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 :)

Ashley Pond

The weather has turned seasonably cold ... which makes it pretty certain that the outdoor family picnic dinner (a staple tradition during the warmer months) we had a few weeks ago at Ashley Pond was our last one until the spring. As an added bonus, we brought bread for the ducks. Miss Lu made sure they got every single piece. And Calvin Jesse pointed at the ducks appreciatively and voiced his approval.



KERNTYPE: a typographic game designed to convince me I actually have learned something about typography and design over the years (four 100%s on my first try—good for my ego :)

Go play. It's fun. (And it will give you insight into what I do all day. Ok, not all day. But sometimes.)


Bedtime frustrations

Our favorite quote from Miss Lu this week occurred as she was trying to brush her teeth to get ready for bed after a long, long day. She dropped the toothpaste into the sink and was overheard to say in a very frustrated voice:
"Oh, come on!"
Made us laugh (later, when she couldn't hear us).

Rethinking jellybeans

Amazing and fun—this will make you smile!