Did you know that eclairs are not Mexican cuisine? I makes me giggle to even write this. I feel like I've missed an entire course in my children's education, but at nearly every family party (the Mexican side) they have attended there have always been eclairs. My girls recently realized that eclairs were a French pastry (I think it was in Munch's French language course this last semester), it was shattering to their very growing up memories. It was like learning there is no Santa Claus, they had to go ask their cousins if they knew that eclairs were actually a French food. Love these darling girls and we quickly had a tutorial as to the origins of the food we eat. Eclairs were the only mislabeled food.
Quite often I set a timer for the little boys when I need them to get a job done quickly. They are eager to beat the timer and choose the alarm sound they are trying to beat. It's a great little game that helps when chores need to be accomplished.
One day as I was going to run a couple of errands Dashed ask me where I was going and when I was going to be back. When my answer was not quite satisfactory he replied, "So are you going to set the timer so you can hurry home?" Melted my heart as most times some of the children are extremely encouraging for me to leave the house.
He was taking a nap with a birthday card he had found when I returned. I love this little man!
Even in the winter the waves are stunning and hypnotic. Someday I would love to live by the sea, although I don't know if I would appreciate it as much if I did. Munch took these photos on a quick getaway with some friends.
I love to get surprise flowers from my sweetheart. I love the sheepish smile as he tries to hide the bouquet behind his back. The little kiss he plants on my cheek and tells me he loves me melts my heart and grosses all the children out. I am such a fortunate woman to be married to such a loving man.
Every night John tries to spend a couple of hours studying. He is primarily studying Hebrew right now. He originally learned Hebrew a couple of years before we were married and our honeymoon was a summer in Seattle studying Hebrew. It was glorious! I remember nothing of my classes, but I love to see his notes and hear the soft sounds of a Hebrew narration of the Old Testament filtering through our home.
I'm trying to give myself a head start on birthday cards for the year. I felt bad that a few of the nieces and nephews received their cards so late because I didn't pull myself together in time. Not this year, at least that is my plan. It was fun to see the stack.
Little sick sweetheart. We all got the flu in varying strengths. I feel confident to say that I had it the worst this year. I can't remember a time when I was as sick. Loaf's illness seems to linger, however an afternoon nap is never a bad idea for either of us.
A famous author (I can't remember who it was... sorry) came to the school and did a lovely presentation. Rock won the poster he used as part of the presentation. Rock was thrilled and then upset when the babies tore it. We quickly took a picture so that he could always remember his prize.
Quite often I will find one of the children snuggled up with Ellie having a little quality time. There is something very therapeutic about petting the puppy. It relaxes, calms, and brings added peace to our day. Ellie, of course is happy to oblige and has quickly learned that if she lies very still the rubbing will last longer.
Ellie has also learned what the camera is and if she holds still she will get praise from the children. I throw in a few nice this as well. I never thought we would be dog people. When we got married that was one of our stipulations: no dogs and now...