Just like siblings

Gabby is close to all my sister’s kids.  They have pretty much been raised together so they treat each other more like brothers and sisters rather than cousins.  Here are a few shots taken of Gabby helping Nathaniel with his homework – I make Gabby and David help with all the math, I mean I DO want him to get a good grade. Plus I don’t want to admit to a fifth grader that the math he’s doing is waaaaay over my head. I like to keep that illustion that I’m an all-knowing adult.

In the first shot you can see that he’s not the most serious student – he knows he cracks me up so he’s clowning around for my amusement.

The next shot we see Gabby is getting a bit exasperated with her job as tutor. It appears that she’s pointing out what she has to work with.

Nathaniel thinks it’s hilarious to try to force all the blood to his head so his face turns red. Here he’s working up a full blown vein popping face. As we see, Gabby is ready to deck him. (click to enlarge to see her teeth beginning to grit)

I believe in fully preparing kids for the future and I know Gabby is going to be a great mom someday. She managed to restrain herself.


  1. Sandra on January 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Can’t believe how much Nathaniel has grown up! What a good-looking kid! At the risk of incurring Gabby’s wrath, I have to say I kind of sympathize with Nathaniel; who can blame him for trying to inject some levity into a dark mathematical situation?

  2. creative kerfuffle on January 14, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    math is the bane of my existance too. when the boy or girl need math homework help thankfully the hubs steps in. the boy’s in 3rd grade and while i know how to do division i cannot, for the life of me, explain to someone else how to do it.

  3. B-Movie Star on January 15, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Thanks for understanding and empathizing with my mathmatical shortcomings!