Friday, February 16, 2018

16 February 2018

This past weekend our friends Holly & Michael from Iowa came to visit!  They were celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary with a trip to Harry Potter World and came over to see us as well!  We went to a British shoppe (very small), Lake Eola park downtown (Mr. Brown & I were unimpressed, but Nut Brown badly wanted to ride the swanboats) and then out to dinner at a place that they chose called 'Mrs. Potato'.  It served us hashbrowns wrapped around a filling and fried... delicious!  We played Stipulations while we waited, and it was pretty fun.  This game is right up their alley.  Rose Pink said, "I've just gotten my dream job to fly as an astronaut to Pluto..." and Holly said, "...but you have to ride with Barney the dinosaur!"

On Sunday afternoon we went out to the Orlando Wetlands so they could see alligators, which we did.  We saw one walk across the path in front of us about forty yards away, and on the way back, there was one with its snout sitting right on the path.  He looked like he was waiting for us to pass.  We were a little nervous about being quite so close, but Rosebud was in the stroller so I took Bobo firmly by the hand and we walked past on the other side of the path without incident.  Totally cool!  We love the Wetlands.

We also played Apples to Apples, to the children's great delight, and then Spencer and I played a Sherlock Holmes game with them later.  They are such good friends!  It was really fun to see them.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

15 February 2018

Mr. Brown has set up an evening chore chart so the older kids rotate between helping him cook, setting/clearing the table, and washing the dishes with me.  Last night was Bobo's night to help me, and he cleared the drain rack by turning the dishes into ninjas and demonstrating all their special moves to me.  Bet you didn't know that leftover dishes could work together to defeat forks!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

14 February 2018

Last night Mr. Brown and I went to play volleyball at the church, and when we got home, we found that the kids had put hearts all over our dresser.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

13 February 2018

I came home from work the other day and Rose Pink brought Rosebud out to me in the backyard and said, "I'm so DONE with this baby!  She's kept me from doing my homework ALL DAY!"  Apparently Rosebud wanted to watch cat videos on Rose Pink's laptop, and play kitty with her and Bobo, and generally be with her all day.  Rose Pink is a good sport and a loving big sister but she has been saving up her video game turns (earned by finishing her homework) to watch the Hunger Games movies and she wanted to get her homework done!  So Rosebud and I finished watering my pecan tree twigs in the backyard together.

She has finally gotten to the stage in her development where I am sad that she's the last one.  I wasn't sorry that she was the last six month old, or the last one year old, or even the last eighteen month old; but now that she's two, I'm sad that there's no more two years olds for us.  She is so joyful.

Monday, February 5, 2018

5 February 2018

Rosebud's verbalized vocabulary has increased substantially in the last few weeks.  Last night at dinner she said, "Mama, Ramses broke it." and today digging in the garden with me, "My trowel is gone!"  Her enunciation is about what you expect from a two-year-old, but her vocabulary is remarkable and growing.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

3 February 2018

Last night Nut Brown decided that he got to stay up with me and help me make giant cookies (he earned one for finishing the Book of Mormon, and Rose Pink earned one for knowing some scriptures during General Conference - long overdue).  We hung out in the kitchen mixing things and he told me bad jokes that made me laugh and reminded me very much of his father.  I love him so much!  He is so funny!

Friday, February 2, 2018

2 February 2018

Tonight, Mr. Brown was playing long distance D&D and Rose Pink was out baby-sitting so the boys helped me with the dishes and then we ran out for taiyaki.  I sent Bobo in to ask Mr. Brown what flavor he wanted, and he came back and told me that Mr. Brown had said that he wanted more than one, but that he (Bobo) had told Mr. Brown that if he wanted more than one it would have to come out of his own money. 

On the way home, nomming our taiyaki in the car, Rosebud started to sing, "Taiyaki in my tummy!  Taiyaki in my tummy!"

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

31 January 2018

Today Rose Pink and Rosebud tried out a pediatrician and went in for annual checkups.  Happily, the pediatrician was satisfactory to everyone so we have one less doctor that we need to find.  Rosebud was due for another immunization, and Mr. Brown talked to her about which arm she wanted it in, and she was concerned but very calm and chatty through the whole thing.  It was extremely impressive, especially for a two year old.

