Saturday, August 6, 2016


Funny things the girls said this month

"Orange foxes are scary. They look a little bit like dinosaurs." - Ellie

At bedtime.
Me: "Okay, I'm going to go get your toothbrushes."
Ellie: "Okay, we're going to hide in the closet."

Ellie had a little spot of ringworm on her leg. She said it was caused by "mushroom germs." (She knew that it was a fungus, and that mushrooms were a fungus too. Smart girl.)

Ellie, leaping off of the couch: "I'm trying to learn how to fly in the air without wings."

This one is from our nephew Ezra. I was talking to my sister Alyse one day on the phone, and overheard this conversation between them.
Ezra: "Oh no, my hot dog!"
Alyse: "Did you drop it?"
Ezra: "No, I ate it. I want it back."

We were all walking together. Zelda was wearing her yellow butterfly shirt.
Ellie: "Zelda is a pretty name for that one in the butterfly shirt. And did you pick the name Ellie for me?"

What we did in July

Overhead view of our garden

Jason had his emergency medicine rotation this month. His long, crazy hours plus the long commute meant that on the days that he worked, the girls usually only saw him in the morning *or* past their bedtime. He finished work at the emergency department on Friday though, and had his tests at school on Monday, and now has a break for the next week and a half!

Even with Jason's crazy work schedule, July was great. We all got lots of baby cuddles:

I'm going to admit that sometimes I just sit there and smell Susie's head. Because nothing beats baby smell.

Played at the splash pad:

This big bucket dumps water on all the kids every four or five minutes. Every time we go to the splash pad, Ellie spends the car ride there talking about how it's not going to splash her that time. And every time we go to the splash pad, she ends up sitting right underneath the biggest splash zone so she can get soaked.

Played at the park:

Played with lawn chairs:

Went to the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh: 

We only have one picture from our visit! But it was really fun. My favorite part was the "discovery room" and I wish we could have spent more time in there (that one room closed earlier than the rest of the museum). The discovery room had all sorts of cool things to touch and explore and play with and read. In the rest of the museum we saw colorful tree frogs, snakes, fish, huge whale skeletons, and more. And the whole museum was free!

Went to the Russian festival:

When driving in town one day, I saw a sign for a "Russian Festival" at the art center that weekend. Jason went on his mission to Russia, so obviously we had to go. It was fun! We got to see Russian (and Georgian) dancing and listen to them play Russian music with traditional instruments, color matryoshka doll coloring pages, and watch little Russian puppet theatre shows. One thing that was fun was that like half of the people there were speaking to each other in Russian, and Jason got to listen to them and talk to some of them too. Ellie's matryoshka doll is above. I love it.

and played at the library:

Also, Ellie and Zelda are cool. Real cool.

At home we blew bubbles: 

 Watched the squirrel try to steal seeds from the bird feeder:

Hammed for the camera:

And enjoyed baby smiles! Susie's started to smile at us this week.

(And these last two pictures were taken this week, so, August, but I have to include them because I love them.)

Ellie was playing here in the pantry for like twenty minutes. In this picture, the can of Beanie Weenies was looking for its mother. It was asking each can one by one, "Are you my mother?" And the other cans would respond with something like, "No, I have corn inside." But don't fear - it did eventually find its whole family.
And this sweet little face looking up at me:

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