Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sarah and Lacy

Here's a quick clip of my lady cantering on Lacy.
Sarah is 8 years old and has been riding for two years.

video

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Paigie's Writer's Workshop


Paige brought home a small stack of stories that she wrote at school. Sort of a journal.

She is wonderful, my Paige.

Here is one of her "little moments" as she calls them..... (copied as she wrote it) .........

I love my famuly. I thingk tha re grat. Do you? I do. Thae re trific. Hae! I'm not don. Do not foll a slep! I love my famuly so you can't laf. No no no. Com back! Well, so long.

How funny is that??????

Here's a knock-knock joke:

Nock Nock.
Hos thar?
Jijr.
Jijr who?
Jijr Bred Man!

Here's one more:

For Chrismis I got a Sam Johsin. A brown oun. Wat (wait), I can tell more. Wat! So you do not wont a story? No I do not! Well, I can tell mor. Fin (fine).

I love that kid.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Nate Needs Glasses!

My boy needs glasses. I wasn't expecting him to need them. I'm not sure how I feel about him having them. Will he lose them? Break them on the first day? Will he not look like my boy anymore?

No matter, though, because I don't think I have a choice.
He needs them. He'll get them. Period.

I took him glasses shopping today and came home empty handed.
I took pictures of him in lots of kinds of glasses.
I neglected to take his picture in Harry Potter glasses ... I can't believe it!

Anyway, here are the choices. I have two favorites.
What do you think??

EGGS!

What did you do on Monday?

We dyed Easter eggs, of course!
Why not??


To see more egg pictures, click THIS LINK!

Movie Night

Every Friday night is Movie Night ion our house.

The kids look forward to it.
We discuss the movie choice.
We negotiate and bribe each other to get OUR movie selected as the movie of the night.

We eat dinner, get all ready for bed (skip the teeth brushing), haul our sleeping bags and pillows down to the living room, volley for the perfect viewing angle, and enjoy some hot popcorn as we watch the flick of the night.

It's a fun night.

This past Friday was a busy one! (It was Culture Day, after all.)
Nate couldn't make it.
He fell asleep before he saw any of the movie!


Sam Is Healed!!


You should know by now that Sam Johnson was recently snacked on by Riley.

It was a very bad day.

I tried to get him fixed but couldn't bring myself to pay $50 - $75 for a nose job on a $12 stuffed toy.

We talked to Paige about treatment options.

We rationalized with her about the cost and about exactly how many Sams we could buy with that money.

She agreed with us that it was not worth it.

I, instead, fashioned a tiny little eye patch to make him look better (and to make Paige laugh).


It worked for about five minutes.

She liked the patch ... as a temporary fix.
What she really wanted was a repair job.

We discussed sending Sam to the dry cleaner or a tailor to get a quick stitch.
She wasn't so sure she liked this plan.
She wanted a professional to do the work.

Sarah volunteered to do it.
She likes to sew -- she has stitched up holes in her own pants and has even made me an apron!
(I don't know where she learned this since I throw away pants with holes and missing buttons.)

Paige did not want Sarah's anxious but unqualified hands to touch her Sam.

Sarah wanted to prove herself.

Without telling us her plan, she found a wounded stuffed animal in our basement, took him to her room, repaired him beautifully, and presented him as proof that she was up to the challenge.

We were all impressed.

Supremely impressed.

So, we let her take Sam.

She left for a short while and returned with this:


A beautiful repair job!

She even gave him a little pink nose to replace that one that was eaten by Riley.
She even tied a red bow around his neck before giving him back.

I can't believe she did it ... but now our story has a happy ending.
Paige is happy to have a repaired Sam.
Sarah is happy that she got to do a good deed.
I'm happy that they are happy ... and for so much more.

Art Boy 2.0


Nate is not interested in art projects.

The girls have ALWAYS loved art projects.

When Nate brings home anything art-related from school it is an unfinished, monochromatic, abstract piece of work.

When the girls bring home an art project it is a piece of wonder ... something they put thought and effort and time into.

On Friday when we had "Culture Day" Nate was the least thrilled with the idea of going to the Art Museum. However, I was supremely surprised when he whipped out his sketch book and started trying to draw what he saw.

I was even more surprised when we got home and he pulled out the crayons and coloring pages and actually colored a picture.
In the lines.
Took his time.
Looked proud.
Showed it off around the house.

It was something!
I was/am proud.

We need to go to more museums!