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Lynette .......... Caedmon .......... Libby .......... Tom

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sibling Love



Although I hear plenty of whining and complaining about sharing of toys, space, and mama, these are the images that stick in my mind...the ones I hope will grow in their hearts a lifetime of friendship.



Artists in Residence


Both kids have been super excited about doing art lately.  Caedmon has just recently had more of an interest in coloring and painting and such, but sweet Libby would have a marker in her hand all day if I trusted her let her.  The above picture was taken today.  Caedmon insisted on sitting on a chair to draw because "you know, mom, I've seen artists sit while they paint on their easels."  Markers and paper were the medium of choice today, but a few weeks ago, in the midst of our winter "snowstorm," I braved the finger paints:






My budding artists also enjoyed using a large box as their canvas.  Markers, crayons and stickers soon covered the box, which doubled as a boat and various other methods of transport and housing over the week that it spent in home.



Watercolors were the choice on another recent day...


And last but not least, here is my future makeup artist...


I'm hoping this is her one and only experimentation with the Goth look.


The Chang Inn


Anyone who knows us and our calendar will tell you that our home has a revolving door.  We are well-known for our frequent family visitors.  Tom's and my parents visit so frequently that they basically wash their own guest room bedding and often remake the beds.  In other words, we don't consider them guests anymore.  Truly, it is a blessing that our kids get to spend as much time with their grandparents and aunts as they do since none of our family lives in town.  The month of February was a full month with 3 visitors - Tom's mom (Nai-Nai), Tom's sister (Aunt Mary) and my dad (Pappy).  Unfortunately, we were all hit with the winter crud during this time so fun and exciting excursions were traded in for quiet times at home, except at the end of Pappy's visit when we thought it was warm enough for the zoo.





Thursday, February 18, 2010

Happy Birthday, Pappy!


My dad celebrated his 62nd birthday on February 2nd...or as Caedmon will quickly point out - Groundhog's Day.

For the record, I don't think he ran back inside his hole...he surely wants spring to come since his home base buried under several feet of snow with more on the way.

I digress...back to the birthday...Caedmon was quite disappointed that he was not able to celebrate with his Pappy on the actual birthday.  However, Pappy arrived on Monday to spend the week with us.  After dinner, we had a belated birthday celebration complete with chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, candles and singing.  Both kids enjoyed helping Pappy blow out his candles...and of course, eat the cupcakes.



Happy Birthday, Dad/Pappy!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Our Texas Winter Wonderland


We all heard the forecast - 4-6 inches of snow on Friday.  I doubt many of us believed it...and I know no one expected the 8 -12 inches of white powdery snow that finally fell on North Texas!!  This is one for the record books.  

(4 1/2 inches as of the afternoon of day 1...
the total in our yard was between 8 and 9 inches)

Caedmon was scheduled to attend a nature class and when I awoke to see the grass covered in white, I thought our day was cancelled.  Alas, this northerner got to dust off her snow driving skills and we ventured out.  After our morning on the roads, we settled in at home and prepared to enjoy being snowbound for a few days.  We filled the time with snowmen, hot chocolate and movies.  Unfortunately, Libby was fighting a bad cold so her snow play was limited to one short session.  However, Caedmon enjoyed several hours of romping in the the snow.  He would have stayed out all day long if I had let him.  It was the highlight of his winter.








Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My REALLY BIG boy!




Libby may be growing up, but Caedmon is practically an adult. Okay, not really, but some days I start to wonder just how quickly childhood disappears.  Our little man is carrying on more and more interesting conversations, learning new things and just generally, keeping us on our toes.  Three has been a fun-filled year (and tantrum-filled, too).  I can't imagine what the next few months will bring as we approach 4...

Here are a few conversations I've had with Caedmon in recent weeks:

C: "I need to work on learning to like potatoes."
Me: "Well, you should just keep trying them and maybe you will learn to like them.  What about eggs?  Will you work on liking eggs, too?
C: " I think I should just concentrate on liking potatoes."

Aunt Mary visited a few weeks ago and Caedmon got around to asking about her job (she's a lawyer).  She gave him some basic explanation about fixing problems on paper instead of in people (doctor) or on cars (mechanic).  He must have continued to ponder her job after she left because a few days later, this conversation ensued...

C: "How does Aunt Mary fix paper problems?"
Me: "It's kind of difficult to understand.  Maybe you can ask her about it more the next time you see her."
C: "I think she might need to use a rolling pin."

(Mary told me she wishes it were as easy as rolling over the paper with a rolling pin!)

And, just when I think we're making some spiritual breakthroughs...

C: "Mama, how do you get baptized because you have to wear your pants in the water and that just seems rude because then your pants will get soaked."

Later,
C: "I'm ready to get baptized now."
Me (preparing to dive in and get to the heart of the matter): "Why do you say that, Caedmon?"
C: "I can close my eyes tight."

Besides keeping us on our toes with interesting insights and deep spiritual questions, Caedmon has been working to master some new skills.  We recently bought him a glider bike and he's been practicing in the driveway and at the park:




He's taking more and more interest in art...although he's still prefers the abstract:

He has also switched swim schools and continues to develop into a strong swimmer.  He, now, swims at a high school and needs to wear a wet suit.  So far, the instructor has him swimming 12.5 yards per swim during class but he's on his way to a full 25 yards!


Caedmon continues to love books and learning.  We're taking a really laid back approach to our preschool homeschool.  I think if I wanted to get technical it would be called "unschooling."  Basically, I'm trying to just read a lot of books and teach through natural experiences.  That's not really what I would consider my teaching style, but I think it's working great for this point in our life.  As part of our bedtime routine, Caedmon reads a simple word each night.  Tom and I are amazed at how quickly he can figure out three and four letter words!  Caedmon also picked out a new calendar for 2010 and he's been practicing his numbers, days of the week and months of the year.  It's so fun to see his learning develop naturally.  I'm fully anticipating that this next year will develop into a bit more structured (but still flexible) learning/teaching, but for now, our little guy is learning and growing and we're all having fun!
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