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Weekly Diary – December 29 2012

Here are some snapshots from our week:

David’s really been enjoying playing with his army men lately.

he likes to show Nathaniel what to do.

and his little brother is very excited of course.

it was raining very hard all week so we took the kids to an indoor play center that was super fun.

they played with the magnets Nathaniel loves.

but this time he decided he wanted to play with other things instead.

until the structure got so big, he was interested again.

and they kept adding balconies or other protruding sections.

then he played with the magnetic board toys.

the sun finally came out the next day so we went to the zoo.

Nathaniel and I waited outside while David and Daddy looked at the spiders.

i took the opportunity to snap some shots, of course.

i got him to smile.

highlight of my day. (that and the meerkats. love the meerkats.)

and then snapped some more photos of the boys.

that night they got to each open one present.

nathaniel got “Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy Town”.

and David got Stephen Hawking’s kids book.

and then it was Christmas morning.

the light was pretty terrible but I don’t care

the boys were super-excited about the stockings.

so was Jake.

and then it was finally time to open presents.

both boys were super-excited.

David got two Lego house sets which he loved.

and also loved showing to Daddy.

then it was time for family shot again.

until Nathaniel decided he wanted more attention.

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too. Happy Holidays!


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – December 22 2012

You saw most of these on my December Daily pages but still…Here are some snapshots from our week:

presents under our tree. each wrapping paper is a different person.

nathaniel’s advent calendar.

my boys at the Train of Lights.

nathaniel making a gingerbread house at a classmate’s birthday party.

he focused hard.

and didn’t like when his hands got sticky.

then went back to work.

we even got to take it home.

so i could snap more photos.

i got to have a mini for christmas so now i can read on a much lighter machine. yey.

the boys watching a nature movie about a leopard running.

at the doctor’s getting a flu shot.

nathaniel and dad built gears at school.

he drew some pictures while I worked.

and played with my watercolor pencils.

David performed at school this week and Nathaniel and daddy had a laugh on the way home.

i love seeing the joy on his face.

and his.

we then did some art at home.

the kids played with the christmas tree, putting legos in it

and playmobil toys on the presents.

my very lovely sweet friend linda dropped me some home baked goods that were so super delicious and i LOVE that seal.

we had to take out family photos outside again.

there was much laughter.

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – December 15 2012

You saw most of these on my December Daily pages but still…Here are some snapshots from our week:

jake and I, right before we left for the google chrome holiday party.

photos at the party.

more photos at the party.

david, enjoying the beret and moustache we got at the party.

nathaniel, hiding from my camera in his big boy bed.

and laughing, of course.

he had mixed feelings about the bed.

while i was in class last weekend, david checked out these movies from the library. i love how varied his taste is.

nathaniel, playing with the dreidel he got at school.

i finally got around to wrapping some presents. it’s looking more like christmas now.

and the advent calendar is looking really nice, too.

it was so dark this week that i took photos by our front door.

nathaniel asked for tickle time.

so we obliged.

and he enjoyed it.

even though they are low quality, i still love having these.

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – December 8 2012

You saw most of these on my December Daily pages but still…Here are some snapshots from our week:

the kids at breakfast with santa. their favorite part was the juice this time.

photos with santa.

nathaniel was scared of him again but wiling to stand next to david.

writing letters to santa.

david took his extra seriously.

then they made ornaments.

and colored.

david liked creating his pattern.

then we took david to swimming where nathaniel played with the umbrella while david swam.

and i just snapped photos.

of my super cute boy.

who had fun with it.

and the swimmer, too, of course.

and then it was advent time.

the boys had forgotten all about it so they were very excited.

both got playmobil this time. David got the knights and Nathaniel the forest animals.

David’s came with a poster which he loved.

Here’s the full photo the babysitter took on our anniversary.

and me volunteering in Nathaniel’s class.

we played with all of his toys.

he loves this magnetic numbers.

and playing outside.

i think he liked having me around.

while i was there, Jake was in David’s class where David presented about The Train of Lights, a Christmas tradition we have.

