Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Go Brewers

We took the day off school to "take me out to the ball game"

Boys are loving it,  especially since we have seen Bernie the Brewer go down the home run slide twice already. 

I hope we win!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Caleb's 7th Birthday

Caleb had a big birthday party this year.  As he grows his sphere of influence grows.
It was evident to us that even though he doesn't attend public
school, he certainly isn't socially deprived. We limited his number of party
invitations to 8 kids. With our 3 kids added to the number that makes for a big boy

He wanted to have an Angry Birds game activity, so we used our old
cardboard building blocks.  It has been awhile since those were played with.
We set up my exercise band as a slingshot.  David tied the band to the banister at the top
of the stairs and the top of the railing.  Believe it or not it worked really well.  Then we
set up the stuffed pigs and stuffed birds Caleb had from Christmas to make a real version
of Angry Birds.  What a hoot!

In addition we borrowed a couple more Bey Blade stadiums and had a Bey Blade
tournament upstairs.  Time passed quickly, but not quietly.  It was a lot of
activity having 11 boys party for 2 hours.

Caleb turning 7 makes my boys all at perfect ages.  I wish there was a stop time button.
I would push it right here with boys aged 10,7 and 4.  This right now is the "good 'ol days."

Tonight as I put the boys to bed I looked at the ceiling and almost started to cry.
I hadn't noticed the glue splotches in some time. But low and behold there they were.
A small painted over glue bumpy spot where the old baby mobile and wall appliques
once were over the crib.  sigh.... This morning as I was exercising I listened to a song named
"I want to do it all" by Terri Clark. I love this song, it makes me feel so blessed.  She sings
how she wants to do it all in life.  I marvel at just how many things she wants to do I have
already done! One thing she says is that she wants to do is "settle down with the love
of my life, rock little babies to sleep at night..."
I heard that line from her song tonight looking at that crib mobile splotched ceiling.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Landscaping with my helpers

We just finished the strawberry beds.  We also planted more raspberry bushes and 3 blueberry bushes.  This is our first of many shovel loads of mulch for the new fruit garden.  What a lot of work.  I hope it is worth it.

I think they liked scaling the mulch more than shoveling it into pails.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Caleb - the thinker

Caleb doesn't talk much. He thinks.

Often during one of his school lessons, he will come out and say something completely off topic.

Here are a two of his zingers:

We were discussing the multiplication tables of 1, 2 and 5 during his math class.
He says: "Do you think we have the ingredients to make solar panels?"

We are outside getting out of the van and he says: "There should be a song called "Dead on the Mountain"" (it was Easter)

I often wonder what is clambering on in those brains of his.

I try very hard to stop and listen to him when he does open his mouth.
Most times it is comic relief for my day.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nathan finishes his last Awana Cubbies book

It's a historic day at the Baierl house. Nathan is our last one to go through the 2 year Cubbies club, and he finished his last section of his last book today. He's very proud to have filled in both the 'A' and 'C' letters with his earned patches on his Cubbies vest.

We're proud of him too.

We'll miss having a Cubbie in the house, but are looking forward to him graduating to the Sparks club next year.

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