Monday, May 31, 2010

Funniest Thing All Day

Two kids, hiding in the curtains, like little tornadoes. He told us they were not tornadoes, but egg sacs.




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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Camping!

We spent Friday and Saturday camping at Raccoon lake. I love camping, it is so relaxing for me, with no laundry or phone and the kids have so much to do outside in a new place.



We spent some time at the lake.

This big kid kind of amazed me with his water bravery. He went in up to his neck. It was our first beach trip where he was more interested in the water than the sand.


This girl laughed her head off in the water. She wanted me to hold her hands so she dangled in the water and kicked her legs. She kept saying, "Let go!" but of course I couldn't.

beach hair


We got home late last night. The drive was chaotic, but the kind of chaos I love. The kids were laughing and arguing, we had to stop a hundred times so Goose could pee in the grass, and my guy and I kept stopping and taking pictures of landmarks we recognized.

Here is the little church I attended as a child. Lots of Christmas plays and vacation bible schools brought me joy here.


But we cranked down the windows and made it home. The kids were practically flying on that wind.



I really love family gatherings. Hanging out and talking with my people is so easy, so natural.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Discovery

I love this set of pictures. She was really curious about her mouth.






She was also intrigued by her eyes.



She gave herself lots of kisses.






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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Kindergarten Completion

Wow. This school year went really fast. Everyone says that, I know they do, but it really did go fast!


It's just so crazy how it happens.


They start out so little and new and curly-legged.




Then the next thing you know they're walking, all wobbly and excited.




Then before you know it, they're sure and steady on those feet.



They use those feet to carry them to friendships, adventures, and sooner-than-you-can-blink, to kindergarten.



By the time the year is over, he is more open, more brave, more courageous, taller. Also a little sad that it's finished.



This year was wonderful. I love his school. He went there for 3 years, and now he is finished because they only have classes up through kindergarten. Believe me, if they offered first grade, he'd go there next year in a heartbeat. In this school, he had teachers who loved him, who took the time to get to know him and to play with him. He was allowed to explore, create, get dirty. He did things even though he was unsure. He made strong friendships. He says he has found the girl he wants to marry. Who knows, it could happen. I did marry my high school sweetheart after all.


I'm so, so proud of him. I love him so, so much.


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Marveling

Today I am simply marveling.


How is it possible that I get to kiss these fluffy cheeks?



That I get to see the new discoveries...and watch him take pictures of clouds shaped like Mickey Mouse and teach her to play hide and seek?


Is it really true that I get to sniff their hair after they fall asleep?




I am in awe that I get to see the funny faces


and fairy dances.



How can it be so, that I get to wash the little arms, and watch them lick the bath water?

I'm feeling very grateful today. I'm feeling full, and rich in love, and lucky.


Sometimes the thought that I am responsible for these beautiful beings fills me with fear and doubt. But most of the time I just rub the stain remover on the grass stains, carry the extra jackets, rinse the toothbrushes, hang the drawings on the fridge, delight in the collected pine cones, kiss the ouches, and feel the burst of love in my heart.


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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Can This Be So?


He has lost another tooth? Yes, now his two front teeth are gone. I can't keep up, he grows and changes so quickly.


Just tonight we were about ready to leave my dad's house. I said to him, "You could show Grampy your new blanket while you climb into the car." He said, "But I'm not ready to go yet. Wait a minute, you're trying to trick me!" He is figuring things out. Such a big, big kid.


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Friday, May 7, 2010

A Two Year Old's Joke

Me: sneeze, sneeze

Her: Bess you! Bess you!

Me: Thank you! Thank you!

Her: You welcome! You welcome!


She then fell into a fit of giggles.


And so did I.



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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Vacations Past: Italy

Once upon a time, we went to Italy.


My guy and I had always wanted to go. Bee was 6 months old. I planned the whole trip while sitting at my computer with a nursing baby on a boppy pillow in my lap.


As with the post about our trip to France, I don't feel the need to show the pictures of the landmarks we visited. So here are some of the more personal photos.


This little guy's first flight. It was really fun to travel with a baby!




We started our trip in Florence. We arrived starving, and here we are at our first Italian restaurant. We didn't know how to order yet though, and we ended up with only a small appetizer each. We learned quickly!





By the door to our hotel



The hotel had a bidet and a toilet, and both pulled out from the wall, and folded up when out of use.



We took a day trip to Pisa. We met a lovely couple from Hong Kong on the train, and they enjoyed playing with our baby. It was so fun to travel with a baby.




Pisa was one of our very favorite places. It had a small town feel. I felt like I could live there and fit right in. A window washer stopped us to say that our son looks very much like his father.



A nun stopped us to look at our baby. Have I mentioned it was fun to travel with a baby?



Pisa also had a restaurant called Filippo's, where we ate twice because we loved it so much. Filippo himself showed us his oven.



On the way back to Florence, we met more lovely people on the train. These ladies were very eager to hold him. They also kept shouting at anyone who came through our train car and left the door open. "Scusi!" It was loud and they didn't want the passersby to wake the baby.




Next we went to Rome.



He slept through our whole visit to the Colosseum.


Oh man, this was good gelato.


I nursed anywhere and everywhere.



His dada wore him a lot too.



The Bjorn was a good place for the little guy to get some rest.


The pizza of my dreams.


It was a really great experience, and I hold it in my heart as one of my favorite memories. It was this trip that inspired me to travel more and see our world. I hope to do a lot of that in my life.


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Monday, May 3, 2010

And They Danced

We went to a wedding this weekend.


My children danced!


She danced her little heart out. She hopped and flopped on the floor, she whirled and twirled.


And this one! He danced with a friend, twice. She asked him the first time, and he asked her the second time. He also did some wacky, charming solo dancing.


Something funny happened at this wedding. After dinner, a dozen or so kids (mine included!) were outside roaming the beautiful grounds, playing tag, and just enjoying their games. Everyone else was inside, listening to the toasts. The father of the bride gave a speech. Then it was the Maid of Honor's turn. As she was speaking, my sweet 6 year old--covered in mulch--rushed into the mostly silent room and shouted at the top of his voice, "We found a baby bird!!!!!"


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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fountain/Creek

We went to campus, on a mission to see a fountain and throw some rocks in a creek.


It was a peaceful walk. Here are my children looking very stately and glowy.



We saw a big sculpture.



Unfortunately, the fountain was turned off for repairs. But it was still fun to explore.




We played a little hide and seek.



Next we headed to the creek to see if we could find any huge rocks. We did.


They picked and threw rocks for about an hour.



She didn't mind getting dirty, but her mossy fingers were a source of confusion.






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