jasmine had a project in her english class where she got to pick something important to her family and do a presentation in class about it…so she picked brazil. i made brigadeiros (a brazilian dessert/candy) for the class, and freddy downloaded some brazilian music for them to listen to. she brought some brazilian money, and the soccor jersey we brought back from our honeymoon…she did a great job! i snuck in this picture without her knowing… but she about shot me when she looked up and saw me take this one! (i’m such a mom, what can i say? sorry jas:)
Archive for October, 2008
all you texas folk are going to think i’m dumb for not knowing about attics…but for those of you who don’t live in texas, you may not know that most of the houses here don’t have basements…at least here in the dallas area. i thought that was so strange, having lived in utah all my life, where everybody has a basement. i guess the dirt here is more like bedrock/clay, making it nearly impossible to dig through. so most of the houses start at ground level, making storage space in the house a little scarce (thus the need for an attic).
so being ignorant to the attic fact, i did my best to consolidate all our stuff and de-junk when we moved in, but it still made the garage (what i thought was our only storage space), pretty cluttered.
so helping me think of solutions, fredgie suggested that we build a shed, or put some shelves up in the garage. we talked for a bit about how we could go about it, and then he stopped for sec and said, “wait, i think we have an attic.”
well sure enough, just like the one on christmas vacation where clark griswold gets stuck when everybody goes christmas shopping…we have our own little attic, stairs and all.
he never had any use for an attic before we moved in (his junk consists of one box full of old baseball cards, high school year books, and mission photos), and i’ve only lived in an apartment in texas, so i didn’t really know that they were a standard thing here.
so now i’m happy to say that all our “junk” is neatly stowed in its own little place in the second wing of our house above the garage. now i can send my hubby up there to get christmas decorations and “accidently” close the door and pretend like i don’t know where he is:)
so this is a picture of the kids up in the attic (their “new house”) the first thing van said was “mom, go get your camera and take a picture of us up here!” (he knows i never miss a chance at a cute pic:) they thought it was so cool, going up and down the stairs of their new house. they requested that i bring their dinner up to them so they could eat it in their “kitchen”…they played up there for hours!
so jasmine came to me one day and asked me for some money. i said, well you can EARN some money, how about doing a job? she wasn’t too interested in that, and decided instead to look through her room for things she didn’t want anymore, so she could make herself a little “store”. she set up a table out front and put prices on all her items. i was so impressed, she sat out there ALL day…at least 8 hours, coming in just to eat or go to the bathroom. she ended up making about 10$…half of which came from the dude next store who bought himself a .50 cent barbie for 5$ (nice guy). pretty sure she bought a webkinz with her money:)
fredgie and his bro johnny joined a fall softball league, so we get to hang at the ballpark on friday nights… the kids have so much fun running around and cheering for our boys!
savannah watched van get his picture taken holding a chip by the fence and couldn’t be left out:)
fredgie’s #1 fan (besides me of course)