Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cousin Love

 Unbelievable cuteness.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Getting to Christmas

 We had a computer crash recently and it the days have been so so full that figuring out how to download onto a new computer has really been more than I can handle.

In the past month, there have been parties, and kids all around, trips into the woods for stone soup, a quick trip to NY with 20 exchange students, really ramped up holiday elving, Saturday morning hockey, a four day drive to Florida with stops to see dear family and friends along the way, and needed break in Florida, with bike riding (even Remick! now rides a two wheeler!), walks, beach forays, etc.  Tasty food, Christmas excitement.  So fun.

And we are here, with more pictures to down load, and adorable videos that I am not savvy enough to upload and memories upon memories to build.  A little exhausting to think how full this month has been, but exciting to think all that we've done as well.  Catching up is hard, especially with yourself.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall soccer.

 We tried soccer when Makili was 3, but it wasn't super successful.  We like to remember Makili and his friend Phinn licking the net.  Good times.  At 5, it was a totally different ball game and Makili was WAY into it.  He was pretty good too!  I loved going to watch.  His enthusiasm spilled over into his brother's interest in the sport too, so that with some enthusiastic encouragement from me, Remick was a little all-star too.  So cute.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Things you hear around here.

  • The ball went out of balance.
  • I'd like girl cheese for lunch.
  • Don't coffee me!  Don't say what I say!
There are so many of these, and I'm forgetting, so I'll have to add more when I think of them.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween and Family Mythology

We have a great Halloween scene around here.  We have good friends who live on a cul-de-saq with about 6 houses, which nicely limits the amount of candy we take home.  We have a great group of friends who do a great job of making fun costumes and getting together no matter what the weather.  In fact, we've decided to change the name of the Halloween gathering to "What Will Mother Nature throw at us this year Party."  Last year a foot of snow.  This year a hurricane.  Good times.  The kids had a terrific time though as always. 

In the midst of the party as Makili is gathering his haul, he starts talking about the Switch Witch.  Oh yeah!  The Switch Witch.  Remember her?  She'll switch you a toy or book or art supplies for that big bowl of candy?  Makili didn't forget about her, but we did!  So we had to do some scrambling.  When I was growing up, we had Fifi, the imaginary maid who picked up when we weren't around, and Yahooty, who banged on the pipes or did naughty things.  In our house, we have the Switch Witch and the Toy Troll, both of whom Makili is on top of.  Driving home late last night, he woke himself enough in the car to ask me to make sure I put his lego lighthouse from the Switch Witch on the table so that the Toy Troll wouldn't take it for being left out.  Oh boy.

But I did love that he wrote his own note for the switch with.  It said: "SWCH WICH KANDE ON TABIL"  with a picture of a big green bowl. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

From Across the Pond

 My best bud from college, Camille came this weekend with her sweet babe, Hugo, and her hubby Pascal.  They are such a cool international couple with roots all over the place and a lifestyle that exhausts me to just think about.  But oh that sweet baby.  We all enjoyed the Hugo show.  I have more pics on the actual camera, but you know how that goes.  We ate, hiked, and shepharded cows.  Good times.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


 I haven't been shy about hiding the fact that I was hoping for a girl when I got pregnant with Remick.  At each of my ultrasounds, I asked hopefully, "are you sure it is a boy?"  But now that I have brothers, I think there pretty much isn't anything as cool in the whole world.  I love watching these boys grow with each other and our friends and the way they love to be outside together, in even crappy weather.  I bet I'd like sisters too, but brothers are pretty great.

Monday, October 15, 2012


 We had a bunch of friends over for a bonfire on Friday, which was a lot of fun until someone hit Remick in the face with a wooden baseball bat.  He has a pretty good shiner, which is extra fun for me when I'm out around town with him.  My house was a little bit clean for about 10 minutes, but that 10 minutes has come and gone. 

We found this little guy out in the garden - not moving too fast, because it was COLD!  We got our first frost on Friday night which meant a whole lot of last minute gathering - all the rest of the tomatoes and tomatillos.  I had to dig the remaining sweet potatoes, and cut as many flowers as possible.  I had seen it coming and attended to the basil earlier in the week.
 The hay bales were benches at the party, thanks to our good friends the dairy farmers:)  Now the hay bales are a fort.
 We've been picking acorns too after our class last week on how to make acorns into bread.  A fun family experiment.
 Makili is obsessed with having a knife.  I can't decide if it is a good or bad thing that the one he has been using is super-dull.  We're going to have to have some sort of household consensus on the knife thing, cause neither of us is really sure about it. 

 And then there was exploring and silliness and a small window of family time not spent cooking or working on the house.  Ahhh.