Friday, August 28, 2015

Random Acts of Shifeness

--> We survived the first week of school. The first two days of 1st grade were a little rough for Kyle because he now goes full time so adjusting to that extra 4 hours had him struggling with his emotions but we pulled through.

Kyle and Hayden along with their buddies on the first day of school 2015.

--> I shared this on Facebook so if we are friends on there you get to read it again. Sorry.

I was more nervous than Kyle was today.
First grade was just way more emotional for me than kindergarten. 
I was ready to share Kyle's first day of school picture but then I saw this when I went back to his room to turn off his light. 
Sweet dreams my little 1st grader. 
You did great today. 
I just imagine him thinking,"I got this, Pops. No worries."

--> Hayden starts pre-school on Tuesday so she's super excited because she gets to go to school just like her big brother. I don't know if the pre-school is ready for Hayden but it's happening and it should be fun. 

--> Speaking of Hayden, Mrs. Shife got home from work and asked Hayden if she had a good day.
Hayden responded with a sad voice saying "I got locked in the dojo." 
Mrs. Shife said that's no fun but why don't you tell me what your favorite part of the day was.
Hayden then got a big grin on her face and said, "I locked Kyle in the dojo."
Just in case you weren't aware we converted our garage into a playroom for the kids and we call it "The Dojo." 

--> Have you ever had a cortisone shot? I got one Tuesday afternoon and it went fine until I tried to go to sleep. I slept like shit for 2 days. I woke up at 3:30 in the AM both days and could not go back to sleep. It was not fun. Fortunately, I was back to normal this morning and actually got some rest. Thank the fat bassets.

--> Does anyone else think this Jon Hamm meme is funny? I sure do. Maybe it's because I used the "Fell from Heaven" pick-up line back in the day and maybe because I'm more jaded than I was back in the day but it really made me LOL. 

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Were's the Beef?

Right here.
Yes, I finally have received Kyle's beef commercial and I'm glad to share it with you.
What do you think?
I don't think the acting bug has hit Kyle because he hasn't expressed any interest in it since the commercial wrapped, which is fine by me.
I think we will just focus on making it through 1st grade, which starts on Monday.
For the love of fat bassets, where did our summer go?
Enjoy your weekend.


I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Gone to the Beach

Be back soon.
The kids might be having a good time.
Take care.
Thanks for stopping by.
Talk to you soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, August 07, 2015

Kyle & The Commercial

Kyle's first - and most likely last - commercial is in the books.
Let's just say a star wasn't born.
He did fine but found the process a little boring as there's a lot of waiting for the next scene to happen as the production crew sets up for the next shot.
It took about 5 hours to film a 30-second commercial, which requires a lot of patience, and 6-year-old boys are known for many things but the capacity to accept or tolerate delays is not one of them.
All in all, a good experience for him.
But it almost didn't happen.
First, as soon as we arrived, I hear from the backseat, "I gotta poop!"
And when Kyle tells me he has to poop ... well you better drop everything because the countdown clock has started and we have about two minutes seconds before we have a real mess on our hands.
I didn't want to get too graphic so I'll just let your imagination paint that picture.
A little bit of anxiety washes over me as I imagine having this conversation with the director:
"Umm, yeah, hi there. Bad news. My son shit his pants. Just shit them. Yep. All over them. It was bad. Well, I don't think he can be in the commercial today. Okay? Thanks. Sorry. Have a nice day."
I rushed on to the set to find the bathroom and made sure it wasn't occupied.
Then I went back to see where Kyle was and here comes my little man walking as stiff as a board trying to make sure that the poop stayed where it belonged until he could find sweet, sweet relief in the bathroom.
He made it in time and crisis #1 was averted.
We were about 2 hours into the commercial shoot when crisis #2 happened.
Kyle got a bloody nose.
He let me know right away when he got one so I rushed over to help but remember what I said about patience and 6-year-old boys.
Kyle's didn't want to wait for me and wanted to take care care of his bloody nose by himself.
He tried to do what most little dudes would do in that situation and wiped his nose with his shirt.
Too late.
He got blood on his shirt.
But just a little, and we were able to hide it with his collar.
If the blood wasn't hidden then the production crew would've had to shoot everything again because Kyle didn't have a back-up shirt of the same color.
Thank the fat bassets.
Crisis #2 averted.
They are editing the video right now and hopefully I can share it with you next week or the week after.
Thanks for stopping by.
Talk to you later.

