We Got the FUNK: April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Roller Derby Saves My Sanity

So I mentioned a few weeks back about how I played roller derby.  Played as in past tense.  In 2006 I joined a brand new league called the Denver Roller Dolls (well actually they were unnamed when I joined because they were so new and I was one of the first recruits!).  I learned the game of Roller Derby and skated with the Dolls until 2008 when I retired because I was newly married and at that time pregnant with my first baby (I later miscarried this one too).  I loved my time skating and adored the game of derby.  It was my release...for the most part.

Few people realize that the majority of roller derby leagues are skater owned and operated.  This means that skaters serve on committees and run the business of the league in addition to going to 3-4 practices a week and putting on bouts.  It is very time intensive and most of us derby gals akin it to a part-time job where our husbands become derby widows and we become elite athletes.

When I played derby, I skated on a home team called "The Bad Apples" and it was definitely my home!  I loved my team and had the great opportunity to even be the captain in my last season (in which we WON the championship!)  I also skated on the all-star travel team "The Mile High Club" and had the pleasure of playing some amazing teams around the country.  I wouldn't trade these days and experiences for the world and I often find myself desperately missing derby and the camaraderie.

Fast forward to last year.  After my retirement and the birth of my precious baby boy, I was sent and invite to try out a recreational no-commitment league called Detour Derby.   It was SO much fun to go hang out, do some drills and play an occasional derby bout for a great cause.  I skated with them (and a hernia) for about 2 months before my life took over and I didn't have a babysitter for Eyan because Jason's job had an insanely crazy schedule.

With my abrupt ending to Detour Derby I had a void left in my soul.  So imagine my excitement when the hubby's job decided to have a set schedule with him actually getting weekends off!  Prior to this Jason would only have a weekend off every 6-7 weeks and I could not make practices.  Now, I had the opportunity to go to practice on Sunday mornings and yesterday I TOOK IT!  OMG!  I was elated and felt such a freeing in my soul.  I got my ass handed to me at the end of practice by a bad-ass chick but boy was it so FUN!  When I got home I begged the hubby to watch Eyan every Sunday for a couple hours and I *think* he agreed!  So hopefully next Sunday I will again be enjoying me some Detour Derby!

Check out some of my highlight pics from my early days as "Toxic T" of the Denver Roller Dolls!

Landing a hit!

One of my fans!  That is me on the poster!

More fans!  The "T" says Toxic T inside it!

After party with the Mile High Club

Last bout with my team...and the CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY!

Possibly my favorite derby picture ever!

I almost look like I am skating fast...almost

Saturday, April 28, 2012


It's Saturday again! I am linking up with The Mommyhood Chronicles for the Top 5 Saturday laughs of the week.

Let's Go!!!

1. We were at Home Depot last week and as we were walking through the store my son stops and yells "leaf blower!" Huh?!? Where did he learn that was my first thought. Then Eyan just kept saying, leaf blower, leaf blower, leaf blower. When I squatted down to tell him yes that is a leaf blower but we can't hang out I realized that more than 15 people were standing around laughing at us.

2. The dishwasher attacked this week. I had decided to run it empty with some vinegar just to clean it up a bit and before I got to do that my hubby decided to take it apart which resulted in the dishwasher appearing to not spray the water correctly. We thought it was broken, so Jason kept holding down the latch button that makes the dishwasher think its closed when it's really open. We watched it run through the rinse cycle and it looked broken until it hit the wash cycle. I was standing directly in front of it when "whoosh," the water flew out and completely soaked me. It was damn funny!

3. Eyans tantrums just make me laugh now. He gets upset over who knows what and then lays on the ground and rolls around all dramatically whimpering. It looks so funny!

4. On Sunday we took Eyan swimming and he was just so adorable, he was going down the slide and splashing in the fountains! Everyday when I pick him up from Jen's he asks to go swimming now! Too cute!

5. I forgot to share this a couple weeks ago, but I was in the middle of teaching and one of the "class clown" type kids gets up on top of her desk and lifts the ceiling tile then sits back down like nothing happened. I stop and start discussing her behavior with her (and the class). She responds "I'm sorry I was hunting rats!" what?!? There were no words, only hysterical laughing.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Ouch Kid

I am starting to think my toddler beats me.

As I am typing this the top of my left hand is throbbing because my son decided to throw (see: fly) his wooden airplane at mommy and it smacked my hand and I have a significant lump on it now.  This is a regular occurrence in our house as of late.  He now thinks that kicking me in my stomach is funny when I am changing his diaper (Man I am over this!).  The other day he grabbed my finger and stuck it in his mouth and chomped down (yeah he is teething but those suckers were already through!).  He is really just starting to be mischievous and kicking my butt.

