Monday, September 29, 2008

Two Weeks (Plus Some) in Review 9-29-2008

I haven't posted in forever, so I've got a lot of catching up to do. As a result, I'm posting a few pictures from a month ago.

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.
Monday, we went to drama club. We are so stoked about drama. The boys love acting and they had so much fun. On the way home from drama, I got a phone call from a lady organizing volunteers for making phone calls for the McCain Victory Office. The boys and I stopped for dinner and went back into town to work at the Victory Office. For those of you who don't know me, making phone calls is an amazingly difficult thing for me. For a while, making phone calls would actually make me throw up. Yes, it was bad! I'm getting better, but it is still not a comfortable thing. So, I'm considering this volunteer work as self therapy. The boys had a ball. Gabriel read Brisinger. Xavier watched T.V. and Dominic made a new friend and ran around wildly with his new best friend.
Tuesday, we stayed home and I made Only the Best Banana Bread Ever! Wow!!! This chick really needs to right a cook book. So far, we've tried her banana bread and chocolate chip cookies. Both have been amazing! The banana bread melts in your mouth. It is totally worth doing!
Wednesday, we went to park day. They spent the afternoon playing and I spent the afternoon chatting. It was wonderful.
Thursday, we stayed at home and worked.
Friday, it was back to the races. We went to swim lessons at 1, stayed for open gym (it's a gym and has a pool). We got home in time to have an hour between getting home and time to leave for soccer practice- just long enough to clean out the car and get Dominic into his shin guards and cleats. (Thanks Jen for having 3 boys who played soccer!) We got home in time for the kids to get into their pajamas before the babysitter got here. (Have I mentioned how much I love our babysitter? No? Well, I do. She's wonderful and we're very lucky to have her!) Then, I went out for a much needed night out. We started at Borders, where I let slip my disgust of:
There was a mouse there! Now, I know you can't believe I took the above picture and shared it with you. But, seriously, there for a while, the cats were depositing dead mice outside all our doors several times a day. I'm glad that they've stopped that. Maybe they just killed all the mice. Or, maybe the mice grew up. These really seemed like babies. Anyway, there was a mouse at Borders. And, I, um, maybe let it be known that I don't like mice. One of the women was laughing at me. How rude! The fact of the matter is that if I was the same color as Tom's (of Tom and Jerry) owner, I could be mistaken for her when there is a mouse. So, I am actually thankful that the cats are so determined to search out and destroy all the mice within a 3 mile radius of our house. Back to our week....

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.

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