Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gleaming the Cube

Gratuitous '80's skater movie reference.   Anyone, anyone?  :-)

Jeff built Caroline her own skateboard after years of letting her "ride" his. Unlike her mama, she actually has great balance and so she really enjoys it.  As with just about everything she does, Caroline rides her skateboard with  joy and excitement - it makes me smile to watch her do things that make her so happy.

After posting the video yesterday of Camille riding Caroline's skateboard, I decided that two more skateboard videos might be in order.

First up is Charlotte riding with Jeff.  She loved every minute of it.  Charlotte is not the most daring three-year old you'll ever meet, but she trusts her Papa enough to try something a little daunting.  I wish I could capture that smile and laugh.

Second is my oldest girl showing off her skills. Skillz?

Teaching them to fish

Robin wrote a beautiful post on the sometimes excruciating process of letting our kids grow and learn. Click on over here for wisdom that I really needed to hear as we are starting the long, slow process of weaning each of our girls from full-on fish feeding, to learning how to fish herself.  Such a good word.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Where have we been?

When I waited tables there was this phenomenon that I battled against when my table's food was taking too long to come. My natural inclination was to avoid them after I'd given the canned apologies for the kitchen being backed up, slow, short-handed, or getting an order wrong.

That's definitely the wrong route to take as a waiter.  While you're not guaranteeing a decent tip by continuing to check in even when it is painful or you have no answers, you are almost certain to have a really aggravated customer when you don't check in.

And so it has been here on the blog. Almost a month has passed since I last posted and I've been tempted to check in with just a picture here or a story there, but . . . well, I just haven't.

Instead of continuing in that avoiding tendency, I thought I'd share a couple of recent videos of two of our girls. There's so much more to catch you up on, Palm Sunday, Easter, soccer games, and the mundane details of life between the memorable events, but for today I'll give you two videos that bring a smile to my face.

First, this is Camille "riding" Caroline's skateboard. Note to self: get a video of Caroline riding her skateboard. This little activity tickled Camille to no end.


 Second, if we are friends on Facebook or Twitter, you might have seen me mention the fact that Charlotte has taken to calling me "m'lady" for some reason. She says it with a hint of a British accent, so I imagine it comes from some role-laying she's doing with Caroline or who-knows-where. In any event, it makes me smile every time she says it. At the suggestion of Kristin, I tried to catch it on video - albeit with a bit of a prompting.


Tuesday, April 03, 2012


The girls celebrated spring by playing in the sprinkler on Sunday.   Camille wasn't so sure about it at first:  

But after a little prodding from her sisters and her mom, she jumped in on the fun: 

Unfortunately, not even 48 hours after I took this video, Camille was at the pediatrician getting a pneumonia diagnosis.  No fun.  But, she is in good spirits and hopefully will start to be on the mend quickly.