Friday, October 31, 2014
It's an understatement to say Trick or Treating is a big deal around here. It's a HUGE deal. There are hundreds of folks out for a
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
A whole bunch of families skipped the Homeschool Teen Dance last week and we all went to the movies instead. It was fun to change things up and the change in events meant that siblings younger than 12 could join in the fun as well. Afterwards we grabbed frozen yogurt at Mr. Toppins. It was just so-so. Sweet Frog is still our favorite.
Two weeks ago an electrical surge hit our house and I lost two sewing machines and Isaac's iPod got fried as well. The power company and various electricians have been by several times and I think things are okay now. The power company is still supposed to do something with the damaged pole out back, but the house is back to tip-top shape.
The machines themselves can be repaired, but to the tune of almost $1000. Yuck!
Trick or Treat is this weekend for our town. It is such a big community event. The kids are beyond excited.
We told Malcolm he could not have pasta again until he potty trained. It's been over a week now. He still isn't potty trained, but his behavior has improved tremendously as well as his horrible diapers. There might be something about this I need to look into.
Between a school-going child, three LMCA kids, a preschooler who will not potty train, my life is pretty full right now. But not a too-full kind of full. A 'just-right' kind of full. It feels good.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Time for me to brag on my boys a little bit.
Today the older boys competed in the PMTA Sonatina Competition.
Henry competed in Level 2 against 8 other pianist. Isaac was Level 3 against 9 other pianist. James was level 8 against 8 other pianist. Overall there were around 100 kids playing in 12 different levels.
James and Isaac both received Honorable Mention in their levels.
Henry made it to the finals and went on to WIN FIRST PLACE!!!
I am so happy and proud of all three of them that I keep crying at random. Michael asked me to stop because it is embarrassing.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Did you know that when you get toys stuck on your power lines the power company will come and get them down for you? Good to know for those times when your nun chuck skills get a bit out of hand.
Margaret made some Jesus-related items at Sunday school recently. Malcolm found them on the table and brought them over to me asking, "Who made this Jesus crap?" Translation: "Who made this Jesus craft?" Three-year olds are always good for a chuckle.
We are gearing up for the big Sonatina Piano Contest this weekend. Each of the older boys will be evaluated by a group of judges. Parents and piano instructors are not allowed to attend this portion of the contest. Only the top two students in each level will move onto the finals, which everyone is welcome to attend. The boys are competing in levels 3, 4, and 8.
This is our first year competing and I don't expect any of them to reach the finals, but it is still an exciting day and I like that they are excited and ready to meet this challenge. Here's a little bit of James practicing his piece (Level 8). Blogger wouldn't let me upload the whole thing:
LMCA is going along smoothly and although challenges seem to arise every week, I think it is going really well. It helps to have a year under our belts. It really puts things into perspective. I have a great co-founder and an awesome group of co-leaders. It's so fun to do something so awesome with a big group of friends. And my kids LOVE it, so it makes it so much more enjoyable.
It's that dreaded time to think about Halloween and Trick or Treating. Everyone has different views on this topic. I stick by our family's choice on what to do on this day. For us, it is a community event. Our neighborhood really comes together to celebrate our community and friendships. If it was up to us, we would have chosen a different event. But alas, it's not always about the individual.