Monday, April 18, 2011

Amusing Dinner Conversation

Emily and Ashlyn were discussing their bus drivers tonight at dinner:

"She's the fat one," said Emily.

"Say chubby," Ashlyn suggested, trying to make Emily's words a little more PC.

"No, I'm gonna call her fat because she's mean." Emily decided.

I couldn't help but laugh at my six-year-old's reasoning.


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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Darrien's Baseball Game


Eight o'clock in the morning was a vey early start for the baseball game this morning. Darrien's first question to Coach, "Why do we have to play at 8:00 in the morning?". Coach chuckled.
Darrien played catcher for the first time, which was hard on his knees and his "nuts" (his word, not mine) when he was pummeled with balls from the pitching machine, but he sure looked cute in his stance and gear.
Darrien excels in three areas:
1. Keepng score
2. Talking to his coach and his teammates
3. Looking like a baseball player

Darrien's baseball game (a poem)

Darrien, centerfield
His smile spills across his face
He counts the outs and watches intently.
All while jabbering on and on to his coach
And the players surrounding him.
I watch the other players.
One sits in the grass
And I think, at least he's not settled
In for the long outfield wait
On his bum.



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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Lathaniel at the Mall

Darrien at Howard Amon Park

Emily at Howard Amon Park

Ashlyn at Howard Amon Park

Spring Break 2011

Spring break wasn't extraordinary, but it was everything we needed it to be. We went on several excursions to the park on the days it was warm. We went to the play area in the mall on the days it wasn't. It was one of those lay around and watch movies kind of weeks and we enjoyed it all.

During Spring Break, Ashlyn finished reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which brought her shear delight. My favorite thing she said while reading it, "I like reading books more than watching movies because I get to make my own picture in my mind."

All the kids are growing up so fast I sometimes wish I could freeze time, but there are other moments when I am overjoyed with how much more self-sufficient each one gets with each passing day. Darrien lost his sixth tooth and is beginning to look like he needs dentures. Emily is getting better at better and writing and includes writing on every picture she draws. She is quite the budding artist, much like Ashlyn was at six. And, Lathaniel is even saying a few more words. His is still selectively mute, or so I believe, since the words and phrases he says are much harder than the words he refuses to say. For example, he say, "There you are!" and "Darrien" but refuses to say MOM!

I am sad that it is Saturday because it means Spring Break is coming to an end.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

UNO

Just finished a fun-filled game of UNO, where the kids personalities really showed. Ashlyn, always a cheerleader for everyone, and such a good sport, recited lines such as, "it doesn't matter if you win, it's about having fun.". Darrien tried to quit several times because he wasn't winning and then delighting when he was able to yell UNO! Emily laughing when she had to draw cards; never overwhelmed by the stack of cards she laid out in front of her. And, Lathaniel trying to join in the fun while assisting me, which really meant he was crawling all over my lap and laughing whenever we'd erupt with laughter. A great evening!

But, after a marathon of a game, I won.


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Obviously I am terrible at keeping a blog up, but here's another feeble attempt at capturing what's happening in my family. Maybe I can at least be more frequent than every two years.

A lot has happened over the last two years, but since I can't remember most of it because I didn't write it down...Here is what's happening right now.

It's Spring Break! We have been spending a lot of time lounging around and doing a lot of nothing. We have managed to squeeze in a walk and a trip to the park.

Darrien has started baseball again. Larry and I are going to try to sign Ashlyn up for softball and Emily up for t-ball or coach pitch, but we keep forgetting to go do it and we're late. Yes, I probably shouldn't include all the details of incompetence in our blog, but what else would I write about. Lathaniel is a growing two year old who is by far the most mild-tempered child we have.

So that's it. I will post some great pics, which I am good at doing, and try to update more frequently.

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