Well, I’ve been “testing” Blogger for a while. I’ve even changed my e-mail so Blogger will not hate me as it has traditionally. I must admit, it beats WordPress by a million. So, there I am. Or, rather here I am. Come by and visit to read more of the same. :)
On Monday, we went to Target & looked at all the pretty Christmas decorations. They had some fairly reasonable prices on decorations so bought some & did the unthinkable…
Yes, we decorated in November. BEFORE Thanksgiving. I need an intervention. (I even caught myself enjoying Christmas music at the bookstore this morning.)
Tuesday began our Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5 saga. If you don’t know the story yet, you follow me obsessively enough. ;-)
I also FINALLY finished our artist “board” for the term. Hey, there are still 6 weeks left so it’s not that bad. :-D (Btw, that’s Albrecht Drurer, in case you’re curious.)
On Wednesday we took the dogs for a walk & DB4 wore his “new” jammies cuz it was so cold. Well, by SoCal standards. DB4 would like to let you know that he is very happy in this picture. He should be. These jammies have a nice, long lineage.
One day, during our bible lesson, we noticed the reflection on the wall from the window (which is actually from the sun reflecting off our “third car garage” aka the Burb). Note it says “Happy Fall” not “Merry Christmas.” I still have some dignity left.
On Thursday we had our now infamous “fence incident” due to our very blustery day. I think it’s time to re-read Winnie-the-Pooh. The kids did not get it when I kept telling them it was “Winds-day.”
DB4 at the piano teacher’s house practicing his new obsession: the alphabet.
DB5, also at the piano teacher’s house.
On the way to ballet from piano we ran into extreme traffic and had to take side streets for a while, but we had this nice view of the mountains for part of the way.
Toys R Us has a great sale on some of their games this week so I bought a few on Thursday. (They also have small, temporary TRU’s set up all over. Just FYI.) On Friday morning, since we didn’t go to the park due to DB3 waking up with a sniffle, we played Scrabble, Jr. On one side of the board it is similar to Scrabble, with no words. But on this side the words are already set up to teach the kids the basic idea of Scrabble.
DB4 was the first winner of our new game.
DB5 has his own way of entertaining himself.
Saturday morning brought an end to our DWK saga. The book is now read & put away until the next time we need a chuckle.
Saturday also brought an end to our (not very long) search for a barn. DB4 has wanted a barn for some time now. I promised him one for Christmas, but I found this one at a yard sale today (10c). I went to TRU (a trip I was making anyway) and bought him a farm animal tube for $5. Now he already has his Christmas gift. I hope he enjoys “opening” the new bed that will actually be their gift.
So, on Monday night, DB3 bounced a little too happily out of his 1A class. He’s an exuberant fellow so I didn’t think too much of it, but he did really seem to be just a bit happier than normal. I was loading him & DB4 into the van when he informed me that they had learned “the rules” in class. “Uh-huh,” I said, only half listening as I strapped DB4 into his carseat. He then proceeded to inform me of “the rules.” One of which was “neat hair.” Oh, so that explained why he was so happy. He knew I had no escape from cutting his hair. There was no excuse good enough now. Not that I didn’t try: gel? hairspray? Nope, it had to finally come off.
Yeah, he had a lot of hair. (Not grass though, that just got swept up in it…I hope.)
So, tonight, DB3 started Nutcracker rehearsals. It’s been strange not to have DB1 already rehearsing. But, overall, it’s been nice. We’ve been able to do a few things on Saturday that we don’t normally get to do this time of year, yet most of our Saturdays have been just as full as they usually are. I guess you just never get any rest with 5 kids? :-)
Here’s a video DB2 took of #3 a few months ago. From what I saw, he acted much better at the rehearsal.
A day of first’s and last’s. DB4’s first time trick-or-treating (I don’t send babies out to get candy for me) & DB1’s last time. I know, last year should have been his last time, but he’s in 7th grade so I let it slide. Next year he gets to stay home with DB5 & me and hand out candy to kids (while I hand out raisins to big kids & adults).
