combined with counting
A place to record our life as a family in photographs and words.
as soon as she wakes up I must cuddle her up.
After a nap she has these warm rosy cheeks
and still some snuggle left in her.
If her brothers have been happily playing
they know to head for high ground
(i.e. the bunk bed)
if they want to continue without interruption.
and using their words.
While I get started on dinner or dishes
she will entertain herself as the youngest,
and tonight that was the babbling loudly
at the same time as banging on the side of the oven.
but tonight I saw a lot more crawling
which is also cute
because she can go about two feet
before her little arms give out
and then she will take a break
to suck her thumb or roll onto her back and giggle.
Tonight is ideal, after a bath they fell asleep one after the other.
Henry at 6:45 (he’s still not feeling well),
Olivine at 7:05,
and Paul stayed up a little later.
Joe is goes to class tonight
and I have a little “me” time.
part of my parenting is the on-going practice,
the chance to learn patience.
Like with Henry
at a birthday party on Sunday
and having to leave early
because he fell in a bucket of water
This meant I didn’t get to taste these yummy cupcakes a friend made
but I did get to practice patience.
As we were leaving the party,
he was crying from being wet,
meanwhile Paul was crying because we had to leave early,
and there she sat
with her calm and contemplative presence
I also have on-going opportunities to
improve upon my imagination.
Paul is increasingly fascinated with Mister Rogers
and is wanting to role play the different places he visits
and people he meets from the show.
I have never, not even when I was a kid, been very good
at imaginative play,
too much of a realist.
He is giving me this gift as an adult:
to discover the power of suspending reality.
remembering how much effort it takes in the process of learning.
I watch him form letters and numbers
with such determination.
I enjoy sitting with him and seeing up close
the newness in learning to reading and write.
It does not really come naturally to anyone.
When he wrote “on” with an “m” his first request
was for a new paper.
He gets it from me, a bit too hard on himself,
but we are taking advantage of the chance to “let it go.”
There has been plenty going on around here
like trips to see Koi fish
and crazy shenanigans like insisting on wearing sunglasses.
(This funky attitude is highly influenced by our friend Travis)
Then there is a little one who is using her muscles
to climb stairs at the jungle gym.
to a little boy waiting
Then today we had tons of fun at the playground
in the sand
Up close I realize we are looking the same:
me and this little pumpkin.
I will say this is how I happily spend a
India is a natural
and so I am convinced
they need to hit the road together.
really wanting an audio recorder.
We are looking forward to February
and there are only a few more days until someone has
her first birthday.