Friday, January 7, 2011

Stink Eye

Jill has a particular expression that her dad named "stink eye". It used to be involuntary but now she does it on command. It is hard to catch a picture because she blinks. This is our best attempt to photograph the stink eye. (Updated to add more about Jill.) Stephanie was the first one to comment on this expression. Apparently her stepmother has been the most frequent recipient of this particular look.
She is a great reader and is being evaluated for the gifted program at school. I got her a large read-aloud copy of "Little House on the Prairie" for Christmas and she has been reading it by herself. We discussed some of my favorite parts - crossing the river and almost losing her dog, Jack, and the wash day in the middle of the Prairie surrounded by warm sun and tall grass. She enjoyed those parts but is looking forward to the exciting parts about the Indians. I have an old copy of "Little Women" that I found at a garage sale. It has wonderful illustrations. I can't wait to share that with her. I also want to share the movie (the Wynona Ryder version) with her and with Stephanie, who somehow hasn't seen it.
Jonah has had a lot more trouble with reading than Jill. This is a problem since she is younger and a GIRL. One day a couple of years ago they were both chewing some bubble gum while riding in my car. Jill laughed and read the joke on the wrapper to Jonah. "What does yours say?" she asked. Jonah squinted at the paper and said, "It says, 'Shut up, Jill.'"

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Road Trip, Grandparents, Snowman and Puppies

Snowy Road

Mia, snowman and Jaime

Aaron, Jaime, Mia and Aaron's grandparents

Mia road trip

Jaime, Mia and lots of puppies!

Golf Day

Here are Cory and Roger on their way to play golf. It was a warm, pleasant day. They had a good time and Roger got a birdie on the second hole. Cory had a 250 yard drive on the seventeenth.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year

Mia returned from her family's trip to North Carolina just in time for a little New Year's celebration. Her first sparklers. Aaron, mommy and I were standing by. I was a nervous wreck, but she had fun and gratefully there were only a couple of sparklers to burn.