On Wednesday we piled the Monster Van full of people (2 adults & 8 kids, to be exact) and drove off to The Living Desert.
Hard to see all of them here as two are rear facing and one is blocked by another carseat.
We stopped by the Garden Railroad and saw the new Mt. Rushmore display. It’s so realistic, I never have to go to South Dakota. Well, that’s the excuse I’m gonna use.
We saw the zebras.
Rode wild boars.
Looked at the giraffes.
Found the hidden ostriches.
Banged on the drums.
Learned just how serious animal rights activists are about their cause. (ie leave people in poverty & squalor for the sake of the preservation of an animal)
And caught a cheetah. Don’t worry, we released it.
Monday was a gray day. Our friends are visiting from Seattle and brought their weather with them. We spent the day learning about bugs & working on our Little House lapbooks. The kids also watched Little House on the Prairie and we disected it to the point of annoyance. Hint: Never watch a movie based on a book with us. :-)
Here are the spiders the kids had made & I melted for them on Monday:
We bought a cheap inexpensive craft at Michael’s last week. On Monday we finally found the iron (needed to heat the pegs & melt them…we don’t use it for much else) and permanently attached all the melty beads. DB1’s spider is the top left. He was incensed that the spider in the craft had only two eyes, and they were white. DB2 is on the top right. He went by the book. DB3 thought it needed something more creative so he made his to be weaving a web. DB4 was upset that the project was a spider, not a butterfly. He proceeded to create his own butterfly pattern. There, in a nutshell, you have, not only my four oldest children’s crafts but perfect descriptions of their individual personalities. :-)
As indicated above, we also watched Little House on the Prairie: The Pilot…3x–once during the day, for school, 1.5x while I was at ballet with DB2 & 3, the rest was still playing when we arrived home. Yep, the kids, even DB5, absolutely love this movie. To see one of their favorite books come to life before them, in not too terribly a ruinous way (ie. it was somewhat close to the book), made them very happy. Louis wants them to make Little House in the Big Woods into a movie now. After seeing what Hollywood did with Narnia, I hope they never do.
Tuesday’s are our weirdest days. I take DB1 & 3 to ballet. Take DB3 home after class, leave DB1 for his classes (he has two). Drop DB3 at home, take DB2 to ballet. Pick up DB2, kill time, pick up DB1. ( I swear I’m gonna forget someone, somewhere. lol)
Last Tuesday this big fella was “waiting” for us in the parking lot when DB2 & I arrived. I was never so close to a hawk before, not even in Montana. City hawks don’t seem to be as nervous of people as country hawks. They’ve probably read the “no-shooting-inside-city-limits” ordinance.
During DB2’s class, and I suppose DB1’s if you think about it, I nipped over to Sprout’s to get some snacks & bread for our trip to The Cube. I was met by this happy sign. Needless to say I bought a bit more than planned, including two Amy’s Pizzas, 2 boxes of Kinnikinnick donuts, myriad cookies, and a few extra loaves of bread. Or is it “loafs” now? It’s so hard to keep up with spelling and grammar changes when you get to be my age.
On Thursday we studied some more about bugs, and made this nifty craft. Again, DB4 was not satisfied that the craft was a bug with wings. He wanted a spider. Um, yeah. So, we worked on that attitude lightly. But once I stuck wings on his bug he was most displeased. I’m not sure what this is. Maybe his idea of what things would really look like if Evolution was true?
On Friday, after the All Saint’s Day party, we said “Good-bye” to our favorite rental van and picked up our Monster Van from the shop. The 2010 Chrysler Town & Country will long live in our memories as a sweet family ride.
That’s all there is, there isn’t anymore…except this: May you have a blessed Lord’s Day & worship our God & Creator in Spririt & Truth.