Friday, December 30, 2011
When Mr. Brown was discussing the other day what he might plant in a garden in the backyard, Nut Brown spontaneously produced this drawing of what he plans to grow in the garden. I recognize at least peas and a carrot, a green bean and an apple plus apple tree. I think the yellow is corn.
Nut Brown had a fling with long hair this month. When it was time for a haircut he told me he wanted to grow his hair out long enough for a ponytail (like his sister). So I let him grow it out for awhile and after just a couple weeks he decided he wanted it short again.
Nut Brown's eyelashes are so long that sometimes they get caught and turned under into his eye and he starts screaming and crying for Daddy to help straighten them out again.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Happy Christmas! Santa stopped by our house Christmas Eve night and left a trail of nuts from the kids' room window through the house to the stockings. The kids have decided this happens because Rudolph is helping Santa and accidentally spills as he carries the bag of nuts or peanuts or popcorn through the house.
This year we bought the kids a Wii for Christmas and some games to play as a family. So we've been playing sports and dancing and unraveling monsters made of yarn. Very fun. Thank you all for the gifts you shared at Christmas. We all enjoyed them very much and have had lots of fun with them.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Also we're expecting a baby next May so there have been the beginning of doctor's visits and hormonal mood swings. Everyone but me thinks it's a girl. I think it's probably a girl too, but I was hoping for a boy. We're taking suggestions for names because so far nothing has sounded right to me. Today I suggested 'Zephyr' to Mr. Brown. He said, is that a boy or a girl name? and I said, it could be either!
For Thanksgiving my brother came up from Chicago and we had a good time with him: riding bikes, going to parks, raking the lawn at 'the cabin' (what Nut Brown calls the rental we just moved out of), and of course cooking (although my brother mostly contributed by washing dishes, which was greatly appreciated). A few other notes:
I say to Nut Brown today, You're getting so big! When did you get so big? and he says, I'm almost an adult!
Tonight at our first Advent celebration for this year, Rose Pink sang her version of 'The Friendly Beasts' to our guests. It's to the tune of 'The Streets of Laredo'. She's a superstar.
Nut Brown, at Family Home Evening a couple weeks ago, struggled to bear his testimony as Mr. Brown was talking about the plan of salvation and the role of our Savior. We waited as he stumbled with his words and finally just said, 'I know... I know... I know that God is TRUE.' It was beautifully sincere statement from our dear little boy who was obviously feeling the Spirit and trying to verbalize.
Our kids both did an excellent job in the Primary Program at church this month. Rose Pink was asked to 'share her testimony of the prophet', and she and I came up with, "I know who President Monson is. He speaks at General Conference. I recognize him by his hair." She was dismayed when people laughed during rehearsals, but when we discussed some other things she could say, and the importance of sharing honest feelings, she went ahead with the original line.
Nut Brown was asked to 'share a time when your prayers were answered'. That's a bit much for a four-year-old, so instead he got to tell a story that had just happened on our trip to the beach, about how he had gotten lost and his mom had said a prayer asking for help to find him, and was given that help. It was a long story with six or seven sentences (I made up a little card for him with picture cues) but he did the whole thing perfectly.
We're going to see my brother in Chicago graduate in two weeks and looking forward to that. I really appreciate at my new job that my supervisors are more flexible with time off. :)
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
His grandma sent him a letter recently in which she referenced the incident recorded on this blog with the friendly construction equipment operator who let him drive the steam shovel briefly. After having the letter read to him, Nut Brown turned to me with round eyes and said, 'Did that really happen?' I assured him that it was an actual occurrence, and he said, 'Wow!'
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
|Lion by an orange tree|
|Whales above the sea|
|Rocket man (or alien)|
|Batman with embellishments|
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
On another day I made everyone stop as we were going out for a family ride.
Where were we going?
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Something tells me I need a chair (to reach the jam in the freezer)
Something tells me I need to wash my hands.
Something tells me you forgot to give me a treat.
But he has a little lisp so when he says 'something' it sounds like, 'some-sing'.
Another favorite phrase lately is 'Move your feet, lose your seat!' which he uses every time I make him get off my lap so I can get up for something.
We dug out a CD player independent of the computer, and here he is listening to his favorite album: Dinosaur Rock.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The Zoo Boo was totally fun. They had it set up very well, where the walk outside looking at jack o'lanterns and animal sculptures made out of painted pumpkins and rebar (awesome!) and collecting candy at treat stations (sponsored by a local grocery chain, oh yes) was punctuated with periodic inside activities (the haunted reptile house! temporary outside shelter for crafts!) We all had a really great time and we may go back next year.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The other day my family came and stole me away from work for lunch and there was a piece of large yellow equipment in operation behind the restaurant, so being that we have a small boy we of course stopped to observe. The operator offered to let the kids ride with him in the large yellow equipment and pull levers and push buttons. I couldn't believe our luck. Nut Brown just about died from happiness.
Alas, we did not have a camera. Happily, when we returned the next week, the large yellow equipment was still there, although not operating.
Also, I asked the kids to draw pictures of their experience.