Sunday, January 29, 2012

5x7 Folded Card

Picture In Landscape 5x7 folded card
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We Interrupt Your Winter Blues

It is difficult, nay, impossible for anyone in my immediate family to hear this song and not start dancing.  

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bringing the Mountain to Mohammad

Not long ago Sam and I were flipping through a memory book where we saw much of the "art" he created as a baby. I was thinking to myself, "I can't wait until Clara gets old enough to do this," when I flipped a masterpiece over, saw the date, and realized Sam was 3 months younger than Clara's current age.

So this afternoon I hauled out large sheets of papers and washable markers and let Clara have at it. She loved it. 

And then she tried to eat it. Like most babies her age, Clara grabbed a marker and stuck it in her mouth. "No, no, Clara," I said gently as I pulled it out. We reenacted this scenario three times before Clara figured out this was not snack time.

So instead, she took her marker, colored on her hand, and then began licking that hand.

The teenage years are gonna be a blast.

Friday, January 13, 2012

What a Difference A Year Makes

What a difference a year makes. This time last year we were spending two hours getting Sam to bed, and then re-tucking him in at midnight and 3 am before being up for the day at 5 am. All of this done with many tears and fits (from the entire family). This was before we knew Sam was having a difficult time breathing and we had no idea what kind of sleep-hating monster had inhabited our son.

Fast forward to January 2012. Life is good. It is sustainable. Sam is a dream to put to bed. And tonight I got all wobbly kneed with his parting comments:

"Mommy, do you know how much I love you? I love you more than a dog loves his tail. I love you more than a raven loves his treasure. And I love you more than a whale loves his spout. And wanna know how long I'll love you? I will love you until the stars turn into fish and the puffin howls at the moon."**

**Of course, it's quite possibly these are phrases he picked up from an obnoxious children's TV show. And if he has, feel free to NOT tell me. Just let me live in my nice little poetic world of ignorance. 

I love the sleep "surrender" position.

Note the animals he stuffs up between the beams of his bunk bed. The kid sleeps in a menagerie.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Newest Member of Our Family: Sam's Pet

Here's the clip of Sam getting his first pet. It's ridiculously long. The first minute or two is cute as he realizes he is in fact a pet owner. You can also hear evidence of his crazy love of animals and insane amount of knowledge in his ability to categorize these animals.

So far so good with the newt Sam has named, "Sticky Tack" (he picks the name at 6:25). In fact, just yesterday Sam announced, "Sticky Tack has lived longer than Stay-Forever and Stay-for-Two-Weeks. And he's right. He has. And I harbor a secret fear that the pet store owner substituted the $3.99 newt for the $18.99 one that's supposed to live 15-20 years. If such is the case, this newt WILL move out of the house when Sam does.