Week in the Life: Completed Album


In years past, when I do this project, I usually finish it as I go or I don’t ever finish it. This year, I worked on it each night until Thursday when I hit a wall and gave myself both permission to finish it later AND a small fire of determination to actually finish it. :)

When I looked back through my other Week in the Life albums, I had several thoughts. One was: I love them. I love the experience of looking through a week of our lives back when Isaac was 2 and Andrew was 5 and since it’s such thorough documentation, I really feel like I am time traveling. More so than when I am looking at standard scrapbook pages. Seeing that definitely made me feel like “yes! I am doing it this year!!” AND…another thing I noticed was that I didn’t really read the stories. I mean, I’m glad they’re there. I’m sure I’ll read them at some point. But just seeing all those photos from a specific time in our lives was so powerful. Anyway, I let myself off the hook about writing too much with this year’s album.

I used my same format of 1) opening page for each day. 2) a page featuring all four of us individually. 3) several pages of collage and 4) a pocket with little papers and whatnot for each day. I like that format a lot. :) Dave is always the hardest to get in there. And this year was no exception! If only he’d stay home so I can document him! :) Or maybe next time I’ll follow him to work one day. ;) Sleuth about a little. ha!

So…here are some pages from this year’s album.








And that’s a wrap.  Done and done. :)

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Week in the Life: Sunday


On Sunday mornings the boys take baths and showers and get dressed.



And then they tackle their weekend homework.  Isaac always has to write about something he did over the weekend (he wrote about MoMath, the Math museum we went to) and Andrew had a bunch of math work he had to catch up on.


Isaac reading one of the little books his teacher sends home for him.


Today was the NYC marathon, which goes right by our home.  We passed it on our way to church.


The boys do puzzle books during church.  Andrew worked on a dot-to-dot that had like a billion dots and Isaac worked in a maze book.


Yesterday was WINDY. So windy in fact, that I rescheduled a photo shoot I was suppose to have because the family would have looked crazy wind-blown!


When we got home from church, Isaac played with his minecraft toys while Andrew finished up some work.


Then he played with the cash register.  They both LOVE this toy.  It’s breaking down though, so I have my sights sets on a new one for Isaac for Christmas.


Hanging out.


Dave is good about playing Pokemon with Andrew.  I am TERRIBLE about that kind of thing.


But I am good about breaking out a science kit to do!  This kit was about magnets.


And included iron fillings!  Which we loved playing with!



Isaac did some of the kit with us and then sat on the couch for a while.  I didn’t think anything of it, until he walked by with chocolate smeared on his mouth!  He had been munching out of the Halloween candy bucket and I had no idea!  Little sneak!


Then the boys made a marble track with 4 funnels and 4 chimes that ding as the marble hits them.

And then…I took a nap and stopped taking photos.  Our Italian take out and nature show watching and Fresh Direct and laundry delivery will just have to go undocumented.  :)

And that was Sunday.  And that was more-or-less one week of the Rice Family daily drill.

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Week in the Life: Saturday


Saturday mornings Dave and I sleep in (until like 7:30/8) and the boys watch minecraft vidoes on You Tube. They like seeing what other people build. Well, I should say Andrew likes seeing that. Isaac likes watching You Tube videos of people playing Super Mario brothers. But really, it’s all about Dave and I sleeping in a litte. :)


When we turned off the TV, Andrew went right to his bridge he’s been working on and finished it up before breakfast. It’s the Sydney Harbor Bridge. And I think it looks pretty great! :)


Also on Saturday mornings, I drink coffee in bed while I place the Fresh Direct order. Fresh Direct is the company I order groceries from. I bring cookbooks and coffee to bed with me and figure out what we’ll be eating for the week.



I asked the boys to make a bed mess (which means they need to take the sheets off of their beds) so I could change up the bedding. They love making a bed mess. :)


Clean sheets going on.


And Isaac likes to snuggle in the pillows and blankets when they’re all over the floor. :)


Dave and Andrew went out to run errands and Isaac stayed home and built a marble run. He’s been doing this more and more lately. :)


They’re back and Dave treated Andrew to a new box of pokemon cards!


After lunch we hopped on the train for Manhattan.


Where we went to the Museum of Mathematics.







We loved it!  The boys geeked out for hours.


Then we went to Starbucks for a pumpkin latte for mommy and a chocolate milk for Isaac, which he drank at the bar while he waited for me. :)WITL-4-2

Us in the city.


