Joe (walking into kitchen) : Mom, what smells like pizza?
Me (obviously cooking dinner) : That's pizza.
Joe : It smells like pizza.
Me : It is pizza, see, in the oven.
Joe: I like pizza.
Me: Yes, Joe, I know.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Joe (walking into kitchen) : Mom, what smells like pizza?
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Posted by a at 4/29/2007 08:24:00 PM
Isn't this a nice park! We'll definitely have to come here again and play. Very nice.
Posted by a at 4/29/2007 07:35:00 AM
After our trash clean up, and some time at the park, we decided to get ice cream. They only took trash, we we only had $8, barely. So, with some scrimping, everyone got something!
And poor Jim. For as cute as he is, he just isn't a photogenic child. I have to work so hard to capture his cuteness. I see it all the time. Every time I look at him. But when the shutter clicks, it captures the silliest looks. This isn't what he looks like all the time. The camera just captures funny faces. Oh well. Just know that he's extremely adorable!
Posted by a at 4/29/2007 07:28:00 AM
Today, Saturday, was the day of our Conservation/Service project. We decided to pick up trash. Originally, we were going to go to the Joliet Ironworks place, but we decided that this other spot was better. It had a playground, and an ice cream place. Much better! It was just off of Ruby Street, on 53. Nice park. It appeared to be very clean, but the tree line was a mess. I think that we dented the trash, though!
Here we all are, getting ready to go, going over the ground rules. Stay away from the road, stay with your buddy, don't pick up anything dangerous, don't fall down the hill. Pretty common sense :) Thanks so much to Catalina Mendoza (Enrique's mom) for bring the rubber gloves. They sure made the project a lot more fun! No worrying about touching nasty trash!
And here's Joe, sad that he was told to stay out of the giant puddle. I know Joe, life can be cruel sometimes!
Look how anxious he is to get started. Well, that is until he noticed the playground. Then, I picked up the trash around the playground, and he played on the toys. I think that if he were Joe's age, I would have enjoyed myself a bit more. I spent most of my time watching him and Enrique's brother. Oh well. 2 more years :)
Here's Chaim's little sister, Emeline (who were partners), and Chaim's mom. I can't remember her name off the top of my head. I have it written downstairs, but I'm not going down there right now :)
The found a big broken trash can in the tree line. I think that takes the cake for "biggest piece of trash"! He's working with Jared and Jared's uncle.
And Tom and Jacob. After they got this bag filled, they went pack for a second. Most of the other kids had their own individual bags, but these two were working together. So, they needed 2 bags together. Well done, Tigers!
Posted by a at 4/29/2007 07:12:00 AM
Posted by a at 4/29/2007 07:09:00 AM
Friday, April 27, 2007
Brent finally made it home! Yah for me. I was expecting him at 4pm, and he showed up at 1pm. Even better!
When the boys got home at 3:30, we started to load up for an evening out. We went to Old Country Buffet for dinner. The kids had received free dinner coupons from school and the community fair from last week. It's not too bad to eat out when you only have to pay for 2, instead of 7!
Jimmy, of course, fell asleep on the way there. He we laid out coats on the floor, and he slept through the entire dinner. About 10 minutes before we were ready to leave, he woke up. Good timing. Just in time for some Mac and Cheese, Fruit Cocktail, Cottage Cheese, and Cheddar Cheese.
The food was quite tasty. Yet have you ever noticed that at a buffet, the first 2 bites of something are always the best. Stop after 2, that's my new idea. 2 bites then move on to the next thing. That way, it won't start tasting gross :)
Then, we went to ToyRUs. Usually we walk around the mall, or Target, and the kids aren't really interested. But this time, we went to a store that we knew they'd like. We looked at most of the sections, and let them see all the cool toys. Jimmy had a good time with the plastic dinosaurs. He didn't really like them, and we all had fun teasing him by making them roar. I know, we're stinkers :)
After we left Toys R Us, we decided to go to Deals for a Dollar, and get the kids each a toy. Toys R Us is way too expensive. Tom and Jake both got dart type guns, Eme got a magnetic horse playset thing, Joe got a sword with sound effects, and Jimmy got a dinosaur. I got some earrings. It was a pretty fun trip, but the most fun part was having Brent back home!
Posted by a at 4/27/2007 08:22:00 PM
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Posted by a at 4/26/2007 07:59:00 PM
Tonight, we sadly morn the passing of our dear friend, Fin. He was a good friend. He was Jim's 3rd word. He was red. He was a fish. We will miss him!
Here he is, seconds before he was laid to rest at sea....er...in the septic tank in the front yard. Farewell friend!
Posted by a at 4/26/2007 07:56:00 PM
Sorry, no neat picture for this one, but I do like potato soup. I made a frozen pizza for the kid, and made potato soup for myself. Brent's at his training, and why cook for real if I don't have to. This was much easier!
1 medium potato, cubed
14 baby carrots, sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
5 pieces turkey bacon
2 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp parsley
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp margarine
- In a sauce pan, combine first 6 ingredients. Cook until potatoes and carrots are tender.
- Turn down heat. Add butter until melted.
- Combine milk and flour in separate bowl. Add to soup.
- Stir until soup slightly thickens. Eat!
Posted by a at 4/26/2007 06:04:00 PM
Send her an e-mail about a tornado siren going off 2 times in a row, and don't say much more. It'll work everytime!
Posted by a at 4/26/2007 04:33:00 PM
Or finding random shopping carts.....
And pushing them through the mud....
Then turning them into a boat....
I have memories like these growing up (minus the shopping cart). I can remember the "cat" making big tracks in the mud, then the rain filling it up, and making us a lovely swimming pool.
I can remember making forts in the forest. And playing with sticks. And found stuff. And getting dirty. And not having grass. And making our own fun.
This is what suburbia is missing today. It's "modernizing" life to a point that I don't think that we want to go. Me, I'll take life "20 years behind the times".
Posted by a at 4/26/2007 02:37:00 PM
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Posted by a at 4/26/2007 01:18:00 PM