Tuesday, December 21, 2010
This year my kids are VERY excited about Santa!
Izaac has been dreaming up Santa traps...we even had a bubble wrap floor for awhile.
He has been analyzing all of the Christmas specials and you can see his brain working. At one point he turned and looked at us and said "Is that how it happens?" Tobie and I only managed that parent head bob we all know to well. The only saving grace is that he believes in magic, and truly believes that Santa is magic. I don't have a problem letting him believe that because the memory and true spirit of Santa is truly magical. When the time comes, and he asks "THE" question, I will tell him. Tobie and I had this discussion the other night and we decided that the correct answer is "In the spirit, memory and love of Santa, your Dad and I put the gifts under the tree". I will cry that day...
Ivy was all worked up before we saw Santa, because she really did not know what to ask him for. She was in tears, not because she was frightened, but because she did not know an answer to the questions "What do you want for Christmas?" Of course we provided her with answers;-) We also told her is was OK to tell Santa to bring her what ever he thought she might want...see how we did that...
Just seeing this picture makes me get teary eyed. I hope it is not the last one where Izaac "believes". Luckily Ivy had calmed down by this time.
Both my kids understand that this is Jesus' day. Izaac came back from the children's mass last Sunday and whispered in my ear that he wants to sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus on Christmas. And Ivy is fascinated with babies's, so baby Jesus is very interesting to her.
A healthy mix of God and Santa is what I am shooting for.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
One of the games was to see who could build the biggest sugar cube tower...as you can tell, it was not Ivy;-(
Saturday, September 25, 2010
So we have been raising our chickens for about 6 months now. And we have one chicken laying eggs. Unfortunately we lost one of the ladies today. We believe that a hawk took her. All that we found was a small tuft of feathers. No blood, no sign of a struggle. We figured if a large mammal got her we would have seen some mess. So we have decided that it must have been a bird big enough to carry her away.
So I guess we are on the market for a new hen...
Saturday, June 26, 2010
The pictures are not great because I keep taking them with my phone, so I might have to break down and use the real camera, because it is just too funny to miss.
Nolan of course is interested in the chickens. When they were smaller he would hunt them and grab hold of them. Well, they have gotten bigger and he tried to get one and it put up so much of a fight that he has given up. Well, not completely. He will lay in the grass watching them and every now and then will make a lunge, we think just to keep them on edge. It seems that he is aware that they have become too big for him
In come the mocking birds. If Nolan or any other cat is in our yard, we know it. The birds, (I have seen 5) will sit in various places screaming and diving bombing Nolan. We think that Nolan has harassed or killed some of their some of their babies so they are constantly watching him.
The birds have been stealing many of our fruits, they were grabbing the blackberries before we could get them, now they are picking the grapes off of the vines. We are leaving the bunches that they have already gotten to on the vine, hoping that they stick with those and don't go after any of the others. We have also had them pick holes in our tomatoes. Rotten birds.
You have to look closely to see the bird sitting on the back of the chair. It is amazing how close they will get to Nolan.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
This year we are having more luck in our garden. I have never grown gladiolas before and got pretty lucky. I will definitely grow them again. I really have enjoyed fresh flowers in the house...I will have to convince Tobie to bring me some home when these stop producing.
Our tomatoes are also doing well. We had something called flower end rot last year that pretty much wiped out our crop. We are also growing black berries, grapes, peppers and potatoes. So I hope to have more pictures of our bounty soon!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
So summer has started. We have made it to week two and we have been busy so far.
In a week and two days we have had a doctors appointment, a car appointment, went to the library, had the Gallaghers and the Swansons visit, started gymnastics team, went to the beach, rainforest cafe AND the museum of nature history . Wow, I am tired.
Have a feeling this whole summer is going to be this busy.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tonight was Izaac's last gymnastics class until he starts on team this summer.
He has been going one hour a week for the past year but on the 8th of June he starts going for an hour and a half two days a week to get him used to the new hours...then he moves to two hours, three times a week. He will start in level 4 boys team and hopefully we will get to see him in a meet in September.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Why? Because we thought it would be fun and we thought our kids just might learn a few life lessons.
Like where do eggs come from (yes they are egg layers not fryers ).
And the kids got to see a bit of the food chain last night when one of the chickens got a hold of a worm...Ivy was upset for awhile then came to realize it was OK for the chicken to eat it. Ivy is a fan of worms, so that was a bit hard for her. She rescued the worm at first...then gave him over for a snack.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Mom has started making Ivy some sun dresses for the coming warm weather.
Ivy picks them out on school days to wear, and the rule at school is that they have to wear tennis shoes in order to play outside. So it is always an interesting outfit on sun dress days. I will try and get a picture next time with the shoes on...they really make the outfit.