Saturday, 31 October 2009

Happy Halloween 2009

The kids had a great Halloween, but we didn't have very many children come trick-or-treating. We all dressed up for Halloween, even the dog and cat. My camera battery went dead before I got a photo of the cat though, so I'll have to try taking a photo of him in his costume at a later time.

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Friday, 30 October 2009

The Reason For My Typos

This is what happens when I try to type on my laptop.

Patty Cake

Gabriella, Isabella and Connor all sang "Patty Cake" to Cameron because he loves it when people sing the "Patty Cake" song. (He looks a bit serious at the end, but you can hear him laughing during the singing.)

Our Clever Dog

For about a week, I've been trying to teach our dog Mercury to "shake." I try about once a day, but he's very quick to pick up on things, and a couple of days ago, he started to do it every time he was given the command. So today, I videoed him doing his new trick. (Angelica is the one telling him to "shake" and giving him his treat.)

Tuesday, 27 October 2009


Gabriella and Isabella wanted to carve pumpkins for Halloween today. Their daddy let them draw pictures of the jack-o-lantern faces they wanted, and then he carved their drawings into the pumpkins.

Some of the pumpkin got onto their drawings making them a little messy, but I took pictures of them anyway.

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Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I had some chocolate chip cookie dough for Gabby and Bella to make cookies. Robert surprised me yesterday by buying a bag of candy corn, because until recently, there was nowhere you could buy candy corn here in our area of England. Gabby told me she wanted to make "candy corn cookies," so they each put a piece of candy corn on each of the balls of chocolate chip cookie dough today and came up with candy corn chocolate chip cookies. They cooked well, looked good and the kids loved them! It turned out to be a terrific idea for Halloween baking!
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Monday, 26 October 2009


I was in the shower today, and my clothes were hanging on the inside of the bathroom door. Well, as anyone who is a mom knows, we moms rarely get to take a shower without interruptions and today was no exception.

Isabella, my four year old daughter, came into the bathroom. From the other side of the shower curtain, I could hear her talking.

"Oh! I see your underwear! And your booby-thing! But it's not a booby thing, it's a bra! I know it's a bra and not a booby-thing. Do you know how I know it's called a bra? I had a dream about seeing one, and in my dream I called it a bra. That's how I learned not to call it a booby-thing and to call it a bra." (Emphasis on the word bra is hers.)

When she left the bathroom, I allowed myself a giggle over the conversation and decided to share the new term she learned with you.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Harvest Day!

Today is Harvest Day and Gabby's school put on a production for the parents. Apparently, some fo the kids wrote poems about Harvest Day and out of all of the children, two had their poems chosen to be read during the production. Gabriella had her poem chosen, as did her friend Adam (who's been her friend since preschool). They got to read their poems out loud during the Harvest Day production.

You can read Gabby's poem on the Imaginative Minds: Writing By Children blog.

And, as a special treat, you can even see her reading it to the audience in this video clip.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

No Training Wheels!

Gabby has not had a bike that fit her for a couple of years now and because of this, she never learned to ride a bike without training wheels. For her recent birthday, her daddy and I bought her a bicycle.

Today, her daddy took her to the park to learn to ride her bike without training wheels. He noticed that she was overly nervous about falling while trying to ride on the pavement, so he told her to ride on the grass. Once on the grass, she took off with no problem at all (except for figuring out how to stop).

As well as learning how to ride her bike without training wheels for the first time, she achieved her 5 meter badge in swimming at school! She is learning new things in leaps and bounds this year!

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Cameron said his first really clear word today: "Daaahh-deeee!"

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Happy 7th Birthday, Gabriella!

Today was Gabby 7th Birthday!

She had a wonderful day that began with opening presents from family, moved on to going to the movies with Daddy and two friends and then coming home to having her pictures taken at the park and ended with birthday cake and a visit from her godfather Pete.

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