Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

Two of Mr. Popper's Penguins: Captain Cook & Stinky

The Spider & Little Miss Muffet

Norbert "Shaggy" Rogers and a portrait with the villan's eyes watching
Jake got this shirt online from Digital Dudz. I simply cut the eyes out, then Jake taped his phone to the back of the shirt to add the moving eyes. Coby was proud of his dad's Creepy costume.
Kai at the Trunk or Treat

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Hellooo Betsy!

Betsy van Mini

With her addition to the household, we have become a part of the mini van masses.
At least, she has cool features that our family minivan did not have when I was a youth.
  • two sliding doors, not just one, and they open with a press of a button.
  • roll-down windows in the sliding doors. The boys were not impressed, like I was. They don't remember what it was like to try and get air to circulate through those pop latch windows.
  • seats that stow flat into the floor. 
  • multi-zone climate control. Jake likes to be cooler than I do. On our way to California for Christmas, I'm usually huddling under a blankie to stay warm. Unless, I'm driving. Now, we can both be comfortable. 
  • radio controls on the steering wheel. 
  • limo lights
  • DVD player holders
She has big tires to fill, but I'm sure with all her bells and whistles she'll accomplish it with ease.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tea Time

Today's 5th grade curriculum enrichment activity was learning English Tea Etiquette.

First, they learned how to set their place & the use of each piece of silverware.
Then the courses began presented by the hostess (me). 

  1. Tea (apple juice), scones (we had both American & English) and chocolate chip muffins. 
  2. Savory course: ham & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, and cucumber sandwiches
  3. Sweet treats course: chocolate and lemon meringue drops.

Finally, the Tea Time Games

  • Tea Time Word Scramble - unscramble words related to tea time.
  • Stacking Sugar Cubes - how many sugar cubes can you stack in 10 seconds. 
  • Guess the tea - smell a tea bag, what flavor is it. 
A few of the boys were crafty and looked at the label, while the lady of the table carefully considered each and came up with a few correct answers.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Goodbye Ole Girl

This is B.B., short for Big Bertha.
We've had this lovely since Oct 2006, giving her a second life. Thanks to Ma & Pa Walkenhorst ;) Back then it seemed so ridiculous to drive around with just our little family of four.

But all those extra seats were her greatest asset, even after we filled two of them. She has been the workhorse of the family, getting all of us to where we need to go to enjoy time together as a family.
  • comfy and roomy trips to Las Vegas and Napa
  • carpooling to and from school, and fun, local places like Thanksgiving Point. 
  • hauling furniture
Her greatest adventure was our cross country trip to Virginia, taking us to many wonderful sites

Rawlings, WY
Cheyenne, WY
Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha, NE
Liberty Jail in Liberty, MO
Nauvoo, IL
Superhero Museum in Indianapolis, IN
This is the only good picture, because we accidentally used the flash.
 I'll miss
  • feeling like Queen of the Road, sitting high up on my throne, surveying the path before me with ease. 
  • the power and dominance.
  • her gentle roar as she pulled up to the house, & knowing my family is back from an outing. 
  • our recognizability. 
A fond farewell to our Beauteous Beast!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sounds like

Listening to Let's Stay Together by Al Greene

C: Mommy, that sounds like Danny Rebus!

C: They look alike

Scouts + Firemen

No, the boys didn't burn the church down! We went to the local firehouse to learn about fire safety and how our local heroes do their jobs:

When our guide asked if anybody knew what "Stop, drop, and roll" was, Coby excitedly jumped up on the truck and explained it to everybody. Unfortunately, the skeptical look on the firefighter's face showed that Coby didn't have it exactly right. However, he patiently listened to Coby's rather animated description before adding some necessary corrections:

Finally, he showed us all of his tools and explained to us the difference between a "Fire Truck" (on the left) and a "Fire Engine" (on the right). Just so you know, the fire truck has ladders and equipment, while the engine is more for pumping!