Tonight we paused in the front yard to watch the moon rising - an impressive sight.  We don't have streetlights in front of our house, but the moon has been so bright the last couple nights that you wouldn't have noticed.  After getting pajamas on, Rosebud asked to go back outside and look at the moon again, and we did, gazing in silence at the huge silver orb still low over the trees in our backyard.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

25 January 2018

Bobo got this bear blanket from Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas.  He loves it.  He comes out every morning wearing it, which is just an explosion of cuteness and a wonderful way for Mama to start the day.  He's always cuddly in the morning but being a bear makes him extra cuddly.

Monday, January 22, 2018

22 January 2018

We were given a very large bunch of wiki-stix for Christmas, and it has resulted in creativity and hilarity.

I wish I also had a picture of our kitchen wall.  We've used them to make designs and write messages on the wall, too.  Super fun.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

20 January 2018

Our friends the Scotts came to visit and we went to see alligators! In the wild! In some nearby wetlands.  It was totally cool.  We also went to see a natural spring with manatees, which was also very completely cool.  We are definitely going back there when it's a little warmer.

There's also a beautiful cypress swamp at the wetlands, very evocative. 

It was so good to see them.  It seemed completely natural for them to be at our house, rootling around in our kitchen and laying on the couch, because they are so much a part of our life.  I'm so glad that they came!  Mr. Brown and I miss them very much.

Friday, January 19, 2018

19 January 2018

Grandma and Grandpa went to a state fair of some sort and sent us souvenirs.

We added them to our dance party to enjoy them!

Nut Brown incited the dance party by going 'moo' in time with the music.  He's so funny!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

18 January 2018

We've had a season of birthdays this past week, since the girls' birthdays are only two days apart.  Nut Brown prepared several things for Rosebud's birthday that were really sweet.  He bought and wrapped a gift for her:

and he made a piƱata for her party shaped like a pizza, because that's one of her favorite things!


We made pizza for her birthday dinner, and then ended up having cake the next day.  Mr. Brown put lots of candles on her cake to celebrate, and helped her blow them out.  She was a little unsure about what to do as the star of the show, but she did blow them out with help, and looking at these pictures afterward she kept saying, "my birfday... my birfday..."
Her cake was a pound cake from a special recipe given me by an old friend!

Rose Pink had a mango cheesecake for hers.  I think she got more than her share of candles as well, but you know, lots of reasons to celebrate.   
Our friends the Scotts were visiting and gave her a pair of Wonder Woman socks (with tiny capes!) and my parents sent her a Wonder Woman throw which she loved immediately and wrapped around herself.  Rosebud went and got her boppy and wrapped it around herself the same way and followed Rose Pink around... it was super cute to see how she wanted to be like her big sister.

Some friends of ours came for dinner a couple days later and brought yet another cake to mark their birthdays.  Rosebud knew the drill at this point and was perfectly ready to light and blow out candles.  Super fun.

And we're not done yet... Rose Pink's actual birthday party is this weekend.  We're cooking out in the backyard with friends from church and eating cupcakes and playing games.  Should be lots of fun!  Rose Pink said she wanted a surprise party, and so we planned one (with Nut Brown, who really wanted her to get what she wanted) and then one of the kids at church gave it away!  Oh well.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

17 January 2018

At night I sing to Rosebud when I'm putting her in bed.  She is intent on learning the words to the songs and surprises me sometimes with how much of them she knows.  The other night she sang the whole first line of "I Am A Child of God" with me.  She also knows a fair chunk of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", which we are still singing together even though it's January.  Mr. Brown and the older kids have taught her 'I'm A Little Teapot', and when they sing it together, they pause for the last line and she finishes by herself - "...and pour me OUT!" which is so completely adorable.

We often go through difficulties when she is requesting a song and I can't tell which one she's asking for.  I'll start to sing what I think she asked for and she will shriek NO NO NO! at the top of her lungs and I take a deep breath and (usually) ask her if she wants to sing Merry Christmas, which she always agrees to.

A couple days ago she pulled a new one on me when after finishing a verse of a song, she announced, "The end."  I wasn't sure if I'd heard it right, so I went on to the chorus, but she interrupted me to say again, "The end."  So now I know that we're done with a song when she says, "The end."  I didn't even know she knew that phrase.