Tuesday, March 31, 2015

31 March 2015

What Nut Brown does in the middle of the night when he can't sleep (self-reported):

Saturday, March 28, 2015

28 March 2015

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit over their spring break this week, and it was very cold.  We went out to dinner last night at a restaurant that had a little train going around the place over customers' heads.  Bobo was entranced.  He waved to it, and showed the train the picture he had colored of it. 

One afternoon we rode our bikes up to the park, and the kids tried out the slides, which were not very fast.  Sigh.  Rose Pink crept down one slowly and said, "Whee.... ish."  She's so funny.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

24 March 2015

My parents gave Nut Brown some oil pastels for his birthday and he's been using them to create some vivid pictures.  See below:

Lego mini-figures

a crab on a beach

fire vs ice

tree with monkeys

Monday, March 23, 2015

23 March 2015

Just a note to say that I'm turning into a true suburban-ite - a couple weeks ago I drove down to Ann Arbor to visit my aunt and uncle, and as I turned off the local interstate (five lanes) onto the highway that goes to Ann Arbor, I was suddenly claustrophobic at being constricted to only two lanes.  How can you drive at 70 mph with only two lanes?  Ha.  I'm obviously used to the massive interstates in the suburbs.

Rose Pink had her first piano recital two weeks ago on Pi Day, and it was quite the affair - almost three hours long.  It was a good experience for her - she played two pieces, and did well with both - but I think next time we'll leave the boys at home, and send Mr. Brown to sit in the back with a book.

Speaking of Pi Day, we celebrated with our friends the Peers, who were in town to attend the temple.  We made key lime pie and lemon pie and apple pie and strawberry pie, and my dad sent a box of moon pies from Alabama.  There was massive pie consumption that evening, and a toast to Pi, may it live forever.

The last couple days, Bobo has been consumed by his little-kid Legos.  I almost threw these blocks away a few months ago, and now I'm glad I didn't.  He will spend an hour, by himself, stacking and unstacking and rearranging and resnapping them.  Last night he sat through family scriptures and prayers with them, and then came in my bedroom while I was reading scripture with Nut Brown and sat on my bed and played with them for another half an hour.  Then he took them to bed with him ('I need fyashyight, Mama').  He talks to himself while he's playing, just like his sister.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

18 March 2015

Now that it looks like we're over the hump... here's some photos from fun times with snow that was had in February. It took forever to convince Bobo that it was worth it to get his snowpants on - he kept saying that he would rather stay inside.  But once we got him outside, he had a great time.  Maybe next year he'll agree to wear his mittens before he goes outside and freezes his hands and cries for them.  :-)  Kids only get older.

All this sledding nonsense was in our backyard... piles of snow shoveled off the driveway.  We got a lot of snow in February.

Monday, March 16, 2015

16 March 2015

Lately I've been helping the kids pray at night by asking them three questions to structure their prayers - what are you most grateful for today; what are you most worried about; and what do you want to tell Heavenly Father about?  It's been such a surprise to me how differently Nut Brown and Rose Pink pray.  Rose Pink chatters away about the game of pretend she played with a friend and what she's been reading and so on.  Nut Brown views it as an opportunity to ask questions of God to which he expects answers.  The first time he asked one, he told God that He (God) didn't have to answer right away, and that he (Nut Brown) was leaving a message.

Another question was about why God let the Anti-Nephi-Lehies be slaughtered by their enemies.  He and I read in the scriptures afterwards for some of God's reasoning, which was really really neat. I've started reading the scriptures every night with both of them.  Rose Pink reads a chapter every night, and Nut Brown reads a page.  He was so excited - he's earning a cake all for himself (Mr. Brown's standard offer to everyone who reads the Book of Mormon), plus he's practicing his reading, plus he's growing his seed of faith, plus he gets to practice communicating by practicing prayer.  He counted up all those exciting things himself and was so happy.

