Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's a Conspiracy...

Here's my theory: My kids can read my thoughts, and every time I plan to get something done during nap time/quiet time, they REFUSE to cooperate...
Jon broke the child lock on his door today (one of those plastic thingies you put over the door knob so little fingers can't turn it).We've had to start locking him in, or he won't nap at all until he falls asleep in his food at the dinner table or just can't take it anymore in the car. I feel like a bad mom to do it, but if he doesn't sleep at nap time he won't end up sleeping at night either, and I'm not up for that... Anyway, he managed to crack that thing off the knob and wandered out. Isaac realized Jonathan was up and about, so he didn't stay in quiet time either (even with his favorite "quiet time bag")...
After 45 minutes of attempting to restore order, I gave up. Now Isaac is running around like a maniac, Jonathan is yelling at "Wall-E", and I keep nodding off. I have a feeling this afternoon is going to be unproductive.

All I can say is that it's a good thing they're cute! (One day, I may even have time to post pictures of the cuteness! Of course, they might be 30 by then...)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Isaac's Treasure Map

When Mommy gets sick, Mommy gets desperate for boys to entertain themselves (they never get sick at the same time as me)... Today's efforts paid off in this map that Isaac drew - he just needed me to write in the labels for the places on the map. Don't ask me why he wanted me to draw a guy on the toilet over "Snake Barge"...
Isaac and Mommy's Picture:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

I wish I had a creative title for this post, but I couldn't come up with one...

While Jonathan naps, Isaac has at least 30 minutes of "quiet time" and then we play a game together. One of his favorites is "Qwirkle" (also one of my favorites, I won't lie). This time, instead of actually playing the game, he decided to use the tiles to create Ninjas, and his version of China.

Here's a close-up of a Ninja: (I helped a little so that we could get the arms on just right)

Here's the whole landscape: three Ninjas, and a few buildings that make up "China":

And what do the Ninjas do? They destroy "China", of course:

Dan had to go back to the hospital (poor guy has been through it!), so we got the kiddos one last time before Keynan started kindergarten. Here's the four boys making funny faces (the camera was too slow to ACTUALLY pick up the silly part of the faces, so you just get the after effect): 

Jonathan is starting to get good at making funny faces for the camera, so I figured we'd post one even though I'm in it too: 

Isaac got some animal masks for his birthday a couple years ago, and Jonathan now thinks they're the bees knees:

This is what happens when I think I have a free minute to go to the bathroom:

Pancake mix... He'd dumped it into the mug on the floor, but obviously he also dumped it on his head. He couldn't even see! I went out and bought a lock for the pantry that evening.

The komodo dragon obsession continues with Thing 2! I'm kind of proud...

Isaac's "button snake" - pipe cleaners and buttons. He put a lot of work into it, and I think it turned out pretty cool.

Another harvest day - this one was two days before the Great Peach Canning Event. Note the abundance of peppers...

See what I'm saying about the peaches? 50 pounds just in the boxes. (We weighed them on the Wii)

These were the blemished ones, so we hurried and cut them up and froze them. They were not included in the weigh-in, but we got about 30 cups of frozen fruit.

And the trees still looked like this afterwards: (Since then, we've harvested another couple hundred peaches, and there are still more!)

The results of the Great Peach Canning Event: (there were also a dozen jars of peach honey, but they didn't make it into the picture)

We're all sick again... Jonathan is definitely the worst off. Mark was taking pity on him. I walked in on them sneaking some ice cream last night.

Jon didn't seem to mind getting caught.

Haven't been to the doctor yet, as it is a holiday weekend, but from the look and sound of things I'm 99.2% sure Jonathan has croup again, and this time with pink eye... His poor eye was so red and crusty yesterday! It looked a lot better today, but he still has that drainage.  The barky cough is there too, but it doesn't seem as bad as last time, so we're hoping not to need the steroids again. We'll see how this goes... The rest of us just have sore throats and runny noses and coughs. 'Tis the season, right?

Isaac's reading is going pretty well. He's got a few sight words from the Dolch list down, and we've added a few more just for fun. He has been eating it up! I'm not sure whether he just likes getting more attention, or if he just enjoys being able to read a bit. He keeps reminding me that he's one step closer to being able to go into space! One of the best parts of this new development is listening to him "read" stories to his brother. It goes pretty slowly, so Jonathan tends to wander off mid-story, but it's pretty darn cute for the first few pages!