Monday, February 25, 2013

Bye Bye Baby

Duncan lost his second baby tooth a couple of weeks ago. He had a wiggler and decided it had to come out. It wasn't as easy as the first one. He got tired of wiggling, so he asked if I could help. I didn't want to, but I did. There was a lot of pushing it around and yoinking on it, and finally...Finally! it came out. And, yes, it gave me the heebie jeebies.

Look how tiny that sucker is! Sigh... My little boy is growing up. He's already talking about, "When I'm older..." Mostly involving building machines or robots to solve problems.

In the meantime he solves his own Lego problems. This is his ongoing Lego Project. There are only actually "Lego problems" when little sister sneaks in and messes things up. Not. cool.

Here's the tooth in an envelope that's much too big. Duncan asked if the Tooth Fairy was pretend. I asked him what he thought happened. He suggested it involved magic.

He wanted a picture with a pencil on his head. Probably because he goes around telling people "There's a (fill in the blank) on your head." Then laughs hysterically.
Silly little boy. All too fast becoming a silly big boy. Can I sigh again now?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Give Me a T!

Miranda is a toughie. She regularly beats on her big brother (although, he's only 2 inches taller than she is!) Taking her to time out is like wrestling an eel, so I always end up in a sweat getting her there. She runs fast and she fights to win. But she is a girly girl. Note the tutu.

Recently she brought in a couple of branches she'd found outside. At first I couldn't understand what she was calling them. Then as I watched her, one in each hand, jumping up and down, I knew. They were: Tree Pom Poms.

She jumped. She squatted.

She cheered! "Tree Pom Pom! Tree Pom Pom!"
 My tough girly girl.

Oh yes, and Daddy got in on the Tree Pom Pom fun, too!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Creek's Up!

January was a pretty wet month. We had a couple of weeks of rainy weather, then a storm came through with some heavy downpours. So, the creek was up!

We hadn't seen this much water coming through in quite some time! The kids watched the rapids and listened to warnings that they should never, ever go out there during a storm. Never!

The right section of the Back 40 is higher (thanks to some hard work!) post 2009 flood. So, it did pretty well with this rain.

The left side? Not so much. It's still the lowest point of the surrounding yards.

The creek flowing in from the neighbor's property.

I'm hoping to do raised island sort of beds around those trees on the left with some nice native plants that can tolerate seasonal flooding. Maybe building up will help keep this from happening in the future!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Remembering Evan

On February 1st my parents and I got together to remember Evan with a balloon release. We got the balloons and drove to a favorite park nearby.

Evan's favorite color was red. Of course, he liked balloons of any color, because balloons are just plain fun. But the red ones are a little special. And the greens.

I said once before that it's hard to stay upset when you're carrying a balloon. That was true then. But when I purchase balloons to release to Evan, I have to admit, I'm sad. More than six years after his death, and I still hurt.

We also purchased one of those fancy latex balloons with Spiderman on it. I thought a nine year old boy would probably like Spidey. I thought I would take it home instead of sending it up. The idea was to share it with Duncan and Miranda to help them remember their brother in a nice way.

We managed to leave the car door open during lunch, and in the blustery weather, the Spiderman balloon released itself. I'd like to think Evan decided he wanted it after all.
We love you and miss you, buddy.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Many Hats of Miranda

Your basic Pointy Princess Hat.

The Cardboard Chapeau. Note that she's lifting it up for a little snack!

The Most Awesome Hello Kitty Hat! It is handmade by my very talented sister!

Mommy's Scarf can also be worn as head gear.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Smooth Operator

Looks like he's up to something, doesn't it?
Duncan is a pretty easy kid. Sure, when he was younger, he got into...well, everything. But he has matured quite a bit in the last year or so. I'm not saying that if I asked him to do his math homework, he'd be pleased about it. Homework, he says, is "boring" or "lame" (sometimes pronounced "blame" haha!) But, in general, he really puts the sunshine in my day. Perhaps that's because he knows how to work his mommy. All little kids are manipulative. When they are babies they figure out that crying will bring Mommy and Mommy gives good snuggles. They are expert little guilt trippers! Now that Duncan is older and the tears don't always work, he's changed his game. If Duncan wants something he doesn't cry. He walks over to me, gives me a hug and kiss, and says, "Mommy, I love you." I'm like putty in his little hands. He's also figured out how to be mean, but in a nice way. "Mommy, go away," he'll say if my comments about homework ruffle his feathers. But then, "I love you, Mommy." Kids are not only manipulative, they are observant. When they watch and see what works, they'll do it again. Miranda is starting to pick up some of Duncan's skills. Unfortunately, however, she still whips out her fists when things aren't going her way. She needs to sit at the feet of The Master of Smooth and learn.

Friday, February 1, 2013