Sunday, February 26, 2012


Remember my mentioning Caitlin and her sense of fashion?
Jon and I woke up on Sabbath morning to see Caitlin dressed in Dominic's clothes.
I thought it was adorable. But when I pulled out the camera to take a picture, my camera loving model was NOT happy.
 She actually ran to her bedroom.
 But, to her dismay, I followed. She kept turning her head and trying to hide it under the covers, but I'd tell her to pose for just a few more pictures.
 If you don't stop, I might cry.
 Too late - I'm crying.
Later when I asked her why she didn't want me to take her picture, she said it was because she didn't look pretty. Oh heaven help me!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shaving Heads

This February was the annual Scholastic Book Fair at Dominic's school. Now if you know me at all or have read even a couple of my blog posts, you will know how much I love (adore, obsess, drool, etc) anything book related.
Every year the teachers come up with a crazy idea to convince the children parents to spend more money at the book fair. Every dollar spent benefits the school with money and books for the library. So it's a win-win. Last year we duct taped Dominic's teacher to a wall. This year the principle decided to take ideas from the students. They chose him getting a Mohawk if we raised a certain amount of money.
Because of several different things our budget wasn't as big this year. After some sighs and mutterings from me, I accepted the fact and moved on. 
Then on Friday as I was picking up Dominic (and some girls I was babysitting) I realized I was the last parent to pick up kids. I asked the principle if we had met our goal. He gleefully told me we were short. I asked how much and ran out to the car to place a call to my dear husband to ask if we could please, please swing just a bit more. We wouldn't want to disappoint the children, would we?!
I wish I could have captured the look on his face when I walked back in the door with my checkbook. =)
So today was the head shaving party. It was snowing so there weren't as many people as last year, but it was enough to give the principle a nice Mohawk.

Notice his cape? It's Dominic's child size. 
The principle is over 6 feet tall. Very cute. =)
 My husband got the honor of clipping.
 Apparently it was decided not to shave his head, just cut it super short.
He IS the principle of our school after all. =)
 The kids LOVED this.
 We have the best teachers at our school. Not many teachers/principles have this level of dedication and love for their school and students. The parents are as in love with them as the students are.
So thankful to be blessed with the Whites at Algood Christian.
Aren't they the cutest couple - even if one of them does have a Mohawk?! =)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Silly Boy

A couple of days ago we were all eating supper. Jon and I were talking about various things and for the most part the kids were just listening and eating.
I mentioned that I couldn't ever have a cleaning lady because I enjoyed most of the housework. It was just a couple of things like cleaning the tub and vacuuming. So it would seem silly to have someone come over for those two things and nothing else. I then listed a few that were actually enjoyable to do.
Dominic pipes in with this serious observation -
"I like to vacuum, eat and draw."
Then he, just as seriously, returned to eating.
Jon and I couldn't help it. We busted up laughing. I doubt he ever realized why we were laughing.
I am so going to add eating to my chore list. It will be a new favorite. =)

Today Dominic gets into the car with a very red cheek. He did his crazy dance* and then proceeded to tell me about his TERRIBLE day.
It went something like this -
He hit his cheek on something while waiting on me to pick him up.
His friend accidentally hit him in the mouth with a tennis racket.
He smashed his finger on something.
Something else that involved a tennis ball and some pain.
He got confused about where to put something and got in trouble for it.
His friend ratted him out about something he swears he didn't do.
I didn't come to hot lunch. (I have only come one time and haven't since. It's during Caitlin's gymnastics and he ignored me the 1st time so I wasn't sure he even noticed. =) )
One of his classmates threw away something that was on his desk. He, for some reason, wasn't able to retrieve it.
I listened and we talked about his day. I tried to bring home the point of what tattling felt from the other end since he's usually the one doing the ratting out. I'm pretty sure it sailed right over his head, because he kept mentioning how terrible his day was.
We get out of the car and the poor guy trips and falls almost on his face. He goes to the mailbox to check the mail and the mailbox door falls and hits him in the head.
I felt so sorry for the poor kid that I let him eat a piece of his Valentine candy.
He has a book about a boy having a terrible, rotten, no-good day.
I think today qualifies. Since chocolate always makes my day a bit brighter I thought I'd see if candy would work for him. His day has gotten considerably brighter. =)

*I thought I'd blogged about this so was going to put a link to my post. But in looking for it I realized I've never described his craziness when he gets into the car.
Each day that I pick him up he gets into the car with as much noise as possible. He then proceeds to attack something - the window, the seat, his sister. This is accompanied by loud and often strange noises. He will then do all sorts of weird gyrations while he talks very loudly. I will pull out of the way of the next parent and wait for him to put his seat belt on. Usually he tries to do this with his backpack on. Which requires him to put it on since he gets into the car holding it. After as long as 10 minutes, during which we've moved out of the car line up and are now sitting in the parking lot, we are capable of driving and I've calmed him down enough to actually hear what he's trying to tell me. He's a wild and crazy little boy!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I have the very best family.
Every Friday evening I fix something special for supper and we eat in the dining room.
I guess I didn't realize how much the kids enjoy it until I heard Dominic describing it to a friend.
I took a couple of pictures last Friday and thought I'd share a special moment with our family.
 We usually have candles.
 And drink from the special Disney cups.
 I love my little family very much and am so very thankful for them.
I love you guys! Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Blue Skies and Red Boots

The weather has been very un-winter like lately. So Caitlin and I spent some time outside playing.
I went into a consignment store looking for pants for Dominic, since he can't seem to stop growing.
Caitlin took one look at a pair of red boots and fell in love. She picked them up and hugged them to her chest.
"Mommy, can I have these boots? I won't need anything else. 
You don't have to buy me ANYTHING if you will just buy me these boots."
They were the next size up so I said okay.
She wouldn't put them down and every time I would pick something up to look at it she would say
"You don't need to get me that. I have my boots!"
As soon as I'd paid for them she sat down and put them on. She then wore them for the next few days straight, including during bedtime. Much to her distress Jon left them at someone's house (one of the amazing friends who volunteered to watch her) while I was at the hospital. So I'll have to go on a rescue mission this week.