Wednesday, May 26, 2010


It seems like her first day wasn't so long ago... And now, she's a first-grader!

Congratulations, L., we are so proud of you!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mer, you'll like this one.

Speaking of morbid games the kids play, we have been watching the Discovery Channel's reality show about Everest. As is typical with such shows, the narrator has a deep voice and everything is as dramatic and hyped up as it can be.

I overheard the kids' deep voices the other day as they scaled the staircase:

"The climbers are now 7 million 200 feet up the mountain. Oxygen is running out and they are entering the Death Zone..."
And then one of them collapsed and the others had to resuscitate her.

Oh, we are so proud.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

3, 4, 5

In keeping with our tradition here at RandB, that's how old they are right now. (you can click here and here for previous years)

Here are some other numbers:

L., weight: 45 lbs., 46 in.
A., weight: 41 lbs. , 43 in.
BR, weight: 27lbs., 36 in.

Can you pick out the runt of the litter?

Poor BR, he is only in the 15th percentile for weight, compared to A. who is in the 95th! You'd never guess they are only 13 months apart just by looking at them (7 months closer than his sisters to each other).

But it is his wise demeanor that really tips you off, if you just look closely...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

sometimes tornadoes bring us good things

like when Kit's layover gets extended to almost two whole days.

we enjoyed every single minute.

especially when she taught us how to play "hideous corpse."

(where each person draws a portion of an animal and then folds the paper so the others can't see what they've done and then hand it over to the next person who must draw another part, and so on.)

we miss you already, Kit.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Work and Play

Someone asked me if the news in this post was really that great. :)
First of all, I should say that I made a mistake in my calculations: it is actually more like 13 days on out of every 28 (as opposed to 21 days on of every 28).

Since it is shiftwork, it is hard to really translate this into "normal" terms. Basically, it is about a 50 hour work week (as compared to 75 to 80 now) for six months of paid work. The six months in India is unpaid. So, yeah, we think that's a pretty good deal!

But once the India thing is over (and all the student loans are taken care of), there will be no reason to work more than 8 shifts a month. Right, Jer? Right?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

super powers

L: "Mommy, do we hear with our eyes?"

Me (figuring this was some kind of silly game she wanted to play): "Sure. And we see with our nose, and smell with our ears and..."

L.(looks a little confused): "Well, Mrs. G. says that during storytime we are supposed to hear with our ears, AND our eyes, AND our minds."

Me: "Oh. Right. Yeah."

Then she leaned over and opened her eyes real wide at me: "I can FEEL my eyes listening..."


BR packed up this little basket with some favorite toys for our "field trip." (we were headed to the store.)

"When I become a little toy, I will be so excited to get into this basket!"

Thursday, May 13, 2010

the good news keeps rolling in....

First of all: we have all been healthy for over a week!

Second: Daddy got his schedule for this summer. He will be working 15 shifts per month. That is exactly 6 shifts fewer than he works now!! We are so happy we can hardly stand it.

It makes us feel like
this and a little like this and definitely like this.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

happy mother's day to me

best card:

best bookmark:

best kids!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

the last time we went to India...

...was during September-October 2005. That means that L. was 15 months old and A. was -4 months old.

L. enjoyed being the center of attention and playing with her new friends.


Friday, May 7, 2010

what could be more fun...

...than huge black and white balloons?!?

I especially loved that the brand name for this toy is "The Natural World."

I mean, is there anything more natural than a 7ft-long balloon with zebra stripes?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

the Cinco means Treinta y Uno

The kids made their daddy "zombie" birthday cards, inspired by his most recent favorite video game. In the game, the zombies sometimes send notes to announce their imminent arrival and/or nefarious intentions, but (as we all know) they are notoriously bad spellers.

The card from A. I mean, the zombies:

BR's "zombie" card creation:

L. wanted to mimic the zombie's style as closely as possible so she intentionally mis-spelled the message of this card:

No, Daddy was not lucky enough to enjoy a "brain cake" this year, but he did enjoy this lemon poppyseed one with his kiddos (and no zombies):

Happy Birthday, Daddy!


From a conversation with L. on Sunday, when I was too sick even to sit up on the couch:

"Mommy, what are you doing?"
"I'm curling up into a ball."

She whips out a ball and holds it up so I can see: "You do NOT look like THIS."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


A. was swinging from the monkey bars. "Look at me, BR!"
Him: "Wow, Ah-ma-ree! I'm impressed!"

We were running for the bus...
A: "Mommy! I can't run anymore! Too of my legs are hurting!"