Tuesday, June 30, 2009

a week in review

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We are back from a week of Sr. High Camp. Things went pretty well, considering we were not planning to be directing that camp this year. So that makes this the second year of us officially quitting. I wonder if we'll still be trying to quit next year too!

Thanks to Bro Army Man and his wife, for their loan of their camper trailer. I am now spoiled forever. I don't know that I'll be able to handle cabin or tent camping again! At least, not with small children.

Nathanael decided to be all progressive last week. On Monday, he rolled over on his own. I consider that the "first" because other instance were in question as to how much help he had by the surface he was laying upon. Somewhere in the middle of the week (the days blurred together by then) he was grabbing his toes. He was also making directed grabs (usually a closed fist grab, if that makes sense) at my necklace. He was gathering in hands that came near his face to chomp on fingers. He also started to figure out on Friday how to reach out and hook the edge of a plate with his fingers and pull it towards him. So now, plates go farther away!

Elizabeth had a fantastic time at camp. There were some other non-camper staff children present, and they were quite the pack. There was a boy called Aidan who she kept calling "Jake" (her cousin), even though Aidan is 8, and Jake is 2. Mid-week, Aidan sent Elizabeth a note through inter-camp mail (AKA "fuzzy grams") saying he thought she was fun, and "I guess it's okay if you call me Jake." She had it figured out by the time the week ended. She made a new friend, Tori (my friend, whom E is trying to steal) and when we got home, she kept saying "Tori outside?" Elizabeth has also progressed well into full sentences, although, I'm having trouble recalling specifics.

All in all, a good week.

Friday, June 12, 2009


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Already, my daughter knows more about our new blu-ray player than I do. Her Dad showed her the eject and power button.

The result? She can pick out her preferred movie, tale it out of the case, properly insert it into the player, hit play, turn on the TV, change the source selector. The only thing she gets stuck on now is if the movie doesn't auto play. Soon, she'll figure a way around that, too!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Updates, and all

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Little had I realized how I have neglected my blog! I have several half finished posts, but nothing major.

So, for an update -

Nathanael is mighty sweet. He makes all kinds of baby noises. Jude claimed he rolled over this past weekend, but he acknowledges that perhaps Nathanael had some advantage in the way the blankets were under him, and the pitch of the mattress. This morning, according to our home scale, Nathanael is 14 pounds. That would mean in about 2.5 months, he's almost doubled his birth weight. Isn't that supposed to take 6 months?

Elizabeth is now managing a few complete sentences, like "Make it go on." I've let her watch a lot of PBSkids recently, so now, she recognizes sesame street characters, super why, barney, clifford, and a few others. It's both cute and disturbing.

First cone of the summer

We're gearing up for the summer youth camp season. This year, we're directing a sr. high camp, a college camp, and we've done substantial work coordinating two other major youth events that are sponsored by our church.

A busy summer, indeed.

Things that have caught my attention in a word or few:

where's my exercise routine?
plastic baby pools, covered sandboxes, outdoor fun
loving my little camera
loving having kids back into cloth diapers
considering going old school: flats
where's this "breastfeeding moms loose weight faster?"
the epson is my friend
wish I were digital scrapping...
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