We went to visit the science museum with our homeschool group. The boys had a blast, and we plan to return this week.
For more pictures, please visit Dominic's blog.
Gabriel has been wanting to learn how to mow. Gary and I are fine with this! Unfortunately, I just don't think Gabriel's quite strong enough to manage it easily. The good part is that he is willing to keep trying. He'll manage it eventually.
Dominic started soccer two weeks ago. He looks so cute in his uniform. He loves soccer. We love that he loves it.
Now, a funny story about Xavier at Dominic's soccer game last Sunday. There is a playground at the soccer fields and Xavier and Gabriel were playing there. Toward the end of Dominic's game, Xavier came over, wearing only one shoe, hopping mad. I know, bad pun. He informed me that, "There's a girl over there being mean. She took my shoe off and I was chasing her around the playground. I was trying hard to control my anger and not let it all out at one time."
First, let me say that the fact that he was trying to control his anger is an enormous step forward. Now, back to the story. After Dominic finished his game, we joined Xavier and Gabriel at the playground. Low and behold, there was Xavier playing dolls with the same girl. Huh?!!! Apparently, they were flirting with each other. Ah, young love.
Now, we'll move on to pictures of our clean up efforts. We had a big wind storm, thanks to Ike. We lost power, and had two trees fall. Of course, Gary was in Texas. It really wasn't a big deal. I was able to buy enough ice to keep our food cold and we cooked on our grill and camp stove. We also heated water on our camp stove for dishes and bathing. But, by the time Gary got home on Tuesday (the power went out on Sunday), I was ready to have a shower. So, we went to his office and took showers twice that week. Ah, bliss! That Friday, Gary left again, but by then, the power had come back on, so I could take showers again. Truly, hot showers were what I missed the most. During the two and a half days Gary was home, he was able to cut down and cut up the two trees that fell. We also had a lot of hickory nuts fall. We've been collecting them. We're going to try eating them. Besides, they're not good for the mower, and I've twisted my knee stepping on them at least half a dozen times. Here are some pictures.
This picture was hilarious. Gary kept expecting the tree to fall, but I guess the way the tree was leaning on the part that had fallen, it was perfectly balanced!
This week has been an amazingly busy week! Like I said, Gary left last Friday morning. Friday afternoon, the boys started swimming lessons at a new place. Dominic had soccer games Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, we wrapped up the week with a birthday party. We went to a new friend's house for a bonfire/potluck/birthday party. We got there at about 6 and the boys played almost non-stop for close to 5 hours. We left just before 11 and the boys immediately crashed in the car.
Sunday, we were going to go to the gun and knife show. We'd been looking forward to it all week. Unfortunately, it ended at 3. I thought it ended at 5. I didn't find out until 1:45 that it ended at 3. Now, we'll have to wait until December to go to the next one.