Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Summary

Here is a quick run down of the schedule for last week:  

Monday:  Nothing beyond work and school
Tuesday evening:  The boys had their piano lesson
Wednesday:  Gareth had a basketball game
Thursday:  I had to help collect Girl Scout money for cookies our troop sold so far.  
Friday:  we watched a Star Trek movie for movie night.  The actor who played Spock died this past week.  We watched a couple more Star Trek movies this weekend to honor his life.  
Saturday:  Gareth had a basketball game.  Iris went out in the evening with a couple of girlfriends to a movie and dinner.  She had a a great time.  
Sunday:  we played out in the freshly fallen snow.  I shoveled a walkway to the road and to the cars. I made a yummy minestrone for dinner - hit the spot!  

Tomorrow, I have off from work for Casmir Pulaski, but my kids have school!!!!  I need to finish up planning for a Girl Scout meeting, but plan to enjoy my quiet time!  :)  

Tomorrow is Cosmo's 1st birthday! He has been fed all kinds of treats this weekend.  Got steak for 2 days in a row!  

The kids celebrated Read Across America at school this past week.  There were dress up days all week:  Pajama Day, Silly Sock DAy, Wacky Wednesday, Favorite Dr Seuss Character DAy, and Hat Day.  

Fox in Socks, Hop on Pop, Cat in the Hat

been reading up for my visit to Argentina in a month.  Did you know I have to pay $160 entry fee JUST to enter the country?!  Yep.  Weird.  I am looking forward to it, but have anxiety about visiting a foreign city.  

More snow!  

Made a path for the kids to walk to the bus tomorrow.   
Nothing too exciting going on....Have a good week!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Summary

Oh my!  What a week!  A terrible virus, probably flu, hit our household all week.  Everyone eventually got it.  Headache, drainage, sore throat, achiness, coughing, phlegm, high fever....ugh!  We all missed at least 1 day of school/work.  Finally, thankfully, we are all on the mend.  

Monday - we were off for President's Day, Thursday was a "snow" (extreme temps) day.  The boys missed their piano lessons due to illness.  Gareth's basketball games was cancelled due to bad weather.  It was a lazy, lots of movie watching kind of week.  

Saturday, we got a beautiful snow.  We all went out to play in it.  Cosmo loves the snow and cold weather.  We tried out his harness and he pulled the kids on the sled.  

Today, I intend on making dinner for a friend who just had major surgery.  Just waiting to see if she is going to be released today.  

Anyways, here are pics from the week.  

OMG!  This kid barely drank or ate anything for 3 whole days because it hurt his loose tooth/gums.  He had tears a few times as we urged him to eat/drink, especially after him being ill.  He kept saying it hurt too bad, AND he would not let us touch his tooth. We all celebrated when he lost the damn thing!   

Jeremy is the lone survivor of the old man kitties.  We had 7 cats all adopted within a year of each other - all about the same age. I have been being nice to him and allowing him to come in for short periods of time.  There is no kitty litter box inside, so he is kicked back out regularly.   He now expects it and whines like a stereotypical Siamese cat, scratching at the door.  
 The kids are looking forward to spring as we told them we would probably let them pick out 3 kittens to add to the farm.  We need some new mousers!  They have already been discussing names.
We have started watching Roswell recently.  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Summary

I hope everyone's week went well.  Here is the run down of our eventful week.  

Monday:  Zane and Iris participated in their school book club over lunch.

Tuesday:  My dad turned 60 years old.  Gareth and Zane had piano lessons.

Wednesday:  Gareth had his first basketball game,  We enjoyed watching him and having both Nana and Papa John present to watch as well.  

Thursday:  I dressed up for work as the school had a Valentine Dance in the afternoon.  That evening, I helped pick up 83 cases of Girl Scout cookies, move them down to a basement, and sort them to our individual girls in our troop for pick up.  Wore us the hell out!  

