SciFi Mama

Adventures in raising a geeky child

Routines September 13, 2012

Filed under: Family,fun,Work — scifimama @ 7:28 pm

I’ve been trying to get us into a new “normal” routine since I took a job back in town. It’s been hard to do that because our weeks have been anything but normal. Last week Ronnie went out of town on a business trip. Instead of being able to come straight home I had to go down one of the busiest streets in town to pick Paige up from daycare. By the time I did that and got home, it was getting late and we still had to make dinner and homework.

This week got a bit better. Ronnie’s back and we started to get into our new routine. Until we had an unexpected soccer coach meeting last night. That threw us off on our usual. It also made me realize I don’t know why I’m trying to get us to normal when it’s all going to change next week anyway.

Soccer season starts Monday. Monday and Wednesday nights we’ll have practice until 6. Soccer games will be on Saturday mornings. Then there’s Girl Scouts on Tuesday. Ronnie has Masons every other Thursday. Friday nights seem to be our night at home to relax. More likely they’ll be used to get ready for Saturday morning. I’ll be juggling soccer games with Girl Scout commitments.

Things are going to be busy until mid- November for us. We have some great things coming up with Girl Scouts especially. We will get to travel to Mobile for a camp out on the USS Alabama even! Paige and I are very excited about that.

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Build and Grow September 11, 2012

Filed under: crafts,Family,fun — scifimama @ 7:15 pm

Lately our Girl Scout troop has been going to Lowe’s Build and Grow events. These are fun and free, which is a complete bonus! You will need to register your child for the events. Lowe’s website makes everything easy. Click on the link and search for your city. I changed mine to Hawaii for this post. Once you find your local Lowe’s, click on register, and fill in the info.

Once you get there the kids will get an apron, and safety goggles. They have small hammers made for the kids to use. After you build the project kids are presented with a certificate and a patch for Scout uniforms. If you aren’t a scout, you can do what you want with it.

We have a nice little collection of wooden toys. Paige enjoys building them and getting to take it home. She proudly shows off what she’s made to everyone who’ll stand still for 30 seconds and look.

 

“The Bestest Best Day Ever!” July 20, 2011

Filed under: Family,fun,movies,Paige — scifimama @ 5:09 am

Paige may not use the best grammer to describe her Tuesday, but I think it gets the point across.  Tuesday started as only the best day ever, but got even better by the end of the day.  It started with Ronnie and me taking off Tuesday to go on a field trip with Paige.  She’s been asking and asking since the beginning of summer for us to go on one with her.  I was saving it more for the end of summer to see how she would do.  Paige had some behavior issues on the first couple of field trips and her ability to continue going on them was severely jeopardized.  She settled down into things and has been on every field trip this summer.

I also picked today because it looked fun.  Well, as much fun as going on a field trip with 15 assorted 5 year olds can look anyway.  This one was to a painting party place.  Don’t have them in your area?  You’re missing out.  This session was geared towards kids of course, but we’re thinking of going back later after we get a sitter.  The place sketches out your requested picture, in this case a turtle for Paige & Mommy and a monkey for Daddy.  They do have more complicated pictures for adults.  The artist on duty walks you through painting your masterpiece.  When it’s adult time, you can bring your own beverages (alcoholic or not, it’s up to you) and some appetizers and spend a couple of hours hanging out with friends and having fun.  They even do birthday parties as well.

After the field trip we sent Paige back to daycare to get some errands accomplished in peace.  I don’t know a 5 year old who likes to sit at the dealership through an oil change and tire rotation.  I don’t know an adult who likes it for that matter.  Paige didn’t know but we had one more surprise in store for her.  Carmike Cinemas has a promotion where movies during a certain time frame are $5 per person.  And since it’s Tuesday drinks were $1 each.  We went to see Cars 2 this afternoon.  Popcorn is also discounted, but since we have the popcorn bucket we’re good no matter what.  We loan it out to friends and family all year long.

As we picked Paige up from daycare and told her about her surprise her entire face lit up.  Ronnie asked if this was still the best day ever; she replied “Nope! It’s the bestest best day ever!”  I was also told I’m the best mommy in the entire world.  Sounds like we both had a good day.

 

Audubon Zoo March 22, 2011

Filed under: Daddy,Family,fun,Mommy,Paige,pics — scifimama @ 4:28 am

We took a weekend trip to New Orleans last weekend.  We went to visit family and see the zoo before it got too hot.  Having family who lives in New Orleans makes trips like this very possible.  Hotel Aunt Connie has all the comforts of home; probably because it’s my sister in law’s house.  We booked our stay and off we went.

The zoo was fun.  The high Saturday got up to the upper 70’s.  By mid afternoon it was already warm enough for the animals to be rather lazy about moving or to go indoors to their air conditioned habitats.  Our first stop was the restrooms where I found this hanging in the stall.

That started my day off with a laugh.  And yes, I really did get out the camera to snap a picture.  When else would I have the chance?  We saw all the usual animals you would expect: elephants, giraffes, lions and monkeys.  Paige got to love on a baby elephant.

