Monday, November 27, 2006

The Wishes of a Seven Year Old

Here is R's Thanksgiving wish that he wrote in school:

I wish for no wars because people get killed.
I wish that no one was poor because they need food.
I wish for no litter because it hurts the invirenment (his spelling.)
I'm thankful for everything that I have

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

So Much To Blog, So Little Time

I used to always blog when the boys were taking their nightly bath - a nice 15-20 minutes that I had to myself and the computer.

Things have changed -- R takes showers now, often in the mornings.

While T takes his bath, R reads to me. Then we continue with our regular night-time routine -- get pjs on, brush teeth, R's allergy meds, books, song, bed. So, you see, my blogging time has disappeared. I have to find a new time for me to blog. I'm working on it....

  • R is doing great in school (he's literally at the top of the class in math, science, reading, and social studies) but he still gets stressed out on Sunday nights. He gets a variety of aches and pains in anticipation of a long 5-day week of school -- poor boy. But, the time that these pains last is much shorter than before -- they last 10-20 mintues now versus the 3-4 hours that they used to last!
  • T is a happy boy and a lot of fun. He still loves dogs, steam trains, and art. As a matter of fact, the other day he and I sat down to so some painting and I asked him what he wanted to paint. "Well, I want to get a really old piece of wood and do an aboriginal painting on it." "Really?" I said, "what is aboriginal painting?" "Oh, it's the kind of art that the aboriginese in Australia do. I saw it on that TV show that I watched with Dad." So he proceded to do this cool art piece using lots of dots -- as he was doing it, he said, "this is kind of like stipling, but bigger." When I asked him when he learned about stipling, he told me that I taught him. Good for me! My camera isn't working right now, when I get it up and running, I'll take a picture of the aboriginal art piece that is on display in our kitchen right now.
  • Both boys are having fun in hockey/skating (remember, T doesn't want to play hockey, but he does want to know how to skate.) R even played goal tender at the last game and had a blast.
  • M and I went to a BNL concert a couple of weeks ago and had a great time. We ran into one of his cousins and she offered us ticketst to a concert in Chicago that is tomorrow night. We got Uncle D and future Aunt J to babysit and we're going! It will be a blast!
  • Today is the first day of deer season, so M is out freezing in the blind that he and Mr H built. Hoepfully he doesn't come home empty handed -- that venison summer sausage we had last year was great!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Big T

T has been actually enjoying his ice skating and hockey class (though he says that he's only skating and not playing hockey.) Anyway, he is pretty enthusiastic about it, listens to the coach (M) and tries his best. We're pretty proud of him. The classes are fun to watch because the kids are so small (ages 4-6) and fall down often. Luckily, they have tons of padding on and don't get hurt; when they fall, they just pop back up. Here's a picture of Big T in a race during practice...what a big boy he is now!