Tuesday, July 31, 2012
First, he played laser tag and went bowling with his friends. Then they came home and made aliens out of green playdough. Surprisingly, the boys all loved this part and the fact that they got to keep the playdough.
But the drama didn't end there. One of Michael's guests, "A", doesn't handle sleepovers well. After several hours of phone calls to his parents and trying to sleep, he went home around 2am. It was a very long night. But Michael said it was the best party ever, so I'm calling it a success.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Shane was happy that his friend, Esi, who lives down the street came. Esi gave him an awesome gift; an Angry Birds toy and a t-shirt. Gloria even decorated one of Shane's gifts to look like the exploding bomb bird.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
We were really glad that we happened to be there just in time to see the mermaid show. Brianna loves that.
Monday, July 23, 2012
"shingling" or "rake and shake" that involves doing small sections at a time and adding a product like Kinky Curly curling custard to define the curls. She loves it! Thanks to Rory, from Chocolate Hair/Vanilla Care for the "how to".
Friday, July 20, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
When they are done with their school day, they bring the work binder to me for approval. Then they transfer the info to the main school work file on our computer (the top half of the photo). After they fill out a month's worth of school days, we'll print it and add it to the binder. So, by the end of the year, they should be able to look back and see exactly what they got done and how many days we did school this year.
I'm hoping it will help us be more consistent, see if there are any problem areas, and help the kids to feel more like they have some control of their school day. They are able to do about half the work on their own, so they can get their school day over with faster. Also, after they fill out the main school work file each day, they get to write their name on a piece of paper and put it in the drawing box. We do a nightly drawing. They can get their name in for good behavior, good attitude, helpfulness and self-motivation. If they win, they can either pick a prize from the prize box or stay up half an hour past bedtime with mom and dad. It's a pretty good motivator.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Katie and Karyie like to play dress up. Sometimes they are princesses, or mommies, or cheerleaders, or super heroes. Every once in a while they come out as puppies or zombies (Thanks to our Plants vs. Zombies Xbox game) or characters from some movie or show they saw on Netflix. I'm glad they have such fertile imaginations and like to dream about what they could be someday. Although I worry about the college bill, I like it when Katie pretends to be Dr. Katie. My fears were relieved, sort of, the other day when she said, "Mommy? You know what I want to be when I grow up? A maid, so I can go in people's houses and make their beds and clean their toilets." I guess she's basing her career plans on what she sees me doing all the time. At least she'd get paid for it.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 09, 2012
Friday, July 06, 2012
My brother, Shane, and his fiancee, Ashley, joined us at Frontier City for a little while so that we could all meet Ashley for the first time. She is very friendly and seemed to enjoy our big crazy family. She definitely likes kids. Shane bought all the kids drinks and both of them didn't mind riding with the little ones on the log ride and the bumper cars. It was a very hot day again, but we all had a great time!