What’s a Girl to Do?

Our local McDonald’s employee informed me this afternoon that their Premium Asian Salad will be leaving the menu. *sob* I love the Premium Asian Salad at McDonald’s. What shall I order now?!

I’m deeply saddened by this news…

I am perked up by the fact that the in-laws will be coming over to sit with the kids tough. Yipeeeeeee for date night! I guess I’m not as torn up about the salad as I had originally thought…

We’re going to try our local Mediterranean restaurant, Skewers. This restaurant has been in business for 20 years and I’ve never been. I hear the food is fabulous but the service is iffy. I’m curious to try something different- stuffed grape leaves or, perhaps, some baba ghanouj? Their gyros are supposed to be most excellent. I’m getting hungry just thinking about this place 🙂 Maybe we can even sneak in a movie afterwards. I’m thinking Tropic Thunder despite it’s offensiveness…


Oh, Happy Day!

I’m especially proud of Wildman today. As you can see in the above photo, he’s proud too.

You see, Wildman completed a jigsaw puzzle all by himself this afternoon. I’m not going to lie. It took a little bit of motherly coercion to get him to do it. He’s got a bad case of the “It’s-too-hards” and the “I-can’ts” with a touch of “I-need-help-itis”. When I’m watching over him he can complete a 24 piece puzzle in no time. When I’m in the other room he kind of freaks out thinking that he’ll never be able to do it on his own. Today I made him go it alone. And he did it! He really did it! Wildman was over the moon with his achievement. I even got a little teary-eyed.

He insisted on taking a photo of my pride too.

Here it is, folks:

I don’t think there’s any looking back now. He’s going to be doing puzzles solo from now on. It just took one time for him to gain the confidence to do it without Mommy. My little man is growing up.

Did you notice his hair gel in the first photo? He insisted that I do his hair this morning 🙂


In other news, Cutie Pie’s Lab School orientation and set up was on Tuesday night. I went and volunteered to be “shape mom” for the year. What the heck does that mean? Well, each week we begin our Lab School meeting with a hello song and then a couple of exercises with our colored shape of the month. The shape mom is responsible for cutting out the monthly shape from construction paper for each child. September is red circles. If you know me, I can’t just be plain when it comes to things like this. I decided that my colored shapes would have a texture component as well. Construction paper was so… so….well, boring!

Here’s what I came up with for September. I cut circles out of red paper plates. One side was red and one side was white. On the white side, I used red puffy paint and glitter paint to draw a bunch of circles.

I’ve been brainstorming all sorts of different textures that I could use to make shapes: foam, felt, wood, etc. So many possibilities! I’m hoping this additional component of interest will really engage the kids in learning their colors and shapes.

Stay tuned for my next shape mom endeavor- Yellow Squares! I know, it’s exciting. Calm down. 🙂

Work It!

This is normal, right?

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