Saturday, October 30, 2010

I Hate Seeing

Unless it means he just got home.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Carnival Croquet

The boys have a Wii game called "Wii Carnival Golf."  They love it.  We all love it.  This game has some interesting effects on the way my children play games.  1) They now add clothes each time they "earn" points in a game.  2) They hit other people's balls whenever the person's ball hits a wicket.  3) We have a lot of falling down laughter.

They had been playing for a while, so they had some interesting outfits.

Gary hit a wicket, and his ball was hit across the yard.

Waiting  (Do you like my new hair style?)

Watching Dominic throw my ball after I hit a wicket.

It's actually made croquet into a much more fun event.  I'm so glad I found this set on Freecycle.  Now, if I could just find another set, so we could have friends play.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Grosgrain Giveaway

Grosgrain is one of my favorite blogs about sewing.  This week, she is giving away a beautiful dress/costume.  I also love her "Frock by Fridays."  

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday Night Game Night

Four weeks ago, we started having family game night again.

We used to play board games any night we were home.

In order to make choosing a game easier, we're taking turns.

Xavier chose Monopoly, of course.  

Xavier has a Monopoly fetish.  He owns four Monopoly games.  He has a list of about 20 that he'd like to own.  He wins about 75% of the time we play.  He won this time, too.  We love family game night.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dominic's Take on School

I have instituted a weekly schedule for each of my boys.  The schedule is put in their folders, along with whatever papers they need each week.  Dominic's schedule includes such categories as reading, math, history, science, writing, electives, and taekwondo.  Each day there is something for him to do in each category.  There is also a blank category at the bottom of the page.

Last week, Dominic wanted to go outside to play.  I asked him if playing was on his schedule.  The next thing I knew, "play" was written prominently on every single day.  

Today, Dominic got to sleep in, due to an unfortunate event with a bird and our cat that happened in his room during the night.  When I told him he needed to do extra work today, since we are going on a field trip tomorrow, this was his reply, "I'm going to do extra knitting, memorization, taekwondo, free-reading, and playing."  

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Work in Progress Wednesday

This is a gift for someone who reads my blog, so I won't be mentioning any names.  It is a shawl from Ponchos & Wraps: A Knitter's Dozen (A Knitter's Dozen series).  Specifically, it is the Anthracite Shawl.  Mine looks very different from theirs, and I would like to try it with a yarn that has a longer repeat.  However, I do think that the repeat on this yarn has created some very interesting designs.  Overall, I am happy with it.  I just have to add a few rows on the left side to finish the border.  My goal is to have it done by tomorrow night, since I'll be attending the Southern Indiana Fiber Arts Festival on Friday and will be coming home with  a lot of new yarn.  I know I will want to cast on with that new yarn immediately.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Truth Will Out

Saturday night, I made blueberry cobbler.  This is a recipe of which I could eat the entire result in one sitting, I like it so much.  So, I asked Gary how it was.

Gary replied, "It's just fine."

I looked over at him and explained that he could put it down immediately and I would eat the rest of it for him.

Gary said, "Keep your mitts to yourself, or you'll be licking the rest of it out of the trash can or sucking it through a straw."

Do you know what my reply was?

"That's so mean.  I can't believe you would throw away cobbler."

I didn't think about it.  I just said it.  Then, it dawned on me what I had just said.  I would rather be hit in the mouth than have cobbler thrown away.  Maybe my priorities are a little off.

Please note.  Gary has never and would never hit me.  That is the only reason we are able to joke about this.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

When Learning Gets In the Way of School

A few weeks ago, a friend arranged to install a hot tub at his house.  He kindly posted various plans on Facebook, and we were able to get involved.  First, there was the cement.

That's Gabriel scraping.

I sat on the deck while the boys followed the men around waiting for things to do.  Gabriel was able to get hands on, while Xavier and Dominic got a math lesson about how concrete volume is measured.

Later, the hot tub was delivered.  Gary and Xavier went with them to help out.  Xavier learned all about that crane.  He was excited to tell me that the boom weighed more than he did and that it could kill him if it hit him.  Ah, the things that our children find interesting are amazing.

The boys were fascinated by the entire process.  I'm so glad that we were able to take the time to be part of this.  I'm also thankful to our friends for letting us be part of the process.


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