Last night when discussing what he was thankful for, he said he was thankful that Papa does the dishes.  The he paused and pondered how life would be different without Mr. Brown - no homeschool and we'd have to go grocery shopping on Saturdays, among other things.  When he offered his thanks for his father, it was sweet and heartfelt.

Gratuitous photo of my favorite Bobo pajamas

Sunday, March 15, 2015

15 March 2015

Tonight reading scriptures with Nut Brown-

Nut Brown: Why don't they put a one in front of the first verse in the chapter?

Me: I don't know.

Nut Brown: Maybe it's a zero, and they just skip one.


This afternoon at the park Rose Pink played in the sucking quicksand of the baseball diamond, and came home very extremely muddy.  She took a shower and left a vast quantity of muddy sand in the bathroom, and then was quite upset when she was required to either clean it up or pay someone to clean it up for her.  Tonight when going to bed she was telling me that she had decided not to wash her clothes out in the bathtub any more after playing in mud, because she really hated having to clean it all up.  She said, "I thought about banning myself from playing in the mud, but I realized that would never happen."

Friday, March 13, 2015

13 March 2015

Spontaneous costume generation of some of our favorite superheros - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  Rose Pink is dressed as April O'Neill.  Also Bobo shows off some of his best moves.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

11 March 2015

The kids got some building blocks for Christmas.  Nut Brown gets them out sometimes to make tall towers.

Also he knocks them down.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

10 March 2015

Nut Brown, the other night, said to me that the bathroom would be closed for awhile the next day.  Oh? I said.  Yes, he said, because I'm going to clean it.  Because I want to be a cleaner like you when I grow up.

Monday, March 9, 2015

9 March 2015

Rose Pink has a dental appliance in her mouth- she inherited my teeth (her grandpa's teeth) and mouth shape- so they have pulled a few and put in spacers that will hopefully minimize the time she'll have to wear braces.  So her brushing habits have greatly improved.

Rose Pink is reading Harry Potter at the moment, for the first time.  She is completely enamored.

The weather has been in the forties the last two days.  On Sunday after church we went for a walk and she went barefoot.  "The sidewalk is pretty warm!" she exclaimed.  Not everyone was super-diligent about shoveling, so she ended up walking across icy sections and through puddles formed from melted snow.  But she didn't actually complain much - my girl with a heart full of snow love.  Tonight, FHE treat is ice cream, and she has decided to eat it outside on the back porch because 'it's warm!'  (It's 45 degrees.)

Friday, March 6, 2015

6 March 2015

Lately, when Rose Pink goes up to bed, she calls to us, "G.N.!"  It took me a bit to figure out that she's using it as an acronym for 'good night'.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

4 March 2015

Stake conference this weekend.  Mr. Brown was at home - following are the notes he got from me during the meeting:

Me: We're doing the sustaining and Bobo is toasting them all with a half eaten sandwich.

Mr Brown: CHEERS!

Me:   Speaker said something about "Sis Brown" and Bobo said, "She talking you, Mommy! She talking you!"

Seth brought glowsticks and the kids are having a lot of fun with them. (we're in the gym in the dark)
Me: Temple president just said something about ancestors who lived in Edinbragh and Nut Brown turned to me and said loudly, " Eatin' Brain! Weird!"

Mr. Brown:  We're not unreasonable i mean no one is going to eat your Ayrshire (another town in scotland)

Me: Pres Marshall just started with a story abt his five yr old. "Son, what did you learn in Primary?". "If I ever see a Lamanite I'll punch him in the face."  Reminds me of Bobo yesterday on our walk. He came up to bodyprint in the snow made by Rose Pink and exclaimed, "Yoroko!" and then punched it in the head.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

3 March 2015

Yesterday the high was 23 degrees, positively warm after the bitter cold that was February this year, and things started melting and I thought that spring really was going to come.  Today we got 4 inches of snow and freezing rain on top of it.  Sigh.

Bobo has started correcting us when we call him Bobo, and tells us to call him by his real name. 

Also whenever he hears me pass gas, he says with a grin, "You poopy, Mommy!"