Monday, October 23, 2006

Never Read to Your Children

Well...ok, maybe not ever...but you should avoid Calvin and Hobbes at all cost! Lately, Jonathon and James have been enjoying looking at Calvin and Hobbes comic books. Most of the time they don't know what the words in the pictures say, but the pictures are enough to occasionally make them laugh- the sign of an excellent illustrator! When they don't understand what's going on, or they know it's a REALLY good one, they beg, plead, and groan for someone who is literate to explain the sequence of events.

So, I have occasionally induldged in a few stories, and much to their delight, one night I read C&H for and hour straight! All was well until they became too familiar with the stories. Then comes the reenactments...

Jonathon stealthily creeps up on the unsuspecting mother: "I"M HOME!!!!" He yells in her ear! And then cackles gleefully knowing that he just scared about three years out of her!

Or, James says: *Blow, blow blow* "I'm blowing up my balloon (imaginary)." *Blow, blow, blow* "AH!!!! I blew up my head instead!"

Jonathon with playdough in Sunday School: "Look, Mama! I'm making little snowmen!" (Calvin makes minature snowmen and then pretends to be a giant dinasaur and stomps the villagers to smithereens!) Then Jonathon, without warning, crushed them all flat with his fist.

So, I'm waiting for the time that he tells me that his stuffed dog tied him to the chair, or that it was the dog that wanted food in the middle of the night, or he decides to run the water in the bathroom, but not actually take a bath. Perhaps Calvin and Hobbes should be put away until the ideas in the books are more just funny and not necessarily GREAT ideas!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Living Room Activities

Everybody reads....sort of... :-)
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Exciting Events in the Aldrich House

Since I have not posted recently and I can't think of one single moment to expound upon I thought I would tell you of a number of things that have happened recently to keep our family busy, having fun, and avoiding dull moments. I will say that these are in no particular order, but just as they come to mind.

1. Jonathon and James are back working on school stuff. Both are making progress in their reading, though James is able 3 lessons ahead of Jonathon. It has been very interesting seeing the different strengths of each child come out. Jonathon seems to pick up more quickly in the writing as well as most hands on projects.

2. Jeff continues to want to go to the potty and if I would ever pay attention to him, he would probably already be potty trained. He is eager and can go on command, but I have neglected the regular process of taking him during the day, hence, he is permanently in pull-ups right now.

3. Rachel is beginning to talk and says all kinds of things- "Thank you, hi, bye-bye, Amen, I want it, mine, mama, daddy, rachel, no, yeah..." There are tons of words that she can mimic- various nouns and phrases, but those are the ones she uses without being prompted.

4. Yestereday was applesauce drive. We did a smaller amount of applesauce this year than in years past and we were finished with cutting apples around 11am! I think they were done boiling jars in the earlier eveing, whereas, in years past it has been 10 or 11pm before things have finished up. I personally am not a big fan of applesauce in general, but I love the big work day and the fellowship- and the kids like the stuff, so there is that benefit as well.

5. We are planning to be in Georgia for Thanksgiving! Whooohooo! I realized not too long ago that this will be the first time we have gone to my parent's house for any holidays since moving to New Hampshire! All of us are flying down, thanks to the generosity of some wonderful family members and so it becomes a double excitement for the boys. They are looking forward to being in Georgia, but they are also thrilled about the adventure of riding on an airplane! I'm just happy that we aren't driving that whole long way this time! Praise the Lord!

6. Jeff flooded the kitchen yesterday. Well, not the entire kitchen, but probably a quarter of it. This is the first time that the water dispenser on the outside of our fridge has become a problem. I thought he was taking a nap, and instead he was in the kitchen, holding down the water button and watching it run all over the place. It took 4 towels to clean up! Perhaps this could be the last episode of playing with the fridge water...but I doubt it.

7. 3/4 of the children are upstairs now, leaving only Rachel and myself in the living room, so I better run...hope your week is going well all you wonderful people!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Making Good on a Promise

Here are the pictures from our hike that we took about amonth ago now. Sorry it took so long. I have a dislike for posting pictures due to our dial up condition. Nothing ever works right. But here they are.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


This is a warning ahead of time for all of you out there...


Friday is Brandon's Birthday!!!!!!

He will be a whopping 29 years old. Please be prepared to shower down loads of affirmation on him when it comes! You can all be thinking of the thousands of reasons why he's so wonderful and write your long list in here for him to read.

Thanks for being such wonderful family and friends.