Easy Ghost Cookies, Super Sylvia and Super Luke Update

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A friend told me about this easy and delicious craft/food project to do with kids. Nutterbutters, melted white chocolate, and then milk chocolate chips for eyes….tada! Ghost Cookies! Luke’s Ghost has three eyes.

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This morning for Sylvia’s dance class the girls could dress up for Halloween, so here is SUPER SYLVIA!!!

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Super Luke Update: For all of you hard core Super Luke fans, There are two more stories added to the Super Luke section. Evil Xtreme Boy and Super Luke: Space Wars I. Also a drawing of the new mystery character!

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T.V.

I usually never just turn on the T.V. and flip channels during the day.  Joey and I will record a show we like and watch it together after the kids have gone to bed, or we’ll record and watch Discovery Channel, Animal Planet type shows as a family.  Although, the last few weeks I’ve been watching a lot more T.V.  I am either up in the night because for the life of me I can’t get used to sleeping with this huge body of mine, or I have to sit down during the day and prop up my hot chubby pregnant feet for a while in front of the T.V.  Isabel is the only one interested in the shows I watch (that seem to always be on.)  Mostly What Not to Wear and Babies: Special Delivery.  If you’ve never heard of these shows, their titles explain them pretty well. Isabel will plop down next to me and if it’s What Not to Wear, she will comment, “I liked her hair before they cut it.”  If we are watching, Babies: Special Delivery, she will ask the usual, “How many babies does she have in her?”  And, “Boy or Girl?”

Now everytime that Isabel and Sylvia are taking a bath together I hear Isabel coaxing Sylvia to push.  When I peek in, I see Isabel pretend to pull an imaginary baby out of Sylvia’s crotch area.  Then yesterday Isabel and Luke were playing What Not to Wear with the wooden magnetic dress up dolls.  I think Luke was being a silly boy about the game and dressing the dolls up as ridiculous as he could.  Isabel was very serious and I would hear her comment now and again, “That is a wonderful office look!”  “That jacket slims your waist line!”

Sheesh!

Halloween Fun and Multiplication Stress

Today Luke, Isabel and Sylvia made Haunted Houses from Paper bags while trying to guess the answers to these Halloween jokes.  In Luke’s opinion, only the “plumpkin” one was funny.

Questions
1.  Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?
2.  What do ghosts serve for dessert?
3.  Why do witches fly on brooms?
4.  When is it bad luck to meet a black cat?
5.  What was the witch’s favorite subject in school?
6.  What do you call a friendly dead Egyptian?
7.  What do you call a skeleton who won’t work?
8.  What do you call a fat Jack-O-Lantern?
9.  Why don’t skeletons like parties?
10. What do witches put on their hair?
11. What was the favorite game at the ghosts’ birthday party?
12. Why are there fences around cemeteries?

Answers
1.  He didn’t have the guts
2.  Ice Scream
3.  Vacuum cords aren’t long enough
4.  When you’re a mouse
5.  Spelling
6.  A chummy mummy
7.  Lazy bones
8.  A plumpkin
9.  They have no body to dance with
10. Scare Spray
11. Hide and Shriek
12. Because People are Dying to get in.

I also had a Halloween crossword puzzle for them to do but never got to it so, maybe Friday.  Other than that, we did bare minimum today.  Journals, math, clean room, practice instruments, and NT.

The last few weeks I have been using flash cards to help Luke memorize his multiplication facts.  I could really tell that I needed to try something different because it just wasn’t working with him.  He is very bright and usually pretty good at memorizing, but I think the flash cards made him feel stressed and discouraged.  Today a friend of mine that used to teach third grade gave me a few suggestions.  One that I tried today was to lay out the flash cards on the floor, give him pieces of paper with answers on them and let him match them up.  I could tell that he felt encouraged and even asked me if he could do his flash cards like that all of the time.  If anyone has other suggestions about memorizing multiplication facts, let me know.

Two Half Days

Yesterday was supposed to be a school day and today was supposed to be a day off.  Yesterday morning I had a doctor’s appointment and then a couple of my friends and their kids invited us to go to lunch to which I caved.  (Well, it’s not really my fault, my unborn child wanted some sweet onion spicy enchiladas and I would have been a bad mom if I told her no…right?!)

By the time we got home it was afternoon.  I told Luke and Isabel to pick half of the things on their list to do today and that the next morning we would finish up the rest.  All went well with that plan (at least this time around) and this morning they finished up before 10:30 so that Isabel and Sylvia could go play at their friend’s house and Luke could play Roller Coaster Tycoon while I took a nap.  (Once again, my unborn child’s fault.)

Three Reasons for a Happy Day!

Today was a great day off I think mostly for three reasons.  One: we got so much school work done yesterday I didn’t feel any guilt today.  Two: all three kids had a blast playing with their friends and being away from mom for most of the day.  Three:  I bought a pair of purple shoes!  (how can you NOT be happy with new purple shoes?)

Super Luke Announcement

It is a Monday morning and school is going well.  Here is an announcement about Super Luke from Luke himself.

Announcement!!!
A new Super Luke book is going to come out called Space Wars 1.  I will also write about when Xtreme Boy was born.  For now, here is a book that I wrote called Super Luke: Worm.

So check out the Super Luke  section!