David had his favorite spelling homework this week.

he got to write the words into puzzle pieces and draw pictures. (then we cut them up and he put them together at school the next day.)

the boys have been playing with legos a lot lately.

this week was unusual for us and I am out of town all weekend so we had to take our shot with no natural light. Still better than no shot.

so grateful for my family.

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – December 1 2012

I must have just not felt like taking photos this week. There are almost none. Maybe it’s to prepare for December or too much work this week. Either way, here are some snapshots from our week:

i love watching the kids play with the Christmas tree in the background.

Nathaniel watching Mickey Mouse while I scrapped for CHA.

david looking up lego ornament ideas online. He made a whole bunch. I will make sure to share them.

I wanted to take our photo in front of the tree this week but the light was so low and so I had to turn other lights on and got bad lighting and color overall. Oh well. Still prefer to have these than not to have them.

i try to close the aperture as much as i can despite the low light since Nathaniel always does this:

and blurs out the whole shot. So we always have to pull him back.

there was some tickle time.

which they loved.

and then some hugging that Nathaniel just didn’t want to be a part of this time. See those tears? Sweet boy of mine.

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too. hello, December.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – November 24 2012

Here are some snapshots from our week:

the kids were home all week. So there was a lot of pajama-wearing. And wii playing.

and lego playing.

with long involved projects.

watching squirrels in the backyard.

we had a quiet thanksgiving dinner, just the four of us.

a lot of whole foods and yummy rice and rolls.

and then we put up the christmas tree.

David helped a lot.

and so did Nathaniel.

the boys were happy during photo time (nathaniel’s been having a runny nose and so a lot of red around his nose and mouth.)

they laughed and laughed.

we talked about what we loved.

and hugged.

and even tickled a bit.

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too. happy thanksgiving.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – November 17 2012

Here are some snapshots from our week:

the kids were home on Monday and played legos pretty much all day cause I had work.

david built this big truck that was getting gas.

i made a folder to hold all my coaching clients and my information.

little boy continued to just add cheer to our lives.

he’s really into milk and cereal and likes to do it on his own.

he mixes two together.

and gets sad if he’s told to do it any other way.

David had some thanksgiving themed math homework this week.

and got a medal from chess class. he was very excited.

it’s been so dark here that family photo time has to keep moving.

i kept trying to find a good time and position for the boys.

nathaniel was in top form today and kept thrashing and laughing.

i tried to be all serious. but he would have none of it.

kept laughing and yelling and laughing more.

and broke me down, of course.

he was just so very enthusiastic.

we couldn’t stop laughing.

he did finally quiet down to give a family hug (but only for a second.)

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – November 10 2012

Just a few shots this time. Here are some snapshots from our week:

David was the class reporter this week at school so we all went to watch him and Jake played with Nathaniel while I ran to get some coffee. This is what they built:

Here’s the librarian presenting before David. She is talking about creating clean water by using different filters. She also talked about doing that with our thoughts and checking for three things before we talked: Truth (is what I am saying actually true?), Goodness (is what I am saying something good?), and Usefulness (is what I am saying useful to this situation?). I loved this and have a lot more to say once I can get myself to sit and write again.

here’s David presenting. He talked about learning about the digestive system. Here’s what he said: Hi my name is David and I’m in Ms. X’s second grade class. In science we are learning about the human body. First we learned how you bite into an apple. You use your incisors to tear down the apple then your molars to grind it up. Then we learned about the digestive system. First it goes though the mouth, then the throat, the esophagus, the stomach and then the small intestine. I wonder what we’re going to do next! Thanks for listening!

here he is drawing the digestive system at school.

he also came home with another puppet this week. I loved this one.

