March 28, 2015

Minecraft Birthday Party

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:35 pm by Mel

As Ajax’s birthday falls on Easter weekend we had his party today!  I can’t believe he’s six years old (or close to 6)!  He had requested a Minecraft party, which meant I had to semi-educate myself on what Minecraft was (Ajax and Dave play, but I’m not one for computer games).   Ajax invited a few of his friends from school so we had a full house of yelling, active boys, plus one little sister who tried very hard to keep up.  Ajax did very well welcoming his friends and thanking everyone for coming.  Overall everyone seemed to have an excellent time and best of all Ajax was thrilled with his party and very appreciative.

Dave made a short Minecraft video that the kids loved and gathered around.  We also had an egg hunt outside. Unfortunately the weather was quite cool so we weren’t out for very long.  I also spent time making a pig for “pin the tail on the pig” which the kids were too wound up to play, lol.   Oh well, it was a good time!

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March 22, 2015

Spring fresh air, exhausted ninos

Posted in Family news/Updates at 8:11 pm by Mel

Let me begin with last week Thursday.  Ajax had the day off of school as it was parent teacher meetings, as Dave and I refused to pay $45 for one day of childcare for him, we took him along to the parent-teacher meeting.  He was so well behaved and took the whole meeting very seriously.  The teacher gave him an outstanding report.  Not only is he excelling academically (he loves math, but isn’t so keen on writing and reading, though he’s still ahead the curve with his reading and comprehension), he’s listening well and behaving wonderfully in class.  Really, the teacher only had good things to say.  She reminded us to keep him writing over the summer because that’s usually where kids regress.  We said no problem!

After our meeting I took Ajax to the dentist for a cleaning (no cavities, yea!) and then we picked up Noomi early from daycare.   Noomi been having quite a time during drop off at daycare lately, she’s been crying and clingy, and yells – mommy!! mommy no!!  I thought we were past that, but apparently not.  It makes for a truly painful morning.  She’s also been using the potty more and more at school, but we haven’t yet attempted potty training at home again, though I believe she is more than ready.  Over spring break we’re going to try and tackle that one again.

On Thursday, evening Rod swung by and took both kids up north, leaving Dave and I childless.  We did what any working, childless couple would do. We cleaned the house, did laundry, and then to top it off went grocery shopping.  Good times.

On Saturday, we met Rod, Dara and the kiddos in Auburn Hills for Henry’s third birthday party which was held at one of those indoor playscapes with all the large inflatables.   We all had a great time (as adults could play too).  The kids were so exhausted that they slept in till 8 am on Sunday, it was glorious.

On Sunday, the kids and I headed into Dearborn Heights to my Grandpa Nader’s house, as my cousin and her kids were up from Florida and it was also my uncle Matt’s birthday (they had a very very large cake for his 50th birthday). There were so many people there that the kids stuck to my side for the longest time until warming up and then there was no stopping them and they ran wild.  Both kids zonked out on the way home.  After dinner tonight the weather was so nice that we were able to play outside a bit.  The kids pulled out their shovels and dump trucks and made a complete mess in their mud pit but digging a hug hole.

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March 17, 2015

St. Patty’s day

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:21 pm by Mel

Today was St. Patty’s day so Ajax made sure the whole family was wearing green. He was very concerned that if we weren’t wearing green we’d get a punch in the face.   I explained that he’d be pinched, not punched, there would be no punching.   Goodness where do kids hear this stuff?  He dressed in green from head to toe, Noomi wore a green shirt, and I had a green shirt.  Ajax was very worried that Dave wasn’t wearing green.

Tonight before bed Dave and Ajax made a leprechaun trap in front of the door.  Ajax wrote a knock knock joke and put it in the trap, as well as a green stuffed animal.  He stated leprechaun’s love that stuff, he also hoped the leprechaun would leave him gold or skittles.   After Ajax went to bed I sent Dave up to the store to buy skittles.  We couldn’t resist.

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March 8, 2015

Brand new boots

Posted in Family news/Updates at 9:26 pm by Mel

For Christmas Noomi received an awesome pair of cowboy boots.  At some point a few weeks ago I said, Noomi bring me your brand new boots.  Noomi exclaimed, My BRAND NEW BOOTS!  My brand new boots!   Now every time she puts them on she says, my brand new boots!  This phrase has since expanded.  Last week I picked her up a new winter hat and now she says, my brand new hat!  It’s pretty adorable.

This weekend was pretty slow since I’m under the weather so the kids entertained me from the couch. At one point they each put on their bike helmets and then showed me how they could punch each other in the head with no harmful effect.  They then showed me how they were teaching themselves one handed cartwheels and hand stands and also leaping off the chairs.

As the weather was beautiful this weekend the kids did get to go sledding and Dave even took them to the mall to play on the indoor playscape.  They still seemed to have tons of energy.  We cannot wait till spring.

