Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Been There, Did That

Joseph, mischievously: Hey, Dominic, let's eat some Play-Doh and see what it tastes like.

Dominic:  No!

Joseph:  Why not?

Dominic:  Because I did before and it's yucky.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Anthony At 21 Months Old

You wouldn't think this cute little guy would ever cause any trouble, right?

One day, I was just getting started with making dinner, and the kids were playing a loud, rowdy game in the living room.  I thought Anthony was in there with them, and then all of a sudden it got very quiet, as the kids finished their game.  I said, "Where's Anthony?!"  No answer.  So I went looking for him. 

I went in my bedroom to see this:

Then I looked into the bathroom:

And around the corner of the bed:

A few days later he got hold of some toothpaste and squirted it all over the bathroom floor.  It smelled very minty in there for a while. 

He climbs, oh does he climb!  He climbed onto a kitchen chair, got on top of the desk in the kitchen, and proceeded to somehow open the very top cabinet and get out a bottle of vitamins, which he then opened and dumped out onto the floor.  All that while I was changing a load of laundry. 

He easily climbs up to the top bunk and throws things at the kids on the floor below.

Oh, and he can climb from a regular chair into his highchair, onto the table, back into the highchair, etc.  Sometimes he sits like this:

He is so cute and funny and loving, though, it is hard to stay mad for long!  He currently likes to play with blocks and build tall towers, he loves to jump off things like the coffee table, he likes the train track and trains, he likes to pretend with the little kitchen, he likes Hot Wheels, he likes to dump things out, draw on things with markers, take things apart, break things, destroy things, and of course, go outside!
Our sweet little Anthony

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shoe Storage

Look at what Dan made for me not long ago:

Custom made to fit the space under the coat rack, this has solved our shoe clutter/storage problem.  Each child has his/her own section and is responsible for keeping his or her shoes in it.  Hooray for handy husbands!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

November Catch-Up

The kids and their cousins waiting for their concert to start.

This year the homeschool choir concert was held in mid-November.  The little kids chanted the Our Father, then sang Father, I Adore You and Had a Little Rooster. These were followed by four songs accompanied with either rhythm sticks or egg shakers. The kids loved using the instruments.

The combined little kids' and big kids' choirs.

   Together the choirs sang Oh, Susanna! and How I Love My America.

Close-up of the kids.  Catherine and Dominic are in the second row and Anne is in the front row.  There were 25 kids in the little kids' choir this fall, though not all of them sang in the concert, like our Joseph. 

The weekend before Thanksgiving we were able to visit my parents.  We had a nice visit.

The kids with my mom.

Catherine hugs my dad, thanking him for the birthday present.

Thanksgiving was spent here at our house.

The kids watch Daddy prepare the turkey for the oven.

What fun to rip up lots of bread for the dressing! 

Our Thanksgiving feast!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

All Those Girls!

On Friday, one of my friends came over with her five girls to play.  So the boys were seriously outnumbered, 7 to 3.  The fun started out with a tea party, as you might expect.  However, my friend and I were surprised to later discover the kids playing a rousing game of what they called "War."  They divided into 2 teams and doled out all of the nerf guns, cap guns, pretend laser guns, bows and arrows, swords, shields, etc. that belong to the boys.  I don't think my friend has too many of those kinds of things at her house!  They all sure had fun, though. 

After they left, I asked Dominic if he had a good time.  He said yes, then thought about it some more and commented, "I just couldn't keep track of all those girls!" 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Happy Baptism Day, Catherine!

Here's our Catherine, learning how to knit.  Eight years ago today she became a child of God!

On The Feast Of St. Nicholas

Yesterday St. Nicholas visited our house and brought some of these:

And a new book to read:

We also discovered that it had snowed the night before and it was the first snow of the season to actually stick to the ground. 

So after..

...we finally...

...found everyone...

...a hat...

...to wear,...

...and coats and mittens and snow boots,...

...the kids went out to play.

Anthony was trying to figure out what this stuff was!

It was only 8:00 in the morning, so it was cold!  17 degrees, I think!  Anthony only lasted about 10 minutes, everyone else 15-20. 

When they all came in, we had some hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Mind you, this all took place before school started!  Luckily, we can have a flexible start time.  Good thing, too, because the snow was mostly gone by lunchtime. 

Later, we read our new book, True Story of Santa Claus, a story about a boy named Nicholas and how he stays up to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.  Then when Santa comes he tells Nicholas a story about another Nicholas long ago.  It is published by Pauline Books.

In the afternoon, we watched the DVD, Nicholas, The Boy Who Became Santa.  This is one of those wonderful DVDs from CCC of America.  We have five of their DVDs and they are really neat.  You can find them at many Catholic online stores and probably at your local Catholic bookstore as well. 

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Monday, December 5, 2011

A Scary Gift

This morning we were reading about the three wise men in school, and I asked the twins if they remembered what any of the gifts were.

Anne proudly said, "Gold, Myrrh, and Frankenstein!"

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Catherine Is Eight!

Catherine turned 8 on Sunday and started off her day with a breakfast of Pop Tarts, per her request.  We all went to Mass, followed by donuts afterward.  Then she got to choose her lunch.  Leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce!  That was easy.  :)

For dessert we had cupcakes made from extra cake batter.

Then Catherine got to open a few presents.  New books to read!

Roller skates!  I think those have been on somebody's feet ever since Sunday.  They are adjustable from size 1-4, so they should last a few years.  Notice the blurry toddler in the back!

Catherine got Little House on the Prairie paper dolls, which she just loved, and she spent the next couple of hours playing with them.  We've been listening to the series in the car when we go places and we are almost all the way through it.

Even the boys were interested in checking it out.

Later in the afternoon, cousins came over to play!  Here is the dinner party, with a meal of fried chicken and kenebel soup.

Catherine with her birthday cake.

A close-up of the cake.  

And one last gift to open, a potholder loom.  Catherine finished her first potholder today!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The St. Louis Zoo, Too

So, we waited for the zoo train and then got on board.

We took up three seats and right away Anthony started to "get" Joseph.  This picture cracks me up!

The girls

The twins

The train was really neat, except the first train we got on broke down part-way to the next stop.  So we got off and walked around.  Here is the big male elephant.

The kids loved this cute "little" baby elephant.


A stop for snacks and drinks.

Back on board the train (no more problems there), we rode through a few tunnels.  Here's Joseph going through one of them.  I think he was a little bit excited.

These two chimps were the funniest sight to see.  They were carrying something and one got behind the other, and then they walked along in perfect step with each other.  I wish I had gotten it on video, but I wasn't quick enough.  Da doot da doo, da doot da doo...

Who's checking out whom?

This bunch is all tuckered out and ready to go!