Monday, September 30, 2013


Odin has a fascination with toilets. Which is probably typically for children of this age. It must be the water. So tempting. One day we left the bathroom door open and the next thing you know, these wipes have made it in. Sometimes there's nothing you can do, but laugh at life with little ones! 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Odin's Favorite Game Spot

Odin loves to play peek a boo. His favorite place to play is in our room with the curtains. That makes everything more fun!

Going behind the curtain

You can't see me now

Now you can

Peek a boo or as Odin knows it Wauk Er. That's the Cambodian version. One time while we were playing, I said peek a boo instead and he gave this strange look of, mom I don't understand what you saying. Once I switched back to Cambodian, all was well. Laughter commenced!

And sometimes when he is tired of that, he looks out into the yard. Longing to go out and play. Love this boy!!!
Monday, September 23, 2013

Beach house vacation

It's interesting that you don't realize that you need a vacation, until you go on one! We had a great time here. Although we all suffered varying degrees of a cold. We had Emily come over one day and spent some time with us and we had one of our friends come hang out at the beach too.

First time in a hot tub and they really enjoyed the communal hot bath!

This house had all sorts of games in the closet. They liked this too!

Love the joy and fun you can give the kids, just by bringing some sand, water and friends together!

Odin unsure of the texture of sand. 

Ah, vacation is so so good!
Friday, September 20, 2013

4th of July Shirts

We have a tradition here that every 4th of July, we make our own decorative shirts to commemorate the holiday. We start by looking at some images online, printing the image, then tracing the image onto freezer paper. Once I cut out the intricate parts because little hands are not allowed to use an x-acto knife, we are ready for some fancy shirt painting. Funny thing is, we don't veer very far from year to year. And whatever big brother wants little sister wants also. So fireworks it is! This year, last year, and probably next year!

Big brother

Little sister

And the littlest one!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Joey Moving on Up

Oh our nephew Joey. He has a voice and enthusiasm of Eeyore. Loves his Uncle John and always bugging his dad to take him fishing. So thankful for him. He sure adds a lot of laughs at our get togethers. Now look at him. He's starting middle school this fall. 

Those 2 boys sure look up to him.

The fam!
Buddies! Look at all that hair. Yuck, I say. It makes me think of sweaty pubescence boys and lack of showering. Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!!!

And this is how our other nephew Jonathan celebrates his brother's achievements, feasting on watermelon. I think this must have been his 5th slice in the small time we were at the school. Love these kids!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Little Monkey

Ah, that Odin! I don't know where he gets this from. It went from a simple desire to look at things above his eye level.

                                                   To hanging onto it

To climbing all the way on

This is not what this toy is intended for. One day his grandma was watching him and she told us that he had climbed the play kitchen. I had never seen him do it so I thought, not true. Well what do you know, he did it the next day for my very own eyes to see! After a few weeks of climbing this, he decided he needed a little something extra. Once he was up, he would rock it back and forth. So dangerous! Then he thought, let's get give mom a heart attack! He climbed all the way to the top and stood there. Yikes! Now we have turned it around and it butts up against the couch. 

Another time, we left the kids bedroom door open. Once he saw this, he booked it there. Climbed up Magnus' ladder and made it all the way to the top. No fear! 

No more of his kind of climbing please. Such a mischievous boy!  

Friday, September 6, 2013

Soph's "Purse"

One day Soph was carrying this gift bag around. When we asked her what it was, she replied that it was her purse, just like mama's. And just like in mama's purse, there's a paper with a list on it! All the other stuff were things that are important to her. A couple of reading books, a couple of photobooks, a water bottle, Magnus' Chuck E Cheese ID, a pen and of course a panty liner. This girl makes me laugh! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Raining Popcorn

Does it rain popcorn at your house? Because it does at our house! Especially when you have a boy like Odin, who likes to dump anything that he can get his hands on.

Yum, nothing like spilled popcorn!

Yep. That's Odin.
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