Monday, June 30, 2008

Splash Park

Here is a video of the kids the first time we went to the splash park.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

There goes the neighborhood

The idea of a great summer kept me going during the crazy winter. I knew it would be hot and nice and that my kids could go out and play and that they would have so many great adventures. Then we had two different families move in to our complex. A single mother and her 3 teenage daughters move in above us. And then a his, hers, ours, family moved in right across from us. No big deal. We had a couple of issues with the girls above us playing music super loud late at night waking up our kids, but we sorted that out. I never in a million years thought that moving to mormonville rexburg, living in Student housing, we would run into the type of people that have moved in. I am to the point where I don't want my children playing outside when the other kids out, or when the moms are out smoking. That is right our non smoking complex. It makes me so mad. Ok I guess I should give you a warning this blog is going to be a lot of venting. This post might be more for my benefit more then anything. Anyways this is what I deal with on a daily basis. Let me just start off with both of these families are super poor, and the kids are paying the price cause the parents choose to spend their limited money on cigarettes and drinks rather then stuff they need. Most days the parents leave their kids home alone and when they leave they lock the doors. There is a 6 year old and a 8 year old that I really think shouldn't be left alone at all. So with that said I am the only adult around most days. And with the kids being locked out you, guessed it, They all use my bathroom, my house. On a daily basis I am asked for food, drinks, and water and granola bars aren't good enough for them, band aids, sunscreen, and what ever else comes up. Its to the point if someone gets hurt they come running to my door even if their parents are home. I have to force them to go to their parents. Now I think for the most part I am a caring, nice person. I understand when families are having trying times and I want to help, I really do, but the problem is that my kids are suffering. These kids that are around all the time are naughty, potty mouth, ungrateful, liars. They are so mean to my kids who are sharing all their toys, bikes, and food. I know that the problem is that they have parents who don't care if they do that, but I do. I don't want my kids hearing OMG all the time or all the swear words. The lying problem comes into play because if I am not outside with the kids I have every window open. My apartment is maybe 10 feet from the big play area. If my kids are outside my front door is left open. So basically I can always hear them if I can't see them. So most times I hear what is going on. So every day I get the older kids coming and knocking on my open door, or yelling my name to tattle on my kids about things that my kids didn't do, like Jakob won't let me ride his bike. Well I know its cause Jakob's riding it when they want it and Jakob doesn't get off and give it to them. So when I say no Jakob is riding it, they start telling me all the crazy lies to make me think that Jakob wasn't riding it. Its just ridiculous, it makes me wonder if their parents believe these stories. One time our neighbor boy came and told me that Alexa, my 2 year old, was calling everybody the B word. Now as a mother you usually have a good feel of what your kids know, after all you are in charge of what they are hearing, watching, etc. So I knew Alexa had no idea what the b- word is. So I told the kid that, I also told him the only way she would know that word is if he said it to her and she repeated it. As soon as I said that I knew it was true and asked him if that was what happened. He told me that Alexa wasn't letting him ride her bike so he was mad. This boy is 6, Alexa bike is one of those toddler bike that you sit on and push with your feet, he is not allowed to ride it. After all was said and done I asked the boy where he had heard that word, after all he is only 6, he said his dad says it to his mom all the time. So very sad. I watch my kids get yelled at, hit, pushed, the other kids tell them they are not their friends if they can't ride their bikes. I mean its horrible, but what do I do? If I lock my kids in the house, to keep them away then they think they are being punished. If I don't feed the neighborhood kids who will. Oh the other thing is that one of the families got their cellphone turned off for not paying the bills, so the mom is over constantly wanting to use our cellphone. Or if the upstairs mom is gone the teenagers are down wanting to use my phone to call their mom to ask if they can do stuff. I just don't know what to do anymore. We are looking for another place to live, but nothing so far. So where is the line. How nice and compassionate do I need to be to these people. Where do I draw the line, how do I handle the kids, Is it my place to get mad at these other kids?
On a positive note, I have been so very proud of my kids. To see my kids stand up for them selves, to make the right choices, makes me feel so good. Just today the kids were all saying what they were saving their money for. They all said toys and clothes. Jakob said " a mission". The other kids didn't know what that was and Jakob told them he was going to be a missionary in china ( he thinks he going to the great wall ). Then he went on to tell them about his dad serving in japan and how all his uncles have gone on missions. The kids all thought that was cool. This whole thing has been such a testimony to me about how important it is to be home with my kids and to be on top of their every move. How important it is to teach your kids manners, and even simple things like don't through your wrappers on the ground. Also what a difference it makes in kids if they know someone is watching and listening, monitoring what is going on. Well thanks for letting me vent, if you have any suggestions please let me know.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Stain Removal???

So I am wondering what your tricks are to getting stains out. Do you have a favorite product? I have been dealing with Popsicle stains, chocolate milk stains, and makeup stains (thanks go to Alexa for those), and grass stains. If you have any ideas let me know, I need all the help I can get. And if any of you want to send a maid my way, I'll love you forever!!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Whirl Wind....

Yep that is what it was, it was a whirl wind trip to Seattle for my youngest sister April's graduation. My brother, his fiance, and I left Friday night to drive to Boise, we stayed at Natalie's (the fiance) parents house for the night. Which was so much fun, I loved her family and they threw Jordan a fun little birthday party. That next morning we got up bright at early to head to the airport to fly to Seattle. We got into Seattle at 8:20 am the graduation was at 3. We were able to do a big family breakfast, Which included my all my grandparents, and the Grahams of course. That so fun!! Then we were off to Aprils graduation. I still cant believe that she is done that my parents are done with kids in high school, its just weird. We are so excited for April to come here for school, I am so excited to have almost all siblings here soon, it will be so nice. And yes Laura I really am going to find out what electricians are making here cause you might as well move here too, then mom and dad can buy a second house here and we can be one big Happy family, in rexburg. Oh well a girl can dream!!
I also want to tell my husband how thankful I am to him for letting me run off on fathers day weekend. I love you babe. Even though we celebrated Fathers Day on Thursday, I hope the kids were nice to you and you had a good day. I sure appreciate the nice break and hopefully we can some day take a break together, wouldn't that be nice.

Here are just a few fun pictures of the weekend, I didn't take very many but here are few.
April and my dad

The girls!!( you cant tell which girls are the Moon Girls, we all are squinters!!
Me and Laura just having fun!!

This last weekend was so crazy and such a fast trip but i had a blast and loved every minute of it. well maybe not having our luggage not make it on our plane and having to wait hours for the next one to come in, and then driving back to Rexburg in the middle of the night and not getting back to home 3pm . All of that I could of done with out but you know what it was still fun and all worth it!!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I Can't Wait!!!!!

All I have to say is that December can't get here soon enough. And if you haven't read these books, stop what you are doing and go to the store or library, or even call your neighbor, or visiting teacher cause they are bound to have them. You will love them I promise!!