Monday, December 31, 2012

Kazoo Band

To end the year with a real party, we present the next generation Longview retirement community Kazoo band, directed by Grandma and Grandpa.


Happy New Year!!

Misbehaving baby

Eva, to her baby doll who is lying on the floor:

"You on the floor! You screaming at the table. That is not ok! It is not ok to screaming at the table. (Poking baby in face) not... ok... screaming at the table at me."

(to mommy) "he gonna take a break in his room."

(Drops baby into dining room chair) "you in your room. where is your dinner? Is that ok screaming at the table? It's not ok. You taking a break in your room. Can you go under the table? Me can't find you when you are under the table. That not ok baby." Etc etc etc. until she got distracted by her need to take all of the food out of Nana's spice cabinet.

I am not sure if this means we are doing it right or totally wrong...


Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We had a lovely visit to Mima and Oompa's house for Christmas. Luckily, we had the foresight to dress our children in red.


Eva and Cassidy had fun with the kitchen


And Ciara loved her elephant


But, just like last year, the biggest hit was the WWF action figures. What almost 2yo girl doesn't love WWF?



Oh, or maybe it's the big cousins she likes so much. :)


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Feed the world

Noah, playing with the grocery cart and play food:

N: Mommy, look how much food I have!
M: wow!
N: Do you know why I have so much food?
M: why?
N: so I can share it with the whole world.
M: *big smile*
N: I'm going to give it to the cookers too.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Robot Construction

It's not easy, but with a good team even a robotic Mars landing is possible.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Moving on up

So Eva loved her crib,

but the weekend after Thanksgiving Chad and I had the chance to go to Ikea without any children. So we took the chance and got Eva a bed. She was a little bit excited.

Mine big girl bed!!! Mine big girl bed!!!

Noah was also very excited for her, together they tumbled in and out and in and out

I think we timed the transition just about perfectly - she has done the usual up and down one expects with the transition, but even the first day she slept great in the bed for both naps and bedtime. She thinks she's the same age as Noah, so I guess I am not surprised.

She also has a whole menagerie of stuffed animals and other assorted toys in there, it's a good thing she's pretty small compared to the bed.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Blue Hills Hike

Right before Thanksgiving, we went for a lovely hike in the Blue Hills Reservation.  

There were a lot of leaves and some big sticks

And some cool-looking trees to poke with those sticks

And we stopped for a snack and I really tried to get a picture where everyone was smiling that I could use for a holiday card

And this didn't really work out, to no one's surprise

And then it started to get kind of late and we thought we should be heading back and Eva thought we should sit an eat snack for another hour or so

And Noah was king of the mountain

And everything was just, just, great.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Don't ask

Alternate title: "car pajamas and giggling"

Of all the posts I have labelled "don't ask," this may be the one I am least prepared to explain.


silly boy.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012


By the way, it snowed a little bit last week...


Monday, December 17, 2012

Infrastructure development

Noah and Eva, barons of the railroads.


Working to bring modern transportation to a city near you.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Hanukkah

We just finished up a lovely holiday. This year was really fun, because Noah remembered last year and was really excited for Hanukkah to start.

Look mommy! It's the second night! I 'm going to light the second one!

When we started with the actual candles the kids were impressed.

And the best part about Hanukkah is it keeps getting better

And then Saba came for the weekend at the end, and we had an excellent visit.


Happy Hanukkah everyone! May your winter be bright and free.




Sunday, December 9, 2012

Pretend facetime

On an old, cerca 2002 cellphone.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Yankee Doodle Dance

As choreographed by Noah

He really is quite the performer...


Friday, December 7, 2012

Family Band (Shabbat Edition)

Eva and Noah would like to share a Shabbat song with you

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pizza Making

Helping to make a pizza for dinner: 


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Family Band

May we present:

Skeleton Song (written by Noah, performed by Noah and Eva):


Monday, December 3, 2012

Fun with Leaves

Even though we don't have any big trees in our backyard, the big trees at the edge of our yard are big enough to give us plenty of leaves to play with.

Noah and Eva "helped" for a bit

And then just played

And then Ollie from next door came over to join in

Yay for fall and silly kids. :)

(yes, fall.  I know this is being published in December and I don't want to talk about it).