Spring Break is here and we joined Mom for the day and night. The boys did some shopping and were so awed by how generous the craftspeople were -- every single one of them shaving something off the price of the goodies they bought. Goodies that included a butter press for Joshua (he spent a long time learning about the presses and checking them out) and this pig (Joshua got one for his friend Evan and himself and Isaac got one, too). Evan figured out that the pig is a pincushion. Isaac also bought a "When Pigs Fly Sign" that he had his eye on from the beginning. Toward the end of the show he took me up and down the aisles looking for it and when he found it, he pointed to it and walked right in. I asked how much is was --- $14, I think. Much more than Isaac had. The owner asked Isaac how much he had, and Isaac pulled out $4 and counted it. The man said, "It's yours for $4. Someone from Maine was nice to you today." Thanks!!!
Isaac was uncharacteristically helpful and followed the man Mom had hired, loading the dolly and unloading into the van. He earned himself a few bucks. :) Another thing he did that was surprising was . . . talk on the phone to Neil. He *rarely* talks on the phone. I think he wanted to tell about the deals he got and about the money he earned.
We had a big old feast at Isaac's favorite restaurant: the 99, Joshua's ordering his usual favorite -- quesadilla--as an appetizer and then getting the Filet Mignon like mom. Dessert was great, too :)
The kids in the Oyster River 5th grade spent Earth Day 2007 cleaning up the town and then attending the exhibits at the University’s Earth Day celebration. It was a point of pride to get as much garbage in their bags as possible. At the celebration, the tent was filled with informational booths as well as goodies to eat and even pansies for everyone. Someone from the state government presented the class with a plaque of appreciation. On the way back, the kids waved their “stop global warming” signs at cars and university students to cheers and honks.
Linda and I walked the elementary school kids out (Joshua went earlier with middle and high-schoolers) and then we drove them to school with those cars we got out to another neighborhood just before being waterlocked. . . . And at the end of the day, we all tromped back home and wondered what we'd be doing the next day.
It did turn out that we walked out again the next day. This morning I walked Joshua out at 6:30 to catch a 7:00 bus. Got back in time to get Isaac fed and dress. Kate and I walked the younger kids out at 7:30 for an 8:00 bus. The sun was shining by then, and I loved the sight when the bus turned into the road. The kids had their jackets tied around their waists and were waving wildly at the bus -- and Mr. B gave them some big honks. That afternoon ---- we could finally drive home.
Isaac is in 2nd grade and this is his first field trip that's *not* going to the Music Hall. And his first field trip that I've been allowed to chaperone on. Despite being flooded in we were NOT missing this event. Since his class is studying dinosaurs, the tour started with robotic dinos. Other highlights: Lily being eaten by a t-rex, Isaac on the moon walk and Isaac seeing his hair all static-y. There was also a mega-lego creation of Manchester in the late 1800s. So glad to see him on a field trip --- so glad it wasn't cancelled due to the flooding.
again. Like last year. but this time around: 1) we moved the boats right away!!!! and 2) we got a car out.
Yesterday morning I drove Joshua up to the bus stop because it was pouring so hard and David came by saying the roads were almost flooded and he was getting a car out (to park in a neighborhood that we can hike to). I woke up Neil and we got the boats moved and I went over to check on Chris and Sara -- whose phone wasn't working. Chris packed up for a trip he was taking and we all got ready to drive our cars out --- and the water was too high :(
Back at the house, I started filling jugs with water, getting the boys showered up, preparing for the chance of no power. Julian showed up at the door to tell us that the culvert on the Packers Falls end of the road had been cleared and there was a window of opportunity to get a car out. This time, it was a big old caravan. Neil and Chris got cars out, riding back with Kate, and Linda drove out with me following to bring her back.
School was cancelled Monday, but not today. The kids wanted to stay home, and I wanted them to have the adventure of hiking out. We got it together to hike out -- only the older kids in the neighborhood had gone to school, so it was Joshua's fortune to ride off with Neil to work and school which Isaac stayed behind. He and I hiked out to the falls and then soggily hiked home.
. . . it snowed on his birthday! He got lots of 11-year-old-type gifts: his own phone, a Nintendo DS, DS games, books ---- and still a toy: these foam swords and shields for the occasional skirmish that he so loves. Though, it snowed, the roads weren't bad enough to keep us home and he got to have his dream meal (cheesy-bites at Pizza Hut). We came home for his (and my) favorite dessert: jello cakE!
We were waiting on an egg hunt for when Mark & Pepper & the girls came out the week after Easter --- but then the forecast Nor' Easter put an end to those plans. And so the boys had a hunt on their own. I'm not sure we've ever done a picture-perfect hunt. The boys are usually in weekend-play clothes and the grass is never green here by Easter. I can see Isaac's competitive eagerness in the hunt. And Joshua looks happy enough to still look for eggs, for he's not really hustling.
It’s after school on a Tuesday, and the boys are playing with neighbors. Joshua comes in and asks for black fabric and the good scissors.
“I need to make masks.”
“No one questions the masks.”
“Do you need any help?”
“How do you know they’ll fit?”
At this point I am curious and wondering how Joshua is going to explain this to the other guys, so I follow him outside where he yells, “I got the masks!” The rest of the boys come running, grab a mask, put it on, & start calling out rules.
While I needed to look this up on the Internet to get a straight answer about what was going on, these boys already knew the rules -- and not because they’d learned from each other but because they’d all spent hours with Calvin and Hobbes.
Here are a couple of the rules I found:
1.1. All players must wear a Calvinball mask. No one questions the masks.
1.2 Any player may declare a new rule at any point in the game. The player may do this audibly or silently depending on what zone (Refer to Rule 1.5) the player is in.
Here’s to being a child entering worlds originally found in a book.
. Cardstock: Prism
. Patterned papers: Imaginisce, Scenic Route
. Chipboard: Li'l Davis, American Crafts
. Plastic: American Crafts
. Charm: Creative Imaginations
. Photo turn: Creative Impressions
. Other: ribbon
. Computer fonts: Calvin and Hobbes, Century Gothic, Antique Typewriter
. Digital: Sande Krieger Borderlines 3/2 peas
A little hybrid scrapbooking magic on this (stars, frame, zigzag). Also, most all of my layouts are now using PRISM papers in gorgeous colors (remember, I'm a runner up in their dt contest). Thanks, guys.
. Cardstock: Prism
. Patterned papers, chipboard: Scenic Route
. Photo turn: 7 Gypsies
. Clip: Heidi Swapp
. Computer fonts: Steelfish, Century Gothic
. Digital: Tia Bennet Spool of Stitches/2Peas (zigzag), Sande Kreiger Borderlines 2/2peas (frame), Lisa Whitney Painted Doodles Stars/ScrapArtist.com
If I owe you an email or something . . . . I probably do know it. (After totally spacing the spaghetti dinner for which I promised to take the lead on decorations [Heidi, I really really am sorry] and then spacing Martha's party at the Mill Pond Center Monday, I'm checking my calendar 2x a day--at least I remembered I was hosting knit night last week). It's taking a while to get all my files transferred to my new hard drive and really limiting the kind of work I'm doing and requiring a lot of checking it twice on just where my current work is located. I soooo want to just *work*. Kids were home today because of snow. Also some major unexpected entertaining in the works. . . . putting together a Seder on the fly this weekend . . . yeah, I know it's late . . . . . and getting ready for a family of 6 to visit the next weekend--right as Joshua turns 11! So that means a party for children of all ages in addition to the party for those questing 11 year olds. We roughed out a map today and came up with categories of challenges/quests including diplomacy, bartering, mystery solving and . . . well . . . basic questing and skirmishing. I convinced Joshua to let me cut his hair today and he's wearing a ski camp and sulking and angry with me (but last night when I pointed out that he was looking like the professor from Back to Future, he did agree he needed something done). Right now I just want to cry, but I'm sure it will pass.
So Joshua wants a medieval quest kind of party for his 11th birthday. Something sort of runescape-ish or d&dish. There will be rangers and clerics and fighters and wizards and they'll have inflatable swords and they'll solve puzzles and perform . . . . I don't know . . . feats? Any suggestions?
Yep. I'm guilty of that and so much more lately. After the rush of the election came the rush of my first book deadline and then the rush of an article deadline. And in the midst of it all, a failing hard drive. And then when all of that was done . . . . I was behind on life.
Today my house is clean and I'm blogging and copying files to my new MYSHARE storage enclosure. It's got a terabyte of memory and Neil set it up to have the drives mirrored --- which mean auto backup! The only hold-up now (the previous holdup was just the missing power adapter) is that we want it to run on our wireless network so I can access it from all of the computers. We've got mine and the boys all set but Neil's laptop won't go yet because of XP. And that's the computer I love to use early in the morning while everyone sleeps. I still haven't given up on Neill making it work even though the guys at tech support may have.
Check out my photo-a-day blog. That's where I'm keeping daily diary stuff. I really wanted to get it updated because it's become a major source of scrapbook material. It reminds me of things I've photographed and want to scrap . . . and I can often lift the journaling straight out of the blog.
If you're local, you may have noticed that the minute the election was over the Durham Votes blog went quiet. I'm going to post some info about school board stuff over there. And I'd love content if there are any of you out there who'd like to contribute. I upgraded my typepad account and can support multiple authors now. And . . . hey! . . . what do you think about my blidgets? ----> that's those cute little screen/links to my other blogs. I love them and how I can link all my blogs so obviously.
And speaking of all my blogs, I'm working on getting one up for the book I'm writing --- it'll be a "get-it-scrapped" motivating, inspiring kind of thing.