Thursday, August 28, 2014

For Posterity

A little while ago the kids and I had a bunch of fun determining how many kids we were all going to have, their genders, and their names.  We used the pin stuck into a pencil eraser and placed above the wrist method.  Good times.  I recently found the paper where we wrote down everyone's kids and the names picked for the babies.  It was too awesome to not record for posterity.

Emeline's Future Family

Girl: Stella Nicole
Boy: Badger
Boy: John
Girl: Dora Emeline
Boy: Timothy Oskar
Boy: Doodles Eli
Girl: Tulip Harriet
Girl: Marigold
Boy: Arnold the Adventurous (Timothy helped her with that one)

Eli's Future Family

Boy: Tooth Ring
Girl: Flying Tooth Dove
Boy: Hawk Tooth
Girl: Badger Dove

Cowen's Future Family (Cowen was very upset that there were only four kids and two of them were girls)

Girl: *Cowen refused to name this child because he wouldn't acknowledge the possibility of having a girl first
Boy: Toothless
Girl: Asta
Boy: Hiccup

Miriam's Future Family

Girl: Dove Maple
Girl: Rose Georgia
Boy: Derek John
Girl: Violet Priscilla
Boy: Winchester Timothy
Girl: Petunia Nicole
Boy: Badger Marion

Harriet had five children: boy, girl, boy, girl, boy.  She didn't want to name them.


Monday, August 25, 2014

First Day of Grade Six: Miriam

I have explained repeatedly to Miriam that she is NOT allowed to be in her last year of elementary school and she is certainly NOT allowed to look so grown up.  She ignores me and just continues to grow up before my very eyes.  Alarming--but so beautiful.

First Day of Grade Four: Cowen

What mom can resist a rough and tumble boy?  Not me.  Love you so much, Cowen!

 So handsome!!!!

First Day of Grade Three: Emeline

Emeline is seven and you know what that means--serious silliness in all pictures!  She's such a fun combo of Rasmussen eyes and Young mouth.  Cutie patootie!!

First Day of KINDERGARTEN: Eli

Eli started Kindergarten.  He was pretty excited.  So excited that he took a two hour nap and woke up a little bleary-eyed.  Then he played outside and started making plans to sew a stuffed animal for himself.  Good day.

There has never, in the history of the world, been a cuter boy than my creamsicle-haired boy.

First Day of School: Lady Harriet

Lady Harriet is three and desperate to be like the big kids.  This year she was included on the official chore chart for the first time.  She was thrilled!  She also has her own homeschool supplies.  She's so funny and so much fun!!!!!!!!!!

 She is killing me with her cuteness!

Awww!!  Such an adorable girl!!!

First Day of School: Oskar

I broke out my camera today because Lady Harriet was looking so adorable and then I remembered that it was the first day of school so then I made all my kids go outside so I could take pictures of them. First day of school picture taking is an important ritual that has my full support.  Since we homeschool, technically all of my children started the new school year today.  Good times.  

Oskar didn't like being Santa and kept getting mad that the kids wanted him to keep the Santa hat on.
 Taking pics of Oskar is a challenge these days.  Most of the anguish on his face in these pictures is a direct result of his not being allowed to have the camera.  Sorry, little man.  Every dog has his day to bark and you are years away from yipping.
 Look at me!  I'm the cutest 18 month old in the world!
 Now let me have the camera!
 I have no idea what is going on in the above pic but I can't stop laughing every time I look at it.
 Champion brow furrower.

 She's touching me!
 Just give me the camera!
 Momentarily distracted.  The sweetness is killing me!!
 Give me the camera!!!
 More brow furrowing.
Stop eating my shoe, woman!

Happy school year, Oskar!!!!