Thursday, July 24, 2014

Naming the Youngest (and last) Young Baby

After the excruciating agony of trying to find a name for Oskar that Timothy liked (then having him pick my top choice anyway), I changed my strategy this time.

I told Timothy, "This is what I am naming the baby if it is a girl.  This is what I am naming the baby if it is a boy.  If you want something different from those two names then you have to think of it and you have to convince me."

Awesome.

Last night I called the baby by his "name" and Timothy said, "We're not calling him that."  So I said sweetly, "Great!  What perfect name have you come up with?"

Timothy, "Glorfindell."

Me, "Try again."

Timothy, "In honor of Kami's Sackett boys, we should have a western name.  How about Earp?"

Me, "No."

Timothy, "Winchester?  Remington?  Butch?  Gulch?  Shorty?"

The conversation lasted an hour and it was hilarious.  I feel no pressure at all.  If Timothy finds a fabulous name--awesome.  If he doesn't, I get what I want.  Win, win.  This is the way to approach baby naming!

Oh, and if you're curious, my girl name is Flannery Mildred and my boy name is Badger Marion.

We hope to find out gender in two weeks.  Fun, fun.  I'm guessing boy.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Kind of Things We Do Around Here

 Emeline dissecting a cow's eye.

 Reading in the library.

 Reading in the library.

 Reading in the library.

 Reading in the library.

Emeline made her first cake today, a four layer death-by-chocolate sort of cake.  I, being a bit of a control freak, cut the cake into the four layers and iced it.  She did all the actual cooking.  It was delicious.  You can find the recipe here.  The only thing I changed was having Emeline add buttermilk to the icing instead of milk.  I happened to have some on hand and it sounded good and it was!  Thanks for the cake, Emeline!

And now, goodnight.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Miriam Turned 11 !!!!!!!!!!

 Oskar playing with Miriam's library prize.  We stopped at the library that day to pick up the kids' first summer reading program prizes.
 Everything is a phone.  (Kami--he totally looks like Lando in that pic.)
 No--she hadn't been crying!  A lot of the pictures look that way.  We took her swimming for her birthday so everyone looks a little . . . post-swimming.

 She knew it was legos as soon as I handed her the box.
 She was pretty excited because that set has 5 figurines (there are never enough figurines to go around at this house) and one of the figurines is a red-headed princess.
 Sibling excitement.

 Gorgeous girl looking way too grown up!!!  She's 5'4' now.  Argh!!  Time, just slow down already.
 Her birthday favorite--angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream.  I tried to let her light her own candles but she ended up burning herself and making me laugh.  I finished for her.

 Oskar, pre-haircut.  Miriam asked for clam chowder so I made that and garlic infused flatbread.  Dinner was a hit (maybe in part because of how many pancakes we've been eating lately??).  The strawberries were particularly sweet, which was lovely.  Good food.  Good times.
Blowing out the candles.

Miriam remains as delightfully imaginative as ever.  She told me today that the best way to sneak up the stairs is right, right, middle, right, left, left.  (I made up the order because I can't remember exactly what she said.)  Apparently she's been practicing going up and down the stairs without making any squeak.  A Miriam activity for sure.

Right now Miriam wants to be an actress and a private investigator.  She still loves Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and, especially, Sherlock Holmes.  She's dramatic, intelligent, hilarious, talented, and a ton of fun.

Favorites:

Color: pink and purple
Song: I Know that My Redeemer Lives
Book: mysteries
Thing to Do: read, draw, color
Food: spaghetti, curry, clam chowder
Thing About my Mom:  your food
Thing About my Dad: he's funny
Thing About my Family: they're all weirdos

Monday, July 7, 2014

Baby Update

I felt the baby move for the first time today!  I'm 15 weeks along.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Church History Museum














The best part of the day was seeing a bunch of Brian Kershisnik original paintings.  I didn't know they would be there, but what a happy happenstance!!  He's one of my very favorites painters and there is nothing quite as vibrant as original artwork.  I love my copies (Rothko, Kershisnik), but it's not the same.

Lovely day, lovely family.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Great-grandpa Wilford and the Piano

Great-grandpa Wilford came over the other day to tune the piano.  It needed some love after its traumatic move to the new house.  (Just kidding--my FIL Kenny orchestrated the moving of the piano and it all went quite smoothly.)  One of the hammers is broken, though, so grandpa Wilford will be back to work on that shortly.

It is always such a treat to watch Grandpa work on a piano.  He's a living legend.



 Timothy came home early because he had a week of training.  Four generations!!!  Awesome.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Oskar Gets His First Haircut




Like with all these things, it is fun to see Oskar all trimmed up and handsome but it is NOT fun to see him looking so grown up.  *Sniff*

Challenge: Can you see where his hair ends and mine begins??