Tuesday, October 8, 2013

John's birthday

And now he is nine.  It seems unreal in a way.  It was a lovely day. I've enjoyed birthday season immensely this year. (There are three in a row). Usually there is a certain level of stress involved, but this year it seemed to flow beautifully.  Just a simple day doing some of John's favorite things.  How did it take nine years to figure this birthday thing out? Hopefully it's a sign of the year to come for him.
(It seemed to be a science birthday for John. He got a weather testing kit and a chemistry set.  The chemistry set came with safety glasses.  James and Finn felt the need to protect themselves as well, and quickly grabbed their swim goggles.)
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Monday, September 23, 2013


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why.... hello.  I've had multiple grandpa requests, and one from my sister-in-law for a post.  I've been trying, really!  It's been a tricky last couple of months.  But finally, I have uploaded some pictures.  These are all from Jamie's birthday.  (Though he prefers James, or Jim.  I can call him James if he likes, but it will be a hard one getting used to Jim.  It just seems too old.)
He got a real tools.  And they happen to be the only gift I got a decent picture of, as he woke up at the crack of dawn asking to open presents.  No one should expect pictures in focus before I've had my coffee.  He loved all his gifts, and is actually taking care of them.  If this is 5, then I like it.
He specially requested to go to his favorite library on his special day.  On our way out the door, Finn starts yelling, "Serpent! Serpent!" These kids are so home schooled. John was actually brave enough to pick it up.  (Yes, I know it's a harmless garter snake. But. ew. So yes, brave.) Then they all had a try.  John told me that when the eyes are blue like you see in the picture, it means that the snake is going to shed it's skin within a couple days.
James actually requested pink and white frosting on his cake, only because he knew that I made pink frosting by crushing berries in it, and that's what he wanted.  It's a step up from the brown brick I made last year (too tired to look for the link) so yay me.
And now, I know what you're thinking.  "There was only one Allie picture in the whole bunch!!!"  I know.  But it was Jamie's day.  The sweet girl took her first steps last night.  I can hardly believe she's so big already.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

where we began

So I was intending to show a bunch of pictures from our trip, but for today, I have just one.

We went out to Seattle for my brother's wedding, and while we were there we celebrated my parent's 40th anniversary as well, so weddings and vows were on my mind.  One of the days we were out and about - doing the kind of running around one knows so well if they are visiting the place they are from - we were quite near the chapel where Daniel and I were married.  James had to go potty, Allie needed a change, and traffic was bad, so it seem a perfect time to see if we could take a little look inside.
Now the chapel is located inside of the school that Daniel taught at for a number of years.  When we walked inside the school, so many memories began running around in my mind - the kind of running around you know memories well do when you are visiting a place you've been....  The summer we met was a perfect one, weather-wise, much like the one Seattle's having now.  We were full of dinner's, outings, gin & tonics, and excellent conversations.  We couldn't make it through the whole summer without getting engaged, so by Fall, we were preparing for a wedding.  Who knows if it's true, but I remember that Fall being an amazing one too. Stairwells and hallways brought back quick coffee dates and meeting after school.   Then we walked into the chapel, as an entourage now, and that day, nearly ten years ago, filled me to the point where it was brimming at my eyes.   I became acutely aware that this place was where We began.  People saw us make a promise, but what no one could see was the miracle of God's grace making us more than who we were.
So days later I was able to witness my brother and his bride's beginning.  It's exciting to know that it is only their beginning.  Knowing with God's grace, that their love that feels so big to them now, is really on its way to becoming bigger than they could ever imagine.
The day after that, my parents received a special blessing for their anniversary (we were trying to cram celebrations together and take advantage of everyone still being in town). 40 years ago, they began.  After the blessing, we took many pictures (and not a one on my camera!), offering photographic evidence of their bigger love.  As photos were snapped, I felt it was right that what started in church before God be celebrated there too.
My goodness, I'm not often so sentimental here.  I'm sure this all sounds so rambly and incoherent.  Maybe even flighty. oh well.

But anyways, here's the picture of us now.  At the place where we began.  You can't see our faces, because the camera isn't properly focused on us.  Funny how the camera can get it so right sometimes.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

a post that I forgot to post some time ago and I'm not exactly sure when I wrote it

except for the fact that there is no snow, and from the text below I can tell it hadn't reached our current 'hotter than hades' temps, so that means about 5 weeks ago??? I don't know, but here you go!
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Summer is here-ish, though not according to the locals. Everyone is complaining about how cold and drizzly it is.  Seriously, the weather man couldn't say enough bad things about it.  All the while, Dan and I are smiling, as we feel quite comfortable in this stint of gray that reminds us of our native land.  I'm not saying gray and drizzle is the best by any stretch, but it's not snow, and it's not too hot, it's not raining too hard to do stuff, it's just not very pretty.
So the boys and I don't mind getting a little rain.  We did some yard work while Allie napped.  Then she woke and we hung out on the porch.  She sure has those boys wrapped around her finger.

our first zucchini

I have more photos to post and words to write, but this happened today. We harvested our first zucchini.  I've never grown them before.  We cooked it up for dinner, and oh my goodness, it really was delicious.  Finn wanted to pose with it.  Then James wanted in on the shoot.  Then John and Allie were there.  Looking through the shots I thought they looked too funny all together, so I put it in Moviemaker.  I sort of love this movie maker thing.  I'm thinking of putting all my pictures from our trip in there.  'Cause yes, we just got back from Seattle.

And just for laughs, watch John at the end.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

like her grandpa

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Allie has this little habit lately of sticking out her tongue when she's concentrating - which is something my dad does.  Though, I doubt he was aware of it until I told him about it.  I notice it particularly when she's going after something she shouldn't - which is probably like her grandpa too ;)
And she's fully mobile! Crawling all about, getting into trouble.  Clearly, the fireplace tools have been removed now.  One difference with having a little girl verses the boys: she has those fine motor skills down, so she, and her little pincer grasp are able to find many a tiny thing.  I find myself having to do a finger sweep of her mouth daily.  She loooooooves it.  (That was sarcasm, in case you missed it.)

On a serious note, a blogger I just love needs prayer desperately, so please join me in praying for her and her little, little one.

Monday, June 3, 2013

fashion sense

My parents will tease that when I was a girl, one of my first words was "fashion". I know there was a stint with a poncho that was an all purpose staple in my wardrobe. Bu having little boys, I was unprepared for the fact that these little men would have a fashion sense of their own, I assumed it was just a girl thing. I thought I got to pick clothes and they'd just wear what they were given. Finn was the first to assert his fashion identity with his insistence on the color green and a plenitude of stripes (albeit, that wasn't too hard for me to go along with.) But James. James is doing his own thing lately. Sweatbands have been playing a major role... DSC_0503 DSC_0504 ...accompanied by an absolute refusal to let me wipe his nose.