Almost Wordless Wednesday: 5 Year Anniversary

Today marks five years that Jason and I have been a part of raising the boys. At the time, we had no idea that we would eventually be called “Mom” and “Dad” by these two little boys. But one thing was for sure, we were willing to do anything, include move 3,000 miles, to bring these boys happiness.

Today, I can’t even imagine life without them. We love you, Anthony & Ethan.



Wordless Wednesday (First Day of School)

Retro Wordless Wednesday: A Dad and His Boys

“The Giver” By Lois Lowry. Reviewed By Ethan

On 6/16/11 I finished the giver. I will tell you what each main character learns. Joanas learns not to run from anything. Asher learns not to be late. Fiona learns to be nice to everybody.

The book has a slow beginning because there was no action. However, the middle had a lot of events. The end of the book wasn’t that good because it left me hanging.

I feel everybody should read this book. Jonas’s dad reminds me of mygrandma beacause he’s a nurse. If you see this book you should pick it up and read it.

Friday Five (a little different)

Five Signs that our Kids are growing up too0 quickly!

1. Walking: It may only be a few steps at a time without quickly grabbing hold of something, but Keira is up and moving and shows no signs of sitting back down.

2. Humor: Anthony is starting to study and master the fine art of Sarcasm.

3. Reading: Ethan is reading and understanding books way beyond his reading level. He is currently reading “Two Towers” by Tolkien.

4. Food: Keira is more and more interested in eating solids rather than her bottle and she LOVES to feed herself and make a mess for Daddy and Mommy to clean up. She’ll at least try anything you put on her plate. She may slip it to the dogs if she doesn’t like it but she’ll at least try it.

5. Girls!! The boys may not admit it, but I know what’s coming. I’ve been there. Girls come around and their pre-teen brain turns to gooo. People kiss on TV and they are no longer covering their eyes and looking away. They take side ways glances out the corner of their eyes at the Victoria’s Secret catalog before I get a chance to throw it away!

Snapshot of Life: Date with my Boys

I promised my kids their date. I had delayed it weeks, trying to catch up on life after working long hours. But I had started to feel guilty that the boys just weren’t getting their due time. So, I planned a secret date. With Jason working the weekend, I roped my sister into watching baby Keira. She was looking forward to getting some Auntie time. I piled the boys into my car and drove off.

“Where are we going, Mom?”

“It’s a surprise.”

The entire way, the boys guessed where we were going, all judging by which way the car was traveling. “We’re going to church! Wait, no… Starbucks. Really, Mom – Starbucks??”

“Surprise!” I answered sarcastically and onward I drove.

I pulled into the roller rink and instantly the boys lit up. “Roller-skating!!!!!!!!!” and we giggled as we poured out of the car and raced into the building. We walked up to the booth to inquire on pricing.

“Oh, well… we’re closing in 8 minutes.” Crap. I totally forgot to call ahead and find out their hours. “But we’re opening again in about an hour.” Whew!

I turned to the boys and smiled, “I guess we’ll just have to go get lunch.” What a great time to sit and talk and catch up with each other. We were able to talk about their friends at school, how they’re enjoying being big brothers and why they personally thought that they should eat more “healthily”, as they ordered their milkshakes. After an hour had passed, we headed back to the roller rink.

Ready to Roll

The boys clipped on their rollerblades as I laced up my rollerskates. They watched intently as kids younger than them did spins on the floor. “Wow! That kid is good.” I twitched nervously. My boys had been rollerskating only once or twice before and never rollerblading. Was this really a good idea…?

They got onto the floor and BOOM! Down on the ground they both went. Well, I guess this isn’t going to be a completely leisurely stroll. Anthony went on, taking the theory that if he just moved as fast as possible, he’d be too fast to fall down. I helped Ethan back up and tried to scoot him along, holding his hand or arm if he faltered. Eventually, he gained his confidence and went on without me.

BOOM! I skated to the side and looked back. He was laughing! “Oh man, this is going to leave a BRUISE!” I smiled and continued on.

After an hour of skating around, I was worn out. I don’t remember skating taking this much energy as a teenager! I sat down on the bench and watched them continue to skate and do the limbo on the roller rink floor. Eventually, they both were worn out, too – just in time for us to leave to relieve my sister of her baby sitting duties.

“Thanks for taking us rollerskating, Mom,” Anthony said on the drive home.

“Yeah – that was a lot of fun!!” Ethan added, as he rubbed his bruised knees.

Time Capsule #4 (History Test)

It is time to find out just how much history the boys understand with some basic questions. What is even funnier is asking Kirsten some of these questions I’ve included some of her responses as well. Mind you she is putting in 10+ hour work days 7 days a week right now so her brain is a little…shall we say taxed. Afterward she stuck out her tongue and said “what do you know about international tax regulation?” to which I hid under the covers and cowered like a baby. 😉

Question 1:  List in order the first five Presidents of the United States of America.

