Saturday, January 29, 2011

Just like Daddy

One morning last week, Noah pulled a pair of Chris' pants from a basket of clean laundry and tried putting them on. Chris helped him get both legs into one pant leg. Noah refused to take them off. That is, until I showed him the pair of Jeans that have been sitting at the bottom of his drawer (I tend to dress him for comfort more than style). Who knew that he would be so excited to wear jeans. And when his teacher showed him that there was a loop for his hammer, well, you can just imagine...

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And helping Dada with the tools continues to be the single most engaging activity around here. Working on a plane though, is distinctly more like my dad. This one is for you, Dad (I hope you're planning on having a helper while we're there):

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Bean Bags!

One of Noah's and my favorite things to do together during the week is go to story time at the library. He loves to listen to stories, dance, sing, and play with the other kids, but most of all, he loves the song about the bean bags. All the kids get a bean bag, toss it, catch it, put it on your head and walk around the room...
We were having a slow afternoon the other day, just kind of getting on each others' nerves, you know? So I thought, why not make bean bags? It took less than twenty minutes to make six of them (not that they were masterpieces in the way of fine sewing or anything) and Noah is infatuated with them. Actually, with the yellow one in particular. He walks around with it on his head all over the house.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Early Friendships

Noah and his friends are entering an age of actually paying attention to each other. Sometimes that attention includes a little pushing and trying to decide who's in charge, but lately there's been a tendency toward actually playing together. Acknowledging they know each other. It's really been fun to see. I stay a ways away. There's something about having the parents hovering nearby that makes the kids bicker a little bit more. Noah was testing me today. Just little things, but I'm exhausted and bedtime is still at least an hour away.
Here are a few recent photos of some time with Noah's friends. I want to hang on to this age a little longer.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bubble Bath in Black and White

A real bubble bath. It was something new for this little boy, and I'm anticipating a battle when I tell him tomorrow that not all baths have to include bubbles. He was in love.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Long Weekend at Home

As you might have noticed, we almost always leave town for long weekends. So many people to visit, so many places to see...
This weekend we stayed home, and it was great. We worked on the yard (believe it or not, we cleared about half the backyard of its cactus!). We went to the desert museum. We went on a hike with Maya and Louisa to the Yetman house. And we just sat around some too :)

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And a couple from the desert museum on saturday morning. Can you tell that my little boy is used to having his picture taken?

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It was nice to have a quiet weekend after a very long and sad week.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Memories and Hope

This morning around sunrise we headed to the memorial on the front lawn of UMC to see in person what we'd seen in many photographs already. One week from when so many arrived at this hospital, the front lawn is covered in love, hope, memories, and wishes. I was amazing to see how much was there, and what creativity came from our community to show support and to heal.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ben's Bells

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This morning we dragged ourselves out of bed before sunrise to go to this event. Ben's Bells is an organization in Tucson that promotes random acts of kindness by hanging these pretty bells all over town for people to come across unexpectedly and be reminded how simple it is to be kind. We didn't make it in time to get bells to hang, but a little boy gave a little "kindness coin" to hang somewhere. That was plenty for him.

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Someone's bell as everyone held them up to ring together before the crowd broke:

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If you're interested in more information, visit their website: www.bensbells.org

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January Days

Tools and a yellow lunchbox. What more could you ask for?

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We've seen a whole new level of climbing in the last couple of days. Ladders at the playground instead of the steps. This morning after ignoring his whining for a few minutes, I walked into the dining room to find him stranded on the dining room table. Hmm, I'm not sure my childproofing (which I have to admit is kind of half-assed as it is) is up to the challenge of a climber...

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And just one more thing to throw in. Our Christmas Cactus is just starting to bloom. A little late, but that way we're home to enjoy it.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

A pleasant morning

Before hearing the tragic news yesterday, we enjoyed a quiet morning at the Desert museum with Sara and Eva.

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Noah and Eva enjoying the big tortoise shell:

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I can't think of a thing to write that would even scratch the surface of how sad and appalled I am at what people can do to each other. Looking at Noah's innocent face, full of potential, I can't help but wonder what the world will be like when he's my age.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Home Again

We had to do some rearranging to fit Noah's loot into the house. His room is, for the moment, just a playroom (his bed had to move into our bedroom). There are lots more cool toys that didn't fit in this picture, but you get the idea.

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Check out those cowboy boots from Great Gram and Bill!

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We've been having some gorgeous weather in tucson this week. Spending lots of time at the playground and feeling a little spoiled by being able to be there. We love to have visitors :)

Vacation Catch-up

Since I missed blogging about some of the fun parts of our vacation, I'll just hit a few highlights here. First, the River of Lights at the Albuquerque botanical gardens. This was pretty amazing.

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Chris took this one of a hula-hooper with spinning lights.

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A ride in a Fire truck with Grandpa Dennis (a.k.a. "Cap'n"). I might post a few more of this later.

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A trip to the Amarillo Discovery Center with Grandpa Patti (Na-ma). This place had a giant room full of things having to do with balls of all shapes and sizes. They must have known Noah would be visiting.

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Hey, there I am :)

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