These days

These days we have been working on book reports, cooking, taking walks, playing basketball and relaxing at home.  What did you do this week?

pasta nights - no one complains about not enjoying dinner

pasta night – no one complains about not enjoying dinner

We used the crock pot for the second time and had roasted chicken.

We used the crock pot for the second time and had roasted chicken.

gluten-free s'mores

gluten-free s’mores

Gio right before he decided to wrestle me to the ground and give me rug burn on my elbow.

Gio right before he decided to wrestle me to the ground and give me rug burn on my elbow.

Georgie in her new favorite spot.

Georgie in her new favorite spot.

Isabella's presidential book project on Obama.  She had to dress up as him, design a poster and give a mini speech to her class.

Isabella’s presidential book project on Obama. She had to dress up as him, design a poster and give a mini speech to her class.

The neighbor boy is in the 3rd grade and he let her borrow his suit.

The neighbor boy is in the 3rd grade and he let her borrow his suit.

Obama poster

Obama poster

Playing basketball at the park with one of the neighbor boys

Playing basketball at the park with one of the neighbor boys.

great shot by Asher.

great shot by Asher.

Sculpture Art II

I can’t help it, here is another of Blackburn’s preschool creations.

I have a really long, narrow shelf that I got from my mom awhile ago.  I wasn’t sure what to use it for, but this may be just the thing.  Blackburn’s sculptures could be displayed on it, now I just have to figure out where in the house to put it.

Sculpture Art

Blackburn has been making some sculptures in preschool recently.  I have no clue what they are.  I thought about asking him but then I realized I did not need to know.  I just needed to enjoy.  Here are two of his most recent ones:

This one has multi-colored toothpicks sticking up all over it.

This one has multi-colored toothpicks sticking up all over it, a liberal use of glitter and a couple of feathers.

Bling, Bling...note to self - never get this kid a bedazzler!

Bling, Bling…note to self – never get this kid a bedazzler!

8 years old

Isabella turned 8 years old Saturday.  I can’t believe it!  Her grandma helped us have a surprise birthday party for her back in our hometown.  Having it in Thornville allowed more family to attend and Isabella had a chance to spend time with her cousins.  Here are some pictures from the day:

We woke her up with cards and flowers.

We woke her up with cards and flowers.

Then we drove until we thought she would start to recognize her surroundings.  We stopped and blindfolded her and then threatened bodily harm to the other kids if they told where we were.  Thankfully she had no clue and was surprised when we walked into the house and everyone was there.  The kids played and danced together, ate gluten-free cupcakes and watched Isabella open presents.  When it was all over we relaxed and spent the night enjoying time around the fire while it steadily snowed outside.

Blind folded first by scarf then we stuffed a shirt in so she could not peek out the holes.

Blind folded first by scarf then we stuffed a shirt in so she could not peek out the holes.

There was a ton of food for everyone to enjoy - thanks Linda!

There was a ton of food for everyone to enjoy – thanks Linda!

Opening presents - she got a lot of nice clothes, crafts, games and art supplies.

Opening presents – she got a lot of nice clothes, crafts, games and art supplies.

Blowing out "trick" candles.

Blowing out “trick” candles.

Dancing and singing with cousins

Dancing and singing with cousins

Chatting with grandma

Chatting with grandma

I love sitting by the fire. I can't wait until we can afford to re-line and use our fireplaces.

I love sitting by the fire. I can’t wait until we can afford to re-line and use our fireplaces.

I think she had a great time.  I have decided she needs to stay 8 years old…I don’t think I can handle her turning nine, especially since she said she was halfway old enough to driving.  Thank you to all who came and helped us celebrate.

Quiet Thoughts

Without giving too much details of something that is not mine to share, I ask that you keep a special family member (and his parents) in your thoughts and prayers.  This little man is facing some tests and then his parents are facing the dreadful task of waiting for answers and figuring out what to do after that.  So please say a quick healing wish, prayer or thought in the next couple of weeks for him.

Valentines Preparation

The girls worked on their valentines tonight.  They picked up some monster ones from Whole Foods.  When you scratch the stickers they smell like chocolate.

Sometime between now and Thursday morning I have some valentines to make too.

We taped some construction paper hearts to the front door.  Blackburn is tired of hearts and has now moved on to drawing acorns…

Completely non-valentine related, but I used some of my left over christmas gift cards and bought a new shower curtain from Macy’s.

Vita, Taylor, Harry and a bag of frozen corn

Vita has a lot of dolls.  Dolls she dresses, combs their hair, makes them dance and sometimes she even makes them marry one another.  But today was not a good doll day.  Two things happened:

1) Vita’s friend James told her that her favorite singer in the boy band One Direction, Harry, was dating Taylor Swift.  I found her Harry doll in her trashcan next to an empty bag of pirate’s booty and scraps of construction paper.  Some of my friends have told me that Harry and Taylor have broken up – so in the morning I will try to convince Vita to dig him out of the garbage and love him once again.

2) Blackburn, for some yet to be determined reason, threw Vita’s Prince Charming doll at her and busted her eye.  She now has a small mouse and it is turning blue as I type this.  She is asleep in her bed with a bag of frozen corn on her face.

Anyone who thought that dolls were drama-free or not a safety hazard is completely and utterly wrong.