Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I personally feel like the day is just as normal as any other day and Halloween is not what I can't wait for. I'm not even looking forward to being jostled around by strangers. I personally hate it when a person in a costume comes to our door with a Halloween bag the size of Santa Claus' and demands candy, then goes and dumps the entire bag inside a car and comes out with a fresh one and continues on for more. Also when you see a university student with a costume and a bag. This should be my last Halloween and for all the Halloweens after that, I'll jut mooch off the little boys.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
It was then that I realized my mistake. This wasn't Peter. It was Ralph, who looks a lot like Peter. Ralph is an economist.
This leaves me with two questions.
1. Didn't he think it odd that I was calling him Peter?
2. What did he think I meant when I said that all my friends that go to him love his work?
Matt took him aside & said, "Do you know what the ancient Roman Empire & McDonald's have in common?" Dave didn't know. Matt told him, "they are both striving for world domination." Dave's jaw dropped.
Also there was sensitivity on the same molar on the upper row. Turns out that is going to be with me the rest of my life. Bummer.
We haven't bee getting very many comments lately. Matt has written some very interesting things about World War II and would love you to respond.
Monday, October 29, 2007
- spare player in case someone got hurt.
There was a lot of holding the ball but that was all. They tied zero zero and nobody cried so it was a win win deal.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Chapter 1 - Weapons
#1 The German Tanks. The tank was very famous (obviously). The Germans used it in the Blitzreig strategy. Their tanks were: Pantzer I, Pantzer II, Pantzer III, Pantzer IV, and King Tiger tank. The King Tiger tank was the worst. At the battle of Kursk in the Soviet Union, the Germans lost badly. This is because the King Tiger tank was the biggest tank. When they fired the King Tiger tank, the small Soviet T-34 tanks surrounded them quickly. The King Tiger tank would often get stuck - in rubble/mud or other obstacles. It was not useful. Soviet soldiers could easily get inside the King Tiger tank, grab the ammunition, and give it to the T-34s. Then it was one-sided from then on. The Soviets won the Battle of Kursk. The Germans didn't use the King Tiger Tanks after that.
#2 The Allied Tanks. The best tank of the war was the American M4 Sherman tank. The second best was the T-34 Soviet tank. The Allied tanks were smaller and faster. They could shoot faster too. In World War I the code name for tanks was "little Willie". You may find that a little rude but I didn't name them that! (Note to parents: just don't tell you kids about the little Willies.)
#3 Sniper Rifles. Sniper rifles were very effective in city battles - like the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of Leningrad. Snipers could pick off enemy troops one by one. The snipers would hide behind rubble and sometimes even IN rubble so they wouldn't be spotted. Sometimes they used flashless gunpowder to conceal their hiding spots.
#4 Machine Guns. These were originally used in WWI and were very effective. In WWI they were carried on their backs. They had a tripod, but WWII machine guns didn't. They were just like sniper rifles, but didn't shoot as far. They were easy to shoot if an enemy was moving towards you in a direct assault. If you shot at them in this situation, you would kill a lot of them.
Richard Simmons is possibly the funniest person I have ever seen. I went onto his website because I heard about him somewhere and I found this video. Click Here to see his website video. The first time I watched this video, I laughed. I laughed harder the second time I watched it. It got old around the tenth time around.
I don't really have much to blog about so I am going to say Adios for now
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
So, let the game begin!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
In our house it is time to turn on the heat. We are trying to see how long we can go without using the heat to cut the electricity bill. We are doing pretty well until today when I woke up this morning it was the end of the line for me I get eczema on my legs when I am cold and its pretty bad right now so now I will be,
1. using two blankets
2. curling up into a ball when I sleep
3. only going outside with warm pants on
4. doing as much homeschooling in bed as I can
5. live through the winter
Monday, October 22, 2007
I feel like giving you guy's a re account of my day. I woke up to the sound if sweet silence. But not for long as soon as I stretched out on the bed I herd a noise that horrible throbbing noise that only comes from alarm clock's that are in Katelyn's room. I thot that Katelyn was in her room and that she would turn it of or if she was not it would turn of on its own. But no it kept on throbbing and throbbing and throbbing and throbbing so I stumbled in to Katelyn's room ( which is strictly forbidden) and pressed the snooze button. Then I stumbled back into bed but when I lay down I did not feel right then I remembered the laundry! I got out of bed put my clothes on and rushed upstairs. After I helped mom put out the laundry I did my school work and after mom left I took the boys to the park. With a PVC pipe for a game this is the game
- get Matt and Sam to close there eyes
- push PVC pipe in ground and bury as much as you can
- give Matt and Sam 2 hints to were the pipe is
- let Matt and Sam try to find it
- take turns
but when Matt's turn came he would not give us the proper hints. so I ended up dragging him home because he would not dig the pipe up. Then I told dad and dad told Matt to go get the pipe when Matt came back I was waiting for him to get the pipe he ran up the driveway and hurled it at me not what I expected
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I have nothing else to blog about!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I know that she is happy now because she is in Heaven. But I am sad because Dominic & his wife Ruth & their other 5 children are sad. It is sad that she died in Canada. It would have been nice for her to be surrounded by her family in Uganda when she died. She was a very very sweet girl.
