Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break Starts

The end of March marked the beginning of Joseph's three week spring break!! We rang it in reading Hardy Boys and  having a pupusa picnic at Alcova Heights Park!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Welcome Spring

In front of Joseph's school

Welcome back outside eating!
Joseph setting up his birthday telescope

And trying it out in the spring night
April 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Then More Snow

 Roasting marshmallows in the fireplace! Abigail melts us every time she talks about "marsh-momomos"

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Birthday Party Extravaganza!

Joseph and Marc used their artistic skill to make two paper machete pinatas in days before the party!  We used the "8" and saved the shark for another year. Nothing beats dad time! Joseph was full of ideas for his birthday party. I think he had enough ideas for parties to keep us busy for the rest of his childhood. We included as many as we could--and saved some for future years!

March 15, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hopes for Spring

As is often the case, Marc is a mix of weather. I snapped a picture of the first flowers to peek out. We had some park days and some days that were back to making snuggly forts with blankets and jumping on the couch for exercise!

Blurry, but captures the hours Abigail spends jumping on the couch everyday!

Anna and Gus in the swing together

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Anna 16 months

 Anna turned 16 months today and I took some time during our hall-walking during church to snap a few pictures of our little angel. At 16 months, Anna says applesauce, baby, no, yes, night night. She walks as much as she crawls now. She is getting two more teeth on top. She sleeps through the night!!!! She gives high fives. She likes to play chase around the couch with Joseph. She also likes to play matchbox cars with him. She holds and loves her baby doll, sings night night to the baby. She makes food in the play kitchen and pretends to eat it/feed it to me. When she says her name, it is so adorable: "Ann nnnn na"

Friday, March 07, 2014

Joseph is a Cub Scout

He started Cub Scouts, which he loved. I took him to his first Den Meeting. They tossed balls with partners, they did somersaults and backward rolls, they saw how high they could jump, they had crab walk/frog jump/etc. races, and then a game of Chinese checkers followed by a “snack” which was really a full meal!  He had a wonderful time, got along with the boys and looked adorable in his blue uniform with the golden scarf.  Where have the years gone? He is so grateful—and on the way home thanked me profusely for taking him to Cub Scouts.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Joseph turns 8-years-old

I can’t believe what a grown up little boy we have! He is sweet and thoughtful. He is compassionate and empathic. He is smart and curious and interested in the world around him. He loves to read. He seems to enjoy all aspects of life—today he told me stories on the walk home from school about music class---and gave me renditions of the songs they sang. Then he told me about how the PE teacher stood on her hands and walked on her hands for the class today. He is delighted with the wonder of life in elementary school. It warms my heart to see him so happy. In class they learned about famous people who made amazing accomplishments. Joseph chose to write about Jackie Robinson, then he got to dress up like him for the "Leonardo Learning" night.  Another one of the people they learned about was Helen Keller. One night when Joseph was upstairs getting ready for bed, I heard an awful thud and Joseph started crying. When I tried to decipher how Joseph could run into the wall that hard, face-first, he sheepishly looked up at me and said, "I was pretending to be Helen Keller to see what it would be like." 

The weather has turned warm the past couple days and he is loving playing basketball on the street with the big kids and playing with the little kids in front yards up and down the street. Last week we had two snow days and he enjoyed sledding, snow ball fights, helping build forts.  He is social and friendly and just enjoys life. He is big helper at home, too.

When we went to a nature center a few weeks ago, Joseph did a scavenger hunt type thing to find different geologic materials that made up the building (metal, plastic, wood, etc).  He bought four little squishy dinosaurs for $1 and has been loving them. He I invented this game where we put the dinosaurs at opposing ends of the piano and then take turns flicking them to try to hit the other ones. I’ve played with him two nights in a row, and he is in absolute heaven. Sweet, sweet boy. 

Earlier in the week, I took Joseph to the eye doctor (another day when Abigail’s behavior was atrocious—spitting on me, absolutely defying me—and I just had to survive it with all three kids until we could finish the appointment and get home—and the consequences and “teaching?” could begin). Anyway, I took Joseph to Costco to buy new glasses after the doctor visit. It was just the two of us, after the girls were in bed. We had a fun time—he was thrilled to get new kind of frame that is bendable. I loved seeing his eyes light up when the salesperson showed us how they could bend. After Costco, we stopped by Dairy Queen for blizzards—even though it is so cold here this winter!

Joseph is reaching the age where we have some really interesting and meaningful conversations. One day he asked me about slavery. He just couldn't understand how people could justify such actions. We talked a lot about it. Finally, he concluded, "I'm really disappointed in the choices they made."   Well said, son.

There are so many things I love about this eight year old! I'm so glad he's mine; it is a joy to be his mother.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Birthday Celebrations

Morning presents at breakfast!

The aunties joined us for dinner (spaghetti and meatballs and Caesar salad)  and cake! Joseph picked a pink cake with an eight made of pink sprinkles. He said he thought Abigail would really like a pink cake.

March 4, 2014