Thursday, October 28, 2010

Crazy Hair

It was Crazy Hair Day at the elementary school.  I had to wake up earlier than usual this morning to make sure everyone had something crazy done to their hair.


Alex and Aislynn
(Aislynn was not happy with her crazy hair.)

Aria insisted on getting into the photos...
even though she doens't really have "crazy" hair,
just "bedhead" hair.

And this is Avery all dressed up for that night's
Trunk or Treating with her Girl Scout troop.
Doesn't she make a cute little witch? I think so!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Spiders! Spiders! Spiders!

Our house is infested with spiders!  Well, not the real kind, thank goodness.  But here's what our front porch looks like:

The kids and I made these spiders today.  Aren't they cute?  Well, as far as spiders go, that is. We started with syrofoam balls that I cut in half, and then we painted them black:

Even Aria had her own to paint!  She's one of the big kids now, afterall. 
She has to do everything they do.

Then we let them dry overnight.  The next step was done the next day: attaching the legs (sticking 8 cut pipe cleaners into the body)  and putting the eyes on (with glue).

We had quite the infestation going on! 
So much fun!  I love doing craft projects with my kids :)


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Knott's "Scary" Farm

Alex wanted to take a few friends to Knott's Scary Farm for his 11th birthday.  So this is what we did last Friday night.  The park opened at 7pm and closed at 2am.  We were there until they closed!  I didn't think these boys could hang that long, but they surprised me!  Heck, I didn't think I could hang that long, but I did a good job keeping up with these four. It was just me and the four boys.  Why is it that boys this age like to run from ride to ride?  I had to run along with them.  I got my workout in, let me tell you.  But I had a great time with them.  They were so much fun!  All four had never been to Knott's Scary Farm before, and they were a bit freaked-out the entire time, which is the whole point. 

For those of you who are not familiar with Knott's Berry Farm,  it's an amusement park that is just about 45 minutes from where we live.  In October, they clear out the park at 5pm and then turn the park "spooky" and reopen it at 7pm as Knott's "Scary" Farm. They have "talent" that dresses up as monsters.  They are all over the park -- jumping out at you, stalking you. There are smoke machines all over so that the place looks foggy.  You never know when some monster is going to "get" you.  It's a lot of fun! 

They also have a lot of thrill rides.  I'm a huge fan of all the big rides...which is why I go with the kids instead of Rich.  Rich can't stand roller coasters, so he's not fun at amusement parks!  Here we are on one of the big rides...I had to stretch my arm out to take the photo.  I'm not in the picture because there was no time to get that shot perfect since the ride was ready to take off any second.  I didn't want to lose my camera in the loop.

They had so much fun!  They want to go back again next year :)

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

priest vs. dentist

A.J. had his first CCD class tonight.  For those of you who are not familiar with the Catholic faith, CCD class is their religion class.  (don't ask me what CCD stands for...isn't it awful, that I don't know? any Catholics out there know what it stands for? if so, tell me!)  

Anyway, tonight he came home and began telling me all that he learned in class, and that Fr. Reynold came by to bless the class. He started to tell me all that Fr. Reynold explained about the Holy water and baptism, and how when you dip your hand in the Holy water and make the sign of the cross it is supposed to remind you of your baptism.  He said all of this with such exuberance, I couldn't help it.   I said, "You know, A.J., maybe when you grow up you should be a priest..."  (just wanted to throw that out there!)
 he said, "Naw...I want to be a dentist."
"A dentist, really?"
"Yeah....why, don't they make a lot of money?"
"Yes, they sure do. Dentists can make good money."
"Okay, good.  Because I want to make a lot of money so that I can have a family like ours."
"You mean with a lot of kids?"
"Yes.  I want a lot of kids."
"But what if your wife only wants 2 or 3 kids?"
"Then I'll find another wife."

That made me laugh.  Find another wife! I think what he meant was he would find a woman who has his same family plans and then make her his know, as in carefully screening his future girlfriends.  I don't think he meant he would go out and find an additional wife! 
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

My seven year old

A.J. loves to write.  He writes all the time.  He writes notes to me during the week, and he writes stories and letters to others. He writes in his journal everyday, too, without being told to.   He also will hand me lists that he makes of all the books he wants me to order for him. (along with writing, this boy can sure read the heck out of books!  I can hardly keep up with him.)  