Anthony : 1. George Washington 2. John Adams 3. Thomas Jefferson 4. James Madison 5. John Quincy Adams

Ethan: 1. George Washington 2. John Adams 3. Quincy Adams 4. George Bush 5. Sponge Bob

Kirsten : 1. George Washington 2. John Adams 3. Thomas Jefferson… Monroe somebody.

Dad: Anthony so Close! number 5 should be James Monroe then John Quincy Adams is 6th.

Dad: Ethan you have two of the five up there. John Quincy Adams was 6th. The other two Bush and Bob are not any of the first five or founding fathers.

Question 2: Which presidents currently appear on the $10 $20, and 100 bills

Anthony: 1. $10 – no idea 2. $20 – no idea 3. $100 – Ben Franklin

Ethan: 1. $10 – Quincy Adams 2. $20 – John Adams 3. $100 – Sponge Bob

Kirsten: 1. $10 – Jefferson 2. $20 Adams 3. $100 Benjamin Franklin

Anthony & Ethan: $10 – Alexander Hamilton, $20 – Andrew Jackson, $100 – Benjamin Franklin

Question 3: Who was in charge of war planing for the British during WWII (hint think Doctor who season 5 in the bunker with the Dalek’s. History learned from Dr. Who folks.)

Anthony: Minster Winston

Ethan: Winston Noah

Dad: You both got half of it. Winston Churchill. Anthony he was indeed a Prime Minster in the British government but he would have been Prime Minster Churchill.

Question 4: Name one of the countries the Nile River runs through.

Anthony: Egypt

Ethan: Egypt

Dad: Good job both of you. Understanding Geography is a key to a good understanding of history.

Question 5: Which came first the Greek Empire or the Roman Empire?

Anthony : Greek

Ethan: Greek

Kirsten: Turkish?!

Dad: Right and Right. Many of the Greek ideas influenced the Roman empire and even out modern republic we live in.

Question 6: What event cause d the U. S. A. to enter into WWII

Anthony: That Bombing…

Ethan: Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Dad: Anthony I know you are prenting not to know so I’ll have to take you on a field trip to Hawaii right. 😉 Ethan great job, not only did you get the event, but the players in the event as well.

Question 7: Please put the following wars in correct chronological order: World War II, Vietnam War, Revolutionary War, World War I, Koren War and Civil War

Anthony: 1. Revolutionary War 2. Civil War 3. World War I 4. World War II 5. Koren War 6. Vietnam War

Ethan: 1. Revolutionary War 2. Civil War. 3. Korean War 4. World War I 5. World War II 6. Vietnam War

Dad: Antony you have a good grasp of time! Chronological order of time is the second key to understanding history. Ethan you were so close, but in truth we hardly talk about the Korean War. The Korean war happened after the two World Wars. Maybe we should have a sit down and talk to Papa about it. It happened while he was growing up.

Question 8: Name two of the USA’s Allies During World War II

Anthony: Russia and France

Ethan: Russia and Britain

Dad: Correct! Later the five major countries in the Allies would form the five permeate seats in the security council of the United Nations Charter.  The U.N. Charter is one of the most important documents of our time. People may not see it yet but we are becoming more and more of a global identity through media and technology.

“We the peoples of the United Nations determined: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, And for these ends: to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples, Have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims: Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.”

Question 9: What type of system of government do we have in the USA? Monarchy, Oligarchy, Democracy, Dictatorship?

Anthony: Democracy

Ethan: Democracy

Dad: Yes are a democratic republic.

Question 10: In what year did Columbus sail the ocean blue?

Anthony 1642

Ethan: 1602

Dad: In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. If he had been that late in sailing maybe the native populations might have had a fighting chance.

Question 11: What year did we first step foot on the Moon?

Anthony: 1967

Ethan: 1952

Dad: Apollo 11 landed the first humans on the moon July 20th 1969. I hope beyond hope that we get our butts in gear and get back up there in some way soon. Then we have so many moons around the other planets to explore!

Question 12: What was the first state in America

Anthony: Delaware

Ethan: Delaware

Dad: Ding ding ding.

Questions 13: Australia was first used by the British as a ________ Colony

Anthony: Slave

Ethan: Whalers

Dad: The first colony in Australia was a Prison colony.

Dad: As a Social Science Ed major I’m proud of both of you. Your knowledge of not only what events happened, but also WHY they happened is wonderful. We need to not only remember the past to stop it from happening again but understand what lead up to those events. I just hope I don’t bore you to death with all the history I want to teach you. I’ll always try to keep it interesting and relevant. If you ever have any questions about history just ask. If the question has to do with math go ask your mom.

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