Archive for the ‘James’s stuff’ Category

James’s Tank Pictures

December 1, 2011

Happy December!  For your viewing pleasure, we have 2 pictures drawn by James.

(Remember to click on the images for larger views.)



Saints Artist Trading Cards 2011

November 26, 2011

We had so much fun last year participating in Pondered In My Heart‘s ATC saint swap that we were thrilled they were doing it again.  Unlike last year, we made sure we took pictures of everyone’s cards before they went off in the mail.

Below you will find our artists’ works.  First, the process.  We gather a lot of saint books and art supplies and set up at the dining room table.  (John set up in his room.)  Veronica, at 3 years old, was given stickers to keep her busy.  We all went to work for the afternoon.





Now for the cards….(Please remember to click on the pictures for a larger view.)

Veronica’s cards (age 3)

Charlotte’s cards (age 6)

MaryEllen’s cards (age 8 )

James’s cards (age 11)

Kevin’s cards (age 13)

John’s cards (age 14 & eldest child)

Mom’s cards (never mind how old!)

Although I’m not an artist to say the least, it was very relaxing and fun to take the time to create some art.  When we receive our cards, I’ll try my best to get a post up about them.  After all, I still have a half completed post about our trip in May waiting for some attention.  A Mom’s work is never done!

Oh, I almost forgot.  We did take some pictures of Vincent that day.  It is a little challenging to get a good picture of him when  you are holding both the baby and the camera.


My Carpenter

January 1, 2011

As you have already noticed, blogging has been slow.   I’ll try to do better, but can’t promise anything. 

This year for Christmas, I did not want to get a bunch of cheap junk that would be swept up and thrown away or anything that I would have to argue with the children to pick up.  Practical things, for the most part, was what we went for.  John received Leather working supplies.  Kevin received painting and drawing supplies.  The girls received sewing supplies and James received tools and two books on building.  That’s where this post comes in.  One of the conditions for the children using their new items was that they had to read about proper care and use.  They wasted no time hitting the books.

A few days ago my husband was able to track down some scraps of wood and items like that.  Yesterday he and James set out to make on of the projects in the book Carpentry for Children by Lester Walker.  James also received the book Housebuilding for Children” also by Lester Walker.  (He loves those books, by the way!)


The project was a workbench.  They did a fabulous job!  Here are some pictures from last night…



This morning they put the finishing touches on the bench.  There is now a vice on there and the screwdriver holder that James made.  James and Kevin were in there working for a while…


An exclamation heard from the work bench:

Kevin:  Holy Cow!!!  You got a really nice saw!

Houses for James

July 27, 2009

The children’s second cousin Laura manages to find some of the best books!  (Thanks Laura!)  One year, I think for Christmas, she sent the children a book called “Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures.”  James pulled this book out today and drew.  While drawing the Parthenon, he was talking to me about our trip to the replica in Nashville, TN and how “cool” it was.  So, here are the drawings…

James's homes 7-27-09(Remember to click on the picture for a larger view.)

A New Blog

March 13, 2009

Vogel Boys 2 —

The boys are at it again! If they were only so excited about their math!

James Entertaining Veronica

January 10, 2009

I heard keyboard music coming from the living room one day.   When I investigated, I had to go get the camera.  I snuck up on James while he was with Veronica.  This is what I saw:





Aunt Mary Lou, the Favorite Aunt…

June 24, 2007

Once again, thank you.  You did not have to send any more, but I can tell you that James is very thankful.  He has mentioned that you are his favorite aunt several times this week.  He called you yesterday to thank you himself, but he was too shy to leave a message.  So, thank you!
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Happy 7th Birthday, James!

June 12, 2007

Wow, it is so hard to believe that my baby boy is 7 already.

Here is what our day looked like:

– Bible school. (on the way to and from, James asking if he had any presents.)
– Dad made James a wooden machine gun. How cool. (James had been pestering Dad for that gun non-stop for the last 2 weeks.
– James went into town with Dad.
– James opens his presents and is very pleased with them. An air rocket thingy, a remote control helicopter to fly in the house, and a leatherworking kit.
– Helicopter flights. In an exciting turn of events, Dad bugs James to let him fly it.
– The Gabbetts surprise James with a visit for dinner and cake and a couple of knight figures. (Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Gabbett!)
– Pizza or dinner!
– Cake for dessert! (Singing of Happy Birthday, he blows the candles out, etc…)
– More helicopter flights and playing with knights.
– Outside to shoot off more air rockets.
– MaryEllen picks a lettuce leave to eat.
– More helicopter flights.
– Gabbetts leave while more knight play goes on.
– MaryEllen has the lettuc leave which looks as if it is covered in mud. When she is eating it I ask what is on it and she gets a big smile. Chocolate icing!
– Bed time and prayers.
– James exclaims that this is the best birthday of his whole life.

What a lovely gift, even if I did spend all afternoon cooking. It was well worth it.

Thank you Aunt Mary Lou, Aunt Maddie, and Mom-Mom…

June 11, 2007

…and Uncle Al, Al, and Uncle Glenn.  The cards and presents arrived in the mail today.  James was very happy when we came home from our first day of Bible School to find most of the mail was for him!  Pictures will be forthcoming as soon as the roll is done and it gets developed.    Once again, thank you.  You all made one almost 7 year old boy very happy.

Mary Lou, he called you, “the nicest aunt I have.”

Bread Baking

March 19, 2007

Friday was the boys’ Contenders for the Faith meeting. What faith is this, you ask? Well, I’m not sure. There are so few Catholics, especially of the homeschooling type around here that there are no Blue Knights meetings, and not enough boys to start one yet. Also, I really like these other home educators in the group so we do this. (By the way, one of the suggested activities for Contenders is for the boys to tell everyone about their favorite bible verse. John wants to do Matt 16:18, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Yes, we are Catholic!)
Anyway, the boys made bread on Friday. The building was a little too cold and time restraints being what they were, the bread did not have time to rise properly. However, they did a great job and all the children here really enjoyed the bread.

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