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Friday, January 29, 2010
"Sometimes People Lose Interest in Things"
Jay has been the quip king today. He got onto my facebook status earlier today with "I'm pretending to be God" while he was happily placing animal stickers on a pastoral/woodland scene. Then tonight he offered to read me a Magic Treehouse book. So in between his offer and helping him find all of them, I got interrupted by dessert, piano lessons, and the other boys (not necessarily in that order and certainly not in uniform frequency). Then he hemmed and hawed, but never said he'd changed his mind (I did tell him to tell me if he didn't want to read to me anymore), he delivered the classic line at the top. *Shaking head* He finally decided that he could "focus" his "reading concentration" enough to read us a picture book about LarryBoy and some special gumballs. This he did skillfully, and with lots of expression. I'm guessing the difference is that he's heard the LarryBoy book read out loud (and on numerous occasions), whereas his confidence regarding the Magic Treehouse books is considerably lower. Anyway, I thought the whole loss of interest quip was pretty clever.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010
Zoo Day

Complete set of January photos at:

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Latest Isaac Quotation
"According to my research, this is my hat." -Isaac, as he removed the snake hat from Daniel's head
This follows
1. "That's why they're so easy to kill." Upon being exhorted to be a tough Viking, who could poop sitting on solid ice,
2. "Mama, God made you what I want you to be FOREVER!" In a successful attempt to wheedle me into making a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

What can I say? The boy can already out-argue me. There is a long, arduous journey ahead...

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Saturday, January 09, 2010
We were looking at the giant Ocean book, which has some beautiful photos at the front before the text starts. One page had a pair of clownfish & the facing page was a photo of a dolphin. Isaac promptly named the two clownfish Nemo and Marlin, so I asked him the dolphin's name. Instead of the unintelligible series of syllables he's been supplying as names lately, he very simply said, "Nutpack". If that's not a perfect name for Isaac, I don't know what is. Just call him Nutpack.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Becoming a Present

Isaac had some important information to share.

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Grandmother & Grandfather's House 2
My Dad's parents lived in that house for 40 years or more. There was a giant weeping mulberry tree in the front yard where that patch of dirt is now :( where we used to get snacks in the summer. Grandfather was an avid gardener, and grew grapes as well as vegetables. Grandmother canned jellies and probably vegetables as well (I remember the jellies!). They had a porch swing at the right hand end of the porch where my older brother and I spent a lot of time swinging. The concrete porch always seemed palatial when I was little.

Inside the house was a large living room with a brick fireplace which was painted in a greenish-white color. To the left was Grandfather's giant television and 4 stairs up to a landing from which you could descend 4 stairs into the kitchen or ascend the rest of the staircase to the upstairs. There was a bedroom in each of the 4 corners of the upstairs, with a full bath opposite the staircase and a large closet between two of the bedrooms (Grandmother's and Dad's).

There was a door from the kitchen down into the basement, another door to the large back porch where they had a chest freezer, and (my favorite) a swinging door to the dining room. Grandmother had a very large (it seemed big at the time, anyway!) round dining table and an organ in the dining room, and her collection of dark red glass.

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Grandmother & Grandfather's House

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