Friday, September 24, 2010
Dwayne is best man in David's wedding this weekend and as it is in North Carolina, it made sense that only he go, as it is not cost- or sanity-effective to bring the me and the kids. At the prospect of taking care of everything, and everyone, for the 5 days he was going to be gone, I whimpered something like, "Mommmmmmmmmy!" which translates as "May the kids and I all stay at your house for 5 days? Please?"
It was a rough start, even just getting us down here. I was exhausted and headed to bed before 10pm when I heard the retching. Piper had a 12-hour stomach bug in addition to the cold all the kids had. Luckily, the time has gotten better. Much better, though it doesn't take much to improve upon an all-night stomach bug.
We like to walk/ride/be carried around their neighborhood.
Puppy is buried under all those blankets. He’s been kind of the new Baby.
Is it me, or does Wes look like a vampire in this shot?
Oh, but what a bathing beauty in the kitchen sink!
Today, we went to the newly opened
It’s an outdoor area made for running, climbing, and exploring, activities my girls have a natural bent towards.
In the same parking lot, there is a nature center with turtles, snakes, and frogs. We got to dress up as all sorts of animals. Kyla chose the skunk costume for me. They had puzzles, books, microscopes, and a min-gift shop that sold candy, so we spent a lot of time in here as well.
With the Snake Lake trail just behind this building, there was lots of fun (and educational!) things to do here. We’ll definitely mark this as a place to visit again.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Kyla [running up the stairs]: Mama, Mama, we were chasing monsters and a monster ATE PIPER.
[Piper comes up the stairs, expressionless.]
Mama: Piper, how are you? Do you need a hug?
Mama: What do you need, then?
Piper: New bones.
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Kyla: Daddy, my tummy’s full enough for dessert, now.
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And, just today, Piper stopped saying “Kaga” and called her sister “Kyla”!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Kyla’s been ready for preschool for a while now. Here she is play going to school, the day before the big day. The first day of preschool.
Here’s my confession. The crew was coming that morning to start building the deck, so I was out there earlier with my camera to take “before” pictures of the project. If it hadn’t been for that, I wouldn’t have had my camera available, and wouldn’t have remembered to take any pictures of Kyla’s first day of school. Almost fumbled that one!
I always said my goal was to treat my first born as a second child.
Hello, World! I’m coming!
Not a tear was shed, I have to admit. When Dwayne walked her to her classroom, she was off as soon as he turned to give the snacks to her teacher. We certainly don’t fall into the “cryer” community the principal warned us about.
But this picture nearly broke my heart. Piper is without Kyla.
She wants to go preschool, too.
It takes two. That’s' the theme of this post.
It takes two pictures to get good shots of Wesley and Piper driving together.
We break theme a little here—it takes 3 pictures to capture 4 in the bath. Love the shot of Wesley!
And the two boy cousins, just 7 months apart, get their first encounter. Sorry about that, Parker!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Which is the age he has been at since leaving his twenties. He’s actually 36 this year and since I turn that in just another 2 months, I don’t find it remotely old. Barely pushing against middle age, in fact.
Kyla thought Daddy should have brownies for his birthday and Piper voted for cake. So we made brownie cake, or brownie mix baked in a heart-shaped cake pan. We’re trying to teach the value of compromise here at the Need homestead.
I had made witty commentary (or we can just both believe so) on all the following pictures before over-riding the entire post. Now I’m just posting the pictures. I’ve got new stuff to put up before I forget!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I’ve run out of time to narrate these but they pretty much speak for themselves. The one thing I will add is that Baskin Robbins can put dry ice on an ice cream cake if, for instance, you are camping and don’t have adequate refrigeration. It doesn’t damage the cake at all, even if you put right over the writing. We were impressed!