Wednesday, November 21, 2012

History Museum and Friends

We went to the county history museum to check out an exhibit of Mexican art. It was neat, especially since they had crafts at the end for the kids to do. We also checked out the prairie room, in which the kids were able to dress up and play. Just between those 2 exhibits, we stayed for 2 1/2 hours!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A first

This is the first year that JA went trick-or-treating and ENJOYED it! We actually haven't even gone trick-or-treating in 4 years because she disliked it so much. The last time we went, when she was only 4, was so traumatizing for her, that I began teaching her to memorize Scripture, and the first verse was Psalm 118:6, "Dios esta conmigo, no tendre miedo." ("The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid.") All 3 kids now know that verse, and usually bring it up around Halloween because they really do get scared by the decorations and stuff.

Anyway, this year, JT really wanted to go trick-or-treating, mostly because he wanted an excuse to dress up as Batman in public. So, Papi surprised us by coming home from work an hour early and we went trick-or-treating in the daylight. Wow! What a difference for our family. There were very few people out with scary costumes, mostly animals, fairies, and cartoon characters. And, there were just very few people out at all. So, we went for about 40 minutes and had a great time.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Look who's 8!

 Always so good about wanting a simple birthday, this year was no exception for JA. We spent the day as a family, even taking the boys to the doctor about an hour away because this was the date wee were given for the appointment. JA didn't mind at all and just asked if we could enjoy the day in that city since we'd already be there. We had our birthday pancakes (which I forgot to take a picture of, sorry), sang "Las MaƱanitas" and opened presents. After the appointment, we played at a park a little, tried to visit extended family (they weren't home) and then headed to JA's request of Golden Corral for lunch. We walked around the mall and the kids even got to ride the little mall rides (a first for us, I think.)

She guessed what this was - a fairy Flexi

JT picked out a basket and bell for her bike

Papi took up us up a very high bridge and we looked out over the city

Can you see the city in the background?

The sun was in her eyes

This is my favorite. What do you think?

The kids have AWANA tonight and then we'll enjoy pumpkin pie; JA's dessert of choice for her birthday. Papi is working on it right now, so I hope it is done in time. In about a week, we'll head to my parents' for a party with the extended family. We don't normally, but do try to celebrate one birthday there every few years. And then that's it for a whole year. Time really is flying by; I can't believe my baby is already 8 years old!

Edited to add:
The pie was ready just a few minutes after we got home from AWANA. It was still so hot that the candle melted from the bottom up and the Cool Whip on top boiled up. It was delicious and JA loved it

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Not a fire

If you've been keeping up with our family more or less for the past few years, you know that we have had more than our fair share of fires. Three, actually. Well, this was not a fire! I thought I'd get that stated up front so you can enjoy my crazy story without being truly concerned for us. :)

It's been a relatively nice, normal, day around here. Towels hanging on the line, school done with little complaint, 1 child napping, 2 enjoying a treat of Netflix for Kids, and me just laying down for a quick rest. Then, the smoke detector goes off. Well, they've been known to do that, so I'm not worried. Except this time, it's not just the once or twice, but it keeps going. I don't see smoke, the oven and stove are off (I triple-checked!), and then the detector stops. OK, all's good. Then it starts up again, and one in the kids' bedroom goes off as well. At this point, I grab the toddler while directing the older two to "get out!"  I still don't see smoke, but I have plenty of experience here and it's just crisis mode until I can figure out what's going on and what I need to do.

We have neighbors in the apartment above us, and I know they're home, but they're not coming out, so I went to knock on their door. Well, they don't hear me (?) or choose not to answer. I keep knocking, and one of them shouts, "It's us!" and that's it. They don't come to the door or anything.

The smoke alarms went on at about 1 minute intervals off and on 3 or 4 times total. Though the alarms have stopped completely by this time, I still don't know what set them off, so I call the maintenance man. He recommends I call the fire department. He also says the alarms are connected throughout the house, so if any one is set off, they will all go off. I hang up after deciding to call the fire department if the alarms start up again.

The kids (and the dog, who JA remembered to get out) are still outside, and I go around one more time to knock on the neighbors' door. One of them answers it this time and says that the other one is cooking and that set off the alarms. "Oh," I say "so something just burned on the stove?" Well, no, they say nothing burned, it was just the steam from the pot that set off the smoke alarms.

So, we came in and the alarms haven't gone off again. It was just another exciting afternoon around here.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Excursion escolar

We had our first field trip with the homeschool group this week. We went to an apple orchard about 90 minutes away. A friends drove us in her van and the kids had a great time hanging out with her children during the drive, and she & I had time to chat most of the way there and back, which made for a pleasant trip.

JMC wasn't interested in the presentation about the apple orchard, but the tractor really caught his attention.

M&Ms to keep a 2 year old quiet. The tour lasted about an hour longer than we had anticipated and ran into his normal lunchtime.

We each got to choose a gourd to take home.

The boys on the wagon heading back for the rest of the tour.

Once the actual tour was over, we had a picnic lunch, and then got to explore. There were some farm animals, and a HUGE playground. JA & JT stayed within the fenced area, but were running from one place to another, so I didn't get many pictures of them playing. JMC stayed near me (or I should probably say I stayed near him) so I have a lot more pics of him enjoying the afternoon.

There were nearly 70 people from our homeschool group on this field trip, these are the friends we came with.

Trying to walk on the log like the big kids.

The only one not afraid of the goats.

We left at 8:30am and didn't get home until 5:00 in the afternoon, so the kids were exhausted. We ate dinner (I had some chicken ready to go in the crock pot) and then baths and bedtime. They laid down around 7:00 and didn't get up until 8:00 in the morning! If this place weren't so far away, I'd take them there all the time just for the long night of sleep! :)

See, I didn't lose her. :)

There was a store and JT wanted to buy some apple jelly. While we were looking for it amongst all the flavors, JA's tooth fell out. We found a napkin for her, and then found the apple jelly, along with cherry jam, rhubarb jam, and pumpkin butter. We also brought home some apple cider donuts to share with Papi.

It was a great time and I look forward to going again next year.

I almost forgot the best part - 2 other moms noticed that the kids are bilingual and were complimenting me and talking with me about it positively. Papi and I truly believe raising the kids to be bilingual is important, but I often hear more negative than positive from other people and it can bring me down a bit. Of course, Papi only hears positive responses to having bilingual children, but I think that's because having a 2nd language is a valued asset in the business world, and I just don't deal with business people on a regular basis.  Anyway, it was nice to get such a positive response to while on the field trip.