Monday, August 19, 2013

How was school?

M: How was school today?
L: It was great
M: What did you learn today?
L: I don't know
M: Did you met anybody new?
L: I don't remember. Well, there was a boy named Teancum. I hope he doesn't drink tea.
M: With a name like that, that's unlikely

Hold up on finger - you have to go to the potty
hold up two fingers crossed - I really have to go to the bathroom

If you get a really high number, you can spin a wheel. Then you can get a movie or snacks.

At recess, I saw Kai. And I swung on the monkey bars then dropped down.
He has never gone across the monkey bars by himself before.

My job is to take care of the guinea pig. I don't even care that I have to clean up his poop
I'm learning Lah-un, I mean Latin. It's a dead language, that only those crazy people in that one country in Italy speaks.

I received a HERO card because I was the only one who stayed behind to clean up the lunch table
I learned the word scyphoscopic - photos with brown and white colors
My flash drive is going to be my life.
I got my birthday treat early from Ms. Perkins, my music teacher.
Ms. Larsen allows use to check out books from her library, and bring them home.

J: What did you today while your brothers were gone?
D: I played with Ele-fun, and chased the butterflies

He quietly played with his dinosaurs too.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Silly Boys - May 2013

While Jake was taking the temperature of our dinner,

L: 40 degrees is as fast as a kangaroo can jump.
    60 degrees is as fast as a man can run.

Grammy sent us this Super Grover Remote
He has a few sayings, that Liam has responses to:

G: Hello, this is your pal Super Grover.
L: You are not super.

G: A super hero never gives up!
L: Super heros don't fall down.

G: Press a number button.
L: No, you didn't say please.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hope of America

Kai, along with other students from Odyssey Charter School, had the opportunity to participate in the Hope of America program, the kick off for the Freedom Festival

Here's a video of the event. Kai is a Red Shirt, in the "flag" somewhere.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Post dinner conversation:

C: Are mongooses fierce?
M: Mongeeses?
J: Are there Laotian geese? Cuz there are Hmong geese.
M: Ha ha ha!
C: So are mongooses fierce?
J: Have you ever heard of Rikki Tikki Tavi?
C: No.
J: What do these people teach in school?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter traditions

We started our conversation cards. the first question is
"What are our Easter traditions?"
I changed the question when I asked them

Do we have any Easter traditions? What are they?

L: We make Easter cards.

C: We go on an Easter egg hunt in our house.
Easter 2012

K:  We have an Easter basket with our big prize in it. 
Nerf darts were part of the basket

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter Prep

Easter Week

I printed these babies out for the boys lunches. They love the notes they get. Kai has a bunch that he has saved. Liam and DJ handed some out to their friends, employees that we always stop and say hello to, at Wal-mart and the library.

It's Written On the Wall

I asked the boys if they know why we celebrate Easter.
Unfortunately, it's all about the Bunny.
We need to work on that so I thought I'd use this to help us along.

Chocolate on my Cramium

Since the boys enjoyed the St. Patrick's Day Conversation Starter Cards, I found some but wanted more Easter related topic/questions, so I made these:

So that's what we're doing  to prepare for Easter.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Dinner Conversation

To steer our conversations away from TV/movies and video games, we have a Let's Talk Bucket filled with little slips of papers asking questions. Most nights, we talk about our day and Liam or DJ asks us "What is your highlight?"

Tonight, Coby took the initiative to ask his own question: What would you be when you grow up, DJ?

D:  A Coby!
L: A guy who has a gun that shoots robbers.
K: So a police officer. 
C: I want to be a few things! An army commander, technician, or an architect.
L: I want to be an architect.
M: What does an architect do?
L: He makes it so people can build things
K: I want to be a scientist.
L: I want to be a scientist.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

The Leprechaun stopped by this morning.  
He left these goodies for or boys 1-3

The Zots are Kai's favorite. Liam hated it. 
I've never had one before. It packs a fizzy punch
Liam also didn't like the Jolly Rancher or the Sour Airhead. That's ok, Coby and I enjoyed them.

and for the Deej

 It didn't look like the Leprechaun had been up to any mischief making. Getting ready for breakfast (Green Eggs and Ham), we discovered that the milk changed from white to green when poured into their cups. And our bread was green. 
Tricky little Leprechaun!

At lunch and dinner (Corned Beef), we used these conversation cards from Happy Home Fairy. Here a few we did

K: shoes like Dorothy, because they teleport, but mine would be boots

C: "Anything I want" shoes. They would be any shoes I want to wear and let me have any power I want.

M: My black heeled sandals, they would change color to match my outfit.

Coby used ROYGBIV to name the colors.
C: Green
L: Green
K: Blue
J: Burgundy
M: Orange

L: Black hair and naked

K: Black shoes, green jeans, a vest, lightish green skin, a hat that fills with gold when held out, darkish brownish hair, a magical pocuh that always has gold in it, and a book on magic.

C: Black polish shoes, gold buckle, green tux with a vest, orange hair and beard.
M: Oh, so he's ginger. 
J: Of course, he's Irish
M: Unless he's Black Irish.
C: No, he's white. 
overlapping chatter as I try to explain black hair like Liam's leprechaun, not skin tone. 

K: I would save some of it and spend some.
L: I would put it in our "Team Treasure Chest"
C: I would give it all away.
M: I'd pay tithing, save some, give some away, and spend some. 
J: I'd spend it. To buy a house.

Liam saw this photo on Jake's phone
L: That's a leopard-chaun
J: If we get a leopard, I'm gonna name him Khan!! So we'll have a leopard-Khan ;)

Ever the nerd!

Hope your St. Patrick's Day was as wonderful as ours.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Liam's 5th Birthday Interview

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Perfect Attendance and No Tardies

Friday, January 18, 2013

Dissecting a Cow Eye

Learning about light and optics

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2013 Resolutions

Here are the goals the boys have set:




In the blogosphere, I've seen this idea of using one word to encompass your goals for the year. I chose the word 

I want to be engaged in 
conversations with my children
building relationships with my loved ones
fun activities as a family
serving others
good works

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Coby's Sunday Artwork