Friday, December 21, 2012

First Draft

Dear Santa,**

I wood really like a ball maze for christmas.  I will be good and never hit again. I will *hit if i don't get one and will be very very very bad for the rest of my life.  I really want one.  I have been really good.  Merry Christmas

Love,
Gordon

Hopefully Santa got the final draft of this note. 

*Gordon has assured me that he was just making a joke and wasn't at all planning on being mean.
**This was posted with Gordon's permission.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Santa II

This morning at the ward Christmas party, Santa asked Gordon if he was a good little girl.  Maybe it is time for a haircut? Gordon just looked at him and said, "I'm not a girl!"

Monday, December 10, 2012

Santa

This is how I feel lately.  Since moving to Kamas, I have completed almost all of our Christmas shopping online. 

Santa is your UPS man.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Poem

This is a nameless poem written by Mia when she was eight:

 
The big yellow sun feels so warm.
Sometimes I forget it might give me hives.
I still love the warmth.
It's so bright and pretty.
I love the sun.
 
The green grass smells sweet and fresh.
It's so green.
It seems impossible for it to turn yellow and die.
I hear it russel in the wind.
I love the green richness.
 
The blue sky is very pretty.
With white clouds too.
The clouds dot the sky.
The blueness is beautiful.
I love the sky
 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Halloween

Gordon brought this story home the other day.  He wrote it in his power hour class.  When I started to read it he told me to only read until it said, "The End".

"Once upon a time three spiders lived together and it was their first time ever to trick or treat but then a monster came and said,  "Give me your candy!"

"No!" said Gordon.

"No!" said Ellis.

"No!" said Jared.

"Then I will put in some of my stew."

The three spiders looked through their candy and one said, "I don't like ear wax."

"That is my favorite type of candy", said the monster.

"I have one too." Said the third spider. 

"I will let you go if you give me your ear wax. You will explode."

The End

Naturally I kept reading.  Gordon opened his eyes wide and said, "I am sure Mrs. Lowery's class is haunted.  She was playing this really creepy music and it was scaring me.  That's why I wrote the next part."

For your safety stay out of Mrs. Lowery's class.  It is haunted and so you know to stay out of Mrs. Lowery's class and be her lunch.  The End.  And I am in it and so you know to stay out and there are creepers and there is a zombie right about to eat me.  And there are 100 50 foot teachers after me and want to eat me and kill me and this is a bad day.  It is Halloween and I am almost over.

The End

It seems like just last year when he wanted to watch Winnie the Pooh all of the time. 

Lucky for me he still loves to snuggle and be with me.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Our Gardners"

When we talk about our friends, the Gardners, our little boys call them "Our Gardners". This is a fitting title for them because they have a really beautiful yard; they just haven't done anything about ours yet.  :)
 
We have a silly tradition where we have a Halloween type of meal with them near Halloween.  We haven't gotten to just visit with these guys for nearly a year.  It was so much fun to see them and visit.
 


Ellis and James are modeling Seth and my costumes.  We just found these weird wigs.  Much cuter on these two cute boys.  They girls are totally photo bombing them.


We were going to have the kids eat brains this year, but it turned out easier for them to eat guts.  I just made spaghetti and put them in some bread bowls I made.  We used cream cheese and olives for the eyes.  I think they turned out pretty cute; until Seth said that the Parmesan cheese was maggots.  That was more than I could take. 



The kids had fun playing with their friends and the boys especially loved eating the brains/guts.  I heard Raleigh explaining to Ellis that he would be really smart if he ate his (Raleigh's) brains. Ellis said, "I am already really smart."

So fun to play with our friends and to have something for the kids to look forward to every year.  It was so nice to reconnect with these guys.

Dress Like a Twin Day

Our School recently celebrated Red Ribbon Week.  Their theme for this year was "Most Don't".  They had a dress-alike assembly where each class was supposed to dress like the same thing.  Ellis came home with a paper that said "Our class is dressing up as a Mexican.".  I tried really hard to not make this raciest. When I googled "dress like a Mexican", all of the responses said something like, "I am a Mexican and I dress just like any one else.  That's so raciest!"
 