Getting chased by Herbie the Hamburger.

 Hayden trying to eat Herbie the Hamburger.

 Hayden enjoying an apple on the set.

Kyle getting into character with his pretend older sisters.  

Kyle looking thrilled waiting for the next scene.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Random Acts of Shifeness the Third

  • Hi there. Are you sick of the randomness yet? 
  • My apologies. I started working full-time and that adjustment with my other responsibilities means other areas like blogging are going to suffer. 
  • The blog isn't going anywhere. I will still keep blogging.
  • But probably not next week. I have to go out of town to help my aunts go through of my grandmother's things. She passed away last August and it has taken a little bit longer than anticipated to go through her house but it's happening now. 
  • Kyle gets to star in a commercial. Okay, star might be a strong word but he's going to be in a commercial. I work for an advertising agency and there was a call for talent so I volunteered my son. He's pretty excited about it and I hope to share the finished product with you as soon as I can.
  • We went on a little day trip last weekend to place called Jump Creek Falls. As you can see from the below images, the kids had a blast. 

  • Assuming of course you don't already know any kickball champions, you can now add "I know a kickball champion" to your friendly banter with whoever you decide to have pleasant bantering with that segues into talk of kickball champions.  I played with a team from work and we took home the championship last night. I'm the little fella in red in case you were wondering. 

  • Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend. Talk to you later.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Random Acts of Shifeness ... Again

  • I usually only do RAOS once a month but today's your lucky day and you get another one. Or perhaps it's your unlucky day and you are cursing my name because you have to read this nonsense again. 
  • Kyle spends a majority of his time playing with his sister. He also spends a lot of time with his cousins, who are also girls. Lots of girl time - which is awesome - but there's one thing that's driving me crazy. He wants to have his hair in pigtails just like they do. I came home from work today and saw this: 
  • It's kind of hard to see because his hair isn't that long but it's right there on top of his head. I think if you click on the picture you will get a better look at his pigtail. I have said nothing even though I really, really want to. I figure if I say something it's just going to make him want to do it more so I zip it. I need to practice so if he comes home and says he likes the Cubs I will not say a word even thought I will be dying inside. 
  • I remember getting a doll and buggy from my grandparents when I was about 5 and my Dad didn't say squat to me even though I know he wanted to give me a giant wedgie and tell me to quit it. I outgrew it and for the most part I turned out OK.   
  • I had to go to the doctor this week because I got bit by a bug and my right forearm got red, puffy, itchy and kind of hurt. Sorry no pictures as the medicine is already working so I don't have any visual proof of my malady. However there is still a large red bump where the bug originally bit me and a co-worker believes it's spider eggs. So I might be pregnant. I will probably register at Target if you feel so inclined. 
  • Kden asked how Tank was doing with his training and I'm happy to report that he's doing great. He seems to be a lot happier with some of the new things we are doing with him or maybe it's because I decided being fat, drunk and stupid is the best way to handle things. Sorry Dean Wermer looks like you were wrong. Seriously, he's doing well and looking forward to being his forever home. Here's a picture of the handsome and husky hound giving me the look saying, "Oh please, pretty please, can I go chase the cat in the school yard? I promise I will listen too." 

  • Well that's all folks. Have a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and kisses. Talk soon.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Random Acts of Shifeness

  • Meet the newest members of the Shifley household, Hot Cocoa and Snowball.

  • Hot Cocoa might be getting a name change to Ninja Turtle but Hayden is still undecided so I'm sticking with Hot Cocoa until I hear differently. 
  • The kiddos have been asking for a fish for a long time and they finally did everything we asked of them to earn it so there you have it. I hope we picked two of the toughest Bettas they had in the store because these guys might get neglected but so far the kids have been doing a good job with them.  
  • I wouldn't recommend leaving a bag of ice in the back of your car for 3-4 hours while it's parked in your driveway in July and it's 90 degrees. 
  • Hayden is cast free and so excited because she can know wear a shoe on each foot. And jump. And play soccer. And ride her bike. And run.
  • We went to the store with her dressed in this outfit. It took a lot for me not to have her change because I'm neat and tidy. Even though her shirt and shorts are on backwards, even though her socks of choice were more appropriate for winter, even though her feet are adorned with two different shoes, I did nothing. She was so proud of dressing all by herself and she was happy. 

  • Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.