Friday, January 24, 2014

24 January 2014

Some photos from last fall, on one of the days when we were actually raking leaves in daylight.  We seemed to do a lot of yard work last summer after sunset - mowing and raking, I mean.  The interesting stuff (like planting and weeding) I did during the day.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

22 January 2014

Rose Pink's birthday party was last Saturday.  The theme was snowflakes so we had a snowball fight with a friend's stuffed snowballs, played freeze tag and pin the hat on the snowman.  She had a round cake on which she carefully outlined a snowflake. We made a pinata this year instead of buying one and it turned out to be made of steel and really took some beating before it gave up its prizes.  Lesson learned: duct tape and cardboard are less fragile than they appear.  Mr. Brown and I had a good time decorating it the night before.

One of her friends gave her a 'make your own clip on earrings' project that required using nail polish to color some beads, and while she had the nail polish out she decided to paint her nails.  She opted for 'safari nails' and painted one hand with tiger stripes and one hand with leopard spots.  She had a bandaid on the top part of one of her index fingers, but that didn't stop her - she just painted on top of the bandaid.

Monday was MLK Day, so I got to stay home from work.  Yaaaaaay for federal holidays.  We did the shopping and when we got home I opened the back of the car and the eggs fell out.  Smash!  The kids checked them over carefully and discovered that 17 out of 18 were broken, so we had omelets for lunch and then baked that afternoon!  Brownies (4 eggs), pecan pie (3 eggs) and pumpkin pie (2 eggs).  What we proved was that Browns can consume large quantities of eggs at the drop of a hat.  Rose Pink was so interested in the experience that she wrote a short play about it and asked me to have a line in it.

Monday, January 20, 2014

20 January 2014

 Mr. Brown suggested that Rose Pink try drawing something other than a face from the front.  So she drew the back of his head.  I recognized it immediately.

Note the zombie-like appearance of super-mom.  It's because she's not getting enough sleep.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

16 January 2014

 Happy birthday, Rose Pink!
Nine years old!

 Candles on a plate and ice cream on her birthday night, because the cake will happen at her party this weekend.

Jealously guarding his dish.
He looks so much like his papa sometimes.

Monday, January 13, 2014

13 January 2014

Superhero enthusiasm lives on at the Brown house. 
Thor, by Rose Pink 
Hulk and Thor with fake writing, by Nut Brown 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

11 January 2014

The other night when we were reading scriptures, Bobo came into the living room, made his dog woof sound, and then got down on his hands and knees and crawled over and licked our knees.  He was pretending to be a puppy.  Scripture reading was completely disrupted while his siblings scrambled to join the game.  It was one of the cutest things I've ever seen with the three of them crawling around on the carpet making puppy noises and giving us 'kisses' and asking to be scratched on the head.

Friday, January 10, 2014

10 January 2014

We are at the end of "the coldest temperatures in twenty years" this week.  Sunday it snowed all day and we shoveled the driveway three times.  Monday and Tuesday it was so cold that my work was closed and I was put on leave.  It was a lot of fun to be home but Monday we slowly went crazy from being inside all day.  The plows finally came down our street Monday night, so Tuesday we finished shoveling the driveway (again) and went shopping in the afternoon.  We'd run out of bread and eggs and had been eating pb&j tortillas.  The roads were still pretty bad because it was too cold for salt to help melt the snow.  Tuesday night Mr. Brown took Nut Brown to his gymnastics lesson, and Rose Pink and Bobo and I went to a kids' program at the library.  The librarian said to me, "I'm surprised to see so many people here with the weather this cold." I told her that we were all going nuts from being inside for two days straight.  When we came out of the library afterwards, Rose Pink and Bobo ran around playing in the snow (in spite of -30F wind chill) until I couldn't stand it any more and made them get in the car.

We have huge piles of snow at the end of our driveway from all the shoveling, and Michigan is so flat that the kids are using them as 'sledding hills'.

