Everything you never wanted to know about our family and various other subjects.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lego Chapel

Here's pictures of the Lego Chapel I was trying to describe the other night...

Photo and architectural design credits go to Andrew.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dear Fran Man!

He started his day the same way he always does,
cup of hot cocoa with pinky up.

Grandma came to play lots of games.

Dan dished out tacos with all the fixings.

Fran Man trying to open gifts before it was time.

Almost gave in but his godmother hadn't arrived, yet.

Joseph and a super-sized taco salad.

OK, NOW you can open presents!

Big brothers helping with the "some assembly required gift".

Thank you, Grandma Lois and Grandpa Jerry, for the trains.

Two scoops of ice cream for his birthday treat.
(and raisins...don't ask me why!)

This morning he decided to try out the goggles...

and the tools are fun for older brothers, too.

Perfect for maintaining that mower.
Happy Birthday to our favorite two year old!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Botany at its Best

First, I must warn you that homeschool science is very hard.  The projects
and experiments take a lot of time and preparation.
You must really concentrate to understand all of the concepts.
So to that end, I bring you the latest in Therese's botany studies.
This experiment was all about pollination.

One must bite from the powdered sugar doughnut and then
"pollinate" the plain doughnut. No hands allowed!
(Please disregard the chocolate doughnut in the picture.
I assure you it had absolutely nothing to do with
this highly scientific endeavor.)
Gabriel was utterly inspired by the subject matter.
(That would be "pollen" on his face...for all you non-botanists out there.)

I must apologize for this short break in intellectual curiosity
to bring just a small cuteness factor into the equation.
Miss Therese working in complete concentration.

Obviously, pollination is a tremendous amount of work.

Children as young as 23 months are inspired to make botany their life study.

Or maybe it's just about the doughnuts, Mom.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fr. Francis and Other Amigos

The little guy has discovered the Mass kit.
He runs around with the chalice singing alleluia.

I've been calling him Snicklefritz.
Marianna prefers to call him Fritzlesnick.
 She also insists that we went to a Mardi Bra party on Friday night.
Therese's latest creation

I don't know who these people are...
the neighbor's kids maybe?
Grandma's goody bag came in handy for decorating our
table for Valentine's Day!
Last, but not least, Stephen celebrating his birthday in style.
( I think this was dress rehearsal for the job fair he attended this past week.)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Heat Wave!

It was 72 degrees last week...well at least it was 72 in our house.
Since it was so sunny, the kids took to the lake.
Let's see... we had 2 skaters,
4 kids playing tag,
and one racing around on a trike.
Hope the guy trying to fish wasn't too perturbed by all the noise!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Little of This and a Little of That

We had a light snowfall this week...

so the kids went out to stack wood.

Last picture of our dining room rug...
and first picture of its replacement.
Dan came home with these pans to make taco
bowls out of tortillas...
 I made the taco fixings...
and everyone had fun filling their own bowl.
(Except Dan and I, we went out to eat
after all the littles were fed!)

Francis is in to dollies right now...
 he loves to lay next to them and have us
wrap them in blankets and
when he's tired of them, then I have to carry
them around for him.
Busy making doll clothes. 
Remember when I did this for Clare? 
She is testing for her CNA on Wednesday. Prayers are
greatly appreciated. (Where has the time gone?)

Fun in the tub...
who needs water?

Sunday morning Monopoly...

and drawing with Dad.

Yep, they get their art skills from his side of the fam.

One sad looking Rice Bowl...
and Lent hasn't even started.
Fran the Ripper at his best!
Our prayers are with you both.
Kim and the Fam