Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekend Window...Halloween Preview

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I don't have anything to say...

...but, I was just looking at my pictures from the summer and thought I'd upload a few.

Forgive the randomness of them.

Surrey ride on the Boardwalk.
Some of us worked harder than others...
My Rock Stars at the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Cleveland, Ohio

Drew trying out his birthday present


Drew and Charlie being "boys" with a bunch of ants.

Guess who is FOUR!!
First day of 3rd Grade

Swim Team Summer 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Meet the newest member...

...of our school's E*Action Club.

Oddly enough, the "E" stands for "Environmental". Jack joined the "Environmental Action Club". I guess he didn't get the family memo that we are Republicans!! ;-) As someone on Facebook was nice enough to point out to me...Republicans care about the earth too. We just don't make movies about it. Whew!! :-)

Anyway, one Friday a few weeks ago, Ben and Drew brought home a letter from school about an "exciting opportunity" to join the E*Action that they are big, bad THIRD graders. Ben immediately told me he wasn't interested. Drew himmed and hawed about it for a little while. He looked like he was making a huge lifetime decision. Since the meetings are scheduled for Monday hour before school starts, I definitely wasn't pushing. But, if it was something that he was interested in and wanted to join, I was all for it. He finally told me what he was thinking.

Drew: "Wey'llllll, (Drew starts out explaining all of his deep thoughts with a drawn out "well") I was thinking, this is not something that I really *want* to do, but I don't want to be the only brother *not* doing it."

Me: "That's fine Drew, Ben has already decided that he doesn't want to do it".

Drew: "ok, cool, me neither. bye."

Drew throwing rocks into the pond.
I just thought it was a good picture to use because it looks like he hates the environment. ;-)

So, the bad news was that I was really hoping that we were raising our boys to be strong, independent young men that didn't rely on their brothers or friends to make decisions about what they wanted to do. But, then again, the good news was nobody wanted me to have to take them to school an hour early every other Monday morning. Yay me...

Until the following school day, when Jack brought home the letter about joining the E*Action Club. He was sooooo excited!! He was even happy to sit down and write about why he wanted to be in the E*Action club...and what new ideas he could bring to the club. He wrote a nice little blurb about wanting to pick up trash around the "school yard" and how he was really curious about where the school's recycling went after it went away on the truck. He did so good, he was accepted into the club.

So, the good news is that Jack is part of a club that he is very excited about. More good news is that my worrying about Drew being afraid to be an independent was not necessary. Last week, all of the boys brought home notes to join a "Books and Breakfast Club". Drew was really, REALLY excited about it and had me sign the paper before he even asked if his brothers were joining (which they aren't). Yay Drew!!

Which leaves us to the only bad news...Now I have to get up an hour early on school mornings for 2 different clubs. I guess that I can handle that.

Look at those cute, little, independent, environmentally conscious, Republicans.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

We've been so busy...

...we have to make leaf piles in the middle of the night.

Well, not really. We've been busy, but not *that* busy. What happened is that someone promised the littlest member of our family a leaf pile last Monday (Columbus Day).

(This guy)

The littlest member of our family has a great memory...when it comes to important things like leaf piles, NOT when it comes to boring things like putting shoes away. So, after being gone all afternoon on Monday and then going out to dinner, Daddy was reminded of his promise.

And, being the cool daddy that he is....

A good time was had by all. :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekend Window...

I've changed my mind....I like fall!!

It was an amazing weekend weather-wise considering it is the pretty much the middle of October. Saturday morning, "we" ran the race at our church festival. In addition to the 5k that they do every year, this year they added some smaller races for the kids.

My running "dudes"

Ben, Jack and Drew ran in the 8 and 9 year old, 600 yards race. They all did great...they paced themselves and ran the entire time. Ben even "medal-ed"...he got 3rd place. Jack came in right behind him in 4th. Drew came in 1st for "best style" least if you ask me. :-)

Charlie ran the 200 yard race for 3 and 4 year olds. He had his own style....

Then we did hit the carnival for a bit...

Unfortunately, I did not have my camera for Cathy's 40th Birthday Celebration at Dave and Busters, our visit with Rick and Elaine and Ben's 2 soccer games.
Have a good week!!