Life in the Second Week of November

November 13, 2010

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.


Life on 9-28-10

September 29, 2010

We interrupt our previously scheduled photo blog of last week for something more current…

The day started normal enough.  We had decided to meet my in-laws down at Belmont Shores to “escape” the heat.  Not much escaping done as it was hot and muggy down there, too.  But the kids got to get into the icy cold Pacific while I sat with the baby and wished he wasn’t going through his “fear of strangers” stage. :-D

DB5 spent his time checking out the many leaves on the beach. Quite a few due to a Juniper tree that shades part of the beach here.

The kids had a snack on the nifty table my in-laws have that can either be regular height or kid height.  DB5 also spent a lot of time cruising around it, at least where the blankets were.  He wasn’t too thrilled to get his feet onto the sand.

He also played, briefly, with some of the toys we brought for him.

I got myself a new profile pic for facebook. :-)

DB3 had quite a lot of fun…well, after we washed off the sunscreen which caused an allergic reaction.  He used his grandma’s collander to create an under-water “sink” in which to wash his hands which kept getting muddy for some reason.

DB4’s hands kept getting muddy, as well.

DB1 & DB2 played frisbee with their grandparents.

This was as deep as DB4 ever wanted to get.  Forbid he should get his clothes wet. 8-O.

DB1 took a break to read.  I’d love to credit my great example & his Charlotte Mason education, but, really, he’s just reading HP7 so he can critique the upcoming movie.  OK, well, I guess we can credit my example for it. :-)

Lunch time. We are so enjoying our Udi’s bread.  Now we can have picnic lunches again.

As we were driving home it we decided it was time to meet the guy driving behind us on the freeway. :-( We were on the 22E interchange to the 5 & 57, right before the 5 splits off.  Needless to say, this is one of the more “brilliant” examples of freeway engineering stupidity.  In less than a mile, people who want to get from the street on-ramp to the 22E, have to cross three lanes of California traffic.  I emphasize California because I’ve driven all over the country and I’ve found California drivers to be the most rude of all drivers.  People have to shove their way into the lane they need to get in.  Then traffic must come to an abrupt halt.  We started with more than a car’s length between us and the person in front of us…we nearly hit them.

This is all that happened to us.  I love, love, love, big cars.  This is just like when our ‘Burb was hit while parked on our street.  The little car was totalled, our car had inconvenient dings that needed to be hammered out.  The inconvenience here is that we can’t open the back so getting to the strollers will be nigh impossible right now.

Years ago a friend convinced me of the safety of having a child ride rear facing until much older than required.  Yesterday I was so glad she did.  DB5 slept through the entire incident.  This is where his seat normally rests…

This is where it ended up after the accident.

I feel bad for the guy who hit us.  It was just a true accident.  I was only kept from hitting the car in front of me because I could see way ahead and was able to figure out,  just in time, that I needed to stop quickly.  He couldn’t see that in his little car. It was the type of accident I think I avoid on a regular basis not from any skill of my own, only by Providence.

I’m thankful to God for keeping everyone safe.  No one was injured in either car.  The biggest concern in our car was whether we’d make it to any of our dance classes that afternoon.  We did make it to two, out of four. :-)

As for our little Honda…it’s days are numbered…

Life on 9-15-10

September 15, 2010

Well, not so much life, as links.  I found many interesting and useful links today, but instead of inundating my avid Facebook readers I shall post them here.  (OK, so it’s actually cuz they’re far more interesting to me than to anyone I know.)

First, and this is actually from a few days ago: Storm the Castle. This fellow has Reality Factory to download and DB1 is using it to make his own video game.  Which leads us to our next link: Learn Perl. That’s what DB1 is off to do next.  If he can stay focussed, and continue working on new languages, we’ll call it his “apprenticeship,” and go with it.

I was reading the May copy of Dance Magazine at ballet today (yeah, I was there, shocking) and there was an article about Chicago Human Rhythm Project.  Of course, I had to see if they had anything on YouTube and found they have a page set up. They have a lot of school stuff recently loaded, but if you scroll down to the bottom, there are some good videos of actual performances.

The most awesome site I found was, surprise, a bookstore.  Chartwell Booksellers in Manhattan (I live in LA cuz I hate humidity. I live LA cuz I hate humidity. end mantra) popped up when I searched for DB1’s new text The Island Race by Winston Churchill. If I ever get to NY, I think I’ll just camp outside and live inside while they are open.

As for the life part: violin, boys’ class, ballet, musical theater.  DB1 was so excited to see his favorite teacher in musical theater tonight.  He rarely sees him, and is always bugging me about, “When is Daniel going to come back & teach?”  Unfortunately, he’s only subbing, but I guess we’ll take what we can get.

And, since we’re on the subject of my upcoming birthday…;-)

My dh asked me tonight if there were any movies I wanted for my birthday.  Well, I haven’t seen a movie at all since I took DB1 to see HP last Fall, so, no.  (Though, I do have Amazing Grace sitting on top of the TV, waiting for me to have two child-less hours…)  Then he asked a really stupid question: “How about any books?”  Now, this isn’t really so much stupid as it is dangerous.  Asking a convert to Calvinism from Evangelicalism if there is a book they want is kind of like taking a starving man to Cheesecake Factory and telling him he can have anything on the menu.  His head will probably explode by the time he reaches page five. So, yeah, I can think of a couple (hundred) books I want.  Maybe I’ll just send him a link to Mongergism Books and tell him to make sure he cross-references with my Library Thing before ordering. :-D

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