"Of Mice and 'Manns"

"Of Mice and 'Manns"
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Neighborhood Dog

Rupp has been the entire neighborhood's favorite dog for years! Before he was officially ours, all the kids in the neighborhood took turns making him their's for a night. He often has visitors from the neighborhood come up to the fence to visit with him when he is out playing. But, by far, his best friend is our neighbor Scott. The man next-door brings treats to the fence all the time, sometimes buys him dog toys to play fetch with, and even drops his little dog over the fence for play-dates. We've even caught him a couple of times waiting for the guy to get home. Just last week, I caught him sitting patiently with his blue teddy bear waiting for the guy to come home and play fetch! We've got such an amazing dog, no one can resist him!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jackson the Scientist

This year, Jackson entered his very first science fair. The topic: CARS OF COURSE! He investigated the effects that friction places on speeding objects. Perfect for the budding race-car driver/designer! He tested his three favorite hot wheels using a smooth ramp, a bumpy ramp, and a ramp covered in sandpaper and felt. He then measured how far the cars traveled, and recorded his DATA (I wish you could hear him say the word aloud!) I don't think I've ever seen a kid enjoy science more than Jax did while conducting his first experiment. I may have created a monster!

 When the scientist was finished with his hands-on portion of the experiment, he even completed his presentation board all by himself! I was so proud of him! I have come a long way when it comes to allowing the kids to be less than perfect with things like this. Two years ago, there's no way I would have been able to leave the items crooked and cut less-than straight on the board. But, now I realize that it only adds to the appeal of the project. When walking around the fair, I could easily spot the projects that were honestly kid-composed, and those that were Mommy-made. It's been a journey for us all. But, I couldn't be more proud!

My little man looked so adorable receiving his medal and certificate at the award ceremony. 
I've now got a whole year to think of another experiment that involves wheels and speed. Any ideas?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Unanswered Prayers

After finding out that one of our closest friends was expecting again, my kids have had babies not he brain! Especially Jackson. He has been asking non-stop if we can have another baby!! Once he even started praying out loud in the car, "Jesus, please put another baby in Mommy's belly. I promise I won't fight with it! I'll be a good big brother. Thank you Jesus!" Umm, sorry buddy! This will be his first lesson in unanswered prayers!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Game Day with Dad

For Christmas this year, we got Dad the only thing that we knew for sure he would use: Kentucky tickets! Another perk to the gift was that I had a feeling he may choose to take me along. (At least I was hoping.) As always Dad and I began our Game Day at our favorite place: Joe Balogna's Pizza. This year, Joe took a load off with Dad and I to see if we were enjoying our dinner, and the complimentary cookies that he made for everyone to celebrate the game. Seriously, who else does that? What a kind man, and a heck of a pizza-maker!! 

Okay, so dinner had a much more positive outcome than the game. Dad and I, unfortunately were there to witness the second of three Florida losses this year. The game itself was a ton of fun! The energy in Rupp was like nothing I'd experienced in a LONG time. The fans were on fire, and really wanted a win! We almost blew the top off of the place. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to pull off the 'W,' but any night in Rupp is a great night. And when it is spent with my Dad it is even that much more special. Oh well, we will get 'em next year!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Toothless Smile

I just shared with you the excitement of our annual Valentine's dinner, but I left one even out because it was worthy enough for it's own post. My little man lost his very first tooth the day before Valentine's Day. Sounds pretty cool, but wait there's more!! He lost his SECOND ever tooth the day OF Valentine's Day!! We were wondering what was taking him so long to loose his first tooth, but that is when we remembered that the only reason his sister lost her first tooth so much earlier than her brother was because she KNOCKED her tooth out on purpose so that she could meet the tooth fairy!! That's our girl!

