23 diciembre 2012

Twisted veil

I actually had to draw out this style before being able to do it, and even then I was a bit confused.  However, it turned out well and next time will be so much easier. 


Glasses are such an important accessory!

This child wore his snowsuit in preparation to shovel with PapA for at least an hour.  He was so excited to "move the snow" that I couldn't put him off any longer.  At least I managed to keep his feet uncovered in an attempt to avoid overheating. 

Ty, going to work in business-casual... the tie is Tato Dru inspired.

Drum lessons

Well, I have finally relented and decided to let GRITS use a toy canister as a drum.  Ay.  Here you see him practicing "Little Drummer Boy," a performance of which we hope to make on Christmas Day.  Later in the day, he began lessons with his sister and brother.  (I have said it before, but I'll mention it again: I really think that I'm only going to have to teach G... he'll pass everything on to his siblings!)

12 diciembre 2012

We are all back to the head-scarves.

Considering I seriously look like Inspector Carlton Lassiter these days, we are all covering our heads again.  I need to work on my happy smile while doing so.  It comes so easily to my babies. 

She was yelling, "Tamenech!  Belaynesh!  Selamnesh!" 

He... was just posing.

09 diciembre 2012

Happy Channukah - night two

I have no menorah yet, so we make do...

The latke recipe comes from America's Test Kitchen.

They made me hungry for Black and Tan cookies at this point... or that episode of Psych.

The accompanying sauce had zucchini, tomatoes, orange zest and kalamata olives.

04 diciembre 2012


"Grazie, zia Nanu," dicono i bambini.

Box hat, thanks to Toms' very generous we-want-you-back gift card

And, eyewear for all!

He's trying to look serious, to match the glasses.

des français


J'ai appris qu'il y a des français que lisent mon blog.  Mais, qui êtes vous? 

26 noviembre 2012

My children are climbing the walls... literally!

                                         And G said, "MamA, I'm a good climber!"

25 noviembre 2012

Like father like son

This is G's best "Cheese!" smile.  Yikes!

Notice the placement of the blue sponges, PapA's large one and G's mini one.  Ay!  Thanks boys, for doing the dishes!


This is my newest style: twists which are twisted together and then sewn to her head, first with weaving thread and then with a ribbon.  (Yep!  I used a regular sewing needle.)

Clearly, she loved it!

And, well, I don't know whether BubU wants to be a little Jewish (He did just learn about Moses in Sunday school and we have been reading A Hanukkah Tale: Just Enough is Plenty, by Barbara Diamond Goldin.) or whether he wants to play a bit of baseball.  ("Hello, The Chosen"!)  Really, though, this little hat goes on a figurine, whom, of course, we've named Shroeder... and BubU just wants to be like Shroeder.  Who doesn't, really?

To Winter!

I Heard a Bird Sing

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember:
"We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,"
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December

-Oliver Herford

The Germ

A mighty creature is the germ,
Though smaller than a pachyderm.
His customary dwelling place
Is deep within the human race.
His childish pride he often pleases
By giving people strange diseases.
Do you, my poppet, feel infirm?
You probably contain a germ.

-Ogden Nash

from Blossom Themes

Late in the winter came one day
When there was a whiff on the wind,
a suspicion, a cry not to be heard
     of perhaps blossoms, perhaps green
     grass and clean hills lifting roll-
     ing shoulders.
Does the nose get the cry of spring
     first of all?  is the nose thankful
     and thrilled first of all?

-Carl Sandburg

A good laugh for a mamA

Día ruidoso

Dediquemos un día a las chicas y los chicos,
Un día especial para hacer el máximo ruido.
Podéis chillar, gritar y hablar en voz alta,
Tocar un timbre, tirar de una campana,
Estornudar, hipar, silbar, aullar,
Reíros hasta que no podáis más.
Tocar el pito, dar patadas a una lata,
Golpear una sartén con una cuchara,
Cantar, gorgoritear y entonar la voz,
Tocar una bocina y aporrear un tambor.
Rascar todo el suelo con un rastrillo,
Usar el taladro y también martillo.
Dar un portazo y cerrar de golpe la ventana,
Regar el contenedor con un chorro de agua.
Gritar fuerte: ¡Viva!  ¡Viva!  ¡Bravo!  ¡Bravo!,
Poner música al volumen más alto.
Probar si rebotan los bolos contra el suelo,
Subir con el monopatín hasta el techo,
Hacer ruido al masticar y al tragar,
Sorber, hacer gárgaras y eructar.
Un día al año todo está permitido;
El resto de los días, por favor, no hagáis ruido.

-Shel Silverstein

08 noviembre 2012

The sushi boys

Rob has had sushi on the brain for a while and he decided that Girum should give it a try.  So, last night, the boys went to Izumi's on a sushi date.  I guess that GRITS did quite well, including happily playing with the "sticks."  It turns out that he doesn't like the seaweed wrapper, but will eat the inside parts.  In the end he pretty much just ate Uncle Monkey Bread's rice.  Oh!  And pickled ginger with wasabi!  When the wasabi experience hit GRITS, he reacted quite stongly... but then he asked for more!  My spice baby.

05 noviembre 2012

School time

We had our first official school time this morning and I'd say that it went well.  We began together, with a "circle time," where we prayed, sang the Doxology and then a song of each child's choosing, went over the calendar and then talked about our work for the morning.  The kids were very interested in the activities they chose and all worked for about a half hour.  For the first time, I'd say that's quite good.  We ended with another circle time where we read a book, reviewed the Bible story from Sunday school and prayed again.

the math center

the writing center

the sensorial center

the cozy reading bed, accompanied by Super Coon

It's official!

We have finally readopted the twins.  This means that now I can arrange for their pieces of identification like passports and such.  Thank you, Judge!  (Yo incluyo esta foto para ti, Chinita... para que no estés tan sorprendida al ver mi pelo cortito y cano en unos días.)

And to celebrate, we had mesir wat and injera that night for dinner.  Look at how well Mita eats it with her hands! 

31 octubre 2012

Upon seeing...

... Mita's newest hair-do, GRITS exclaimed, "Mita, you are so beautiful!  I love you!"  A few minutes later, he said, "Mita, you are so cute!"

And, upon seeing his falafel dinner, he said, "Ooo... thank you, MamA.  You are such a good cooker!"  His yogurt sauce smile would have been enough.  :)