Sunday, September 22, 2013
They had a live band upstairs, of course. I tried heading up for a closer look but once you came up the stairs the noise hit you like a wall. Downstairs, it was tolerable. Isaac really liked it; you can see him grooving as we left:
Matthew likes to "help" Isaac when Isaac is playing games, by "showing him how to do it." Which is to say, what starts as Isaac playing a game tends to quickly become Isaac watching Matthew play.
My preferred solution is to get games supporting co-op multiplayer so they can help each other. This can still result in Matthew getting mad at Isaac for Not Doing It Right if he's in a bad mood, but for the most part it works pretty well.
Here (in January) they're probably playing Castle Crashers.
We got cool kites for all the kids and took them to the park across the street. Isaac has the best luck because he was willing to let Mommy help him get his kite up.
Matthew and Melissa did not get theirs up. Matthew was quite angry about this. He was quite sure the kite was defective. Or possibly the world had a systemic problem with heavier-than-air craft that only manifested when he, Matthew, attempted to launch a kite.
Isaac and Corinna play together remarkably well, for the most part. Isaac is patient with his little sister wanting to do Everything Isaac Does and enjoys playing games with her.
Here they are at the park. Note Isaac's Bag of Rocks. This was quite a thing with him for several months. Note also his favorite Angry Birds shirt, also quite a thing.
In the background you can see Isaac's learning bike and Corinna's sandals. She still views footwear as a necessary evil, at best.
Poor Isaac. Corinna is ridiculously photogenic.
We thought the kitchen renovations would get more or less done while we were in Washington. WRONG. Without Rachel to motivate them, they neglected us for other projects and almost nothing got done. So we spent about two months kitchen-less.
It kind of sucked, but we did our best to make lemonade. Here's Rachel having a "picnic" in the toy room with the kids. I think Matthew actually took the picture.
Corinna had a ton of fun with this red bag in Office Depot. I went looking online for a more toddler-sized bag. I learned two things: first, bags are found in the Shoe department. Of course! Second, they can easily get ridiculously expensive.
Rachel said I should try the thrift store. So the next time I was running errands with Corinna, I stopped at the Salvation Army store and checked it out. They had a *lot* of red shoulder bags and handbags. I picked the two with the most zippers and pockets and let her choose.
She chose, both! But she actually didn't fight me over it and settled on one. She was very, very pleased.
(The cashier ladies thought she was the cutest thing ever.)
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I put Isaac and Matthew down for naps too. They were both kind of grumpy. Then I fell asleep myself. (Back from Norway this morning at 1 AM.)
Next thing I knew Rachel was waking me up. Time to take the kids to that party! And oh, by the way, while you were asleep Isaac left the house, knocked on a neighbor's door, and told them his daddy was gone. They brought him back, Matthew dragged him yelling up to his room, and the noise woke up Corinna.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Another, from February. Isaac may be our best child at listening to his body when he's tired. (Lest you get the wrong impression, I will add: best Ellis at this skill is a low bar indeed.)