Monday, December 20, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
~Ella being so proud of the mittens she sewed up for herself out of a felted sweater. (this picture shows off the mittens and Caitlin's newly fashioned knitting bag.) I am also very grateful for a generous friend who offers up her cashmere sweater for creative purposes.
~Hanging up the children's Advent calendars
~Joshua surprising me by making my bed
Monday, November 29, 2010
My idea yesterday was to write a highlight of each day of Advent here, in this space, to share (this is especially for you Mother Dear). However, last night I fell asleep early, and blew my plans on the very first night! So, while I won't promise every night, I will post our ITOTMs when I can.
~Seeing Joshua outside passing the football with our neighbor
~The three children gathered in a tight little flock at the end of our row in church, arms around each other, watching Father Joe light the first Advent Candle
~An impromptu Chile dinner at Maggie's, followed by malted chocolate cupcakes YUM!
~Knitting in the morning sun over breakfast
~Watching Joshua and Gabriel playing a *new* version of football together
~Seeing Joshua play football by himself...this is hilarious...it's like he's reenacting plays in slo-mo
Finally finished my "newborn" hat, I'm guessing it will fit our baby in July, just when one needs a wool hat!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
And as for the sweetness factor, today when he was missing Ella he said, "Remember those wonderful chocolate muffins Ella made for us? That was so nice." She made the muffins at least six months ago when she was on her Jiffy muffin kick.
A set of stop signs Gabriel made all by himself! As in cut out the shape and did the lettering and everything! I guess walking by stop signs everyday left an impression in his mind.
Here he wrote down numbers 4-14. Don't you love the four that looks like a goal post? He said the eight is supposed to look like a bicycle wheel. Once again this was his own idea.
Here he made an eight out of cuisinaire rods, then a nine. Then asked what eight plus nine was. I told him seventeen, which he made in green! I tell you this kid astounds me! He is fascinated by numbers, especially the concept of doubling numbers as in "what's 1+1? , 2+2? , 4+4? , 8+8?" etc...
Friday, November 19, 2010
Notes from today:
Finished this book. Highly recommended.
Helped Ella make a hat for her friend out of a felted wool sweater. She was VERY pleased with the way it turned out, which was great because in the beginning she seemed close to tears.
Filled up the ipod with Christmas music
Ella made some comment about the "eternal hard drive" which made me laugh. I really hope it is eternal because all of our pictures are stored on there.
Joshua was gone until suppertime tonight after sleeping over at his friend's house last night. I asked him if he missed me at all and he said, "No, I kind of forget about you when I'm doing other stuff."
Patched Ella's new favorite corduroys out of her old pair of favorite corduroys.
And otherwise puttered around doing the usual. Oh, and today marks 27 weeks, but I didn't take a picture.
Also, a lego link for you. Joshua wanted to know both how legos are made and in particular how the heads and faces are made. This video shows both.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
to post! (from a certain someone...you know who you are:)) No blogging has occurred recently because of one main activity: WALKING! Walking to dance, to Latin, to the library, to choir. You get the idea, our legs have been mobile! Actually, it has been great; good exercise, beautiful weather (with the exception of yesterday when we hitched a ride to Girl Scouts with friends) Really, I enjoy it. The only trouble is we are all exhausted by the end of the day. Which means we all (including myself) are asleep by 8:30. I generally wake up around 9:30, back aching from being in the toddler bed and in a fog. I am too sleepy to DO anything and if I go back to sleep in my own bed then I wake up around 2AM and can't sleep. So usually I stare at the computer. Blogs, videos, emails, knitting patterns; not really coherent enough to put together a blog post or even upload pictures.
However, here is my attempt, rambly as it may be, to put up a few pictures and tell y'all what we've been up to. Without further ado:
A picture of Ella that I like because her eyes look so blue. This was taken today before her last choir practice. I got kind of emotional at her choir rehearsal today. Luci gave her a gift and had all the kids say something about Ella that they liked. She will be singing for the last time on Sunday. (last time in the choir at St. Patrick's...I hope she never stops singing)
Gabriel seems to have grown a bit since last winter:
Joshua working on a spear today. He has been soaking up this glorious weather. Outside from morning till night. Mostly playing soccer, basketball, and a new game he learned called 500. Gabriel follows his big brother around everywhere.
The two brothers again, this time in a band. I think that's pomegranate juice all over Gabriel's face.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
We had our first real frost last night. Not terribly heavy, but heavy enough to do some damage. So long impatiens, zinnias, basil. The marigolds and Echinacea came through as well as most of the nasturtium which always seems so delicate. According to Lavender and Rosebuds, last year's first frost came to Rebel Ridge on the night of October 18. Also last year one picture told the story, this year you get six!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Here's the episode I was going to post last night if I hadn't fallen asleep (in the toddler bed, all the lights on, sink full of dishes and turkey stock simmering away on the stove):
We had such a commotion over what the new bed time read aloud was going to be. Tears, angry words, the whole nine yards. We were all so tired, so very overtired, and I finally said something along the lines of, "Fine! If there's going to be this much arguing I just won't read!" But with that I pulled My Side of the Mountain off the shelf and headed into the bedroom with a wailing parade behind me.
After the first page Gabriel was asleep and Ella and Joshua quietly listening in their beds. After the first chapter, Joshua begged for more. Towards the end of the second chapter I read this, "Fortunately, the sun has a wonderfully glorious habit of rising every morning."
With that we all fell asleep, awaiting our fresh, new day. What a beautiful day it turned out to be!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I have so many pictures from our trip to New York that I thought I'd post a few here and there when I get a chance. Tucker already posted all the yummy food pics on his blog.
Here on a block in Manhattan (down near Chinatown?) we came across these amazing crochet pieces. Are they functional? Are they art? They certainly are intriguing and brilliantly crafted!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
I have been waiting for weeks to go see this tree! Last night I even had a nightmare that it was raining and our car broke down and we weren't able to go. However, the day was beautiful, and we all (me and my chickens and two other families) trekked out to see this tree. Truth be told it wasn't much of a trek. This National champion is minutes from Keely's house and a short walk down a gravel path. I find it astounding that this is the largest yellow buckeye in the country! Finding the fallen nuts in the surrounding grasses was like treasure hunting. Most were still encased in their hull, which was soft and spongy and easy to open. The hollow inside the tree was certainly impressive. Regional legend has it that the inside of this tree was once used for a farmer's pigs.