Thursday, December 27, 2007

Goodbye Sweet Georgie Girl

Georgie 10 days ago!

We are all stunned. Our dog Georgie died early this morning. She was fine yesterday, running around the neighborhood, badgering other dogs. She ate her dinner & went outside - no problems. At around 9:00pm, I smelled poop - found a pile next to Georgie. I tried to get her to go out and she just lay there, looking at me. She stood up and fell down. I sat on the floor with her and she seemed fine. I thought maybe she had a stomach funk. I put her on a blanket in the kitchen. A few hours later, when I came to check on her, she was dead.
Georgie was a great girl. 9 years ago, I used to drive past a house every day, on my way home from working at a school in the inner city. For weeks I saw a puppy chained to the porch; sometimes I wouldn't see her for days. One day I knocked on the door and asked the person who answered if I could buy her dog. She said "sure, for $80." I offered $40 and she was mine! Georgie had obviously been neglected and abused but she turned into the biggest love dog! She loved the kids and was loved by them.
Thanks for being our friend, Georgie. We'll always love you.

Monday, December 24, 2007

The Eve

As is tradition, we spent Christmas Eve at my sister Anne's house. For the first time EVER we watched videos of past Christmases - I saw my mother for the first time in more than 10 years! Amazing to hear her voice again.
Can you see Analise's front tooth sticking out? It is so loose! Her permanent tooth is coming in but Ana will not pull her baby tooth.

Lewis has 4 teen aged boy cousins although he can't tell one from the other. He discovered Sam today and pretty much stuck to him like glue. On the way home, in the car, Lewis was eating a leftover spanakopita (spinach and feta wrapped in a phyllo triangle). It was the first time he ever tried one. After the first bite he said "YUM, Mama I love this thing. How come you've been keeping them from me?" Strange, par usual.

Elly and her beloved Aunt Suzie. On the way home Elly was chatting up a storm. She said, "Mama, your sister ROCKS!" Silly me to ask which one. SUZIE ROCKS!

Santa left a hopscotch rug for the kids! Gotta do something to get us through these long winters when it's too nasty out to play!

Did you ever hear that famous poem "....and the stockings were placed on the Cheetah girl couch with care, in the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there....."

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Fruity mama

I wonder if this is what I look like when I'm out with all my kids. Who's that extra one anyway?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Spanish websites for kids!

Yoli requested, I deliver!
**Learn Spanish online: Games, activities, and songs
Play, learn and have fun on this site
Art activities for K-3 in Spanish and English
resources for kids in Spanish
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago – interactive games in Spanish
All about Mexico for kids

Monday, December 17, 2007

Yes Barbara, there is a Santa Claus

This is one of those special days, when I know that I am loved by the universe - MY KIDS HAVE SCHOOL AND I DON'T!!!!!!!!! I'm a librarian in our city school district (lots of walkers and snowy side streets) and my kids go to a suburban school. Gotta go savor every minute of the lovely silence.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ya call this a blizzard??

I ran around like a ninny yesterday, getting ready for the big ole blizzard that was due to whack us. We got several inches of snow but it was no blizzard. I was expecting a snow day tomorrow. Now I have to ready myself for a workday. Wahhhhh.
In the afternoon, Analise got everyone to go outside to play.
Lewis immediately plunked himself in a pile of snow and made an angel.

Analise quickly followed suit.

Georgia was so excited to go out front with no leash and just run wild. She LOVES the snow and just wanted to play with the kids.

The snow was too fluffy to make a snowman so they hunted for chunks left behind by the sidewalk plow.

This is the first year that I haven't cut the grasses back in Autumn. They look so pretty when they go to seed and are snowy.

After our outing, which included all the children enthusiastically shoveling....really.....we rolled out some gingerbread dough and made cookies. When they were ready, I was in charge of slapping a little frosting on and the kids decorated them, nice and gaudy!

They were some serious workers, except for Lewis of course, who is sticking a knife in the frosting to lick it off.

It's 12:20 am, I have to get up in 6 hours and go to work!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Ornament Elf

It seems like every time I look at the tree, a new "ornament" has been added! Lewis is undoubtedly the culprit since all the items belong to him, but he denies it every time.
This is one of Lewis' favorite stuffed animals. He goes by the name of "BooBooChicken." His trusted sidekick, "Kennis" the frog, joins him.

The ladybug landed last night. Let's hope it's not one of those serenDIPitous Chinese ladybugs that foretell another child will be joining the family. Excuse me while I go squish the thing.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Ana's recital

Yesterday Ana had a violin recital. After 10 months of Suzuki "twinkles," (learning all the rhythms to the tune of "Twinkle, twinkle, little star"), she has graduated! Her teacher assigned her the first "real" song in book 1 and I wrote out the fingering on a piece of paper for Ana. She has played her new song over and over, so happy to be playing a "big kid" song!

THE Christmas card photo

It was amazingly painless. My new camera rocks, as do my children, who put on their clothes, washed away their boogers, endured me grooming them, and kept smiling while I snapped away. And yes, Lewis is holding a chicken.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Happy Hanukkah!

Why Hanukkah is Better Than Christmas

There's no "Donny & Marie Hanukkah Special"
Eight days of presents (in theory, anyway).
No need to clean the chimney.
There's no latke-nog.
Burl Ives doesn't sing Hanukkah songs.
You won't be pressured to buy Hanukkah Seals.
You won't see, "You're a Putz, Charlie Brown".
No barking dog version of "I had a Little Driedl".
No pine needles to vacuum up afterwards.
Blintzes are cheaper to mail than fruitcakes.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The other side of the tracks

I *think* you could guess your day away before you were correct if you had to imagine where I went today. Lewis saw a motocross commercial on tv and really wanted to go. We decided that everyone should go since Lewis is dragged to girlie events all the time. It was quite the study in the human condition. LOTS of the riders were kids - there was a category of FOUR TO SIX YEAR OLDS. LOTS were girls. We had 2 riders sitting behind us between qualifying races - sisters about 8 & 10. From Ontario Canada! (for my "Northern" friends) What's up with putting your kid on a dirtbike when s/he is FOUR??! When the little kids were racing, Lewis asked me "Do you have to be able to ride a 2 wheeler to drive one of them?" No training wheels allowed Lew!

Wipe-out! The crowd went wild. I cringed.

The reason for the treason! (did I mention I blew $84?)

After about 15 minutes, Elly asked "Can we go yet?"

I think Frances was practicing her "doe in the headlights" look just in case she saw anyone she knew. She liked it a **little** bit.

After TWO AND A HALF HOURS, I insisted we leave. The noise and fumes were gagging me. Just another weekend in Western NY