Halloween

Sophie was a pirate, Noah was Batman with a sword, Lucy was a princess with an LED light-up dress, Ben was Zoro, or a Musketeer of some kind.  Ben and Sophie even had a Halloween theme for their piano recital.

Noah is the batman on the center left.

 Sophie and cousins Julianna and Audrey.

It kind of wigged me out to see my son with a mustache.  Won’t be long . . .

Also around this time, Ben had a belt testing and Lucy had a preschool program.

Lucy is in a purple coat near the middle.

I think I’m almost caught up.  I just have to check my phone and David’s phone.

Halloween

Sophie was a pirate, Noah was Batman with a sword, Lucy was a princess with an LED light-up dress, Ben was Zoro, or a Musketeer of some kind.  Ben and Sophie even had a Halloween theme for their piano recital.

Noah is the batman on the center left.

 Sophie and cousins Julianna and Audrey.

It kind of wigged me out to see my son with a mustache.  Won’t be long . . .

Also around this time, Ben had a belt testing and Lucy had a preschool program.

Lucy is in a purple coat near the middle.

I think I’m almost caught up.  I just have to check my phone and David’s phone.

Silly kids — and cats

  Fall time on the front porch.

I have a bizzare habit of taking pictures of my kids when they are asleep, particularly if there is a cat involved. Sometimes I turn the light on to get a better shot.  It’s funny to see how tolerant the cat is being a teddy bear.  Also, the baby appears to have been put to bed as well.

Sophie and Lucy used to share a bed, but we can’t fit a queen bed into my basement.  (Getting the washer and dryer down there took five men and a vertical drop.) So, they’re back in twin beds now.

Cookie pizzas!  Hurry up and make memories, kids!

Silly kids — and cats

  Fall time on the front porch.

I have a bizzare habit of taking pictures of my kids when they are asleep, particularly if there is a cat involved. Sometimes I turn the light on to get a better shot.  It’s funny to see how tolerant the cat is being a teddy bear.  Also, the baby appears to have been put to bed as well.

Sophie and Lucy used to share a bed, but we can’t fit a queen bed into my basement.  (Getting the washer and dryer down there took five men and a vertical drop.) So, they’re back in twin beds now.

Cookie pizzas!  Hurry up and make memories, kids!

Noah’s Birthday

My little guy is now 6.5 and here are his big six birthday pics.  He is a little sweetie, still wears 5Ts and has the same, pinchable cheeks.  He still loves playing with cars, riding his bike and just generally being friendly to everyone (until he starts throwing gleeful punches).  For those of you familiar with Blue’s Clues, I call him my little Green Puppy (the character who loves knocking down other’s block towers just for the joy of it).

His favorite color is black, his favorite show is Oswald.  His favorite family activity is family night, which I wouldn’t have guessed based on his behavior on said nights.  He is quite the monkey.  Lucy is his best friend.  The other day I was tucking him in and giving him the drill, “You’re going to grow up and be a good man, right?”
“Yes.”
“And a good daddy?”
“Yes.”
“And a good husband?”
“Yes . . .”– look of concern.  “Mommy, who am I going to marry?  Oh, I know.  I’ll marry Lucy.”  Mommy explains he can’t marry Lucy, and the concern returns.  I explain he won’t have to worry about that for a while, but he ponders it until he decides on our new next door neighbor who is also six and is in his Kindergarten and Primary classes.  Now content, he snuggles into the covers and closes his eyes.  “I’ll marry Elsa.”  Well, since they are going to grow up together, I’d better write it down, just to be sure.

Love you, sweet Noah!

Holding new cousin, Lucas

Right about this time, we got our In-N-Out at last, so we celebrated a little there

You can’t tell from the pic, but it is packed and the whole Centerville Police Department seemed to be dedicated to the grand opening in directing traffic and the blocks of cars waiting for the drive-thru.

Noah’s Birthday

My little guy is now 6.5 and here are his big six birthday pics.  He is a little sweetie, still wears 5Ts and has the same, pinchable cheeks.  He still loves playing with cars, riding his bike and just generally being friendly to everyone (until he starts throwing gleeful punches).  For those of you familiar with Blue’s Clues, I call him my little Green Puppy (the character who loves knocking down other’s block towers just for the joy of it).

His favorite color is black, his favorite show is Oswald.  His favorite family activity is family night, which I wouldn’t have guessed based on his behavior on said nights.  He is quite the monkey.  Lucy is his best friend.  The other day I was tucking him in and giving him the drill, “You’re going to grow up and be a good man, right?”
“Yes.”
“And a good daddy?”
“Yes.”
“And a good husband?”
“Yes . . .”– look of concern.  “Mommy, who am I going to marry?  Oh, I know.  I’ll marry Lucy.”  Mommy explains he can’t marry Lucy, and the concern returns.  I explain he won’t have to worry about that for a while, but he ponders it until he decides on our new next door neighbor who is also six and is in his Kindergarten and Primary classes.  Now content, he snuggles into the covers and closes his eyes.  “I’ll marry Elsa.”  Well, since they are going to grow up together, I’d better write it down, just to be sure.