I tried to do something more traditional and Ellis was thrilled.  He did tell me that one of the kids in his class told him that he didn't look like a Mexican.  I just silently agreed with her.  :)
 


Gordon's class voted and they were to dress like either a pirate or a princess.  Here is a picture of our reluctant pirate.  I don't know what it was about the costume he didn't like, but he was very upset to have to dress up for school.  Remember last year  when Gordon didn't want to dress up like a cowboy either?  Maybe he just doesn't like to be told what to dress up as.  He is super excited about tomorrow and dressing up for Halloween. 

I had to take these pictures without him knowing.  He was really upset about dressing up.  When I told him the didn't have to, he didn't like that either.  Luckily he was happier when he got home.  Several others were dressed up and he felt better about that.

 

Mia's class just wore pajamas and they went swimming instead of being in the assembly parade.  She was a little bothered that I even combed her hair before school.  She seriously wanted to just roll out of bed and go to school.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

And We Have Snow

Today is a curl up with a blanket and read a book kind of day.  Sometime last night it started snowing.  We had about an inch of snow when we woke up this morning and it is supposed to snow all day today and most of the day tomorrow.

The kids informed me that they love it when it snows a lot because the school has a couple of targets that they pull out and the kids can practice throwing snowballs.  They are hoping for more snow.

I always love the first snow of the season.  It is so pretty and peaceful.  While I would have liked for it to wait until we made it through Halloween, it brings on a calmness that I look forward to every year.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pain in the Deck

I wish that I had taken photos of the "Before before" I spent my whole summer sanding and painting this deck.  These before pictures are just the before painting before pictures. 
 
I sanded for a few weeks, got pneumonia because I failed to wear a dust mask.  Recovered from that and sanded another week and a half before I got to this stage. I was sanding while the kids were at school.  Mia came home and asked why I was coughing.  I told her that it was because I had been sanding and didn't use a mask, so I came down with pnuemonia.  She asked if I had sanded that day and I said yes.  She said, "Did you use a mask?" I told her I did and she said, "Well, I am glad to see that you learned something."
 



It took me 3 weeks, starting at 9 in the morning and ending at 2:30 in the afternoon, so I would be available when Jared got home from school, to get this deck painted.  Overall I am really happy with how it turned out.  It was a lot of work and it feels great to go out on the deck and appreciate all the hard work I put into it.




Don't mind all the weeds, that will have to be a project for next year.  Who am I kidding? It will probably be a project for the next 5 years.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Snake Charmer


This girl asks nearly every day for a pet.  She was delighted when she found this baby snake in the yard.  She asked Seth if she could have it be her pet and Seth said, "It can be your pet in the wild."
 
I have another picture like this only it is holding a spider.  Such a fun cute girl!
 



We have snakes like this and larger all over the yard.  Our kids couldn't be happier.

Friday, September 21, 2012

World's Greatest Mom

I am pretty sure these kids have decided that I am the World's Greatest Mom after this morning.


Jared got to wear pajamas and wild hair on Tuesday.  He was thrilled with what we came up with for his hair.

 
Gordon was so excited to have his face painted today.  It is spirit day since we have homecoming tonight.  He couldn't wait to wear this funny green hat we got from the Dollar Store years ago.  This hat has been used many times. Jared wore the red version of it to school on Monday for Hat Day.


Ellis wanted to copy Gordon and have his face painted "Exactly like Gordon's." We only have one green hat so I put some green face paint on my fingers and rubbed it through Ellis' Mohawk.  He was delighted.


Mia has strep throat.  She thinks I am pretty great too because I let her have a popsicle for breakfast.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Drugs

Jared told me that he was offered cocaine at school today.  I asked him what he said.  He told me that he said no.  Then he said that at first he thought this kid was offering him a coconut treat but then he noticed that the kid was standing funny.  After talking to his friends a little bit he figured out that he was offered drugs.

We have talked to our kids adequately about drugs, I had thought but we never told them what the names of the drugs are.  I guess we need to have another conversation, further in depth so they wont' think they are getting a coconut treat next time.

Talk about wanting to pull him out of school and shelter that cute kid!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Next Great Inventor

Mia really likes to invent things.  She is full of creative things she would like to make.  For her birthday she asked for some tools and some pieces of wood. She didn't want to use Seth's tools because she didn't want to have to ask if she could use them. 
 
We take a different child on a "date" every month.  Since we have 4 children and there are 12 months, each child gets an official date 3 times a year. It is a nice time to catch up on the kids and let them know they are important to us.
 
