Monday, September 19, 2016

It feels lovely and you sound crazy

We are not lawn-care people, to put things mildly.  So when Tater spied a perfectly manicured lawn while out roller skating, it was probably akin to meeting a unicorn on the sidewalk.  "Look at this beautiful grass!" she exclaimed.  She knelt down to stroke it like a kitten.  "Ooo, it feels lovely."  Then she looked up and saw a large angel statue.  "What's that thing?  Is it a bird man?!"

One week at Mass, Tater was paying more attention to the consecration than her sticker book and asked, "What is happening right now?"  When I tried to explain that Jesus was becoming one with the bread and wine, she asked, "Jesus is in the bread?  I don't see him!"  I said it's not something you can see.  She exclaimed, "Jesus is invisible and he's going in the bread?!  You sound CRAZY!"  It does, actually, sound crazy.  The people behind us were laughing so hard and trying to keep quiet that they looked like they were going to choke.  I was really thankful that we weren't sitting by the super devout that week.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

How about 'dem apples?

It's been a pretty hot fall so far, which is why you haven't read me waxing poetic about bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils yet.  I was really gung-ho to get our apples this morning though, and I think the 4 pots of applesauce have gotten me more into the autumnal spirit.  This year's haul included Honeycrisp, Redmax MacIntosh, and Cortland.  I finally mastered the tart apple pie Hubby's been longing for this year - Cortland apples + a scant 1/4c sugar.  

 You will forgive me for baby apple nostalgia pictures, right?

 A moment of silence while I mourn the passing of those pillowy cheeks.

And coats with bear ears and little shuddery baby sleep noises!

 But welcome to years of sharing apples with friends.
And sitting on a tractor ride without fear of a young'un jumping off mid-ride.  Oh, a gentleman on the tractor was making conversation with Tater.  "Shoot, you got the biggest apple out there!  I wanted the biggest one."  T:  "Well you can't have it because I'm already eatin' it!"

All three kiddos helped in the kitchen this year!  Oh my gosh, my counter clutter is so out of control but we squeezed a lot of love and laughter into the kitchen today, so I'm going to give myself some grace for this "messy counter chapter" of my life.  Spork was very industrious and dutifully did about a dozen apples and was still disappointed when we stopped, "You got more apples for me to peel?"  Tater hates skin on her apple slices but for whatever reason, she will eat a long strand of apple peel straight off the hand crank!  Mighty girl peeled two apples lickety-split before she lost interest.  The Nugget, in contrast, peeled a single apple with painstaking precision and ate the peel as it was coming off the apple.  I can't remember which brand we have but this apple peeler was hands-down the best $15 I've spent for our kitchen recently.  I try to put up at least a couple gallons of applesauce in the freezer each fall, and this little beauty means fun for the kids and no hand cramps for me!

Happy Apple harvest to you all!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Jingo the Iguana

When I asked Spork about his day, he sighed and said, "Well, I had a wot of twouble with my gone tooth."  It took us a minute to realize he meant the gap in his smile from his missing tooth.  The Nugget thoughtfully said, "When I have a missing tooth, I like to put a straw through the gap.  Do you wanna try?"  In no time, Spork was discovering the joys of a gone tooth.  Brotherhood for the win!

Overheard while Spork was playing with his guys.
"You an egg man!"
"I don't wanna be an egg man!"
"Dat's too bad, you an egg man!"

"You not bein' appropriate.  Lockin' me up in da dungeon NOT appropriate."
"You hittin' me not appropriate either."
"You gotta be more appropriate!"

Spork and Tater's new favorite song is Jina la Bwana.  The hilarious thing about this is that Spork is pretty sure it's called Jingo the Iguana and sings it at the top of his lungs.  Who am I kidding, he does everything at the top of his lungs.  If you gave the kid a chest x-ray, I'm pretty you'd find he's mostly lung and stomach.

Tater loves taking naps on her cot at school and has been dreaming about, "Baby skunks, but they aren't stinky yet.  When they grow up, they will be REALLY STINKY!"  She also loves the word, "Rutabaga."  Grandpa taught her how to say, "Shenanigans!" this past weekend too.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Labor Day Weekend 2016

 Labor Day really snuck up on us this year!  Hubby took the kids to the lake after school for some RC boating on Friday.  

We left for Ohio the next morning at stopped at Great Lakes Science Center on the way to stretch our legs and brains!  We also got to see some of the Cleveland Air Show from the windows and decks of the museum.  The Nugget was obsessed with this wind tunnel.  He also did this "landing the space shuttle" simulation about a dozen times until he mastered it.  All our kids love the Science Center, but the Nugget feels especially drawn to its wonders!

 The boys tested rockets....

While I took Tater upstairs to the Polymer Playground.

Spork joined us shortly afterwards!

The next day was the baby shower for my sister-in-law, Aunt Panda.  Stuffed pandas abounded, and soon the girls were all wearing them on their heads.

Meanwhile, Daddy, Uncle J, the Nugget, Spork, and Bean were having the last hurrah at the pool for the summer.

We reunited the troops in the afternoon for some downtime, playtime, and pizza.

The following day, we met up with Grammy and Grandpa for a hike.

 The Nugget learned to skip stones!

These two cousins definitely bonded on this trip.

Grandparents plus 5 grandkids....soon to be 6!