Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Modesta and Damaris

Modesta and her 5-month kiddo are just looking so good, I had to share this. Modesta is exhausted from Damaris wanting to hang out and chat all night long, but otherwise they are thriving.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Birthday weekend in Acadia

(Also known as, who says you can't have fun skiing, even when your poor children are sick and lethargic).

We started the weekend with cheese doodles, a.k.a. "pirate booty".

We had "cultural experiences" in Bar Harbor.

Some of us petted dead baby seals.

Then we went for a ski.  Thank god for the sleds. We pulled the wee fellows through almost two feet of fresh snow:

Find the second human.

Hibernation mode:

Sand Beach under snow:

I skied back to get the car, and 15 minutes later I returned to two fellows asleep on their sleds and Tim standing watch next to them, listening to the chickadees and our babies snoaring:

Happy birthday, Reid! We love you!

Mom and dad.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Reid will soon be four!

Reid asked to go to Acadia for his birthday, so we are headed out tomorrow for a weekend of fun. We jumpstarted the celebrations with a birthday dinner and cake at home tonight.
Reid cooking his birthday dinner:
Spicy sausages, cheese noodles, and corn were on the menu.

One thing I never expected to grind with the mortar and pestle: candy canes.
We've almost used up our Christmas stash, and they make for a tasty cake topping.
What a guy!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My fevrit toy

This is such a poignant, tender thing.  Liam is learning to spell, and it is amazing to behold.  We were stuck in an ice-storm and a kind neighbor invited us in.  Our kids played with their kids, as we waited for the road crews to come.

We played with all of their new toys (for this was not long after christmas), and eventually Liam and Reid got to experience Mario Kart.  It blew their minds.

They were utterly enthralled.  After we left, they were still jazzed about it.  Then the days passed, and they seemed to forget.  But Liam had not forgotten, no!

Then a few weeks ago, we get this book home from school, about his favorite toy.  It's so sweet.  I love the coloring and the detail.  And I adore the spelling, most to come on the spelling front, for certain!
Liam and Reid now play real-life Mario Kart, which is also pretty rad.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Afterschool skiing with Isabelle:

Snowplows are useful for a lot of things, including the piles they make:

Liam has begun tagging for the family (our turf is the path through the woods on the way home from school):

Skiing at Caribou bog:

Me and Tim on skis:

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Winter fun (even if the snow ain't great)

Skiing, just the two of us:

Visiting ice fishermen on Fields Pond with our friends, the Sodebergs:
Feeling good:
The orange flag flips up when there's a fish on the line, And all of the holes seemed to be drilled by gas-powered augurs:
Bait run (this fellow was super generous about letting the kids help with everything):
You can tell from the body language of our almost-vegetarian son that a lot of psychic energy went into watching the live bait be picked out and hooked, but he managed well:
In other news, we have been enjoying fragrant paper white flowers, thanks to our friend Mariel. They seem to be happy in the old family silver goblets, which are also happy to have finally found a use:
And some Nerf gun fun: