Tuesday, January 31, 2012

31 January 2012

Nut Brown presented us with this gem the other night.  It's a 'who driving a raindrop car'.  Mr. Brown was inspired and added a 'who riding a rocket skateboard' in the upper right.

Monday, January 30, 2012


Rose Pink had a ladybug birthday party this year.  For some reason, I really enjoy planning and putting on birthday parties for my kids.  She decided she wanted ladybugs, so we played aphid hunt (finding Mike & Ike's), and pass the ladybug down the string, and ladybug bean bag toss, and musical spots.  Mr. Brown made her an extremely beautiful ladybug chocolate cheesecake.
I tried out a new philosophy with invitations where I left off the time of the party, and when parents called to find out when it was, I could ask if they were going to come!  It worked better than I thought, and we ended up with about ten kids.
Rose Pink says it was the best birthday ever, which I think is what she said last year too.  I'm doing pretty well.
Uncle Chris was visiting, and lent his height for putting up and taking down decorations.
Happy birthday, Rose Pink!  Seven years old!

30 January 2012

Nut Brown gave Rose Pink a unicorn pillow pet for Christmas and it's her new favorite toy.  Lately she's been pretending to be a queen and the unicorn is her husband.  To show familiarity, she refers to it as her 'unic', which is pronounced 'eunuch'.  My daughter is married to a eunuch.  hee hee.

Friday, January 27, 2012

more about superheroes

 Rose Pink has been doing homework writing sentences about whatever topic she chooses.  Here is one of her assignments completed.

 She has also invented her own superhero, whose name is 'Four-Eight'.   As you can see in the below drawing, Four-Eight has a head shaped like a numeral four.  He has many adventures, all chronicled by Rose Pink with her pencil.  She announces, time for a Four-Eight story! and sits down to create one.  In the drawing below, he and his daughter are wearing matching snowsuits, and he is rescuing her from a snowdrift.  His wife is shown inside the house.
Once, when we drove past a sign that said, 'Pizza by the slice, $4.99' she exclaimed, "Mom!  Someone has stolen Four-Eight's head!"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

25 January 2012

Sometimes the artwork the kids produce is so amazing that it needs no explanation.  This one is from Rose Pink, using the markers Gia gave us for Christmas.  I hung it up on my cubicle wall at work.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Superheros are big at our house.  The kids love watching superhero cartoons and play with action figures and imagine themselves as superheros as well.  Yesterday we had Superman and Supergirl for dinner.

Here is a series Rose Pink created:

Hawk Girl
John Johns

Pink Lantern

Wonder Woman

A couple of Green Lanterns from Nut Brown:

Monday, January 23, 2012


We sing a lot at our house.  We start Family Home Evening now with four songs (or more).  Family Home Evening used to involve about a dozen songs and no lesson so we feel we are very restrained, although we do enjoy the lessons too.  At least Mr. Brown and I do.  I sing to the kids at night when they go to bed- they get to choose two songs each.  Tonight it was "Casey Jones", "On Top Of Old Smoky", "Turkey In The Straw", and "Poor Wayfaring Stranger".  When Mr. Brown takes a turn singing to them, he sings things like They Might Be Giants songs.  They love those, and now they know all the words to 'Birdhouse In Your Soul', and so on.  Nut Brown says his favorite is 'Istanbul', and he sings one line like this: even old New York was once New Hamstertown

Some of their favorite performers include Johnny Cash, The Lovin' Spoonful, and John Mayer, and they know most of the words to a lot of Simon & Garfunkel due to Mr. Brown favoring that duo.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

21 January 2012

We got our first substantial snow of the winter last night, and Mr. Brown and I actually shoveled snow this morning (assisted by Nut Brown).  Rose Pink came out in her snow gear just as we were finishing up and invited me to stay outside and play with her.  It was a beautiful day, not too cold, and sunny.  We fooled around in the backyard for awhile, making snow angels and filling the sled with snow.  Then we walked up to the park and investigated playground equipment covered with snow, and puddles frozen over the grass.  We made snow angels on somebody else's lawn.  I wish we could have stayed longer but I had to get home to eat.  Rose Pink loves the snow, and it was a lot of fun to relax and enjoy it with her.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

17 January 2012

Last week Mr. Brown took the kids to the Henry Ford with another mum and her kids.  Nut Brown and Rose Pink are very well-behaved, and it's always a pleasure to go places with them.  This time they were looking forward to packages of swedish fish promised by Mr. Brown in return for good behavior during the excursion with this other family.

Mr. Brown had miscalculated the calibration of lunch and dinner times, and the other nibbles he'd brought proved inadequate to requirements, so Rose Pink and Nut Brown ended up mooching somewhat off the other mum as they went around the museum.  However, as they were winding up, Mr. Brown got out the packages of swedish fish for them that he'd promised.  He had only brought two; and as he gave them to our very deserving offspring, the little boy from the other family said, 'Oh!  Swedish fish!  May I have some?'

What to do?  On the one hand, our kids had earned the reward.  On the other hand, they had been eating out of the other family's lunchbox.  On the third hand, sharing builds character (or something like that).  But back to the first hand, it was a treat that the kids had made choices to earn.  Mr. Brown said to them, "I know that I promised you this treat, and you have certainly earned it.  But as your dad, I promise that if you will share your treat with our friend, I will make it up to you when we get home."

Both kids chose to give their packages of swedish fish to the other little boy.  We were touched by their willingness to share, and also by their trust in Mr. Brown to keep his word.  When they got home, he gave each of them TWO packages of swedish fish.  It also reminded us of how our Father often asks us to do the same: give up what we want now, or maybe even feel we have earned, in order to help someone else, and promises to make up to us what we have given up.  I wish I could show as much trust in Him as our children did in their father.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

10 January 2012

Saturday was warm (relatively) and sunny so the kids and I went to the zoo.  They're standing on top of a hippo statue outside the front gate.  I watched Rose Pink almost have a meltdown and get over it:

Rose Pink: Nut Brown climbed on top of the hippo and I can't get up on top of the hippo and he's going to have all the fun and I won't have any of the fun!  It's not fair!

Mom: That sounds bad.

Rose Pink: Humph.  pause Mom, could you give me a boost on to the hippo?

Mom: Sure, I'd be glad to.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

8 January 2012

On Friday I rode my bike to work because it was sunny and above freezing.  Mr. Brown weighed in at a decrease from the previous week, and it was sunny all day... it was a good day.

The children lately are such treasures.  They are so fun to be with and I really enjoy their company.  We made paper chains for Christmas decorations together.  Although once I showed them how to connect strips into links to make a chain, they each strung a few links together and then Nut Brown wandered off and Rose Pink started making other things out of strips instead: a firework, and a person shape.  I finished the chain by myself, and we added their little chains and they were very proud of 'our' handiwork. 

Two days ago Nut Brown got up before Rose Pink, and she wouldn't let him turn on the light to find his clothes before he stumbled out of the bedroom (he likes to get dressed right away), so when he did come out, he was wearing a shirt of Rose Pink's that said, "Everybody loves an Irish girl!"

Mr. Brown and I make no secret of our attraction to each other, and our perceptive kids have certainly picked up on it.  We have one bathroom in our house, and Rose Pink came in to get something while I was in the shower the other day.  She said, 'Wow, it's hot in here!' and I replied, 'That's because I'm in here taking a shower!'  She rolled her eyes and said, 'No, Mom, I meant the temperature.'

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

4 January 2012

Uncle Chris came to visit at Thanksgiving, and to celebrate, Rose Pink produced this drawing of a plane dropping bombs.  She says, A group of girls called the Gaiganis were jumping on their plane seats and broke their windows and bombed the city.  And shot a man.  Contrary to what you may expect, Chris is not actually a particularly violent man.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

3 January 2012

Nut Brown is at the stage in prayers where he squinches his eyes tight shut.  It's so adorable I want to spend the whole prayer watching him, except that then he relaxes them and catches me looking and reprimands me for having my eyes open.

Since the kids started sleeping in a bunkbed, Nut Brown will grab my neck when I bend in to hug him goodnight and threaten never to let go. (Rose Pink's rendering of their beds is above.)

Tonight, reading scriptures, Mr. Brown said to Rose Pink, 'Your verse, verse thirteen, the last verse, just like you've always wanted.'  Rose Pink said, 'What?  I've always wanted to read verse thirteen?!?'  Completely puzzled.  Mr. Brown said, 'No, you've always wanted to read the last verse.'  She cried, 'oh right!  You're right!  I have always wanted the last verse!'