Sunday, June 30, 2013

30 June 2013

Last Monday Mr. Brown decided to have an evening off and took himself to the cinema.  The kids and I ate popsicles on the front porch (Bobo has already mastered bag pops!) and then Rose Pink and Nut Brown ran off to play in the sprinkler of a neighbor who was watering their sidewalk.  (My rule of thumb is that there's no harm if they stay on the sidewalk.)  Bobo helped me mulch the bed by the driveway, but he eventually wandered down the driveway and watched the sprinkler action.  Rose Pink saw him and came running over to get him and said, 'Oh Bobo, you'll love this!'  Last summer he was not so enthusiastic about drops of cold water falling on him... but this summer he thought it was fantastic, and splashed back and forth up and down the sidewalk and got thoroughly soaked.

I introduced myself to the neighbor, who had let her 3 yr old out to play with my kids, and she commented on how nice it was that my daughter wanted to include the baby in something fun.  It is nice.  It makes my heart happy when my kids are friendly to each other.

I put down some gravel between my beds in back.  It cost me eighteen dollars.  Mr. Brown says that he had no reservations about giving me a budget solely for yard work because he knows how much I enjoy it.  So true.  It's endless - a hobby that never stops giving you something to do.  I find it really satisfying.

Friday, June 28, 2013

28 June 2013

We went to Sears to buy a lawn maintenance device and the kids begged to ride the escalators while Mr. Brown was checking out.  So Rose Pink and Nut Brown and I headed over to ride them.  Nut Brown needed no help at all, but Rose Pink held my hand getting on at the bottom.  At the top, she made as if to get on by herself, so I followed Nut Brown on.  She lost her nerve and shouted, I can't do it!  I can't get on!  I looked at her somewhat helplessly as I was moving down away from her but Nut Brown, bless his tender heart, immediately ran back up the escalator to the top and held her hand so she could get on.

(as a bonus, the Krispy Kreme in the mall parking lot had its 'hot donuts' light on when we passed it, so we got free donuts!)

Last night Bobo and I read his favorite book, the phonics book with lots of pictures, on the couch.  He would point to the pictures and wait for me to name them.  His favorites were the picture of the car (which he would echo by saying, 'ka') and the ball.  Then we got off the couch and played with his cars together, which was really fun and silly.  He drives them all over the living room floor and talks to himself.  He thought it was so fun to have someone play with him.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

27 June 2013

A bit of a commemoration of Rose Pink's spring season.  We love soccer at first but by the end of the season we're ready to stop running around to all the practices and games. 

Rose Pink really enjoyed playing again, and she and her team got much better.  We're going to sign her up for fall.  Her team will have a new coach (a different parent) and she's looking forward to playing again.

Nut Brown, not so much.  He would get frustrated with his teammates when they wouldn't pass, and he'd get offended when other more aggressive players would push him out of the way to get to the ball.  His team never really jelled, and he just wasn't excited about it. We've signed him up for gymnastics lessons this summer, and we'll see how that goes.  Mr. Brown went ahead and signed him up for soccer again this fall, but with a different team.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

26 June 2013

Rose Pink asked me to make a princess canopy for her bed.  She helped me sew the tulle on to the hula hoop and took it for a spin before we hung it.

I includ this photo in order to share the expression on the face of the child in the lower right corner.  'Aha!' he says. 'I've got the phone!'  He's so funny.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

25 June 2013

Random niceness from our house:
 Baby keeps getting bigger.  He likes to feed himself now.  He loves canteloupe, nectarines and oranges, and was mortally offended the other night when I told him that he wouldn't actually care for the carrot sticks that he was sure were some sweet orange-colored fruit.  He's totally switched to sippy cups and drinks soy milk and water and the occasional Sonic slush.

Speaking of Sonic, they now have as their kid's meal toy SUPERHERO TOTS.  We are suddenly eating at Sonic so much more than we normally would.  Or at least buying kids' meals there.  So far we've collected Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern and some red guy.

Bobo also has produced the word 'car' and I think he said 'book' the other night.  But he hasn't repeated it.  He loves to go outside or to go in the basement (two places he's not permitted without supervision) and if anyone goes outside without taking him, he throws a royal fit.  Sometimes the kids will sneak out the other door just so he won't see them leave and get upset.

He also loves to go for rides in the wagon.  He recognizes that this is his chariot and will go stand next to it in the garage and make noise until either you take him away from it or you put him in it.

He's also mastered pointing and grunting for when he wants something, which is really cute right now but will probably not remain cute when he's two.  I'm so glad he's one, you know?  Really, the older they get, the more fun they are.  I'm finally past the point where I've been saying to myself, At this point last year I was miserable; and have begun saying to myself, What a fun little guy he is.  Right around his birthday was the worst, because I was miserable - all the heaviness and discomfort of late-stage pregnancy along with unbearable itching.  And then for a few weeks after his birth I was so sick and weak.  Having acknowledged how much I hated it, I think I'm starting to forget... although it has taken a whole year.

Bobo also LOVES baby einstein movies on youtube.  In general we don't approve of television for babies, but it is so much fun to watch with him and see how excited he gets.  He claps and dances and makes all kinds of noise because he enjoys it so much.  Usually he's only good for the first twenty minutes. 

Life is unpredictable with kids in the house.  They like to eat their jello through straws and blow bubbles in their milk.

This is the house of our neighbor across the street.  One night I looked out the window and said to Mr. Brown, 'That looks like an Italian sports car.  Doesn't that look like an Italian sports car?'  The license plate says '85LAMBO' and sure enough, that's what it is.  I love living in Detroit.  You never know when lovely car randomness will pop up.

Monday, June 24, 2013

24 June 2013

Bobo has found a toy that sings - a crib from a doll's house that plays lullabies if you push the button.  He crawled upstairs, found it, and backed carefully down the stairs with it.  He carries it around the house, pushes the button, and does a little dance when the music plays.

Bobo and Nut Brown had their first wrestling match on my bed yesterday. wrestle wrestle wrestle  Bobo is much more fun for the older kids to play with these days and it's fun to watch the sibling bonding really beginning.  Maybe they'll eventually change their mind and think that it would be okay to have another baby.   Our family is still healing from Bobo's arrival, although it's become clear that while two kids and a baby was dubious, three kids is definitely 'okay'.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

22 June 2013

You know your kids are growing up when you no longer have to use wet wipes to clean up after ice cream cones.

Our first trip to Jim's for the year.  Nut Brown is confident enough on his bike that we ride all together with the baby in the bike trailer.  Yay for bikes.  Poor baby got no ice cream because we still think he's allergic to dairy.

Following this trip to Jim's, I lost my wallet for two weeks.  When I found it, it was in the bike stroller, where I'd tossed it so I wouldn't lose it on the bike ride up to Jim's.  Ha.  At least it turned up eventually.

Mr. Brown said, how could you lose your wallet? (I often lose track of it, but this is the first time that it actually really was lost and didn't turn up when we looked for it)  I pointed out that I rarely actually use my wallet.  Since I ride my bike to work for most of the year, and Mr. Brown drives whenever we go anywhere together, and 90% of the shopping I do is online (I have the cc info memorized), I don't often actually need it.  I'm not even really sure why I took it with me to Jim's... it's a cash only place and the cash was in my pocket, not in my wallet.  But that's why I couldn't find my wallet: there was no reason to take it with me to Jim's so I didn't remember having it there.

On Sunday, I couldn't find it to drive to church but I was in a hurry so I just left without it.  When I couldn't find it when I got home, I told Mr. Brown, but neither he nor I could find it for all the looking we did.  I was anxious about it -- Mr. Brown was even more anxious about it -- but the cc accounts didn't show any unauthorized shopping happening, so we knew it was lost and not stolen.  I remembered my friend Karen telling me about how she received an answer to a prayer about a relatively trivial matter, and I agonized for a day or two about whether or not the Lord would answer a prayer about my missing wallet - something that's also fairly trivial.  Finally, I decided to pray about it, but didn't find the wallet for another eight days.  However, I did find it, and my prayer was answered in time to save me from the small hassle of cancelling credit cards.  It also gave me something to talk to my Primary class about when we discussed prayer the next day in Sunday School.

Friday, June 21, 2013

21 June 2013

Two Saturdays ago,  our day was filled with yardwork.
Bobo helping me mow the lawn
Nut Brown helping me mow the lawn (with scissors)
Rose Pink also assisted by trimming super long grass with pruning shears.  She said that she was Indiana Jones slashing her way through the jungle.  (I don't think our lawn is THAT bad.)
We planted the beds in front.  I got carried away and let the kids get way too many annuals (they picked out a flat each) so the plants are way too close together.  But we had a great time buying them and planting them too.

Then I had to fix my bike (three flats in three weeks, frustrating) and Bobo volunteered to assist. 

He did more than supervise- got his hands dirty as well!
Success!  And I haven't had another flat yet!

Mr. Brown made me steak for dinner too... yum.  And then I got feeling less tired.  Mr. Brown doesn't actually like beef so we don't eat a whole lot of it, or a whole lot of meat in general, so I don't get as much iron as I should and I think that's why I was so tired.  Also Mr. Brown is trying out gluten-free for awhile, and that's messed around with our eating too.  So the steak was nice, and even a bonus because the kids didn't really like theirs so I got to eat theirs the next day.  Double helpings for me.
Speaking of iron, Bobo's blood tested low for iron at his one-year checkup, so he had to go back and get it tested again after a month of him getting polyvisol in his applesauce to boost his iron.  It was even lower than it was before, so he had to go to the big hospital and get more blood taken (Mr. Brown says that phlebotomists there were amazing- they double-teamed the baby and had the blood they needed in less than five minutes) for more tests to see why his hemoglobin might be so low.  Updates to follow.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

20 June 2013

 On Saturday morning, the Bobes got up at 5:30 am after having gotten up twice that night for a good long stretch.  I was grouchy and decided to take myself out for breakfast.  Nut Brown was up already too, so I bundled the Bobes into a stroller and Nut Brown got on his bike and we went to Tim Horton's for breakfast.  It was a quiet morning and it was early (before eight) so it was a nice ride down there (it's about a half mile from our house).  I had a breakfast sandwich and Nut Brown had a donut and orange juice, and we shared the baby's donut holes.  He was mostly interested in toddling around the restaurant, rather than eating, anyway.  We made friends with the old people having coffee and then we walked home with some more donut holes for Rose Pink.

It was the start of a very nice day.  Mr. Brown went to ARP and the kids and I played in the basement for awhile (I don't often manage to play very well, which is why this is of note) (while it was happening I kept telling myself, don't think about it! don't think about it or you'll screw it up!).  then we rode down to the bank and got some cash out and hit a bunch of garage sales on our way back home.  I can't honestly say that we found treasures, but we did buy some stuff and had a good time.

Then Mr. Brown let me have a three-hour nap after lunch.  He is so NICE to me.

It was really a fun day.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

19 June 2013

Yesterday afternoon Nut Brown and Bobo and I went to the library and on our way home we stopped at a park.  Bobo was climbing up some stairs that are made of a material with quarter-sized holes in it, and Nut Brown crouched underneath and was poking his fingers up through for Bobo to grab.  Then he started poking sticks out of the holes and Bobo would grab them and push them back down the holes.  They were both laughing and laughing and Bobo forgot about climbing up the stairs and started playing peek-a-boo with Nut Brown, which just provoked more shrieking and more laughter. 

They were both having so much fun.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

18 June 2013

 Mr. Brown lately has been having the kids write sentences wtih their spelling words to practice handwriting.  Drawing the pictures is the reward for writing your sentences (Rose Pink doesn't do it).  Nut Brown has lately been drawing and coloring these fabulous finished pictures: detailed, with backgrounds fully colored in.

 "No Pat No Don't Sit on That!"

Monday, June 17, 2013

17 June 2013

Some things are too funny not to share.  (Nut Brown dressed in pillowcases)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

4 June 2013

Rose Pink's drawing style has changed.  She recently completed a series of family portraits.  In age order, here we are: