Thursday, February 23, 2012

Best and Worst

Seeger's worst - didn't find any of the jackets he lost
Nick's worst - ankle was hurting again in class
Mike's worst - immature kids at school
Natalie's worst - not feeling well today
Seeger's best - got his third comic done
Nick's best - its almost the end of the week
Mike's best - one day closer to the end of the trimester
Natalie's best - felt very productive at work today

Random Thought Thursday

1. My kids currently are missing four of their six jackets. I'm not a happy momma.

2. I was talking with Nicklas about his Thoroughly Modern Millie rehearsals the other day and he was explaining that the Priscilla Girls have these annoying shoes that make clicking sounds when they dance. He doesn't understand why their shoes have to be so loud.

I had to explain tap dancing to him and I'll admit, I felt a little guilty that he's never been exposed to it.

3. When I get stressed, my left arm gets numb. It's been numb most of today so I probably should mention this to my doctor at my next physical.

4. Meesha seems to get lots of fun mail. She's received several packages and letters and yesterday the bike she ordered arrived on our front porch. I'm a little jealous because it seems like all I ever get in the mail are credit card offers. I do get the occasional baby shower invitation - which is fun - I seem to have a lot of friends having babies lately.

5. Family Fitness Night at the school went well on Friday. The participants seemed to enjoy the fitness stations and I think the volunteers who did the nutrition activities I organized did a great job. The IU hip hop dance club performed and the kids enjoyed seeing them and learning a dance.

6. Family Fitness is the event that replaced An Evening in Paris. Apparently that was like a dessert night for the school. I'll admit I'm a little bummed that fitness is replacing desserts but I know it's a needed change in thinking and education for our families. But I bet there were some yummy desserts at that event.

7. The school is also going to stop doing Market Day and Schwan's fundraising because several parents on the PTO feel processed foods are evil and we shouldn't be selling them at schools, even if they are fundraisers. Next thing you know, they'll be banning box tops and campbell's soup labels. It's a good thing I didn't bring my large Diet Coke from McDonald's in to the last PTO meeting. They might have shunned me.

8. The newest seasons of Survivor and The Amazing Race have started. This is always a highlight in our household because we watch those two shows as a family. (Shhhh... don't tell the PTO. They'd probably tell us we need to be out walking or riding our bikes instead of watching tv.)

9. The crazy cardinal is back. We have a cooler sitting outside our patio door and he landed on it yesterday and started hitting the glass patio door with his head. He freaked out Meesha. He's fun to watch at first but last year, he ended up landing on our window screens and tearing a few holes in them. I don't want our brand new screens ruined.

10. Hunger Games = 30 days. Woo hoo! And the Polack is taking me to see In the Heights on Tuesday (a birthday gift) AND we received free passes to see Fitz and the Tantrums in two weeks.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Freddy's Haircut

Here is the before photo:

And here is the after photo:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Social Studies Quiz

Nicklas received an assignment to write a social studies quiz for his fellow classmates. How many do you know the answers to?

By Nicklas

1. Christopher Columbus came to America to_________
A. Give land to Native Americans
B. Get to Asia
C. Have a picnic
D. Prove the Earth was round

2. John Cabot went North of Columbus’s route because
A. He didn’t want to “discover” the same land
B. He hated Columbus’s route
C. He attempted to go on the north-west passage
D. He wanted to miss land Spain had claimed

3. Ponce De León came to Florida because
A. He wanted to go to Disney World
B. He hated Cuba
C. He wanted to go the “Fountain of Youth”
D. He was bored

4. Cortes’s men took __________ from their first battle vs. the Aztecs
A. gold
B. weapons
C. food
D. iPods

5. Jacques Carter got to present day __________ on his first voyage
A. Vancouver
B. Quebec
C. Ottawa
D. Asia

6. Francisco Vasquez De Coronado killed a slave because
A. he felt the slave was stubborn
B. He was jealous
C. the slave asked him to
D. The slave told a story of a place where gold grew on the tips of trees but when Coronado told him to take him there, this place didn’t exist

7. Henry Hudson thought he was in a bay of water but was really in a
A. Lake
B. Ocean
C. The Gulf of Mexico
D. In a river

8. La Salle went down the _______ River
A. St. Lawrence
B. Ohio
C. Missouri
D. Mississippi

For this next section, fill the blank in
(Hint: The answer to each question in one of the 8 explorers!)

9. This sailor was with Columbus for his second journey
10. This sailor went through most of the southwest United States
11. This sailor was the first to explore present day Canada
12. This sailor started his route in the Great Lakes
13. This sailor was given gifts by a Native American tribe, only to backstab them later
14. This sailor thought he had landed in Asia when he got to America
15. This sailor was the first to attempt to go through the Northwest Passage
16. This sailor started by going straight north of his homeland

Reading Further
Circle the correct answer

17. Two French groups quit Fort Caroline to become
a. Merchants
b. Spaniards
c. Pirates
d. Puerto Ricans

18. France’s attack was delayed because
a. fog
b. wind
c. tornado
d. storm

19. Spain wanted to attack when they first saw Fort Caroline but didn’t because
a. the water was too shallow
b. they were seen
c. they were tired
d. they had to report back to their king

20. The Spanish built Fort Augustine _______ miles from Fort Caroline
a. 100
b. 5
c. three dozen
d. they didn’t build a fort

Orange Belt Form

I posted a photo of Nicklas earning his orange belt already but I just came across this video I took of him during the test.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Go Hoosiers

Even my iPhone is cream and crimson.

