Wednesday, November 18, 2009


It is so much fun to live with Dominic.  The things that come out of that boy's mouth are hilarious.

During the last competition, said to one of our instructors, who was competing, "I hope you don't get disqualified."  Of course, most people would have said, "Good luck."

Yesterday morning, Dominic was wanting to cuddle with his cat, who had decided to take up residence against my leg, on my bed.  He started pushing at my leg and asked, "Are these your lower appendages?"

He keeps me laughing all day.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Xavier Turns 9

The much anticipated day finally arrived.  Xavier woke up at approximately 9 AM.  He promptly crawled in bed with me, and we cuddled for a good hour before hunger drove us to the kitchen.  I made waffles, as per the kid's request.

After breakfast, Xavier headed downstairs to watch a GI Joe marathon.  Gabriel had already completed his schoolwork, and Xavier had a personal holiday.  Dominic took the day off by default.  Mom had sewing to do.

This was supposed to be Xavier's baby quilt.  I started working on it before he was born.  I just finished it, today.  He's been asking about it.  I decided it was time he have a quilt made just for him.

The 'sand' has his baby footprints going around the ships/water.

This is how much thread I had left when I had finished binding it.  That was close!!

This is a stack of gifts that is one larger than usual.  We are a minamilist family when it comes to birthday gifts.  Gary and I buy the boys one present, and they also receive one gift from their brothers, who combine their money to buy a gift.  I decided that I would like to also include one homemade gift, each year.  Our children truly appreciate homemade things.  They would much rather have something, or give something, homemade than store bought.  I love this quality in them.  I'm sure it's something I did, and just as soon as I figure out what it is, I'll let you know.

The boys have been on a toy getting/buying freeze.  However, they got their playroom clean, so I loosened the restrictions to allow Gabriel and Dominic to buy Xavier a Bionicle.  Each child got one for his birthday from his brothers, this year.

Xavier loves board games.  His three favorite are Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, and, a new favorite, Risk.  He also likes Chess, but it's only a two player game, so doesn't get played as often.  He got an expansion pack for Settlers of Catan for his birthday from Gary and I.

Then, he opened his quilt.  It was priceless.  He looked at me and said, "You finished it?  I didn't know you were doing that?"  He was so happy.  He is now dreaming away underneath it.

Xavier requested Macaroni for supper.  This is one of the easiest meals I know how to make, and I was thrilled that he did not request a more complicated meal, seeing as how I needed to spend the day sewing.

After supper, we had ice cream cake.  Xavier proceeded to blow out the candles before I could get my camera ready to take a picture.

Then, we all ate cake.

Finally, we went to Taekwondo.  We had a great class, and our nine-year-old boy is now sleeping in nine-year-old dreams.  I can't believe he is nine years old.  How time flies.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Birthday Preparations

Tomorrow is Xavier's birthday.  He has been so excited about his birthday.  I can only hope it lives up to his expectations.  In the hopper: Birthday breakfast- waffles, Birthday lunch- unplanned, Birthday dinner- macaroni, birthday gift- quilt almost finished (just have to bind it...  I can do it!), birthday cake- ordered at Dairy Queen (we mostly do ice cream cakes, although Gabriel has put in an order for a 'regular' cake for next year), birthday game- Risk?  His new favorite game.

I can't wait to see what tomorrow holds in store for my favorite cuddle bug.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Moments in Time

One of the best things about homeschooling is all the time you get to spend with your children.  Gabriel has developed a wicked, slightly goofy, sense of humor.  It can be difficult to connect with him though, because he is going through the whole 'teenage angst' thing.

Friday, we were driving to taekwondo, just the two of us.  We were talking about the gas gage, which takes its sweet time going up after you get gas.

I started out by saying it was inching its way up.  Then, we both looked at the gage, and I said it was centimetering its way up.

After we both looked at it again, we said, together, "More like, millimetering its way up."

I know that we're both dorks.  We're okay with that.  Its moments in time, like these, that make parenting worth while.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fall Fun

I have a confession to make.  I have not been excited about the coming of fall.  This is very sad to me, because fall has always been my favorite season.  Now, my favorite season is summer.  It's all about the warmth, people.  This past summer was not especially warm.  In fact, there were very few days that it was warm enough to go swimming.  It was not warm enough for lying around in the sun.  Plus, it rained too much to go camping.

But, I am attempting to live in the moment.  We have been admiring all the beautiful fall color that has been happening this year.  The last two years, we did not get enough rain to have much fall color.  The leaves dried up and died too fast.  This year, we've had extended weeks of fall color.  Then, one day, the wind blew and blew, and all the leaves came tumbling down.  That afternoon, I walked outside to hang clothes on the line.  The crunchy fall leaves kicked up beneath my feet and it was so much fun.  I immediately sent into for my favorite partner in crime and we had fun in the sun, wind, and leaves.

