Thursday, February 26, 2009

At it again

We had our Blue and Gold this last week. Our theme was Cities Across America. We took our menu from an old time diner menu: hamburgers and hot dogs. Therefore, we had cakes made the same. A neighbor of mine is a genius when it comes to cakes. We had a little trouble with the hot dog, but it still looked pretty good and it was all cake, minus the hot dog which were twinkies! The boys thought they were great and that is all that mattered.

Lesson Learned

We had our 1st Pine Wood Derby back in Jan (I know, this is so late). Gabe nor I had ever built one, so we were unaware of the little tricks to help your car go fast. So, when it came time to race Zach was so pumped for the first few races. After about the 6th or 7th he started to realize that his car wasn't very fast. In fact he lost all of the races. It was so sad to watch his face get longer and longer as each race ended. Oh how I wanted to take his pain away. Afterward we had so many people tell us to do this or do that, where were they when we were making it? Well, it was a good lesson to teach Zach and remind me: Learn from your mistakes and do better the next time. Next year he is going to have a great car!!! LESSON LEARNED

1st race, he was so excited!

3rd race, his is the last one. Can you tell he is loosing his excitement?

Valentine Party Hype

Valentine's Day has become quite the day since I was in school. I helped with my children's class parties this year, I am amazed at how many parents don't participate. This party was as big a deal as their Christmas party. The kids had fun and got loads of sugar! And Natalie is lucky she has 2 brother's in school, she got to go to 2 parties!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Much needed advice

I hope that some of you can help. Recently my son said a "word" that is, well for lack of terms, a swear word. We talked about it and how we don't say certain words. I explained, I thought, what the word was. But then last night at his Pinewood Derby he dropped the same word again! I wasn't around, so Gabriel talked to him. So, hopefully we won't hear the word again.
But here is my question. What do you do if it is said again?
And what about the other words? Do I tell him what the words are so when he hears them he knows right away that it is not a good word? I have told him there are other words and if he hears a word that we don't say here at home to let me know and we can discuss if it an appropriate word or not. But it didn't work with our most recent bomb that was dropped. So, if any of you have any advice on how to handle this I would really appreciate it. Thanks a bunch!!