Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Favorites!

1. Elliptical! J got me this elliptical yesterday and this morning I had my 1st workout on it....Love it!

2. Snacks! My favorite snack this week is Granny Smith apples with Peanut butter. My boys love it too, Yum!

3. A to Z Learning! I registered with this website and every few months they send an email with a window of opportunity to print off free items from reading to vocabulary. You get to choose the subject and the level. I've been able to print from R and for L.

4. New School! In the past few days of L going to his new school he has just blossomed! I am astounded at the changed in him! He, overnight, has confidence in reading and he is enjoying schoolwork. It's all he talks about and all he wants to do. School has clicked for him and he is already reading at least 2 levels higher than he was last week! Go L!

5. Time Off! This week I finished my finals and I have a 2 week school break. I don't have my grades back yet, but I'm feeling positive. I'm loving my time off!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Today was a first for both boys!

We decided to put L in a different elementary school. He is a great kid and loves to learn. However, we felt that he had better opportunities at this new school. He was very excited to start his new class this morning! We met with his new teacher and she seems very capable in giving L what we believe he deserves.

For R...he got his left arm put in a cast! He had his x-rays redone, the crack is doing OK, but it still needs to heal. So he has this cast for 4 weeks and if x-rays show its healed the cast comes off. Then in 6 months he'll have another x-ray to see if his growth plate is still growing like it should. He picked red and finds it much more comfortable than his splint.

Monday, October 26, 2009

My Name...

Last year R got me a bracelet with a 'M' charm on it for Christmas. It was 'M' for Mom. Yesterday R was looking at my bracelet and says, "Man, I should have gotten a 'B' bracelet for your name, it would have made more sense."Oh No!
Somewhere in the past year R grew up enough to think of me having a real name, I'm not only Mom....that stinks. Why do they have to grow up so fast?!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Favorites!

Hello Friday!

1. Carving!

Last night J helped the boys carve their pumpkins, they had a gourd time!

2. Pot Rack!J put this up at the end of summer and I love it!

3. Muffins! This week I've been making those little muffins by Betty, you know, the ones you just add water or milk. They boys have enjoyed them before school every morning. Today its whole grain blueberry.

4. Accomplishments!L can now cook his own eggs! He is very proud of this and loves to do it!

5.Scholastic!Yesterday we got our scholastic book order in! We received 8 new books, happy reading here we come!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

L's Field Trip!

Today L's class had a field trip to the farm. He was SO excited! At the farm he got to see chickens, some green houses and veggies, a few animals, go through a corn maze, and get a pumpkin.
It was pretty funny because I could tell he was looking around and thinking that we had a lot of this stuff at home and whats the big deal?! We had a big garden, corn, we have chickens and a ton of little pumpkins:-) But he had fun, and for lunch they ate at a park and got to play on the playground which he thought was just great!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pumpkin Time!

For Scouts R, L, and I got to go to the pumpkin patch last night. They had fun goofing off with their friends, playing in the hay maze, and getting their pumpkin. The only downer was that its getting late in the season so lots of the pumpkins left in the patch were starting to 'turn'. I heard R say, "Oh Yuck! I touched that one and my finger poked right into it!" I couldn't help laughing!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Don't you just love a good book?! I thought we should start keeping note of the books we've been reading since we go through them so fast.

This week I've discovered:

J got the boys the Roald Dahl book pack this weekend:
R is flying through them, and right now L and I are reading The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

This week L has a field trip so this morning we started reading:

And J is reading:

Monday, October 19, 2009

Are You Ready...

For some Football!?!

The Secret plan!

The Set-up!

The Hike!
A star player!

Kudos to the mascot!

Saturday, October 17, 2009


A few things:

~We have had a ton of rain and yesterday R fell on a slippery sidewalk at school and received a small crack in his wrist. He is doing great, just annoyed with his splint and sling!

He couldn't stop laughing while I tried to take his pic....You gotta love teamwork! Here they are playing rockband, R is using his good hand to push the buttons while L is strumming!

