Archive for February, 2011

Pine Wood Derby

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~Will Rogers
It was Joe’s very first year and we had the talk the night before and on the way there… can’t always win, this is your first year, you designed your awesome car to look great…..doesn’t mean it will be fast. It’s fun to participate….blah, blah, blah.

He won. First in his group and third overall. I was more shocked than anyone…..when you look at his car the back fin thingie looks like it would drag wind…his design, Hubba and I didn’t say a thing.

Now Nick was just going for looks, and boy did his look good! He won third place out of his little group and was happiest with his participation ribbon for most creative. Love that kid!

February 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm Leave a comment

Making Dessert

“You can say this for ready-mixes – the next generation isn’t going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make.” Earl Wilson
Joe was on Jell-O making duty today. I had him read the four step directions to making this Jiggily dessert. He took his job very serious!

All of a sudden the boys like Jell-O. It happened just like a car accident…..we were driving down the “my-boys-don’t-like- Jell-O Highway, then WHAM, I got blindsided by Jell-O lovers…Orange Jell-O seems to be the desired wiggly gelatin of choice. I find it odd and enjoyable….a part of childhood and what-not….!

February 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm 1 comment

flashmatic day

A day of not muchness. The boys bounced on the trampoline and played with the wooden guns they made with Hubba in the workshop. Nicks friend Jack came over….A boy down the street, Michael played basketball in the alley with Tony. And then everyone rounded the livingroom corner and vegged out in front of the brain sucker. I did enjoy reading with Joe today….Yesterday I went to the library and got books that I want him to read before he’s forced into big boy books! Most he has had read to him when he was a wee lad….now it’s MY turn to be the audience!

Duck in the Truck Alborough, Jez
My Friend Bear Alborough, Jez
Ten Tall Soldiers Robison, Nancy
Terrific Agee, Jon
Badger’s Fancy Meal Kasza, Keiko
Frog and Toad All Year Lobel, Arnold
Giving Tree, The Silverstein, Shel
Mrs. McNosh Hangs up Her Wash Weeks, Sarah
Can I Keep Him? Kellogg, Steven
“Could Be Worse!” Stevenson, James
Ella Takes The Cake D’Amico, Carmela
Fluffy and Baron Rankin, Laura
The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night, Spier, Peter
George and Martha (Unabridged) Marshall, James
Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch Rylant, Cynthia
Lost and Found, The Teague, Mark
Miss Nelson Is Missing! Allard, Harry
Owl at Home Lobel, Arnold
Santa Claus: The World’s Number One Toy Expert Frazee
Tiny Seed, The Carle, Eric
Wemberly Worried Henkes, Kevin
Wolf’s Chicken Stew, The Kasza, Keiko
***the library didn’t have all of them, but they had enough to make me happy!

February 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm 1 comment

but mostly Joe

I came back from the library and there upon the counter in the kitchen were two avocados from our tree outside with a note. Man, I feel lucky…I feel lucky to have boys who think of me, and lucky that they have a big brother who would write a note so I would know who did such a nice thing! They all got crazy, mushy, Mama hugs….for the greenies and the note, too

February 24, 2011 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

Just Beachy

I can’t believe that four days ago I was in San Fran with rain-soaked underwear and bra……today was just a sunshiny, beachy, day with the boys and dogs,sand and sea, hubba and me!

February 23, 2011 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

seeing stars

“I have the worlds largest seashell collection. You may have seen it, I keep it spread out on beaches all over the world.”-Steven Wright

Took the boys on an outing to Seal Beach today and hit the seashell shop. Nick and Joe got “mood” things……a bracelet and a ring. Tony has decided to start saving his money for the candy store that he passes on his way home from Jr. Guards…..

February 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment


That’s right I’m tooting Tony’s horn! He passed the Junior Lifeguard test tonight! Only two more times to try out, tonight, and March 1st. He has pretty much been sick all month so he hasn’t had an opportunity to try out until now! Beyond thrilled he made it. He loves being a part of that organization…..his current plans are to lifeguard at a pool somewhere in the world while he goes to college so….he has his eye on the prize people! …..proud of the fart for trying in an outdoor pool with the night being about 50 degrees!

February 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

Perfect Disney Day

A short but sweet perfect day at Disneyland.

Everyone got to do one thing they really enjoy at the parks and then we split. No begging, no fighting, no anger, no fustrarion…….just good and goofy!!

Joe loves the Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise, Nick and Tony like the Tower of Terror and Thunder Mountain, Hubba likes the Animation studio….and I like the barbershop quartet!

February 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm 1 comment


“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” J.M. Barrie

On our trip we listened to the audio of the above book (great reader) and it was a huge hit! We also finished Artemis Fowl and a Junie B. Jones- Cheater pants! Audio books bring us together and we have great conversations and laughs about the books we listen to together. Good times, good times.

February 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm 1 comment

Plan B

Nick will be studying California Missions soon… with a little research, we decided on the Carmel Mission. It was the second Mission built under Father Serra and the one he used as his headquarters and chose to be buried. I handed Nick my camera and he shot 179 pictures of the Mission in a very short time!

Aunt Robin came too! It was fun…she took a picture of Nick taking a picture of her!

February 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

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