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Friday, October 31, 2008

All Hallows Eve

Tonight was the big night. We had three wise men, two princesses, and one pea pod. Margaret was going to be a carrot, but I couldn't find any of my costumes. I may have loaned them out. If you are reading this and I loaned you a baby costume, please send it back when you can. This cute pea pod costume is compliments of Allison. Thanks Ali!

Here we are at our first house. Halloween is so much more about community than about treats in this area.

Pumpkin Carving!!!

We decided to carve our pumpkins. I opened up the first pumpkin and after one look inside Henry declared "Oh gross!" So that is why he is not in any of the photos and his pumpkin was never carved.

Funny Cookies

We have some friends who have a tradition to give some pretty funny cookies. You can imagine our surprise when we received these cookies after dinner last night. I have dubbed them "adult cookies" and have photographed them around some family friendly chocolates to help them blend in. Despite their appearance, they were absolutely delicious!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Margaret is just doing her thing. She still doesn't crawl or sit-up yet. She LOVES to watch other people (ie: The Brothers) demonstrate these skills for her and say in high pitched voices: "Maaaargaareeet! Look! This is how you crawl. This is how you sit up!" She's totally a little peanut!

R.E.A.L. Science

I really can't rave enough about how much I LOVE the science program that I got for James this year. It is completely fabulous. There is very little writing involved. Usually he has to write a hypothesis and then a sentence about what happened. The program provides these nice sheets to keep all the facts and experiments organized. And every single lesson has a hands-on component. This is important to a six-year old. Science at this age should be fun. Exposure is everything.

So we are studying the layers of the Earth and the experiment was to make a pizza that represented a cross section of the Earth if it was split open.

He had to make labels and place them on the pizza. The writing component asked about the make-up of each layer. Was it solid, semi-solid, liquid, etc., and compared that to the actual layers in the Earth. Since the pizza crust wasn't considered one the of layers of the Earth, James desided that it represented the atmosphere. We had just studied that this day as well in Geography.

The best part of making the Earth was the fact that we got to eat it for dinner. Yum!

BIG mail day!

It was a big mail day for the boys as cards from both Grammy/Grandpa Bob and Great Grandma Phyllis arrived in the mail.

The boys adore getting mail. This really made their day!

Here's a little preview...

Here's a little preview of what the Halloween and All Saint's Day costumes look like. James had his Cub Scout's Halloween party tonight and so he got to wwear his costume early. Although he is technically one of The Three Kings that visited Baby Jesus, he was without his brotherly kings at Cub Scouts and so he was just a regular king.

Here he is doing his mean king face. Check back this weekend for photos of The Three Kings and a possible carrot, pea pod, giraffe, or baby.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Look! Look! Look!

Even Piper has the boots.

Our Week

We had a very routine week with all the usual activities. Here's a few photos to keep you updated.

This is Isaac's number writing sample. His writing has really improved in the last few weeks. Thank you Right Start Math!

This is from James' painting class. It is his interpretation of "Starry Night." I don't know why blogger posted it sideways.

With the arrival of cold weather we got out the cute winter jammies and mittens, which the boys immediately confiscated to become boxing gloves.

Here's the girl playing in her crib. She never sleeps in there and has come to believe it is a place only for play.

Oh! She's such a girl and already loves her dollies.

Here's the cutest 2 year old!

He wants to smile but he hates the flash.

Here's James after he returned from Blue Knights on Friday. He has his Shield of Faith and his Helmet of Hope.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


So I returned home from Allison's house today to discover that I had men on my roof. They were friendly and had all sorts of ropes and ladders and tools, so I herded the children into the house and promptly called Michael at campus. Of course, he didn't answer. People never seem to answer when you really need them to.

So, I called Allison. But she didn't know why there were men on my roof either.

Around five the men came down and packed up their stuff. Then they came to the door and told me they were done. And they wanted to be paid. Now I was really wishing Mike had answered the phone.

Me: "Uhh. You will have to come back, because I didn't even know you were going to come."

Walter: "Okay, we can come back in a little bit. My friend (indicates partner standing by truck), he wants to know if you are American."

Me: "Yes... uh, I'm American." Walter continues to stare and so I continue, "I am American. I grew up in Oregon and lived there and now... uh... now I live here." My Master's level education is really shining through right now.

Walter: "Well, he was just wondering because he seen you wearing all those long dresses and no one around here dresses like that."

Me: "Well, no one but me, I guess."

So there are two possible reasonings here. The first is that when people see me out and about with my flowing skirts and posse of children, they think I am a mail-order bride. The second is that when someone in this area appears as though they care how they dress, they stand out like a freak.

Michael came home and settled the matter. After I related the funny conversation, he promptly began using a funny voice and calling me his "Foreign wife."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Boots

Regardless of what your political views are... These boots are HOT!

Does anyone want photos?

I literally have hundreds of photos of the kids that I am tossing out. I have already filled two trash bags with blurred and bad photos. But I have many more photos that are good, but I just don't want them.

If you would like me to mail you some photos, please email me or leave a comment here with how many photos you want. The photos are from 2002 to the present. They are going into the trash at the end of the week.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pizza Night

Every Friday night we have homemade pizza. It is really easy to do since we make the dough in the bread machine, then form the pizza (or calazones) when we get home from Step-Up. We buy the toppings in bulk, and make the tomato sauce, so it ends up being an easy and inexpensive dinner.

Sweet Henry

Henry had a very busy Friday. He is not 100% healthy, and so I didn't let him attend Step-Up. But he had a great time hanging out with Margaret and Mama.
Every block must be in the perfect position.

"Look! I made a tuwtle!"

"Look Mama! Look!"

"The dishwasher is magnet!"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Some Weekend Shots

Here are some shots from last weekend.

Okay, James is a little skinny in this shot.

We went to Lynn Run State Park to hike on Sunday.

Moments later Henry fell in the water. And no, I didn't bring a change of clothes for him. Or a change of shoes. Who does that? More experienced parents, I guess. "What the heck are you doing?" "That's what I'm talking about."

Someone is ready to hike!

See, Henry was just fine wearing clothes that were on the floor of the van, and he didn't even need a change of shoes because this is more his style of hiking.