Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pajama Time

 Daisy's favorite thing to do is  to  stay in her jammies all day.  On Fridays she doesn't have school and she and Rosy have p.j. bonding time.  I used to make them get dressed so I could go for a run but I am working through a little injury right now and can't.  It seems like a perfect opportunity for them to live it up.   Especially because it is too cold and rainy to go anywhere anyway.

They  like to play cards.  I don't really get the mechanics of the game but it keeps them relatively quiet for a few minutes.

At one of the 5ks that we did during the summer we were given a coupon for a free pizza at Track Town Pizza.  We went on a Saturday night and actually ate in the pizza parlor.  It reminded me of when I was a kid and we used to get those Book It prizes from Pizza Hut.  We didn't have a lot of money and going out to eat was  a big deal.  Luckily because of our financial situation  in grad school  we are able to provide our children with the same kind of magical experience. 

 Maybe  we will teach them how to eat in public before we try it again.

Who would use a whole couch when you can scrunch up together in the corner.  Movie Night might be my favorite moment of the whole week.
Bonus Picture:

A Box of Otter Pops

 Brandon did not disappoint this year  with his   creative family costume.  Most everyone had no idea what we are but those who are savvy to the  personalities of the Otter Pops were delighted.  Unfortunately we didn't have a Little Orphan Orange.  If we had stuck to our one baby every two  years rule this wouldn't have been a costume problem but who knows what other kinds of problems that would have caused me.  
Poncho Punch

Strawberry Short Kook

Alexander the Grape

Louie  Blue Raspberry

Sir Isaac Lime
 The  Halloween  festivities  included   all  of  the  regular traditions.   We carved pumpkins and cooked dinner in one.  
 I  did make one change.    Upon inspiration from my healthy friends  instead of making sugar cookies we did healthy snacks.   The kids thought they were  awesome.

 Rosy had  a little bit of trouble making the treats  but when it came time to eat  them  she did  just fine.
 When she saw Tucker in his costume she had to put on her "Georgie".  If you see this kid coming your way, watch out!
 We did our Trick-or-Treating around Spencer View which is always an adventure.  There are so many international students that aren't prepared and they give all kinds of things.  One couple opened up a box of fancy chocolates  and let the kids take one.  I hurried to confiscate them just in case there were razor blades inside.  They were delicious.
They also ended up with candies that had foreign labels, a bunch of cough drops, some books, a couple of rocks, and a ton of candy.
The Spoils
Everyone was  thrilled with the night, especially Georgie.   She couldn't believe what was happening.   At every door she would come  back and tell me that she said thanks.   "I said thanks Mama, I said thanks Mama, I said thanks Mama." Every door.  She also  was  completely surprised every time someone  gave her something.  Usually after a door or two kids kind of get the idea but she was genuinely shocked every time someone had a basket  of candy.  Whenever there were stairs to climb Rocky and  the bigger kids would already be on the way down before she would get to the door.  I kept hoping  she would give  up but she would  not miss her chance.  No matter how long it took her to climb all those stairs.   I thought they would want to go all night but after about 45 minutes the Riglets were all pooped out and made a beeline for home.
They have already been brainstorming about costumes for next year.

It Finally Fell Out

 Rocky's stubborn little tooth finally decided to fall out.  She was on the school bus heading home from a field trip to the pumpkin patch.   The bus  driver gave her a   tissue  to hold it  in until  she  got back to the school.  She was terrified that she would drop it but it made it back to the school safely.  In Mexico they don't have a tooth fairy  but instead  a  little mouse comes  and  takes your  tooth so her  teacher gave her a tiny mouse box to  hold it in.  The Ratoncito Perez held onto it safely until it could be stored safely under her pillow.  She woke up insanely early to find a dollar bill in  its  place.  This whole thing was kind of a big deal.  She was excited about the money and the rest of us were excited that we didn't have to deal with that snaggle tooth anymore.  We haven't had much relief because now the other side is loose. 