V-Day with the Boys

Seeger gave me this Valentine yesterday...

His poem to me - roses are red, violets are pink, flowers are sweet and you are too.

It included pieces of a cut up heart in which he listed things he loves - art, reading, family, IU, Roberto, robots, Norwegian chocolate, grapes, ice cream, cupcakes, Norwegian sister, outside, dragons. I love his list!

Both boys gave and received Valentine's at school. I was impressed with the amount of homemade Valentine's that Nicklas received.

The Polack and I celebrated a day early. We went to Indinapolis for an invitation-only concert at a cafe/bar that was hosted by WTTS. It was a nice date and all around good holiday.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Random Updates Monday

Just a quick recap from the week...

Seeger was home sick on Wednesday, went to school on Thursday but was sent home around noon. He went back to school on Friday and made it through the day but his bug seems to be hanging around the house because we all felt a little punky for the rest of the weekend. Luckily we didn't have any plans Friday night so Seeger built Lego's, the other boys watched hockey and I quilted a bit - relaxing activities for all of us.

Saturday, Nicklas went to rehearsal for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. and he was asked to be an extra scene. He was proud of himself and of course, I am proud too. He joined the cast late so he was only in one or two scenes originally. Now he's up to four.

We were supposed to make a trip up to Indy to watch Martinsville play basketball against Brebuef while also visiting with my cousins and baby Quinn. But the punkiness we were all feeling led me to cancel the visit for fear of passing germs on to Quinn. It was a bummer but probably a good thing in the end.

Saturday evening, the Polack and I went to dinner with another couple that we've been wanting to socialize with but have never had complimentary schedules. Their kids are the same age as Nicklas and Seeger so they dropped their boys off, Meesha watched the gang, and we got to have some adult time together that included martinis and Chinese food - a combo I'd never considered but actually worked out well. We tried a new restaurant and had great conversation. Yeah for adult time.

On Sunday Seeger spent a few hours at a friend's house and I had a two meetings - one involving some students and the other, a press party to announce an upcoming Bloomington event. I felt like a playa in the community, especially after hobnobbing with the social elite and paying $12 for one glass of wine. (I'm not sure I'm ready to be that big of a playa.)

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed lately - in addition to work, I have the class I'm teaching this semester, I'm organizing Family Fitness Night at the boys' school, I've joined the board of a non profit and I'm chairing their development committee, I agreed to make a baby quilt for someone who is due soon, I'm involved with said community event - it's the Bloomington Dancing with the Celebrities fundraiser, and somehow I've been roped in to helping with a golf scramble (not that I know anything about golf). All these activities involve planning and follow through, and doing "stuff" and one or two or three would be okay but all of them put together is a bit too much. Oh, and a colleague at work submitted her notice so I'll be taking on a few of her projects for at least the next few weeks and I'm not sure she'll be replaced so hello increased work load.

A special shoutout to the Polack for feeding the family most of the weekend and for doing all the laundry. And having Meesha with us has been great - we've asked her to watch the boys a lot lately and she's always happy to do so. When she's home, Seeger is glued to her side. She's also watching the boys tonight while the Polack and I head to Indy for a Valentine's Day concert we won tickets to. We will definitely miss her when she moves out this summer and we have to start paying a babysitter again.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Best and Worst

Seeger's worst - woke up to a bloody nose
Nick's worst - wanted to watch a 30 for 30 but didn't get to
Mike's worst - spent she whole day grading
Natalie's worst - having meetings on a Sunday
Meesha's worst - slept half the day away
Nick's best - got in to the finals on his video game
Seeger's best - built the Lego ice dragon
Natalie's best - got to do some sewing today
Mike's best - productive weekend
Meesha's best - just chilling and not doing any work

Friday, February 10, 2012

Best and Worst

Seeger's worst - at art class he was drawing his picture with Roberto and everyone kept asking what they were drawing and they wanted to wait until Two Sticker Tuesday to tell them
Nick's worst - didn't have a pencil during math class so he had to go back to his classroom to get one and it was embarrassing
Mike's worst - dealt with stupid stuff during prep so he didn't get to do any grading
Natalie's worst - was very tired this morning
Seeger's best - actually drawing the picture with Roberto
Nick's best - its Friday and he's looking forward to the weekend
Mike's best - looking forward to the weekend
Natalie's best - enjoyable afternoon with alumni; the fun part of job

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sick Seeger

I'm home with a sick boy today. He woke up not feeling well and his temp of 100.9. Luckily he has no other symptoms.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Top 10 Things I'm Thankful For

Life is about ups and downs. We take the bad so that we can relish the good.