Yes we do all those interventions--time out, counting to 3, yes even a spanking here and there, but he still finds the time to beat me.  Ehh maybe I am being too sensitive, is it really a beating or is he just unsure of his strength?  Regardless, I still love him... Even when his is giving the "I'm about to whoop your ass" face.

This is the face...all because he had to go to the doctor.  You should see the beating I got ;)

Disclaimer:  This post was all in fun.  My kid really is not purposefully abusive. Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

I have 4 more weeks of school left.  Seriously?!? This school year just flew by!  I guess that is a good thing.  I was in the staff bathroom today and someone posted on our little white message board that there are 27 days of work left!  I took a second and thought, "I have enjoyed this school year and I am not quite ready for it to be over yet."  That was a new thought for me.  Before this year I was making paper chains to count down the school year and becoming more and more cynical as the days went on.  This year I am more at peace, and happy with my job.  Don't get me wrong, I am eager for those wonderful 2 months off in the summer with my baby boy, but I am a working mama and I love my job.

In other news, my husband has been chewing tobacco for a LONG time and I am SO grossed out by this.  So much so that it was hard to want to hold hands or snuggle let alone kiss him.  So I made a deal.  I asked Jason why he chews and won't give it up and he said point blank that it is the one thing in the world that he really just enjoys aside from his family.  So then I said if I let him get the motorcycle he has been dreaming about would he be wiling to quit?  He agreed so fast and quit that night!  He hasn't picked up a can of chew in almost 3 weeks and has even admitted that he feels better.  So last night we went and purchased a gently used little Harley Davidson Sportster.  It is a good starter bike and we got a hell of a deal on it!  To top it off, our payment is only $60.00 a month which is exactly how much Jason was spending on chew.  (Yeah I know the man was trying to die I think).  When I remember to take a picture, I will post it.  I am just thrilled that he has quit and we have a better chance of keeping him around for a LONG time!

I think my baby fever is subsiding a bit.  Probably because the "I'm Pregnant" posts all over facebook have also subsided for the time being.  I am so happy for my pregnant friends, but for a while there I thought I was losing my damn mind.  We are a happy little family of 3 with 2 dogs and a bike (at this point I think the bike is part of the family).  I thought tonight about purchasing one of those ovulation kits and then I decided that if God wants us to have another baby then we will have one in time, if not then we have the most precious amazing gift ever already and I sure can spoil him and smother him for the rest of his life. 

I had to throw this in...Eyan in his Daddy's boots!
Those are my thoughts! What are some of yours?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WW: Ice Cream Beard!

Yummy!  Fudgesicle

Ice cream beard!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Eyan's 2nd Birthday {Pics}

I was so lucky to have won a customized birthday party for Eyan from Cup of Tea Photo Cards.  I won this party off my friend Censie's over at Building Our Story!

It was a very easy process.  Basically I sent Andrea at Cup of Tea my general idea for his party and she sent me back some mock ups and then I chose my favorite design!  Andrea was very easy to work with and the party and decorations were awesome (except I forgot to take pictures of some of it!)

So here are some pictures from Eyan's 2nd birthday!

The invitation...sorry I blurred my address :)

The Cake!  I made it but the cup cake toppers were Cup of Tea

Eyan's shirt!  So freaking cute!

The adorable banner!

My precious baby boy enjoying his party!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy {early} Birthday Blog

You might have noticed that the blog is looking a bit different!  I learned something over the last week and tried to do my own blog design.  It is definitely not perfect, but I am starting to fall in love with it!

Wednesday marks my 1 year anniversary blogging and since I will not have time to install this design I did it Sunday night as an early gift to my dear blog!

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day!

The science teacher in me would love to wish you a HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Here are just 2 reasons I LOVE our Earth!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

5 laughs

Holy moly! That week flew by!

Let's go.

1. Frog dissections were this week, the frogs were stinky and a bit juicier than normal...and my male students turned into screaming 3 year old girls! I can't help but giggle a bit when the girls can keep their cool but the boys can't!

2. Eyan turned 2 this week and we have finally got him telling us "i'n two." so darn cute!

3. Yesterday was 420. Not a holiday but in the land of high schoolers it's a huge deal. So I dealt with it by starting class off with this joke, "why did the chicken cross the road? To get to your house...knock knock...whose there? The chicken." The kids who laughed hysterically were on my watch...many made it to the deans. Funny to me!

