Friday, December 26, 2014

26 December 2014

Now we're post-Christmas, Rose Pink is thinking about her birthday in a couple weeks.  She says, I want vampire teeth for my birthday.  (She's admiring a gift Nut Brown received from Grandma and Grandpa)  Bobo comes and leans on my knee and uses all his most beguiling tricks and asks, "I want birthday.  Please?"

Okay, I say.  You can have one soon.  (He'll be three in April.)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

17 December 2014

Funny times at the Brown house:

Bobo: Papa!  Joke!
Mr. Brown: Okay!  Knock knock!
Bobo: Knock knock!
Mr. Brown: Who's there?
Bobo: Who's there?
Mr. Brown: Doris!
Bobo: Doris!
Mr. Brown: Doris who?

Mr. Brown built a bench to go with the table in the living room.  It's very very nice, and he just finished painting it white yesterday and brought it up for use.

Rose Pink: It's too bad about your new bench, Papa.  It's already got finger prints and bum prints on it.

Mr. Brown: I know... I was kind of...

Nut Brown: ... bummed?

Bobo: Mama!  Joke!
Mama: Okay!
Bobo: Knock knock!
Mama: Who's there?
Bobo: Ummmm... Max's turn?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

16 December 2014

The other night when I went in to turn off the tree in the boys' room, I discovered that they were both up in Nut Brown's bunk going to sleep.  They weren't quite asleep yet, so I convinced them to move the slumber party down to Bobo's bunk.  (Bobo climbs the ladder pretty well when he's awake, but I wouldn't think much of his chances in the middle of night half-asleep.)  For the next several nights they've curled up together in Bobo's bunk every night.

Monday, December 15, 2014

15 December 2014

Last Tuesday, Bobo fell asleep at 5 pm.  So after Nut Brown and Mr. Brown went off to gymnastics, Rose Pink and I got out the beads and played with making jewelry.  Last time Gia came, she brought us some fabulous strings of beads and we got those out and fooled around with them for awhile in different arrangements.  Rose Pink and I had a good time.  Also the following conversation:

Rose Pink: We're not the same!  Nothing's the same!

Mama: You're right.  I'm putting a clasp on, and you're taking one off.  Also you're using glass pearls and I'm not!  But you know what they say... two negatives make a positive.

Rose Pink: Well, we are both making jewelry.

I love her so much!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

13 December 2014

We've had a busy Christmas season so far, but we've done a lot of fun stuff.  We hosted Advent once at our friends' house, and then we hosted it again at the church before the annual Christmas Devotional broadcast from Salt Lake.  This week we're going to a choir concert on Sunday evening and the next week will be the last Advent evening.  The kids and I went to the city tree lighting downtown (free hotdogs) but had to leave before the tree was lit, which was a bit of a bummer.  But we rode our bikes!  Today was the Christmas breakfast at church, and this afternoon we had a cookie making fest with a friend.

I've had some work Christmas parties to attend.  The kids have bought and wrapped their gifts for each other, and Mr. Brown and I have made plans for filling stockings.  All the decorations are up at our house, and we're planning on a secret Santa for a family in our ward.  Plus we have three advent calendars to help us count down.  So it's been busy, but not too much work and it's been so much fun!
I'm so happy with life.  I have so much to look forward to, even after Christmas.  God has been good to me.

Friday, December 12, 2014

12 December 2014

Lately Mr. Brown has been helping the kids practice handwriting by copying poems.  Rose Pink (who has lately been staying up past when Mr. Brown and I go to bed) came downstairs the other night to show us her own efforts at poetry.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

3 December 2014

Rose Pink had an activity at church that she was supposed to bring a costume for.  She made her own samurai armor from an amazon box.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2 December 2014

Thanksgiving was really nice this year.  We planned with our friends the Scotts to go up to their parents' lake house, but when they got there, there was a serious water leak in the wall so those plans changed!  (Good thing we made those plans - otherwise they wouldn't have found the leak for awhile)  We went over to their house on Thanksgiving morning and hung out all day, ate dinner and pie and played games.  It was nice, pretty quiet, and good fun.

On Saturday the kids and I put up the Christmas decorations.  Bobo doesn't remember Christmas from last year and he's totally enchanted by the Christmas tree.  It's so sweet to see how excited he is by all this 'new' fun stuff.  Mr. Brown is being a good sport about it, but three days later he's already tired of the Christmas decorations.  We're still working on a happy medium here.