Two teeth in two days could only mean one thing. He made a fortune from the tooth fairy in two days! Ten dollars in two days to be exact! This is the best picture I could snap of his new adorable smile. When I asked him what he was going to do with his tooth fairy loot, he said he was going to buy a new bike! I told him the only way to get a new bike with then dollars is to take a Papaw with you! He took my advice. He may not have gotten a bike, but when he went shopping with his tooth fairy cash, he got a "little" more than what ten dollars could buy, and still managed to come back with his cash in his pocket. Go figure! Love his new rootless grin!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Valentines Day! YUCK!

For those of you that know me best, you know that the title of this post is ironic by itself. You know that I absolutely HATE, HATE Valentines Day!! It is definitely the most ridiculous holiday of the year. Totally absurd! Do not love me because the calendar requires you to! Love me because I'm awesome, all year long, not just on February 14th! 

About four years ago, I told my husband that I wanted to go to dinner on Vday at the most UN-romatic place we could think of. I'll give you a sec. When you think of romance, what is the furthest thing that comes to mind? White Castle? WRONG!! Folks are even making reservations and staring lovingly into each others eyes, over candles and roses there!! Really people? This stuff is hard to escape. Guess again! You got it! HOOTERS! Let me promise you no one is proposing over champagne there! And this was the beginning of an annual Mann tradition. Valentines Day dinner at HOOTERS! Hold your judgements, my kids love it, and I'm not ashamed! 

This year, our dinner lead to an even more surprising turn of events. The first thing I heard after we walked in the door was, "OMG! Mrs. Mann!" (I'm not exaggerating with the OMG part!) I turned around to see a former student of mine clad in her Hooters uniform tackle me in a huge hug. Taylor, pictured below, is even more beautiful than she was when I had her in the fourth grade. Can you believe it!? Nothing makes you feel OLD like bumping into a former student while she is waiting tables at Hooters. Taylor was and still is a gorgeous, intelligent girl. It was awesome to see her, and it made for our family Hooters dinner even more exciting.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Happy 11th Punky!

 I'm not even going to try to make "busy mom/teacher excuses!" I haven't made a post since Christmas. It's not March. Let's spend anymore time stating the obvious. On to the good stuff!!

My baby girl turned 11 on January 17th! She is now calling herself a TWEEN!! How did we get here?! To celebrate the actual REAL big day, we took to Gameworks with the kids, our good friend Brittany (who the kids call Mary Poppins,) and Granny and Papaw Ford. Daddy always orders a cake from his favorite bakery, Bonnie Lynn because we save the big fancy cakes for the real party. However, I can tell you that I can seriously eat a tub of Bonnie Lynn icing with a spoon! I mean the stuff is seriously delicious. Anyway back to the occasion.

The kids played to their heart's content all night long. Jax insisted on driving everyone in the family on any game that "had wheels." From four wheeling with dinosaurs, to hot rodding on sports cars, we all had to take a ride.

When the rest of the family had about all they could handle with Jax's rides, the birthday girl stepped in like a good big sister would. They spent about thirty minutes on this crazy machine. It's a simulator that makes it look like you are a pinball in a pinball machine, skydiving, rollercoaster'ing, and so on. Thanks Grace. Way to take one for the team!!

The birthday girl made the traditional wishes, and the entire family stuffed ourself with way too much cake! Good times for all!!

FAST FORWORD ...... About a MONTH!! 

The snow really wrecked havoc with our party plans this year. We actually and to push Gracie's real party off twice! We finally made it though to Gracie's tubing party. This was actually our second tubing party. We had so much fun the first time, I am certain it will be an annual or at least bi-annual event. 

Like everyone else in America, we loved the movie Frozen, and Olaf was our favorite part of the movie. So, Gracie decided to make him the center of her tubing-themed shindig. The cake was adorable. The snowmen were tubing from one delicious layer to the next, and Olaf was watching it all.

As with our last tubing party, we didn't see the birthday girl AT ALL the night of the event. She took off with her friends and was way too cool to be seen tubing with Mommy and Daddy! So, pathetically, the only picture I have to show of for the action portion of the night is a pic of my niece and I enjoying the slopes. We had a ball while trying to catch up with the birthday girl. If you've never been tubing at Perfect North before, you should definitely do it soon. It's a great time for everyone.