I sure am grateful for our awesome local firefighters and their dedication to keeping us safe :-D

Monday, October 15, 2012

Put your shoulder to the wheel

I asked Coby to wipe down the table, then reminded the boys that they have some bins to clean out.
C: Ok, Mommy. I'll do it cheerfully
M: Ok. Great!
C: You know "Put your shoulder to wheel?"
M: Yes.
C: ♫ We all have work, let no one shirk. ♪
M: Do you know what shirk means?
C: something about work
M: To avoid doing your work or doing your part in the work.
     Let no one shirk means everyone should to do their part and do the work.
C: Oh, so like in Horton hears a Who.
M: Huh?
C: So they could be heard, every Who had to make noise. They needed everyone for it to work.

M: Right! :)

I love how the boys are able to relate gospel principles to things they understand or are familiar with.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


I was trying to tell Jake that we need to teach Coby how to fold socks, but in Spanish

M: Tenemos que enseñar . . .
     then I drew a blank on how to say to fold socks
J:  Oh yeah, Ensign Yar. 
M: ? Blank Stare
J: I guess that wouldn't work. She was a Lieutenant on Enterprise
M: Seriously!! LOL

That's my nerdy husband for you. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Trick or Treating - Singing Time Style

A group of moms and kiddos, from our neighborhood, get together at our clubhouse once a week to sing, read, and play. The moms take turns hosting, providing snacks, and reading stories. Then we go out to the playground. It's a lot of fun.

Rachel C. leading a song. 
I'm always impressed with the ideas the other moms have to present new ideas and encourage our kids to learn about music. We've learned about different instruments (with guest players and actual instruments), musical terms (forte, piano, adagio, moderato, allergo,) and composers, with an accompanying song to a portion of their work (like Little Einsteins). I've learned some new songs.

This week's was so much fun and just so clever, I had to share. On all the doors, and some walls, were composers in Halloween costumes. The kids knocked on each "door", and said Trick or Treat! A song played, then they guessed who the composer in disguise was before they got their treat.

Beethoven dressed up as Frankenstein's monster

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Communication with my offspring

Saturday, October 6, 2012

October General Conference - Saturday Morning

We had a late start to our day. I just could not get up this morning, and I didn't have to worry about anyone going down stairs to cause mischief because the alarm was set. Muah ha ha!

Good thing we have TiVo, we would have missed the morning session of conference without it. Well, I could have just hooked up the laptop to the TV and watched, but using the TV remotes is more convenient.

We started watching once our breakfast of Chocolate German Pancakes was ready. While eating, Coby claimed "This is life on a plate. It's so delicious!" It was too rich for Liam to eat his normal sized portion. Kai was super excited to top his with caramel syrup. I enjoyed mine but really wanted to add some whipped topping. Mmmm!

This time I decided not to make any conference packets.  Too much time, effort, paper, and questions during conference. Although, the boys were disappointed that they didn't have Conference Bingo, they took notes in their church books and doodled. Other than potty breaks and requests to draw or write something for Liam (ok, he needs something to help him through the two hours), I was able to enjoy the session with very few interruptions. Huzzah!

At lunch, I asked the boys which talk they enjoyed most.

C: That one with the lady
M: Ann B. Dibb.
C: Yeah! I like that she wants us to be bold about who we are.
on Mormon Mommy Blogs
L: My favorite was "Ask the missionaries, they can help!"
 I really like that. 

see here

K: That was my favorite too! 
Elder Nelson said it about 20 times! 
The story was funny too.

C: And Pres. Monson said in 10 years, I can go on a mission.
K: Mom, what about you?
M:  President Uchtdorf''s talk about regrets and resolve. 

K: Wait, what was it about?
M: Living gospel principles will reduce life's regrets.
Life is not made to be appreciated in retrospect. 
Enjoy each moment, enjoy the journey. 
K So, if you follow the lord then you won't wish at the end of your life that it was different. 
M: Right.