Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mamma, No!

So, I think I've written before how Kate has a tendency to be quite literal. A while back, I realized that I am the only one who ever works with her in pointing out people's names. If I ask her, "where's Dadda," she'll happily point to John and yell "Daddee!" (emphasis on the ee). She can point out Evan, Oliver, Willa, both of the dogs, and the cat. But, when you ask her, "where's mamma?" she'll point right to her own chest and repeat, "mamma." This is because I, as the only one who ever tries to point myself out, always point my finger to my chest when trying to demonstrate who mamma is. So she imitates me.

I have become increasingly frustrated with this, and have spent much effort in the past few weeks trying to correct her, usually saying a firm "No" whenever she points to herself and says mamma. So one day I asked her "where's mamma" and she looked right at me and said, "Nnnnoooo!" I mean, said it with feeling, shaking her head and pointing her finger at me (I don't know where she got that one!) So now she has a new favorite word. And if you want to hear her say it, don't ask her to say "No", just ask her where mamma is.

I think I give up. She'll figure it out when she wants to borrow the keys to the car, right?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Soccer Camp

With all the craziness that ensued last week, following the stomach bug's visit to our house, we still managed to get Evan to soccer camp. The camp was sponsored by the Austin Aztex professional soccer team, and he had the best time! He is getting increasingly confident at this sport, and I love to watch him on the field with his new-found self-assuredness. And the look of pure joy on his face, that he gets from doing something well.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Little Boy Blue

I realize that lately I have posted many more pictures of the girls than of Oliver, so I plan to remedy that today with some cute shots of Oliver I took this afternoon out on the back deck. He and Evan were playing in the water that filled the activity table. He looked so cute with his wet, tousled hair that I had to snap a few.

This is a VERY rare angry shot ...

Nope, see ... he's not really mad

laughter ...

here's his "melt my heart" look - he can get away with anything with this look

Monday, March 22, 2010

Thank you, Germ X!

FYI - if you ever need to get ball point pin ink out of upholstery, hand sanitizer works brilliantly!! (our Kate is turning out the be quite the artiste)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Family Holiday

We have adopted St. Patrick's Day as our family holiday in our house. We wanted a fun one that not everyone else celebrates - and what's better than four leaf clovers, Guiness beer, little leprechauns with pots of gold, and lots of green? Despite a nasty stomach bug (Evan and I are the last two unscathed, knock on wood) and a busy soccer camp schedule for Evan (it's also Spring Break), we managed to have our own St. Patrick's Day party, complete with:

Funny hats ...

Green, gluten-free cupcakes ...

Scavenger hunt with "pot of gold" at the end ...

Willa climbing on everything as usual ...

Oliver still a little puny ...

Kate feeling better by the end of the day ...

Picking on big brother

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Daddy's Shoes

Kate trying on her daddy's shoes ...

And in reverse ...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Four in a Row

Here they all are - sitting still only because they are watching a video!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Mr. Angry Eyes

In kindergarten, Evan's class is talking about Texas, and his homework for this week was to make a Wanted poster about himself. We had to make up facts about his "crime" - which he decided would be "Chasing the Dog." He put his age down as "48" - (48??) and the alias he chose was "Mr. Angry Eyes." This is the picture we took to attach to the poster - he looks the part, I think.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Another reader

Kate would read all day long if I let her (and sometimes I do)