Sunday, January 26, 2014

Of Slaves and Roller Skates

   This past week... was LONG! I love long weeks - more life fits into them. Why do some weeks seem short and whirl past and others go on and on? Are we sure time is a constant? Or do we only think it is? Or am I a wee bit nuts? Or, are you?

   Anyway, I didn't take enough or good enough pics this week. Sad emoticon. Happy emoticon. Confused emoticon. Whatever!

    Joel wrote and read "go in" this week. He isn't even 2 yet, and he's just sitting there coloring and writes go in. Then he says "go in!" You could have knocked me flat with the merest breeze. He has known all his letters and sounds for about a year, but still... his 6 year old sister learned them early too, and she CAN read and still only ENJOYS being read to. We shall see. His favorite book is "Go, Dog. Go!" and we finally realized he learned the word "go" from that book when he asked to be read to, pointed at the word and said, "Go! G."

    Miss Sophia attended her first concert outside the womb this week! Classical music, and she loved it!

    Christy has a very loose front tooth, and her passion of the week has been rocks & minerals.

    Destiny... Destiny has a slave. You'll see what I mean while you scroll through the pics ;)

Flex dem muscles!
My lil love! 
This coloring book is from the 1960's!! the price on the front is 5 cents
Why are older things so much fun?! On the cold days this week we loved these books
Behold, an authoress! This is how an authoress dresses, just so you know. In case you ever see a lady dressed in similar attire.
"Merry Christmas, Mommy!"

Sophia's little face lately reminds me so much of my very first and most beloved, worn out baby doll, given to me as a 1st birthday gift. I love just staring at her!
I NEVER thought I'd see this. But Destiny found herself a real-life slave. Those little girls have their poor Papa totally wrapped!

Trying out the magic of hair wands

First time on roller skates! We're going to have to do this on a regular basis now - the girls love it


Friday, January 17, 2014

You Make My Head Spin and My Heart Full

     It was a crazy week! By which I mean, wow it happened fast, and all the kids grew and changed and yes, that's totally normal, but once in a while it all makes my head spin!

    We listened to audio books - Christy's entranced with Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia lately, continued our house-hunting, got some individual dates with our babies in, and well, I'm not sure what else! It was a blur. But a good blur.

Her listening-to-audio-books face and pose
This girl loves her some Mommy-dates. She got TWO this week, and what's fun is the way she never stops talking & wants to buy chocolates every time.
 Anytime I take only one child out, people everywhere stop me to "ooooh" over my child, and always assume I have just the one. I never correct them! 
Little girls leave cookbooks open everywhere,
 and make me the coolest recycled-paper jewelry 

I caught this dolly playing dress-up in the Verrrrry '90's dress I was baptized in!
 She added that pink whatever-it-is

Book-It, Baby! This is the coolest kid. She likes getting her Book-It pizzas, though because of her gluten sensitivities she only picks off a couple bits of sausage or pepperoni and then divides it between her siblings. They love it. I'd feel bad for her, but we make or buy gluten-free pizzas often enough that it's all good.
Desi's Imagination Library book arrived!

Fallen for You

Oh, little Joel.

You're so big, and still so little
You're all Daddy's boy, a real little man,
but you still love snuggling with Mommy

You point out pictures of baby animals with their mamas to me and tell me, "baby and mama," and hug me, with a happy little sigh
But you can't wait until Daddy's home every day, and weekends are your delight.

You were so fun on Sunday (but then, you're always fun)
 running and jumping and wanting us to take your picture every now and then
Examining everything you saw
Eating pistachios like it was a career choice

Things I want to always remember about you at this age are:
you think you need to/ought to take care of everyone. We'll be telling you so many stories about this once you're older.Unless you've never "grown out" of it. Maybe serving everyone in every way you can think of is just you - time will tell.
you are VERY picky about what clothing you'll wear. But if it has an animal or a vehicle on it, or looks "preppy" you generally will accept it as good enough

you wait all day for Daddy to get home
you are so generous. I thought you might be jealous of a new baby arriving, but you haven't been. You check on her dozens of times a day, kiss her, pat her head gently and talk to her sweetly
I can't believe you're nearly two!
And I've fallen for you...
too many times to count!

Please stay my baby forever, just exactly like you are now in every particular, but on the other hand, please grow to be a big, strong man of integrity, and serve the Lord, and marry a beautiful little lady who'll make you happy the rest of your days.
Little boy, I love you dearly.
There aren't enough words in the whole English language sometimes.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Place Just Right

 It's a gift to be simple, it's a gift to be free, it's a gift to come down, where you ought to be...

And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.     -Simple Gifts