Sunday, February 27, 2011


Remember this?

Who would have thought?



Look at those eyelashes.

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Spring

The high today was in the 80s. It is February. I do not like it. Not at all.

The past couple weeks we've had a range of temps in the 50s to 70s. More of that please.

evil squirrel

evil squirrel

evil squirrels

The boys have decided to catch the evil squirrel that wreaked havoc on my garden last year. So far, the squirrel has not fallen for their traps, but the boys are very hopeful. If I went outside one day and actually found a dead squirrel in one of their traps, I'm not sure how I'd react...


Apparently, there is a trick to kite-flying that we haven't figured out. It's probably something to do with physics, and physics was not my best subject. The highest we ever got the kite off the ground was maybe 20 feet.


Monday, February 21, 2011

To Michael from Me

Michael birthday

To Michael on the day he catches up with me in age,

I think you're the coolest guy I've ever met. I love being around you, and sometimes when I think of you during the day, it makes me smile. I'm amazed every day that you choose to stick with me. Sorry your birthday kind of sucked, but I did make you a nice cake.

Love me

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Cole Blogs:The adventures of tomato man!

This is a book i made.
Its name is the adventures of tomato man.if you want to read it, click HERE.
I think you`ll enjoy it.Well,i`ve got to go now.Bye!

The Adventures of Tomato Man
by Nicolus Peters

My superhero has the power of trowing tomatos. his enimie are the fry guys. he is a tomato because it was the best choice that god could pick.

My villian has the power to breath fire. they'r enimie is tomato man. the shy frys are shy because yellow is a very shy coler.

one day tum was resting. he turned on the radio and heard this: the shy frys just robbed the bank.

tum aka tomato man zoomed out the window and tried to fight the boiling bad guys. But it was to late.

the shy frys bounced, flew and ran to they're lab and zapped the money. the money was now potion to make food. Bad food.

tomato man dashed right in there. He tried to fight the boiling bad guys but they turned him into a hot tomato.

Just then tomato man shot the water tomato which made the fire go down. Then he jumped out and shot the ice tomato and froze them.

He zapped the potion with the ray again and turned them into money. Then he returned them back to the bank and got a reward.

Don't miss our next adventure: Tomato Man Gold and Silver (an epic novel)


Thursday, February 17, 2011

First picnic of the year



:: "When I'm a grown-up if my wife wants to live far away from you, I'll build an air gun that will shoot me to your house." (Cole)

:: "I'm going to eat all of these cheetos, but you can have these two." (Rylan)

:: "This is why I never want to have a job." (me)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cole and the Wii

Cole is one of those kids who becomes obsessed with something and then all of his play revolves around that one thing. When he was three or four, it was the Wiggles, and all of his play focused on music. He would set up drum kits with random buckets - note the "cymbal" in the corner and the markers as drumsticks.

He'd make up songs on the keyboard, and anything and everything became a guitar. For awhile, he decided that spatulas looked like guitars, and he carried around my spatula everywhere he went. One time we accidentally left it at a friend's house, and it was like losing a treasured teddy bear or blanket - he wouldn't go to sleep without it.

When he was five, his obsession was Peter Pan, and for several months, he wore his Peter Pan costume day and night. You can find the evidence here and here.

Ever since we got the Wii, Cole has been obsessed with video games, Pokemon, and now Mario. DO NOT ask this kid anything related to any of those subjects because he'll talk your ear off for an hour. Tonight I said to him, "You probably know more about Mario than anyone except people who work for Nintendo."

I was being ironic, but Cole said, "Yeah, that's probably true."

I have to admit that I don't love this obsession like I have the past ones. I'm not a video game fan, and it breaks my heart just a little bit when I say, "Let's go to the playground," and Cole says, "Does that mean we won't have time to play on the Wii?" But I'm trying to let it go and let Cole be Cole.

For a few months, Cole saved up his money and then bought Super Mario All Stars, which is the original three Mario games. Finally, video games I can play! I have to admit that it's been kind of fun playing those with him, especially when he says, "Wow, Momma, you're so good at this!"

And the best part is when I say something like, "Watch out for that duck turtle," and he replies, "Those aren't duck turtles, Momma. Those are koopa-troopas." Cracks me up every time.

Love Love Kiss Kiss

This year's homemade Valentines:



I've been bookmarking Valentine's ideas for the past month now, and these are the ones the kids chose (from Family Fun). But just tonight I saw these awesome ones from Filth Wizardry. You've got to check it out.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Cole Says...

We cleaned the church this morning, and afterwards, Cole asked if we could go get a treat as a reward. I said, "The treat is the warm feeling in your heart for doing service."

In the car on the way home, Cole said, "When is that warm feeling going to start? I'm not feeling it."

Monday, February 7, 2011

Superbowl Sunday

Since Michael is still working like a crazy fool, he recorded the Super Bowl yesterday, and we watched it when he got home from work last night around 9:00. Or to clarify, Michael watched the Super Bowl, and I sat next to him and crocheted, watched the commercials, and annoyed him with idle chitchat.

Our favorite commercial:

The worst commercial was that Groupon one about Tibet. I don't know what they were thinking.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

cole blogs:the swing.

I am on a swing. Think about how crazy it is.Mom forced me to do it.She wanted to take a picture.Well lets get back to talking.I do not like swinging.My mom wanted this.


My Helper Rylan

Still boredomsville around here, so I thought I'd take a few posts and highlight some of the ways I love my kids, their talents, and interests. First up...Rylan

If you've known me awhile, you might know that although I love being with my kids, I've always been paranoid about being bored as a SAHM. To prevent boredom, I've done everything from work part-time from home, run an online book club, blog like crazy, and get involved with various environmental organizations.

The point is that when Eli started kindergarten last fall and I knew it was going to be just me and Rylan at home, I was worried again that I'd be bored. Instead, I've found that Rylan is a delight to have all to myself. I really think we're developing a special relationship due to our alone time together, and it's nice since Rylan has always been Daddy's boy.

cleaning Rylan

Tuesday through Friday mornings,
we either have Joy School or play dates, but on Mondays when I do my Big Jobs, Rylan is my little helper. He follows me around with a dust rag and helps me get the house clean. He pulls up a stool next to the counter while I'm making bread and insists on turning the Bosch on and off. He helps me so often with cooking that I wonder if he'll be a chef when he grows up. Or maybe I'll be able to turn some of the weeknight cooking over to him when he's a teenager like my mom did with me.

cleaning Rylan
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