Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

The boys were delighted with the Angry Birds eggs in their Easter baskets.

And we were delighted because we didn't expect any house showings on Easter, so we could relax a little and not have to worry that we'd have to have the house spotless and find somewhere to go on short notice.  :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

And Yet More Eggs

 Late Easter this year is a gift that keeps on giving -- yesterday was the preschool Easter egg hunt.  (In Mattie's class, they grew grass from seed from seed in the bottom of their milk carton Easter baskets.  This was a great idea in theory, but in practice, somehow Mattie managed to get mud all over his eggs and Easter treats!  Ah well, most of them were washable.)

In other news, the inspection for our house in Buffalo raised some questions, so we had it checked out by a structural engineer, who said that the problems weren't anything serious. So, it looks like we have a house!  (Closing is scheduled for June.)  Our house here just went on the market on Wednesday, so we're hoping things go well and that we won't have two houses for long.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Memento Mori

The other night Mattie jokingly said, "When we move to Buffalo, I hope you don't give me away!"  We assured him that we would never ever ever ever give him away, not even for all the guitars and ice cream in the world.  Then James came in and we said we would never give James away either, and I think Mike said something about us all being together.  Then James cheerfully added, "Until all four of us are dead!"

(Thanks for that contribution to a touching family moment, buddy!)


 We will miss these good times with our neighborhood friends!

(The kids were largely left to their own devices while the adults chatted -- which was fine until they decided to build a slide down one of the rock walls using some lumber that Mike had left sitting around. Resourceful, but not the best idea!  Mattie also enjoyed playing a version of flashlight tag with some of the older kids after it got dark.)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Eggs Eggs Eggs

 Saturday was a beautiful day for an Easter egg hunt with the preschool friends.  Matthew and James still enjoy finding the eggs, even if they don't care about the candy.  (Mattie was excited that some of his eggs contained tattoos and sponge animals.)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Show and Tell

 Matthew took his stuffed beagle (Beagie) to show and tell yesterday.  Little did I know what an emotional experience that would be. This was our conversation in the car.

Matthew:  Beagie is sad because he wants to be at home with his dog biscuits.
Me:  Well, tell Beagie that preschool only lasts until 1 PM and he'll be home in the afternoon.

Matthew:  Beagie is scared about going to preschool because he doesn't know if he's allowed to be there.
Me:  Tell Beagie that he's allowed because it's a special day for show and tell.

Matthew:  Beagie is scared because he thinks he'll be all alone.
Me:  Tell Beagie that you'll be with him the whole time.

(There may have been another thing or two that Beagie needed to be reassured about as well.)

Fortunately, it all ended well:  I asked Mattie at dinner how Beagie liked show and tell, and he said, "Beagie thought it was wonderful!  He can't wait to go back!"

(James, by the way, took his Buffalo pencil for show and tell on Tuesday.  The pencil expressed no concerns about the experience.)

Mattie and James also had their first playdate yesterday without us around -- they went over to Brett and Brock's house and had a great time playing Legos and running around.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On the Hunt

 Grandma and Sue held down the fort while we were house-hunting up north.  (Thank you again, Grandma and Sue!)  The trip went well -- we are under contract with a house, so as long as the inspection doesn't reveal any big problems, we should be in good shape.  Now we just have to sell the current house!

The weather up there was chilly and rainy -- not too inspiring after 70s and sunny in NC!  But we hear the summers are gorgeous.  :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gardening with Grandma

 Grandma and Sue are sprucing the place up!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Easter Party

 The weather was not very cooperative, but Daniel's party and Easter egg hunt went on nonetheless!  James was especially excited to find out that some of the eggs had coins in them instead of candy (and Mattie decided that some kinds of chocolate were okay after all.)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Visiting Clifford

 The local kids' museum (Kidzu) had a Clifford exhibit, so I took the boys to see it after Daniel had gone home.  (We had been thinking about going with all the boys, but after two nights of late bedtimes, they weren't really up for it around lunchtime!)  Matthew and James seemed to enjoy it, and it was especially fun that one of their preschool friends arrived at the same time as we did.  It was very crowded at first (Sundays are "pay what you wish" day), but since we were approaching closing/dinner time, it cleared out for the last part of our visit.

Matthew liked that there was a "letter writing" station where he could color!  (James was a bit disappointed that he could only climb as high as Clifford's knees.)  Mattie also was excited about the art room -- he is very enthusiastic about his art projects these days, especially when he can use new materials (like the cloth letters they had at the museum).

I love the picture of Mattie on the "boat" (fourth picture down), since his hat makes him look ready to go out fishing!

We hadn't been to this museum since they opened at this location. I'm glad we came on a Sunday -- it was fun to see the Clifford stuff (the exhibit was really well done, with lots of areas for the kids to explore), but the museum itself is pretty tiny, and not likely to hold the boys' attention for very long at this age (unless we were doing some kind of specific project in the "making" room).

Also, as we were leaving the house to go to the museum, Mattie said, "Is this the one we got a flyer about from the library?"  And yes, several weeks ago we'd seen a Clifford flyer at the library, but I don't think we'd mentioned it since -- that kid remembers everything!  (As another example, this evening we were reading a book that had cursive writing in one of the pictures, and I was explaining what it was -- and Matthew said, "Like our Christmas name ornaments."  And yes, they have wire ornaments that spell their names in cursive.)

Sunday, March 23, 2014


 First cookouts of the season with friends and relations!