Mar 23, 2010

An afternoon with the sun, swings, ducks, and trees.

Ella preparing to walk across the precarious bridge.

Feeding the ducks.

Adeline helping Jack up the slide.

Ella spotting a duck.

A walk in the park.

New do.

Mar 22, 2010

We saw a motorcycle cop this afternoon. He waved at the kids. Jack points to the cop's speed gun and says, "Look! He has a cool gun thingy." I told him that it was a radar gun that keeps track of everyone's speed. Then I showed Jack the speed limit signs. 25 mph. 40 mph. Jack read some of the numbers. I explained that when cars go faster than the speed limit on the signs, then the police officer stops them and gives them a ticket.

Jack sees another speed limit sign, "OK, go faster than that speed."

I ask him, "Why?"

He says, "Because I want you to get a ticket so we can go to the movie theater."
When I tucked in Jack and Adeline the other night, Jack said to me, "Adeline and I going to finish our story." I asked him what he meant. He explained to me that they each tell part of a made-up story until they fall asleep. I stood outside the bedroom door and listened to them whisper back and forth about submarines, pyramids, and mermaids. Cuteness!

More adorableness...Lately, Adeline and Ella have been walking around everywhere holding hands. It is precious to see the two girls linked hand in hand like that. Ella will point in a direction and they'll go waddling off together.

On a side note, I colored my hair last night. Let's just say it's much lighter now, and I'm completely spring-ified. Maybe I'll post pictures later.

Here's our Ella playing Hide and Seek. She thinks we can't see her because she can't see us -- lol.

This past Saturday we went to Sean's "Family Lab Night" at his school. I got to meet some of his professors and classmates. Then we took a tour of his lab. The kids loved the dummies in the clinical beds. They especially got a kick out of each dummy's....umm....anatomical correctness. Upon lifting the covers, Adeline exclaims, "Bagina!" :-/

Sean's enjoying the program immensely and learning a lot. We find out about scholarships in April. He's 1/8 of the way done with the program -- woohoo!

Mar 3, 2010

Random Musings

1. While running some errands the other day, I was affected by some of the disrespect I heard piled on children. One mother grunted, "Move" when she needed to get by her child. I wondered why that mom didn't speak a polite, "Excuse me" instead. And it wasn't just this one instance. I'm often witness to an irreverence and disregard for children. It strikes a chord of sorrow within me. I aim to have compassion for those parents who seem to display (what I hope are) *moments* of disrespect toward their little ones. (No judging here. I know we all have bad days. And I am well aware that I'm far from perfect, and I'm certain I, too, don't always speak with compassion and courtesy. I just see this disrespect toward children quite often, and it's drawn to my attention.)

I was thankful for the reminder of the respect that nearly every human being deserves, be they young or old, and I humbly strive to be mindful of dignity and consideration.

2. Yesterday, Jack was admiring a toy and exclaimed that the extent to which he loved it was, "Double one hundreds! Two one hundreds!" I thought it was neat that he related the idea of double equaling two or twice something. I then explained to him that two one hundreds was "two hundred." To which his eyes grew like saucers and he replied in astonishment, "Oh. My. Gosh. That is A LOT!" Hahahaha -- love that kid. Oh, and unschooling math lesson for the day....check.

3. My oxymoron moment of the day:

Jack and Adeline are playing, banging, screaming, and laughing (basically making a ton of exhuberant -- totally normal little kid -- noise in their room).
Ella is sleeping.
I yell to Jack and Adeline from the other room, "YOUR SISTER IS SLEEPING! PLEASE BE QUIET!"

Really, Angela? Good grief. :-S
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