Monday, December 29, 2008
It is Zak's 16th birthday tomorrow!
I shopped for presents for him today.
He and Steven and Quinn all got to go to the King's Hockey game tonight - a friend called with tickets they could not use.
Zak has asked, (for his birthday), to have fettuccine with chicken and white sauce for dinner tonight, then spaghetti with red sauce for tomorrow. Done.
Nothing is on TV - I may watch a video. Yes, there is always more cleaning to do, but come on!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Kylie got this flannel nightgown (I sewed it!)And flannel pants that go with it
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I have my turn now! We are trying to begin some more Christmas traditions!
- most nights we read a scripture and answer a question about "why the Christmas season" Check here if you are interested!
- using Kylie's handmade Advent Calendar. Very fun. Check it out here.
- Griffin has his own Santa's Beard Advent Calendar
- Self-Portraits! Yes, I am trying to get them all to paint their self-portraits. I told them no opening any presents until their painting is done! I will hang them on a wall. So far, Kylie, Griffin and I have done them. I will post the pictures.
In the meantime....other things are going on.....Indoor Soccer:
Here is Griffin at play:
Sweet Griffin at his Elementary School Holiday Concert. I love this pose.
(Don't worry, videos to follow!)
Now, this is Kylie:
Here is Griffin:
Griffin, again. Come on...they are just 15 seconds long; and they are funny!
My plan for Christmas Eve Dinner is Clam Chowder with Fudge Cake for Dessert. Yummy! More grocery shopping for me!
Our self-portraits - so FAR....mom/Julie (green background) Kylie with the pink and Griffin with "Rock Star" hair (his idea for the Rock star hair!)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I told Griffin to smile so I could take his picture - just for you. Griffin and I did have lunch at McDonald's today. It was nice. We went directly from his school. We went INSIDE! Then, we did several errands afterward. It worked out great. We saw Jack Hagen there. I wanted to brag about Christopher's TV stand, but didn't know how to tell him to go to the blog, it all seemed so long winded, and that is NOT Jack. Maybe I should keep "blog cards" in my purse...hmm, something for Christmas maybe?
Kylie happily let me take her picture too. Notice the blank space in her front teeth? That is where she had her tooth pulled. The dentist did a great job. It didn't hurt.
While driving down to pick-up Zak from school, I saw that gas has gone up from $1.59 to $1.63. The price increase has happened since lunch.
- fudge for English - hope Sis. Swift does not read this
- taught Zak how to SEW! for a "gift" for a pretend character - again for English - and the project was socks! Zak did great. I neglected to take a picture of that...oops
- guacamole for Spanish - the teacher requested the food to come hot or cold, whichever was appropriate, and bring it to class after school - directly after class. I guess that teacher wanted a free meal that day.
Having spaghetti for dinner.
It looks like Zak will join the soccer team.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The VIP tickets let us come at least one hour later than everybody else AND we got seated first. It was very nice.
Before the show started, the BH workers told us don't do the following, or you will look dumb on TV:
- chew gum
- wave your arms around wildly (at your son watching at home)
The guests on her show were:
- The actor from Memento (I can't remember his name). He was very nice, but my, was he tiny! I think Zak wears bigger pants than that guy. Everyone on TV is WAY tinier than what they look like on TV
- Tim Gunn - he is a judge on show where people want to be fashion designers
- A new muppet character that is a shrimp. He was funny although I thought he was a chicken through most of his segment
- a pre-recorded Trace Atkins; for the TV viewers it will look like he was there performing, but he wasn't. He is a country singer. He sang "White Christmas".
It was interesting to see a show being taped. I enjoyed watching all the people that are involved behind the scenes! So many! One guy's job was to move electrical cord around; one woman seemed to just be wandering and possibly moving lint around. She must not have liked her job as she NEVER smiled, even when her picture was being taken.
We were NOT allowed to bring cameras or phones. Believe me, I would have been recording the events for your pleasure.
I have watched the BH show a few times last week; Bonnie has been giving the audience gifts; not fabulous gifts, but gifts. Our gift today was 6 months worth of Tide laundry detergent. Zak said that could be a $50 gift! I'll let you know how that works out.
We did not get to keep our VIP lanyards. That was sad.
The show I watched will be airing tomorrow, Wed, December 17th.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I also took pictures of my 3 favorite projects that other people made. These people had a lot more experience in woodworking already. I kinda wish I had've taken a picture of a blanket chest too, because those looked pretty neat as well.
My project was done entirely in walnut. The one that turned his table legs did a mix of walnut and maple. The next one is done out of maple too, but a kind that is called birdseye maple. The last one has the chess squares made out of bubinga and maple, with the rest made out of walnut.
I guess I don't have a really good mix of woods to show here. Another very good looking wood is cherry, and I saw a couple projects made out of Red Oak which looked pretty good as well.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We are just beginning the hunt!
We find a good area to look
Zak starts climbing through the trees
Quinn climbed up too. Zak kept climbing higher
They pulled this tree up and out
Tying the tree on the car
The tree is up, watered, light with ornaments. It looks kind of like this.
I will take pictures of the real thing and put them up manana. Too tired tonight.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
I also shuttled Zak, Quinn and Kylie to the dentist for cleaning this afternoon.
I have only 2 jokes made up by Griffin then Zak:
Griffin: Why did the chicken cross the road?
me: to get to the other side.
Griffin: no, because he peed his pants!! (hear hilarious laughter here from Griffin) (We need a button for that!)
Zak: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Me: because he peed his pants?
Zak: No, because he needed to get to the poop shack that was on the other side of the road! (Hilarious laughter from Zak.) (Button again).
That's it for me.
Hopes for tomorrow:
Kylie to win her first round of soccer playoffs
Kylie to finish sewing her advent calendar - when done, I will post a picture!
Everyone to clean and vacuum their assigned room
See a cleaned off desk!
Put the TV on that desk
make everyone's Christmas List paper
One last item:
I told Zak I would pay him $10 to try out for Chantuers. Dad told him he would add his own $10. Anyone else willing to add to the pot? I totally think Zak could do it! He could vindicate me!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Me - I did my list. Played Kylie's violin today. Made oatmeal for dinner! I may soon subject you all to a violin rendition, it will sound just like you imagine.
Dad - work
Zak - track, went to his JV football Whoopti-Doo dinner
Quinn - trying to think up things to do instead of homework. He hates graphing lines.
Kylie - soccer practice, homework
Griffin - he did his homework with the accompaniment of whining to go with it.
We will watch Survivor tonight. That will be good.
P.S. Griffin just said he had to go potty....then asked if he could have a point for it.