Monday, November 18, 2013

leafy letterboxing in the arboretum

another leafy walk a few weeks ago.  christian came too, and the boys had lots of fun trying to catch leaves that the wind blew down.  it's hard!

isla collected many, many leaves and sticks.  and then had a hard time walking with her voluminous loot.  but she refused to leave any behind.  finally she realized she could pack some items into her backpack, which she did.  she even broke some of her sticks in half so they would fit!  funny girl.  i think these mementos are in her little backpack still...

ezzie did some bird-watching.  "caw-caw!!!" he would yell, and point!

carrie had told us about a hidden letterbox with block-print stamps that was supposedly hidden somewhere near the tower at the top of the arboretum.  we searched and searched but to no avail.  so sad!  luckily isla and i had brought a few of our own stamps and ink just in case, and we did a little stamping along the trail anyway.

carrie says there are more letterbox sites around town.  we need to get out and try to find another one!  i think this is such a fun idea.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


here are the kids ready for the harvest fest at church the weekend before halloween.  noah is a "soccer guy", ezra is ezra, and isla is a "crafting queen"!

i made this apron for isla to store her craft supplies.  now she can craft on the go!

and here they are on halloween night ready to go get some candy around the 'hood.  noah is now a "lego maniac," ezra is a baby dragon, and isla is a crafting queen again.

i sewed some lego fabric onto noah's shirt and made him his own apron for lego-ing on the go! 

happy halloween!

the curls!

a sample of ezra's post-bath hair.  it is absolutely crazy!!

get out while you can

yesterday we enjoyed a little window of warmth and mostly sun, and took a short hike around squires lake.  it was a new trail to us, and fun to explore.  ezra especially relished the chance to run free!

(special thanks to grandma for his speedy new running shoes!)

Thursday, November 07, 2013

ezra august at one and a half

says: mama, da-dee!, isla (for isla and noah), bus (bu-busssssssss!!), hi, uh-oh, yeah, ball, nana (banana), phshew (airplane), app-app (apple), baaaa (sheep), neigh-neigh (horse), bye, car, caw-caw! (bird), choo-choo, with a little wiggle (train), whoo-whoo (owl), whack-whack (duck), moo (moon)

signs: milk, more, please, airplane, bird, hi (wave), all done, thank you, cold (shiver)

very favorite things: shoes, airplanes, buses, reading books, condiments!, trucks, balls, ice cream, digging in dirt, climbing on anything, fruit, doing things BY HIMSELF, juice

stats:  35 inches tall; 26.5 pounds heavy; curly, red, unruly hair; dimples; big belly; wiggly, chubby cheeks; little feet; tons of teeth.

  • is a voracious reader!  delivers books to whomever is willing to read.  then climbs into that person's lap.  says, "OH!" with each page.  points to things like airplane or bus.  loves books with pics of babies.  waves to babies.
  • loves, loves, loves shoes.  loves to put his own shoes on and take them off.  loves to deliver our shoes to us, even (mostly) when we do not need shoes.  loves to wear our shoes.  and, upon being buckled in his car seat, immediately takes both his shoes and socks off and throws them so it is impossible to find two socks and two shoes when it's time to disembark.
  • DESPISES the church nursery.
  • DESPISES having his nails cut.
  • is really interested in animals.  loves to watch the cats that roam the neighborhood, gets right up close to dogs, always spies the white horse on the way to the kids' school.  loves animal books too, pointing and identifying them by noise.  and LOVES birds!!
  • goes down big slides.
  • laughs heartily and often.
  • sings in the car.  "caw-caw-caw, baby, baby, baby!" does funny mouth trills.  cracks himself up.  
  • loves water!  bath, kiddie pool, hose.
  • goes to get his shoes and coat when we're going outside.
  • likes riding the little trike.  tries to ride the big kids' scooters and gets frustrated.
  • loved picking his own raspberries and strawberries this summer.
  • loves balls.  is really good at throwing!  seriously.  he can really do some damage.
  • loves bags.  carries bags around the house, filling them with random items.
  • loves music.  will dance, dance, dance when he hears music.
  • loves sweeping.  carries various brooms around the house all the time and "sweeps".
  • saw me look through the peephole of our front door, and then proceeded to get up and go lean his head against the door like i did.  and then turn around and look at me as if to say, "why are we doing this?"
  • does not ever sit still.  (except when reading books.)  is desperate to get out of the stroller when he wants something or wants to run off.  
  • yells!  really loud!!!  often!!  especially at meals!!  especially when he wants ketchup!!
  • climbs on everything!  kitchen table, arms of chairs, stools, giant ladders, anything tall and dangerous.
  • loves the telephone.  somehow called 911 on his own.  (seriously!  they called back and asked if i needed help.  yes, i said, i need help with my crazy baby!)
  • has perfect baseball batting stance.
  • sleeps with his special paper airplane blankie, holding onto the tags.
  • loves to build and knock down block towers.  loves the wooden ring stacker.  finally figured out those wooden bead maze things at the library.  loves taking duplos apart.
  • somehow, amazingly, has become a great sleeper.  he goes to bed with the big kids around 8 and even sometimes reads a board book to himself in his crib while they read in their beds for a few minutes before lights out.  (so cute!)  rarely wakes in the night anymore.  and wakes with the big kids around 7.  hooray!

  • in summary, this kid is lots of fun.  i love to hear his laugh, to kiss his rosy cheeks, to watch his excitement at seeing the things he loves.

    but also, this kid is super, super exhausting!  seriously.  SO MUCH ENERGY!  so very different from the other two kids.  he is clever and naughty and inquisitive and FAST!

    maybe it's the red hair.  maybe i was like this as a child too?  in any case, i am trying to appreciate more deeply his zest for life.  ezra, thank you so much for teaching us that there's not a moment to lose.  we love you!!