So the first installment was influenced by this kid, or his mother actually. This is Harkins - the little one in the striped shirt. This was his birthday party a few weeks ago - very mature party for a 2-year-old, we played croquette. Anyway, as a fun party activity his mother brought out color coded bags of dress-up type stuff. The point was to dress up in one color and get your picture taken. You compile all the pictures in a little book and you have a nice little book from which to learn your colors. Olivia knows her colors of course, but Joseph can use it.
This picture is dark, but I had to post it. Harkins is a hugger - sounds like a Seinfeld episode - The Hugger.
Olivia: "Is your zoo free?"
Doug: "We don't have a zoo."
Olivia: "Where do you keep your gorilla?"
I think there may be some sort of deeper meaning behind the question...I'm just not sure what it is yet. She's beyond me sometimes.
That song really has nothing to do with this post - it is just what my sister used to think the song actually said - and it's funny.
Sometimes I am in a bad mood in the morning. I don't know why. I really like the morning - it might be my favorit time of day. I like coffee. Breakfast is probably my favorite meal. We are getting a reasonable amount of sleep these days. Everyone usually wants to be close and snuggly. At this stage of life we often get to have breakfast as a family. I honestly can't explain it. I think it is the devil.
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Over the weekend Olivia had another reaction to peanut butter. We thought we had two chocolate chip granola bars, but it turned out one of them was pb and cc - we realized that after she swallowed the first bite. It was actually a little scary. She started sneezing right away - right in the middle of the nice, quiet, wedding ceremony we were attending. Then coughing and her lips got splotchy. Then the wheezing. For someone who grew up with asthma, the wheezing always makes me nervous. Thankfully, I had some benedryl and she was recovered within about an hour. (We thought it was going to wipe her out for dancing, but as you can see from the videos it did not."
Anyway, that is why this article caught my eye. I wonder if we'll see a future peanut vaccine added to the already rather large regimen???
I LOVE my husband for setting up The Wall Street Journal as my internet homepage! This is probably one of the best articles/essays I have read...on any topic, ever. I know that probably sounds a bit dramatic, but read it. Steele, not only has an understanding of modern American politics that I think is pretty accurate, he communicates his perceptions in a winsome, intelligent, powerful, but respectful way. Conservative talk radio should take a lesson.
What I want to know is where the Church fits into his paradigm? It seems that we could very easily bridge the gap between the activism and discipline. I mean read I John and the Sermon on the Mount!
If you want to read more by Steele, he wrote (The?)Content of our Character. I read it in seminary
I'm really sorry for the bad sound in this first video - the band was having some feedback issues. I posted a second video so you can hear that the band was actually really good. And you can see the progression in Olivia's moves. In the first video (which was taken later in the evening) she was much looser. We call Joseph's dance the poop jig. That is the stance he takes when he is filling his diaper. The camera is unsteady because I couldn't stop laughing. I just couldn't believe with such naturals as parents, he doesn't look any smoother. Clearly I am kidding, though Mike and I have been known to cut a rug...and Mike can break dance. Ask him.
Olivia: "Dance and pick my nose."
The pride I feel as a mother.
They are here! Audrey Elizabeth Pollack and Samantha Hayden Pollack. And they are so pretty.
This is Samantha - you know her by the blonde fuzz on her head. This is Audrey. She has a head full of dark hair, though you can't see it here.