One of the perks…

Of the warmer weather in February is that Erik can now host and perform in his outdoor concerts again.  So on Saturday we were blessed by a concert loving all put together by Erik.  He started getting ready for it in the morning and we found out that he had given himself a deadline for when it all should be completed… 2:00 pm.   So by then all the elements needed were in place;  chairs, a  sheet hung over a rope and of course the iPod and some speakers.

And then at concert time he impressed us (well me) with some top-rated lip syncing…

His roadie may have a been a bit reluctant, but he got the job done…

The audience started to feel the nip in the air and although they enjoyed the first song, were reluctant to sit around for the second and third…

Erik may have been a little put-out that we wanted to go inside and warm up.   He told us that he had done all this work for our benefit and that it just wasn’t appreciated like it should have been.

But it was Erik, it really was….   but we were sitting outside in February after all. 🙂

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Most People…

Most people enjoy their good health.  Most people would prefer to stay healthy and NOT get sick.  Most people would prefer to stay healthy and not get sick so they can go about their normal routine.  Most people just empathize with other’s who are sick and do not try to have them make you sick as well.  Most people do not take their temperature every 5 minutes just hoping that it will confirm what they already believed to be true – that they really are sick.    And most people when the thermometer FINALLY agrees with them and shows that their temperature may be rising even ever so slightly do not leap around and jump for joy and plan how great their day will be NOT at school, but rather spent lying reading on the couch.

Well that was Erik this morning, but we all know he’s not like most people.   William truly has been sick since the start of the week with a fever and headache that has morphed into a bad cough, and he legitimately got to miss school because of it  – and that was just killing Erik.  It’s funny because William loves school and would rather go, and Erik would do anything to stay at home and here they both were on the wrong sides of the fence.    Since Monday when it was clear William was staying home, Erik has been  trying to convince me that he was sick as well  – except he’s been showing no symptoms whatsoever.  But he got his wish this morning when just before we walked out the door  for the bus it really looked like it was happening as his temperature did rise according to the thermometer and his forehead did seem a bit warm and I hate sending kids to school with fevers.   But by noon I was very skeptical and took his temp again and he was perfectly normal.   I’m wondering if I need to replace my thermometer.   But I was a nice mom,  I called it a mental health day for him and let him stay home for the afternoon as well.

And as it turns out he’s a pretty handy guy to have around, especially when you are sorting out junk drawers and finding all sorts of things.  Because you can show Erik any gadget, any wire, any piece of plastic and he knows exactly what it is or where it came from, and if he doesn’t know – then you can be fairly confident that it’s garbage.    So with his help I got a lot of stuff sorted out today.   And when I found all of our mini-video cassettes from our video camera  and wanted to know how to get the video off the camera and to the computer – he knew what a fire wire was and even found one for me (which I found surprising) and although we never got it working, he spent the rest of the afternoon on techie websites trying to trouble-shoot some problem we were having with the camera.  This kid puts me to shame… I used to do techie things, but at 8 he’s already left me in the shade.

So most people wouldn’t get their little brother to lick them to try to make them sick, just so they could stay home for day, but I’m here to say that I really am glad that Erik isn’t like most people. 🙂

Herding Cats

Well if this is a typical book that you would take away from a 7-year-old who is reading it under the covers with a flash-light after lights-out… I guess then Erik is your typical 7-year-old.

And after Jason confiscated it tonight, Erik’s words were… “Oh man, but it’s sooo good!”   Of course it is Erik, and I’m sure when you are done you can pass it around your grade 2 class so that everyone else can enjoy it too.

And he has the nerve to blame his taste in books on me because he says that I’ve read “Dummy” books before.  Which I have, I’ll be the first to admit I love a good “how-to” book, but I think the ‘Dummy’  book I read was how to be a be frugal mom trying to raise 4 kids on a single income, NOT how to learn Power-Point.   I do often wonder how Jason and I ended up with this child and I also wonder if his teacher’s prediction of him becoming an Astro physicist will come true.  Although I just looked that up (I didn’t even know what it was… dummy!) and apparently those guys are on a quest to figure out how the universe was made and so I’ll betcha that not many of them are Christians.  If they were then their thesis could contain just one word…. “GOD”…. but I betcha it probably wouldn’t go over too well.

So as my little Einstein sleeps,  I bake another batch of midnight cookies, this time for William’s “graduation” party – and I use that term in the loosest sense of the word as we are celebrating with his classmates tomorrow his and their completion of Senior Kindergarten.   It’s very exciting.

So another day of herding cats… this is what it has come too… or what it feels like… trying to get my children out of the door in the morning when all of them are doing their own thing with their own agendas, none of which seem to be getting dressed, eating breakfast or walking out the door.

Thank goodness there are only 4 MORE DAYS LEFT OF SCHOOL!!!!