I have absolutely no idea how to text (nor am I totally won over to its value).
I can't stay up all night.
I like to keep my hair short.
The music that kids listen to these days...I don't get it.
I refer to teenagers as 'kids.'
I'm starting to think I really need make-up.
I'm tired. (Or maybe just pregnant...whichever...)
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
(Using a funny cowboy accent to be the voice of his new toy alligator) "I reckon this town needs a superhero. Maybe I could be that hero. I wonder if I have x-ray vision? I do!"
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
(And by the way, that big old rip is the result of Lydia's new love affair with climbing in the sorter on top of the dirty laundry all the time. It currently stretches all the way from one end to the other. Anyway, on with the cuteness...)
I was so charmed by seeing their cute squirming little backs and their muffled giggling that I indulged in the fake search. ("Hmm, are you behind the door? Nooo. Are you on the ceiling? Nooo...") They finally revealed their hiding spot with a triumphant, "Here we are!"
I indulged them by not being able to find them for a few more times, and they indulged me by recreating it for the camera.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
That changed, however, several months back when Emma suddenly professed herself to be an avid Harry Potter fan and thought all things HP-related were just the best (having been highly swayed by a few older cousins, I believe). So I figured if she was going to love Harry Potter she ought to actually read the books. And that was a good enough reason for me to join in as well. I knew the series generally got scarier/more intense/etc as the books went on, so I wanted to stay one book ahead of her to know what was coming. She's about half way through #3. She read voraciously for awhile, but now seems to have lost steam. She's taking a break (right when there's dementors running around all over the place!) and going through a few shorter books (Goosebumps) now. And after finishing #4 myself, I'm in no hurry for her to catch up to me. I think I may even impose an age limit on book 4, or at least purposefully steer her in another direction for a year or two. Is it just me or was #4 quite the leap from #3 in terms of intensity of content? There were quite a few parts that were downright disturbing. The forbidden curses, the torture, the death, the whole rebirth scene, even the riotous behavior after the World Cup...it all just seemed a little much for an 8 year old.
Come on Emma, I've got a nice girl named "Anne" I'd like you to meet....
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
We found a few good parks in the evenings.
We hung out on an aircraft carrier and submarine.
Friday, September 12, 2008
+ = Trouble
Lydia and I share a love of this wonderful entire column of kitchen drawers. I love them because kitchens never have enough drawers and I think every house ought to have a column or two. I find them very handy and very useful. Lydia finds them useful too. But not for storage and efficiency, oh no.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Josh cracked me up at the dentist the other day. Our dentist has a little machine in the waiting area like those found by the front door of many stores and restaurants. You put in a quarter, turn the crank and out comes a prize of the plastic toy or sticker variety. When a child is done with their appointment, they get a special token to put in the machine and pick their prize (there were 8-10 choices) for doing a great job.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
My friend Alyssa recently posted about these awesomely hilarious cards. I liked them so much I wanted to talk about them too. They have that great inside-joke humor (for my LDS friends, anyway) that is so precious. And look at the design! Sharp.
Head on over to Line Upon Line cards and be sure to scroll all the way down and read them all, it's worth it. Bonus: they're on board with the Nie Nie fund.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
They stopped three different times to get ice cream along the trail but the shops were all closed. (Drat! They got frosties on the way home to make up for it.) They also stopped to play awhile on a playground (Emma must be Monkey Girl Sr.).They took another little break to walk along the Appalachian trail.When I asked them what the best part was, all three had the same answer: climbing on the big rock.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Abigail: Because it's pretty and old fashioned. Also, we like Abby as a nickname. It's Biblical, which is nice, and we particularly like the role she plays in the story of forgiveness/intercession in 1 Samuel 25.
Afton: It all started in Scotland in 1791 when Robert Burns wrote the love poem Afton Water, where he entreats the River Afton and various sounds of nature around it to keep their peace because his sweetheart is sleeping by the banks. 209 years later one of our favorite bands, Nickel Creek, made it into a beautiful song. It's always been Scott's favorite by NC. Even though it was written as a love song/poem, he has always related it to our Emma and his feelings of paternal love and protection for her. (Seriously, listen to the words and imagine a father singing that to his daughter, it makes me all weepy every time.) In the poem, the girl's name is Mary and the river is Afton, but we just like Afton better.
Analyn: This was a suggestion from Jenica that we shelved initially, but it grew on us. And Lyn is Scott's middle name, so that's a bonus.
Elizabeth: Pretty and old fashioned. We both just like it, but still fear the nicknames. Can we possibly extend our parental control to all the people who ever meet her throughout her life and insist they only call her by her full name??