A.J. is really a neat kid, and I'm enjoying him so much lately.  He stays up late with me because, being home schooled, he doesn't have to get up early the next morning, unlike the other kids.  So he and I have been having a lot of "special" time at night. In a big family like ours, this one-on-one time is priceless -- to both him and me!

Today he handed me a letter that he wrote describing his friendship with the little girl nextdoor, and he gave me his permission to share it on my blog.  

A little background first:  "Kate" was born the month after A.J. was born and has always lived nextdoor to us.  She and A.J. are growing up together, and they are the best of friends.  They play together everyday.  She comes with us on our family outings, and   A.J. eats meals at her house almost every other day.  We call Kate our 10th child, she is over here so much.  We love her.  She and A.J. are little buddies.  Here is what he wrote about her today:

Me and Kate

Me and Kate are best friends in the world.  And here is what's funny: whenever me and her think of something else to do, my family always knocks on the door to say I have to come home now.  And that is what is funny.  Me and her write in journals when I'm at  her house.  And we always play the same game over and over again.  We play school and I am the principal and we take turns, and like we get detention and have to write in journals about science.  We actually write about something else but we just pretend it's science.  We love playing with each other because it is so fun.   And I also have a crush on her.

From A.J.

(Hmmm...the crush part worries me a bit.  But hey...right now they are only seven years old,  so I guess it's still innocent enough!)

A.J. heading out to sea with his board.
summer 2010
I love this photo:)

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Even though.

Tonight after dinner, I thought we would do something fun before bedtime. 
Even though we had a very late dinner and all I wanted was for the day to end.
Even though I was dead-tired and really just wanted to get everyone into bed. 
Even though I had a major headache. 
Even though I had just finished cleaning up the kitchen and really, really didn't want another mess.
Even though I've been alone with the kids  going on 5 days now due to Rich's overtimes. 
Even though when I thought he was going to be home with us today, and he drove all the way home and made it to Alex's 8:00am soccer game -- only to be called back into work an hour later.  I feel like his work said to me, "You see your husband? You want your husband? Well, here he is.... Psych! Just kidding!"
Even though.
Call me crazy, but I still thought this would be a fun thing to do, 9:00pm.  With the kids.  At what usually is "my time".  So I mustered up my strength and gathered what I had left of my patience...and we created yet another mess in the kitchen as we made:

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes!!
thanks to my friend Marie for the idea!

I will admit that they were pretty yummy!  The kids had fun making them, then they had fun eating them...and it's 10:30pm right now, and most of them are in bed sleeping.  So my day is officially over.  I will go to bed tonight feeling like I did a good job.  It's a good feeling.  Sometimes I go to bed and I'm kept up with all my mommy-guilt thoughts:  did I read enough to the kids today? was I patient enough today? did I yell too much? did I make things fun for them? But tonight I will not have those thoughts.  Tonight my mind will be at peace.  All because of these cupcakes.  Because I know the kids will remember that I was a FUN mom on this day...when I let them stay up past their bedtime and create a mess in the kitchen by making cupcakes, for no special occassion, but just for fun.  And not only that, but I let them EAT them, too!  

(hopefully they will remember this the next time I'm I tell them NO and it earns me the "mean mommy" title)
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Aria says.....

We had a late dinner tonight, the finish to a long day...and after I was done eating, I placed my hands over my face and and sorta groaned a tired groan.  From her high chair Aria looked up at me, a worried expression on her face.
Aria:  Mommy, what da mat'r wit you?  
Me: Oh...nothing, honey.  I'm just tired.
Aria:  Oh. I tired, too.
and she covered her face with her hands and made the same noise that I did. 
She cracks me up!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Our New Mac

Me, Afton and A.J. -- playing around with our new Mac!  This one is set up in our study nook in the upstairs hallway.   The Apple store loved us last week -- one visit and we walked out with 4 iBook laptops, 1 iMac computer, 1 iPod Touch, and two laptop cases.  Too bad the associates don't work off commission!  Our guy would have had a sweet paycheck;)  
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