Sunday, September 28, 2008

Apple Orchardy

We have never been an apple orchardy kind of family. Chris once said, "Why do people do that?" Yesterday we found out why.

Earlier in the week I decided since we were apple orchardy dummies we should enlist the help of some experts. I called on our friends the Siweks. They graciously agreed to show us the ropes.
We arrived to find Tyler and Hayley running through a hedge maze. Elijah quickly joined them. good thing he had on his orange hat or we could still be searching for him. We moved from the maze to the ever allergy friendly hay bales. Apparently, there is nothing more fun than jumping off the top of a hay bale into loose hay. Next it was onto a trailer for a hay ride. We were scoping out the apple choices. Who knew there were so many different types of apples. Rainbow has been holding out on me! After the ride and some taste testing, we were off to pick our favorites. I was a bit shocked when everyone began picking and eating but apparently that is what one does at the apple orchard. We picked and wandered and munched and had a great time.

ps..my new favorite apple is the Sweet 16....or the Liberty.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Adventures in Baby Cereal

We took the plunge into solid foods this week. I decided that after two weeks of midnight and 3 am quality time that John must be hungry. I must also have a deliusional memory when it comes to feeding babies. All I remember about Elijah is that he loved cereal and ate it up right away. John, made the most hilarious face when I put the cereal in his mouth and I am certain that more of it ended up on the bib than his tummy but tonight was night four and more of it ended up in his tummy than his bib. Yeah! Now if I could only remember how long he eats cereal before he starts the baby food.

Elijah's first meal at almost the exact same age.
Here we go, the first bite.....
"Mom, I'm not sure what you just did but yuk."
You be the judge.
"Okay mom, this stuff isn't so bad." (night four)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11 and Seventh Grade

As I was thinking about how to address the importance of today with my 7th grade homeroom it hit me that they were mere kindergarteners when the 9/11 attacks happened. So I opened my class today by asking what they remembered about this day seven years ago. Their responses ran the gamut from thinking the attacks had happened close to here, to thinking it was a movie, to not remembering a single thing about the day. After our discussion we watched a four minute video that had President Bush's speech from that night along with still images set to a song. I, of course, teared up thinking of all those dear people and how they must have been feeling. My class was so silent and mesmerized by what they were seeing but I don't think they could really connect that it had happened and that it had affected real people and how it changed the course of our lives forever.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Morning Meeting

It is my prayer that my dear boys are always so excited to see each other after a long nights sleep.
video

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My Morning

For 13 weeks I have had a beautiful sleeper. Twice my little buddy has slept through the night. But not last night. No instead of giving his mama the sleep she needed to be fresh and ready for her first day of teaching John-John presumably decided to go through a growth spurt and eat every threeish hours (sometimes two and three-quarter hours). At least he laid in his bed talking to himself long enough for me to get my hair done this morning. If nothing else, at least I looked awake for the first day of school.