We ordered Mexican take out when we got home and we watched Corpse Bride while we ate.


Then we called our laundry guy to come and take our dirty laundry.  The boys help drag the laundry bags downstairs.


Andrew’s been reading the “39 Clues” book series and he LOVES it.  When he finishes each one he says “I just knocked out another one!”  ha!


And that was Saturday.

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Week in the Life: Friday


On Friday morning, I sent off Andrew dressed as a secret agent (his school’s costume rule is “has to be a character from a book” and his real costume of “Bad Piggy” didn’t fit the criteria…) and Isaac, as himself, with his costume in a bag (they told us to send the first graders without their costumes on and that they would dress them there).


Here’s the secret agent, complete with fingerstache.


After I showered and got ready I assessed our food needs for the weekend.


and made a quick trip to the local grocery store.


When I got home, I started some dough rising…


while listening to “Serial” a radio show I’ve come to really like.


Then I worked on photo editing for a while.


Back to shaping and baking the bread.


And a quick break for lunch of leftover corn chowder from last night’s dinner.


Bread is done!


Here’s Isaac, getting off the school bus and please note, he is NOT carrying his costume in a bag, like I sent him off with that morning.  WHERE IS THE COSTUME?!  The matron checked the bus for it.  And nothing.  A few frantic phone calls later and the kids and I are in the car.


sitting in traffic for an hour while we make our way to their school to get his costume.


This is me as I am calming down a little about the whole thing.  They never saw that he brought one.  He left the bag in the gym and they never noticed it.  When they asked him about a costume (they were confused because I am SO the mom to send costumes AND ANDREW WAS WEARING ONE!) he said he didn’t have one!  So the whole school had a costume parade and Isaac wasn’t dressed for it.  Oh man.  This kind of thing is WAY more upsetting for me.  He was totally fine.  arg.


Once the costume was recused from the gym, we headed to our friends’ neighborhood for some trick or treating.


Zaida was a biker girl from a group called “Blacklabel Brooklyn”.  She rocked the punky look!






Here’s Andrew trick or treating out of someone else’s stash.  oops!!




We stopped for slices of pizza.


And Isaac pooped out, so Andrew and I wrapped things up with a few more blocks of trick or treating before heading home…


where Andrew accessed his loot…


and where Isaac sampled it.

And that was Friday!

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Week In the Life: Thursday


Thursday morning. Andrew was sleeping on the couch again, Isaac was in his bed. :)


They got up and ready for school as usual.  Once they are ready, with shoes and coats on and backpacks ready, we read poems by Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky while we waited for the bus.


Once they were off to school, I got ready and made a Halloween snack for them to bring to school tomorrow.  Here, I am popping popcorn in the big pot and melting candy coating in the other pot.


Here’s the snack ready to be bagged up.


I volunteered at the boys’ school yesterday for the PreK Harvest festival.  But I had a few minutes to visit the boys in their classes.  Here’s Isaac class wrapping up a lesson with the adorable science teacher. :)


And here’s Andrew brainstorming vocabulary words that have to do with elephants.

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Then I headed to the gym for the Harvest festival, where I ran the photo booth. :)  And most of the photos I took today look something like this:

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I know.  ADORABLE.  So, so cute!


When the boys got home, they started projects for tomorrow.  Isaac’s friend has a birthday tomorrow (which Isaac has been talking about all week!) so Isaac made him a birthday maze.


Andrew filled out some cards for his teachers.


And I bagged up the popcorn snack into little baggies.


When Dave got home I went to lay down for a little while.  And he wrangled the boys.


I am reading “My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok.  I love Chaim Potok.  And I particularly love this one by him.


After dinner, the boys got some zombie cake. :)


Time to get Isaac ready for bed!


And Andrew joined me reading for a while before he finally went to bed too.

And that was Thursday!

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Week in the Life: Wednesday


I get these boys up at 6:30 with their breakfasts at the table, waiting.  This morning Isaac had pumpkin oatmeal and Andrew had cold cereal and a banana.


We’re trying to teach Andrew to brush his teeth independently…but he’s not very thorough about it.  I put a chart up by the sink to give him tips, but I usually end up taking over and micromanaging his dental care.  :)


The sun was just rising when we walked outside to wait for the bus.  The bus comes at 7:15.


