Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Matthew and the Big Questions

Matthew has been asking questions about death a lot recently, and in particular has been worried about me dying. (I have assured him that I hope to be around for quite some time.)  I think this is maybe just a developmental stage, but I'm not sure -- death has been very much on our minds recently because a close friend of mine, Darcy, was in hospice care for the last month and died last week. We have intentionally not discussed this in front of the kids, but I wonder if Mattie heard something that worried him.

Last night Matthew said, "We have a lot of days before we die, and it's like unlocking new levels in a game."  I said, "Yes, we learn new things and have new experiences every day."  Then he said, "When we die, it's like the levels end, but just in our mind.  The days still go on."  (Wow.)

Then later he said, "I wonder what will happen when all the people die. I know dinosaurs won't come next because they happened before people.  So it's dinosaurs, then people, then something else.  I hope it's not monsters!"

(James, on the other hand, doesn't seem to really get the idea of death yet, or even of people being sad about others dying.  He will discuss it quite cheerfully, like it's a math problem -- given their age, how many years might people have left?  He was doing this at dinner one night when Grandma and Grandpa were here, going around the table, and said to me something like, "When you die, we'll be grown-ups, with kids of our own. So, that's all right!"  Meanwhile, during this conversation, poor Matthew's face was getting paler and paler, and then he burst into tears and jumped into my lap.  "Mommy, how long can people live?"  "Well, some people live to 109."  "I want you to live to 109!")

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alter Ego

James is a very good-natured, cheerful little guy, but his stuffed Angry Birds are not such a pleasant bunch. (Maybe it's just because they're supposed to be angry??)

We found his little Yellow Bird (who had been missing for a few days) in the car the other evening, and James said, "This is his home."
Me:  "Don't you want to take him inside, so he can be with the other little birds?"
James: "No, they don't like him. They peck him."
Me:  "Well, maybe you can help them all get along and like each other."
James:  "No, they don't listen to me."

(That cracked me up.)


 The boys are loving their new playset!  The neighbor kids are pretty excited about it, too.  :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Birds and Ballgame

 Aunt Ann brought some wonderful presents for the boys (thank you!!) -- they were especially thrilled about the new Angry Birds game and wanted to play it right away!  Meanwhile, Mike and Chris headed off to the football game (BU vs. UB).  They had fun, but let's just say it didn't go well for the home team!  (Not a surprise, since Baylor is in the top ten and UB is unranked.)


Sunday, September 14, 2014


 We had a great time visiting with Aunt Ann, Uncle Dave, and Cousin Chris this weekend.  Yesterday, we went to Niagara Falls (Dave's first time).  The trip did not get off to a promising start -- it was grey, cold, and drizzling, and the drizzle turned into rain by the time we arrived!  (We figured at least it wouldn't be crowded, but no, it was the Niagara Blues festival, so there were lots of people there as well.) And of course we didn't bring our umbrellas or ponchos!  We decided to make the best of it and ride the trolley first, and lucky us, by the time we were back at the Maid of the Mist stop, some blue skies were starting to peek out from the clouds.  It turned out to be perfect timing.  We didn't have to wait for the boat, and the views were gorgeous! We didn't do the other activities since everyone was getting hungry (well, except of course Matthew wanted to stop in the gift shop -- he picked out a Maid of the Mist pillow), but it turned out to be a great afternoon.

Monday, September 8, 2014


We didn't manage to get the boys haircuts before the first day of school, but at least it was the first week.

New Wheels

 The boys are very happy with their new bikes (in their favorite colors).  And since we may not have much good bike-riding weather left this year, the bike shop lady assured us that these will still be the right size for the kiddos next year.  :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Labor Day Carnival

These Western New Yorkers love their festivals -- on Labor Day weekend, we went to one in Clarence.  The kids had a great time on the rides, and then the skies opened and we fled to the picnic shelter to avoid the rain.  Fortunately, it cleared up in time for the demolition derby!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Day!

 The boys had a great first day of kindergarten!  The grandparents were here to see them off (and then left themselves for the next leg of their journey -- they're safely in Canada this evening visiting old friends).

We drove the boys into school this morning so that we could give James's FM system to the teacher.  We passed lots of kids and parents waiting for the bus!

Matthew was a little nervous, but he walked in, gave a picture he had drawn to the teacher, and started playing -- no problems.  :)  James didn't seem worried at all.

They had a very busy day -- they read the Kissing Hand and did an art project, did two other art projects (a bus with their bus number; a traffic light), watched a video of Chicka Chicka 1-2-3, had PE (Maple East Fitness!), passed a beach ball around to learn each other's names (they could tell something special about themselves, and they said that they were twin brothers), read another book (Mrs. Bindergarden Gets Ready for Kindergarten), and probably more that we didn't hear about!  It sounds like they enjoyed it.  Yay!

The bus didn't arrive back home until after 3 PM.  Long day for little ones!