pizza adventures

April 15, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Posted in boys, food, life | Leave a comment

Over vacation with the boys, I wanted to do something fun with them. They were tired of alot of stuff though, since they had just come back from DC visiting Adam’s mom with him. We went for pizza the first day back, and I thought it might be fun to go to some fun pizza places… so we decided to have “Pizza Adventures”

Bohemian Pizza in Litchfield…

this kept us busy while waiting…
Emmett wanted to play ‘hangman’

amazing pizza at Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza….

this one was soooo good!
believe it or not… white pizza with mashed potato, ham, garlic, and olive oil! amazing!

Halloween costume

October 21, 2008 at 2:41 am | Posted in boys, life | Leave a comment

Emmett got invited to a halloween party early, which means he needs a costume ready way before the actual date. We don’t buy costumes. We make them and get creative. I allow them each to have $10 to get anything necessary for them.
Emmett is Anakin Skywalker this year. The one from the episode where it is just before he becomes Darth Vader.

After we made it and he was dressed for the party, I found a costume like it online for $60. go me!!!
He has on… my brown sweater over his black shirt, and black long underwear. Funky leatherette fabric ($8) that I cut up the front and hot glued back into place (about 5 minutes worth of work). On his belt are silver spray-painted wine bottle corks and a camera case… hot-glued into place. A pair of Adam’s black socks, and a fingerless ragg wool glove. I used face paint for his scar.

Emmett’s party

September 21, 2008 at 6:34 pm | Posted in boys, parenting | Leave a comment

All he has wanted is laser tag. He has been planning this birthday party for… oh, about 10 months…. he has held steadfast for laser tag ever since he went with a friend to play it.

So, we sucked it up and bought into it for him. I must say, it was a fabulously fun party!! The kids got to play three rounds. The grown-ups went in and were on a team for each round. the moms all were on a team together for round 2. We had sooo much fun!
the kids all had a blast, and we walked away trying to figure out if we should be opening a laser tag place near us, since there isn’t one nearby! I am thinking we don’t although I am also hoping that someone else does!

mom to boys

June 2, 2008 at 2:47 am | Posted in boys, life, parenting | Leave a comment

why is it they can’t just smile for a photo? they seem to need to be gross too. I had to take about 15 photos to get one of them smiling!

Glad I am a “boy mom” though… not sure if I’d be as good a “girl mom”. I can handle all of their ‘boy-ness’ and things they do better than I think I would deal with girls being catty, and also glad our house isn’t overrun with dolls and stuff. Doesn’t really matter though. I am a mom to two boys. It is what it is, and I like it… most of the time. 🙂

best friends

May 10, 2008 at 2:50 am | Posted in boys, life, parenting | Leave a comment

I am sad that Emmett will not be going back to his school next year. His best friend of the last three years will be sad too, but he doesn’t know yet. His mom doesn’t want to tell him yet, as she knows he will be devastated. They have been best friends for the last three years, and in their short lives, that is half of their time here, and most of their memories.

Emmett knows he will be going to the public school nearby, but I don’t think it has occurred to him the impact that it will have of being away from his hard and fast bonds he has. He is also not happy about the prospect of having homework next year. I agree. First grade should not have homework. He needs time to be a child. He will get home at 4pm, and he heads up to start his bedtime routine (stories, etc) by about 6:30. That is not much time to play and just be a kid.

I have enough issues with the amount of homework that is given to his brother in 5th grade. I certainly have issues with homework in 1st grade! I think the whole schooling system in this country is not focused well, and there is far too much teaching to the testing. I don’t really have any alternative where we live, so it is off to public school for my kids. I often hear people say, “oh, you have such good schools in your town”… I always respond with “what does ‘good schools ‘mean?… the test scores are good?” so what. Does that really mean that we have fully educated our kids? It doesn’t mean the kids are well rounded or confident or able to express themselves on different levels. it just means that they have had certain things drilled into their heads, and can spit it back.
I also have issues with the fact that our school district teaches the “everyday math” program, which has been shown to be detrimental in the long run, as the kids don’t really learn the breakdown of how and why they are doing things. And the other thing I have an issue with is that they have to learn cursive. To me this is archaic. As my older one said… “why do we need to learn a different font?” hmmm… doesn’t that just sum it up a bit? More on that some other time.
In the meantime, I am glad that both of my boys got the good base in their early years. I am sad that it will no longer be part of their day. Things will change now on many levels.

busy during yoga

March 14, 2008 at 9:34 pm | Posted in boys, life, yoga | Leave a comment

What happens when you bring a little one to your yoga class and you let him play quietly in the prop room while you take your class?……

he had with him some crayons, paper, my laptop with a movie in it, and my camera.
I heard something tumble down, then heard a little voice say “I’m okay”. When I went to see what was up… I grabbed the camera, as he rebuilt what he had made and stood back up on the blocks.

Then I went back into the studio, while he kept taking photos of his creations…..
(can’t seem to rotate this…) it’s a robot:

a robot

what we see

January 30, 2008 at 3:55 am | Posted in boys | Leave a comment

This is all we see of Eli lately. The child is consumed by several things……

his Nintendo DS…and his books (he devours them)…
luckily we see this too…

birthday morning for emmett

September 20, 2007 at 4:23 pm | Posted in boys, life, parenting | 1 Comment

in our house, I like to have my boys wake up to a party…..
(and apparently when you are only turning 6, it starts just after 6am)
and yes, we have cake for breakfast!

emmett is so cute in the morning
(but my hair at that hour- yikes! a bit big looking in this photo!- it looks way cooler than this usually)
more Star Wars LEGO stuff!!!!
and even more! this was… “this is what I’ve been wanting!)
Eli helped emmett figure out how to use his “PokeBall” for Pokemon….

just a little excited……

and the next morning, they are working hard first thing in the morning before school!

dirt cupcakes

September 19, 2007 at 1:29 pm | Posted in boys, recipes | Leave a comment

I made these cupcakes for emmett’s birthday snack at school:

They came out great, and were not hard…..
frost with chocolate frosting,
sprinkle the top with finely smashed (crushed completely) Oreos,
stick in gummy worms (I cut them in half and pushed them in with a toothpick)

The way the kids eyes grew when they saw them this morning was priceless. Made me happy.

visiting camp

August 9, 2007 at 2:25 pm | Posted in boys, camp, maine, parenting | Leave a comment

Emmett and I drove up to visit Eli at camp. We got there just in time to see him send off his rocket that he had been working on in Rocketry. Then we were able to go with him to see him play steel drums. He helped emmett do it too. The boys seemed like they even had missed each other!

Eli seemed to be very comfortable in his environment there which I loved seeing. It is a beautiful setting and a great place for spending a few weeks. I can see the growth in him already!

Emmett and I stayed in the “Bungalow” which is a big, old-time summer lodge. Beautiful.

Around the great room, is a balcony above encircling it, which opens to about 6 bedrooms, and several bathrooms. We stayed in a small room with windows on 3 sides, letting in the cool evening air. Heavenly to sleep in. Emmett loves playing the piano in the great room.

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