Friday, May 29, 2009

Sunglasses Season

One of the great universal mysteries of parenting: why we think our kids are extra cute in sunglasses. But let's not question it, let's just go with it.

Happy Weekend!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009


I've been wanting to do this post for awhile but I'd thought Pete wanted to do it. He does, but he hasn't been able to get around to it, so I now have his blessing to go forward.

While watching golfball with her Dad some weeks ago, Daphne suddenly became very interested (she calls it know, football, basketball, baseball, golfball). Now they love going to the driving range together! I suspect Pete might be slightly pleased about this little development. She's learning the names of the clubs, parts of the course, rules of the game, etc. Tiger wears a red shirt, that sort of thing.

We got a sweet coupon in the mail for a local golf course a few weeks ago and made a family outing of it. As per usual, my role in these sort of outings is primarily to make sure James does not incur a fatal injury. So maybe not as fun from my perspective but I'll take it. I know this will be a great memory.

Action sequence

Solo attempt (the kid can actually make contact, by golly)

James, initially skeptical...

...seemed to warm up to it:

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Two Walking at the Zoo

This past week the kids and I made our first trip to the zoo since James became a "walking baby."

When I was going back through these pictures I was reminded of the first time we went to the zoo with Daphne once she had learned to walk. It was my birthday 2007, and Pete had surprised me by taking the day off work and planning a family outing to the zoo. So I went back and found this video of that day.

What you'll see below is a classic example of child #1 vs. child #2 parenting. Although Daphne was a couple months younger than James is now, she was a more "seasoned" walker than James. Yet, I was just compelled to hang on to that hood of hers to make sure she wouldn't fall. Embarrassing.

And I couldn't resist including this last picture from that day...

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ag Fest

A couple of Saturdays ago Pete was working so I took the kids down to Salem for the annual "Ag Fest" at the state fairgrounds (I told Daphne it was Farm Day...she tends to associate festivals with rides, unfortunately). My mom met us there and we all had a grand (read: exhausting) time. There was so much to do and we barely scratched the surface. Kids under 12 were free and nearly everything inside was free once you got in. They even had a big farm breakfast that was free for kids 3 and under.

I think we'll try to go next year too if anyone would like to join us!

And for the record, we didn't see any pigs. Thought you might be curious.

Friday, May 1, 2009


Soccertots is a program at our local indoor soccer center for small children. The kids and I went with my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group from church. I don't really have much to say about it, so I'll just break it down into percentages to give you an idea.

10% Soccer
90% Activities other than soccer (balloons, parachutes, bubbles, cone stacking, hula hoops, general running around)
100% Chaos

Still, Daphne actually shows a bit of aptitude for the soccer part and can dribble pretty well. But even if she's bad, I'm fairly certain there will be soccer in her future. Hard to imagine childhood without that image of a tight swarm of little kids in too-big uniforms all trying to kick the ball at the same time.