We were somewhat comforted that our friend Eva who died in the spring will be there to welcome Dorcas to Heaven. Eva will gladly & beautifully take on the role of Dorcas' mother. That made us smile. We had fun imagining Eva (who was Polish) and Dorcas wearing Ugandan dresses & singing & dancing together with big smiles on their faces.
Dorcas made me think about how much poverty there is in Uganda - that it is much worse to be poor in Uganda. She came to Canada to have heart surgery here because it wasn't available in Uganda. In fact, they didn't even have the equipment to diagnose that her heart was damaged until she was 17.
I can't wait to see her in Heaven someday.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
2. On Saturday night we went to a SMU hockey game. Our team won easily - so easily that even the players got bored. Our kids & the kids of the hockey coaches made up for their boredom by climbing up & down through the empty stands & playing tag, while screaming. No one seemed to mind.
3. Today was the beginning of "Celebrate Katelyn's 16th birthday week." We made a fancy picnic of hummus and carrots, bean salad, greek salad, & amazing goat cheese covered in cinnamon & cranberries. Then we went hiking along a narrow path right by the ocean. Ron stayed with our picnic stuff because his back hurts when he hikes. The kids decided to spice things up by playing hide & seek along the narrow path. Suddenly on the way back Sam said, "Mommy. I can't find Matt. He was hiding but that was a long time ago." I wasn't sure what to do - had I seen him go ahead of us? My full stomach had induced a semi-coma & I just couldn't remember. We decided to keep moving & see if Ron had seen him. We got back to Ron but there was no Matt in sight. I asked Ron if he had seem Matt. He yelled for Matt. Fifty feet away Matt emerged from behind a tree & said, "I won! You didn't find me." After all that excitement it was time for Torte. Katelyn has recently given up gluten because it gives her eczema. So I had made this flourless torte - 12 oz of chocolate, 1.5 c of chocolate, 3/4 c. orange juice, 2 Tbsp. of Grand Marnier & 6 eggs. It is very very rich & heavy & decadent & delicious. I poured a sauce of sugar & pureed raspberries over the top. So yummy. Then we packed up & came home because Ron had work to do.
4. But wait! We weren't finished with playing. I grabbed some work that I could do in the park, Katelyn grabbed her homework & we headed off to another park where the kids played grounders. Just as we were leaving two men & a little boy came to the park. One man was explaining to the other that they had taken out the swing set because they decided it wasn't safe anymore. He said, "everything has to be so safe these days. Pretty soon we won't have any playgrounds at all." I said, "Yes. We had all that old playground equipment as kids & we were OK. The man said jokingly, "well, we are the ones that survived."
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
The playground is near an ice rink & today there was snow dumped at the edge of the playground. The kids thought this was great. They made mini-snow men, had little snowball fights, etc. Suddenly we saw a 70 ish man yelling & pointing his finger at the kids. I called out, "is there a problem with the snow?" (What could the problem be? Were they planning to re-use it?). He didn't hear me but moved closer to the kids & started yelling at them not to play with the snow. I ran over & said, "sir, is there a problem with the snow?". He said, "I don't want them playing with the snow on the playground." I couldn't really understand ... I thought he was afraid the wood chip "floor" would get wet. I said, "but it will rain". He said, "yes, but it isn't raining now." I said, "I'm sorry sir. I don't understand." He said, "they were putting snow on the slides & they made them wet." I asked the kids later about this & they hadn't put snow on the slides. But they were GUILTY of playing with the snow on the playground. He then turned to me and said sternly, "we have 24 hour cameras on this area." I suddenly got it. First, he assumed we were hoodlums. Second, he had been looking at the security cameras & saw something that wasn't really there (kids putting snow on slides - though I don't see why this would be so bad since it was a sunny day & snow would evaporate).
We left because both the kids & I were quite upset. I don't think I could have said anything to the man to convince him that we weren't hoodlums. It is unfortunate that this volunteer is the one manning the security cameras. I don't think Home Depot had in mind an unwelcoming space where kids get yelled at for playing with snow that is left right beside the playground area.
Monday, October 01, 2007
So this morning she goes for pre-op testing & tomorrow morning at 10 am she will have heart surgery. Please pray whatever comes to mind - you can imagine what this is like for her, her dad who is with her, & her mom & 5 siblings at home in Uganda. Our friend Camille will be doing the surgery - pray for her too. She is quite pregnant & having a lot of back pain. The operation will be long & of course Camille will have to stand up for all of it. Dorcas will be convalescing for a month.Camille would consider the post-op period as important as the surgery period.