Monday, June 25, 2012

Yaya and PopPop

I think this is officially our last beach post.  Thank you, Yaya and PopPop, for a great week at the beach!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Thank You, Aunt Anna

We would like to send a big thank you out to Aunt Anna for outfitting our children in adorable homemade matching outfits.  Let's be honest, it would never happen otherwise!  Now if she could just get them both to look at the camera at the same time, we'd be much obliged.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Much like her brother, Kira LOVES the beach.  She has expended more energy in the past week than she has in her previous 3+ years of life.  It has been hard to get a picture of her standing still.   The majority of our Kira-beach-pictures are of this surprisingly big kid on the move including a few below of her dancing in the surf.  The girl's got some moves.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Neither pictures nor words can describe just how much John loves the beach.  He has been crawling fearlessly into the waves, standing on all fours while sticking the top of his head into the water, wallowing in the sand, and laughing all the while (except in this first picture where he is very serious about his eroding hole).

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Kira and John are having a blast with their cousins Chet (age 4) and Walker (age 16 months).  They will be in withdrawal come next week!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rand Beach Vacation: Mid-Day Break

A photo commentary on the learning styles of variously aged persons.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Moment of Peace Means...

John: taken captive! Doesn't he look a little concerned? I think Kira lured him in there with Sheriff Woody's hat, which she never lets him play with...
Postscript: About 10 minutes after this photo was taken, I pulled the kids out for a bath. Despite just the slightest of bloody noses, John was all smiles and cried like crazy when I picked him up, so apparently he had an amazing time after all. Yes, you read that right: My son's first bloody nose took place sometime right around the taking of this picture.

Unnecessary piece of information: This is Jay writing, by the way.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer Jay: On Nature Vs. Nurture

A Caveat: Millie went to bed around 8:30 tonight, so I have possibly too much time on my hands. There are a lot of words in this post, but by all rights I should be working on my dissertation. Sorry. 
So, the other day I made this for for Kira. We promptly started calling it "the cave," and she and John have spent about an hour in there on each of the last couple days.
During one of these times of peace I was listening to music while working on this laundry pile (which represents nearly every piece of non-dress up clothes the Wamsteds own) when my attention was called to the cave by a competing tune. Well, "tune" is being gracious. See for yourself.
Kira is singing She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain while keeping pretty good time on her drum. John, as you can see, is intermittently singing along. Here are some various points present and implicit in this picture that raise the tricky question of nature versus nurture.

1) John is not wearing a shirt. I went almost 48 straight hours this week without wearing a shirt. Kira said to me around hour 24, "Daddy, don't we usually wear shirts to dinner?" but I told her that I hadn't had one on all day, and I didn't want to waste that streak. This cannot be a coincidence.

2) You can't see it, but there are about 20 books on the floor of the cave. My mother has claimed that as a child I used to go out to dinner with 5 or more books, "just in case." 

3) John is singing completely off tune & off time, but with an incredible amount of gusto. If this doesn't remind you of a certain paterfamilias, then you are missing out on the best part of knowing me.

4) Kira is directing the jam session, demonstrating her blossoming musical leadership skills. I have been accused in the past of hijacking jam sessions with friends in order to lead the songs I like best. I would like to point out that someone has to lead, and sometimes these things suffer when everyone attempts to be democratic. But I digress...

5) There is shaker in John's lap that he sometimes shakes with the music, and sometimes chews on. I'm pretty sure this is nature, because I almost never chew on my instruments.

6) Kira is singing a made up a verse to the song. It goes something like: "We'll all go swim in the lake when she comes" and so on. I can tell you for sure that this is nurture, because I make up verses to this song all the time to  fit in with whatever we are doing. That one is a Kira original, though.  
Postscript: Ten minutes or so later Kira asked me if she could bring her sleeping bag in the cave. I told her she had to take everything but her brother and the toy he was playing with out first. This is what she managed to unpack. Now go back and look at that other picture and wonder: "Where was all that stuff?"

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Question...

Check out this blog post from our friends the Faulkners. The second picture down is John & Alice, and something about the weird Instagram filter seems to have interacted with the look of our son. Jay is convinced that this picture looks exactly like a picture of him from when he was little. So, the question: Is he right? Could this be an old picture of Jay?

Thursday, June 7, 2012