Paige & Mommy even wrestled an aligator!

All of the statues around the park is one of my favorite things about the Audubon Zoo.  A zoo is a zoo.  I know that probably sounds callous, but zoos showcase different types of animals for us to see.  Yes, each zoo has different animals based on the area.  The Indianapolis Zoo gave me my very first real life peek at a polar bear.  What sets a zoo apart, at least for me, is what they have around the zoo.  Are the grounds pretty?  Not just the habitat, but the people trails as well.  Yes, Audubon Zoo has beautiful grounds.  I enjoy all of the extras that make the zoo more fun.  And for me, playing on the statues is one of the best.  The other great part is Monkey Hill.

Monkey Hill is the highest area of New Orleans.  It’s a whopping 20 feet tall.  You read that correctly, 20 feet.  I don’t know exactly where that puts it in relation to sea level.  But, since New Orleans as a whole is roughly 7 feet below sea level, that would place Monkey Hill at 13 feet above sea level.  Not high according to most people.  It was build to give New Orleans kids the chance to experience a hill.  There’s a serious lack of hills in a city that sits below sea level.  In recent years it’s been expanded with a water play area, a tree house, and a pride of lion statues.  Our favorite part?  Rolling down the hill.  Paige & Daddy had a blast.

We spent the day wondering around the zoo seeing things and having fun.  Audubon Zoo is a lot of fun, and I highly recommend it.  If you get the chance go early in the spring, as in the next couple of weeks, or wait until the fall.  One fact we found interesting is that the zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mardi Gras, and the second Friday of Jazz Fest.  No idea why that particular Friday.

 

 

Imaginary Becomes Real March 16, 2011

Filed under: friends,fun,Mommy — scifimama @ 5:30 am

I posted a few months ago about my imaginary friend.  I have some others that would be considered imaginary friends as well.  I’ve never meet them in person, but we’re friends via internet, email and text message.  Now that I can spill the beans publicly, here it is.  I’m about to meet another one!  Let’s see who I’ve met so far.  Well, the first was C Beth.  Then I met Jess, sorry no blog to link to.

I was able to meet Sandy, Linda and Erin.   My to meet list still includes Feli (no blog), Caroline (she had a cool blog, but had to give it up), Loralyn (sorry, no updated blog to post) and a few others.  Looks like my to meet list is getting smaller!  Loralyn is taking a vacation close to where I live.  I’ll get to meet her in June.  That’s going to be great!  Closer at hand, Jess will be here in a couple of weeks.  We already have a gumbo dinner planned.

Finally, the big one.  A girls only weekend trip.  It’s not until the end of September, so it’s a ways off.  But, I’ll get to see Jess, Sandy and Erin again.  And this time, I get to meet Caroline!  We’ve managed to plan a weekend getaway to meet our imaginary friends.  Not an easy task when you have to consider 4 states, 5 women, and 18 kids.  Yes, you read that right, 18 kids among the 5 of us.  I’m hoping a few others can join us.  We’ll have to see.  Either way, this is going to be a great trip.

 

Happy Mardi Gras! March 8, 2011

Filed under: fun — scifimama @ 5:49 am

It’s Mardi Gras!  Today is the day for people to party down before giving up things for Ash Wednesday.  This year we opted not to take Paige to New Orleans.  Ronnie takes her most years.  Unfortunately, he can’t get the time off from work this year.  We’ll save our trip for in a couple more weeks when Mardi Gras is over.  We want to take a trip to the zoo before it gets too hot and the animals spend all day in the air conditioned comfort of their indoor habitats.

Here’s your history lesson for the day.  Where do you think Mardi Gras started?  New Orleans?  That’s what most people think.  The truth is, Mardi Gras started in Alabama.  In Mobile, Alabama to be specific.  That’s right, before women were showing their boobs from cheap plastic necklaces in New Orleans, Mobile was throwing Moon Pie’s to the crowds.   I know it’s hard to believe.  New Orleans is what people think when they think of Mardi Gras, and I was the exact same way.  Mardi Gras parades started in Mobile years before New Orleans was even founded.  Mobile is more of a family friendly environment for parading than New Orleans.

Paige did ask when she was going to New Orleans this year for the parades, and we had to break it to her that she’s not going.  We’ve taken her into Mobile a bit for a couple of parades.  We’re considering taking her in again tonight for the last of the parades.  They’ll probably be pretty good.

 

Funny spam February 4, 2011

Filed under: blog,fun — scifimama @ 5:37 am

The Word Press spam filter is really good.  Just about every day I have some sort of spam just waiting for me to delete.  I don’t spend a lot of time reading them, but I do glance over them to see if it’s anything funny.  This one made me giggle:

 

Ninjasecretsrevealed. E-Books Showing People How To Become A Ninja & Related Martial Arts Books. Ninjasecretsrevealed.

 

I didn’t post the whole thing because most of the rest is funny, but has too many links to try to remove.  I definitely should click them though.  I mean, I can learn the secrets of the ninja.  The only thing better is if it were secrets of the ninja zombies.

 

 
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