Monday, September 26, 2016


 My Kate is eleven today.

She is so tall and willowy with those big brown eyes.

She's developing her sense of humor, and learning the fine lines around what is funny and what is not.

She's bright and capable.  She's become a big help in the kitchen lately.  Sometimes she will fix a meal entirely on her own, but she can also take over for a few minutes if something pressing distracts me.

She loves to be with people and is thriving in her AHG troop.  As a third year Explorer, she is getting to take on some new things, like assisting to plan a special event, which is a joy to her.

She is a planner, a schemer, and dreamer.  She loves to read, especially Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket.  And still enjoys Shakespeare.

She often gives away what she has.

I love you, even if it isn't really fair to call you munchkin any more!


Sunday, September 25, 2016


My little Ellie is now three!

Though she can't quite show you with her fingers.

She sleeps in a big girl bed, in a room all by herself now.

  Our small group has taught Ellie that The Birthday Song can be loud!

 She is mischievous and sweet, full of opinions and snuggles, and loves people.  She still has some of the fun toddler speech (like burp-day, instead of birthday), but more and more she is communicating well with others, putting together full and more complicated sentences.

 She loves dolls and Minnie Mouse.

She loves knock-knock jokes and cracks up, despite the fact she hasn't quite gotten past, "Knock, knock," and the answer of, "Who's there?"  Her giggle is infectious.

 She has those cute bouncy curls.

 She's learning to pray, and answers questions like, "Who is in your Sunday School?" with, "God."

Happy Birthday to my funny, sweet, curly headed Ellie-Bean.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Funnies

Kate: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Ellie: Three!

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 The boni room = the bonus room

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Friday Funnies

Justin was telling a story about some grad students, after a party, make a mess of (his) the first year grad student office one night:

Justin: There was crayon everywhere.  It took me forever to get it off my desk.  I didn't even try to get it off the wall.

Kate: It sounds like a bunch of two year olds!

Nate: Except the two year olds couldn't get up that high.  [thinking] Unless the drunk people picked up the two year olds and let them color on the desk and walls!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Funny

Ellie: I have dat? (whipped cream)

Me: No, that is made with milk.

Ellie: Oh, it has dairies in it!