Friday, January 16, 2009

And the Winner Is....

Lava Man

So the Boy Scouts had a cake contest. The theme was 'super heroes.' Since I told Dante that Star Wars characters were not technically super heroes, he decided to make up his own....Lava Man and his arch nemesis, Poison Krys. (because he throws poisoned crystals...) I made him write out who the characters were, what they did and how they got their powers. I was suprised at how many of the boys at the pack meeting actually took the time to READ his 'report' and thought it was very cool. He is currently a well respected 'little kid,' and a hero in his own den. Yay Dante!

Note Lava Man victorious on top of the volcano and Poison Krys defeated in the middle left of the picture. Note ,too, the desecrated cars-pummelled by the explosion and covered in ash (cocoa powder...)

The crowning moments! Dry Ice is so very impressive!

Dante winning first prize! ! The boys each voted on a private ballot for their favorite- He won by a landslide. Get it?! Landslide?! Hahaha....

The proud and victorious Dante. A few moments later he was in tears-he didn't know they were going to auction off his cake and also didn't know we didn't have enough money to bid as high as the cake went for. We had 16 bucks-and his cake went for 23 to a third grader. (not bad since they all start out at a fifty cent initial bid. Not so hot considering how much I spent for us to make it!) After he realized that it was the most expensive cake going AND that an older kid liked it enough to buy it, he was happier and not so upset that he got 'stuck' with an Incredible Hulk cake, instead. Ah. The hard earned lessons of childhood....

Promises, Promises

We have all been sick this winter. We keep passing it around. Jonah and I are the latest victims of the 'crud', again. I am getting cabin fever and Jonah is just crabby. Period. I thought that getting outdoors would cheer us both up. On the thirty minute drive to the Nature Preserve, Jonah complained and whined the whole time. After trying all the mommy tricks of music, conversation and other forms of distraction, I resorted to good old fashioned begging.

"Jonah-PLEASE! STOP whining and complaining!"


"Well, I can try, but I'm not making any promises!"

At the very least we've taught him honesty!

Friday, January 9, 2009


Jonah is getting very proficient on the scooter. He is very coordinated-it is obvious he didn't get it from ME! (Sorry Dante! Someone has to pass on the Klumsy Gene!) We had a very fun day today. I worked in the nurses office at school and since this is First Friday, school is only half day. It is our tradition to go to lunch on Frist Friday and afterwards we came home, Jonah napped and Dante played Wii Star Wars. (Is there anything else besides Star Wars? Dante would say NO.) After nap we took a stroll around the neighborhood. Dante, ever vigilant with his Star Wars Blaster, kept us safe from harm. Here are some pictures:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My Nutballs

So I decided I needed to intervine on one of the boys arguements a few days ago. I usually let them fight it out unless blood is part of the equation. This was really a Daddy moment, but since Allan was at work, I did the best I could. What else is a girl to do? The arguement went something like this:

Dante: They're NUTS, Jonah!
Jonah: No they aren't, they're BAllS!
Dante: NUTS!
Jonah: BALLS!
Dante: NUH UH! NUTS!
Jonah: Nope. BALLS!

I thought I better intervene before one of them got punched there. OR decided to bring out the evidence.

Mommy: Hey! Boys! Knock it off! They're called 'testicles.' (aren't I ever the nurse?)


Dante: Well, Justin calles them NUTS!
Jonah: Well, Michael calles them BALLS!
Dante: NUTS!
Jonah: BALLS!

Mommy: shaking head, leaving room, and locking herself in her own room to laugh her head off. AND call Daddy to let him know what he is going to be talking about to the boys at bedtime....

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Christmas and New Year

Happy New Year~ Not a lot to report, just a few pictures. Our New Year's Resolution? Get all our bills, except for the mortgage, payed off by June! That means extra shifts for me. (And probably less blogging as well.) Wishing you all a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Allan and Dante at Tante Omi and Onkel Opa's house in Sun City, CA on New Year's Day. We spent the afternoon with them, their son David, his wife Leslie and their daughter, Kayla.

Me and the boys being silly New Year's Eve. I worked all day and came home around 8 pm. We put on our glasses, danced around, toasted the New Year with some juice and went to bed. I guess I already sowed my wild oats...

Jonah and Dante showing off their 'Star Wars' Christmas gifts. Between the Star Wars stuff and Grandma and BoBo's helicopters, they were in heaven!

Me and the boys on Christmas Eve, after Mass. They each opened one gift, we sat around the tree, listened to music and enjoyed each other. (and the prospect of Santa coming was pretty thrilling, too!)

Dante and Jonah Christmas morning. They were so excited! For me and Allan, the best part was watching them each pick presents for each other to open and to generally be excited for each other when opening gifts. It wasn't just a mad dash of strewn paper and screams-they very carefully opened gifts and enjoyed the process, not just the present inside.

Rocket getting in the spirit. Or just being so shaggy he couldn't see the hat to notice it...we got him groomed about a week after this picture. He looks much more dignified when shaggy...he looks pretty prissy after getting groomed. I think he feels pretty silly, too. Poor guy.

The boys at Scripps Encinita's Hospital's annual Children's Christmas Party. It's really a fun time for the kids. Carl Etter, our chief executive officer plays Santa every year. He's a great guy. The boys favorite part besides Santa? Cookies, of course!

Roght before leaving for Church-Christmas Eve Children's Mass at 4:30. I love the Midnight Mass but will have to wait a few more years before the boys will be able to handle it.

Jonah making his own gingerbread house. He was very indignant that Dante got to make one at school with all his friends and he didn't. (well, the DID make one little in preschool, but apparently that wasn't enough...) This was a left over faux gingerbread house (aka-graham cracker...) from Dante's school Gingerbread party.

This is a Christmas Star made out of capiz shells. It is a Filipino tradition, called a Parol. I love it! I think it is so beautiful. Allan's mom brought it with her as a gift the last time she visited. It can be 'programmed' to flash at different intervals. It is really very pretty. And because they are all made out of the shells, there are no two that are ever alike. Lovely!