Saturday, March 31, 2007

Our own Private Park

Our own Private Park
Originally uploaded by warillever.
The weather was amazing today, and we took advantage of it. We went to the town Easter egg hunt this morning, and then played outside this afternoon.

The town park is just a short walk through the woods, and there is rarely anyone else on the back field. Mr warrilever and Agent 002 flew a kite while Agent 004 and I used the mini-batting machine. We may have a good softball player in the making.....

Shamrocks and other Living Things

Originally uploaded by warillever.
I haven't posted any pictures of the shamrocks since I dropped their pot from the counter. They survived the fall, and have been joined by an onion that sprouted in the pantry and two sunflower seeds.

Since I manage to kill all plants, I hope that one of the kids has a green thumb.

He Really Said It

Agent 002:

Mama, when I grow up and become a man, can I plug in the vacuum and clean the floors every day?

Only in my dreams, buddy-boy.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

It's Snowing Again

Just as it was beginning to feel like spring, it snows again.

And I am loving it.

I am Spider Man

You are Spider-Man

Iron Man
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

All is Well in the Universe

Our plumbing is fixed and I am receiving Flylady emails again.

I really am easy to please.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Knee Deep

...well not really knee deep, but the septic system is acting up.

What a way to waste an absolutely beautiful day.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Mud Season is Here!

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

The temperature reached 56 degrees today, which is near tropical in my book. I honestly did not know what to wear outside, so I settled on snow pants, boots, and a long sleeve t-shirt. Despite the heat, the agents wore snowsuits to stay dry, or at least that was the theory -- by the time we came in, they were both soaked anyway -- with a foot of snow on the ground as of this morning, our back yard is slowly becoming a pond, and even the best vinyl can't keep that out.

When we got outside, there was one small patch of ground visible on the south-facing slope. By the time we came in, though, there were two long strips of mud uncovered. Of course that was the result of children sliding down the hill on their backs......

We stayed outside for nearly two hours. It actually felt like summer for a while there.

In case any of you think that all is fun and games at the warillever house, I will tell you that the fun ended suddenly when one Agent's snowsuit got wet from the inside, if you catch my drift.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

What we Look Like

Since I never post photos of our faces, and some of you don't know what we look like, I figured that it would be only fair to post some portraits.

self portrait 004self portrait -- 002me
Agent 004. Notice the "belly button" on her faceHere is Agent 002. He obviously needs a haircutAnd here I am. I will never trim the eyebrows -- they are what makes me me.

Five Alive


...and how it was done:


It is Still Winter

Downhillski lift

Ready to Go
Originally uploaded by warillever.

E is for Elephant

Originally uploaded by warillever.
We don't do many crafts (the agents and I tend to prefer more open-ended projects), but this was just too cute. And since the letter of the week is E, we had to do it.

The template is from First-School, and I pre-cut Agent 004's circles.


YahooGroups has had delivery problems for the past week or so, resulting in inconsistent service. At one point, I received only one message (a response to a message I had not received) in a 24 hour period. Yahoo has finally acknowledged the problem, but doesn't know when they will be able to resolve it.

Until then, I will not get to gab with the homepreschool gals. It is funny how people you have never met start to become part of your daily life. I guess that it is another case of not realizing how much you depend on something until it's gone.

For any of you reading this -- I hope to chat with you soon!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Why Women Lie

....according to Happy Catholic.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Originally uploaded by warillever.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Scientific Method

We just filled three containers of snow.

We put one on the counter, one in the fridge, and one in the freezer.

What will happen?

Agent 002 says that they will melt.

I asked him if they would all be melted by dinnertime. His hypothesis is yes.

We shall see...

(btw -- we did counter/fridge/freezer instead of inside outside
because the temp differential is only a few degrees today -- it is 43
degrees outside, 51 inside. I hypothesize that the snow in our freezer will last longer than the snow in our backyard.)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Gunky Goo

Originally uploaded by warillever.
Lots of sticky fun at our house this morning. This is "gunk" - a combination of cornstarch, water, and food coloring.

It feels like a solid, but then oozes out of your hand.

And makes a mess of the whole kitchen.

Fortunately one of my virtual pals taught me about "sock mopping," and Agent 002 willingly cleaned up after himself. I may have him clean more often -- the floor glistens! All I did was mix water and white vinegar in a pitcher, and pour it little by little onto the floor as Agent 002 skated around the kitchen in his socks.

Rub a Dub Dub - Five Frogs in a Tub

My virtual pals(Heather, Yasmina) have been making boats with their kids this week. The Agents and I joined in on the fun.

Here is our boat
boatIt is a ginger ale bottle with the top third cut off.

After playing for a while, and realizing that even a sinking the boatboat sinks if filled with water, we counted the bath frogs.

1 Little Froggy 1 little froggy
2 little froggies2 Little Froggies
3 Little Froggies3 little froggies
4 little froggies4 Little Froggies
5 Little Froggies5 little froggies

Mom my Ride

HT: Summa Mamas


Originally uploaded by warillever.
Well, not quite shamrocks yet, but they have sprouted.

I took the plastic bag greenhouse off today.

The kids are still interested in watching them grow.

Flybabies Beware!

unshiny sink
Originally uploaded by warillever.
This is what my sink looked like after the Agents made "flubber" and "gunk."

Lots and Lots of Lots of Fun

...means no time to post.

I will try to write the posts, but if you just can't wait, check out our A, B, C, goo, and boat pictures already uploaded to Flicker.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Letter Playground

letter playground
Originally uploaded by warillever.
I wish that I could take credit for this idea, but it was all Agent 002.

He took all of the Fridge Phonics letters, and placed them on the corresponding spot on our "alphabet train." He got a kick out of the way that the letters slid down the folds in the paper.


Originally uploaded by warillever.
Seeds went in on Day 3.

Still nothing.

Wecome Baby PJ!

Cousin F has a baby brother.

M&M are adopting sweet little, few-days-old PJ.

According to the pictures, he is gorgeous.

He pooped three times in the first ten minutes they knew him. Atta boy!

Can't wait to meet him -- M&M will be back in a few days.

Not a Snowday

It might be snowing, but "school" is on here at the warillever homestead.

The kids are on a learning kick, and I am going with it.

Thus far, we have formed letters out of construction paper, cut numbers out of grocery ads, and added crackers.

Dr. Seuss birthday festivities at the library if they open today.

Pictures to come. Of snow, kids, and "school."