Last month was Mia's date month.  The kids always get to choose what they want to do and then, as adults, we try to make it happen.  When I asked Mia what she wanted to do she said, "Well.  I would really like to go to the Junk Yard and choose some pieces of junk so I can make some inventions."  As luck would have it, the Junk Yard was closed so we had to settle on something else.
 
I took a few photos of Mia's latest (to my knowledge) invention.  It is a weight, no unlike a dumbbell.  First Mia asked if she could use this empty spindle that used to have string on it for our weed whacker. 

Then she filled the center with rocks and put a piece of paper over the opening so no rocks would spill.


Finally she glued rocks around the bottom edge of the spindle.  It is so fun to see her walking around doing arm curls with this weight.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back to School

We have been back to school for almost two weeks.  The kids are loving it.
 
 
Jared is in 6th grade and he has entered the year with a great teacher and a great attitude.  He also gets to be in band this year. He is playing the French Horn.  So far it just sounds like a French Horn shaped elephant has joined our family.  He did play "Hot Cross Buns" tonight.  I love that he loves music so much. He was studying with a friend yesterday and it was a treat listening to him explain short cuts to unscrambling vocabulary words.  His friend struggles with spelling any way.  Jared would say, "Well you know this is the longest word, so what one would it be?" or he would say, "There is only one word that has a 'd' in it, so which one would it be?" I think it is a good experience for him to be able to help his friend.
 
 
Mia has entered 4th grade and she is often heard telling me how surprised she is that anyone doesn't like her teacher.  When we went to meet her teacher, Mia said, "Dalyn was not very happy when he found out he was in your class." Her teacher said, "I think he is okay with it now." Mia said, "He started to cry about it." I whispered to Mia to stop talking about it.  She just wanted to make sure that her teacher knew, I guess.  Mia got in trouble the other day for doing Origami while her teacher was teaching place value.  When she told me about it, she said, "Well.  I was so bored and it isn't like I was reading a book. I already know place value." I told her that she needed to be respectful and listen and maybe she would learn something. Mia said, "Fine.  But when we study rocks, I am going to tell her that I learned about rocks in second grade!" Her teacher told us to plan on 1 - 1 1/2 hours of homework each  night.  I miss Granite School District where we were told to expect to have 10 minutes per grade for homework.  It might not be so bad though, so far Mia hasn't had more than 20 minutes of homework per night.


Mia loved that a Humming Bird came to check out her sign when we were talking her picture.

 
Gordon entered 2nd grade.  He is loving it! He said that his favorite things about class are that he gets to have a snack every day - because his lunch is last - and that he gets to go to recess.  He did say that his "Worst Enemy" is in his class.  Who knew that a 7 year old had a worst enemy.  I asked how he because Gordon's worst enemy and Gordon said that it was because his worst enemy's friend was mean to one of Mia's friends.  He has such a sweet heart.  Gordon has grown up a lot this past summer.  He acts more like a 7 year old every day.  He likes super heroes and Lego's and has let go of a lot of the "younger" things he used to do.  He is still a snuggler though.  He rushes home each day and does his homework so he can do other things.
 
 
Ellis is still as sweet as ever.  He is loving learning Spanish.  He brought home a paper that said he knows all of his colors in Spanish.  Every day I ask him what he learned and he has a new word for me.  My favorite was when he came home and said, "I learned Benga today!" What he had learned was "viente" which is 20 in Spanish.  I liked him learning Benga better. He got lost on the first day of school.  He was going to the bathroom and the recess bell rang.  Ellis didn't know it was his bell, so he went out to play when he finished.  He started looking around for his friends and realized that he was supposed to be in his classroom.  He went to go in but when the bell rang, the doors locked.  He was crying his little eyes out and walked over to the Kindergarten playground.  He found a teacher and told her that he he didn't know where to go.  She helped him and they got him calmed down.  They showed him the office door that he should go in if he is ever locked out again.  His teacher called and let me know what happened.  If she hadn't called, I wouldn't have even known it happened.  He didn't seem to be too bothered about it when he got home.


These two little boys can't be serious for a picture, especially when it is the first day of school.  They are so much fun to have around. I asked Mia if she could watch out for Ellis on the bus.  She said that she could only some of the time, but not to expect it  all  of the time.  Gordon said he would watch out for him every day.  One the first day of school, it was Mia who noticed that Ellis wasn't on the bus or in the right bus line.  She told the teacher on duty and the teacher went to find Ellis.  Thanks to Mia, Ellis made it home on the bus.


