Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday Snow

We woke up this morning to a good 4 inches of snow on the ground. We had an unexpectedly open morning, so we took advantage of it. Claire and I relaxed inside and putzed around while Isaac and Vance went and did man's work outside.
She had a good time getting to have the trains all to herself.

Just look at those curls. I could just gobble her up. In the back the curls are even tighter. I'm lovin it while it lasts.

Isaac, meanwhile, was working hard (a favorite phrase of his) shoveling snow.

Michael was a big help, too.

Elijah was makin time.

They were on a mission.

Diego, on the other hand, was more interested in sledding.


I had a very interesting conversation with Isaac on the way back from Target this evening.
Isaac (listening to the music): Mama, do you hear that violin?
Me: Yes, it's very pretty, isn't it?
Isaac: Mama, doyou play piano?
Me: Yes, honey. What does Daddy play?
Isaac: Daddy plays guitar!
Me: What instrument are you going to play?
Isaac (slight pause): I play electric guitar!! I play electric guitar some day! (another pause) What does Claire play?
Me: I don't know, honey. What do you think she'll play?
Isaac: Claire plays violin!
I hope it's prophetic...although later he told me she plays bass guitar. That would be good too. Either way is fine (or both!).

A Visit to Another World

All right, folks, here come 1000 pictures of our trip to the Como Conservatory today. The lighting was too good, and the green too exciting, and the kids too cute for me to resist. We really ought to go there more's only 3 minutes from our house. We had so much fun visiting the living growing things today! It was a perfect February excursion.

I've been trying to get a good picture of the kids together for Granny...this isn't quite it, but it was close. I'll keep trying, Granny.

Another attempted sibling shot. Less successful, I think.
Isaac was completely enamored with the koi fish in the tropical pool.

Do you see this color? It is green. It is beautiful. And I miss it.

Those are two handsome boys!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I know we've been AWOL for too long now, but it just hasn't seemed like there's been a ton of news around here. We're in the post-holiday long haul of midwinter...plugging away at daily life, teaching piano, going to preschool, and keeping cabin fever at bay. But things are happening around here, so I'll try to give you a little update on all of us:

Claire -
- She's added "Mama" to her vocabulary (finally!), along with "no no". She understands so much, though, and makes it obvious that she's tracking with you. She is also constantly babbling.
- She learned how to crawl up the stairs yesterday, and hasn't stopped since. Prior to yesterday, she was terrified of the stairs and would scream if I tried to teach her (yes, I'm crazy). Yesterday, however, she was at the foot of the stairs when I put Isaac's lollipop on the edge of a stair temporarily. That was all she needed. In seconds, she decided she wanted that whatever-it-was, and climbed up the full flight quick as a wink. Now I just need to teach her to go down...
- She still only has 2 teeth.
- She is finally showing an interest in reading! This is a delight on many fronts. First, I want my kids to love to read like I do. Second, I feel like I'm ignoring her when Isaac asks me to read the 54, 086th book of the day. Maybe we'll have group reading sessions soon.
- She is also becoming quite daring, (see photo below), which has earned her the nickname "Clairedevil" (among others). She was tired of kids' books, and decided to dabble in a little of Piper's Future Grace.

Isaac -
- Since the week before his birthday, Isaac has been busy with the above. The initial week was a bit accident-heavy, but now he is doing great! Well, mostly...if anyone has any tips on getting a 3 year old to poo on the pot, let me know :). But enough potty talk, I'm sure.
- He is my big helper in the kitchen now, and loves to help me measure, pour, stir, and otherwise crowd my already-miniscule kitchen. It's fun!
- He has been very social lately, accosting nearly every stranger he meets and asking them their names. I am learning lots of people's names this way.
- He is almost exclusively calling Claire "honey-bunny" these days (yet another of her nicknames).
- He has become quite the encourager! On any given day, I might be encouraged for going potty, crossing the street nicely, cleaning up my mess, making a meal, etc. His, "Good job, Mama!" is often accompanied by applause and a huge ear-to-ear smile. One of the side-perks of potty training, I suppose.
Vance -
- He has been working hard these days, applying for several jobs, wrapping up his research, and continuing the process of writing his thesis. It's a lot of pressure, especially knowing that he needs to be done in May (and be really done). He's done a great job of making time for the family, though...a lot of times he comes home at regular time, plays with the kids, helps me get them to bed, and then heads back to the office for a few more hours of work. You can pray for him that God would provide the best job that will give us a place to serve effectively (church, community, campus).

Me -
- Well, I cut my hair. If you are a girl, you'd love it, if you are a guy, 50/50 chance, and if you are Vance, you are being nice about it but want your wife's hair back. This is not the best picture, but it's all I've got. It's shorter in the back. I'm enjoying it while it lasts, because it probably is the last time I'll get it this short!
- I've been reading lots of books, creating my own sprouted grain bread recipe, running more, eating fewer carbs, contemplating my next writing project, potty training, tending sick kids, not cleaning my house enough, and cooking meals for friends who've given birth recently (one family has a daughter allergic to nuts, eggs, and dairy, and a mom who's vegetarian. That was exciting!). Mostly, just life.
- Vance and I get to go away for 24 hours this weekend for a marriage retreat! I am thrilled!