Thursday, August 27, 2009

too small

I've been packing up some of Rose Pink's clothes that are too small for her, including a bathrobe. She saw the box that I'd stashed and complained to Mr. Brown.

Why is Mommy putting away my clothes? I still USE those clothes!

Do you? said Mr. Brown.

Yes! said Rose Pink. I used the bathrobe for Stitch (stuffed animal) yesterday!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

26 August 2009

In the evenings reading scriptures together, Rose Pink likes to have a turn repeating the verse after us. So we read a few words, and then she repeats what we've said. Last night Nut Brown decided that he wanted a turn, so we would read a few words and he would repeat the last one. It was so cute! I love watching him grow and learn.
Yesterday Mr. Brown and Rose Pink discovered YouTube karaoke and spent the morning singing at the top of their lungs into "microphones". Then they made me do it when I got home from work. Very fun. We like singing.

Monday, August 24, 2009

24 August 2009

Yesterday we drove out to Iowa City to visit cousins and went to the Fossil Gorge. It's a big ditch by Coralville Lake. In 1993 (?) a big flood washed out the ditch, which is part of the spillway for the lake, and uncovered a bunch of slate filled with fossils. Lots of fun to walk around and climb on and look at. Also there are lots of sinkholes and loose rocks to throw in them. Nut Brown thought he'd died and gone to heaven. And I take back calling him a little monkey. He's a mountain goat.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

22 August 2009

Tonight at dinner Rose Pink is creating a drama and she says to me, Your eyes are just like my mother's!! (pause) Your hair is just like my mother's!! (pause) (I yawn.) Your yawn- it's just like my mother's! YOU ARE MY MOTHER! Nice to be so firmly identified.

Friday, August 21, 2009


Okay, I know this is silly, but sometimes, when I'm driving our new car, the Kia, which is bigger than the Civic, I keep turning to look over my shoulder because I'm convinced that someone is riding my bumper. But it always turns out to be my own bumper following me. I'm just not used to having a longer car!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

20 August 2009

Nut Brown has figured out how to make himself dizzy by running around in circles. He thinks it is hilarious, and will run and run and run until he falls over.

Last night Aunt Amri was talking about Disney World, and Rose Pink asked what it was like. Aunt Amri said that she met Cinderella, and Rose Pink's eyes got really big. "Really?" she asked. "Like, a real Cinderella? Really?" When Aunt Amri answered in the affirmative she looked at me as if it was completely unbelievably wonderful.

Nut Brown has this fabulous habit of leaning over to look at you and cocking his head to one side while he does it. And then he grins. It is so darling!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Nut Brown has been adding the consonants at the end of words. Instead of 'buh' he says 'book', instead of 'bah' he says 'Bop', and so on. So instead of calling me 'mama' like he used to, he calls me 'mom-mom'. :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

sticks and stones

Last night after dinner we walked down to the creek (and Rose Pink rode her bike) and threw things into it. Grandma and Rose Pink tried to play Pooh Sticks but the current was slow, so Grandma started a 'bomb the boat' game where they gathered up rocks and tried to hit the sticks in the stream. Spencer climbed down by one of the piers of the railroad bridge that crosses the bike path and pulled a kid's bike out of the stream using a stick. Rose Pink followed his example, took off her shoes and got her feet wet too. A lovely evening.

14 August 2009

Nut Brown sat very still while we sang Happy Birthday last night- he is unfamiliar with this custom and wasn't sure how to act. But then he blew out his candles and thoroughly enjoyed his cake and ice cream. Rose Pink gave him two toy cars whose doors open. He was so interested in those that he didn't want to open his other gifts. Eventually he consented, however, and opened a book about trucks with moving parts from Grandma and Grandpa and a toy that blows balls up in the air to be chased from his parents. Also toy where you hit balls with a plastic hammer and they run through a maze. Quite a birthday- he was fascinated with all of them.

We had guests for dinner and were talking after he had finished eating, so he got down and put his shoes on and headed for the sliding door. "Oh," I say, "Are you going outside?" Nut Brown nods and says, "side" and reaches for the door handle. "We are about to have cake and ice cream," I say. Without missing a beat, he turns around and heads for the kitchen. "Cake," he says.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

happy birthday!

Today is Nut Brown's birthday. He is TWO and if you ask him how old he is, he says, "Du!" and holds up his hand with his index and middle fingers crossed. (We have been practicing.)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

11 August 2009

Last night Rose Pink accompanied us singing Love One Another on the piano for Family Home Evening! We had to tell her that we were done singing so she knew when to stop the accompaniment.


Rose Pink is not big on playing games by the rules. Whenever we play Candyland, it disintegrates into storytelling on the gameboard with the playing pieces.

At bedtime we give treats and compliments to our kids before family prayer. Last night Mr. Brown was prepping the treats (peanut butter M&Ms in little cups) and Nut Brown, who is not a big talker, was jumping around him in excitement. "Tuh-ree!" he exclaimed and held up his hands. "Me hold!"

Thursday, August 6, 2009

hello again

We are back from vacation but have little to recount. My kids had a fabulous time with their cousins and also with their very accommodating uncles and aunts and grandparents. We still haven't bought a new camera so I have no pictures to show from this journey. It was warm enough in Alabama to swim and Rose Pink and Nut Brown both made beginning strides towards actual swimming motions. I like swimming. I wish it was warmer here so we could swim more often. No other real news. I have been really busy at work and year end is coming up so things are probably just going to get more busy. I had a funny experience the other day at work when a co-worker told us that her uncle-in-law's family (who are Mormon) had lost their twelve-year-old daughter in a car wreck, but that they seemed to be "doing okay". I expressed sympathy and later that night in bed I thought, you dope! Why didn't you tell her about eternal families, and that they're probably "doing okay" because they've been sealed in the temple? (I am making assumptions here, but he's a bishop so I think they're pretty good assumptions.) Eternal families is your favorite thing about the gospel! So the next day I came in and was going to tell her about it and brought in a copy of the Family Proclamation for her, too. We missed each other so I emailed her and she said she was interested in other religions too (not sure if she's just being nice to me) but I'm going to get a Book of Mormon to go with the Family Proclamation before I give it to her. That's what she gets for being polite. :)