Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Haley and Jake with the obligatory olive-fingers; Jake drains his glass of apple cider.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Haley and Jake decided to give their dad a little help in the kitchen tonight while he was cooking dinner. Haley's a great sous-chef, stirring and pouring and only occasionally dipping her finger in to taste.
Jake, on the other hand - he's not such a great helper. Below you can see his emotional progression as he was told "no, Jake, you can't have the full container of sour cream" and then "here you go, now you can have the empty container." This sweet boy can be quite feisty too!
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Jake is in LOVE with two books in particular right now - Eric Carle's "From Head to Toe", and Margaret Wise Brown's classic "Goodnight Moon." He gets so excited when he heads over to the bookshelf, beating his chest and saying "ooh, ooh, ooh" like a gorilla. Rob is much more patient than I and will read them to him over and over. One day after reading the "gorilla book" to Jake for the umpteenth time, I had a stroke of genius and asked Haley to read it to him. Big sisters are the best!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This is the difference between these two - Haley is wary of the "bones" on the ground; Jake runs over and picks them up.
It's great to have a big imagination, as Haley does - most of the time. We had to keep reminding her that it was all pretend.
I think we did quite a few circles and found more than one dead end. But eventually we found our way out of the corn maze.
Something about those bright orange spheres is magnetic to kids, isn't it? Jake has been saying a version of "pumpkin" for months now.
We ran into some friends from church and joined them on a hay ride through the pumpkin fields. Jake was in heaven riding behind the big tractor, narrating the whole ride with "vroom, vroom!"
Friday, October 26, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
However, the good news is that the tile is all in and grouted and caulked, and the new shower curtain I ordered should be here this week. It will be so nice when the bathroom is all put back together!
Here's Haley helping Rob do the final prep on the tile before grouting.
Haley continually amazes us with her generous and thoughtful nature. This week while running errands she noticed a homeless man sitting on the curb near Sam's Club. She said, "We need to bring him some lunch!" and reminded me about 50 times while we were in the store. In Wal-Mart she picked out a huge sub sandwich, 3 apples, and a bottle of water. She was very conscious of the fact that he didn't have anywhere to cook food and needed prepared items. Sadly, he was gone by the time we got back out there and we spent 20 minutes driving around town looking for someone else to give it to, with no luck.
Then today she made us all go through our closets and gather things to give to "Charity." At one point she asked Rob if he was getting rid of any suits, and when he told her no, he still used those, she said, 'Well, other people might need them more." So we filled bag after bag with clothes, shoes, and stuffed animals, and off they went to the local thrift shop. Hopefully she'll still feel this generous as a teenager when expected to share the car with Jake...
Jake decided to play dress-up one day and this is what he came up with - interesting fashion sense, but not exactly climate-appropriate!