Friday, December 26, 2008
Libby has been asking for a sewing machine for a couple of years now. She turned 7 in October, which I thought was still kind of young and she tends to have a low frustration tolerance. :p
She got a sewing machine from Santa this year. Since yesterday, she has made two bags and a pillowcase and she is working on an ipod case for daddy.
The first two, I sat on the couch while she worked and told her what to do next and helped with pinning only. The second two, she has done completely by herself. :D
She looks like she was born at the sewing machine.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This is what the card says:
I would like to tell you how special you are to all of us!
When you read the Santa Claus story to us at the Chrismas Party, it seemed a Little Angel had appeared! You did such a wonderful job!
I am so proud of you!
Thank you so much!
I enjoy watching you dance and having so much fun. Stay sweet!
All my love,
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I had Ken make 10 of these (7 for the kids and 3 for wannabe kids) for Christmas Eve when we will have 18 people at my house.
I wonder how many bags of mini-marshmallows I will need.
Notice the advanced laser sighting devices on some of them. ;) I found LED rings at US Toys for 89 cents each.
Friday, December 19, 2008
That's quite a crowd for a gathering of Reed's. ;) (Have we EVER had that many in one place at the same time?!)
(we will also throw in Summer Sausage, Cheddar Cheese and crackers for those that can't survive without meat or "regular" food).
Jackie, do you want to take care of the wine? My challenge last year was finding wine from that region. :p Maybe you will have better luck.
Mom, why don't you bring the "regular" food.
Monday, December 15, 2008
He was sharing the fact that my dad (his grandfather) had three enemas today at the hospital.
This is what the email said:
Bill Gets A Tube In His Bottom
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Alex's dad called on Thursday night to tell him that he was going to be in town on Friday and he would take him to CarMax and buy a new car! This is a pretty big relief for all of us. The Lincoln has been leaking oil all over the street and it's automatic inflater thingies had stopped doing there thing, which led to a lot of bottoming out, which in turn led to more oil on the street. :p
So, he came home with a 2008 Toyota Yaris with 6,000 miles on it! Congratulations Alex!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
We did a Polar Express theme for our "float". The kids wore their pajamas (which caused a lot of comments and exclamations from the parade watchers), drank Hot Chocolate and had giant jingle bells for the "first gift of Christmas". We played the Polar Express song on our old boombox (which Alex tells me no one calls it that anymore.)
Here are the kids getting ready to go. It was our three and our friends Alex, Alia and Ben.
Another view (and this one you can see our driver ;))....
The Heard Museum let us borrow their flatbed pick-up truck and one of their employees for our big day. He even wore the engineer cap.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
It looks like someone snipped off a 6 inch branch off of a Christmas tree (and put it in a little tiny burlap sack).
It got here in less than a week! And a holiday in there!
The kids thought it should be in a boot. ;)
My kids were a bit intimidated at first because of the auction chant, but they still managed to get away with some great stuff. ;)
Joseph got a digital watch and he got an IDog for Libby. Caroline got two little journals, a hair doo-dad kit and some kind of electronic game.
I have a feeling that this won't be the last time this month that we end up with a pile of stuff when we come home from Libby's school.
Because of how Scottish Rite is set up, whenever there is any kind of event, they are always begging us to attend (it is set up as clinics, so on a daily basis they never really know what kids are available for the fun stuff). So Joseph and Caroline get to reap the benefits of Libby being in class.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Here is the original photograph that I used...
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Today, we talked about Capitols and looked at pictures of the capitols in Washinton and Austin then I had the kids make postcards of whichever one they wanted. Joseph's has some major detail!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Roald Dahl describes Frobscottle as:
And oh gosh, how delicious it was! It was sweet and refreshing. It tasted of vanilla and cream, with just the faintest trace of raspberries on the edge of the flavour. And the bubbles were wonderful
The recipe for Frobscottle, should you want to try it, is:
1 cup of milk
1 1/2 cups of Sprite (we used Ginger Ale)
1 T. Raspberry sauce (we used a Triple Berry ice cream topping and I used more than the recipe called for)
1 tsp. Vanilla
We put it in the blender and added ice.
Joseph also decided we needed to add green food coloring since it was supposed to be pale green.
Dear Mr. Obama,
I think you should send the soldiers back home.
Joseph R. Davis
P.S. I can't wait 'till you write back.
Dear President Obama,
Help the world! You can do it, we can help.
(Apparently, Caroline's world can be fixed by Home Depot.)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Today marked the day that the official "Take Flight" curriculum started at Scottish Rite for Libby. The last nine weeks they have been working on phonemic awareness. Her homework up until now has been only to read to her for 15 minutes per day.
Now, though, she has to practice her cursive handwriting, do her RAP (which has nothing to do with the music genre ;)) and practice her sight words (but they have a different term for them). Today, she practiced writing lowercase p's and b's in cursive. She is very proud of herself for learning cursive before Joseph. ;)
Oh, on the way to SR this morning, Joseph vomited out of the blue with no warning. Luckily, we were earlier than usual so we had time to stop at Target at Cityplace and buy a new tshirt and blue jeans. Joseph's comment, "I never knew that something so cute could come from something so gross." (He liked his new Madagascar 2 tshirt.
Friday, November 7, 2008
The girls love them and they got TONS of compliments today.
Miss Madeline Peasant Dress
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Can I just tell you how much fun it is to have a 6,7 and 8 year old?! This morning, Ken had to leave REALLY early (6:30 maybe?) to attend some scout training all day long. When the kids got up, they asked what we were going to do today and I had nothing. I checked some of my email newsletters to see what events were scheduled for today and remembered that the Nasher Sculpture Center has free admission on the First Saturday. The kids got dressed and we headed down...totally spur of the moment.
The Nasher had all kinds of things for the kids today. They had a Scavenger Hunt (which was a huge hit with my guys especially since it involved a prize when your turned it in at the end), activities, demonstrations and it was a gorgeous day!
The kids RAVED about the museum. We haven't been in a really long time and I guess it was all "new" again. Joseph loved Lichtenstein's "Head with blue shadow".
The girls declared the four Picasso pieces (2 sculpture and 2 paintings) their favorites.
It was really fun to take them today. They had thoughtful things to say about the art and really enjoyed going.
Friday afternoon we had a class at the Heritage Farmstead about the history of Halloween. Joseph told the class all about the Celtic history of Halloween (courtesy of Brainpop).
When we got there though, Joseph thought he would try out making gravel angels.
Listening to instructions about making a Celtic noisemaker.
Caroline making noise her own way (along with every other kid there)
Joseph and his best buddy Cameron doing the Victorian Apple Fortune Telling Game
Then they went into the house and listened to a 1920's Halloween radio show which they said was "boring". ;)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This year there was a category for siblings to compete. ;) (One of the benefits of daddy being the Admiral of the Regatta)
And remember that super loose tooth at the beginning of the day? It fell out this evening!
She doesn't have that gapped look though because the other tooth came in behind the baby tooth. Caroline's is doing the same thing. :p
She is modeling one of the contemporary fashions with a jumper that can double as a skirt, berry leggings and an American Girl tshirt.
Finally, all of the models came back out for the finale.