Here it is!  I love this year’s bus matron. She’s a sweetheart. Every morning I try to have the boys say “Good morning!” to her.  Andrew ALWAYS does.  Isaac is hit and miss.


I haven’t actually been in the boys’ bathroom for a few days and hadn’t noticed how disgusting it’s gotten.  Time for a quick clean!


Dave is up and reviewing the umatic tapes I’ve been digitizing for him.  It’s all Ed Koch, all the time in our little home office. :)


The laundry bin was overflowing.  Time to bag it up a little better.


I had to go into Manhattan today and I took the R.


I like going into Manhattan by myself. :)


When I got home I finished up a Zombie Halloween cake that I had started earlier.  It has pumpkin-chocolate cake and a cinnamon custard filling.  Later I poured chocolate glaze over the top of it.  So yummy!!


The boys are home from school and the neighbors were out!  They scootered and ran around with them for a little while.


Then in for snacks and homework.  Andrew likes to do this trick of squirting mustard on a pickle.  It grosses me out so much!


The boys are able to do the work more or less independently.  They just need me to help them stay focused.  I end up just saying things like “okay, Isaac.  And what’s the next equation you need to work on?” “Are you on your fourth sentence, Andrew?” Otherwise they stare off into space, play with their pencils, roll off their chairs.  It can be a circus.


Zombie cake is done!


Dance party break to Halloween music in the middle of homework!  :)


Homework is done and look who’s home! They like holding his legs while he walks and he drags them around the apartment.  It’s a good workout for Dave. ;)


Fish, mashed sweet potatoes, peas and knock-knock jokes for dinner.


Dishes are done, time for some wine.


and some wii.


and some minecraft.

And that was Wednesday.

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Week in the Life: Tuesday


Tuesday morning the boys ate breakfast with their lit pumpkins.


After breakfast is the get-dressed-make-bed rigamarole.


This year Isaac can finally put his shoes on by himself!


After the boys left for school, I got ready and hopped on the train to follow them to school for a parent meeting.


Once a month the school holds a meeting for the parents of kids in the ASD program.  Today’s meeting was about executive function and included the dissection of a sheep’s brain!  Crazy!


When I got home I got right in the car to run errands.


Which included getting a ticket from the muni-meter to pay for parking.


Finally some time to work-work.


Boys are home and I get their lunchboxes in the dishwasher right away to get them clean for tomorrow.


While they eat snack (chips, seaweed and sliced pears) I go through their papers and notebooks and respond to notes from their teachers.


Andrew decided I didn’t make enough snack for him, so he made himself a hummus wrap.


Then, it’s reading time.  Andrew split his reading time between his computer programming book and “Stone Soup”.


Isaac and I read some books his teacher sends home…but we spend most of his reading time working on comprehension.  He breezes through the reading part…it’s talking about the book that is so challenging for him.  We practice it every day. He’s getting much better at it. :)


Isaac always finishes his homework first.  Then he usually makes lists or books or charts.  Today he’s working with one of his atlases and a map of the USA.


Then, he helped me make pizza.



Andrew is finally done with homework too!  They wrestle around for 20 minutes before it’s time for dinner.


Isaac LOVES pizza night.


After dinner, Andrew showers and puts on his jammies before playing a little minecraft.


And Isaac takes a bath before playing a little Super Mario.


Dave was home late.  So today was mostly me and the boys.  :)

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Week in the Life: Monday

WITL-26When I got up Monday morning, Andrew was sleeping on the couch…as usual. :)


I started making breakfast and lunches and packing snacks for the boys.


The boys always play with each other while they wait for the bus.  They pretend they are in Super Mario Brothers and throw fireballs at pretend gumbas.


Time to get pretty!


Close enough! :)


The laundry guy delivered our laundry clean and folded last night.  This morning I put everything away, which involves ironing and hanging the boys’ uniforms.


A little last minute Halloween costume project.


Lunch today was bean quesadillas and a honey crisp apple.


When the boys get home, they share school stories with me.  I record a little chart of their stories.


Then they play video games!  They each bring home charts from their teachers (Isaac’s is behavior related, Andrew’s is specifically about writing) and they earn game time for getting high scores on these charts.  Today they BOTH earned the highest possible scores!  Great news!


