Front porch concert.

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Roman and his buddy, Daniel, really wanted to have a concert tonight. They asked me to go and invite the neighbors. I let them know that most people were having dinner so we weren’t going to go around inviting people. They figured if they just started singing people might come. They were quite disappointed (and a bit surprised) when people didn’t start coming.

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Conversation while working on Valentines with Ivy…

Ivy: I have a crush on two boys. I love them.

Me: Really. What’s a crush?

Ivy: A crush, it means you want to marry them right away.

Me: You are ready to get married right away?

Ivy: Yeah. They are so handsome.

South Dakota…

Yet again, you do not disappoint! I’m grateful for the “chores” my kids get to do, the adventures they get to have, and the time they get to spend with family. I can only imagine how well Bruce and Colleen will sleep tonight after the chaos of the six of us! It will be well deserved! We played hard and it was a fantastic way to welcome in 2017!

Sure I leave with the usual wondering, “Why do we live in Seattle?!” But I’m fairly certain South Dakota day to day is not the same Disneyland experience we get to have, so I’m going to assume the grass may not be greener…even if my kids think so!


Roman’s current feelings about fishing, passion!!

Certain to be the result of his summer excursions to South Dakota and Montana. Trying to figure out how this plays out in Seattle. Grateful for my parents who have taken him for a few days so he and my dad can seek out fishing holes in Puyallup. Lucky for my dad, Roman is pretty sure he knows EVERYTHING about fishing PLUS he is one of the most confident (without the results to back it up) fishermen any of us knows!

The bottom picture is the one my dad sent this morning.


Flipping out

Josiah is really in to both Parkour and gymnastics right now.  He went to a class for each one tonight.  He really wants to learn to do a flip….and he’s getting closer.  

Nature and gardening.

I’m a yes person but it feels like my kids give me a LOT of opportunities to say no. I was telling someone the other day, I often feel like a dream squasher. Roman wanted to do some “gardening”, and since I’ve been crushing so many of his other dreams lately – like hiking a mountain, making a robot that could follow him around, building a real gorilla skull, going to the deepest part of the ocean, getting an actual whale, or my personal favorite from earlier in the day, when he asked about a night vision video camera that he could set up to get footage of his spider trap in his room – I figured I’d say yes to gardening. Since I couldn’t go to the store to buy supplies like he suggested because Ivy had a fever…oh, and since we don’t actually have a garden…I told him we’d indoor “garden” with herbs. It was a success and he was pleased. And yes, I felt a bit pathetic, but sometimes you just have to aim low. And it turns out it was good enough for him!

And the photo of him out front was from him this morning. He wanted to have a picnic and get some time in nature. There was no actual food involved, but he did take his backpack and an ice pack, because I guess you just never know what you will need…in “nature!”