Monday 9/29/08 playing board games after ice cream…

After dinner tonight the kids were joking around and wanted to know if they could have desert. We don’t usually (or ever) have desert. There is nothing wrong with having desert. I just can’t remember to buy it or make it. I knew that we had some ice cream left they they didn’t know about…so I said yes. They were so surprised. We had some Rockey Road and some Mint Chocolate Chip, and four kinds of toppings and peanuts. There wasn’t much ice cream, but enough to make us happy. We ate and passed around the toppings, and had a great time. Just before we started dinner, it started to rain. We decided to play board games this evening. This wasn’t the best choice after ice cream, but it was fun. We played a few games of “Guess Who?” and then played “Blockus“. The ice cream was in full force by the time that we got to “Blockus“. (It is a fun game even if we haven’t eaten ice cream.) The girls kept making their pieces into designs, Maggie likes to make flowers and Beth likes to make squares. We found one piece that looked like an antelope. We did manage to finish one game. It was a riot. Now and then it is fun to do something different.

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Monday 9/29/08 driving…

On the way home on Saturday I asked William if he was ready to learn to drive. He said ”Yes.” and was smiling. I am not ready for him to take the car, but I would like William to be able to drive. When we got to our driveway we pulled in and switched places in the car. William adjusted the seat and we discussed which pedal is the brake and which is the gas. He practiced going forward about two feet and stopping the car. William did this a few times up to the garage door. He needs to get a learners permit. Are the rules for getting a license any different since he will be nineteen next month? I would love to teach him how to drive a stick shift car. It is nice to know how to drive both kinds of car. The problem is that I have a automatic car.

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Saturday 9/27/08 window shopping…

The girls went to the amusement park today, so William and I got to spend the day together. It is always fun to see what interests my kids.
We dropped the girls off at the church and then went to the library so that William could get a magazine article for his class. Next we went home for lunch. After lunch, we went to the mall to see the graphics on a new type of computer game, I think that it is called Blue Ray. The picture is computer generated, but it almost looks like live people, not cartoons. It is almost scary how close it is to real life. William also wanted to go to the bookstore on the other side of the mall. As we walked over to the other store, we stopped at a few stores along the way that sold electronic things, like robots and glasses that have television screens in them so that people can watch a DVD on them. Next we went to the bookstore. We looked at books for a while and then William bought a book. After we left the mall we went to the computer store to look at computer games. Last we got William a haircut. It was an exciting day.

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Saturday 9/26/08 tempered glass and high school friends…

We picked up the tempered glass today. I called the company and they said that they understood about us getting lost. They gave me more complete directions. The glass is a rectangle, and bigger than we had planned on, but that is OK. If we get a bigger inner tube, this glass will fit nicely. Right now the glass is in the dining room. We still need a black pan with a black lid, and to cut the plywood piece. The plywood that we have is much too large.
William came home today and said that he has run into another person from his high school. This graduating class was only about fifteen people. He has three of them at the Community College with him. He likes seeing familiar faces.

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Thursday 9/25/08 tempered glass and long tests…

I called the rest of the local companies today to get the price of a piece of tempered glass for our solar oven. The last company that I called had a piece of glass that they were throwing away and they said that we could have it for free…the other companies were charging between 36 and 65 dollars. The lady said that we could pick it up today. She gave me brief directions. I didn’t get the address from the phone book, or look it up on the Internet. It was in an area where we had lived and I thought that I could find it from the directions. The girls and I drove across town and couldn’t find it. I called, but they had their answering machine on. I hope that they don’t get rid of it, I can call them and pick it up tomorrow.
After looking for the glass company, the girls and I went to pick up William. He didn’t come out at the normal time. We waited a half hour and went into where he usually sits to see if he was there. He wasn’t. We waited another fifteen minutes. No William. Is he hurt, and he didn’t have any ID on him to have me called? Is he in the library? I thought about a lot of things. Finally we went to the security building. They said that no one had gotten hurt that day or had been taken to the hospital. I said that we hadn’t seen William, were going home to see if there were any messages, and would be right back. At home there were no messages. We were ready to go back to the college when William called and said that he had had a test that had taken him a long time to do. I was so relieved. We went back to get him.

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Wednesday 9/24/08 future field trips…

In the local paper I found a list of places to take field trips with the kids. They had some ideas that I hadn’t thought of, like petting zoos, and orchards to see cider being made, and factories, to see dolls or toys (or anything) being made, working farms, historical societies…the list went on and on. The web sites were also listed so I can get the hours and the times that they are open. It sounds fun…but with the library on Saturday mornings, and a bike ride in the afternoon…Church Sunday morning and playing in the afternoon, where do we fit it in? I will go on some websites and see what is offered, we will try to fit it in somewhere. We like going to new places.

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Wednesday 9/24/08 future field trips…

In the local paper I found a list of places to take field trips with the kids. They had some ideas that I hadn’t thought of, like petting zoos, and orchards to see cider being made, and factories, to see dolls or toys (or anything) being made, working farms, historical societies…the list went on and on. The web sites were also listed so I can get the hours and the times that they are open. It sounds fun…but with the library on Saturday mornings, and a bike ride in the afternoon…Church Sunday morning and playing in the afternoon, where do we fit it in? I will go on some websites and see what is offered, we will try to fit it in somewhere. We like going to new places.

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Tuesday 9/23/08 Spanish homework and holiday decorations…

Beth had homework tonight. She had to write five sentences in Spanish. The problem was that all her class has learned so far are numbers, letters and food. We went on the Internet to get a few more words.
Our neighbor brought home another pumpkin to add to their Halloween / Thanksgiving decorations. It is a cute display. We have a witch that we put up for Halloween. It is one of the ones that looks like she ran into a wall. We usually put it up at the beginning of October. The kids all help to bring her out of the basement.

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Monday 9/22/08 Kids and winter…

I have started washing the blankets so that they will be ready when it gets cold. They must be taken to the laundromat, they are too big for my machine.
I made a list Saturday morning of the things that need done before winter gets here…like trying on winter jackets…and then I managed not to do anything on the list. I did get some of the weekend jobs done…like making lunches…maybe next week I can look at the list again.
Beth got a lot of hair clips this weekend. She needs to practice using them before she wears them to school. So…Beth is putting them into her dolls hair.
Maggie is almost finished with her two new books. We may need to go back to the library in the next few days. She has decided to get longer books. Maybe it would be better for Maggie to get three longer books.
The leaves have started to turn colors. Since the big tree in our front yard is gone, we won’t have many leaves to rake this year.

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Monday 9/22/08 decorations…

One of my neighbors has put out their Halloween / Thanksgiving decorations. It is very festive, but it always makes me cold to look at it. They have a bale of hay and scarecrows and pumpkins. When their decorations go up I start to notice that the weather is getting colder.
Beth likes to take our tape measure around and measure all of the furniture. Then she goes around and tells everyone the measurements of all of the furniture.
Maggie is still playing with her Magnetix that she got for her birthday. Maybe she will get more at Christmas so that she can make larger items.
William has been doing a lot of homework lately. He looks very happy.

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