Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Mini Photo Session

Ok, I mean a "mini" session as in about 43 seconds.  One of my lovely friends who picked me up Friday afternoon to go out of town is also a lovely photographer.  Before we hopped in the car, she pulled out her camera and came away with these shots.  Thanks, Emily!


Lastly, I must transcribe a note that was waiting for me on the chalkboard when I got home.

Dear Mommy,
We are doing great with Daddy!  Me and John and Simon are really haveing a great time.  I was wrong.
Love always,
Kira
read this note

Saturday, January 17, 2015

So Mommy Will Know What We Did Today

Continuing in a long tradition of days when Millie is out of town, I took a bunch of pictures, and am posting them in chronological order. This represents my best effort at parenting: all I did, all day, was to try to entertain these kids as best as I could, while also not messing up the house any more than necessary. So, here we go, starting with John, just minutes out of bed.
Breakfast time.
A bit after the great "stuffed-animal switch out." Toy Story characters had been in the garage for a while, and liberation was exciting.
Art time. John is drawing a Toy Story book with "no words, just pictures." Kira is working on a grown-up book--only a picture on the cover. Title: "Chickens Do That!" It's about six runaway chickens.
We've been to the library and we're back with new books for reading time. Please note that though John is soon to pick up a book, Simon will not sit still again once he finishes that Lara Bar. He hasn't quite gotten the hang of reading time yet.
Post naps, hole digging.
Dinner. Those little cookie sheets are from the kids' baking sets. Heretofore they have only made play-dough food, but they worked really well for making little pizzas. All three kids helping me make said pizzas? Cute, and difficult.
More dinner. Kira worked the hardest, because I kept asking her to help the boys do things while my hands were covered in whatever.
John, and his 35-years-hence future self.
Not a great final picture, but they sat on that couch looking at books together for twenty minutes while I cleaned the kitchen. It was pretty adorable, even if they were looking at Batman books.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

More Music and Another Video

Music seems to be the theme as of late, but maybe that's because Simon sings ALL THE TIME.  Please see his rendition of "A Bushel and a Peck" from the musical Guy and Dolls below.  He got distracted a few times in the making of the video so Jay spliced together a cohesive version for your enjoyment.

I know Jay always prefaces a video to say it might not be that interesting, blah, blah, blah.  If you don't like this one, you may need to seek professional help.  It's adorable.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

One Last Christmas Song...

As with all video of children, just know that the more you love these particular children, the more you will be entertained by this video.

Apparently Simon has taken to playing the piano and singing by himself at times. Yesterday when I (Jay) tried to record this, John grabbed his drum and Kira her microphone--suddenly we had a concert on our hands!

Some things to observe:

1) The clip starts with the second verse of "Jingle Bells"--A day or two ago, I thought I'd take a ride.... John does a pretty good job with it until the line "misfortune was his lot." He renders this "I stepped into a lot" and loses the thread from there. I'm giving him full props, still, because of his spot-on drumming.
2) Simon just about nails the harmony on "sitting by my side"--if by harmony you mean screaming along with John while banging on the piano. That's my son.
3) Long after the boys lose interest, Kira never wavers in her commitment to the song. It's a gutsy performance in the face of a poor showing by her back-up band.
4) This is hard to explain, but when Simon turns back around and asks to see himself again, that sing-songy-screamy tone of voice just really makes Millie and me laugh. Picture him dressed up in all the pirate gear, standing on a chair and yelling "I am Captain Hook!" in the same tone. It's hilarious.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I Saw The Wife

Simon, playing alone in the kitchen. He had been talking to himself for some time before I realized what he was saying--singing, rather:

Now I so happy
No sorrow in sight
Praise the Lord
I saw the wife

His music sense? Impeccable. I might have to have a little talk with him about his theology, however...