Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Bedtime Snack

Apparently we don't feed this kid enough. She's obviously starving. I busted her eating oatmeal...straight from the container, raw. Um, yuck. As you can see from the video, it quickly became a game for her. She was pushing it..and I was having too much fun recording her to make her stop. After I shut the camera off I did make her stop, and took the vacum to the cupboard. Sadly, this is just a typical day in the life at the Kerzman home. Never a dull moment. Never.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

No Family Secrets

Again, another actual email from Jake's teacher.. trust me, I can't make this stuff up!

Dear Jody and Brad,
Your son is so funny - he cracks me up. He told yesterday that "at hisdad's job, at the highway dept., some days he just leans on a shovel anddrinks Mountain Dew and spits!!!!" I laughed. I love it. I told Jake thatI want his dad's job! You two have the neatest children.
Brad, look out - I'm after your job!!
There are no family secrets at your house!
Have a great day,

Cindy


I warned her that today will likely be another interesting day...he is goofy already! As for the bit about Brad's job, I feel that needs an explanation. When we built the garage last fall, Jake wanted to help but Brad didn't want him to help, for fear he would get hurt. Brad's buddies told Jake he could be the "inspector", like his dad. They also told him the job of inspector means you stand around, lean on a shovel, drink pop and spit a lot. Jake took it to heart!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Like Mother, Like Daughter

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Lexi has fallen in love with the game of basketball. At first I thought it was just a sneaky way to get me on her side. I was wrong. She truly loves playing the game. She played parks and rec ball this fall, and is now on a traveling team. They only practice once a week, and play tournaments every couple of weeks. That is just not enough for Lexi! She would like to practice every day, and play games every weekend.

Her team isn't great, but they are good. They have potential to be great, and it's important to remember, they are only fourth graders. This past weekend they played in a tourament on Saturday and Sunday. The first game on Saturday was at the same time as Lexi's choir performance. The choir performance was not mandatory, so we left it up to her to decide which one to attend. She picked basketball, without even hesitating. We decided she's old enough to make her own choices, and to face the consequences, so we let her skip choir and play ball.

She made six points in that game, half of her teams total 12 points, and her personal best. She also played great defense and hit the boards hard. I was so proud of her, even though they lost the game. They won their second game that day and played the tougest team in their league on Sunday morning. They lost that game by 20 points, but Lexi played great. She had four points, several rebounds and even a few blocked shots. What's most amazing, is that I was rolling on both of her baskets! The one I posted here is my favorite...Brad laughed out loud when he watched the video...because it reminded him of me! Brad kept the shot clock for my college games and to this day the game he remembers the best is the one where I played completely out of my mind. Everything I threw up, went in. I could not miss! That's exactly how Lexi played yesterday.. it was so fun to watch!

For more video of the games, including Lexi's other basket and freethrow, and Jake's "travel dance", check out my facebook page!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Couch Potato

Lizzy has recently discovered the magic of television. I'm not sure that's such a good discovery. I really believe if I'd let her, she would sit in front of the tv all day. Of course, there are only two shows she likes, so maybe she would eventually get tired of "Little People" and "Barbie as Rapunzel" and shut the tv off. Maybe.
If you've ever seen the "Little People" movies, you understand why I'm so annoyed by them. If you've never seen them, consider yourself lucky. I'm not even sure if you can buy a "Little People" movie.... the ones we have came with toys. Lexi informed me they are "claymation" movies. I don't really know about that. What I do know, is the "Little People" theme song is really annoying. If I hear it again today I may throw something at the television.
I know this is a normal part of childhood. And I reminded the big kids of that this morning when they complained about Lizzy's obsession. When Lexi was Lizzy's age, she couldn't get enough of "Veggie Tales". If you ever wonder why we have a dog named "Bob", it's because of that obsession. I was afraid if we didn't name the dog Bob, the baby would be named Bob. We had every single movie, too bad they're on VHS and totally worn out, otherwise I'd try to get Lizzy hooked on those instead!

Jake hopes not many people remember his obesssion, but I am going to remind you, just in case you'd forgotten. Jake LOVED the Wiggles. They may be a little more annoying than "Little People". "Fruit salad, yummy, yummy". We had a couple of VHS Wiggles movies and even two audio cd's!

Now, the big kids wouldn't dream of watching Veggie Tales or the Wiggles, so I am hopeful that this "Little People" obsession too shall pass!