Tuesday, August 30, 2011

30 August 2011

Sometimes we have mac'n'cheese for dinner. But sometimes we have fabulous meals that require chopsticks! Last night for dinner Mr. Brown made spinach and sesame salad, a sweet Japanese omelet, and sticky rice. He also got out some kim chee and opened a tin of kippers (no kidding). We sat on the living room floor (one more nice thing about having a card table for the dining room table: it can be lowered) and ate out of our rice bowls with chopsticks (even Nut Brown) while helping ourselves from the accent foods in the middle. It was so fun and adventurous and I loved watching the kids use their chopsticks and enjoy the food. The spinach salad was not a hit with them but Mr. Brown & I loved it. Nut Brown, surprisingly, loved the kippers.

speaking english

In the last couple months we have listened to the following audiobooks:

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

All have been tremendously popular with Rose Pink. All are by British authors, and were read by Englishmen.

At the park on Sunday afternoon (there is not much that is nicer than riding our bikes to the park together, playing in the sunshine, singing and talking on a perfect afternoon), Rose Pink says suddenly, "Reepicheep didn't get his tail cut off!" (referencing The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

Mom: You're right- he didn't, did he? I remembered that but I must have remembered it wrong. It must be in a different Narnia book.

Rose Pink: Mooooom... that's not what it's called! It's NAHnia!

Mom: That's what I said... Narnia.

Rose Pink: Not NAAAARRRnia. It's NAAAAHnia. You're saying it wrong.

The funniest bit was the way that she was emphasizing that nasal American 'R' in NAAAARRRnia.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

27 August 2011

We had ice cream cones for dessert for lunch today.

Nut Brown: Mom, look. The ice cream is his hair, and this is his head (top part of cone) and this is his body. --addressing the ice cream cone-- I'm going to eat your hair for dessert.

Mom: Wouldn't that be weird if someone really said that to you?

Rose Pink: 'I'm going to eat your hair for dessert'? Well, if you were an ice cream cone, it wouldn't surprise me.
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Nut Brown has decided that 'monkey' is one of his middle names, and introduces himself that way these days. He climbed a tree at the park so far that other, older kids were really impressed with him. He and Rose Pink have been climbing the short cherry and redbud trees in front of our neighbor's house. Rose Pink calls them 'our treehouse'.

Monday, August 22, 2011

22 August 2011

The kids and I looked forward to the Woodward Dream Cruise all week- we were going to ride our bikes down to 9 Mile in Ferndale and visit Mustang Alley, and then sit out on Woodward and maybe get ice cream and watch the Dream Cruise.

Instead we ended up spending the morning helping friends move out of their house. I'm glad we went because it turned out that we were the only people who did, but I'm still sad about missing the Dream Cruise. There's always next year, right? Except sometimes I feel like there's not always next year and I'd better make sure I get everything in that I can right now.

Last weekend Nut Brown had his long-anticipated 4th birthday party. In the end he decided on a superhero party, so we invited three other little people over (in costume- Nut Brown was Green Lantern) and they colored pictures of superheros, went on a superhero adventure that ended with breaking a pinata, and of course, ate cake and ice cream and played with all the toys that they brought him as gifts.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot of photos of the event. Nut Brown felt very special (I think) and is already anticipating his next birthday. Special thanks to Grandma and Grandpa, who stayed up late with us the night before to draw scenery and hang balloons for the superhero adventure!! And happy birthday, Nut Brown. We love you!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

19 August 2011

It's Dream Cruise weekend and the streets are starting to fill up with old cars. On Tuesday night we rode our bikes downtown and attended the 'Kids' Cruise'. It was a pretty casual festival with some people singing kids' songs to new rhythms, bouncy houses, city equipment to be climbed on (fire trucks, cherry pickers, a mail truck) and a row of old cars that it's okay for kids to touch. We had a good time. Rose Pink & Nut Brown both climbed the climbing wall from the Parks & Rec and did great. Rose Pink made it all the way to the top of easy, and Nut Brown made it 2/3 of the way up the medium wall.

The weather was beautiful, and the festival was fun, but the best part by far was riding there and back together. Rose Pink just got a new bike (and pink and black plaid affair that she has named 'Skull') and Nut Brown rides on a hitchhiker bike behind Mr. Brown. We ride gently through the neighborhoods under the trees and my heart just wants to burst with love because my family is so wonderful.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

6 August 2011

Nut Brown and I were just making chocolate cookies in the kitchen, and he got the beater to lick. After a couple of rapturous engagements with the dough, he whispered to the beater, 'I want to lick you forever.'

In early July, Nut Brown got the summer buzz cut. Super short, he demanded. After I was done, he ran his hand over his new do and said, 'My head feels like a blanket.'

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Nut Brown: Dad! How do you count to C?

Mr. Brown: How?

Nut Brown: A, B, C!