4. Potty training has been going...sometimes he goes and sometimes he pees on my floor. But sometimes he starts to pee on my floor and then stops and runs to the potty to pee! So cute!

5. On the potty training front I have found more success if Eyan is naked from the waist down and I am semi-compliant with his wants. Take for example my baby boys genius idea to go in our back yard half naked and mow the lawn. It made me laugh so hard.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Made it through the first round!

With school budgets being as tight as they are I am so nervous about my job. I love my job and don't know what I would do if I had to leave.

Today I got the news that I made it through building level cuts and as long the district doesn't RIF'ed (reduction in force...tenure teachers) then I am good to go!

I'm asking for prayers here!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WW: Easter

I forgot to take pictures of him in his adorable 1 fish 2 fish red fish blue fish shirt and matching shoes, but here is the easter egg hunt and his goodie basket from that magical bunny!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

To my baby on his 2nd birthday


I cannot believe how fast time has flown by. It seriously feels like yesterday when I was in labor with you. I am so glad we made it through that whole ordeal!

I wanted to write you this letter to thank you for blessing me with the most amazing love and lessons I have ever known. You truly are our miracle baby and daddy and I couldn't be more thankful or in love with you. They say that your entire life changes when a child joins it, but they never quite say how.

For me everything changed from the moment I found out about you.  My eating habits, my sleeping habits, my work ethic and my emotions.  For those first 12 weeks of your life I was totally 100% dedicated to growing you from that small circle I saw on the ultrasound at 5 weeks to the baby I just knew you would be!  That 100% dedication turned into infinity dedication with the first movements and sites of what your features would be during the 3d ultrasounds.

However, I was never prepared for that moment when I would finally get to meet you.  In my mind I had it all set, labor and delivery would be typical and I would hold you and look lovingly at you and just never want to share you with anyone ever.  But you and I both know that was a farce.  On your birthday 2 years ago, you were whisked away to the NICU and I was put in seclusion in kidney failure with no real idea how sick I really was.  At one point I lost my mind on those nurses and just cried and yelled at daddy because I hadn't even remembered seeing you and that is all I wanted.  Finally the nice nurse showed up just after daddy left to feed the dogs and I was all alone and she miraculously talked the NICU nurses into bringing you to me.

The moment they brought you to me all hooked up to tubes and wires I was so scared.  I have never felt more alone in my entire life...until they placed you in my arms and you opened those tiny little eyes and just looked at me.  The feelings of love that I immediately had for you were ones that I didn't even realize existed and I knew that I was not alone.  At that moment, you became my reason for living and being a better person.  At that moment you made me not only a mom, but your biggest fan.

Over these last 2 years I still get those same tear jerking emotions and insanely obsessive feelings of love when I look at you!

You have taught me many lessons, some funny, some serious and all life changing.  Here are just a few.

1. Sleep is overrated.  As long as those nights were (and sometimes still are) I couldn't care, because those are moments I cherish.  I could stay awake for months with you as long as you were there with me.

2. Any little accomplishment you have I will celebrate.  I am your biggest cheerleader and even when it was a poopy after 2 days of constipation we celebrated with dancing, singing, calling all our loved ones to share the news or whatever crazy obsessive thing I thought up that day.  I will continue to celebrate those accomplishments for as long as I possibly can.  Don't be surprised if I am that mom that has a "Wall of Eyan" outlining all of your accomplishments.  I will always be proud of you.

3. Love is not just a word.  It is a way of life.  I love you like I have never loved another human being.  I can't imagine life without you and will be by your side forever.

I love you Eyan, you have grown up so quickly and are such an amazingly intelligent, adorable and perfect little human.  Thank you for letting me be your mama and teaching me everything I need to know about love.

Happy Birthday Little Ninja Funk!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Laughs, Laughs, Laughs, Laughs, Laughs

Did you get the title?

Probably not because I am the only dork in the world that would think that was creative!  It is referring to my top "FIVE" laughs of this week!

Link Up!

Here we go:

1.  While judging cheerleading tryouts for my old team the song "Teach me how to Dougie" comes on and I started reminiscing.  About what you say?  Oh the time I was out with a bunch of my roller derby friends and an African American Little Person taught me how to dougie.  No Joke!  So for the next 20 times that song played, I kept laughing about my "Dougie Education."  You have to picture it...freaking fantastic!  Sidenote:  Yes I played roller derby for about 4 years...Toxic T is the name and I keep forgetting to write a post about this, but here is a picture.
That's me in the blue
2. Oh dear my classes are beginning to see the light of summer.  This is not a good thing.  This week we are learning about the kingdoms and each day we focus on one of the 6 kingdoms.  Friday was bacteria.  We went around the school culturing bacteria and Monday we will look at all the nastiness we found!  Well of course my student asks me a question that is prefaced with "please don't laugh."  He says, "So bacteria break down my food?"  I say "yeah, so basically poop is just whatever the bacteria can't break down and well lots of nasty bacteria."  He says, "gross, so when someone farts they are spraying bacteria."  Me "Ummmm.....Ewww....Yeah."  Student, "I am never smelling farts again."  BAHAHAHAHAHA.