Then a snack of kiwi-berries (courtesy of Aunt Melodee!  She brought us some over the weekend and they boys LOVED them!), baby carrots and apple cider doughnuts (also courtesy of Aunt Melodee!).


During snack time Isaac told me that the teacher asked each of the students what they wanted to be when they grow up.  He said that he told her he wants to be “the boss” when he grows up.  Which is exactly what he tells us.  Glad he didn’t sugar coat it for her. ;)


Andrew’s handwriting and attitude about writing has come SO FAR these few first weeks of fourth grade.  His OT, teacher and I have come up with a system that is working WONDERFULLY.  I am so encouraged by this growth!


After dinner….we carved pumpkins!



Andrew did some actual carving this year…instead of just helping clean out the pumpkins.  He did a great job!


Dave did a great job too! ;)


Isaac calls his pumpkin Jack and insisted on three teeth.



Andrew calls his pumpkin “JAIL BREAK PUMPKIN!!!!!” and recreated this idea he saw in a magazine of one pumpkin inside another.  Luckily, the pumpkins we got from granddaddy were SO ENORMOUS that we could easily fit another pumpkin inside Andrew’s pumpkin. :)


So proud!

And that was Monday!

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organizing the albums


I have a terrible habit of letting A LOT of time go by before actually filing away scrapbook pages into scrapbooks. I’ve had a growing pile of completed pages accumulating for over a year! And today I went ahead and put them in the books. :)

The system has it’s perks. It’s much quicker to stash things than to organize them. But, then I’m left wondering if I’ve already worked with the photos from Isaac’s 5th birthday (I haven’t) or the beach week from 2012 (nope) or that death-defying hike we did a few years ago (done!). The messy pile is hard to go through, so I don’t. So when I’m surfing around in my photo programs, there are lots of stories that I’ve wondered if I’ve recorded and I’m just not sure.

But…now I know! I made a list of things I want to make sure to record: Isaac’s Geography phase, and Mario obsession, and horseback riding lessons. Andrew’s Science kits, his 8th and 9th birthdays, and Minecraft phase. Crazy Hat Day. Family trips. Halloween 2012 and 2013! Goodness! Lots to do!

And sometimes when I go about organizing all these pages and all these albums I feel embarrassed! Embarrassed that we need this bookcase with only photo albums. Square footage is at a premium in our apartment and really shouldn’t be wasted. Am I wasting space with ALL THESE ALBUMS?! But today, strangely I concluded that…no, I’m not wasting space. I like these albums. :) I love the photos, love the memories and I’m grateful that I’ve invested so much into this process.

And so…onward and onward!


Here’s another page for the books! And since I filled up my latest “Us” album…this will likely sit in a pile for over a year until I get around to getting more albums and filling them up. :) Still, I’m glad to have it! This hike was one of our best. Snowy and abandoned hotel! and just magical! Here’s hoping for making more magic this weekend! Have a good one. :)

p.s.: I love Andrew’s hat in these photos. Well, both boys’ hats. And I just want to say, that I already purchased this year’s winter hats and made SURE they’d be great hats…just so the photos would look great. :) warmth be damned. It’s good pics I’m after!

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Vermont Weekend

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We had a long weekend this past weekend and we spent it in Vermont, which is GORGEOUS this time of year! :)

Andrew talked his grandmother into buying him a ring pop. And since she was buying one, she also picked up 3 “emergency back-up ring pops”. You know. In case of a ring-pop emergency. :)

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Oh how they love her!

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We love trips to Vermont.

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On this trip we took a ski lift up a mountain at the local ski resort to check out the fall foliage. Dave and I went with Andrew…

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….who said hello to all of the other lift riders we passed. :) My mom and Isaac were too spooked by the lift to join us. So, they waited for us at the base of the mountain.

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The view was gorgeous.

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Then we drove up to the look out and played on abandoned ski lifts and enjoyed the view.

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Back at the house we spent a lot of time playing the yard. My parents have this game we call “Zim Zam”. It’s like a tether ball version of tennis and we love it!





The boys are actually not-so-great at this game. They get hit by the ball constantly, which luckily, everyone finds hilarious. Isaac kept stopping the game, stepping in the middle and saying “this is the end of the game”, and declaring a winner (usually me!). Andrew tried incorporating different obstacles and a hard-to-follow point system. My mom and I just hit the ball and schooled those boys in sportsmanship and hand-eye-coordination! :)

It was a good weekend. :)

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