Thursday, July 31, 2008
Since they're not here, I thought I'd share a few things they've said recently. Today, we'll talk about Dominic. He's recently started to think logically. Instead of just inputting large amounts of information into his brain, he's started making connections and spitting them back out. It has been very interesting listening to the way he thinks.
When his water bottle needed filling: "It's not empty, it's full of air." (See? He's the ultimate optimist. It's not half full, it's full--half with water and half with air.)
When told he had to have a hamburger (versus chicken) and asked what he wanted on it: "What can I have on it?" Me: "Whatever you want. What do you want on it?" Him: "Chicken. Hee, hee, hee, hee!"
There were a few others, but I can't remember what they were right now. If I remember, I'll let you know. Have a good night!
Friday, July 25, 2008
It seems to me that most people are either motivated by fear of bad consequences or anticipation of a reward. There are also people who are motivated by love.
Gabriel is mostly motivated by anticipation of a reward. Any outside motivation has to come from anticipation. Fear does not motivate him sufficiently. If there is a fear that motivates him, I haven’t found it.
Dominic is motivated by fear of bad consequences. He is more than willing to wash his plate and put it in the dishwasher now that he knows it will end up in his bed, if he doesn’t do so.
Xavier, however, is motivated neither by fear nor by anticipation. The only thing that motivates Xavier to change his mind is love. This will be a great asset to him as an adult. In the meantime, it is a challenge. I love this fact about him. I just wish he would give in a few extra times a week, just for me.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
When Gabriel was 5, we went to the library. In the elevator, there was a little Somalian girl who kept rubbing Xavier's head. I'm guessing she, being a recent immigrant, hadn't been that close to a white baby before. Anyway, Gabriel yelled at her, "Don't touch my baby, you'll turn him brown!" Of course, Gabriel wasn't aware of the concept of genetics, yet...
Xavier really wishes Gabriel hadn't stopped that little girl from turning him brown. In preschool, he desperately wished he had been born into a brown family, a dark brown family. His beloved teacher was dark brown and he wanted to be just like her. He still complains that his family is peach.
Dominic also wishes he were born to a different family. However, he is doing something about it. He is slowly attempting to color his skin brown.
Unfortunately for my children, there is no such thing as reverse vitiligo. Perhaps a full body tattoo might work?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Next year's schedule is going to be done in six-week increments. I'm doing this because I scheduled 6 American History unit studies for the year, so it just made sense. I think it is better to work around the calendar because they lose less, thereby needing less backtracking. More on "next year's" schedule later.
The boys and I had planned to go to Maine for Gary's cousin's wedding in October. Unfortunately, that trip has been canceled. So, the boys are heading up early. They're going in August, instead. Unfortunately, the week they'll be gone is smack dab in the middle of the last two weeks of instruction I had planned. So, I'm stepping it up. With the pace we're setting, we should be done with everything in the next two weeks. That way, when they get back from Maine, they'll have August off to spend with their dad before he deploys. That'll be nice.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Now, I'm finding him reading all over the place. If he's not playing with his brothers, he's reading a book. I can't resist taking pictures of him. This is huge!!! The fact that he went from being a "sign reader" (he really like reading all the signs we passed, but hated reading books) to reading every book that comes within sight is a wonderful thing to me.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
22 years old from Peoria, Arizona
2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division
May 22, 2005
"It was very tough not to be touched by him in some way," said Terri Schall, Sgt. Kenneth Schall's mother.
Kenneth Schall was enrolled at Glendale Community College and was studying to become a history teacher when the country was attacked on September 11, 2001. The event spurred him to join the Army. He served a four and a half month tour in Iraq in 2004 and returned in February of 2005.
Terri Schall last spoke to her son on Mother's Day in 2005. "He sounded great — tired — but he said he was doing OK", she said. Sgt. Kenneth Schall died when the Humvee he was riding in was involved in an accident in Yusafiyah, Iraq.
Along with his mother, Sgt. Schall is survived by his father and two younger siblings.
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
I only loosely follow the menu. In other words, while I frequently schedule the week exactly, I just as frequently change which day we'll eat what on.
Breakfasts: Each day, in addition to the bread, we try to eat a fruit and a protein. For Gabriel and Dominic, protein means bacon. For Xavier, it means a spoonful of peanut butter.
Lunches: I'm still working on making this a balanced meal....
Mac & Cheese
Tea: This is our afternoon snack. We eat it together at around 4. We eat supper at 6 or later.
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Wow! I finally made this recipe last night. Before I pulled the final pan out of the oven, a full batch had been eaten. I even got Gabriel to clean 2 rooms for me in exchange for more!)
Lemon Poppy seed Cake
Mexican (tacos, tostadas, nachos)
Roast, Carrots, Potatoes, Dinner Rolls
Ham, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls
Barbecue sandwiches, chips, corn
One of these days, if you're really nice, I'll share my ham recipe with you. It's wonderful and will have everyone eating out of your hand. And, you'll notice that Dominic is in most of my recipe pictures. I let him help me cook once, and now, I have to hide the fact I'm cooking if I want to do it without him.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Rite Aid has several good offers this week and CVS's Olay offer can be good as well. I only post deals that I am personally interested in. If you would like to see more deal scenarios, please visit Money Saving Mom.
$ 3.99 Gillette Body Wash ($1.00 man. coupon)
$11.98 Olay Body Wash 2 @ $5.99/ea (2 $2.00 man. coupons)
4.99 Olay Daily Cleanser ($1.00 man. coupon)
2.00 Dawn Simple Pleasures 2 @ $1.00 (2 $1.00 coup.--if simple pleasures is part of this!)
$22.96 before coupons
- 8.00 manufacturers' coupons
$14.96 Total Out of Pocket
$ 12.00 ECBS earned
Rite Aid scenario:
$1.00 Mead 1 subject notebooks 5 for $1.00
7.99 Gillette Venus Embrace ($2.00 man. coup, $5.00 rebate)
4.99 Infusium 23 ($3.00 man. coup, $1.99 rebate)
5.99 Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush ($1.00 man. coup, $4.00 rebate)
$19.97 before coupons
- 6.00 manufacturers' coupons
$13.97 Total out of pocket
$10.00 Rebate earned
Rite Aid's single check rebate system is very simple to use. You can input your receipt information online and they send you a check. The check is very quick to arrive. You can either cash it, or use it on your next purchase at Rite Aid.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
This was a unique experience in a society that only socializes through organized means. We go to church, school and the gym. Unfortunately, the small town get-togethers seem to be going by the wayside. It was a pleasure to see the boys playing with other kids without having to be organized. They just did! The boys started playing and, slowly but surely, all the other kids there joined them. We had so much fun. Xavier even invented a "new" sport. Run, tumble and slide. They managed to get about 5 other kids doing it with them, trying to see who could go the furthest. It was a wonderful evening (that, by the way, the boys didn't want to attend) for all of us.