Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
For example, the cool house on the rock photo post last night cannot be enlarged. But the “nail house” ones, and the “dishwasher photos” (scroll down) can be enlarged. Click them each and see for yourself.
I loaded them exactly the same way. It’s not a size issue - there is no significant difference there. I just cannot figure it out, and it really bugs me, especially because the house on the rock has details you can’t see in this small view.
Can anyone out there explain this and help me out? I would be very grateful.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
What I didn’t say, but thought and felt, was that I sure wished I could have been his dad for longer, for more of those early months. But how happy I am that he is ours now! He played very well with Isabel and little Tom tonight at Sawyers, and was so cute almost falling asleep on the way home. What a precious little guy!
I have been thinking about the way our minds work the last day or two, and most recently as I thought back over my day a few minutes ago. As I prepared for work and did a few things in the kitchen this morning, I was thinking about billing hours at work and wondering how many I’d get in during the day . . . driving to work, I laughed as I recalled the guy I’d seen the last two evenings on my way home, sitting on the handle-bars of his bicycle, backwards – and riding no hands – how did he do that? I considered the water in Eagle Creek Reservoir – sometimes it looks so muddy, but I believe we get our drinking water from it (not directly, but still…). All the while, stanzas from Psalm 43 are flowing through my head, which makes me think about the Psalm meditation I had this last Lord’s Day evening (I wasn’t happy with it), but what a beautiful day it is!
Once at work, a few of these things were still mulling around in my mind, plus immediately many new facts, questions, and strategies flooded that already busy ‘thing.’ A few samples: Where should I look and what search terms should I use to find that perfect “smoking gun” document to help us win a multi-million dollar case? What caselaw do I need to find to defeat this pending motion? What a clever ad on this webpage; I wonder who thought of that?! Which projects should I tackle first? How should I sort through and narrow down these 1700 documents to find the most helpful ones for my case? Should I go out to eat with the other associates or work through my lunch? When we design our dream house, how can I fit more usable space and fun little retreats/nooks into it? What should I say to Alaina when she calls and the boys are upset in the background? What in the world is a concrete slump test? If I have time to read tonight, which book will I delve into first? And finally, am I going to make it home in time for dinner?
And so it goes. My mind, I mean, and yours too. What an incredible gift God gave us! And how fun to explore the rabbit trails it takes us on!
In September 2004, agreements were reached with the owners of the 280 surrounding homes. Yang Wu and Wu Ping, however, have held out for more. Despite being ordered to evacuate their home by March 22, they have refused. On March 21, Yang Wu, who is a local Kungfu champion, returned to his home through a rather unique and ingenious method: he built an instant staircases with his nunchakus!
As of yesterday, apparently, the house still stood. China, however, has banned any further discussion of the popular issue. I’ve always dreamed of a house with a view, but this might be a bit much!
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Upon even closer inspection, I realized that some of the contents had been smeared all over the sheets. I put him on the changing table and started cleaning him up and realized the extent of this mess – all the way down his legs, on his feet, on his arms and all over his hands. I explained to him that this was not okay and he was not to ever take his diaper off – I’m not sure he fully understood but he did understand that he didn’t like the feeling of all the mess. What a good morning greeting…yuck!!! (Oh and I spared you any pictures of said mess – be grateful!)
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Since I don't have a picture of that - I'll post another couple of cute ones instead. :) Calvin was being completely silly with his animal crackers. Patrick is always more serious when it comes to his snacks and toys and life in general. :)
In response to my questions:
What do we use our teeth for?
B1: Well, birds have beaks that they use to pull strings and then make a nest. They have beaks like this (hand demonstration of beak). (This was actually a MUCH longer explanation – I just can’t remember it all :)
Me: (trying desperately to salvage something from this answer) So, it’s kind of like how we chew our food.
B1: They use their beaks to get string.
What do you think teeth are made of?
What are some healthy snacks?
What did we say teeth are made of?
Oh well…I tried.
And a few general educational statements & questions:
B3: (putting his hand on his forehead after I explained that enamel is the strongest material in the body) This is the strongest bone. Does it have teeth?
B4: We have teeth in our noses.
B5: I have green mint and blue mint toothpaste.
B1: Can I sing you a song? (then proceeded to sing an entire song about how teddy bears are the best friends of all)
It was quite a class period – lots of fun and very funny.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Patrick to Calvin (overheard), "Be cool like me. Here let me help you."
Double Trouble: Calvin & Patrick conspired together to trap Uncle Wesley in the refrigerator. They started with a gentle push and then pinned him as hard as they could. It delayed their lunch a little but they were quite pleased with themselves. We may be in trouble. :) They proved themselves pretty strong for little guys!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
That having been said, here is something that fascinated me this morning – the pattern of cups, bowls, glasses, and lids in our dishwasher! I’ll post two shots – one showing the overall perspective, and another which focuses on the repeating geometric pattern. Enjoy :)
But this game wasn’t even close. (Watch some video highlights under “Related Links” here and photos here – very cool!) I do feel a little bad for Niagara. They must have been excited to make it into the tournament (although I understand they were not real happy about having to play their way in; I believe they thought they should have been in automatically). But coming off the euphoria of beating Florida A&M Tuesday evening and getting to play in the big dance – only to lose by 40 points? I mean, how can you keep playing when it’s like that? Kansas had scored almost double Niagara’s points at half time (52-27). Barring some unimaginable circumstance, there was no way to win at that point.
From a wider perspective, I don’t understand the logic and rationale as to who makes it into the Big Dance. It seems to me that the strongest teams should make it in; we’re trying to crown the best team in the country. I understand it is nice to give some potential Cinderella teams a chance, and that the winners of the smaller conferences deserve a shot. But I don’t understand why we have teams in the Tournament so woeful when a number of the bubble teams such as Kansas State and Syracuse would undoubtedly have played a much tougher game than Niagara.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Patrick concentrating very hard.
Calvin's adorable profile. Running in the yard and playing ball.
Calvin following Patrick down to the fence.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
We took advantage of the gorgeous day and took a walk. Our independent boys definitely wanted to walk by themselves and we obliged for the most part. :)
The boys looked adorable but sadly we didn't get pictures other than the professional ones - somehow they just weren't into it. :) They played in the nursery at the reception and gave Daddy and Mommy a break for the evening.