This is Mia's last year in the Elementary School.  She said she was pretty excited to go to Middle School...I am not positive she will be able to get out of bed in time to go.  Next year we will have group pictures with Jared and Mia and then some with Gordon and Ellis.  It is amazing how quickly time goes.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tender Hearted

I was at Girl's Camp all week last week.  Over the weekend, Seth and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary.  Today was my first full day back with my kids.  Today Gordon was just sitting and looking at me.  I asked him what was wrong and with tears in his eyes, he said, "I was just thinking about when you die.  I can't get it out of my mind.  I love you so much and I don't want you to die."

Maybe a week was too long.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cousin Swap

 We got to have a cousin swap this past weekend.  We traded two kids (Jared and Mia) for one (Gabriel).  Gabriel fits in right between Gordon and Ellis.  It was so much fun having him with us.  We have been missing him.  Super glad to have Jared and Mia back though.
We tried to do some fun things.  We went on a hike trying to find a place called Nobletts.  We were not successful in finding the water fall, but we did have a nice hike.

 Ellis was excited to be taller than a tree.  Everything was so beautiful in this canyon.
 I don't even like pine trees, but this baby pine made me reconsider my thoughts on pine trees.  Good thing this wasn't a puppy or I would have brought it home.
 I love the look on Gordon and Ellis' faces.  They are so identical.  We didn't get far into the hike before Gordon was asking to turn back.  He informed me that he doesn't like hiking.  He would really get into it and then he would ask if we could head back.  At one point a butterfly landed on some horse poop.  Gordon said, "Gross! That butterfly is pollinating the horse poop!"
 Eyes wide open must be a Leary trait.  Even Gabriel does it.
 I love hiking pictures from the back.  We bought these camel packs when we went to Moab.  They boys were so excited to be able to wear them.  I was glad to have them because I didn't get stuck carrying 4 water bottles back to the car.
I think Gabriel might have been most excited when we had to stop in the middle of the road and wait for these cows to pass us.  The cows were calmer than the boys were in the car.

The next day we went to play at the "Mario Playground" at the school.

Kids - Update

 Jared had a fantastic year in fifth grade.  He was able to really grow and accomplish some hard things.  He was the only student in the whole Middle School to get a 100% on his math core test.  His response to it?  "Well, it would be hard to get less than a 100% on the test because if you figure the problem out and the answer you got isn't one of the multiple choice answers, you need to figure it out again."  He is so logical.  Jared started piano lessons and is doing a fantastic job with it.  He will practice a piece a few times and memorize it.  He has a bunch of pieces he can just pull out of his head.  He loves to play and I love to listen to him.  He is such a good boy and tries to make good choices.

 Ellis is finished with Kindergarten now.  He loves going to school and is an excellent reader.  He is picking up math concepts quickly and we are often rewarded with math facts as we eat dinner or say anything about numbers.  Ellis is quick to smile and loves to laugh.  He is going to be in the Spanish Dual Immersion class next year.  He is so excited to be able to teach me Spanish.  He is supposed to be fluent in speaking Spanish by the end of first grade and in writing in Spanish by the end of third grade.  If he continues with Spanish throughout high school, he will be able to graduate with a Minor in Spanish. Ellis' birthday is coming up and he can't wait to have a party.  We are lucky to have Ellis in our family.

 Gordon has been practicing making funny faces so that when I take his picture, he will be prepared.  He is such a funny boy.  Gordon has spent his whole life trying to figure things out.  He gets troubled by things he can't control, like earthquakes and tornadoes.  He is always asking "why".  Gordon loves Math and Science.  His favorite Science experiment from first grade was putting 3 skittles in water and watching to see what happened.  Try it.  You won't be disappointed.  Gordon is learning all about fractions and multiplication this summer.  He loves non-fiction books and math games.  Gordon likes to be on his own.  He is happy to play games by himself but he especially loves to boss Ellis around.  Gordon does what he wants, when he wants; which is both good and bad.  He is not easily pressured into things but he doesn't listen when he is asked to do something.  Gordon does not like to be tickled or teased.  Gordon is a delight in our home.  He loves to be hugged.  When it is just me with Gordon, he will talk and talk.  He hides in the background a lot around the other kids. I "get" Gordon and we get along very well.  Gordon likes to say that he doesn't like books but if there is a book lying on the table, Gordon is the one that will pick it up and read it. Can't imagine life without our Gordon.


