Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Friday, February 18, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I discovered recently that there is a flock of parrots that live in our new neighborhood. Yes! Real parrots! Bunches of them! And man, are they LOUD! The stick together in their flock and chatter like old ladies at a church picnic all day long! Take a look!
Monday, January 31, 2011
I had a great time this weekend because we through a little party for my old friend Tina, who recently moved to town and just had her birthday.
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Monday, January 17, 2011
With my parents visiting from Florida, we have been looking for "touristy" things to do. They have been here a few times before and we have been finding ourselves doing the same things over and over again.
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Monday, December 20, 2010
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Monday, October 5, 2009
We had been looking for quite a while for some sort of activity that Noah would really enjoy doing. He was adamant about not playing sports. Even though he seemed early on to have an ear for music, that interest seems to have dwindled. When I tried to sign him up for karate, he freaked out because he thought I wanted to take him to a place so kids could kick him and karate chop him, and he had to defend himself from that.
Finally, a flyer for Cub Scouts came home with him from school and I thought that might be JUST the thing. We wanted him to learn more about respect, working together, service to others, pride, and build up his self esteem a little bit.
I took him to one meeting and he just LOVED it.
And immediately after that, we had an opportunity for one of us to spend a weekend at Camp Mataguay with him for lots of cub scout fun! So I stayed home with the twins, and Michael took Noah to camp for two nights this weekend.
They got to go fishing ("We caught a bunch of WEEDS!") and hiking. Noah was able to learn how to do archery and shoot BB guns, he threw a vase on a pottery wheel for me, they went canoeing watched skits, and Noah spent a lot of much needed quality time with his Dad.
Next time... I wanna go!
Michael took some videos and photos while there, so I thought I would share those.
This is my boy doing archery.
This is my boy getting a bullseye, baby!!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Luka has become quite the train aficionado lately. He discovered a friend's Thomas trains and little tracks and he hasn't looked back since. I got him a little set of used Thomas trains.
He likes watching that insanely boring show on TV, but I have to admit it is completely and utterly adorable to see him hooking up train cars, huddled over his tracks and moving his trains around making little chugging sounds.
My neighbor and I each have three kids, and while our eldest children were off getting their higher education, we loaded the little kids into one van and went off to the stadium where there is a San Diego Trolley station and climbed aboard. It was the perfect thing to do with four small boys.
The kids loved the trip, pointing out all the school buses, shopping malls and mountains they could see passing by out the windows. They loved not having to sit in car seats! We took two separate rail lines over to a small steam train museum where kids can explore a caboose and a climb into the engineer's platform on a steam engine.
Then we headed across the street to our favorite coffeehouse for moms with kids, Java Mama, to let them blow off some steam of their own while Audra and I filled up on caffeine.
Two more trains got us back to our van and then we headed home in time for lunch! That was enough to do me in for the day, even with the extra caffeine.
I had loads of good camera fodder. You can see more photos over on my flickr page!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Today, Noah became very frustrated with Luka about something and started saying some very mean and hurtful words. I told him that that kind of talk was not acceptable in our family, and so he stomped off to go draw a picture for Luka to show him his feelings since he was not allowed to do so verbally. He brings the drawing to Luka and presents it.
Noah: Here, Luka, this is for you.
Luka: For me?
Noah: Yeah. It's a picture of an evil chicken eating a boy and it's to show you how angry I am at you and that I really wish you would get eaten by something.
Luka: You made a picture for me!?
Noah: Yeah. This here says, "I - hate - you."
Luka: I LOVE IT!
Noah: You aren't supposed to love it. It's to show you how angry I am at you!
Luka: It's beautiful! Thank you, Noah!
Noah: It's not beautiful! It's MEAN! It says, "I hate you" on it!
Luka: What's this word?
Noah: It's HATE! It says HATE! H-A-T-E!!!
Luka: Good job, Noah!
Noah: You don't understand! You are getting attacked by this evil chicken!
Luka: Is me?
Noah: Yeah. And an evil chicken!
Luka: I love it! Thank you, Noah!
Noah: Oh... NEVER MIND!!!!!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Okay, so it's Luka's turn. He is a bit behind Ethan in language skills. Pretty good at saying what he wants to say, but not the greatest at comprehending what is said to him. I had to ask him some of these questions in different wording. And this interview was done in about three different sittings because he was a bit frustrated. But it's darn cute.
1. What is something mommy always says to you?
(makes a kiss sound)
2. What makes mommy happy?
3. What makes mommy sad?
What about clothes?
4. How does your mommy make you laugh?
Look what I found!
5. What did your mommy like to do when she was a child?
I want to find you on a picture.
6. How old is your mommy ?
7. How tall is your mommy ?
8. What is her favorite thing to watch on TV?
9. What does your mommy do when you're not around?
10. If your mommy becomes famous, what will it be for?
11. What is your mommy really good at?
Four. Or two. Or one.
12. What is your mommy not very good at?
I want to play my games.
13. What does your mommy do for her job?
14. What is your mommy 's favorite food?
15. What makes you proud of your mommy?
16. If your mommy were a cartoon character, who would she be?
What cartoon mean?
17. What do you and your mommy do together?
Play outside. Let me show you outside.
18. How are you and your mommy the same?
There's blocks in the jar.
19. How are you and your mommy different?
I'll brought you something.
20. How do you know your mommy loves you?
21. What does your mommy like most about your daddy?
22. Where is your mommy 's favorite place to go?