Life and Haircuts

November 11, 2010

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.)

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Life in Video

November 5, 2010

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.


Life During the Third Week of October

October 24, 2010

Here are some miscellanies from the week:

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.


Life at the Insect Fair

October 21, 2010

So we finally got to the Insect Fair at CalPoly this year.  I’ve wanted to go for several years but we’ve always been busy with Nutcracker.  Obviously, that will not be the case this year (a subject for another post), but even before that knowledge I had decided we’d make it this year since we are studying bugs this term in Ambleside.

It was pretty fun.  They do need to add to their program so it looks more like a fair and less like a swap meet. (Hmmm, didn’t I just think that about the LA County Fair?) But there was one exhibit by some Entymology majors at UCR (if I remember the school correctly) where we got to let the bugs crawl on us.

This is DB2 petting the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.  Yes, that’s right, DB2. He is quite the Entymologist wanna-be.  I never would have guessed but he absolutely loves all the bug stuff.  He did, however, beg off letting it crawl on him.

DB1, taking a walking stick in hand.

That’s me, trying to impress my kids, or at least show them there’s nothing to be afraid of.  Note, it’s the walking stick, not the cockroach or the tarantula.

DB2 checking out all the flying bugs that probably sting and give me hives.  I have been assured, though, that I should be OK if they are dead.  I’m not planning on taking any chances.  Tweezers and garden gloves for me.

I took this pic for DB4, cuz at this point he was still too terrifed to even be held up to look at dead bugs.  He heard they were butterflies though so he wanted to see them at some point in the future.  He loves butterflies.

DB1 petting what I believe is a skink. (?)  It was there because, uh, it eats bugs?  Actually, there were two bug/reptile associations there.  It seems that a love for cold blooded creatures & one for creepy crawlies goes hand-in-hand.  Who’d-a-thunk?

Now, here are some bugs DB4 is willing to touch, play with, dance with, sing with.  Poor kid.  I guess in hindsight it’s better that we didn’t buy the tarantula, the scorpion, or *sniff* the hissing cockroach.  Gosh, but I did so want a hissing cockroach.  (Really, ask DB1.)

There are many more bug things forthcoming as we spent the week studying bugs.  When they will come forth remains to be seen.  I seem to remember now that time was a factor in my quitting the blog before.  Of course, I suppose if I gave up my Frontierville habit…nah.


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