Aug 23, 2011

Little Rascals

Colin was excited to be big enough to ride around in the red car.

Here he is refusing to get out of it.

Since tax free weekend was coming up, I went through the clothes bins to take inventory before I bought anything new. This is always an opportunity to play dress-up.

Dax's school had a party for faculty and staff. I call this picture "collision course."

I remember going to someone's house when I was a kid and they actually had one of these in an upstairs nook. How great.

Chloe had her heart set on getting one of the various balls and bouncing it on the court. I told her to just ask for one. Hannah is good about approaching people like that- very much unlike me as a kid- and it turns out Chloe is, too. She went up to the boy in orange, and unfortunately he refused, and poor Chloe dragged her feet and hung her head about it. I encouraged her to keep trying. She got one man to let her borrow the ball for a few seconds, then she staked out the game from the previous picture and eventually got one of her own. She was so happy! I kept telling her good job. : ) As side note, I do realize my shirt is 8 sizes too big, but apparently spouses were wearing school shirts and this is what they had so I went with it. : )

This looks like another collision course in a bad way- ha!

With little ones, there's never lack for silly pictures. Chloe's bouncing a ball off her head and Hannah clearly needs to visit the potty.

Just chillin- as much as he can in the heat!

I got a chance to get a shot of all three of them on a pretty day. Hmm- almost.

Very close...

Good one!

We returned to the Highland Village Balloon Festival this year with Nana in tow.

The kids were up and excited at sunrise.

When we went last year, Colin was just a limp little thing at 2 months old. And I think there was a droughtless green grass last year, too.

I thought this picture was really great, until I zoomed in and saw all the half-eaten
Cheerios in her mouth. So I recommend you not zoom in.

The kids are demonstrating sequence here. Colin is coming for snacks. Chloe is digging for snacks. Hannah is shoving snacks in her mouth.

"What's the meaning of life?"

Balloonists' Prayer...

The Winds have welcomed you with softness
The Sun has blessed you with its warm hands.
You have flown so high and so well,
that God has joined you in your laughter,
and set you gently back again
into the loving arms of Mother Earth.

Here are some of my favorite balloon shots.

They had a few rides and crafts, and a lot of air conditioner salesmen.

We walked over the beach again, but no skipping rocks for me since Colin has no concept of safety of course and wanted to walk into the lake. Here are my favorite shots of them.

It's been awhile since I posted anything about how we try to turn their library books into activities. Today, technology proved itself to be helpful again. This week we checked out our first non-fiction books rather than just stories. I thought they might not be as interested since talking dogs and bunnies weren't going to be around, but they turned out to love it. We read about racecars and then ran to YouTube to watch the Indy500, which I suddenly found to be pretty thrilling once I had read up on the subject a bit : ) We read a book about astronauts. So we watched a couple of rocket launches on the computer. They were saying "Wow!!!" and I was thinking it, because as many times as I've seen videos, I've never seen it with children and realized how incredible it is. Chloe immediately wanted to race cars and wear a helmet as well as be an astronaut. Hannah wasn't committing so readily. That's their personalities in a nutshell.
Finally, we read a book about deep-sea creatures. I was simply reading the picture captions since the words were for much older kids, but Hannah insisted on listening to the real text. They also loved it when I sounded out the scientific names of each animal. Hannah's favorite was the angler fish, which she seemed to know all about already thanks to a PBS show on the Ipad, she said.

Here's the handsome guy now! She likes how his headlight works.
I happened to have the Blue Planet DVDs so they ate their lunch and watched the Deep-Sea Creatures disk. Again, I thought they would lose interest, but they oohed and ahhed the whole time.

I suggested Hannah draw the Angler Fish. She said, "I can't draw it. But I can draw like it."
I was pretty surprised when she showed me her drawing! She also said she added it's "long name" (scientific name) which is MNAHAAAAAHNNH. That definitely cracked me up.

It's been awhile since I posted anything the kids have said. Unfortunately,
I've forgotten some, but a couple I managed to put on Facebook, and some just happened today.

Colin was sick last week and when I took the kids through the Walgreen's drive-thru for his presciption, Chloe started begging, "I want chicken nuggets! I want chicken nuggets!" I guess every drive-thru has that potential, right? I should have asked the pharmacist for some just to joke around, but I'm not that brave.

Upon the girls not following any rules of a game, I said, "You guys aren't fun to play with." Hannah said, "Hey, we aren't toys!"

Chloe was holding a mechanical pencil the other day and I noticed she had taken the eraser off. I told her not to do that since the lead would fall out and we wouldn't be able to use it anymore. She said, "I just want to see what's happening in there. There's no batteries."

Today Hannah was upset to discover that a few months ago I threw out a pair of ruined pants. She looked at me and said, "Do you know why I have tears falling on my face?" (which she totally didn't) "I don't know where my pants are. Where are they? Where did you put them?" 'The trash can' wasn't her favorite answer.

Hannah's been helping a lot more around the house the past couple of days, which is great! But I found out that tonight's help was part of a bargain Dax had orchestrated. She came to her room and said, "I'll help you clean up if you help me finish my dinner" - which means spoon feeding her corn and green beans. If you're wondering, I absolutely took the deal.

Colin has been talking "up a storm"- a phrase I grew up with : ). He mainly babbles with great intent, looks you in the eyes and ends his phrase as a question. Whatever you answer, he's pretty satisfied, so I really don't know what I'm signing on for. However, his first real word happened today and as you might guess, it was "No!" Today I was chasing him down to take his nap and he looked behind me as he ran and said, "Noooo!" I thought this was fluke, but then at dinner, he said it to Dax when he didn't want his food. It figures, since he hears that word x 3 kids every day of his life. Also today, Hannah asked about her upcoming pre-school teacher's name. It's Mrs. Weber. She she repeated it, then Chloe repeated it, and Colin walked toward me, stopped, and said, "Webah?"

Today I threw everyone in the van and dropped by a friend's house to pick up a copy of this month's book club book. She's a teacher, and wasn't home, so she had left it on the doorstep for me. Thankfully the kids were fine about not getting out to play, but as soon as we passed a Sonic, Chloe was wanting food, and most especially a drink. I told her I didn't have any money and we would be home soon. She begged again and I said, "You know what? You could get a job! And then you would make money and then you could buy food and drink whenever you wanted." She really like that idea. She said, "Yeah!! I will get a job." I asked her what kind of job she wanted. She very quickly said she wanted to "fix the house." I was kind of impressed since I didn't think she understood the concept of a job. I told her that was a great idea and we talked on about it for awhile. Finally Hannah said, "Um Mommy? Are you just pretending?" I told her I wasn't and did she have a job she would like to do? "No, I'll just watch. I don't want money." haha
She also asked what my job was, and since I don't make money taking care of them, I told her I taught horn lessons and played in concerts. "No, don't pretend!" she said.

So here is the picture of Chloe at work fixing our house. It looks like she hired on Hannah after all and then also hired a lookout. Colin works for cookies.

Up next- we have a ballet recital this weekend!


Svetleah said...

I drove by that balloon festival just as they were starting early in the morning! I said "I bet Dax and Amy are there!" And I guess you were! I like the pictures of the kids in front of your house. How does Collin look the same size as Chloe?! First words! That's exciting and interesting! I wonder what's going on upstairs.

The Robertson Family said...

What is with the JAWS shirt? The Hot Air Balloons look beautiful. Great family pic!