Monthly Archives: May 2013

Doug’s 40th in Santa Barbara

I love you, honey! I was worried about leaving our kids with a sitter I'd never met until I found out she was from Kyrgyzstan, then we hit it off famously. I showed her my measly Russian and she could understand me :) I didn't want to leave. I asked her all kinds of things, and found out that Kyrgyz boys do know how to do armpit farts, but they stop earlier than my boys seem to. No surprise there!

I love you, honey! I was worried about leaving our kids with a sitter I’d never met until I found out she was from Kyrgyzstan, then we hit it off famously. I showed her my measly Russian and she could understand me 🙂 I didn’t want to leave. I asked her all kinds of things, and found out that Kyrgyz boys do know how to do armpit farts, but they stop earlier than my boys seem to. No surprise there!

Doug about to blow out his candles! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best brother in the world!

Doug about to blow out his candles! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best brother in the world!

Ben’s 5th Birthday!

Little Big Man has arrived at FIVE! I can’t believe it. He is such a man, not snuggly anymore unless you are giving him scratchies or reading to him. He can be very affectionate, but it’s a stealth tactic. Most of the time he is just such a little man, keeping up with big brother and even bigger daddy.

Enjoy these pictures of Ben’s birthday party. He had his neighbor friends over and a few days later created wonderful thank you cards for them, with a picture of the present he received and good lettering. He’s such a nice boy – such a big heart under all that bluster. He’s forgiving, sensitive and strong. No mom could wish for a better boy. I love you, Ben!

Opening a very special birthday card and present.

Opening a very special birthday card and present.

First Communion!

Getting ready to line up for First Communion.

Getting ready to line up for First Communion.

Those boys were so handsome and fun to dress. Small fortune in nice clothes!

Those boys were so handsome and fun to dress. Small fortune in nice clothes!

Going into church!

Going into church!

Afterwards - Sam is in back left. 14 boys and 3 girls in his PREP class. The rest of the children pictured here are from St. Cecilia Catholic School, the parish school.

Afterwards – Sam is in back left. 14 boys and 3 girls in his PREP class. The rest of the children pictured here are from St. Cecilia Catholic School, the parish school.

Happy Children’s Day!

Out for a morning mountain bike ride (boys on bikes, mommy racing alongside to help Ben brake!). Could see mountains over the distant tree line. So pretty. Picture doesn't do it justice. Boys going very fast - got few pictures.

Out for a morning mountain bike ride (boys on bikes, mommy racing alongside to help Ben brake!). Could see mountains over the distant tree line. So pretty. Picture doesn’t do it justice. Boys going very fast – got few pictures.

There are new pictures in the album! Click the last photo in this list to get there (this will put you in April – there are also some in May). Sorry i have been so bad! It has been pretty wild here helping with dissertations, final reports, and doing analysis for the school district, on top of First Communion preparations, volunteering at school Mondays and Wednesdays and theoretically planting things in the garden (more like finally stick the sprouted beans in the dirt and hope for the best!). The potatoes look like they are surviving my rough planting…

Afterwards - on our way to cheer a friend at his lacrosse game, then to get frozen yogurt, then to cheer another friend on at his baseball game. (Really we were spying to see what all the hubub is about and which sport - if any - we might want to do.)

Afterwards – on our way to cheer a friend at his lacrosse game, then to get frozen yogurt, then to cheer another friend on at his baseball game. (Really we were spying to see what all the hubub is about and which sport – if any – we might want to do.)

Such a fun time with these guys - great weather and trails, nice smells in the woods, birdies chirping. It is Children's Day tomorrow because without them there would be no Mother's Day for me.

Such a fun time with these guys – great weather and trails, nice smells in the woods, birdies chirping. It is Children’s Day tomorrow because without them there would be no Mother’s Day for me.

Love you Benji! He always likes to ham for the cam. Sam not so much!

Love you Benji! He always likes to ham for the cam. Sam not so much!

Funny faces x 3!

Funny faces x 3!

This is in the park at school - just a quick walk from the house. We went over after dinner (which we had out on the porch amidst rooster drama - it is a busy time for roosters what with making sure there are lots of opportunities for baby chicks to emerge). Anyway  - Ben and Sam were talking to each other on this thing - it was so funny. We had a great time throwing a baseball up a slide (harder than it sounds) and carrying Ben around in a huge plastic "boat."

This is in the park at school – just a quick walk from the house. We went over after dinner (which we had out on the porch amidst rooster drama – it is a busy time for roosters what with making sure there are lots of opportunities for baby chicks to emerge). Anyway – Ben and Sam were talking to each other on this thing – it was so funny. We had a great time throwing a baseball up a slide (harder than it sounds) and carrying Ben around in a huge plastic “boat.”

Ben was going so crazy on this microphone thing - like nearly spitting and drooling with the exuberant discussion! Mom would have been laughing so hard with me!

Ben was going so crazy on this microphone thing – like nearly spitting and drooling with the exuberant discussion! Mom would have been laughing so hard with me!