Saturday, December 19, 2009

Home Birthday Party

Thanks Grand Kathy for the pictures and for generally saving the day!

Here I am explaining the rules of the astronaut secret agent game, which involved finding colored sponges that had been lost throughout the galaxy and turning them in for prizes. Thomas is so excited he can't keep still.

Here are the secret agents claiming their rewards.

As they brought in the treasure, I told them they had saved the galaxy. Devon (below) later checked in with me to clarify the connection between the lost sponges and the galaxy being in peril.

The game of course was based on an old pink rock game that Grand Kathy used to mastermind at Mere Point. But the astronaut stuff was our own invention.

More merriment:
You can't tell but Emmett (with Clare below) was still feeling a little poorly from a stomach bug. Later we found out that almost all of the children who came to the party spent the next two days vomiting. But it was still a fun party!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Tree

Last weekend we set out to find our own christmas tree. We combed the city looking for just the right yule greenery.

We settled on a local school sale. Thomas consented to help choose the tree, though really they all looked fine to him.

The playground next door got his studied attention. He and Grand Kathy took several train trips to New York. He did not welcome additional passengers, however.

When it came time to load the tree on the car, Thomas sprang into action. He hoisted it onto the roof solo!

At home, we lit a fire and hung heirloom ornaments.

Tomorrow we are going to write a letter to Santa reminding him to send Elsie and Theo's presents here, as we think it could get confusing.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thomas school birthday

Dave brought cupcakes and celebrated Thomas' birthday at his school. This was on Dec. 8th, his actual birthday. However, we're calling it his "school" birthday to excuse the fact that Mommy had to leave early that morning to speak at a conference. His "home" birthday is this Sunday for those of you who, like Mommy, might need a second chance to send birthday wishes.

The boy sitting next to Thomas on the right is our neighbor Devon. He's great. Last year he had leukemia but he seems to have recovered pretty well. His mom is a journalist just like Daddy!

Here are Thomas' teachers Ms. Basil . . .

and Mrs. Bilbao, behind Thomas below.

They are very nice. Once they moved the sand table when Thomas didn't want them to and he told them he was going to destroy their lives. But most of the time, we really like them.

Thomas is amazed at how much taller he is now that he's four. And now here is a rare picture of two honey bees in their hive. The queen bee is supervising.

And here's Emmett illustrating his pull-up skills. This isn't actually a new trick, but somehow we've failed to document it here before. Go E!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Scenes from a Baptism

We didn't pack the right outfit for Emmett, but luckily there was a fine consignment shop just round the corner. Emmett couldn't have looked any handsomer: