Friday, November 29, 2013

29 November 2013

On Thursday last week, Mr. Brown was gone to his college class and Nut Brown had his gymnastics class and then on top of all that the book club was meeting at my house at 7:30pm that night.  So we decided on pizza for dinner and a movie for the kids while the ladies were over.  Rose Pink and Nut Brown agreed that it was her turn to choose the movie, but when she picked Beauty and the Beast, Nut Brown stubbornly refused to agree to it.  He said he wanted to watch 'Castle Cagliostro' which is an anime flick in Japanese that is older than he is.  Rose Pink really didn't want to watch that so they were kind of stuck.

Rose Pink used all the skills she's learned for resolving this difficulty.  She tried persuasion but Nut Brown was feeling particularly stubborn.  She suggested that they review the list of movies together and pick one - but they still couldn't agree.  Finally they came to me and Rose Pink said, "Mom, pick a number between one and ten."  I said, 'Six!' and she said, "No, you don't tell us what you've picked until we tell you what we chose!!!"  So they picked numbers and it turned out that Nut Brown won, and at this point Rose Pink had a very small tantrum because she was so disappointed and announced that she was just going to bed and went upstairs, very upset.

Nut Brown called up to her, bless his tender heart, "But Rose Pink, don't you want to know what I'm going to pick?"

"I know what you're going to pick!" she called back.  "I don't want to watch Castle Cagliostro!"

"No," he said, "I'm picking Beauty and the Beast!"

She came back downstairs and they watched Beauty and the Beast during book club.  I was so glad to see how hard they both worked to come to a compromise - I did absolutely nothing, and Rose Pink tried so many ways to work it out - and then to see Nut Brown's compassion and love for his sister.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

28 November 2013

On this Thanksgiving day, I give thanks for a family that's already mended, from four people plus a baby to a family of five.  A couple weeks ago I told Mr. Brown that I finally had that feeling of wholeness - instead of feeling like Bobo was tagging along with us, that he was actually part of the family and we would be incomplete without him.  I've been waiting for it, and it is a peaceful feeling.  Mr. Brown pointed out that this happened much faster this time than it did with either of the other kids.

Rose Pink: This is me dressed as a turkey.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

27 November 2013

Bobo has learned to walk backwards.  I don't actually remember the other children learning to walk backwards, but he figured it out the other morning and made sure to get my attention so that I could appreciate his skill at walking backwards down the hall away from me.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

26 November 2013

This year is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who, and the Brown Family Circus are big fans.  The BBC planned a special episode for this week, which has been highly, highly anticipated worldwide and also in our household.  Mr. Brown got up at 4 am on Sunday to watch it, special thanks to his friend BJ.  The BBC filmed it in hi-def and showed it at select theaters nationwide in the US on Monday night as well as on television. Mr. Brown put together a group from church who were all Dr. Who fans and took Rose Pink and went to the show last night.  They had a great time seeing everyone else who had dressed up (including some in their group) and watching the show and the 'making of' afterward.  There happened to be ten people in their group so they named the chairs they were sitting in after all of the various Doctors... lots of geeking out going on, and they came home at 10 pm tired but happy.
So obviously we've been anticipating this release for weeks, maybe months.  The balance of the post is artwork from Rose Pink (below) and Nut Brown (above) on the theme of 'Dr. Who'.
Matt Smith Doctor

Sarah Jane

Tom Baker Doctor


Monday, November 25, 2013

25 November 2013

Early yesterday morning Mr. Brown went in the bathroom and found Nut Brown sitting on the toilet bowl, with both lid and seat up. 

Mr. Brown: Nut Brown, did you know you have the lid and seat of the toilet up?!

Nut Brown: Yes.

Mr. Brown: Did you do that on purpose?


Nut Brown: No.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

14 November 2014

Tonight, dancing in the living room with my boys to One Direction and watching Bobo insist that he too needed to wear a mixing bowl on his head because if Nut Brown was doing it, it must be fun.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

12 November 2013

Evenings are the best time, when we are reading scriptures together and praying before bed.  Everyone's more relaxed and we talk about random stuff and about scripture stuff.  Bobo gets his baby books and sits on my lap with them so he feels like a participant.  Last night all three kids ended up laying on top of Mr. Brown cuddling on the beanbag.  It's so sweet.  It's my favorite part of the day.

Monday, November 11, 2013

11 November 2013

A note from a friend of mine, who watched the kids for us one day.  They're also homeschoolers and have a ten yr old daughter and three boys who are eight, five and two.  Here's what she wrote:
Nut Brown, S and E played as a threesome today for most of the time. My favorite part was when they were all laying on their backs in our front room, with their feet propped up on the couch. They were pretending to be "hydro-dragons," and said that all they had to do to kill the enemy was to breath poisonous gasses. They then went on to talk about all the other things they could breathe that were lethal to the enemy.
Let's hear it for imagination.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

10 November 2013

These days Bobo likes to come up behind people and jump on them, or pound on their backs.  If I'm sitting on the floor with Nut Brown, pretty soon there will be a little boy on my back.  At supper the other night he climbed up on the back of my chair and patted my back until I turned around and smiled at him.  He's so funny.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

9 November 2013

Rose Pink decided that she wasn't getting enough cuddles and wanted to sit on Mr. Brown's lap.  He said that she would have to do it while they were doing something together because there wasn't time for just sitting.  So she went and got her math book and sat on his lap facing him while he was on the beanbag and they did homework.  When she got up to get something, Bobo came trotting over with his own book and sat down in the same position and opened it on Mr. Brown's chest so he could 'do homework' too.  When Rose Pink came back he refused to yield her back the lap.

Bobo also thinks that my lap is his personal property, and moves rapidly to chase off intruders (his siblings) even if he wasn't actually sitting on my lap when they climbed on to it.  Sometimes he will condescend to share my lap, but sometimes they just have to get off.

Friday, November 8, 2013

8 November 2013

I'm not exactly sure how to capture this, but Rose Pink has done a bunch of growing up over the past month.  She laughs at our grown-up jokes and makes jokes of her own that are really funny.  She is patient and kind with her brothers, and more likely to be generous without being asked.  She helps us without complaining and remembers to do things without being reminded.  It has been such a joy to be with her.

The past couple weeks she's been moving into the upstairs bedroom.  Mr. Brown decided that she would be allowed to stay up and read as long as she went to bed before 9 pm.  So she has been reading a whole lot more, and she has actually been more cheerful and more helpful, rather than more tired and grumpy.  Wonderful for everyone.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

7 November 2013

We made apple crisp that really needed some sweet dairy to go with it so I somehow convinced the kids to ride their bikes to the store with me after dinner, even though it was chilly and not quite raining.  Nut Brown insisted on wearing a laundry basket (a small one) on his head for the whole ride there.  It got progressively darker during our ride (not used to sunset at 5:30 pm yet) so it was dark when we arrived, and very dark on our way home with the ice cream.  For some reason the kids felt that all this meant they deserved a treat so they ended up with individual ice cream treats as well.

Rose Pink and our neighbor girl have been raking the front lawn for pure pleasure, because it gives them a big pile of leaves to jump in.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

6 November 2013

From a trip to park at the beginning of October before it got cold:

Monday, November 4, 2013

4 November 2013

Bobo just hit eighteen months and he's been changing so much.  He is into everything and we're at the stage where we're doing our best to keep stuff he might hurt himself with out of his reach, and just cleaning up everything else he gets into.  He climbs on everything.  He does that funny toddler run, and always squeals when you chase him.  He loves to read books, although he's really hard on the bindings.  He especially loves books that involve animal sounds, and he has a whole repertoire that he'll join you in making, none of which sounds like anything recognizable.

He just got his first real haircut, so he's all trim now.  He went to nursery and it was a disaster.  He lasted ten minutes.  I think I'm going to have to get a sub for my Sunday School class for a couple weeks and go with him, and see if that helps him get used to it.

He loves Rose Pink. 

He has a wide vocal range, none of which really involves recognizable words, but it's not usually hard to figure out what he's getting at.  We've been practicing body parts with him, and I make him say 'up' in order to be picked up, but he doesn't really talk.

He is certain that he can feed himself and will under pressure allow me to assist.  He sits on my lap for meals and we get along alright.  Right now he loves to do the dishes with me or Mr. Brown, standing on a chair next to us and splashing in the water.  He's learned to throw things away in the trash, and to put paper trash in the recycle bin.  He also does the laundry with great pleasure - loading the washer, putting in the detergent and starting it, shifting clothes from washer to dryer and starting the dryer.  He knows all the steps.

He knows what a sword is for and how to use it.  He loves to wrestle.

He doesn't like to be naked.  Yesterday I was changing his complete outfit and set him on the floor while I fished new clothes out of the dresser.  I thought he'd take off, but when I turned around he was still there, standing in the middle of the floor, anxiously wringing his hands.  As soon as he had a shirt on, he did take off.

He sulks when he doesn't get what he wants - if we tell him no, he shrieks and runs off and hides his face against the wall or behind a chair.  But he always checks over his shoulder to make sure that we're watching him be sulky.  He's also very obedient.  If we tell him no, he throws a fit about it, but he usually won't go back to doing it again.

He is such a joy.  He makes all of us laugh.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

2 November 2013

So the kids convinced Mr. Brown to buy crab ravioli for dinner last night, which it turns out nobody liked, but Nut Brown takes the prize for deciding that it should be called "crabioli".  But we'll never use that word again because we're never going to buy it again.

Friday, November 1, 2013

1 November 2013

 Halloween!  We were very excited.  The kids were excited because it's Halloween, and I was especially excited to take Bobo trick-or-treating this year since it's really his first.  Last year he was only six months old and pretty clueless.

We went to the Zoo Boo at the zoo on Friday night, and that was a good time.  Lots of walking in between treat stations, and I was pleased that they gave the kids crayons and reflective snap bracelets and apples and potato chips as well as some candy.  It was fun to be out and about together. This is Rose Pink and Bobo waiting for Nut Brown on the back porch in order to go.

Saturday night- church trunk or treat.  The kids and I planned and decorated the trunk.  Rose Pink painted a backdrop on cardboard all by herself - she did all the planning and mixing and washed the brushes afterward.  One of them suggested hanging tissue paper ghosts from the ceiling of the car, and that was a fun effect.  The activity was well organized and I think we all had a good time. 

Monday my friend John from work came over and carved pumpkins with us. It was a lot of fun and they looked great on the porch after. And I was so pleased that my garden pumpkins made it all the way to Halloween. I totally think I'm going to plant them again next year.

Finally it was Thursday and time to trick-or-treat.  The weather was wonderfully warm (high fifties) and rainy.  Fortunately it was really only misting heavily when we were out, so we got wet, but slowly.

 Here we are ready to go.  Rose Pink was a magician, Nut Brown was a samurai, and Bobo got the Tigger costume from the dressup box.  Nut Brown wore the bomb costume to the Zoo Boo but didn't like it, so he was a 'samurai' for the other events.  Rose Pink and I searched high and low for a small bunny to go in her hat, but without any luck.  Fortunately Grandma & Grandpa came through for us and sent a rabbit that fit the bill.  She was so pleased to be able to pull it out of her hat when a couple people asked for 'tricks' at the door.

I hadn't planned to let Bobo go up to too many doors- just a couple- but once he figured out that if you were on the porch you got candy, there was no keeping him in the stroller!

Here's the after-party in the living room.  Bobo was completely boggled by the enormous pile.  He'd hand me one to open and then hand me another before I'd even gotten a good grip on the first.  One mind - successfully blown.  I love trick-or-treating.  I love how it opens our neighborhood up to us and how we get to meet people we never would otherwise.  I love how it brings out people's generous aspect, and the kids' creativity with costumes.  I'm grateful we got to participate this year.