Sunday, February 19, 2012

Grayson joins in.

I now have three superheroes in training. THREE! I'm creeping up on Professor Xavier's school.

And with that, I'm going to leave you with the awesome cuteness that is Grayson in karate class.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Valentine's Day

Ainsley has Chinese New Year, Hannah has Valentine's Day. A day to celebrate love - she was born for that. So her Daddy has stepped up to the challenge. Every year he gets all of us flowers and last year he made us heart waffles for breakfast.

This year, though, he went all out. Decorated the house with the girls and then quarantined us in my bedroom for two hours. Two. Hours.

He had Grayson come get us one by one and give us the flowers.

Matt lit the candles. (Ainsley was the only one of us who dressed for the occasion.)

Zander laughed at all of us.

Then we got to sit down for dinner.

All of us girls love seafood so he made us a dinner with favorites for each of us - pan fried lemon shrimp, halibut, garlic mashed potatoes, and bacon asparagus. And sparkling cider, of course.

So very good.

The girls said thank you and he said "I like to spoil my girls once a year and make dinner." Which is funny because he loves making dinner, so he does it every night that he's home. Which worked out better for me when he wasn't working nights. I'm just saying, making dinner wasn't unusual for him - making such a fancy dinner, though, was. I'm not a big one for romantic Valentine's Day celebrations. He's winning me over, though.

(Hannah's picture of us. It was a close-up.)

And Zander just laughed at all of us.

Monday, February 13, 2012

10 pictures quick post.

Today was...

Playing under blankets.

Making 'old' paper.
Making pompom bunny tails.
Pulling Zander on a blanket. Everyone's new favorite game.
Checking on the tadpoles.

Trampoline and train play.
I can't even explain this one.

Visiting the South Pole. It's cold down there. If you don't take your own votive candle, you could freeze to death. True story.


Crafting. Zander's even got a seat at the table! Mostly he just giggles, but sometimes he throws stuff. Hannah tried to glue his hand to a piece of paper. We like to make him feel involved. He likes to try to eat paper.

Our day in 10 pictures.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


About 6 months ago I decided that I wanted to start aikido. There are no aikido places around here. There are a few martial arts places, but the one I loved is in the city, 45 minutes away. That's $40 a week just in gas, forget the price of the class. So I looked closer to home. Not as high of quality instruction, but more reasonable costs.

Then Matt started working nights and, well, I can't swing a twice a week class parenting on my own. It's too much to ask of friends to watch the kids that often and I couldn't have 4 kids running around the waiting area while I tried to concentrate on class. But the girls found out that I wanted to do it and they were *so* excited. You can't be a superhero without martial arts knowledge.

So the girls started karate two weeks ago. They love it. They're in superhero training.

For Ainsley it's specific water-bending training.

Hannah likes to keep her options open. She could join the Justice League, she could be Wonder Woman's protege, she could get her skills up before her mutant genes kick in in puberty, she could train with the Earth Benders ... Who knows where she could end up if she just gets her skills up where they need to be.

I hope to get Gray going ... I almost had him talked into it the other day.