Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekend conversations.

A Conversation with Jim:
(Lottie begins to cry suddenly behind me)
Jim (sounding concerned): Mommy, why's Yottie cryin'?
Me (slightly distracted): I dunno, Jim, she's probably getting hungry.
Jim (contemptuous of my ignorance): No, she's not hungry! I just hit her with my shoe.
Me (unsurprised): ...

I'm not sure why he asks when he already knows the answer better than anyone.

A Conversation with Lottie:
(Lottie points to random body part)
Lottie: Owwie! S'ooch it?
Me: (complies)
Repeat. And again. And again.

Friday, June 26, 2015

So what're the kids so pleased about?

Looks kind of suspicious, no?

Fortunately, Jim is ready to help Lottie model the damage:

Remind me not to turn my back when Jim's got a dry erase marker within reach.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Due to circumstances beyond our control (laziness and procrastination, mostly), our garden got off to a late start this year, so it's been a long tedious wait for it to actually start supplying us with food. Jim especially has been immensely invested in checking every single day (often two or three times) to see if there's anything ready yet. But the wait is over! In the past week, we've had yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and okra all big enough to pick and eat.

Jim with his harvest basket.

Jim's favorite activity in the world is now harvesting the garden, which involves going out with an old Easter basket and collecting everything that seems remotely edible. Here's what we found yesterday:

Yesterday's harvest. Three kinds of cherry tomatoes, three kind of peppers, two over-sized cucumbers, and enough okra for me and the kids to eat for dinner.

Fortunately, he's more than willing to eat everything except the cucumbers. Out of that pile, we ate the tomatoes and one cucumber for lunch (he insisted on having half the cucumber on his plate but wound up giving it to me), and I fried the okra for dinner. Lottie was a fan. The peppers are probably going to travel to North Carolina with us this weekend, along with a few eggplants that ought to be ready tomorrow.

Bonus: Okra flower! I keep telling everyone how surprisingly pretty okra flowers are, so I figured I should show proof.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A brief update with no pictures.

My title is descriptive, non?

Anyway, I'm a blogging slacker, terrible daughter(-in-law), lazy chronicler of family life, and all around awful person deserving of the worst kinds of flagellation.


Be that as it may, here's an update on how we're all doing, from smallest to biggest.

Lottie: Continues to be tiny. As of 01/16/2015, the day after her first birthday, she weight 17 pounds and 13 ounces (6th percentile) and was 26 inches long (~2nd percentile, but the doctor thinks she's probably a little taller than that). She's apparently quite a lean baby, which is funny because her cheeks are still all chubby and chipmonk-like. She signs and says ten words: Mama, milk, all done, water, kitty-cat, cheese, banana, cracker, more, and shower. She's not walking yet, but she crawls like nobody's business, and she can stand on her own for a long time and likes to walk while holding hands. Personality-wise, she's a bit of a delicate flower. She's very happy and jolly if people are talking to her, but takes it quite personally if you ignore her for even a second, and she wails if she feels slighted. If Jim speaks harshly to her, she sobs like she's been beaten.

Jim: Is huge! He's almost 35 pounds now. His vocabulary is great, and he likes to add little accents now like "oh man." He also likes to be very descriptive. It's not that he doesn't like peanut butter (although he really, really doesn't); it's that peanut butter is "so yucky and bad and awful." Preschool is going well (email me if you need a link to the preschool page, which is probably your best bet for reliably updated pictures of the boy), and he'll be starting Pre-K in the fall. His academic skills are right on track or a bit better than average, but what I'm really excited about is his constant improvement in social skills. He's still rough, crazy, and boisterous, but he gets along very well with other boys and always has a pack of friends to play with at school or at the playground. Girls still tend to find him a little alarmingly wild, though. He's already signed up to play soccer this summer and is terribly excited about it, and we're thinking about swimming lessons, too.

Leah: Is...normal! Not much to report. I'm writing a lot of freelance stuff to earn my keep, and I'm baking a lot more than is good for anybody. Most recent project: Shaker Lemon Pie, which includes the rinds and all. It's delicious stuff, I tell you, but Noah's not a fan. I've also been running a lot to train for a half-marathon in Columbia in March. This morning, actually, I ran a local 5k race and beat my old record with a nice shiny 31:27! I know it doesn't sound like much, but it's terribly exciting, I assure you.

Noah: Is turning into a total meathead! Okay, not really, but he's been hitting the gym a lot (partially because he likes it and partially because Jim adores the childcare there). Aside from that, he's been massively into computer things. Surprise surprise? Maybe not, but he's gotten to do more computer-building than usual, so he's a pretty happy fellow. He's also looking forward to a potential deployment this year, so we'll all see how that goes.

Okay. That's where we all are. I'll see if I can update with pictures soon, but seriously, you know how this goes. Be happy there's a post, okay?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Artistic tendencies.

Jim's art has been getting increasingly involved. Here are a few he did this morning while I was cleaning the kitchen:

A dinosaur I made him, but the rocks, trees, and purple volcano (or so he tells me) are his own addition.

A Christmas tree with decorations.

His own rendition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There's a caterpillar, a whole bunch of various foods, a green leaf, a cocoon, and a "beauuuutiful butterfly."

For good measure, let's see Jim describing his caterpillar picture. Fast forward to 1:30 if you just want to see his victory chant.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Lottie at 10 months.

All the pictures look like this. Lottie will not be contained!

On time, for once! Lottie turned ten months old today. As far as vital information goes, she just learned to crawl properly on her hands and knees, she cruises around the furniture, and she can wave, clap her hands, and play peekaboo (well, sort of - she covers up one ear and looks really excited). We saw the doctor yesterday, and she's 16 pounds and half an ounce and 26 inches long, which puts her at the 6th percentile for weight and the 7th percentile for height. She still fits in some of her 0-3 month stuff and absolutely swims in most 6-9 month clothes.

Okay, formalities over, on to the pictures!

She's mobile! Babies rejoice, parents weep.

Adorable little gap teeth.

That little pointy tongue is always sticking out.

A parting shot.

For comparison's sake, Lottie when she was brand new.

For further comparison, Jim at 10 months. He was totally cheekier than I remember.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Halloween = baking. Baking = sprinkles.

Just so you know, Jim is completely not trustworthy with a paintbrush full of frosting.

He's pretty good with the sprinkles, though. Every cupcake must be unique.

The finished product.