Here’s a picture of Ajax during his hearing test.  He’s an old pro at these now.

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March 5, 2015

Ear Trouble (Again)

Posted in Health/Doctor at 9:32 pm by Mel

On Sunday morning Ajax woke up at 5 am complaining that his ear hurt. I was able to get him into the ENT on Monday where the PA stated both tubes had detached and were non-functioning. He actually removed the tiny blue tube from his right ear right there in the office. And he also pointed out that Ajax had a pretty bad ear infection and prescribed him augmentin for 10 days. We have a follow up appointment in 2 months. This, however, does not look good. While we don’t know when exactly the tubes stopped working it was sometime between June and February, and in that short time-frame Ajax got an ear infection. That doesn’t look good and I think there’s a good chance he’ll need a second round of tubes (though the PA said only about 20%of kids need a second round).

As Ajax wasn’t well my sister was able to come up and stay home with him on Tuesday. She reported they sat on the couch watching cartoons most of the day, with breaks to play with Legos. Ajax is now well enough to go back to school and hasn’t complained about his ear once since being on his medicine (though he’s quite the pain about taking the meds).

Noomi is doing well. She recently discovered that we can play the Frozen catch song from my phone and has been demanding it more and more. When I was cleaning the kitchen the other night I put on the Frozen song and then Noomi insisted on wearing her Frozen dress (PJs) and dancing around the house singing along. It was the cutest thing ever. Noomi kept saying – I’m a Princess! Mom where’s your princess dress? I took a video of her singing, but it’s on Dave’s phone.

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February 16, 2015

Doctor appointment 2 and 1/2

Posted in Developments, Health/Doctor at 8:18 pm by Mel

I don’t remember taking Ajax to a doctor’s appointment at age 2.5, but when I called the ped’s office the other day to ask about Noomi’s shots, the nurse said she was all set but that she was due for her 2.5 year well baby check up.  I think this is a ploy to get more money out of the insurance company, but made the appointment none the less.  I mean I don’t want a little check next to my kids name in their computer system (uncooperative parent, probably doesn’t even believe in vaccinations and is a measles risk).

Noomi weighed in at 32 lbs (putting her near the 80-90%) and was 38.9 inches tall (putting her in the 95%). I actually believe she’s taller as she refused to stand up straight for the nurse (she was being shy).  When the doctor showed me the growth chart, for height, she was above the plotted chart.  The doctor said she looked great and was quite healthy.  He said he wasn’t concerned about the thumb sucking, or the lack of potty training, or her apparent inability at this time to distinguish color.  She’s two and a half ma’am.  Ajax was quite the helpful big brother throughout the appointment.

After the appointment I took the kids to the mall and let them play on the playscape.  As it’s -30 with the windchill it just ain’t so safe outside.  The kids had a great time playing but were less than cooperative when it was time to leave.  I had to wrap Noomi in a big bear hug to wrestle her boots on and Ajax pushed back with some attitude till I threatened a ridiculously long timeout.  Another parent across the playland gave me a very sympathetic nod and another parent with only one well behaved daughter looked at me like I was crazy.  Whatever stay-at-home mom, get a job.

The rest of our day was uneventful.  We watched Frozen and sang along to the songs and Ajax picked out the cartoon Dragons, which scared Noomi.  All in a Monday I suppose.

OH, Noomi is also into playing salon and doing hair.  She is constantly ordering me to sit down on the ground and not to move so that she can “do my hair.”  It’s pretty darn cute.  She’s been carrying around her doctor’s bag and using her medical equipment to style hair. lol.

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February 5, 2015

Homemade Bagels

Posted in Family news/Updates tagged at 10:00 am by Mel

For the month of February I’m trying something a bit different.  I planned out our entire month of meals.  Yep I did a month long meal plan and even wrote out 4 weeks of grocery lists.  But that actually has nothing to do with this post.  On Super Bowl Sunday I decided to make homemade bagels.  They were incredible and I ate way to many.   Dave agreed that they were wonderful, but Ajax wasn’t a fan.   I recommend that you try these out!  I don’t recall where I got the original recipe, however, below is a combination of three recipes actually, my own hybrid.


  • 1 1/2 C warm water
  • 2 TBL dry yeast
  • 3 TBL sugar
  • 1 TBL salt
  • 4 1/4 C flour
  • 8 C water, for boiling
  • 1 TBL baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 TBL water


  • In a small bowl, mix yeast, sugar and warm water together and let stand 3 minutes.
  • Mix 2 C of flour with the salt in a large bowl (you can use your stand mixer with the dough hook); then add the yeast mixture.  Stir until combined and slowly mix in the rest of the flour.
  • Knead dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes (or in the mixer, on high for 5 minutes), adding additional flour if necessary.  Dough should be fairly smooth and somewhat firm. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until double (about 1 hour).  Preheat over to 500.
  • Punch dough down and divide and shape into 12 balls.  Allow to rest about 5 minutes.
  • Bring about 2 quarts of water to boil,in water add baking soda and salt.  Make a hole in each ball of dough and pull open about 2 inches, making a bagel shape. Place shaped dough onto a cookie sheet and cover for 10 minutes.  Drop oven temperature down to 450.
  • Drop 2 or 3 bagels into the water at a time.  Boil for 60 seconds on one side, then flip for an additional 45 seconds, then remove from the water and place onto a greased cookie sheet (you could also line the cookie sheet with parchment paper, greased).
  • Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, then rotate pan and bake for about 10-12 minutes more.  If bottom of the bagels are getting too dark, place another cookie sheet beneath the first.