There's nothing like a giant pile of leaves at the bottom of a slide to generate fun.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Shower Time

should be private time.  Yet, my children seem to take my closed, bedroom door as a sign that I want them to come talk to me.  I am do almost anything else in peace.  The instant that I walk into my bathroom my children suddenly need to know what they can eat, how to do their math, what their next assignment is, or what to wear.  Sadly, I don't see any end to this in the near future.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Our First Tournament!

Our weekend started with a hotel stay.  We are not morning people.  So, we went to the tournament city Friday night.  This particular tournament is only a couple hours away, and in the future, we will probably just drive up on Saturday morning.  For our first tournament, it was good to be relaxed.  A few other families drove up Friday night, as well, and we met at the pool for some time before bed.

The morning of the tournament, we stopped at McDonald's for breakfast.  I only wish there had been a Fourbucks on the way.  Oh well.

The day started off slow.  One of the best things about tournaments, other than competing, is the time you get to spend with your friends.

Dominic was the first one in our school to compete.  He was the only one under seven competing.  He's at the back of that line.

The tournament was held in an ice rink.  It was cold on those floors!

Dominic did a great job and got a bronze medal for his efforts!

Then, things started getting crazy.  I barely managed to capture any of Xavier's form on film.  He, also, did a great job, although he did not place.

Gabriel did his form while I was supposed to be warming up for mine.  Xavier took pictures for me.  I only saw the first part, but I am so proud of my kids for getting out there and overcoming nerves.

Xavier still had control of the camera.

Don't I look fierce?  I rocked my form.  I am thankful that someone took pictures.  I see room for improvement.  Dominic was the only one to place, but I think we all did well.

The kids spent the rest of the tournament watching other people and playing with their friends.  It was a great time for everyone.  We are looking forward to next weekend's tournament.  It will be even crazier, since we will all five be competing.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pumpkin Picking

Yes, I'm that behind, which means that there will be a lot of picture posting coming up.

The Monday before Halloween, we went pumpkin picking.  We went to the same place we went last year.  I'm hoping to create traditions for my children, now that we're in one place for a few years.  This is one of the traditions that we love, and I hope to be able to continue it for many years.

Dominic chose his pumpkin.  Then, he attempted to carry it to the cart.  Thankfully, Dad was there to help out.

After picking pumpkins, we visited the petting zoo.  There, we saw goats making great use of old play equipment.  The boys had a blast feeding the animals.

Dominic didn't particularly like the way the animals' tongues felt, so he threw the food on the ground in front of the fence in order to get them to come close to him.  He loved petting them!

You must understand what a big deal it was that Gabriel was willing to get close enough to the animals to let them eat out of his hand.  First, Gabriel is a city boy.  He does not like nature.  He's getting better with it, and even ventures off the driveway to play on the grass and in the pseudo woods behind our house.  He has even said that he would like to own some of those cute chicks he saw at the livestock expo we went to Monday.  However, he hates to be touched.  He doesn't like to be touched in any way other than to wrestle.  The fact that he is allowing, and enjoying, the animals to touch him is amazing.

After we got home, the boys carved their pumpkins.  This is the first year they have all three carved, and scooped their own pumpkins.  Believe me when I tell you that the carvings were very interesting.  All three of them had at least two faces, and Gabriel's had four.  Unfortunately, I did not manage to get a picture of the pumpkins after they were carved.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Bleeding Hearts

Wednesday, I was talking to Gary about an article he'd read about a girl being abused.  I said something to the effect of, "It makes your heart bleed, doesn't it?"

At which point, Dominic piped up from the back seat, "Your heart always bleeds.  That's its job!"

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Field Trips Make Us Sick

It seems that every time I schedule a field trip, at least one of us gets sick.  I know that isn't the reality, since we have been on multiple field trips.  It just seems that way.

Last week, Xavier and I were sick.  We were feeling well enough for a Halloween party on Friday (pictures coming soon- I promise!), and trick-or-treating on Saturday.  Fortunately, the two trick-or-treaters were quite pleased with the 12 pieces of candy each that they got at the shops downtown, during the day, and preferred to stay home and watch a movie Saturday night.

Gary and I went out for a date.  It was very nice.

Monday, I woke up miserable.  I had a sinus infection.  Yesterday, Gabriel started complaining about his throat and by last night he had a horrible cough.  Today, he's run a low grade fever all day.  What do we do for low grade fevers?  We let them sleep and ride it out, and take as many hot showers as they want.

Tonight, I was able to head back to Taekwondo, but Xavier has started coughing.  Tonight, after the adult class, Dominic was complaining about his head hurting, which seems to be one of the early symptoms of whatever Gabriel has.

Tomorrow, I'm supposed to be taking them to see an awesome show.  It doesn't look like it's going to happen.  It's too bad.  I think they would have enjoyed it.  I certainly would have enjoyed it.  Oh well.  I'm hoping for better luck next week, when we're planning a trip to a planetarium and art museum.  Plus, we've got co-op on Friday.

I may have to cancel that.  Hmmm.


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