Sunday, September 26, 2010

Will and the hamster ball...

We went to the Pensacola Seafood Festival Saturday evening, in between rain storms. Will saw these huge, inflatable "hamster balls" and had to have a go. The line was 45 minutes long and it cost $7 for a 5-minute session. But who am I to say "no" to this fabulously scrapbookable opportunity? Xan chose not to try it, but to cheer Will on from outside the wading pool.

We ran in to the Nunez's while we were downtown, and sat down to have a picnic with them while the younger boys ran around like crazy men.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Illinois family visit and Open House

Grandpa Paul and Grandma Peggy arrived for a visit around dinner time on Monday. Will waited "patiently" by the door for them. Aunt Jill arrived Wednesday by plane.

Peggy brought me some pretty green glasses from Aunt Lois' estate sale (Aunt Lois was Rodney's Great Aunt who passed away a year ago.) Peggy thinks they're from around the 1960s. It's nice to have something of hers.

Will's school Open House was tonight, so we headed over to check everything out.

Will is learning how to create PowerPoint presentations....

... his is about Elvis.

Silly bandz are all the rage right now.

Where Will sat for lunch today.

Will faked a speech for these shots... a politician in the making, perhaps??

Will's project was one of five selected to be hung up in the art room. We almost didn't stop in to this classroom - so glad we did!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bands and big slides

Will got a 100 percent on his spelling test this week. It looks like his studies are back on track and he says he likes this school better than his old school. Mission accomplished. Xan had his first homework this week. He was studying the letters M and G and had to find magazine pictures that started with a letter M.This was due on a night I had class, so the pictures came out of a hunting magazine, two of the pictures were a hunter (man) and a (mule) deer.

Saturday, the boys were dropped off bright and early at the Nunez's house so that Rodney could go run some bridges for charity and I could participate in the Pen Air Habitat for Humanity team. I learned how to do roofing, siding and soffing (?), the ventilation stuff that goes under eaves. Yes, I was on a roof with a nail gun. Be very afraid.

Sunday morning, the boys were practicing their instruments with the help of the Wii Lego Rock Band.

Later on, the Nunez's came over for dinner, bringing their large, inflatable slide with them. It was a huge hit.

Today Will told Rodney:

"I am really glad my Mom is my Mom, but I really wish she was country so I could be all-the-way country, not just half country."

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Quiet Grandparent's Day Weekend

Xan came home on Friday with this picture that he made. Since there was only one photo and several grandparents, we figured this blog version would be the most fair.

Will got a 100 on this week's spelling test. Amazingly, consistent studying through the week really works!

We had poker night on Friday, and both Rodney and I left with more money than we came in to the game with, so that's always a good thing.

Saturday was a pretty quiet day. We went to my friend Brynn's house for wings for her birthday and Rodney found 5-month-old twin boys to play with, Ryder and Archer. It's a bad picture, thanks to my iPhone, but you get the idea.

Today Rodney had duty, so the boys and I hung around the house. We Skyped with cousins Katie and drew in Arizona for a little while, and plan to go visit Dad at work a little later. The season finale of my favorite show comes on at 8 p.m., so the boys will be in bed by then. Cleaned up the house a bit, did some laundry and got ready for a new week!

Monday, September 06, 2010

A lovely long weekend...

The Guthrie's made the most of the long weekend - sleeping and resting being paramount. But, we did manage to do lots of fun stuff.

Friday night we had dinner at our favorite restaurant, Cactus Flower, at Will's request. Pen Air paid for it since I had reached a particular goal at work. There may not be such a thing as free lunch, but there is free dinner!

Will also brought home his first fundraiser for the year. You and others in your household may have gotten an email regarding this - he got an extra gift if he emailed 10 people. If you would like to order, just go to and use student ID #204267 when you shop. Just so you know, he has his eye on an iPod Touch and he only needs to sell 300 items to get that. Your help is appreciated. :)

Will has also been working hard on his spelling this weekend. He hasn't been doing so well on it, but the words did get a little tougher this year: restaurant, tongue, especially, permission, graduate. Rodney was thrilled that he managed to take the spelling test and get them all right. We knew it was a risky thing to do in front of the kids!

However, he did get a beginning-of-the-year reading test to see where he was at and I am pleased to say he reads at the same level as a fourth grader, six months in to the school year (4.6). He ranks in the 84th percentile nationally and is encouraged to read books in the 3.2-5.1 grade levels.

On Saturday we checked out the T&W Fleamarket here in Pensacola. A lot of people had raved about it, ad it is only open on Saturdays. It was OK, a little hot and there wasn't much of the things I like to shop for, but Will and Xan were each allowed to spend $5 to get toys. Will also found Pokemon sheets, ad since you never know when you will find those, and he was uber-excited, we bought them. $10 seemed reasonable to me.

Later that afternoon we had a barbecue at our house and invited Rodney's cousin Rachelle and her family over, and his fellow Marine friends Mark and Joy and their family. The kids all played very well, at Rodney's hamburgers, steak and wings were a hit. Also a big hit was my manicurist's deer egg rolls. Rodney had given her some of his deer meat since I don't particularly care for it, and she gave him some egg rolls to fry in return. Everyone thought they were wonderful. They were gone before I had a chance to try them.

Kayden, Emma, Will and Abby play ball while Xan rolls around in the background.


Emma and Abby

Rachelle and Brooke

Rachelle and Kurt

We spent a lot of the weekend watching movies. There seemed to be a theme: space. We watched Avatar (Ripley took advantage of the kids lounging on the floor) and Planet 51 at home.

This afternoon we used up the last of my Pen Air awards and went to the movies. The kids wanted to see Despicable Me, which was only available in 3D due when we wanted to see it (Internet glitch) and was pretty funny. We got a laugh right away when we saw the kids in their 3D glasses. I think Xan looks a little bit like George Burns.

Oh, and by the way, Uncle Fester now lives here.