Sunday, November 30, 2008
Looking at the second picture, there are some circumstances that confine our ornaments and candy canes to the middle third of the tree. First, Evan loves candy canes, so they need to be high enough where he can't reach them. We did catch him once already hiding behind the tree munching on a candy cane! Second, even though I only let the kids hang the non-glass or hand-made ornaments, they are always concerned that Evan will get a hold of them, so again, they place them out of Evan's reach. Third, the kids can't reach the top third of the tree. (I might have to do a little spreading out after they go to bed!) But it truly is such a joy to watch the kids hang all those ornaments, reminiscing and telling stories as they go, and savoring the unique design of our tree at this time of our lives.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Seth has a mind of his own, and definitely diverges from his mother's way of thinking at times. One of my favorite stories about him was when I was furiously trying to document his first day of Kindergarten. I took pictures of him at breakfast, getting his backpack on, sitting on our front bench, walking to school with his big brother, waiting in line, with his teacher, with his friends.
Apparently I was driving the poor child nuts, and upon my taking the 433rd picture that morning, Seth asked me, "Mom, why are you taking so many pictures?"
I told him, "Well, Seth, we have to take lots of pictures so that we can remember your first day of Kindergarten."
He responded (rather quickly I thought), "Moooommmm, I can remember the first day of Kindergarten with just one picture."
I remembered that line when I took about ten pictures of the kids setting up the Christmas tree tonight. And he didn't complain. He must be getting used to me by now. :)
Friday, November 28, 2008
family...friends...candy...pizza...video games...funny things that Evan does...family nights...food...clothes...shelter...playtime!...Cub Scouts...ice cream...Christmas...books...the book I made...my own computer I want for Christmas...I am thankful for my mom and her kisses...I am thankful for hair...doorknobs, because without them we couldn't go outside...pink...refrigerators...starting to write...food but not chili, pasta or spaghetti...chicken nuggets...my birthday...sleepovers...playing with my cousins...playing tackleball with my dad...Great America...Wisconsin Dells...the lake...my new boat shelf...going to the zoo or farm...holding chicks...my bed...
Partial thankful list from Mom and Dad: Henry...Seth...Caroline...Evan
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Its my party, and I'll cry if I want to...
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
This boy...he must be taking after his Grandpa Orton. He honestly is singing ALL THE TIME. The ABCs, Happy Birthday, God Is Bigger than the Boogeyman... You name it, he sings it. His own version, of course. Click to play, and name that tune!
By the way, can you tell that he was watching himself being recorded? The little ham!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Now, before you worry about my state of mind, or think, "This mom really needs to get her act together...," please know that this was all planned. :) Henry's class had earned a "pajama day" because they had all turned in their homework assignments many days in a row. Henry was doubly excited for the day because the class is now studying our solar system, and he had the perfect pajamas for a day full of learning about our planets. He said that his teacher was so thrilled with his pj's that she called him up in front of the class, saying that he had the coolest pj's ever! Then, to top it all off, Henry and I had the idea that we would give him the ultimate "bed head" before he went to school. So we used the spikey hair gel, and made his hair the antithesis of a well groomed boy, like he had just rolled out of bed. Of course, he loved the look, and asked if he could wear it that way every day. Gotta love that sense of humor...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
My sweet nephew (aka Karen and Jim's son) celebrated his first birthday today! While opening gifts, Robbie, of course, was all about the paper, ribbons and boxes, as any one year old would be. My sister made an assortment of tasty cupcakes, and Robbie had his first taste of his family's famous banana cake. At this point, I think he prefers Cheerios, but I am sure that will change quickly!
My brother, Bill, brought his girlfriend, Katie. The kids were quite smitten with her, telling me on the way home that she was funny and pretty and liked to play with them. Bill, watch out for that smooth-talking, spikey-hair gel Seth...it looks like he really has his eyes on her! (Click on the bottom picture to get a closer look.)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
It was Seth's first time to roller skate. He was very timid at first, holding onto my hand for dear life. But by the end, he was skating on his own and quite proud. Henry was zipping around the rink. I admit it...I couldn't keep up with him. Its strange that this day has already come!
I brought home two tired boys. I think they will sleep well tonight. So will their poor, tired mom...
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Caroline was invited to birthday party at "Its a Girl Thing," and WOW was this her cup of tea. They got to dress up, complete with all of the accessories. They had their hair done with butterfly clips and glitter. They had their own fashion show with a makeshift runway, and played lots of girly games. They even had a tea party at the end! I am sure that tonight she is dreaming many sweet girly glitter-filled dreams, and that tomorrow I am going to have to push my styling abilities to the limit when she will no doubt ask me to redo her hairdo!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Seth, not to be outdone by his big brother, wanted to show off his swimming speed. I told him that I would be videotaping him, and I have to say, he really gave quite a performance. In this clip, I love how he is so focused on his speed, so intense, he has no time to take a breath. (Maybe we should have him talk to Uncle Aaron about this!) His teacher said that he is a very smooth and strong swimmer, listens well and is progressing nicely. Way to go, Seth!
On the way home from swimming lessons, the kids wanted me to tell them stories about when I was a child. I told a couple, but then I was having a little nostalgic moment, remembering when my dad would tell me stories of when he was a young boy. So I launched into the story my dad used to tell about meeting up with a skunk, and told it with such enthusiasm that the kids asked me to tell it again a few times. They also started telling stories about when they were "little," which made me giggle.
Another cute moment from today...I hosted Evan's playgroup today, and those two year olds had a great time together. When it was time to go, and all the kiddos were putting on their shoes and coats, I told Evan to say goodbye to his friends. He said, "Bye Friends!," and proceeded to hug and kiss everyone, even petting some on the head. That set off an avalanche of hugs and kisses between all of them that had to have lasted a couple of minutes. It was all so sweet, and if I wasn't so caught up in the moment and just soaking it in, I would have grabbed my camera and video'd it. Hopefully next week we'll have a repeat, and I'll have something to make you smile. :)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
After school, Patrick came over. Wow...the ground they covered in the couple of hours they were together! They played a rousing game of hide and seek, including Henry, Caroline and even Evan. They played in our fort under the basement stairs. They played video games. They tested each other on math facts (!). And they played a game Seth made up of launching a missile dart up and down the stairs, with rules, points and everything. Totally boy.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
(After all, where else would a you hang a picture? :) )
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Evan's brothers and sister have trained him to come fast with a kiss if they've hurt themselves. (They find it very funny, and will even pretend to have an injury just so he'll come running.) He's carried this empathetic quality over to his playgroup, and perhaps because of the larger number of tumbles and falls in a 2 year old group, is kept very busy consoling with sweet kisses.