Archive for September 2009

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

September 26, 2009

Tonight we took 7 kids to the 3-D movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”.  It was super cute.  Ate supper at Hawkeye Pizza – which we really like.  (Not as much as Napoli’s or Sorrento’s or Mazzio’s or Guido’s – but one of the best within 30 miles.) 

I told Lucy she could invite a friend.  She chose Isabel, Chloe, and Ceci.  Couldn’t get ahold of Chloe. 

I told Grace she could invite a friend.  She said, “Can I bring a boy friend.  I mean a friend who is a boy.  Not boyfriend.”  I asked who.  “That boy from school.  You know…you saw him there.”  I did see a boy hug her before he got on the bus last week.  I think that’s the one.  But I said, “Grace, I need to know his name if you want me to call him.”  “Ok, then how about John.”  “How about a girl.”  She ended up bringing no one.  But she likes Isabel and Ceci so that was ok.  Only she sat about 5 seats away from the rest of us.  Sooooo Grace.

Right now Lucy Isabel and Grace are asleep in the family room floor.

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QC Marathon and EKF

September 26, 2009

Sunday I’ll be running a 5k in the QC Marathon for the Erika Kate Foundation.  My sister will be running the half marathon.  Go Susan!  In all there will be over 80 folks running for EKF.  This is a great foundation started by two AMAZING people.  You should check out their website:

www.erikakate.org

Chore Charts and Daddy Dollars

September 25, 2009

Chore chart and Daddy Dollars have been working well.  Last week we weren’t very consistant with it.  But this week has gone well.  Grace (my extremely lazy child who cries the whole time when I tell her to pick up ten things in her room – and it takes her about 20 minutes) has come home every day and emptied and reloaded the diswasher.  Lucy has been a scrubbing fool in the bathroom.  And for bonus dollars she’s been doing extra chores like laundry.  She actually started a load today and didn’t tell me until it was already going.  Gavin has vacuumed every day.  Lincoln asks to help cook.  And Vaughn has been setting the table.  The great thing is that, first of all, they have been “destroying” less because they are busy cleaning. and secondly, they don’t fight over things like who gets to vacuum or help cook.  They just each know whose turn it is.  So they get their daddy dollars for getting ready in the morning and for doing their chores.  We give extra dollars for whatever we want them to do…for example…they get one dollar for every spider they kill.  🙂  seriously.  Below is the chore chart I made.  Got the idea from girl scouts.  I let the girls pick what they want to do and then assign the boys to what I think they can, or will do.  Vacuuming is the top chore that the boys like.  I’m surprised that Lucy has not picked cooking yet. 

chore chart

Jamie’s Night with the Boys

September 25, 2009

When the girls went camping last weekend, Jamie stayed home with the boys and they watched a real kid movie:  The Last Samarai.  After a very intense fighting scene, Jamie was a little worried the boys would be scared.  Instead, Vaughn punched his fist in the air and shouted “THAT WAS AWESOME!”

Gracie’s quote of the day

September 25, 2009

Referring to a girl in her class:  “Don’t worry about her.  She’s a cry baby.  But that’s ok.”

Gracie Turns 5

September 21, 2009

Grace turned 5 last Wednesday.  I know, I’m slow at blogging these days. 

For her birthday we all went to Happy Joes with a couple of her girlfriends for supper.

Saturday we stayed in the family suite at Fun City/Pzazz.  The room was so cool.  3 sets of bunk beds and a king bed.  And tons of floor space.  We ordered one of their ginormous pizzas and had the grandparents and aunts and uncles out for a party.  Gracie got the entire set of Barbie and the Three Musketeers.  She really wanted one boy doll and one girl doll.  So when she got all of them…she was excited and kept hopping up and down.  When she opened the boy doll, she was embarrassed though and wouldn’t even open the package completely.  Later we saw her with the boy and girl doll and the dolls were kissing 🙂

She is very excited to be 5.

The Boys

September 21, 2009

The boys were playing so cute today.

First, while at Lucy’s cheer practice, the boys were grabbing the back of each other’s shirts around the collar and making a train.  They walk down the hall making choo choo sounds.  Then one would yell “my turn to be in front” and he’d run to the front of the train.

Towards the end they were taking turns laying their heads on each others laps while the one sitting up would rub the other’s head who was laying down. 

At home all three were back in my bedroom sitting on the floor singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and making the motions to go with it.