And sometimes we have to stop and be intentional about recognizing the things we're thankful for. Today is one of those days.

1. My family is awesome. They surround me with love and encouragement and humor and compassion.

2. This includes my husband who is my number one cheerleader. He thinks of me before himself and will do anything to go above and beyond for me. I have many others in my life who are the same way but he epitomizes the role.

2. My kids are turning out to be pretty cool people. They make mistakes and they mess up sometimes but they always learn and grow from those situations and I see them want to be the best person they can be.

3. I work with some fantastic people. They make my job enjoyable and they are always willing to help with whatever project I'm focused on.

4. My job is challenging and rewarding and I learn from it and it allows me to continue to grow as a professional.

5. Bloomington is a great city to live in. There is culture and community and tolerance and intelligence and freedom and beauty and cuisine and activity. I fit in better in Bloomington than any other place I've ever lived.

6. The boys go to a school that is culturally diverse and nurturing and socially conscious and focuses on healthy eating and being physically fit while also integrating the arts in to academics.

7. My friends are always willing to lend a hand when I need help with something while providing great conversations and support for anything I need. They are willing to help before I even know I need it.

This list didn't reach 10 but it is all encompassing of my life right now. Thank you for supporting me by reading this blog and caring about what I have to say. Sometimes we unexpectedly need our family and friends and when it's time to call on you - through tragedy and triumph - I truly appreciate that I'll have you.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Random Thought Thursday

1. Things are steadily moving along in the Kubatski household. We're just more than halfway through the school year and I finally feel like we have a routine in the mornings. Nicklas is no longer riding the bus and instead, I'm taking him and Seeger to school every day. Seeger has to get up earlier but it means he goes to before care and he loves that. I'm not thrilled about paying more for child care but it allows me to get to work by 8 (instead of 8:30) so I shouldn't complain.

2. As Seeger was eating breakfast this morning, he said, "Mom, do you remember when you were teaching and dad's Rolling Stone caught on fire and he had to blow it out?" I must have given him a questioning look because he suddenly shook his head and said, "Oh wait, that must have been a dream. Because then dad didn't want Nick and me to see the sign that said Arcade Now Open because he knew we should want to go and we did go but it was really dangerous. There were little sharp things shooting out at us and they would open up and more sharp things that were even littler were poking us. But we really wanted to play the games so we stayed in the arcade."

3. Like the pictures Seeger draws of robot dinosaurs with nuts and screws and bolts, even his dreams have mechanical details.

4. Nicklas also had a dream he told me about where apparently the Polack and I were getting divorced and we were making him choose which parent to live with.

That's a bit unsettling.

5. Oh wow, as I was typing this up, a friend sent me a text saying she dreamed that I died while exercising and the Polack was planning a festive funeral parade.

What the heck is going on with all these crazy dreams?

6. In sticking to sleep related topics, Seeger knocked on our bedroom door at 3 am Wednesday morning. I mumbled come in and he did - holding his hand to his nose. He woke up to it bleeding. This has happened before so luckily he's getting pretty good at anticipating it and keeping blood in the nose instead of gushing all over our carpet. As we got him cleaned up and back in bed, I showed him his little stuffed animal turkey which had a few drops of blood on it. He said, "Aw, the turkey died." And I tucked him in bed and he said, "We'll have to eat him for dinner."

Even half asleep the kid is still a comedian.

7. With all the buzz about the Superbowl in Indy, we're planning a family trip to check out the Superbowl Village tomorrow evening. Fitz and the Tantrums are playing so I think we should attempt to be there during their show. It's unfortunate that all the zip line tickets are sold out and all the park ride tickets are sold out. But I'm sure there will be great people watching and I know both kids will have fun.

8. I was reading an article the other day about a mom who has her 10 and 14 year old sons cook one meal a week. The article started well... she was tired of rushing home from work to prepare dinner only to have her teenage son casually walk in the kitchen from playing video games in his room and say, "Not that again... I hate brussel sprouts." I can definitely relate to complaints from my kids about what I prepare for meals. But then I kept reading. She would suggest recipes for her sons... Salad with nuts and pears with carrot soup. Spanakopita with phyllo dough. Pho (a Vietnamese soup). Chicken Satay.

I all seems a bit far fetched and definitely unrelatable. I went from thinking, cool, man, I'm totally going to have my kids make a meal one day a week to what the heck is spanakopita? (I just googled it - it's greek spinach pie.)

9. It hit 60+ degrees in Bloomington yesterday. The students were playing beer pong on their porches and wearing flip flops to class. I was jealous (of the flip flops, not the beer pong). I hope the temps stay somewhat warm for the weekend. We have friends coming to visit on Saturday and I want to do some Btown exploring with them.

10. Here is the conversation by text about my death....