3. Reason number 65786768 that I should be awarded "Mom of the Year": My child can literally walk to the mini fridge at my parents house, grab a root beer and answer this question, "Eyan what are you drinking?'  His response, "I'm drinking that beer."  Yeah Beer...Root beer.  I have this on video, but I can't get it to upload...grrr!

EDIT:  Apparently editing my last 2 laughs on my phone caused them not to post...so here they are:

4.  Remember Barney?  Yeah well I do and in my effort to impose some cleaning habits on my child we have been singing "clean up clean up everybody everywhere, clean up clean up everybody do your share."  Eyan LOVES this song, and has been singing it as he picks up random things.  So flippin cute!

5.  Friday night we attended a memorial for Jason's uncle.  It was very well done and I feel like his uncle would have enjoyed that party immensely.  However, I brought Eyan...why?  Oh because the last time we went to a funeral I didn't bring him and people kept asking why and told me I should have...so I did.  BIG MISTAKE.  The memorial was at 7 pm (Eyan goes to bed at 8ish) at a golf course (see fancy schmancy) and my kid was the ONLY kid there (No one told us "no kids").  So he was bored and had no one to play with and everyone around him was sad.  So when we sat down for the eulogy, I decided that Eyan would probably be able to sit if I let him play angry birds on my phone...again STUPID!  As grandpa was giving the eulogy, Eyan kepts saying "birds fall down."  I finally had to scoop him up and take him in the hallway to watch Mickey Mouse on my phone.  People laughed at him, I was mortified, but reflecting back a bit, it was pretty cute.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Yeah when did that happen?

My precious baby boy is almost 2...in 4 days to be exact!

How the heck did we go from this:

To this:

So quickly?

Ehh well it doesn't really matter.  What matters is that we survived!

So how do you celebrate your survival?  Well, I have 2 great birthday parties planned for him and am eager to see how this birthday is compared to last year.  Jason and I have incredible friends and family and LOVE sharing our ninja with the rest of them, however there are A LOT of them and we want to have more quality time so we split the parties into mostly friends and then mostly family.  Eyans birthday is motorcycle themed and I just know he is going to love it.  I have SO much to get done before tomorrow at 2, and am positive tonight will be a super long night, but it will be completely worth it.

The last almost 2 years have been the hardest, most amazing, fulfilled years of my life.  I am just in awe at how fast this has all gone (yeah cliche but true).  So yeah, we are almost 2, and I couldn't be prouder of the little boy I am raising.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I might need to deactivate

Yeah...because I am going crazy.  Crazy about what?  Reading all the "I'm pregnant posts" on FB.

Don't get me wrong I am so excited for the new families to be!  But my baby fever is extreme right now to the point of almost obsessive.  However, I cant do anything about it!!!  I have about 2 week before my blood work is ready and hopefully my HCG levels are back to normal before I can even hope to have a baby.  Then to top it off I have to wait one full cycle before trying just to allow my beat up body to regulate before I possibly jack it up again!

So with the daily "I'm pregnant posts" I am losing my mind because at this point that is all I want.  Well that and no bills, lower gas prices, a toddler that doesn't hit, a motorcycle, finished basement and a lifetime supply of those damn Cadbury Eggs.  So yeah I might need to deactivate the FB.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

TAT: Eyan Bloopers

Ok so obviously not every picture I take of Eyan is perfect...although I try to pretend that I am some amazing photographer and all. 

This weeks topic for Toddle Along Tuesday is "bloopers."  Below are just some of the amazing photographs that could be categorized a bloopers.  Enjoy!

Grandma & Eyan...Yeah not looking so alert

Sweet hair

I swear he wasn't crying...I have no idea why he made this face. 

Ummm...who knows

All time favorite plumbers crack photo!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Y3W: Bank Bag Hat?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Top 5 weekly laughs

I have been MIA on this hop because our Saturday's have been so busy! But, I am back!!!

I am once again linking up with The Mommyhood Chronicles to share and read some silly laughs!

