Tuesday, July 22, 2014

22 July 2014

Vacation Bible School at St. Paul's Lutheran is this week.  Rose Pink was so excited that she was up at 6:30 on Monday morning just to make sure she wouldn't be late.

Monday, July 21, 2014

21 July 2014

There are currently twelve tubes of toothpaste resident in this house.  I finally rounded them all up in one place.  We won't be buying toothpaste for quite awhile.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

19 July 2014

After a trip to the Indian grocery store on Saturday, Mr. Brown and I spent all afternoon on Sunday cooking up an Indian feast and then feasted with the kids.  We thought the food was fabulous- the kids were less acclamatory.  Afterwards, we put away the food and rested and then went for a long walk on a beautiful evening, over the highway and through the neighborhood across the way.  Rose Pink was on her roller blades and tried some daring stuff with Mr. Brown's ready assistance.  Nut Brown ambled along good naturedly, and Bobo kept getting out of the stroller to investigate things.  I had forgotten when you're so close to the ground that you find it so interesting.  But there were all kinds of treasures to be collected and cherished.  It was a lovely afternoon and evening together.  I love Indian food.

Friday, July 18, 2014

18 July 2014

Bobo is in that super cute mockingbird stage of learning how to talk, and he's doing so well at using his words to get what he wants, because he knows more and more of them.  He also is starting to turn to language first to ask for things.  I wish I'd made more notes about some of the cute things he says.  Mr. Brown taught him on purpose to say 'yes', so in addition to saying no, he will sometimes emphasize his agreement with what we are proposing by saying 'Yesssss' in a very careful, purposeful way.  It's adorable.  He loves to sing and be sung to, and last night actually asked for the ABCs song by name.  He like the songs that he knows well enough to sing along to.  Last Sunday at church, halfway through sacrament meeting, he started whispering 'nursee, nursee' because he was bored and wanted to go.  Language is so good.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

17 July 2014

Mama: So, Nut Brown, are there three boys in your gymnastics class?

Nut Brown: There are three boys including me and excluding the teacher. 


Nut Brown: Or there are three boys including the teacher and excluding me.

17 July 2014

At the library, building water bottle rockets, an adult teasingly asked Nut Brown when he became left-handed.  Nut Brown considers the question and replies, 'When I learned to draw.'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

16 July 2014

Here's Bobo wearing footie pajamas, drawn awhile ago by Rose Pink, back when he wore footie pajamas.  He wears a onesie for sleeping now, in our un-air-conditioned house, and I wish he'd stop coming to get in bed with me in the middle of the night.  The worst part is that he's so happy about it that I feel bad being grumpy about being woken up.  Last night he had a hard time getting comfy with me and I finally figured out that he was trying to get his feet out from under the blanket, which is how I like to sleep too.

The garden is growing great guns, and Mr. Brown said, I think you need more space to garden.  Couldn't agree more.  So I'm making plans for ripping up more lawn and for growing peas and cucumbers up the fence next year instead of sprawled all over the bed.  happy happy.  The peas are just about done producing and the cucumbers just started in - Nut Brown and I picked fifteen or so yesterday and there are tons more growing on my eight or so vines.  This is the summer I learn how to pickle.  We picked our first cabbage yesterday too and put it in the fridge.  I just got a whole cabbage for fifty cents.  hee hee.  We have two more growing, so I'm excited to eat those as well.  I only planted one tomato plant but I keep finding volunteers coming up, and they all have tomatoes on them.  Mr. Brown is planning to make lots of spaghetti sauce and freeze it in order to handle all the tomatoes.  I hope the rats don't get them this year.

Did I mention that I planted raspberries this year?  They weren't supposed to produce their first year, but we did get a handful of berries.  Delicious.  Of the four plants, two are growing well, one is holding steady, and one is not happy at all.  I'm hoping that they'll eventually fill in and take over the back fence.  More digging up grass.  Yay!

Nut Brown is so excited about the garden that he asked to start his own.  He opted for pots and carefully planted a watermelon, a pea and a bean.  So far he's been good about watering.  I hope they come up quickly to encourage him.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

15 July 2014

Superheroes are still big at our house.  Here's Rose Pink busy with the watercolor pencils that Gia sent us for Christmas a couple years ago.

Monday, July 14, 2014

14 July 2014

For the Fourth of July weekend we drove up to visit some new friends who live in Mt. Pleasant, MI. We had a cookout, visited a nearby park, played D&D together and watched as our kids totally disappeared for hours playing together.  It was a weekend full of great food and good company.  We're already looking forward to going back again soon.