Tuesday, October 30, 2007

What a Day!

Today just took the cake in so many ways.

1) I woke up with a roaring sinus infection.
2) Morning breakfast was off by an hour.
3) The waffle iron died after only 4 waffles were made.
4) After a trip to Target to get milk and other groceries, Gabe (briefly unsupervised while I unloaded the rest of the van) pulled a gallon of milk onto the kitchen floor. The container burst open and I found Gabe sitting in a pool of milk ready to play!

In spite of all this, I considered today a victory. For those of you who know my short temper, I acted quite rationally. I didn't scream at anyone and I didn't break down crying. I actually got through it. Yes, a victory!!

Sunday, October 28, 2007


We all love Fall. The leaves, the spices, the colors, the celebrations. It's all very beautiful! Here are a few pics of the kids at our local Halloween Carnival last Friday. Their costumes are as follows:

Monica - Laura Ingalls

Maria - Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz

Molly - Charlotte the Spider from Charlotte's Web

Lucas - a lion

Gabe - Barney (without the head) The tail on his costume is real cute. Too bad it can't be seen from the pics.

Today we went to a friend and her family's backyard Oktoberfest bash. It was awesome. It didn't cost us a thing and we got free food (although we contributed German potato salad, pumpkin spice bars, and a 12 pack of Spaten), 3 carved pumpkins, and a large stuffed scarecrow. Although, we didn't bring the scarecrow home, we brought the pumpkins and the gewey mess stayed at our friend's house!! Score!

We had great weather for the afternoon...sunny and 60. We all had a great time!
One of these years, we're going to do Oktoberfest in Munich (Munchen for all those Germaphiles) sans costumes, of course, but with stein in hand we'll be clinkin' and drinkin'!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


We have phones in all of these areas in the home:

1) our bedroom,
2) our living room
3) the kitchen
4) the office

Currently, the office phone is missing, our bedroom phone was missing for almost a month, and before Daddy made a call tonight he yelled out, "Where's the damn phone!?" We're like a typical technologically wireless family. We just can't keep track of our stuff!:(

Things that make me smile:)

Here are a few things that have made me & Daddy smile lately:

Monica: "We're not counting sheep, we're praying the rosary." (As she and Maria tried to get to sleep tonight)

Maria: How she organized the shoes in the back entryway and offered to scrub the scuffs off the white wall behind the shoe basket.

Molly: "I like spicy things like chili, salsa, and pepper on my macaroni."

Lucas: Screaming the Thomas the Tank Engine theme song at the top of his lungs with none of the correct words.

Gabe: his two syllable grunt for the word "gentle"

Monday, October 22, 2007

Nerds R Us

Yesterday, we took 4 of the kids to a rock & fossil show down in Cottage Grove, south of St. Paul. OK, calm down your heckling!! It was actually a lot of fun. As reluctant as I was, I actually did the driving. I can't stand to have Daddy drive us anywhere...it severely triggers my nausea.:( One little rock hound in particular, Maria, loved it. There were a lot of educational demonstrations, crafts, vendors, concessions, and an awesome "put your own little rock collection together" station. Maria walked away with a great display of several different specimens all put together in a nice box. The labels were pre-made and everything was easy as pie to assemble. And cost? I put something in the donation box but it wasn't nearly what the whole day was worth!

For the future, I'm sure the U of M Geology Club could point you in the right direction for your own rock and fossil enthusiasts. Our thanks go to Grandma Carol, our own geology expert, for the tip off on yesterday's show!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Midterms Hitteth

The girls have been studying hard for a bit of testing to occur tomorrow. Daddy & I thought we should test them on what they've learned so far in a few of their subjects. It's nice to go back and review and look at what we've all learned. It's been quite good for me. I'm actually learning quite a bit and the girls are so patient with everything which allays my fears.

We'll keep plugging along come next week, but we might take a day off for some offsite fun. I'm not sure yet what we'll do but I think we all might need a break.:)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

When Chickens Go On Strike

For the last 4 months we've been getting grass-fed beef and organic chicken, eggs, and butter from a Minnesota farm out west. We were cruising along fine until today. We knew that sometimes when you live dependent on the farmers around you things aren't always as convenient as at the grocery store. We learned that today. As I went to our local pick-up site, I noticed that our 2 dozen eggs were nowhere to be found. A gentleman who works at our pick-up site told me the hens are currently not laying or laying very little. He said they believe the weather is affecting their ability to lay as abundantly as the hens have been.:(

OK, I haven't had eggs in a couple days, and I was really looking forward to breakfast tomorrow. Now what to do? But it sure is a nice lesson that you can't always have what you want when you want it. Now isn't life just like that?!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Needing a New Blog Name!

Monica made this cute picture of our family. You can guess the rest!!

I think I'll have to run a little contest for the renaming of our blog.:)

Friday, October 12, 2007

End of the Week

It's been a busy week around here with storytime at the library, preschool classes, doctor appts., and errand running. We've also been deep in the heart of home-schooling as well. We are enjoying the work and schedule which is getting a bit more relaxed. It's nice to see that we can be flexible with our days and take breaks when we need to.

As far as getting out with friends, we need to do a bit more of this, but the cold weather isn't helping much. In any case, the kids are enjoying each other and making up enough games to keep themselves interested and occupied.

I'm really enjoying it which reminds me I should snap pics more often of some of their projects.:) More to come!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Birthday Boy!

We celebrated Lucas's birthday today. He's been in anticipation of his birthday for the whole week. Every morning he would wake up and ask if today was his birthday. This morning, we were finally able to say, "Yes!" Here are a few pics of the festivities. We invited another family to celebrate the day. Lucas loves their son, Eli and his cousin, Jacob. He hasn't figured out that Eli's sister, Rivers, exists; but I'm sure it's only a matter of time...she's a cutie!

We kept cracking up at how he is always so camera-ready!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Fall Days

I have to get some pics of the trees and the leaf-lined streets in our neighborhood. It feels like Fall; rainy and cool with a bit of humidity and so much color around. I had a dream as a kid of living in Vermont (I secretly had a crush on Robert Frost...I love his poetry!), but Minnesota is so close to that. It's very beautiful here in every season. I made an apple crisp earlier this week just to break out the fall spices. The baking filled the house with the smell of Fall and the kids and Daddy loved it. And I was in heaven...human, Fall heaven!

Later with those pics...I promise!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Speed Demon

We went for a walk/bike ride around the block this afternoon. Each of the kids has their own bike or they just keep graduating to a bigger bike. Monica has a larger two-wheeler, Maria is using Monica's first two-wheeler, Molly is now using Maria's two-wheeler with training wheels (she gets better everyday!), and Lucas has inherited the girls' tricycle. He's crazy on his trike! I let him ride along the side of the street and he was able to keep up for most of the walk. It's so cute to see the little speed demon with his bike helmet half-cocked!
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