Here goes:

1.  While potty training, Eyan started to sing to his "parts"  I about lost my shit laughing at him trying to encourage himself to pee.

2.  My students were some wild monsters when we came back from spring break Monday.  Case in point...I gave new seating charts when they came in and made a huge mistake of sitting two boys close together.  These two boys like to randomly sing songs in class and high five very dramatically when they make a joke.  So just as I was going over some simple information about classification and taxonomy and I get to the animal kingdom, boy A sings to boy B "you and me baby ain't nothing but mammals so lets do it like we do on the discovery channel."  It took everything I had not to giggle and try to redirect them until boy B then said, "Mrs. Funk we were just classifying that we could do it because were mammals."  Then I laughed. and said "how do either of you have girlfriends?"  Mrs. Funk 1-boys 0!

3.  This is what Eyan wanted to wear today!  So cool!

4.  The hubby and I were cooking last night.  I made patty melts and he was making french fries (all homemade!)  As he was cutting up the fries with the slicer machine he slipped and gave himself a small cut (like paper-cut size) on his knuckle!  I made the comment that he was fine, just don't get blood in my food!  Fast forward to about an hour later.  I was up in the office where my scrapbooking supplies happen to be.  Eyan comes up and grabs some decorative crafting scissors and as I go to grab them out of my hand he cuts me with them between the thumb and pointer finger.  I tell Jason to come get Eyan and Jason comes up and looks at the blood coming out of my hand (he got me pretty good with those jagged scissors).  Then Jason says "your fine, "Eyan quickly repeats that and we all giggled.

5.  As of late Eyan is really getting into Mickey Mouse when he is watching TV.  It is to the point that he will yell at the TV.  He really gets excited when they use the fishing pole out of the mouse-k-tools.   Just now he said "GOOO ROCKET," as we were watching the Goofy on Mars episode.  He is just so darn cute. 

Testing Testing 1.2.3

I think it is time to get more serious about this blogging, and by that I mean make it look more professional even if I still plan to keep the content the same :)

Anyway I just got a signature and a DOMAIN and I updated my Facebook URL too!

The domain as you can probably see is www.wegotthefunk1.com....oh .com how I love thee!

My FB page is now located at www.facebook.com/wegotthefunk1

Next to come...I am going to learn how to make a new blog background as well as a new button...cause my current ones are a bit lame.

Friday, April 6, 2012

What to do?

I am at the point in my teaching career where it is time to figure out what I want to do with my life.

So your thinking, well Laura your a teacher, isn't that what you want to do with your life?  YES!  I love love love LOVE my career.  So what do I mean you wonder?

I need to figure out what I would like to get my masters in.  I would like this for many reasons.
1. I don't want to wait until I have more kids and become so overwhelmed that I never get it done.
2. The pay increase would be nice.
3. I miss school :(
4. How great would it be to add more knowledge about God knows what to my life!

So what do I get it in?  I am gearing up to teach an AP environmental science class...yet I have only taken one course in this.  Would that be a good plan.  I love my special education students and would love more ideas to work with this group so maybe that is the path.  OR what about my precious ELL students (English Language Learners)?  I already have a bachelors in this area so why not add more teaching strategies to this?  Or lets add more to my biology degree...




Thursday, April 5, 2012

Disney on Ice

Since I was smaller than Eyan I have been going with my grandmother & sister to the Ice Capades which is now just Disney on Ice.  I have those silly little souvenir cups from each show and just cherish those memories.  It is one of the great things my grandmother, sister and I just love to do.

At my dad's birthday dinner I was telling my family that for Eyan's birthday I wanted to take him to Disney on Ice since it would be in town.  It would be a little early but he LOVES Mickey Mouse and he was able to sit through an entire Disney movie (UP!) so I thought he would love this.  Plus it of course gave me another excuse to go the the ice show!

Not even 15 minutes after this conversation after everyone had left my house, my sister called and tells me that she WON the tickets off of the radio!  Seriously it was meant to be!  I was so so so excited.

So off we went on Friday, grandma, auntie, mommy & Eyan to see Mickey!

We had such a great time and Eyan did pretty good.  He watched the first part with no issues, and ALMOST made it through the 2nd part of the show but all those damn princesses and love stories were of no interest to my 100% boy.

Eyan on the ice with his light up Buzz Lightyear Sword

Everyone in their seats, Eyan, Ashley, & Grandma

We had to get him (err me?) a souvenir cup...of course its Mickey

Mickey skating out!  Eyan was in Awe!

I have no clue what is going on here...ice skating I guess :)