Mia is our fun loving girl.  She likes to be challenged. We had been talking about Home Schooling Mia and when I found out who her teacher for next year would be, I was positive that I would Home School her.  She came home from school on the last day and said, "I have Mrs. ________ and I can't wait to got to school next year!"  Not because she had heard Mrs. _________ was a super nice teacher, but quite the opposite.  I have heard nothing good about her - even from other educators.  The other kids in Mia's class started to cry about having this teacher, but Mia looked at the challenge and knew she could do it.  I love this about Mia.  Mia really loves her brothers.  She can make some delicious desserts and is very interested in cooking lately.  She has a kind heart and seems to get along really well with anyone who will let her boss them around.  Mia has a great sense of humor and is getting better every day at laughing at herself.  Mia likes to climb trees.  We have a small tree in front of our house and she likes to climb the tree and has a basket that she will send down for supplies as needed.  One of my favorite things to hear from Mia is, "Can I eat my lunch in the tree?" Oh, how I love this girl.  She is my pal and is always eager to play with me.  Mia knows who she is and doesn't bend to peer pressure.  A trait that I am sure will help her much in the future.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

7 Years

I know it looks like there are only 5 candles on this doughnut, but there really are 7.
 

This is the first year Gordon has been able to blow out all of his candles in one breath.

Gordon turned 7 years old on May 16.  He certainly is unique.  Gordon is a snuggly, lovey boy.  He likes to snuggle.  Gordon likes to sit crossed-legged and can fold himself in half.  This boy is seriously flexible.

Fun facts about Gordon:
Favorite food: Quesadillas - this boy loves cheese, but only cheddar.
Least favorite food: Soggy food
Favorite colors: Green and Red
Favorite friend: Rex - who you might remember from here. All he needed was to choke someone to become best friends with him.
Favorite time of day: Morning - Gordon likes to get up around 6:00 am and he goes until he drops around 7:30 pm.
Favorite Activity: Playing the computer - Gord also likes to paint, jump on the trampoline and ride his bike.
Favorite Dessert: Ice cream
Favorite Subject: Science - Gordon loves to do science experiments.  He is great at math (but says he doesn't like it).  He passed off all of his addition, subtraction and multiplication math facts and got to go to a little local restaurant with the principal and computer teacher. Gordon is also an excellent reader.  He prefers non-fiction books and loves to tell me the facts he has learned.
When he grows up he wants to be a Dad.

Gordon is such an excellent addition to our family.  I can't believe how lucky we are to have him in our family.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mia

Yesterday was the last day of school.  I have been toying with the idea of home schooling next year.  As of yesterday morning, Mia really wanted to be home schooled.  When the kids came home from school, they had their report cards with who their teacher would be next year.  Mia has the one teacher I didn't want her to get.  When she told me who she had, I tried to play it cool.  She told me that everyone in her class that also had this teacher started to cry. I thought, "if Mia wants to be home schooled now, I will definitely do it".  A while later I asked her if she was still interested in being home schooled.  She told me that she really wanted to go to public school.  She seems to have taken this teacher on as a personal challenge.  While I was disappointed, because I really was looking forward to home schooling her, I am proud of her for making such a great decision.  I know that next year is going to be a challenge, but I also know that Mia will meet this challenge head on.  She will do great.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mia is a Nerd





I got to attend an awards assembly yesterday for Mia's class.  Mia received two awards.  The first one was voted on by the class and it was the great writer award.  The class also designed a certificate for her.  I love that her teacher is always looking for ways to help the kids build each other up, instead of tear them down.

The second award she received is the "Nerds Award".  The award says, "For your intelligence and hard work in all areas."  She was thrilled and she received a box of Nerds to go with it.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

FHE


We were watching this movie for FHE tonight. We talked about the lessons we could learn from the movie, how sometimes it is hard to go against what your friends want to do and that it is good to do good things anonymously.  After the lesson was over, Seth was asking the kids what they learned from the lesson.  Jared said, "I learned that you can do more then just make the right choice.  It was good to not bother him, but it was better to help him out." I was so delighted to see him thinking about it and really learning something from the lesson.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Easter

Ellis decided he was finished with having his picture taken before everyone else was. When I showed him these pictures, he cried and said, "I didn't do that!"

