Computer graphics by Elliott

Elliott and I had some time to play computer games while Natalie and Mom were at a birthday party.  Check out his creations!


He wants to make sure I mention that the car can travel over OR under hot lava, and the robot can turn into the car.  Whoa!

Elliott House

My RobotMy Car

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After months and months of counting down, We were so lucky to have Lala visit! It was a very happy reunion!!! She jumped right back into her old routine – saying hi and hugging Ed the crossing guard, convincing Ms April to allow her to sneak a peak during Natalie’s dance class, reading at LMI, etc.

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Lousy morning

Last night….

Me: “is there anything special you want to do tomorrow?

Natalie: “can we just have a lousy morning?”

Me: (chuckle) “Do you mean lazy morning? I don’t think you want to have a lousy morning”

Natalie: “I mean lazy! What does lousy mean?”

Me: “bad. So you asked for a bad morning”

Natalie: (hysterical laughing) “I mean lazy! I mean lazy!”

I love when the kids try out words they aren’t exactly sure about! Funny to hear and I’m proud they are taking a risk!

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Breakfast in Bead

E came up with the idea for breakfast in bed. He asked for it to be served on “that thing you put cookies on”.

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Snow Day

We got about one inch of snow and school was cancelled today. Natalie’s 5th day of cancellation or late start. :(. These New Englanders aren’t Midwestern tough.

On the bright side, in between conference calls, we got in some very creative play.

Nat made her own closet for Stella and perfected the set up in her room. (Warning to Daddy who is away – she moved her dresser and lamp on her own to make room).

And Elliott had me trace his body to make a pint-size Optimus Prime (with a chocolate bar below his feet because why not?)

And they each helped each other out. Nat helped color. Elliott helped make hangers.

Natalie also read to her bro in bed this morning while is showered!!! When we were reading before bed tonight, E wasn’t quite as happy. Nat tooted and E shouted “get me a blanket! SOS! SOS!”

And Nat organized her Girl Scout cookies! I used to love doing that with my mom and sisters for the whole troop. This order was smaller – 22 with Tagalongs taking the lead as most popular. Although Nat should get extra commission for up-selling S’mores cookies to both Grandma and Jira even though they are $1 more!

I’m such a lucky Mom. We miss our Dado who is in Scottsdale. He’s pretty lucky right now too.

Okay… now the downside, off to work on a contract. The same one I was working on at 6:15am.

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A goof Thx

These pics are in no particular order but definitely all being a smile to my face.

1. Roro continues to be a HUGE part of the family. Dad and Elliott even hold his “hands” (that little collar) during dinner prayers. Note – Elliott has also been wearing those stegosaurus pjs often to assist on his impending transformation into a Dino. He is hoping the full transformation happens by his fifth birthday, which is about 62 days away. (The countdown has begun). He says his backbone is the beginning of spikes. His tailbone is the start of his tail. And his teeth are changing to be more shell shaped which is better for eating plants. Tonight he told me he hoped he would be in the newspaper soon – as the first Dino to live in human times. “I will be so famous”

2 no idea what victory he is celebrating here but mind you, it’s zero degrees outside. And did you see that he is in the midst of housing a bag of raw almonds. What kid likes that for a treat!!?

3. Not sure what he is doing here but you can tell he loves superheroes and his construction plate from Nana!

4 and 5. His bff Ethan and he got dressed up super goofy on their play date. We hear about Ethan at least 12 times a day. The other day Elliott asked me if I knew his middle name!

Tonight at bedtime Elliott said he wished we were made together. It’s great to be so loved. We laugh about how we would argue if we went to his school or my work. We decided I would have to start teaching at his school.

And when I gave him a kiss good night he double “dabs” it in to keep it. And makes me do the same. He does this for every one, every kiss. “Dab dab” has been going on for like two months!

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Dance season

Costumes are starting to come in! Here’s the one for Annie! Can you believe how big this girl is?!? And she totally has the dancer smile and pose down! I think she will have three or four dances this year including her one with Dad!

misc note. Natalie read to the whole family tonight. Missy’s School Play. Reading level M! I’m so proud of her. She started first grade out at reading level d (on grade level) and has zoomed ahead to end of grade 2 expectations!!! It’s so amazing!!

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Natalie’s 7th Birthday Party

After the holidays, Nat invited a few friends over for a movie bday party. It was about zero degrees outside so cozy pjs were perfect. The kids liked the ice cream sundaes before watching an “old fashioned” movie – Honey I Shrunk the Kids. The hit gift was the sequin clothes and accessories that change views. You flip it to reveal a new pattern. Emojis are super popular too. Aren’t those pjs cute?!

see the Emoji sequin hat! Nat doesn’t like gray much at all but with sequins and emojis it’s her new fav!

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Merry Christmas Eve

These angelic pics are from last weekend. This Christmas Eve, Elliott totally flamed out at the service – couldn’t break a bad mood, said he felt sick, that his bum hurt (I told him to take a bath earlier and he wouldn’t!). On the bright side, he and I read the readings and I explained them to him so he probably learned more. And now he is watching dinotrux instead of going out to dinner. I feel a little had but also like I needed to meet him where he was today.

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Christmas Gospel

Elliott continued with his second year of being the only cow in the Christmas gospel drama. Nat was a perfect angel. The last pic is post communion – E was uber hot so striped down out of the cow costume.

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