Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Luke 14:28

I really, really want to build a chocolate spewing volcano. I am weighing the cost in time and effort. As always, Dwight offers great insight:

"Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, "would an idiot do that?" and if they would, I do not do that thing." ~Dwight Schrute

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

madeline at 2

When you turn 2, seems it's a tradition for a little tea party. Everyone gets to feel fancy, helped along by paper plate/bowl hats.

Circle time.

Pinata & tea cup toss.

More games, like Tea Party Smarty:)

Some ladies wore gloves.

Whoopin' it up. So glad Peeps and Lucy were able to join the festivities.

More tea party revelry.

Birthdays are magical.

Love you, Maddie Sue. You are precisely my cup of tea.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

roses are red, violets are blue. Dang I have cute grandkids.

Homemade Valentines for Maddie and Faye. Because they are such wild lil' monkeys and ld and I are bananas over them:)

Five little monkeys, Jumpin' on the bed
One fell off and broke his head.

Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumpin' on the bed"!

Madds and Faye loved their monkeys and bed, only Maddie thought it was a bed for her. She hasn't quite caught the concept of proportional size.

And a Valentine for Miss Cate, too. When she sleeps over her favorite game to play is Mermaids and Sharks. She's got a whole narrative going. Basically it's trying to keep the mermaid ladies away from the sharks and other mean sea creatures and rescuing them onto the boat/couch. Great fun.

For Cate: an ocean full of love, then. Nothing fishy about it, she's a great catch. Brahahahaha.


Here's Emmer and Faye in all their chocolate glory. Adorable. I wish I could recline in a giant box of chocolates, too.

Monday, February 13, 2012

its not like lost keys, but still.

Waiting in the check out line at Winco today, a woman tapped me on the shoulder.

Woman: Ma'am. Uh, ma'am excuse me.

Me: Yes?

Woman: Excuse me, but you have a paper banana stuck to your butt.

Me: (Excitedly) Oh! I was looking for that all morning. Thank you so much. I am so happy I didn't lose it.

Woman: You lost your paper banana?

(She was looking at me expectantly. I thought about it for a sec. Nah, too much to explain).

Me: Don't ask.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

habits. memories.

So it's habits and memories that are important. That's true for character development and relationships as well, I think. Really about all we can give our children and ourselves are these: good habits and good memories. The one takes consistency and the other planning and both require being pleasant in the doing. He he he.

Confirmed again that experiences, in the form of habits or memories, shape us. Here:

First, experience shapes the brain. People often think that if some ability is located in a particular part of the brain, that must mean that it's "hard-wired" and inflexible. But, in fact, the brain is so powerful precisely because it is so sensitive to experience. It's as true to say that our experience of controlling our impulses make the prefrontal cortex develop as it is to say that prefrontal development makes us better at controlling our impulses. Our social and cultural life shapes our biology.

Second, development plays a crucial role in explaining human nature. The old "evolutionary psychology" picture was that genes were directly responsible for some particular pattern of adult behavior—a "module." In fact, there is more and more evidence that genes are just the first step in complex developmental sequences, cascades of interactions between organism and environment, and that those developmental processes shape the adult brain. Even small changes in developmental timing can lead to big changes in who we become.

Monday, February 6, 2012

elephant baby shower

Kenz threw a shower for Brig's cousin last week. A few pics, then.

She let me help with the cake. The first one fell apart due to Cate's being 3 years old. So this is the second one. Yup, it's sculpted fondant on a buttercream frosting. Fondant is too gross to actually eat, imho.

One of the baby games. It's an old standby, identify the person from their baby pic.

It's been done a lot, so she shook things up a bit.

A bit harder now. Heh heh. The way she played it was cute, too. Guests had to don disguises, also. Ask her for deets.

Oh. And an elephant made out of sewn receiving blankets. Don't laugh. It's creative.

She had the guests sign a children's book. You can see it displayed above.

To use the vernacular of the day, she's amaze-balls.