Can't take a family photo without the obligatory silly photo.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Matthew

I would like to take a moment and introduce to our newest family addition - Matthew. He has a low voice and is able to grow an impressive amount of facial hair at the young age of nine. He comes and goes and doesn't check in with me, so I never know when to expect him. When he is here, we know we are in for a good time...too bad Mia has never met him. I am sure she would love him.


Mia wanted to trick one of Jared's friends the other day so she dressed up like a boy and went out to talk to them. In her deepest voice she said, "Hi. I'm Matthew!" Too bad they didn't even act a little confused as to who she was. That would have made her week.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

White Knight

A year ago Saturday, Seth was extended a job offer at White Knight Fluid Handling. He accepted the job and hasn't looked back. This is the perfect job for him and the owners have been so generous. Not only have they been generous with us, they have been generous with all of their employees. It is nice to be directly involved with a company that cares so much about their employees.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Shake Out

Our school is having an earthquake drill on April 17. A note was sent home for the parents to fill out. After the earthquake drill, we will receive a phone call asking us to pick up our students at the Middle School. All of the South Summit Students will be there. We have to bring ID. for the kids we are picking up.

I think this is a brilliant idea. They have indicated on the letter sent home that this is the first time they have had a drill like this so please be patient when picking up your child. I love that they are practicing it to determine any necessary changes before a real emergency happens.

I am not sure how much I should say to the kids. The last time we had an earthquake drill at a school, Gordon was nervous about going to school for a long time. Maybe for FHE we will talk about emergency preparedness and we can talk about some of the things we would do in the event of an emergency. It should probably be covered any way.

We had a plan in our West Valley house. I did buy a fire extinguisher for this house at least.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Snow

Just when I thought it was almost spring (tomorrow technically) we got dumped on. It has been snowing since last night. We currently have ever 2 feet of snow - all from one storm. It is so pretty and soft. Maybe we can make a snowman today. I personally, am not tired of the snow yet. I was planning on making garden boxes and maybe setting up the trampoline this weekend, but it would seem my plans have been changed. Maybe we can get another afternoon of sledding in. I guess it will just depend on how long it stays.

Seth's mom gave us a box full of FHE ideas and some cash for Christmas. It has been fun choosing what we will do. The kids were delighted to pull out a paper that said, "Choose your own activity." We are going to go watch "The Lorax" tonight at the Kamas Theater. The kids can even get popcorn for $1.00 a bag. One of the fun things about living in a small town. Gordon and Ellis read "The Lorax" for the first time this year. It was pretty moving while Gordon was reading it and his little voice was catching because all of the trees were being cut down. He was pretty devastated over how it affected the other animals in the forest. Gordon and Ellis have been talking about this book for months. Maybe we have some little activists on our hands. I am happy to promote green living and taking care of our planet. I can't wait to watch this movie with them.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jam

I made 3 batches of freezer jam today. Maybe tomorrow I will make some bread to spread that jam on.

The kids were so excited when they got home from school and smelled the sweet strawberry goodness of the jam. They have each* asked at different times if I would make rolls and they could have a jam sandwich. The jam is supposed to sit for 24 hours. It probably wouldn't have made any difference if I had given them some jam, but this way I didn't have to make rolls today too.

*Ellis does NOT like strawberries or any type of jam. He likes his rolls plain and would be thrilled if I made some. He just didn't ask for a roll with jam.

Pirates

Gordon came home from school with a skull and cross bones eye patch on under his glasses. When I told him that I liked it, he said, "My teacher gave it to me because one of our spelling words is aaargh!"

According to my spell checker, aaargh really isn't a word. I do think it is fun that these cute first grade students get to learn how to spell like a pirate.

If it hasn't broken, maybe I will update with a photo.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dude Hair

Gordon has this coarse, thick, curly hair. It pretty much does whatever it wants to. I keep it rather short to keep it under control.

Ellis was born with a Mohawk. He has always had extra hair on the top of his head. He has fine, thin hair that does whatever I want it to.

The other day Gordon asked me if he could have "Dude Hair". I told him that his hair was too short. Finally his hair was long enough to style. He was thrilled to have "Dude Hair" for church.

The reality is that it stayed like this just until I took the picture.