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February 4, 2015

First report card!

Posted in Family news/Updates at 10:19 pm by Mel

Guess who came home today with their first report card!  Yep, Mr. Ajax did!  I guess this kindergarten business is pretty serious.  He received almost all 3’s (which means meeting grade level expectations).  His teacher stated: making great progress in resolving conflicts appropriately with his peers… Communicates effectively… Shares with confidence and with little prompting… Listens and responds appropriately to group discussions.   Understands and comprehends text at current level… Assumes responsibility for own behavior… Shows commitment to learning.

The only area where he received a 2 (developing grade level expectations) from Mrs. Lewis was – negotiates and compromises with peers.  He also received a 2 in music, his least favorite subject, lol, where the teacher noted he participates with enthusiasm, but needs redirection often.  By the way Ajax describes his music teacher, Dave and I agree that she sounds like quite the old grey hair.

We are quite proud of Ajax and the strides he’s taken this past year in school.   He’s reading and so into math.  The other day he asked me what 10 + 21 was?  I counted out the answer with him.  He then thought a moment and said, mom 10 +10 = 20.  It was a proud moment indeed.  His writing gets better everyday, though he still doesn’t like coloring or drawing.  We are still working on his temper and how he handles frustration, and I’d like to think he’s learning tools to help deal with it, getting better each day.

Animal parade in the living room!

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February 2, 2015

Noomi’s Interview

Posted in Family news/Updates at 1:48 pm by Mel

Today the whole family was stuck at home due to the snow storm that hit yesterday and continued into this morning.  Dave was out at 6:30 am to snow blow the driveway and due to the wind, one side of our drive way has over a foot of snow and in some places it’s over three feet with the drifts.

As I did Ajax’s interview last night, here is Noomi’s interview.  Her’s was a bit more difficult as Ajax kept interjecting and then she’d just repeat what he said or what I asked her.

Noomi Elizabeth’s two year interview:

Q: What if your favorite color? Umm blue.

Q. What is your favorite song? ABCD.

Q. What is your favorite game? Wheels on the bus (Ajax – that’s not a game!).

Q. What do you like to do at school? Play with my friends.

Q. Do you like doing crafts? Yes mom.  I like to use my scissors.

Q. What is your favorite food? Eat all my food! Pizza!

Q. What is your favorite book? Yes. I like to read the book.

Q. What is your favorite TV show? Elmo on the TV? I like to watch Garfield.

Today Noomi has continued building cities with her Legos.  She has also been carrying around her Cabbage Patch doll and every now and then will say – Oh my gosh baby!  You pooped again!  She will then march into her room, take down the changing mat and baby wipes and “change” her baby.  I finally had to put the wipes out of reach and gave her one tissue to use for the baby wipes.   Sometimes she decided that her baby needs to sit on the potty, so she’ll drag out her little potty and sit in the bathroom with the doll and ask the doll if it wants a magazine to read.  All in a days work.

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Ajax’s Interview

Posted in Family news/Updates at 1:37 pm by Mel

I saw the cutest thing on Pinterest about interviewing kids at the beginning and end of each year.  I then promptly forgot about said cuteness until tonight.   I interviewed Ajax who thought the whole thing was kind of interesting.

Ajax Gabriel – age five interview:

Q. What is your favorite color? Light pink.  Really bud? Light pink, no it isn’t.   Yes, mom it is.  My favorite color is light pink. Fine.

Q. What is your favorite song? The mama loves you song (it’s a nursery rhyme that my dad made it for my sister and I when we were little and I now sing it to my kids).

Q. What is your favorite food? Waffles.

Q. What is your favorite game? Minecraft.

Q. Which do you like better summer or winter?  I like spring the best because that’s when all the flowers come bloom.  You can’t sled in the summer. No bud, you can’t sled in the summer.

Q.  What grade are you in?  Fifth grade (I think he was thinking that he was five years old)… no kindergarten.

Q.  What’s your favorite thing about going to school?  Riding the bus.

Q.  What’s your least favorite thing about school?  Sitting at the carpet and waiting on other kids.  And fixes on my math it takes up all my center time.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about your family?  That I love them and they’re nice.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about your sister?  That she plays with me.

Q. What’s your favorite thing to do on the farm?  Play with the horses.. Frannie.

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