For months Lydia told me she wanted a Cinderella cake with M-n-M's. I wasn't sure how I would pull that off, but found this figurine (it's really a bank) in the dollar bin and just used the M-n-M's that matched. She was happy with it.
Lydia is wearing her most favorite purple party dress.
The Italian translation of "Happy Birthday" is Buon Compleanno, but Italians usually don't say this to you on your birthday. Instead, they say Tanti Auguri, which means "Many Good Wishes."
We have no Italian in us but for last night we were all Italian as we celebrated Monica's sweet 16th birthday with an Italia themed party. What could be better? Monica loves lasagna, sparkling non-alcoholic wine looks pretty, decorating is easy (Italy's flag is red, white and green, you can use lots of Christmas things) and candles. With Italian music and the warmest, lovliest, most gracious girls ever, the party was magnifico!
Blaise and Alex good natured-ly donned chef's hats and served the girls for which they were rewarded with a round of applause.
Dominic is the big eight. He is one of the hardest working, funnest loving eight year olds ever. He hardly plays with toys, he wants tools. I fear coming out one day to find the engine removed from one of our cars.
For years he has been asking for a BB gun. He had gun safety and target practice at cub scout camp this summer so he received the BB gun for his birthday. He has been excellent about following our safety rules. He enjoys using his math papers for target practice after school.
He also received Legos to promote sibling bonding.
Every now and then I get a quiet-ish day to catch up on lesson planning and organizing type work. That seems to be the only blogging time as well. Here is September!
"Look Mom, here he is!"
Kevin Sr., Lydia, and I made a road trip to visit Kevin J. for parents weekend at Christendom College. I had to reassure myself that he is not starving, wearing dirty clothes or living as a hermit at school. He is happy, healthy and enjoying himself. It's all good.
We are looking forward to his first week home soon. We miss him so much!
Blaise turned 12 the day after we got back home.
He received a low temperature sleeping bag since those hardy boy scouts camp out all year.
In our family, when you turn ten years old your bedtime is later and you may watch the Lord of the Rings movies... if you have read the books. The tenth birthday is a big milestone here!
Regina has arrived and we celebrated with her friend Lily and cousin Will. After the cake and gifts and the little kids unceremonious banishment to bed, we began watching The Fellowship of the Ring. It's always a delight to watch it with the fresh eyes of someone who has only read the books.
We celebrated Blaise's 11th birthday last week. What a great kid! He jokes, he cooks, he sings (very nice voice) and he makes coffee. He even brings coffee to us in bed sometimes! Not mention that he is an awesome archer, lego builder and boy scout.
I do not remember why we were doing birthday pie in the living room...