Friday, September 19, 2008


I've been a little worried about Sean because he doesn't really like to socialize with kids his own age. He'll say "hi" if I tell him to, but he's sort of shy and tense when they approach on the playground. Not a big deal, but it's been on my mind.
On Monday, we went to the post office to mail a box and there was a boy there who was Sean and Luke's age. He came over to us and the three of them sized eachother up and Luke said, "Mommy, he have Sean's shoes!" Sure enough -- blue crocs. They continued to stare at eachother and their shoes. Then Luke launched into an elaborate display of "drop the hippo to show off to the new kid" and I told Sean to say hello.
He very calmly said, "I'm Sean. This is Luke. And this is Mommy." Then he touched his head and lifted off a pretend hat and said, "Pleased to meet you!" with a very inviting smile. The kid was too fascinated with Luke's display to notice, but I noticed and I think I'll find something else to worry about.

A day on the river

The Haircut Ritual



After (Cheese.)

A Good Day

Friday, September 12, 2008

Luke's Family Portraits

I was watching him draw, so he did this one from life. The first appearance of ears. (next to the eyes) Hair - starts at the top and goes around, because I have long hair. (duh) Teeth - because I was smiling such a huge smile watching him draw my portrait. Also the first appearance of nostrils - which is what he saw when he looked up at me.
As for the extra ear on my cheek -- I asked him what that was for and he said, "I don't know." So there you go.


Daddy gets the first appearance of ears on the side of the head. (It took 2 drawings for him to figure that out.) Daddy has a coat and a hat and a balloon.


Sean's giant smile looks just like him. Sean gets hands, feet and a "bus" to play with.


The second portrait he drew, and the ears are next to the eyes, like Mommy's. Luke's hair goes all the way around his head, because he totally needs a haircut. "Daddy? Hello?"


I don't know what to say, Clint. You get a hat, hair, nostrils, and fingers that start on the right hand and just keep going, which is Luke's signature move. Still, I get the feeling he knows something the rest of us only suspect...

Monday, September 8, 2008


We've been eating a lot of blueberries this summer and Luke likes to sort through the carton and pick out the ones he wants. He kept telling me he wanted a "drinking blueberry" and I had no idea what he meant, but I would pull out various specimens and offer them to him, to no avail. Yesterday, he came over to me and said, "Look, Mommy! A drinking blueberry!"
He was holding a blueberry -- with a tiny little curved blueberry stem still attached -- up to his mouth and pretending to drink through the stem like a straw.
Another mystery solved!


Sean has been looking for his "Mail Car" for a few days now. I wasn't sure which one that was, but figured it was a matchbox car that looked like the mailman's truck to him. Finally, today, he triumphantly announced "My Mail Car, Mommy! My Mail Car!' It was the awesome Alpha Romeo Matchbox I bought him a couple weeks ago. I guess he was really listening!

Guess Who strikes again...

Sean's Lair

(Or: Why we don't have dinner parties anymore...)

Summertime and the livin' is easy...

New Crocs! (size 8/9)

New Purple Crocs! (size 10/11)

Danglin' crocs...