Holiday happiness

Best part of Christmas? It's hard to decide ...

Back to Bandelier

We went for a quick hike at Bandelier yesterday. Miss Lu loved the caves.

We saw a petroglyph that reminded us of Calvin's hairdo.

And we ended the day with pizza and air hockey--fantastic!

Overlook Park

After Bandelier, we stopped at Overlook Park on our way home. It was quick but fun. The view always makes me feel like I'm living on the edge of the civilized world out here ...

Bandelier for grown-ups

Nana, Uncle, and I went to Bandelier on a whim (the store we wanted to visit, The Black Hole, was closed). Gorgeous day, and fun to spend time together!


Someone must know Uncle arrives tomorrow ...

... because he's been driving this car all week in anticipation.



Miss Lu has been teaching Calvin Jesse how to "scrub scrub"—here they're washing the windows together. It's so dang cute.


Winter Ball

Mr. Nick took Calvin Jesse and Miss Lu to Mountain Elementary's Winter Ball. Miss Lucy had been practicing various dances all week. Calvin Jesse spent the evening wandering and occasionally dancing. Fun and merriment ensued.


Calvin Jesse gets his hair cut

At thirteen months, Calvin Jesse's hair was nearing its limit. Sure, we could let it grow longer, but it was starting to get in his eyes, and the back was approaching mullet-hood at an alarming rate.

So I took him to my friend Morgan, who cuts my hair and who has a little boy of her own and knew what to expect. Calvin Jesse was a actually really quite good—he was a little startled by the process, but he sat pretty still for (almost) the whole time.
Afterwards, he wasn't exactly sure what had happened, but we all cheered and he became pretty proud of himself.
More after
And more after ... off to do more mischief now that he can see!


Dear Uncle Steven: Every time the kids build a new fort, I think of you. (In other words, I think about you daily :) At least they're happy playing together!

Things Lucy has said at dinner

Miss Lu has taken to reading food containers while eating them. The result is pretty hilarious.

Miss Lu: (While reading a Barq's rootbeer can): "This rootbeer is famous! And old fashioned! And science! [since]."
Nick: "Science? What does science taste like?"
Miss Lu: "Science tastes like rootbeer!"

She also recently completed her first time through the original Star Wars series (with Mr. Nick's supervision). Which led to the following dinner summation:

Miss Lu: "So, basically Darth Vader was good and then he became really, really bad and then he was like the Emperor's little helper?"


Calvin Jesse: 13 at 13 months

1. He loves to coo and babble as he "reads" board books to himself
2. He wakes up at 6 am every morning
3. He's learned to get himself off of the couch
4. He can play with a plastic fork for over an hour
5. He bobs his head side to side when dancing
6. He loves to play the piano
7. He loves to eat cheese
8. He does not like to drink milk
9. He says the word "hot" and points toward the fireplace
10. He refuses to sit down for any length of time at church
11. He bites (lovingly, but it still hurts)
12. He can hold a pencil and scribble
13. He lights up like a Christmas tree when he sees his best friend, Lucy

Grin and bare it

After much patience watching all of her friends lose their first tooth (and often their second or third), Miss Lucy finally, finally lost her first tooth. She wiggled it faithfully, loosening it up until the dentist was able to whisk it right out. (She was there getting a filling anyway.)

She lost the tooth playing with it in the car ride back from Santa Fe, so she wrote the Tooth Fairy a note explaining how she lost her tooth twice (once out of her mouth, and once in the car) and placed it in her tooth pillow. The Tooth Fairy understood of course, and left her a wonderful reward. Miss Lu was so thrilled that she even wrote the Tooth Fairy a thank you note and left it for her the next night....

Gobble Gobble!

Miss Lu has been supplying us with fabulous Thanksgiving artwork all week long. We celebrated the day with what has become our Los Alamos tradition: Thanksgiving lunch with friends, followed by board games, pie, more games, and then dinner. (And then more games and lunch the following day.) It was fantastic :)
I've been practicing my photography with my new camera: I snagged a few shots of our food before we took it to the dinner.
And at the end of the day ...


Better late than never, part II

Calvin learned to really enjoy jumping over the summer. This was recorded in July. I can't believe how much he's changed in just a few months!

Better late than never, part I

Lucy's favorite birthday party of the summer = roller skating. (Actually, she found inline skating easier.)


Tuesday's story

Photo courtesy of the LIFE archive hosted by Google
 Falling, flying, she found herself fearless.


We trunk-or-treated. We Halloweek-ended (trick or treating down main street businesses). We designed and carved pumpkins. And we even went out trick or treating on Halloween itself (by which point Calvin Jesse's costume had changed from that of pirate to superman). We did it all :)



The Night Itself :)


Monday's story

Photo courtesy of the LIFE archive hosted by Google

He slunk out the door, again.


Calvin Jesse. Also known affectionately as "baby pterodactyl" due to his current tendency to emit high-pitched expressive screams to communicate in a wide variety of situations.

I should write more

This week, I'm upping my game. Taking on a challenge. Being Creative (with an intentional capital "C"). Inspired by the Six Word Story Every Day project (examples below), I will be writing a complete story, every day, that contains only six words. That sounds manageable :)