Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What A Wonderful Day!

Today was a beautiful day. My day was lined out and jammed packed with events. Here's a look on what was on the schedule for the day... School with the kids, Cub Scouts with J.R.(which I'm one of the new leaders :)Love it), Girl Scout (yes still a Girl Scout leader Love it!) cookie sale with Addie, dinner, Boy Scouts for A.J. (Klondike check in)(Any questions about Scouting just come to me I've got one in every part of it!), shower and bed for kids, and night time clean up. I was sure that I would not be able to finish all of the projects but I did! School was finished by 2 p.m., Cub Scouts done by 4 p.m., A.J. handled cookie sale with Addie, dinner by 5 p.m., A.J. off to Boy Scouts with all of the Klondike stuff by 6:30 p.m., kids showered and in bed by 8 pm, and night time clean up finished by 9 p.m.! How I managed it I'm not sure but I'm loving the fact that everything is running so smoothly! Not only does it help my house stay cleaned up, but it seems to keep smiles on everyone's face, and our house at peace! So as you can see life is grand! I hope everyone else had just as wonderful of a day as I did!

One last thing that topped my day off was finding out that my cousins' wife just had her baby this morning at 7:30 am! Congratulations Mark and Karen!!!! We can't wait to see her!
Any ways I should close this and head off to bed so I'm rested for another eventful day at the Dickson house!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Oh Man!

Oh man oh man how time flies. For the past two weeks I've been saying I need to go in and update and here we are almost to the end of January! So ready or not here comes KinCaid's 6th birthday, Allie's 4th birthday, and Valentines! I can't believe that my baby girl is really turning 4 this year. Oh how I miss it when she was just an infant. I also can't believe that it's almost been 6 years ago that I moved away from Beautiful Michigan. Oh how time flies when you're having fun! (or growing old)
Speaking of time flying this last Christmas I had the wonderful opportunity of hearing a story from Russ' cousin EmRee. She was telling us about this lady she knows and how she names her years of life... hmm now there's an idea right?!
So I've decided this is going to be my year of re-organization and de-clutter. In moving towards that step I also learned about this awesome website from my wonderful friend Heather Mickelson (yes this is John's wife poor girl, for all of us whom know John, understand that), the website is she takes you step by step as to how to keep your house clean and organized. She also teaches you how to de-clutter and how to become oraganized again. Her first step is to shine your sink everynight. Oh my what a difference it makes. I love waking up in the morning now to see my bright shiny sink smiling back at me! Anyways I could go on and on about this wonderful website but I'll stop there.
On a side note; I've decided to make blogging as part of my re-organization, it gives me a moment to let things out of my mind and get them on the paper. So not only am I re-organizing my house but I'm also re-organizing my head. Hmm now thats a scary thought! LOL
I hope that over this next year I don't bore you with my re-organzing of my head while I blog; but please feel free to jump on board and offer some suggestions with organizing a house full of very energetic children, mom who's way to busy, and a dad that works shift work. All comments and suggestions are gladly accepted. For now I hope that everyone out there will find their name for the year and run with it and have fun.
Once again Love to All,

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Russ still Amazes Me!!!

So the other day while we were in Billings we used some of our money to get Dance Dance Revolution 3 for the girls. Now understand it was marked wrong so we actually got it $20.00 less than what it was supposed to be, score right?! We intentionally bought it for the girls to have a game since 90% of our games are boy games. So this morning first thing AJ says to me is can we open it. Sure what the heck. I did not realize that he was going to be glued to it. As the day progresses through I'm finally able to squeeze some time in there for Addie to play and try it out. Evening is here and Russ is home so he decides to try it out, now mind you he was all against getting it..."That won't be any fun for us boys". It's now 10:46p.m. and he's been on it for going on two hours and I don't see me pulling him away from it anytime soon. The best part is that his favorite is the difficult stages where he has to move fast.... Yes you read that correct Russ is moving fast. If only this would've came out 30+ years earlier. And who would have thought that all we ever needed to do to get him moving was purchase a dancing game for the Wii. This you see is why Russ still Amazes me!!!! Oh how I love him now matter how slow or fast he chooses to move!!!!
Good night to all and keep on dancing!
The Dicksons

Monday, January 4, 2010

I'm A Very Tricky Mom!!!

Today was a wonderful day we as a family decided to go to Billings!!! Now Russ being Mr. Budget sat down on Saturday and fine tuned our budget to figure out exactly how much we had to spend on our Billings trip. (Sure glad he's a budget stickler or we'd never have any money) This morning he finally informs me of the exact amount. I explained to him that there was no way to get everything on our list (list has been growing for over a month now) and stay within that budget. Low and behold we did it!!! In fact we came in $70.00 under!!! (Tithing works!) But the best part of the trip was the trick I played on my baby boy Donavan.
Here's the background... Now that we have reintroduced him to "Cars" we have watched it on an average of 6 times a day for the last ohhh 2 weeks now. Let me tell you everyone in the house can quote that movie line for line. In fact he is so in love with Lightening McQueen that he has rediscovered KinCaid's Lightening McQueen blanket and claimed it his! He'll every so often take a break from the movie and sit by the front windows and wait for cars to drive by then he comes running through the house yelling "Cars Mommy Cars".
Today we decided to take the DVD players with us to Billings and oh what the heck lets bring "Cars" for Donavan. The kids no sooner get in the car and it's started "Cars AJ Cars".
Once in Laurel (approx. 15 mi from Billings) we decide to get some lunch and stop at the Wal-Mart there. AJ proceeded to turn off the movie so that we could go eat and then shop but oh no the Donavan monster came out! Talk about a 2 year old tantrum in the car! So mom has this great idea...."AJ start the movie and just follow my command, Russ you follow along K; turn off the car, AJ undo your seatbelt, and watch...." I then unplugged the cord and yelled "Oh no Donavan the DVD player broke hurry we better get in to see if we can find the part to fix it!" (Donavan)"Hurry mom Lightening McQueen fix, come on mom hurry, lets go in, get part!" And we went in!!!!
Round 2; now we're in Billings and need to go into Costco and guess what, yep the DVD player quit working again funny thing is mom found another part to fix it there too.
So if ever any of you moms need a way to get a two year old out of the car and away from the DVD player just let it brake (unplug it). We know this trick won't work for very much longer but it'll be great for now!
One last thing Happy New Year! We miss and love everyone out there!
The Dicksons