15 12 2010

Four more days of school until Christmas Break.  The boys are feeling a little apprehensive because this is the fist time they officially have final exams in every class.  I’m not worried, they do extremely well on regular tests, and I’m sure they will do fine.  Because finals start on Friday this is “dead week” and they have very little homework.  However, Jesse had one last project due tomorrow for Geography.  Project — do I hear other parents groaning?  That really isn’t fair, most of the time they take care of their projects with little or no help.  But this one involved cooking so of course I got to be involved.  Each student chose a country and had the opportunity to make food from that location.  (I’m convinced all these cooking assignments are a way for the teachers to get free meals.)   Jesse earned  first choice of countries because he was able to answer the question, “What is the capital of Belarus?”  Thankfully he chose Italy.  I can work with that!

I make no guarantees on the authenticity of our food since I’ve never been to Italy, but we made homemade pasta and homemade marinara sauce.  This is the recipe we used for the pasta.  We didn’t have to roll it out by hand since I pulled a pasta machine from the recesses of my cupboards (I used it once before many years ago.)

No official pasta drying rack in the house (according to some research a broom stick between two chairs will work).  We improvised — how about a clothes drying rack?

The marinara sauce was pretty simple — olive oil, lots of garlic, tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.  I’m not sure how he is going to heat everything at school, but we finished the assignment.  Jesse said it was more fun than he expected (he would much prefer an assignment from a book rather than a project).  Maybe we’ll use that pasta machine again in the near future — I’m on the hunt for a good gluten-free pasta recipe.

Oh, incase you didn’t know, the capital of Belarus is Minsk.


Jesse Gets to Drive

18 06 2010

Jesse is 14, but he got to drive for the first time today.   Doesn’t sound that exciting does it?  But how many teenagers drive for the first time in a car that is over 100 years old.

Nolan had his chance as well.

Something seems a little unfair here.  My dad has had (and restored) antique cards since I was way younger than Nolan and Jesse and today was the first time I ever drove one.  Guy also got in on the fun.

For those that would like the specifics, this is a 1909 Reo.  It is a one cylinder car and my dad’s latest toy.

My 2010 Graduate

24 05 2010

Tonight Jesse graduated from the 8th grade.  The plan was to have dinner and graduation outside, but the wind had been blowing about 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph so everything moved indoors.  Once everything was moved in, the wind died down to a more acceptable level.  Oh well, he got his diploma anyway.

Here he is with his teacher getting that milestone piece of paper.

He did very well academically this year.  I haven’t seen the final report card, but I’m pretty sure it has straight A’s for the year.

Jesse is a Smart or Wise … (fill in the blank).  After he got his diploma he asked, “How many times do I have to go through this?”  We started naming off graduations and told him 3 or 4 times.  His response, “Well, I already did it one other time for kindergarten, but I got stickers then.”  Mrs. Miller was quick to grant his wish and gave him a sticker.

Then it was off to cut the cake.  But first a photo-op with the two graduates.

Jesse and Michele played the Cratchits in the Christmas play and Michele has given Jesse a hard time ever since.  She calls him her husband and darling regularly.  Jesse’s typical response is “Bleck!”  She tried to get a more cozy picture with him and this is the result.

I mentioned Jesse was a Smart A** and I found the perfect card.  I couldn’t pass it up even though I don’t usually run around calling people that name.  The gift will late until later, but here he is with the card.  — Notice the sticker is still on his hand.

The 7th -9th graders are spending the night at Mrs. Miller’s.  She is a brave woman.  There is junk food galore and I doubt my boys will get much sleep, but they will have fun and I will sleep.

I’m proud of you Jesse — keep up the good work.

Happy Birthday Jesse

6 03 2010

The 7th and 8th graders at church and I have been studying the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist church each week in Sabbath School.  Last week we studied baptism and I asked the students if any of them were interested in being baptized.  All my regular attenders indicated that they were interested.  I contacted the pastor and let him know.  There was already a baptism scheduled for today and he asked if any of them were wanted to be included.  It worked out perfectly, because it is Jesse’s birthday and he liked the idea of that being the day he was also baptized.

Today on his 14th birthday, Jesse publically committed his life to Jesus.  It was indeed a high day in both his life and in the lives of his parents.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday Jesse.  May you continue to grow in your walk with your Saviour.

I Have a Chauffeur!

17 02 2010

He has had his permit for about a week and here is Nolan driving us home from school.

He wasn’t in a hurry to get his permit and crazy as it sounds I was putting pressure on for him to take the test and get driving.  I have my reasons.  So 4 months from his 16th birthday he finally took the test.  He is doing pretty well.  The trip home from school takes him about 25 minutes (Mom is more of a lead foot) with a fair amount of traffic.  I did figure out all but two turns on the route home are right turns before I offered to let him take the wheel.  We’ve only had one exciting incident so far.  When he is really comfortable, I can sew or embroider while he drives. 🙂

Spirit Week Day 1

9 02 2010

Yesterday kicked off Spirit Week at school with Favorite Book day.  I reminded the boys Sunday night, but did they plan anything?  Oh, no.  Apparently, they take after their mamma and are last minute boys.  At breakfast I was throwing out ideas to Jesse, and he finally decided his math book was his favorite book.  So I wrote math problems all over his shirt with a wash out marker.

When I spotted Nolan he had already taken care of his outfit.  The book he dressed as was The Geeks Guide to World Domination.  He pointed out he was actually dressed more as a nerd than a geek.  Sorry, the difference is lost on me.  Here is a picture of the two of them at school.

Nolan really hammed it up and he took first prize for the day.

I don’t have to be at school until 11am.  I was also last minute, but one of the ideas I threw out for Jesse sparked a plan.  As soon as they left for school I ran down to the basement and about 40 minutes later I had this.

Yep, I went as a cook book.  Apron, towel over the waistband, cooking utensils hanging off the apron, neckerchief and chef’s hat.  No, cook books are not my favorite books, but it was an easy thing to dress up as and people got it.

Today is candy day.  Again they were last minute.  Nolan is a Hershey Kiss with a tinfoil kiss shaped hat, and Jesse is a Milky Way.  He is wearing all black and I punched circles with a hole punch from stickers and covered him with them.  I will be going as the Jolly Rancher :-).

Birthday Stop Motion

11 08 2009

My Mother-in-law’s birthday was today.  For some reason Guy likes to get chicken stuff for her.  We bought chicken napkin rings and saved them until she came for her birthday.  In the mean time Guy “commissioned” Nolan to create a stop motion video using the napkin rings.  This is what he came up with.

Chickens for Grandma (finished).wmv

I’m trying to load the videos on my Webshots account. Which I can do, but can’t embed here. You will need to click the link above. Or I added a Vpod widget on my side bar (you won’t be able to see it if you are reading this from a blog reader). From there the video can be watched right here on this page. It is only a few seconds long.