Sunday, December 19, 2010

The other toddler

I think she's trying to figure out how to squeeze between these posts.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Blue eyes turn Hazel

And he can balance a turtle on his head. A very talented seventeen monther.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Bits from Bronwen

What do you do with the things your littles say? You write them down on you heart and you try to remember to write them down on paper.

Bronwen asked today if China was calling us.

"Mom, do you know where a really cute black crayon is?"

"Ugh! I wish we were taking our car on this walk!" 7/14/10

6/7/10 "And now, a completely lovely dance by the princesses of Lubet." Then she and Ananbelle danced around the room with their lace capes. It was completely lovely.

3/18/10 "you guys are adults?! . . . I thought you were dolphins!" Said with a completely straight face.

2/6/10 running her finger tip over the ridge of each nostril, "Mama! I ahve a three on my nose!"

Getting warmed up

I started writing here because just after Annabelle was born my sister moved 900 miles away to pursue her dreams and I wanted a way to keep her close. In May of 2009 Jayme graduated from the Boston Conservatory and in October of 2010 she completed and performed her thesis (both events I was blessed to be able to attend.) Now with the possibility of a move closer to her roots, and the growth of my family, it seems the mission of my writing has evolved a bit.
I find I'm writing more for my children, to make a record of their days and to remember the precious things they say.

I considered just writing again starting from today, but that would create such a large gap in our year, and I don't want to miss anything for them. So, I've decided to back post a bit. Hope you don't mind!
Today it's very cold outside and we're expecting up to twenty inches of snow. We're on winter break, and although I have many chores waiting for me it seems like the perfect time to get started. Again.

Community Children's Choir Christmas concert

My heart swells as I watch them up there singing these beautiful classic Christmas songs that the very talented and dedicated directors have taught them.
This concert has become such a special part of our Christmas tradition and this year Bronwen is thrilled to be in it too.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More from the fair haired child

And then there's this . . . from my treasure box

"once a shark got me and shoved me into the Christmas tree for jail!" 12/7/09

I told the girls I'm going to give them grace this morning. Annabelle smiled, pointed to her tray and said, "I want my grace right here." 12/10/09

"Soon I'll be going over two to three." 1/18/10

"Good my grief it's cold outside!" 4/9/10

"Mom, I'm cold. . . . . I'm coldilocks!" 4/10/10

Annabelle: "mom, can I go swim in the sprinklers?"
Me: No, you can't go outside by yourself
A: but mom, God is with me . . . He always walks around with me.
Me: yes, that's true, but it is not wise for me to let you go by yourself without human supervision.
After a little thought, Annabelle settles for a pretzel. 7/24/10

"The Bee -eye-Lee-eye-Lee,
yes that's the book for me,
I stand on it - all alone -
The Bee -eye-Lee-eye-Leeee!"

Annabelle just looked at Oliver and said, "his head is way too big on him. He needs a much smaller one." 6/3/10

 "Do you want to hear some breaking news?" (I would have been worried with this one, but the look on her face told me she was pretty confused about what she was asking.) 6/7/10

 "Gum will make me concentrate better." 6/13/10

at bedtime tonight, I had to have a somewhat serious discussion with Annabelle about listening to instructions and obeying them. When I asked her if she understood she paused and then through her own impish grin and in a sing-song voice said, "don't smi-ile!" 6/21/10

"I love riding alligators . . . .up and down, up and down . . . " 6/24/10

"Mom, when we are monsters, will we have trees for ears?" 6/29/10

Annabelle in a corner playing by herself, pulls play money out of her purse and quietly exclaims, "Fabulous!" 7/18/10

Annabelle: "Ooooh, Mommy! You look sparkly!" 7/13/10

Today Annabelle is walking around with a mosquito net over her head, calling me "my child" . . .
holding out the kleenex box, "will you open this my child?"

listening to Enya's Wild Child, "I like onion's music." 11/16/10

I wish there were a way to peak into her mind.

But then again, she gives me a peak nearly every day.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Her Name

Our puppy has a name.

Meet Corduroy Purple Bear

We decided to go with a favorite from children's stories and of course the purple must stay.

She's a very sweet girl, the perfect addition to our family.

                                             These two are very nearly the same size!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Birthday boy in the house

Yesterday was Noah's 9th birthday. We spent the night before in Roscoe IL with family celebrating his cousin's birthday and picking up our new puppy.

Today we had the family over to celebrate this great boy.

not this one, though he's pretty great too. Grandma and Grandpa sure think so!

This one! the one punch drunk with puppy love. The one who has stolen my heart and melts me with his dark chocolate eyes. The one with a servant's heart and a deep tenderness for the things of the Lord. He's going to do great things someday and I know this because he's already doing great things now. He's got what it takes. It thrills my heart to see how the little ones look up to him already.

i think their older cousin C is teaching them the finer points of gel window art.

I don't know but she may be telling him how to take care of split ends. That would not surprise me at all.
cousin M with a knowing look and a twinkle in her eye. She's such an amazing girl!

Best buddy B, because what's a space party without your right hand man?

Oh right. And this happened two nights ago. I may post about it later.

Cupcake frenzy from the cupcake Grandma.

The eldest lady in the family holds a tete a tete with the youngest and littlest lady.

Gotta love the technology. Aunt Jayme, faithful as ever to attend every party via skype from Boston.
No, it's not a frog it's a rocket ship!

Clever placement of the candles makes this rocket looking ready for blast off!

Happy birthday Noah!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A new addition

Introducing the newest member of our family! Purple girl was born August 23 into a litter of 13! Her mama's such a trooper. The breeder color codes the babies and this one was dotted with a purple spot on her shoulder. Of course my girls were thrilled and want to keep calling her purple girl. She still has no name that we all can agree upon.
We picked her up yesterday, on Noah's birthday. That's why he has such a goofy grin on his face. He just turned nine and he has a puppy. She's the family pet, but he reminds me, we did get her on his birthday.
Cooper, the resident Jack Russel doesn't quite know what to think, but he hasn't realized she's a dog yet.

Monday, August 23, 2010

for a new look

Did you notice? Something must have happened to the link where I pinched my last background. The colorful cut paper flowers are missing so I am faced with a decision: use another free background, or perhaps purchase a custom made one.
As I am determined to come back to regular blogging, and thereby exercise my stunted writing ability and exorcise the cursed writer's block, purchasing a custom template is rather appealing.
However, I can be slightly parsimonious and may just stick with another freebie.

Pop in now and again because one of these days I'll be sportin' a new look.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Swimming lessons

We have the best swim instructor. She loves the kids and well we love her. lots.

Grace is so amazing, she even lets Aurora join the underwater circle. Do you see her there on Grace's shoulder?

Annabelle has no trouble holding her breath and going under. She barely puffs out her cheeks even. Just smiles and bobs under, sometimes not even closing her eyes.

Bronwen on the other hand is much more hesitant - and is always the last one under, and won't get the top of her head wet.

Really, they're all very comfortable in the water.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Memories in Sweden

When I was in college Grandma, Aunt Bev and I went to Sweden where Grandma's brother's family lives. Here we are in one of her neices front yards. I'm terribly jet lagged but enjoying the trip of a lifetime.
I had promised to take Grandma some day. I'm so glad Aunt Bev could come along.

Friday, July 9, 2010


I'm painting again and it feels good.