Love you, sweet Noah!

Holding new cousin, Lucas

Right about this time, we got our In-N-Out at last, so we celebrated a little there

You can’t tell from the pic, but it is packed and the whole Centerville Police Department seemed to be dedicated to the grand opening in directing traffic and the blocks of cars waiting for the drive-thru.

Sophie’s Birthday

Sophie is now 9.5 and I’ve yet to post her birthday.  What is shocking to me is how, just 6 months later, all the kids look so much younger in these pictures than they do right now.  What is happening here?  It’s flying by so fast.  Here’s my gorgeous girl.  She loves baking and jumping rope and she’s finally getting into dolls a little bit.  She’s got a beautiful smile, is just as moody and dramatic as the day she was born.  She has a lovely singing voice, is almost a deputy black belt in tae-kwon-do, and she’s doing well at the piano.

She is a cautious person, and as a result, has already begun to mother me, a more free-wheeling soul.  I took them on a short hike last night behind Lagoon (yes, buffalo and antelope live just three blocks from my house!) and until we got to the trail head a few blocks away, she was constantly questioning where we were going and whether I knew what we were doing, and maybe we should turn back… It all turned out in the end (with one short cut and going over a low fence).  

I definitely will not have those children who don’t realize they had fallible parents until they were adults.  My kids learn that by about the time they can talk.  But still, to be second guessed by someone a fraction of my age can get a little old.  It’s like when Lucy back-seat drives.  🙂

I feel lucky to be Sophie’s mom.  She has taught me a lot.  The other day she asked for a little sister and said, “I think it would be fun, even though I’d have to give up my favorite thing, which is, of course, ATTENTION.”  We had to break the news it wasn’t going to happen, but the good news is, more attention for her, and I know she needs it, especially at this critical time in her life.  Love you, Sophie!

Sophie’s Birthday

Sophie is now 9.5 and I’ve yet to post her birthday.  What is shocking to me is how, just 6 months later, all the kids look so much younger in these pictures than they do right now.  What is happening here?  It’s flying by so fast.  Here’s my gorgeous girl.  She loves baking and jumping rope and she’s finally getting into dolls a little bit.  She’s got a beautiful smile, is just as moody and dramatic as the day she was born.  She has a lovely singing voice, is almost a deputy black belt in tae-kwon-do, and she’s doing well at the piano.

She is a cautious person, and as a result, has already begun to mother me, a more free-wheeling soul.  I took them on a short hike last night behind Lagoon (yes, buffalo and antelope live just three blocks from my house!) and until we got to the trail head a few blocks away, she was constantly questioning where we were going and whether I knew what we were doing, and maybe we should turn back… It all turned out in the end (with one short cut and going over a low fence).  

I definitely will not have those children who don’t realize they had fallible parents until they were adults.  My kids learn that by about the time they can talk.  But still, to be second guessed by someone a fraction of my age can get a little old.  It’s like when Lucy back-seat drives.  🙂

I feel lucky to be Sophie’s mom.  She has taught me a lot.  The other day she asked for a little sister and said, “I think it would be fun, even though I’d have to give up my favorite thing, which is, of course, ATTENTION.”  We had to break the news it wasn’t going to happen, but the good news is, more attention for her, and I know she needs it, especially at this critical time in her life.  Love you, Sophie!

Mirror Lake

We were going to go with Anita and Bob and my mom up to Mirror Lake in late August so they could teach my kids to fish.  We were sad to go without them, but it was beautiful up there.  David was travelling and it was just my mom and I and the four kids, not all of which were helpful or cooperative at any given time.  There was much more rain than I’d wish for, and I swore by the end I’d never do it again.  But now, eight months later when I look at the pictures, it looks like it was a fun time. Maybe I could be duped into it in the future.  We got to fish sitting on the same rock my grandpa did with my mom when she was a little girl.  I just have to figure out how to make it work, but there’s a chance I’d do it again.

Mirror Lake

We were going to go with Anita and Bob and my mom up to Mirror Lake in late August so they could teach my kids to fish.  We were sad to go without them, but it was beautiful up there.  David was travelling and it was just my mom and I and the four kids, not all of which were helpful or cooperative at any given time.  There was much more rain than I’d wish for, and I swore by the end I’d never do it again.  But now, eight months later when I look at the pictures, it looks like it was a fun time. Maybe I could be duped into it in the future.  We got to fish sitting on the same rock my grandpa did with my mom when she was a little girl.  I just have to figure out how to make it work, but there’s a chance I’d do it again.