Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Xander's Viola Grades

1 = did you even look at your instrument?
2 = barely there
3 = fair
4 = decent work
5 = excellent

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Monday, October 20, 2008


How scary I love Halloween but I have one questions about it.Who decided it should be a national holiday, does each president get to pick their favorite holidays every year or do they have like a whole committee for it? Halloween is very fun and I hope you all enjoy It. By the way does anyone out there have any suggestions on what I should be?


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Our Favorite Books by Hans and Xander

  1. are using the old computer and the shift key is not working so it will all be in lowercases
    harry potter and the deathly hallows by jk rowling
    eragon by christopher paolini
    the lion the witch and the wardrobe by cs lewis
    the merchant of death by dj machale it is a new book and its really good
    leven thumps and the gateway to foo by obert skye
    uglies by scott westerfield
    fablehaven by brandon mull
    faerie wars by herbie brennan
    the lightning thief by rick riordan
    the kingdom keepers
    bonus book! the candy shop wars by brandon mull

    these are not in order from best to worst they are all great but me hans"s favorite book is the lightning thief by rick riordan and xander likes the candy shop wars the best

Monday, April 28, 2008

Weird Things

My mom has pressured me for a long time to write about one weird thing I do so right now I'm going to get it over with in one swell foop.

That's one thing. My dad has been saying all these things backwards that my brothers and I now have to think for a while before we know what's real and what's not. For example, we do things in the time of nick, we pretend we have lysdexia, and we accomplish things in one swell foop. We frequently say the wrong things not because we forget they're wrong but because we remember all too well. We know that we'll probably say the wrong thing so we switch it around in our heads but we get it wrong. We'll think, it's in one fell swoop but that's wrong so I'll say in one swell foop. It's very confusing.

Another thing my dad and I do is that every week for my violin lesson which is at 6:30, we always forget until late Sunday evening my mom reminds us and we go in the morning. Sometimes, my mom forgets to remind us and my poor violin teacher has to sit around wondering where I am while I go through my normal weekday routine. This has been happening for 2 years but I'm sure in 2012 we'll get it right.

Thankfully, my mom usually remembers so I don't miss many lessons. It seems that the only times we remember my lesson are when I don't have one because my teacher is on vacation or just taking a break. About three times I've been dropped off and there's been no one there so I sit around until my mom picks me up. Once, my teacher had given me the week off but she was still there so I rang the doorbell and she answered in her bathrobe wondering what this crazy kid was doing ringing the doorbell at 6:30 a.m. It's a good thing I have such a nice violin teacher because otherwise I'd be in big trouble.

Another weird thing, hmmm. I used to do the thing Hans did with the weird walking but I did it with seven. I've been working on it and I only do it when I'm going down the stairs. So now Hans can know that there is hope for him. I guess that we are more alike than we thought. We both like to choose one song and listen to it a billion times as Ben says until we have it memorized and then a million times more. Hans though is more ambitious or more crazy than me because I choose easy songs like Yellow Submarine or Sunshine but Hans has been listening to American Pie constantly and has most of the words memorized but he keeps having trouble with the tune but I still think it's amazing to memorize a song that's nearly ten minutes long like that.

A funny thing is how Ben and I are always sort of competing. He's always trying to be taller and stronger than me but he only has about an inch on me. I think it's mostly on account of me that Ben is so strong because I used to always be able to beat him in an arm wrestle but then he started working out so he could beat me. He finally succeeded about a year ago and he's been doing the Tarzan yell ever since.

One weird thing that I don't think is very strange is the books I read. I really prefer the action fantasy ones like Harry Potter but I sort of got through those so I turned to the books my mom likes such as C.S. Lewis and Dickens and the books my dad likes such as books on psychology and economics. My favorite from each is the Screwtape Letters and The Color Code.

Another thing about me and my brothers that's different is that we just like one girl for a long time. It seems that some people change who they like every month but not us. I guess we just decided it was just too much trouble. Well the thing about me and my brothers is that this is how we are and you can either like who we are or not because we aren't changing in fact I don't know if we could or if we wanted to.


Me and Hans have a really nice crossing guard and whenever we walk to school she says, "Hi twins!" She has been doing this for so long.

It all started on the first day of school when she met us she asked, "Are you two twins?" Hans always shakes his head ashamed of being so short.

I didn't know if this was some kind of joke so I said, "No we're two years apart."

And she said, "You don't have to lie."

Hans didn't like that very much AT ALL. He IS about a centimeter taller than me.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Chew choo

Hi this is Stefan writing now. I am going to write about how Hans had to get his most recent surgery. I came home from tennis on Tuesday and Hans was wandering around retching with his eyes bulging out of his head. I asked my mom what was wrong with him and she said they had been having chicken for dinner, and since we didn't have chicken very often and because Hans got a drumstick, that he got so excited he forgot to chew and he swallowed a chicken bone. A few months ago, I read in the newspaper about a bunch of dogs who died because they swallowed chicken bones, but no one, including me, thought that a person would do the same thing.

Actually, I guess we shouldn't have been too surprised because Hans had done this sort of thing before. Last time when he swallowed a chicken nugget whole, he went around for about an hour retching and then it finally came out. As you can tell, Hans really likes chicken. This time though, it didn't come out and he couldn't hold any water down and he had to go the hospital. He had to have a surgery where they stuck a tube down his throat and pulled it out. This is perfect timing because Hans recently recovered from his last throat surgery-- a tonsillectomy.

We brothers dubbed Hans our hospital boy because he has been to the hospital a grand total of two times, which may seem small but is two times more than any of us have gone in the last two months. Well, Hans is fine now and really cheerful, but my mom now reminds to be like a train. choo choo chew chew.