11.19.2019

Things Ian says

This morning we were putting the organs of a body together in a puzzle. Ian held up the bladder and stomach. He was doing a great job. Then he lifted the intestine and said, “Mom, is this the poo-stine?” I could hardly stop laughing. 

A few weeks again he got a haircut and liked to feel the prickly nature of his closely shorn hair. However, this morning he felt for those short hairs and said in surprise, “My haircut is gone!?!”

He, like Ansel a couple of years ago, was watching a magic show and when the magician asked what the magic word was, Ian shouted from the audience, “Please!”
Sometimes I have to ask Ian not to do things. He responds in the affirmative with, “Mom, I willn’t!”

Being three and all that comes with it is a good time. 

11.13.2019

A Place for Us and some other comments

This isn't necessarily a book review, but I do want to say that this book is an excellent read. It speaks of family ties, loss of culture, and most importantly, mercy. I recommend it.

Also, a while ago I read The Art of Racing in the Rain and posted about it. In that post, I mentioned that the book was sure to become a movie. And indeed it has.
Jess came home with the DVD last weekend (we're old school like that sometimes, thanks Redbox!), and I told him it was a sad story. We both cried! And we both want a golden retriever now, no joke. Maybe in a few years. Who knows?

And then, this movie, Ford v Ferrari.
Have you heard of it? My brother sent me the early trailer many months ago and it's finally in theaters. Apparently, it's a story about friendship with car racing included. What's rare is that's its a true car story with real driving craziness instead of a made up one with crazy car antics (I'm looking at you Fast & Furious). Maybe after I see this one, I'll want a Ford GT40.

10.31.2019

Happy Halloween!


From the Swedish chef, a bat, and “baggy” skeleton. 

This year, Ollie is off with his buddies, Ansel wants to conquer trick-or-treating at a scary house, and Ian wants all of the candy. 

10.30.2019

Girl to come March 2020

Let’s add to this family chaos! Woot woot!

We are all looking forward to having a sister. Truth is, I can’t believe it!

10.19.2019

Fall break, short but sweet

We kept it simple for fall break this year. 

We did a quick staycation at a local hotel, which served us well this time around. It began with a luxury robe and slipper combo. These are the boys’ best “this is the life” faces. Ansel kept this stuff on while sleeping. Ha!

We enjoyed the pool...

...and relaxed poolside. 

Then we took to the streets...

...and the hills. Look at these colors. Ian exclaimed that he loved this tree because he loves red!

The view of the city from the “U” was fun. 

The water if city creek was chilly but it was a perfect fall day

Fall break was a success! Now if every school and work week could be this short.

10.09.2019

Scavenger Hunt

Ansel’s scavenger hunt. 

My favorite part, paper no. 1: “Yay! You found clue 1.”

10.07.2019

T-shirt design

Last year, Oliver’s school had a competition to design the graphic for next year’s t-shirts. All fourth graders were included in the competition and five favorites were chosen. Oliver’s design was included and I remember him coming home letting me know. He said something like, “My design was chosen and now we’ll wait to see who wins. It’d be cool if mine won, but you never know.” Later in the week, those five favorites were voted on by the PTA board and Oliver’s design won! He was so excited! They’ve now been made into t-shirts for this year. 

My favorite: “Be Strong • Try Hard.” It’s fun to see his name on the back as the designer. 

My friend who prepares the shirts for the school said so many people are digging the design that they’ve asked to buy one for themselves! 

9.18.2019

Comments from Ansel

This 6-yr-old is a delight to have around.

This kid says some great stuff. I love the way his mind thinks. Here’s a sampling of his observations.

- “Mom, you know what? You would die if you didn’t pick your nose, because then you couldn’t breathe”...pause... “But I guess you could open your mouth and breathe.”

- “I wish we still had three hour church. Home church is so boring!” This is when Jess and I realize that our lessons at home need to be spiced up a bit. 

- “Did you know that Alexa is smarter than Siri?”

- “Mom, I like to wake up slow.”

- “Can we get pho tonight?” This kid loves a bowl of Pho. 

8.26.2019

And just like that, he’s 3!

Three years ago, Ian joined our family. 

He is such a joy to have around. He’s inquisitive, busy, fun, and funny. He loves a good joke (even if he doesn’t get it but other people are laughing so it must be funny!). He likes to wrestle with his Dad. He knows the snacks that he likes (string cheese, berries, granola bars, and marshmallows - which I feel are somehow better than candy because they are puffy...). He lets us know when it’s time to get dressed or when he’d like to nap on the couch rather than his bed or what kind of cake he wants “with lots of frosting.” He has mastered using the toilet. He’s three and he’s the best.