Monday, July 29, 2013

pickin' strawberries

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(Forgive the fuzzy pictures.  My camera decided to quit focusing properly, then quit all together. Didn't see if till after the fact.)

We went strawberry picking for the first time this summer. We (me) managed to pick 20 pounds of berries, of which we made jam, frozen whole berries, and some delicious fresh treats!  A shout out to Guelde Strawberries for the easy picking. Great prices, too!  Although the berries aren't organic (I wish!), they say they minimize spraying chemicals on the berry plants.

I'm not totally sure if the kids liked it.  They said they liked the first 5 minutes or so of picking. Adelle, especially, since she just ate the berries out of the box.  After 5 minutes, the kids were done, really, but they hung out around me for another 20+ minutes picking a berry here or there.

Then, the fun really started for them - I  opened the trunk of the car, and spread a blanket out.  They got to hide in there with the trunk lid acting like a sunshade.  Thank goodness for the crazy-big trunk of an Impala! They played with toys, drank water, and kept themselves entertained while I finished picking berries.

I think we'll go again next year!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nathanael is 4

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Since I don't want to leave out my boy, even though it's been 4 months since his birthday:

Happy Birthday, Nathanael! 

You were born at home in the bathroom, caught by your daddy with just our family in the house. You had little skinny frog legs, and I loved you for them.  For the full birth story, you can read over here.

You are awesome, and sweet.

When Elizabeth is sad because she ate all of her treat, and wants some of yours, you kindly share with her. You are very sensitive to other people being upset.

When people are unkind to you, you cry big tears. And when you try to talk when crying you sound just like your mama: Unintelligible.

You like the water. Except. When it gets in your ears or eyes.  That is the most awfulhorribleterribleworstest thing ever.

You still put your shoes on the wrong feet, and your underwear and shorts on backwards.  Your shirts, too. And while you may not care what you wear, you are very particular about your hair style.

You ARE Iron Man.  And Tony Stark.  Your best imaginary friend is Soldier, who apparently looks like Daddy, and sometimes he has kids, and sometimes not, and sometimes he's even a grandpa.  Soldier was away on a long mission for a while, but he's back now.

Your favorite stuffed animals are Hammy (your hamster puppet), Elmo, and your baby doll.

Your favorite color is blue. You still love trains, planes, and cars, but mostly trains.

You will eat almost any green vegetable. You enjoy veggies and will eat them straight out of the ground/off the vine! You don't care much for melted cheese (pizza, casseroles, even grilled cheese) but you'll usually eat it anyway. You don't care much for pizza at all, really, and never have.

Your energy knows few bounds.  You dance like a crazy monkey. You sometimes literally run in circles when you have more energy than you know what do do with. You run, and jump and are filled with much derring-do. 

You cuddle and snuggle, and like to rub your face on people's arms.

You are my boy, and I love you!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Adelle's Words

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*Note: This post is about 2 months old. Many more words have been added!*

Adelle has had a huge explosion in vocabulary over the past month.  We are recognizing new words almost daily.

At the beginning of April, I was wondering when the rush of words would hit.  At that time, she had just a few - maybe 10 words that we recognized that she used on a regular basis.

Now, here are the words she has:

outside, other side (side?)
Peek-a-boo (tee-ka-goo)
drink (gink)
let go
let's go!
no (mo! mo! mo! mo!)
again (nen?)
balloon (bbbboon)
nurse (moose, noose)
duck (guck)
train (ten!)

Chase (neighbor)
Jack (neighbor)

Animal sounds:
grunt, grunt (covers many animals)
arf, arf

Various songs:
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream
mary had a little lamb
ABC song
whatever she happens to be singing about

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