Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Funny

J (to Nate): What do you think your wife's name will be when you grow up?
N: Kristy S---
J: Don't you think that will be confusing?
N: Nope, I'll be Justin S---.
J: How many children will you have?
N: 5 boys.
J: What will you name them?
N: They'll all be Nate.
J: All of them?
N: Yeah.
J: Will you have any girls?
N: 15, 14.
J: What will you name them?
N: 5 will be Katie, and 5 will be Gabby.
J: What about the rest of them?
N: They will all be Riley.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Brand Spankin' New

When we moved into this house there was a working side by side refrigerator, with a good sized dent in it.  I'm not fond of that style, but it worked, so we've stuck with it the past three years.  We couldn't put anything in the top third of the fridge that gets damaged by freezing.  It didn't hold a week's worth of milk for our family with the other groceries we would need.  In other words it was a bit inconvenient, but we did okay by working out a system of what went where and stopping by the store mid-week to pick up produce and some milk.

It developed a new noise recently though.  We are eligible for a family discount through the company Justin's dad retired from, so we decided it would be better to replace it now, with the discount, rather than have to buy whatever we could get at full price in a hurry, while we juggled food and insulin.

In all the appliances we've purchased in all our years of marriage, I think this is my favorite.

 The only thing it is short on is crisper space.  I plan to get a little bin to put fruit in to make it easy for the kids to get a piece for snack and free up drawer space.

Isn't she pretty?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Something New

The bigger girls have been involved in gymnastics and ballet in the past.  One of our dear girls has had the misfortune of inheriting my sense of grace, and neither of these early attempts at helping in that department have been so enjoyable that she wished to pursue them further.
I've known about American Heritage girls since before we had children.  We had a friend from church in Northern Kentucky who was a troop leader.  I've thought about it as a possible activity for the girls, but there were always involved in something else.  This year Katie decided she wanted to join first.  She's been very interested in doing many different activities and wanted to sign up for everything.  We decided to have her take ownership of her activity, so she now has to work to pay a portion of any activity she chooses (and we agree to).  She's proud of herself for meeting the deadline.  We're also hoping that this will give her some lasting friendships, instead of some of those that pass so quickly as they move from one activity to the next. They can stay with their troop, moving up levels, through high school.

Gabby had chosen to go back to gymnastics this year, but in hearing what Kate was going to get to do, she changed her mind at the last minute.  Now we have a Tenderheart and an Explorer in our home.  They are very excited bout earning badges.

We're hoping that they learn some great skills, make wonderful friends, and have many fond memories!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Funnies

K: "Don't forget those things that hold the words when someone says them!"

Me: "Quotation marks?"

K: "Yeah!"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Day of Art

Justin had a ridiculously busy summer.  I think he took 7 days off--five to build the swing set and 2 when we had company from out of town, as a professor on a 10 month contract, that's not much time off!  We had been meaning to visit the Parthenon in Nashville, but had never made it happen.  After a long evening at work one day recently, we stole him away for a short trip the next morning before he headed in to his office.

I was the only one who had been there before.  It was the early '90's when I was there with my family.  I did recognize some of the paintings that are permanently displayed in the gallery.  They were spackling the middle section, so I assume that they are in the processes of changing a borrowed collection out.

The kiddos looked somewhat patiently.  Kate was very good at pointing out impressionistic pieces, which was fun.  We talked about portraits, landscapes, and still lives.  Then we went upstairs to the main attraction of the museum.  Kate was probably the most impressed by Athena.  The last time I saw the statue, she was not yet gilded or painted.

Things 1, 2, and 3 looking at Athena, with Nike, and her shield with Medusa's head

Ellie and I were there too.  She did really well, didn't fuss once!  She's been such a portable little girl, which is a great blessing, having older siblings.

Then we saw the plaster statues made from the casts of the original sculptures of the pediments in Greece.  The older girls were quite put off that they were missing heads and arms.  We showed the the recreations that had been made with all the parts intact to show how they had once been formed.  Kate told me that it was much better that someone had made the parts and they had just been lost through the course of time.  Funny, I always thought it is sad that someone's work has been lost or damaged, but she sees it more as a sadness that they wouldn't have ever been finished.

We came home and worked on an art project based on an impressioninst, Claude Monet, who we've been studying.

Gabby and Katie are tearing tissue paper to make the water.

 Nate's completed project

Monday, August 25, 2014

Eleven Months!

We only have one month of 'baby' left at our house!  Sometimes looking at Elliana it is hard to believe that this active little one was every that teeny baby we brought home eleven months ago.

Here's what she's been up to lately:

 rocking in her great-grandfather's rocking chair,

 taking a nap with Daddy,

being dressed in Katie's Halloween costume from 2006 (Pebbles Flintstone),

taking her first wagon ride (with lots of helpers),

playing dress-up with her sisters,

 showing us the 'right' way to use a car seat,

 hanging out with the other kiddos,

looking awfully grown up in PJs without feet,

 sleeping through the night (!),

bathing in her food,

and eating her bath.

We love you Ellie-Bellie!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Funny

Me: I love you buddy.

Nate: I like you too.

Me: Why do you do that?

Nate [grinning]: Do what?

Me:Tell me you like me when I say, "I love you."

Nate: I guess, 'cause you make my best, favorite stuff.