Friday:  We had a chili cook off and chocolate extravaganza at my job.  I stuffed my self full!  That evening, we all went to see Miss Iris perform her kiddie cheer between high school basketball games.  On the way home, we ate at the Church of Pizza Man in Newman.  A few years ago, we were passing by this restaurant on a Sunday around lunch.  The parking lot was full, so we figured it was open for business.  We stopped for lunch, only to find out the restaurant is NOT open for food on Sunday - it serves as a church location.  We were invited to stay, but politely declined.  ;)  Ever since then, we call it the Church of Pizza Man.  :)  

Saturday:  Gareth had a basketball game.  We had a 4H meeting.  The Cloverbud lesson was about constellations.  Since it is also Black History Month, I read The Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter.  I played a youtube video/song that goes along with the book.  It is an interesting story of how slaves escaping from the South to the North was taught a song and followed the drinking gourd (Big Dipper) on their way.  We made our own constellations on paper using hole punched white paper on black paper and connected the dots and named our constellation.  We also made our own constellations by punching tiny holes in aluminum foil paper that covered the large opening of a funnel and shining a flashlight through the small opening.  We turned out the lights and shined our stars through the funnel on to the wall.  It was neat.  

Sunday:  LAZY day!  Gareth is visiting a friend for the afternoon.  The other kids are currently watching a Narnia show.    I intend on doing some sewing and minimal housework.  

Life is good.  A bit busy, but looking forward to my trip to Argentina in April and the end of the school year.  I plan to work hard in the garden this summer, go to the pool A LOT, and read some good books!  

Following are pics taken through the week:

trying hard to NOT smile

a good tickle will do it!  

See the expression from Gareth?  We get this expression a lot from this pre-teen.  ;)  

Iris with her best friend, Amera

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Gareth: 2014-2015 School Year Interview

Grade:  3rd grade

Teacher:  Mrs. Lindsey Ames

Best Friends:  Alex, Kaiden, Davin, Gavyn, Mason

Fave thing to play:  Minecraft, Terraria

Fave color:  blue

Fave books:  Far Side, CAlvin & Hobbes, Gregor the Overlander series

Fave TV shows/movies:  Teen Wolf, The Flash, Avengers Assemble, Under the Dome, Movies - Nine, The Secret World of Arietty, Cowboys vs Aliens

Fave foods:  Thara Thai, Chinese buffet, McDonald's, El Toro, Crab legs, mac n cheese. cream of wheat, rigatoni with tomato sauce 

When I grow up I want to:  be a game maker (developer), be a good dad

Something I REALLY like:  making Minecraft episode videos on youtube, battling Zane PVP (player vs player) on Terraria

Something I DO NOT like:  going to school, Mondays, when Zane hits me with a NERF bullet

Fave thing about myself: that I am alive, that I have a brother 

Something I want to do this year:  go to a chess contest/tournament

Fave songs/singers:  Fall Out Boy - Centuries, Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Fave games to play:  Minecraft, Terraria, Game of War, Crossy Road, Castaway, zombie games, chess, Fallout

If I ran the world: would let everyone be free an no one would be at war

What do I want to learn about:  what life is about and why are we here.  Tips on Terraria

Extracurricular activities:  4H Cloverbuds, Piano, GO Boys after school program bi-weekly, Biddy Ball - basketball

Sunday Summary

the 3 youngest lazing around
 Early this week, we got a little snow.  Not sure if we are going to get a good, deep snow to play in.

Brian trimming trees

staying warm
 Monday - Iris and I had a Girl Scout meeting.  The girls worked on a money goal and earned their being friendly and helpful patch.
silly girls

not a flattering pic of me, but I love this one of Miss Iris.  SOmetimes her beauty is overwhelming to me....
Tuesday - Gareth had his GO Boy after school program, then the boys had piano lessons.  

Wednesday - Gareth had basketball practice.

Thursday - went over to Nana's for dinner.

Friday - movie night.  Gareth went to a friends for the evening.

SAturday - Iris had Cheer Camp.  She will be performing at a basketball game next week.
 I wanted to do something different with the kids this weekend.  We went to U of I's Gym Jam.  Both male/female gymnastic teams were having meets in the same building.  I loved it, but the kids got bored and was ready to go sooner than I would have liked.


Sunday -  we got some things done around the house, Brian took the boys to see a movie, and I ran the Nana 5K.  I cut almost 2 minutes off my time from last month.  I am down to a whopping 43:15. Not very good, but better than not doing it at all.  
Science fun - electricity with the Thunderball