10 January 2014

The kids got a little crazy singing Aching John one morning, and Mr. Brown suggested they draw out what they had been singing.  Here is Aching John with arms made out of spaghetti and a head made out of a meatball.  (By Rose Pink)  They hung their drawings up on the wall in my bedroom and they were there for awhile before I took them down to immortalize.  I'm not sure what happened to Nut Brown's drawing.

Rose Pink hangs lots of things on the bedroom wall.  For Mother's Day there was a big blue sign she'd made with markers on newsprint and signed her name in cursive.  She also hung a sign right opposite the head of the bed under the clock that says, "Wake up Wake up Everyone We're going to have so much fun."

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

8 January 2014

Rose Pink read the side of the food processor box when we were making applesauce in December, and pointed that in addition to processing a variety of foods, it also apparently processes warranties (unfortunate grammar on the part of the marketers). After she learned what a warranty was, she decided that I needed one:

Just in case you all were thinking we believed in eternal families or some such nonsense. :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

7 January 2014

Some photos from the play the kids were in last week:

Rose Pink in pink, presenting 'amazed'

Nut Brown as a 'boy fairy'

the entire cast

I called for an encore, so they did this thing where the girls sang a little ditty and the boys danced while they were singing, and lay down when they weren't.  Bobo watched with twitching feet and they finally invited him to join, which he did with great excitement.

How do you entertain a toddler while waiting for the entertainment to start?  Take lots of pictures and let him look at himself.
Isn't he so cute?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

5 January 2014

The Saturday after Christmas, I finally bought a new bike for Rose Pink.  She and Nut Brown have both outgrown theirs, and she needed a new one so she could pass hers down.  They were both complaining about their knees hurting when we rode downtown.  I called a couple ads from craigslist and one of them worked out. 

(On our way up there to check it out, she decided that we were pilots who got lost after completing our bombing mission. There were lots of radio calls to make and buttons to press and a homing signal to find.)

This bike has gears and handbrakes, so it's a big change for her.  She was all excited to get a new bike until she actually had to get on the bike to try it out.  At that point she insisted that she didn't need a new bike!  After some fussing she did get on and ride it a short ways, and then we paid for it.  The handbrakes will take some getting used to, and it's much bigger than her last bike, but I think it will work out just fine.  It's big enough that I think she'll be able to use this bike for several years before she'll need a full adult-size bike. 

It was a great day to buy a bike, because the weather was pretty warm so she could ride it again when we got home.  Nut Brown was very excited to try out his new bike (her old one) as well.  When we got home, we tried to ride around the block all together.  Not everyone had been diligent about shoveling, though, so there were icy patches in spite of the nice weather.  Nut Brown figured out how to start on his much larger bike on his own, and we eventually all made it home.  I'm excited for next summer and the places we'll get to go.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2 January 2014

One of the great things about children growing up is the joy of watching them learn compassion.  Rose Pink has really grown in this way in the past year.  She discovered that we also reward compassionate behavior, so in addition to the good feelings she gets from being kind, she often gets rewards from her parents.

She gave me an apron, randomly, that she picked out during grocery shopping and insisted Mr. Brown purchase.  I left her a thank you note and she wrote back to let me know that she'd made a sacrifice for Bobo and was expecting remuneration from me.

She has such a soft spot for Bobo in particular, and routinely gives him whatever he demands from her: food, treats, candy, lap time or play time.  Nut Brown is still sleeping upstairs in the Watchtower with her, and they are still reading the Oz books out loud at night. (She reads, he listens.)  He loves it, and it's so sweet to me to see her being so kind.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

1 January 2014

Rose Pink and I had kind of a traumatic time at church on Sunday.  With the new year, the Primary president shifted me to teaching a different class, so she had a different teacher on Sunday who removed some of the things hanging up in the classroom and the difference was sad for her.  The lady who leads the monthly activities for girls her age was also replaced that Sunday, and she was sad about that too.  For me, it was tough not to be sitting with my regular class of kids in church, whom I love, but rather thinking about trying to get started with a new group of kids.  It's especially sticky because I know that they're not going to remember me like I'm going to remember them.  I'm really going to miss them next year.  But a bright spot is that the class they've reassigned me to is Nut Brown's, so I'll be teaching him and his buddies next year!