Sunday, April 1, 2018

Candy communism

D asked today (and C and I immediately understood), "When do we go communist?"

What this refers to is the family custom that candy hauls belong to the individual forager for a limited period of time, after which it all gets turned into shared family candy.

We go communist on Easter candy on Tuesday. 

Happy Easter!

Here's some of what happened today:

  • We went to morning Mass at the Catholic student chaplaincy.
  • We had our traditional egg sandwiches for lunch. 
  • The kids loaded up dozens of plastic eggs with tiny chocolate bars and foil chocolate eggs.
  • Each child got a turn to hide three eggs outside.
  • Husband hid the remaining eggs (including two mega eggs)--and not just low to the ground and visible, but in trees, in the grill, on door handles, under toys, you name it.
  • The kids hunted, with T getting a head start of the count of 15. (The consensus of the rest of the family is that she doesn't need that much time anymore.)
  • I got a nap. YAY!
  • Some kind friends invited us to their Easter party around dinner time. T had a glorious time digging in the dirt with the youngest of the hosting family. D played gaga ball, and the rest of us socialized.

Trail ride

Here's some of what happened yesterday:

  • Husband and C and D went for a 2-hour trail ride about 40 minutes away. It was very rugged. Husband says C loves the Texas countryside. It is a very green time of year right now.
  • D went to a young family friend's birthday party in the afternoon.

Thursday, March 22, 2018


This past weekend, we had D's friend party for his birthday. We were planning to do an outside NERF fight (a favorite with boys this age), but the weather report (which later turned out to be unreliable) said multiple thunderstorms. We decided to show the first Toby Maguire Spiderman.

Some thoughts:

  • There were 15 of us: the 5 of us, two smaller boys who are family friends and 8 male classmates from 7th grade.
  • We gave kids popcorn and soda during the movie.
  • They were pretty loud, but also funny, geeky, good at spotting plot issues and have encyclopedic knowledge of DC and Marvel.
  • They really didn't like Peter's final mushy scene with MJ at the cemetery--in fact, nearly all of them melted away at that point. "They're still talking???!!!" said one boy.
  • They liked our foam swords. In fact, they liked them so much that a couple got broken. (I had to point out that while the exterior is foam, they have wooden dowels on the inside.)
  • It was an odd time for pizza, but we had pizza anyway. It turns out that after a hard afternoon of watching a super hero movie, that's exactly what 13-year-old boys want.
  • We had German chocolate cake--D's favorite.
  • Then the kids got to play outside before pickup--there was some foam sword fighting, some zipline, some stilt walking, etc.  

Sunday, March 11, 2018


Here's some of what's happening:

  • D is turning 13!
  • D has been working on his bouldering and my husband thinks that he should be in the advanced category soon in climbing competition.
  • T has been very frisky over spring break. SO much doorway climbing.
  • C is all confirmed and her grandma gave her a gold St. Jadwiga medal.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Best day ever!!!

A couple of T notes:

  • T has decided that Hatchimals are too expensive.
  • Earlier today, T announced, "This is the best day of my life!" The two things that earned that distinction for today were a) I found a shiny penny on the ground and gave it to T and b) we scored a race car grocery cart at the store.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Budget again

T (age 5) said, "I'm doing my budget!"

She also is really into Hatchimals these days and likes to pretend to be a Hatchimal. She likes me to rub her back and pretend that she is hatching out of a shell.