~This week J gave L a Faux-hawk, it totally fits his personality and he looks pretty cool!

~Today J got me a new camera, hooray!!!

~Here are some of our pumpkins, I've cooked one and there are a few decorating our piano:

~Here is our front deck J built, it still needs some stairs but those will come after J finishes the sidewalk!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Favorites!

It's been a long time since I've done a post like this! But I like doing it because it helps remind me of happy stuff in my life.

1. Volunteering! This year both boys are in school full-time. Yes, I cried like a baby the first few days, it totally sucked! But now that its been a while, I'm in the groove and I'm diggin it! I get to do most of my errands, chores, and homework while everyone is gone. The bonus is I can volunteer in their classes. I told their teachers I can go on every field trip and I've devoted every Friday to their school. I go help out L's class in the morning, and then R's class in the afternoon. I think they both like it too which makes me really happy!

2. Mums! Safeway had these HUGE mum plants for sale. I really wanted them but didn't buy them until I found out they are perennials. I have a hard time buying plants that are non-vegetable and annual since they die out. They now adorn our new front deck and I love seeing them when we drive up to the house!

3. The Middle! The new show on ABC is my new favorite sitcom to watch, it just makes me laugh!

4. Brown Eggs! Right now we get 6 - 8 brown eggs a day, they've slowed a bit, it used to be 7 - 9 a day. Needless to say, we have a lot of eggs! I send the boys out every day to get eggs from the little chicken house J built. I love seeing them walk in with their loot!

5. Crafts!< I love doing crafts in the fall season. Fall seems the time when you Have to do crafts, I don't get nearly as excited other times during the year. We got to make 2 crafts this month at church and it was fun hanging out with the ladies being crafty!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Boy Wonder!

I just have to give a shout out to our Boy Wonder R!
He is one awesome 10 year old and we sure love him!
Right now he is a busy 5th grader. He is a great student and does really well in school. He gets to skip 5th grade math and do 6th grade math this year and next year in middle school start pre-algebra.
He wasn't too pleased at first. He was pretty angry that school was making him 'skip out' on a whole year of math! It's one of his favorite subjects and instead of him seeing this as a good thing he felt a little cheated! That and he was a little nervous since he has to go to a different class for math. He's all for it now and he is being challenged which we really like. He gets to do his homework online which is pretty cool.
R is also our Tuba player! 3 mornings a week he catches the early bus to the middle school for band practice. Last week he got to play with the middle and high schoolers during the high school football game half time. He loved it! It was so fun to see him out there! Right now we have piano lessons on hold for a few months.
He is in Webelos scouts and thinks it's great. In July he got to go to Webelos day camp and had a blast. He was recognized for being most improved for archery. He says so far its the best scout program!
R is one fun kid, he adds so much to this family. He is smart, caring, a great son, a tremendous big brother, and one rockin kid!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's Not Too Early!

L already has his mind on his loot for Christmas this year.
The other night L tells J he would like Legos for Christmas.
J told him that he should write Santa later.
L informs J that Santa doesn't always get the right stuff.
So with Santa being a bit unreliable we are L's back-up!

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Wow...its been almost 4 months since I made a post!
It has been a busy summer and I lost my camera.....
So I will post in the near future some of our happenings, unfortunately without lots of pictures, but that OK.

Today I want to show you this:

It's my new car! J bought it for me yesterday and I love it!
It's an 06 Honda Accord, the kids love their spaces in the back with their own cup holders, I love the heated seats, and we all dig the sun roof! J sure knows how to show a girl he cares :-)

Right now we are living it up doing:
J - Still our Navy man, completing a bunch of home projects and getting everything ready for winter.
B - Still full-time student at Kaplan University. Volunteering in the boys classes, working on seed preservating and cooking.
R - Playing Trombone in band, is now a Webelo scout, and is working hard in his advanced math class.
L - Kickin it up in soccer, loving 1st grade and working on his reading, and is our official chicken wrangler!

We are all doing well, loving the Fall season and enjoying being busy and spending time together.