Thursday, October 30, 2008


It snowed the last 2 days. I didn't take any pictures because it was too depressing.

I found it quite interesting to see how all my friends reacted to it. Most everyone under the age of 20 thought it was great. Everyone over 20 groaned along with me.

Thankfully it has already started melting. I can't believe we're back to winter coats already.

Oh sweet summer I love thee.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The sun will come out tomorrow...

Leia and I had a girl's night out. We went to see a production of Annie Jr. at our local high school. It was so much fun taking her. She absolutely loved it. She also thought it was a big deal that we stopped at DD for coffee afterwards. It's so fun having a daughter! I've decided I'm going to try to take her to more kid appropriate high school plays.

Bonus: Leia got a hand shake and hug from Annie! It made her day!
When a real dog came out for Sandy she leaned over and asked if the dog was real or someone dressed up. That made me laugh. Before it started she could barely contain herself. From the second she woke up she had her outfit all planned out. She's definitely her mother's daughter.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

1st Crush

Xavier has his first crush!
I noticed on Tuesday while he was playing with Leia that he kept referring to this one girl. He kept saying things like: "everyone can live over there. But me and Abby S..will live over here." And "blah, blah, blah Abby..." Then today while I was making copies at our local christian school. I noticed that he was starring at her in the lunch room. I actually find this kind of cute and endearing, but a little bit scary. When I asked him about it he got all embarrassed and told me he couldn't talk about it. It's too funny. Oh and by the way Abby is 2 years ahead of him in school (an older woman). However, she is super cute, with freckles and a lisp!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

TNL News Update

here's an update on a few of my former posts.

1. It's not snowing yet *whew!*

2. It turns out that the dog DIDN'T scare away all of the mice from our house. We've caught 3 so far.

3. My bruised arm is healing nicely. It's starting to turn a lovely yellow.

4. Dr. Holstein is still alive but much more cautious about the dog. I guess you can teach an old rooster new tricks.

And last but not not least:

5. School is going well. I actually don't hate homeschooling yet this year! Xavier is trying to read everything sight.

Goodnight from the Gingerbread House

Monday, October 20, 2008


There's snow in the forecast for tonight. I'm not thrilled....The kids are ready to pull out the snow clothes and have a party.

Friday, October 17, 2008

1 dog + 2 chickens = 1 nasty bruise

Our dog broke his chain (again) and got one of the chickens on Wednesday. Now his life's mission is to get the rest of our scrawny little flock.  

Last winter we (a.k.a. Marc) had 5 hens and a rooster. Their run collapsed last spring from the snow. And 3 of the hens went missing. For the past 7 or 8 months they have been strutting around free range, tantalizing the dog. 

 Now our dog is a Pharaoh hound so he is FAST and his manners have much to be desired (which is partly my fault but we won't go there today).  Generally when he gets out he hightails it to the neighbors house to visit their little pugs. I've always wondered why he never chased the chickens before. Since he has a heyday barking at them from the living room window.  Well needless to say he will be ignore them no more.
 Fast Forward to Wednesday. I let the dog out and we get down to business with school. Because the 2 boys have flu shots in the afternoon. Everything seems normal Roo's barking every so often....nothing out to the ordinary. Marc wakes up and goes in to take a shower. After which he he hears the dog barking outside the bathroom window which is odd since his tie out is out back. He looks out the window and there's Roo all puffed up and proud of himself dancing around a chicken carcass he severely mangled. We clean up the mess, catch the dog (which was surprisingly easy since he came right in).  And i sigh a sigh of relief that I now have one less bird to dig up my newly plainted tulip bulbs.Now comes Thursday morning. 

I wake up to workout for an hour before the kids get up and I have to get 1 child on the bus and the other 2 loaded to go work at my mom's daycare for 2 days straight. Roo starts begging to go out in the pouring rain. So i think okay I'll just quickly take him out and then come back in and get to business. Since it's pouring rain I decide to use this really long training lead I picked up at the $1 store (1st mistake), Well we go out the front door and Roo spots Dr. Holstein (the rooster) perched atop the grill.  Roo goes tearing off after him, the clasp on the leash instantly pulls apart sending the half I'm holding into my forearm leaving a gash and a very large, painful bruise. Now Roo has no trouble catching the chicken but looses him with all the commotion of me yelling and the roaster squirming.  Dr. Holstein being a smart little rooster darts behind me where Roo knows better than to come near.  So Roo ends up turns the other way and runs full speed down the road and the rooster runs off to hide.  Now another thing Roo loves to do when he gets loose is to run full speed by who ever is trying to catch him as if to say "come on you know you can't catch me".  So  the remainder of my "workout" Marc ( who also was woken up by the commotion) and i spent chasing the dog up and down our road in the pouring rain. After about a half hour he tired of the chase game and decided to just walk up to the front door to be let in. OY! What a way to start the day. 

Today i went out and bought a chain that is supposed to be able to hold a Mastiff. Tomorrow I'm buying a chain leash and a harness.  I've threatened my children that if they let the dog out there will be serious consequences. So if Roo can break through those lines of defence he deserves a chicken dinner. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mama's Wishlist (cont.'d)

Some of these things i'll get someday and some i won't. But I'm actually okay with it. I'm just a window shopper at heart.

Monday, October 13, 2008


We've been remodeling our spare room for Leia. We just finished putting in the lights for the final touch! Check out the difference.


Now that's pink!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Dogs, Donuts...Don't ask

"Good bye donuts, i love you" ~Leia (while leaving the bakery at our local supermarket)

The dog is still being annoying....i'm going to kill him.