Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bens school trip

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Birthday Ben

This is one of the water rides at sea World, you come flying down the ramp into the water, and it sprays more on the spectators standing here, than the people in the boat. Ben loved it , as did Alex. i am obviously getting old and boring because I stayed out of the way, sitting on the wall watching, photographing and holding the bags.

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Shamu show

Here we ate.. In the splash zone!!!

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Ben's choice for lunch

We are 2 miles from SeaWorld.. And early, so grabbing a quick lunch at TGI Fridays, we did go into IHOP, but the queue was unbelievable.. So Ben's second choice was here.. Just noticed that Alex has odd socks on..oh well not a lot I can do about that now.. They will both be wet soon anyway once they go on the rides..

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

guess what is coming

Witches flying past on broomsticks,
Black cats leaping here and there,
White-robed spooks on every corner,
Mournful moaning in the air,

Goblins peering out of windows
Spirit-things that rap and run-
But don't be scared-it's just October,
Having one last hour of fun! 
everywhere is being decorated now, banks, doctors, schools, houses..will post more pictures soon

How did so much time pass

I  can not believe that I have not managed to put anything on the blog..although life has been crazy for weeks..Why did I have so many children..all doing different things..ahhh.

Well school has started, cara is in her freshman year, and seems to be enjoying campus life, although the system here says your first year must be MAths, English a language and US she is NOT enjoying college algebra, and 5 hours of Spanish a week is proving interesting..but she is hanging in there.

Jack is now junior, and we ahve just had to pay $?? silly dollars for his graduation ring..i mean really, a graduation ring. If any of you thought this was a simple process-wrong- the options were a nightmare to start with-Step 1-choose your ring collection ( you can have womens and mens styles to match), step 2-choose your metal quality and can go upto gold 18k ( for all of you wondering. no Jack does not have a gold ring..white or yellow!!!), step 3-chose your engraving ( initials, signature, full name), step 4-  chose your palmside( yes I had to be told what that was..polished or hand sculptured, step 5- choose your stone( Jack is emerald, apparently that is May) step 6- i hope you are alls till reading...choose your stone cut..4 choices, step 7- addition stone options--because you can have more than one stone....step8-choose your PRIDESIDE..well then you have over 500 options..everything you can think off to be proud off..from sports, to clubs, to subjects, to jersey numbers, zodiac, letters, activities, careers, pride flags, spirit, Jack went with the Union Jack..oh was a real eye opener for us. In fact the fact he wanted one was also a shock..but there you go..parents can be wrong..

Alex and Ben have started school with enthusiasm, although Ben is true to character and comes out everyday and says he has had a terrible day..worst off his life..but we ignore him and by the time we have cycled home, he is full of the great things he has done.

Alex has a new teacher to the school, and his first male teacher, but he is very fact he came out of school on his first day saying teh year was going to be great, as the teachers expectations were so low it was going to be a GREAT year..but on discussing what he had done that day, he had worked, but not seen it that way, and Mr Hickeson seems to have that ability. Alex's is still loving school and is learning, but feels it is a great year. I know the pressure on him this year is huge, he is not noticing the tests and requirements as a problem, from a mothers Mr Hickerson..

Allan is working hard..well i would write that, just in case anyone from ARM should read this..but he is, and seems to be enjoying life in Austin..why wouldn't he with such a great family around him. We have reduced some of his worries..for example we have spent all his money so he does not need to worry about investments, we keep him exhausted so he does not have to worry about trying to get to sleep and we have a 'honey do' list, so he does not have to worry about remembering what jobs around the house need doing. He must be proud of us all.

we are heading for Ben's birthday, thanksgiving and Christmas, so lots of food to cook and friends to see, all fun.
Anyway, i had better get on with prepping for a card class I am running tomorrow..but just needed to put something on the blog.