Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Step to it!

For the last 5 or so years, we have had a "temporary" set of entry-way stairs. Every summer, "replace stairs" is on our project list. This year, we finally managed to find the time to do it! I helped tear apart the temporary stairs, but then my main responsibility was child care. Our friend Owen came over and helped Mike craft the stairs. They made a great team, turning out the bulk of the stairs in just one day. They look pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

When Life is turned on its head

This summer, we bought new furniture. The biggest fan of the new furniture is Simon. He has discovered that it's just perfect for head stands. You can frequently find Simon on his head. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lego Master

Oscar has discovered legos. And it is a full-on love affair. He spends hours carefully crafting lego creations, and what should he create? But dinosaurs, of course! He has a lego equivalent for several types of dinosaurs. This kid is amazing with his carefully crafted creations!


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Conference me in

This year, I had to attend a conference in Seattle for work. I was scheduled to be at the conference Monday morning at 8 am, so I had to leave Alaska on Sunday. This trip would be the first time I would be away from the house and the family for more than the 8 hours since Oscar was a year old, so everyone was a little nervous. Mike dropped me off at the airport early Sunday morning and returned home to the kids just as they were waking up. I have to say, it was the quietest week I have had in a very long time - even though the conference was attended by roughly 3,000 people. Mike (with a lot of help from Baboo) did well with the kids although they all seemed very relieved when I returned. My moment of gratification came half way through the trip when Mike said, "I don't think I realized how much you do around the house!"

Yep. And that is why I am perpetually exhausted.

Friday, September 28, 2018

By way of deduction

As you may know, Violet is a huge Nancy Drew fan. One night, I was reading a chapter of Nancy Drew to her before bed when I asked her what the back story was on one of the characters - which I missed when she decided to read a couple of chapters on her own. She told me that Alice's dad worked at a bank and had been abducted during a bank robbery - although the police think the dad was an accomplice in the robbery. Violet went on to explain that she believed Alice because Alice knows her dad - "just like I know daddy. I mean, I know dad would never rob a bank because he is a good man. He loves Jesus!" 

And there you have it. 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

What kind of dinosaur?

Simon was playing with a couple of toys including a dinosaur stencil. He held up the stencil and said, "Mom, what kind of dinosaur is this?" I looked at the stencil and said, "that's a long neck."

"Nope!" he exclaimed gleefully, "It's an Apatosaurus!"

Which is a long neck, for the record.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Oscar's Birthday

Oscar's love affair with dinosaurs continues (though it may be starting to fade), so it was only natural that we would throw yet another dinosaur-themed birthday party for him this year. Now that Oscar is in kindergarten, the invitation list started to grow. Faced with the idea of having to clean our house to the point where we would want dozens of unknown strangers wandering about, we decided to hold the party at a local park. 

I had a few modest activities planned for Oscar's birthday, but it wasn't long before my mother stepped in and took over operations. Being a far better event planner than I, she soon had stacks of totes ready for transport. We arrived at the park, put up a tent and several tables and got to work. 

First, the kids made "snow." Each kid received a paper plate (for overflow), a cup of water, and some "snow." They counted to three and poured the white powder into the cup of water to make a (small) mountain of snow. After the kids had played for a bit in there, we poured their snow into ziploc baggies and moved on to cookie decorating. After that, we blasted off the water rocket and played with the water beads. Then it was time for cake and presents. All things considered, it was a hit of a party and several moms / grandmas were asking for Baboo's contact information! 

Did I mention the dino photo booth?