Rosy insisted that she also have a photo taken.   She isn't wearing a shirt because it was  spaghetti night, and by now  I am sure that you all know the rules at the Rigby house.  Clearly this was  before  any eating took place, otherwise her  entire face and chest would  be tomato-sauced.
 Story time  with dad is a nightly ritual.   Usually Rosy gets kicked out  before  the reading begins because she mostly just causes trouble.   This time she stayed but  as you can see,  still had to make a statement.  It looks like it might be an accident, don't believe it.
And a word of apology to my loyal reader.   I know I haven't been consistent in my documentation  of the daily life in Rigbyland.   Part  of  me  wants to blame the cold weather and the slog of our daily lives.  Part of me wants to say that  since Rocky and  Daisy spend  so much time  at  school  I have  less  to say.   The real truth is that we never  really had anything going on before and  I could still write about it.  The problem  now is that I have completely ruined my laptop.   Brandon has one that he borrows  from the school  but he has it with him  all day and has homework many nights so now most of  my business is done from  my iPod and it takes about a million years  to write  anything on the  touch screen.  I have messed up the computer  before but  this time  I really blew it.  I was trying to get the video of that marshmallow experiment to use for my lesson  on Sunday.  Instead I ended up with so much malware that I can't even  turn it on.  I have done things like this before and Brandon can always manage to save it but this may have been the final swing of the axe.  Rocky has been devastated because the Pandora on the  iPod isn't loud enough for a good dance party.  I have learned my lesson that I shouldn't be allowed within 10 feet of technology. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Running for Cover - The Rain is Here

 Rosy is a little  packrat  and won't sleep unless she has a  bunch  of  books  and her blanket  and her  animals. Once she finally does get to sleep I usually have  to wake her up for the after  school pickup.  She usually stays mad until Rocky actually comes out of the school then she follows her around  and  mimics her  big sister who has  to say goodbye to every kid  she  knows.  All the kids always laugh because she  says it like they should all know her. 

We had  just vacuumed the floor and were having a treat after family night so I made them  all sit  in  the kitchen to keep  the crumbs under control.   Rocky told me that she was just thinking about things in the middle and Daisy said, "Like me!"  I  know how  you feel sister.
Rocky has been  doing the loose front tooth chew lately.   I can't believe that it is still hanging on.
 At this rate she will be 15  before it  finally lets go.     In the meantime she has a pretty cool snaggle tooth that  practically pokes you in the eye when you look at it.
 Don't believe  anything about this picture.
 The rainy days have made for  some  pretty fun covered patio tea parties.  Our sweet Saudi Arabian neighbors always provide  all kinds of  treats  for the kids.  Most days they are out playing and come  home covered in Oreo cookies.  Part of me wants to keep the sugar away but an even bigger part of me  wants them to have  that fun old feeling that we used to have in the  old  days when I was a  kid and it was okay for neighbors to give out cookies.  Arif is the favorite of  all the kids.  He is the dad  that is always out playing  with everyone and has an especially soft spot  for Rosy.   
 Yan had a surprise  birthday celebration for me  and we all got sick from eating so much coconut cake.

 Chef Cuzine is still bringing in some pretty great  business.   The new addition is  that when they are  working  in their  restaurant  they go by their chef names.  Rocky insists on being Jaquel.   Daisy has  had a few different  names but hasn't settled  on  one officially.  They have been calling Rosy Georgie but she doesn't seem to understand that they are talking  to her so  it  may or may not  stick.    The thing that hasn't changed is that they are still serving all kinds  of beautiful foods.

Georgie the Baby Dragon


 The Rigbys hit the road and headed south  to Ashland.   We were lucky to have the  chance to attend a baby naming ceremony at a Jewish Synagogue there.   Our little Penelope was given the name Miriam and the whole thing was extremely beautiful.  I will never forget how lovely it was to be able to watch such a significant  moment in her life.  I wasn't sure if cameras were appropriate so unfortunately I didn't get  any pictures with the honored child  or her mom my dear friend  Abbey so  you will have to be content with the few I took while  we were hanging  out in Lithia Park.

Ashland  is known  for  its lithium  water.  It comes  out of these fountains bubbly  and stinky and  of course the kids thought it  was just about the coolest  thing they had ever seen.

 We  hit the park  just after Pride parade and there were rainbows and wild costumes everywhere we looked.  We also saw some ducks and a  few deer.   Once again I missed my chance at photographing the thing that  was actually interesting.

It was a great little mini vacation and even though it was exhausting  I will never forget it.

Mamas and Babies

Can you figure out which kids go with each mom? 

Until Next Year

The school carnival ended up being on the same day as  the last Oregon Track Club 5k and surprised does not  describe the shock that I felt when Rocky made the choice to  do the race.  It worked out for her in the end because she  ran her best race and won hats and shirts and also got a whole bunch of  pizza.  The night was lovely and full of friends. 
The real star of the night was Daisy who ran her little heart out.  She and Bijoux were supposed to take  turns riding in the stroller but she was  a little trooper and  took one for the team by  running the entire  way when her friend didn't want to give up the  seat.
Rosy sat in the other  seat and complained for three miles that she wasn't going to share her water.   She isn't really into the races so much.   But she sure looks good in that hat, and she managed to polish off  two huge  pieces of  pizza.  She probably  could have charmed them into giving  her  another if  we had let her.
 We are already excited  for next year.