Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Mike

Mike turned 29 this year, by his own account. His birthday was on Thursday, so we had a small family gathering - dinner, cake, and presents. He received a pretty fancy monocular, a camp stove, and some Nenana Ice Classic tickets for his birthday. I am also considering giving him the gift of a visit to the Neurologist for dementia screening as he's pretty adamant about turning 29 this year.

I'm not sure how I feel about being married to a much younger man....

Baboo and the kids created a pretty amazing birthday banner for him. We're so lucky to have this guy in our lives!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Dinosaur Land

As everyone knows, Oscar loves dinosaurs. One of his daily activities is to create elaborate dinosaur scenes. He will be in the back room for hours creating and adjusting his dinosaur scene so that it is perfect. This spring, he and Baboo have been busy creating a volcano for his dinosaur scene. I have to say that he can create some pretty amazing scenes.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Confession Club

This year, I was asked to help teach the 3rd-4th grade Faith Formation class at the church. During one of my classes at the beginning of Lent, I had this genius idea of creating the Confession Club - go to confession once during Lent and you're in! So, the week after I threw down the challenge to my class, we headed to the church for confessions (I have to be a member of my own club!). Violet made her first confession in February, but she was pretty excited to join the club too (even though she's not in my class). I was delighted to go the church and see a couple of my students waiting in line to join the club.

I had printed a couple of "examinations of conscience" worksheets for Violet (and myself) and offered them to Violet. She declined and said she was totally ready. She happily skipped off to confession and came out a few minutes later, no big deal. I had a moment of parental pride. Later that night, I heard her apologizing to Oscar for any time she was mean to him. I smiled to myself. My goal is to make sure we make it to confession every few months so that we keep up this positive relationship with the sacrament.

As for my class, Fr Roger was very kind and agreed to hold confessions during my next class so that any and all of the kids could make it to confession if they wanted. That way, I could take the pressure off of parents having to get their children to confession if the regular confession times were not convenient for their schedules. I am pretty proud to say that nearly all of my students joined the Confession Club during Lent.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Swimming lessons

Enrolling the kids in swimming lessons has been on my to-do list for a few years now. Right now, the kids love the water and I want to make sure to get them into swimming while they still feel positively about the water.

Unfortunately, the group swimming lessons tends to have so many people enrolled in them that the kids only end up getting about 5 minutes in the water with the teacher each time. Thankfully, a girl from our church used to teach the group swimming lessons and was interested in giving private swimming lessons to Violet and Oscar. So, we have been going to the pool during open swim once a week. Violet and Oscar have their lesson with Belle while Mike and I motor about with Simon. Our friends gave us their old float device for Simon. That has been a life saver as Simon thinks he can swim and wants to be on his own. The first swimming lesson was full of Simon making wild demands to be set free. Now, he's free to be on his own and we don't have to fight him constantly to keep him alive.

The kids have been loving their swimming lessons and it's been a great family activity every week.

Upcoming Olympic Swimmer

Friday, February 16, 2018

What did you say?

There are times when it sounds like Simon said something questionable or not very nice, so we'll ask "What did you say?" In response, he will frequently look at you, doe-eyed and innocent, and say, "I said nothing."

How quickly they learn to deny everything!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

First Reconciliation

Violet makes her first reconciliation and first communion this year. First reconciliation was this Saturday. Violet and her class decided to make the occasion a dress-up event. I was thrilled as it was likely the only time she would actually agree to wear this dress.

Mike took her to the church along with Simon. They had a very nice event put together with Father giving a little talk about reconciliation before the kids went to confession. Violet did a great job and is very excited to be able to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Animal Painting

This year for Christmas, Baboo bought me a set of acrylic paints. I have been enjoying painting a variety of animals with them - the animals are nice and colorful and take about an hour to paint. As I have paintings coming out of my ears, I have started taking my paintings to work and to hang in my cubicle. I've started to hang paintings in my coworkers' cubes and offices as well.