Tuesday, July 29, 2008

lazy Sunday afternoon


while waiting on the curb for our ride...

...the kids found ways to entertain themselves.




(notice how Riceball is diligently watching and making a mental note to try this out in the future)

"look, mom, we're like astronauts!"

zoo...quake

we went to the zoo this morning and L. must have been sensing the seismic shifting going on and she had a giant meltdown right about quarter to noon so we had to come home and then I learned on the news about the quake. the timeframe seemed about right when I thought about it. she's perceptive, that one...

Friday, July 25, 2008

A. (still obsessed with spiders): "Look, L.! There's something exciting! It's a baby longlegs!"

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L.: "When I am big and I'm a mommy, I'm going to be the boss and I'm going to go running."

Thursday, July 24, 2008

puzzle mania




we are so proud.


and so is she.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A.'s world


I cannot possibly capture all that she says, let alone the little chipmunk voice, but here is a little sampling...

"close your eyes and go to sleep, A."
"ok, and I'm going to dream about panda bears and dolphins and L. is going to dream about dinosaurs and ponies..."

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"I spy something that is...red! Is it that shirt? No... Is it the firetruck? No..."

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many long and complex sentences...
"Here's a Dr. Seuss book for you to read to me, Mommy. And here's another Dr. Seuss one. How 'bout after you read this one, then you can read that one. No! Riceball! Don't break my 'Red Fish, Blue Fish' book!" (yes, she actually calls him 'riceball')

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and here is one of my favorites that I've overheard a few times in the last few days. oh and very honestly, i do NOT know where she got this from. maybe from her experiences with bugs?

she is waddling around doing something--that is no doubt very important--and in the background somewhere a little ball of Rice topples over and lands in a heap on the floor (for some reason. wait, do 1 yr-olds NEED a reason? seems like they do this every few minutes...). She'll look over and casually say, "Oh, he's dead." and then back to whatever she was doing.

trauma-free


I prepared L. for her annual visit to the pediatrician with a case for a small amount of pain from a needle in the arm or leg versus the great amount of suffering and hardship one might endure should one contract such an easily preventable disease. She felt this was a fair trade and went to her checkup, accompanied by dad, feeling pretty ready to face this small trial.
When she got back, I asked for a report:
"Well, they were out of pony stickers so I had to get a truck one, but it was ok."
Sounds ok so far, but let's back up; how about the actual exam?
"My leg was asleep when we got there, but a little hammer woke up my knee."
I think she was fine.
(And yes, ponies are all the rage around here.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

he speaks!

the Riceball was trying to get my attention this morning and I thought it was the typical baby babble he usually thinks are words. Then I realized he was asking for something: "Ball!"

How appropriate that this should be his first real ("uh oh" and "da da da da" don't really count) word.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

i am so proud

they're watching a show, an educational one thank you very much. Every day they learn something new. There are skits, a few songs, some older kids answering some questions and showing off what they've learned.
It's a great show, they probably watch it two or three times a week because they love to learn. Today's topic: habits. Plenty of examples of good and bad habits and some tips on how to break the bad ones, too. Like I said, great show.
L. walks over to me: "Look, Mommy, I have a habit!"
finger in her nose.

things I will miss in a few years...

A: "Mommy, come see something exciting! It's a spider!"

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could she be more adorable!?!

plants, part II

Tuesday, July 1, 2008