Tuesday, we all went to vote and then watched the election coverage all night. It was great to see the kids so interested. David and I talked about the electoral college, the house, the senate, etc.

then it was photo time, Nathaniel was in great form.

he made us all laugh with his antics.

it was quite wonderful.

Since tickle-time was getting a bit more stressful, we’ve changed things up a bit and are now trying family hug time instead.

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – November 3 2012

Lots of photos this time! Here are some snapshots from our week:

We seem to end each week with some Yogurtland ice cream. The kids love it. (So does Jake.)

It’s right next to a Mediterranean place so while they get frozen yogurt, I get rice.

nathaniel’s been enjoying the orange hat.

and he’s often my happy place during the work.

cause he loves being silly.

and makes me laugh

and laugh

and laugh.

We went to a new pumpkin patch.

David wasn’t sure he liked it.

and the train was a bit more boring than the other one.

david wasn’t in the mood for me to take photos.

and nathaniel was a little scared.

but they each got to pick a little pumpkin for riding the train.

and i wanted to take a photo of them with the pumpkins.

that night, Nathaniel woke up and threw up and then continued to throw up and be sick for two days. He had a fever of 103 and couldn’t even keep the medicine down. It was terrible.

david made some paper flowers at school.

by Tuesday, thankfully Nathaniel was all better and went to school where he got to decorate a pumpkin with his third grade buddy.

and then it was halloween!

the kids both wanted to wear the same costume as last year!

and they loved it.

i got some cupcakes for my upcoming class and nathaniel was super sad he couldn’t eat one so we got another box and he got to have one.

there was a lot of anticipation.

deliberate action.

excitement.

licking up the small mess

and finally diving in.

david brought yet another puppet home.

and nathaniel made cute faces while fishing.

then it was family photo time. where he made us laugh and laugh some more.

and made funny faces.

and we decided to give tickle time a rest for a while so now we end our photo time with a big family hug.

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – October 27 2012

Here are some snapshots from our week:

David finally talked me into decorating the house for Halloween.

We had nothing so we went to Michael’s and got a few things.

some of which are not so cute.

then the kids made some puzzles.

and finally we carved our pumpkin.

it took me a while but i think it turned out cool!

here it is in the dark!

David brought another puppet home.

Nathaniel loved it, too.

I tried to snap some photos of him during lunch but he kept laughing.

but i just kept taking more.

cause he’s so cute!

my angel.

family shots this week made me laugh a lot

the kids were really into it.

especially nathaniel.

david, too

and then it was tickle time of course!

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – October 20 2012

This week was light on photos but still lovely. Here are some snapshots from our week:

This is Nathaniel sitting next to me while I work on the couch. He likes to go through my Android.

I hadn’t taken a nice shot of David in a long time.

And then here’s Nathaniel smirking because I told him I wanted a shot without him eating the cracker. He laughed and ate anyway.

we have a neighborhood tradition of being booed. We got it this week and then paid it forward.

David brought home another puppet. It’s called sunset.

finally a good shot of the little one.

We love LegoLand!

laughing at Nathaniel.

Nathaniel not playing along and David all excited.

and now vice versa. Nathaniel likes to go at his own pace.

which makes us laugh a lot.

and so does tickle time of course!

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary – October 13 2012

Here are some snapshots from our week:

there was a pancake breakfast at the local firehouse.

david was making faces.

this is his sneaky face.

mischievous one.

and even more mischievous.

getting excited.

and there we go.

and then we got to visit the trucks.

the kids loved getting in them.

even though it was super sunny.

then david had swim class and then jake took them to home depot for the monthly kid project fun.

which was building fire trucks!

they built and painted.

and hugged.

Jake also bought them a huge set of card games and they’ve been wanting to play nonstop.

the light this week was terrible so our family shot is all blurry.

this is Nathaniel counting as in 1-2-3 go so we can say we love legoland.

two.

four.

five.

oh no! lost count.

and then tickle time!

and here we go. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2012. You can read more about it here.