Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Masquerade

Brittany, Tyler, and my nephew Devin were invited to a masquerade birthday party a few weeks ago and I keep forgetting to post the pictures. Cassandra, my sister in law with mad hair dressing skills did an "updo" with Brittany's hair.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stand Up, Stand Up!

I was getting dressed, and when I came out of the bathroom this is what I saw.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Resurrection Day!

It was not ideal Easter weather this weekend. It has been raining since I think Friday. So, we had to do the church Easter egg hunt in the gym. But the kids still found plenty of candy filled eggs. I think they probably brought home around 150. You know that was enough candy to last the ride home at least.

An Easter Coma

We did a special Passover celebration this week. I had put together a unit study to do last year, but with the move we weren’t able to get to it, so I saved it for this year. I had planned to take pictures and have this linky post with all the stuff I used, but I don’t even remember where half the stuff came from, my disk that I saved the printables on is BROKEN and I didn’t take a single picture. Nothing ever happens the way you plan.

I had downloaded a special Haggadah to read for the celebration and there were parts in Hebrew that the father would read and everyone would recite. So, David read the passage and when we are reciting, for some reason my words come out ending with “Aloha”.

David says, “Aloha?”

Clearly I need a vacation.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Guess What? Another Birthday!

Brooke's 8th birthday was on Sunday and my neice Emma's birthday was on Saturday, so we had a little joint party Sunday after church. Yes, I'm just now posting it. Life is just so busy.

My niece, Dadriana

Aunt Cassandra slipped Travis a treat.

Bailey, also known as Sassy right now.

My sister in law, Cassandra

My brother in law, Craig

The girls were excited about their gifts. Emma got a doll named "Emma" and Brooke got the Mp3 player she'd beeb wanting.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


We followed the Iditarod this year-it was last month and I’m just now blogging about it. Yeah, remember like two years ago we were planning on following it and then one thing after another happened and we never got to it. But now the kids are looking forward to following it every year.
The kids each chose a musher to follow and chart their race....

I chose Dee Dee Jonrowe, but Bethany’s person scratched so I let her take over following her—12th place
Brittany chose Ramey Smith—2nd Place finisher!
Tyler chose Ken Anderson –11th place
Timothy chose Peter Kaiser—8th place
Brooke chose Christi Berrington-- 29th place
Tristan chose Lance Mackey—16th place

We made dog booties…………….

(This is the best picture I could get. Does that tell you anything?)

And a celebration dinner of “Sled Dogs”, “McGrath-aroni and Cheese”, and “Idita-rods”…………….

And what better way to finish out a study of the Iditarod than to meet Gary Paulson, two time Iditarod racer and author of “Woodsong”. He came to our library to accept a Sequoyah Literary award. He spoke a little about his life and adventures and took some questions. I took all the kids and believe it or not, the little kids sat quietly for the hour he and another author were speaking. Now, granted at some point I did have to bring out the cocoa puffs and Travis only screamed once, so overall it was a success. And it only took another hour and 45 minutes of waiting in line to get his signature. By that point Brittany took some of the kids out to the van, then I had to go out to the van to settle them down, so only Bethany, Timothy and Brooke got to actually talk to him.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Monday Musings. Or, maybe "Fat Tuesday" Musings

Conversation with Brittany after a trip to the Dollar Tree….

Brittany: I found this mask. It will be perfect for the masquerade birthday party I’m invited to.
Me: Hmm. I don’t remember the Dollar Tree having masks. Oh, I bet they have them for Mardi Gras.

Conversation with Brittany continued about five hours later……

Brittany: Mom, what was that mask for? Magaradi?
Me: (Laugh hysterically for at least the next fifteen minutes, then smile that my daughter, thankfully, doesn’t know anything about Mardi Gras.)

Friday, April 1, 2011

My American Girls

Bethany and Brooke made a special treat for our study of the 1900’s.
They made these Jam Flags from the Molly Cookbook ………….

They also made Eleanor Roosevelt’s favorite dessert of Angel Food Cake. We put pink strawberry clouds on top from a recipe in a book, “Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride”.

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