Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Clover Leaf

I still haven't figured out how to work the new computer or pull up the picture program (it isn't iphoto) and I keep forgetting to ask Timothy for help.  Still, I managed to find some pics of Clover and thought I'd share those.  She's hit that absolutely perfect squishy stage.  Babies are magic--they make everyone happy.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Oskar Turned Two

Way back in February, Oskar turned two.  I love two-year-olds!!!!

Oskar has two pair of monster pajamas that he loves because we all act scared and run away when he wears them.  I thought a monster cake was appropriate.  Oskar loved it.  I just added the icing--Timothy did the rest.

 Big present for a little man.

 The excitement is building!!!

A very pirate-y/monster-y birthday, darling Oskar.  

Some things about Oskar.  Oskar loves the song Bingo--you know, the farmer who had a dog and Bingo was his name-o.  I sing, "There was a mama had a boy and Oskar was his name-o."  Then Oskar smiles and yells, "BO!" and I have to sing the original version.  Oskar also loves the song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." 

I don't know what Oskar's favorite food is because he gobbles up everything I put in front of him with equal fervor.  I know he loves banana-cocoa-peanut butter smoothies because when he wants one he drags me to the cupboard that contains the blender and makes emphatic and clear noises that sound almost like "smooth."  

His favorite person is Clover, hands-down.  

I don't remember his first word, but I do know that "Grandpa" and "horse" were some of his earliest.  Timothy said recently that watching Oskar learn to talk has been the most fun of any of our kids learning to talk.  I agree.  He concentrates so hard before saying something and he only says something when he really wants to communicate an idea.  The other day Smokey the cat (who we gave to a neighbor) was sitting on the window ledge and Oskar ran over to me, grabbed my arm, made sure he had my attention and then carefully said "cat" for the first time.  Love it.

Oskar is super sweet and makes hilarious faces and runs like a crazy toddler and basically delights me to no end.  Love that boy!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


For quite some time I didn't have a computer that I could use to post pictures.  Sadly, I lost some pictures in the switchover.  I'm no longer sure what I've posted and what I haven't or even when some of these pictures were taken.  But . . . better late and unlabeled than never.

Clover looks so tiny and dark-haired in these pictures.  It was sometime around February so she would have been roughly four months old.  Love her so much!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Harriet Is Smart

This morning I put on a youtube ABC song.  Harriet noticed it and exclaimed, "This must be for me!  I'm learning this right now!"


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Early morning bike ride with Cowen and Miriam

Timothy is out of commission for awhile, but I still managed to get a ride on the tandem bike by recruiting Miriam.  We pushed the bike up 9th to get to the canal road (it is steep and I'm an old lady!) while Cowen rode around us mocking us.  Rude.  Then we headed north on the canal road until it ends.  Then we rode back while Miriam said, "Hut, hut, pedal," about fifty bazillion times until I told her to knock it off.  Then she sang, "I just met you and this is crazy, but here's my labyrinth, I stole your baby."  It is funny every. single. time.

The best part of the ride was Miriam yelling, "Center middle, Mom!!  Center middle!!!"

Me, "There are more rocks in the middle so it is safer on the packed dirt."

Miriam: "You're giving up the safety of center middle for packed dirt??"

Hilarious.  I can't recommend a tandem bike highly enough.

Another great moment was when Cowen realized Miriam was wearing his shirt.

Cowen: "Why are you wearing my shirt?"

Miriam: "It was an accident.  Somebody put it in my pile.  I think I look cute in gray."

Cowen: "I look cuter."

Miriam: "You don't look cute--you look dapper.  Dapper is the boy word for cute."

The other great part of the morning is when I was lying down, stretching, and Miriam was using my foot as a microphone while Cowen kept trying to pull her away.  Good times.  Very good times.

Yesterday Miriam, Eli and I jogged my normal route (at least, it used to be my normal route before the rain), and Miriam and Cowen already have big plans for tomorrow's jog.  They keep thinking I like getting up at 6:00 am with them!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Funny Run Away Notes I Have Received

Run away note from Cowen with spelling and punctuation adjusted for the benefit of people who speak English:

"Mom, Dad, I'm leaving if you give me these things:
  • BB gun
  • a hatchet
  • a knife
  • a survival kit
  • a wolf dog
  • {the last item is illegible but Timothy and I are pretty sure it was the titles of two books}
Sincerely, Cowen Timothy Young

Love you!"

Poor Cowen--yet another boy who desperately needed to grow up in wilder times.

And my favorite run away note ever--because it has the date neatly printed at the top and assures me that she will continue to attend her piano lessons after her departure-- is from Miriam:

"Feb 22nd 2015

Dear Mom and Dad,

     As you read this I will be on my way to where I am going.  DO NOT CALL POLICE!!  I just want to do things my way for a little while.  I will be very close to home.  I will still visit, go to my piano lesson, go to school, go to church.  I will leave notes for you and I WILL GET MONEY!  DO!!  NOT!!  WORRY!!  I will take food, and clothes and other things I might need.  I will leave notes in the mailbox EVERY DAY!  If there is no note I probly haven't gotten around to it yet.  If there isn't any note for a week I am ethier coming home or in trouble.  If coming home will be there next day.  If not CALL POLICE!!!

Your Leaving Daughter, Miriam

Love you!"

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Eli on primary

Me: "How was primary today?"

Eli (age six): "Disgustingly horrible."

Apparently he was asked to lead a song.  Oh, the humanity.  :)