Monday, January 30, 2023
Andrew the Optimist
"I need to go to the library," I said. "But I think I have time to shower first. And then I need to get started on my prospectus revisions and..."
(2) Andrew is the optimist in our house. I'm what he would call a pessimist, though I prefer to call myself a realist. When we have our "Project Saturdays," he'll make a grand list of 8–10 things to accomplish and I'll say, "Cool your jets! You can pick two items...maybe three...though we might not even get through one..."
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Going Mythological, A New Toy Box, and a Girl and her Kitty
Alexander has been on a roll lately with his little sayings. He was talking with Benjamin and Zoë about things no human alive today has ever seen—dinosaurs and dragons and unicorns and the like—and they were trying to convince him that some of those creatures are extinct while others are merely mythological. He got all mad and insisted that extinction isn't real at all, that when a creature goes extinct they merely "go mythological!"
It's a lovely parallel form to "go extinct."
In effort to tame Phoebe and all of her...stuff...and because I've wanted one to go behind the couch for a long time, I bought a storage bench. It was already on sale, which is why I was looking at them (well, technically I was looking because I was up nursing Phoebe late at night and ran out of course readings...so turned to window shopping), but then I noticed that they had a "warehouse" one available that was being sold as "used," but which was "new," just in a damaged box. It was way cheaper, so I bought that one, and now we have a lovely little toy box behind our couch (that says on the bottom "not intended for use as a toy box").
Saturday, January 21, 2023
A me fail and a mom win
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Lego-nary and Potentially Cleaning Things
Last night for FHE we played "Lego-nary," which could definitely use a better name. It's like "pictionary" but with Lego instead of pictures. We just paired up and spent 8 minutes putting together a Lego interpretation of a scripture story (with pictures for inspiration) and then we had to guess what story each pair had made and then each pair had to share a retelling of their story.
It went well. Everybody loved it. Everybody made awesome-looking scenes...except for me and Phoebe. Our team underperformed, but that's okay.
Here's team "Daddy and Zoë" with the story of Jesus cleansing the temple:
Monday, January 16, 2023
Tornadoes and Scrap Paper
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Phoebe at 14 months
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
Monday, January 09, 2023
Sunday, January 08, 2023
Yogourt and Yelling
Miriam's first wedding!
Like that nightmare where your teeth keep falling out...
On December 14, as you recall, I yanked one of Zoë's front teeth out. And it was horrifying.
She's had her hands in her mouth, wriggling those incisors back and forth like she'd been hired to conduct mechanical stress tests on her teeth, for weeks now and we're all thoroughly grossed out by it all.
So we all rejoiced when Andrew finally convinced her to let him pull out her other front tooth. We missed having her two front teeth out by Christmas, though we did manage to have them both out for Epiphany (January 6)! It wouldn't have mattered, anyway, because Zoë flew into a fury anytime anyone suggested she sing "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" for us.
Saturday, January 07, 2023
On Christmas Day in the morning!
Sunday, January 01, 2023
54 miles (from Selma to Montgomery)
We drove to Selma in the morning (December 28) and I have to say that Selma—bless its heart—was such an empty little town. And I say that as someone who was born in a town with a population that is now only approaching 4000 people (and who grew up in a town of (in 2000) less than 10,000 people). It made me quite sad to see how the city has been neglected. It felt almost like we were in a ghost town.
But you don't have to take my word for it (because I'm not the only one who felt this way).