Saturday, August 16, 2014

skill aquired

Miriam has been working on the flat on belly to sitting up transition for the last few weeks. She has finally mastered it. Now she moves around the living room by rolling, sitting up assessing and then moving into precrawl before collapsing and starting over. For the precrawl she has just start to put a hand forward and then lunge forward, she does not yet seem to have figured out the knee movement but it is only a matter of time.

size comparision

IMG_20140816_090822 6y10mo and 7.5mo; getting bigger all the time. Zachary has gotten skinny over the summer, probably all the swimming and running around. He also grew about 4 inches I think. So he went from toddler pudge to a lean and skinny boy shape. Miriam is getting bigger too, she is now 22lb and constantly throwing her weight around.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

first day of first grade

Yesterday, Zachary went back to school. In the morning, I woke him up and he jumped out of bed with a large grin and lots of hugs. He put on his big boy hat and helped bring the school morning routine back like the summer hadn't happened. He was delightful; dressing himself, eating breakfast, and clearing the dishes. He decided on the way to school that he didn't need me to walk him to his classroom, so off he went at drop off.
Later, when I picked him up from his after school program, he was still chipper! He chatted all the way home and some. Telling us about his lessons and teachers, games and worksheets, new classmates and old friends. Lets hope the rest of first grade is this exciting and wonderful for him.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

All tuckered out

The kids asleep in the car coming back down out of the mountains after an amazing week with the family at Pinecrest Lake.

Tired out adventurers

Friday, August 1, 2014

Miriam stands

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Eventually she topples over slowly and fairly gracefully onto the precisely placed pillow to her right.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Off he goes


Zachary and Grandma Tuttle heading to California. A quick ice cream to celebrate getting through security. Our house is so quiet

Last night

I was changing a diaper around 3am and Miriam rolled. She has been doing this for a while but has suddenly got some speed and efficiency to her roll. She flipped over and off the top of the dresser!!! Fortunately I was prepared, I had a hand around an ankle. Instinct and my automatic muscle reflexes kicked in. I managed to grab her other ankle and pulled up to halt her head first momentum to the floor. No thunk. I win! I then carefully hauled her up to finish the diaper. She was still asleep, double win!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

and one of Miri

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Tongue out in concentration for the rev-rev-reving of the pre-crawl.

Helping around the house

Making pancakes

This morning Z made his own pancakes this morning. He got everything out, added the mix and water, put the pan on, cooked and flipped 'em.

Vacuuming

He also helped me with the vacuuming yesterday :-) Amazing since he normally scurries to his room and hides when I start cleaning. It's all motivated by his current desire for us to give him pocket money for doing jobs around the house.

Friday, July 25, 2014

But *why* don't the bad guys think they're good guys?

An inquiry from Zachary, after dinner.

"Why do all stories have good guys and bad guys? And how do the good guys know they're the good guys? And why do the good guys always refer to themselves as the good guys and the bad guys know they're the bad guys? Why don't the bad guys think they're the good guys?"

Why indeed.