Friday, June 26, 2009


Today was David's last day of school. Last night, the kids received their certificates and had a little performance for the parents. Julia thought she was going to perform as well since she was singing along with her brother for weeks. So, of course, she insisted on being dressed up for the occasion.

Once, he saw an entire audience and especially me and Seth, he got very shy and tried to avoid an eye contact with us (he is second from the left). I was praying he wouldn't freak out and run out of "stage". He did really, really well staying still and waiting his turn while the rest of 35 kids announced their names.

They sang 5 songs, thanked their parents and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

At the end, everyone received their certificates and this morning I found David's certificate taped to the wall of our hall.

He's home for a week. Wish us luck!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day.

Hope every father had a wonderful day today. We treated our dad to a haircut today, some hearty breakfast and a yummy dessert.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Weekend Sewing Project.

I had this little project in mind for awhile now partially out of selfishness hoping Julia expresses an interest in playing with her dolls, partially showing we can make something with our hands rather than buying it in a store or, in my case, at the garage sale. Last weekend I had an opportunity motivation to give it a life.
On Sunday morning, after a very few hours of sleep, neither Seth nor I had any energy to take the kids out. The kids actually behaved really well and played by themselves. Maybe that's what alerted me in the first place, I heard no screams and no fighting. I found Julia playing with her "baby". This time it was a piece of folded paper (probably what at one time used to be her coloring page). She kept folding it into another piece of paper and saying "It is your nap time, baby. Here's your blanket so you don't get cold."

I felt so bad that among all the toys she has, she chose to play with a white piece of paper. I thought it was the perfect timing to get started on a project I've been hoping to do with her for awhile now -- sewing some pillows, sheets and a quilt for her stuffed bunny. She got very excited and started looking for a shoe box that would serve as a bed. I gathered all the materials necessary to sew some rectangular pieces of fabric together and stuff them. I wasn't sure how long Julia's attention would last, so I was rushing through and did not even use a measuring tape.

Meanwhile, David was playing with a thread and trying to tie it around his waist.

A few minutes later after "the bed" was completed and a bunny tucked in, David was eying it for his stuffed dragon. The fighting started and I knew it wouldn't be resolved unless I made another bed for David's stuffed animal.

David was very interested in helping me and got right to work. He sewed.

He stuffed a pillow.

Voila! His dragon had a mattress, a pillow and a sheet. I had an hour of peace.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Like Brother Like Sister.

Wasn't I just writing recently about David's obsession with coloring? Well, now it's Julia's turn. I can do any household chores through her coloring sessions as long as I am answering her questions: "Mommy, Belle has black eyes?", "Mommy, what color is Cinderella's headband?", "Mommy, is my hair black like Snow White's?", "Mommy, I want to be a mouse for Halloween" and so on and on. She writes her name at the bottom, folds it, places it into an envelop, tapes it and proceeds to color another picture. All day long.

Kids Say The Darndest Things - I

While walking through the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, the kids happened to spot some wild turkeys enjoying their morning walk.

As David started after the bird, he stated "I'm going to catch the turkey!"

Right behind David, and without missing a beat, Julia said "I'm going to eat the turkey!"

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Little Mama.

Julia has never had any interest in playing with her dolls. The only ones whom she showed any affection were her stuffed bunnies and even that was short lived ... until recently. The other day, as she was playing in a playground, Julia found two rocks and started calling them her babies and gave them a push on a swing. Since then she's started bringing home just about anything she finds in the garden whether it's a little pine cone, an acorn, a leaf or a stick.

She is "wrapping" her baby pine cone in a leaf which serves as a blanket.

Her shoe serves as a bed for her baby pine cone.

Julia is playing a doctor giving her baby a shot and taking her (his?) blood pressure.

Oh, so much affection!

What is she going to bring home next? Worms? Thankfully she likes to keep her distance with them.