it would have been more fun.

There is a really nice picnic pavilion and a drinking fountain as well.  Washrooms are available outside the Nature Play Area at the building next to the skateboard park.

Overall I enjoyed this park and we will definitely go back.

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Music station

The creek

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Disaster! and then Discovery Green


I had a bit of an "incident" on the weekend.  At some point on Saturday, I think when we were swimming, I was bitten by something.  I have no idea what.  

On Saturday I had a small soft bump, like a mosquito bite.

On Sunday it started to swell a bit and was uncomfortable.  I whined but figured it would go away.

On Monday when I woke up it was more swollen and very red.  I called the doctor but they didn't have any available appointments until Wednesday so I booked a Wednesday appointment.  Then I took the kids to Noah's Ark Waterpark and had a great day out.  By Monday night my foot was bright red and the toes were swollen like sausages and I was having issues walking.  The pain was (and still is) terrible.  

So....I called the nurse line for our insurance and the nurse was very helpful.  She told me to go to Urgent Care.  

I went to the nearest Urgent Care to my house and the receptionist confused me about my insurance.  Apparently at that Urgent Care my insurance is accepted for some parts of the visit but not for potential lab tests.  This didn't sound like a smart thing to start - I have good insurance I needed to find a place that would use it for everything.

I went to another Urgent Care and it was much better (and closer to my house).  The receptionist was really warm and kind and my insurance was good for all the parts of the appointment.  I arrived at 8:30 and they close at 9:00 but they saw me quickly and I was all done just before 9:00.

The doctor informed me that I was most likely bitten by a venomous spider.  He speculated about what kind because of the bite pattern but could not be sure.  I have a skin/tissue infection and needed antibiotics to deal with it.

He emailed in a prescription to the pharmacy that is connected to our insurance and I picked it up.  I've had three doses so far, and while my sausage foot is not any better, it has stopped getting worse.  I'm hopeful I turn a corner soon, before further intervention is required!


Yesterday I woke up with a sausage foot and 3 boys full of energy.  What to do?

I decided to take them to Discovery Green (http://www.discoverygreen.com) for an outing, and I really made a good choice!  I found spectacular parking about 20 meters from the playground (walking any distance is extremely painful for me as the bottom of my foot is swollen and my shoes won't go on...I wore half a flip flop!).  The kids enjoyed the playground, the water sculpture, and the massive splash pad fountain.  I was able to find a great place to sit and elevate my foot while watching them.  

After a while I hung out in the water sculpture and it was pure bliss.

We rounded out the morning with a trip to Phoenicia, a shop that carries interesting international foods.  The boys love the pita conveyor belt!  Phoenicia is about half a block from Discovery Green, but I chose to drive...I just could not walk that far.


The water sculpture.  Water actually falls from the upper ring.

The splash pad.  These fountains spray VERY high when they are going full blast.

Inside the water sculpture.....bliss.

"Rain" falling from the sculpture.