Thursday, November 29, 2007

Kid Quote of the Day

Dominic said to me, "I'm not your baby anymore, Mom! I'm a kid! I've got my OWN life!" What???!!! He's only 4! And, he'll ALWAYS be my baby!

So, how did he get from this...
to this?

Friday, November 16, 2007

We have a Winner....

Last night (Nov 15th) was the Cub Scout Cake Bake-Off
Here was our entry.

Can you figure out that it is the Liberty Bell?

Gabriel won.....

Most Patriotic Cake! Way to go, Gabriel!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Supper on a Pirate Ship

So, Gabriel built a pirate ship, today. I had to take a lot of pictures. He is very proud of it! He even cleaned off his reading lamp so that he could replace it with the pirate ship. Guess I'll have to put a shelf in his room. (Click on any picture to enlarge it!)

Then, Dominic made dinner for us. He made meatloaf. Seriously, he did all the dumping, stirring, breaking eggs, and patting into the pan. The only things he didn't do were measure the oatmeal and put it in the oven! It was the best meatloaf I've had in a while! I think because we cooked it in the mini loaf pans, so it had more cheese in it than usual. Notice the pajamas? Dominic is going through a clothing strike.

So, here is the recipe. We got it from Gary's mom. Thanks Mom! It is our favorite meatloaf.

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix 1 to 1 1/2 lb hamburger
Diced onion (tonight we used onion flakes)
1 to 2 cans tomato sauce (Unless you want it to REALLY juicy, I recommend 1)
1/3 to 1/2 cup oatmeal (I always use more.)
1 egg

Pat half of mixture into loaf pan, place slices of cheddar cheese on mixture. Pat rest of mixture into loaf pan.

Bake for 1 hour.

Pachelbel Bedtime

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Weekend

Okay, so, basically, I took a bunch of pictures this weekend and wanted to share them. So, here goes.So, first, the kittens. I caught Sasha (on the right) and Ron (on the left) cuddling the other day. I thought they looked adorable.
Dominic's Spider! He loved making these legs and I've found them all over the house as he does arts and crafts on his own.
Dominic in his new favorite "outfit", pajamas and rain boots!
Some of the plants that I finally got around to repotting. They are from Papa's funeral and were trying very hard to die out there on the deck.
The little doggie in this picture is a hotly contested family "heirloom". We, apparently, all remember it from our childhood at my Nonnie's (grandmother) house. It has at least 5 layers of paint and weighs a ton. I packed it in my luggage after Nonnie's funeral and took it home with me. It was worth it. I have such fond memories. Of course, within 2 days of it being in my home, all 3 of my children had smashed toes with it! Oh well.
This owl was playing coy with us.
We got half a dozen shots of him looking away from us before we got this one:

At which point, he was finished posing for us and took off, much to my children's delight!

So, that's it! Hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

School This Week

Here's what the boys are doing, this week.

Dominic's week is brought to you by the letter F and the number 5! The theme for the week is farms with the vocabulary word being field. His song is Farmer in the Dell and his shape the rectangle. His poem is Five little Speckled Frogs. His character trait is Friendly. In science, he will learn about ferrets. In art, he will make a flag.

Our weekly schedule goes according to the board! On Tuesday, we replace everything on the left and reiterate everything on the rest of the board. On Wednesday, we replace everything in the second row and reiterate everything on the rest of the board.... etc. I don't take everything off the board on Friday, but rather just leave it up until we get to that thing the next week. This means that he "studies" everything for a week. To find out more about this program, visit Letter of the Week.

Xavier is reading like a maniac. Every time I look up, he's reading a different book. We are still doing phonics, because I want him to have a really thorough grounding when he gets to more difficult vocabulary. We are taking a break from Math-U-See this week to study money. Today, we spent 15 minutes on coin counting and he's got it down. So... I guess we'll have to go back to Math-U-See tomorrow! LOL He is frantic for me to finish reading The Odyssey.

Gabriel is sick. He has vertigo. So, basically, he is reading. He read The Farmer Boy today. He is also reading whatever else he wants to. Yesterday, he was fine, so he did his regular school work right up until I split my head open on the desk hinge. After that, he spent the rest of the afternoon checking my head and taking care of his brothers. He was a really great help. In math, he is studying the greatest common denominator for fractions. He is enjoying math again for the first time in 4 years and says he's getting his "math brain" back! Thank you, Math-U-See! Thank you, LaDonna, for recommending it.

I am playing catch-up on Gabriel's reading. He's about 300 pages ahead of me in The Iliad, so I'm trying to catch up. We like to discuss the book as he's reading it. For a funny realization about his chauvinistic tendencies (which, I, by the way, approve of), you can read this post from my soapbox. It is in no way political. I am also trying to finish painting X&D's room. I've gotten the base up for the tank. Here's a picture.

Monday, November 5, 2007


We're (read I'm) painting Xavier and Dominic's room. Now, let me tell you the background on their deco theme. A couple years ago, Xavier, then 4, told me that he wanted me to paint his room as an ocean. At that time, I had just finished painting Gabriel's room as a jungle, so I was picturing an ocean with fish, sharks, octopus...

So, my mother-in-law found some room-darkening fabric and made X & D curtains with fish on them. Xavier threw a huge fit! Why? He didn't want fish in his ocean! WHAT? What are you talking about?

Apparently, he had gotten the idea of having an ocean when we went for a tour of the USS Barry, a destroyer, and toured the Navy Museum in Washington D.C. What I found out is... He doesn't want the ocean, he wants the Navy!
So, now, two years later, I'm finally getting around to painting their room. Of course, I did know that we would be moving, I just didn't know when, which is why we waited.

So far, I have the sky, and the Haze Grey color of an F-14 and an Amphibious Ship painted. No detail and no ocean.

We're using an amphibious ship because they want to have Marines fast-lining (is that right, Gary?) out of a helicopter onto a beach. They told me that an Aircraft carrier (our original plan) would run aground with a beach so close by. So, we have an amphib. I am painting the amphib going into one corner with the end open onto the other wall with a tank rolling off. I DO NOT have the tank roughed in, yet.

We are going to hang their GI Joes (which they RARELY use) from the ceiling attached to parachutes. I'm going to try to get this all done before Thanksgiving, but I'm not optimistic.

This is the amphib picture I'm working off of.

Here are the two pictures of the roughed in jet and amphib.

Sunday, November 4, 2007


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