Candyland, Niang Knee and Bloods

I’ve sort of done a lot about Iowa State lately (GO CLONES!! Can’t wait for Friday!) so I thought I’d do a palate cleanser before the next round of my Cyclone gushing this weekend.

The kids are on Spring Break, and since we did the Big 12 Tournament last weekend, they are home this week.

Youngest Daughter decided to celebrate by talking me into taking her to Candyland for Spring Break. I took her to the store and let her pick out the sugariest, nastiest stuff she could find, and she talked her brother into eating the sugar, staying up late, and playing Pokemon.

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Happy little camper.

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Another Love Letter to Coaches With Restraining Orders Against Me

I’m pretty sure I’ve vomited it all over social media last weekend, and on the blog, and hey, let’s face it, subtlety is not my thing, so let’s get it all out…

Did y’all hear Iowa State won the Big 12 Championship?

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Oh yes they did, Em-Effers.

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Spring Breakin’ with Iowa State

This week in Wiferville, we’ve been gearing up for Spring Break.

Oldest Daughter is going on a school fine arts trip to Disney, so she wins the lucky ticket this year. Maybe. If Iowa State wins their basketball game against Kansas State tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., the rest of us will be headed to Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament and all of the awesomeness that is college basketball March Madness.

Can I just tell you that March is my favorite sports time of the year? I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Big 12 Tournament and the NCAA tournament. I can’t wait to see how many Big 12 teams make it in, and there should be lots of them because the Big 12 is awesome this year. Our high school boys basketball team is the #1 seed in the state tournament going on this weekend as well, so if Iowa State doesn’t win – BLASPHEMY! – then we’ll detour over to the state high school tournament.

Otherwise, Current Husband and I will revisit our college selves in Kansas City. The last time I was at the Big 12 Championship, I was 22, didn’t have a husband, didn’t have kids, and had a hollow leg. This time will be different, but just as fun, I’m sure.

So this has been a week of travel preparations – OD and I got mother-daughter lip waxes tonight, stocked up on granola bars, and made cookies for The Son’s basketball banquet. We finished her National Honor Society application, which required about three dozen

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT:

IOWA STATE BEAT KANSAS STATE.

IOWA STATE PLAYS KANSAS FRIDAY AT 6 PM.

WE ARE LEAVING FOR KANSAS CITY TOMORROW TO BE WITH OUR CYCLONE PEOPLE.

THIS BLOG IS SUSPENDED UNTIL THE END OF THE BIG 12 TOURNAMENT.

THAT IS ALL.

EXCEPT…

Go Cyclones!

 

There Will Be Books in Prison

Conversation at our table tonight:

Youngest Daughter: “Mom, I have this homework sheet for school, I need to start doing the things in these boxes.”

ME: “Great. I love homework that involves extra activities. What are we doing?”

YD: “Not much. It says you can read to me while I’m taking a bath, but since I don’t take a bath and won’t let you in when I’m showering, that’s out.”

ME: “Relief. What else?”

YD: “Here’s Plant a flower and watch it grow.”

ME: “But since it is still below zero, I don’t think we can dig a hole in the tundra. Next.”

YD: “Find some facts about Daylight Savings Time.”

ME: “What class is this for?”

YD: “Reading.”

BOTH OF US: ?????

YD: “This one sounds creepy. Take your child to the park and count the children.”

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ME: “See how many kids fit in your van. Tell them there is candy.”

YD: “Or puppies and free One Direction CD’s.”

OLDEST DAUGHTER, WITHOUT LOOKING UP FROM HER PHONE: “See how many you can fit in your van and then drive away as fast as you can to the next state and then you get to the airport and you fly to Mexico where another unmarked van will be waiting for you. Put the children in the second van and drive to the capitol building and talk to no one. Sell them all. Tomorrow, go bowling.”

ME: “Yikes.”

OD: “You started it. This is your DNA talking now, sister.”

And that’s how we do homework at our house. I’m feeling confident that it will be a long time before either of my girls get married.

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