Friday, March 19, 2010

When are you going to die.....

As morbid as this title sounds, this is the question of the day for my 6 year old. Kylie asks some form of this question just about every day. If it is not this, it is how old you will be when I am....., sometimes my answer has even been as high as 108 or 114, and she doesn't even flinch, it is just ok! Or there is the question of can she live with us forever even with her husband and answer, is of course, you can live with us as long as you want to. Or the other one, can me, her, kiersten, chip and jake all be underground with her when we answer is again, of course!

I have no idea why she is so obsessed with this or where this is all coming from, I do remember however when I was young, I couldn't stand the thought that me and my family were going to die and be buried in boxes in the ground....I don't remember being quite as absorbed with it as she is though. Hopefully, this is just a quick stage, because to this day, I really don't want to think about it that much! :)

Kiersten on the other hand just does her own thing without a care in the world. She has been moved up another room at her school since she is excelling class wise in the other room which is a relief because normally when they inform us they are moving her it is because she is too big and is knocking the small kids down......that's my girl! Chip may get his football player after all in her! ;).

But for now, I am just reassuring Kylie that she will always be taken care of and that we will not leave her and we will be around for a while. Though it is not of course 100% true, it is what she needs to hear right now, I the uncertainties of the world and all that tough to deal with stuff until she is old like me ;).

I hope everyone is well and holding on in this economy! We had 70 layoffs so far in the county...the latest word from the County Manager was that he is ALMOST certain that there are no more layoffs for at least 2 years....this would be more reassuring if he hadn't said before these 70 that he didn't ANTICIPATE any layoffs..... But for now, I have a job and for that I feel blessed!

The weather is beautiful, the sun has been out for more than 2 days straight and I am loving it!! Hope everyone enjoys the weekend and the weather!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Been a while....

I know it has been a while since I posted, I don't have much to update, but here goes....
For those of you that don't know, my work has been a little stressful lately, lots of budget cuts and we lost 4 of our part time employees, meeting with them to let them know they no longer had a job was not a fun experience......I hope to never have to do it again. They are still analyzing the budget and the reality is that my job is not a "mandated service" so we are all just hanging on hoping to make it through!
Kylie has started dance class and loves it! She is going to be in her first recital on May 22nd at 1:00pm at the Wingate University in Monroe if anyone is interested in watching her dance....I think it is great that she is really into it and will fully support whatever she wants to do in life, but I am struggling with the recital requirements such as eye makeup, blush and lipstick.....HELLO, she is 6....what is the purpose for all of that!! I don't know if this is because I am more comfortable with requirements such as a mouthguard, special socks and cleats or what, but I find this a little odd and not necessary! She is my little girly girl though and I am thinking I need to get used to that. She is also quite the fashion critic. Last weekend, Chip and Chad were getting ready to go to a concert and Kylie looks at Chip dead serious, and says...."Dad, you're not wearing THAT are you?.....that is not what you wear to a concert....." Imagine this child as a teenager......scary thought!

Kiersten is going through a little bit of the twos/threes, she is great one minute and then she goes into her laboratory and drinks some of the serum and comes out as Mrs. Hyde.... the only good thing is after going through it with Kylie, you can ALMOST laugh about most of it... We went to the zoo on Saturday and it was so fun to watch her all fascinated by the animals....the really funny thing is every animal exhibit we looked at, she was bound and determined to identify the "family" unit....that was the mom, there's the dad....but where's the baby?? ....we came to the conclusion that they must be studying families in school.

So, even though, there is some uncertainty right now....there is one thing that is certain...we have two healthy, spunky kids that make our lives more interesting everyday and that is something I wouldn't trade for anything!