Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reading and Lethal Vegetables

Everyone has been reading more lately!  I'm so happy about it.  It just seems like reading is a lot more fun for the boys now that they can read chapter books on their own.  Sapphire just likes to do what they are doing, so that's fun, too.

Speaking of reading, if you're in the Albuquerque area and enjoy children's literature, I highly recommend Alamosa Books (on Paseo & Ventura, just west of Trader Joe's).  Their books are organized in a way that really makes kids want to pick up the books and look at them (and they have a nice spot to put books for reshelving if you have no idea where your kid picked up a certain book).  They also have a great selection of toys/crafts that reminds me of the Out of the Blue toy store that used to be on Paseo and Wyoming. They also have a great selection of Dover activity books (coloring & activity books for all ages at very reasonable prices).  I have no idea about the adult book section; I had so much fun in the kids' section I did not even look in there.

This week's quotes:
Quartz: "Aaaahhh! A vegetable!"
Andrea: "One vegetable is not going to kill you."
Wes: "If you eat a vegetable and it kills you, I will not make you eat any more vegetables."

Sapphire: "Pretend to be a grandma and I'll be a kid!"
Andrea: "Why, because grandmas are nicer than moms?"
Sapphire: "Yes."

Onyx: "Pyramids and castles almost always have traps."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

little bit 'o' bliss

finishing up the dishes, Wes is designing a replacement part for a kitchen utensil, Quartz is riding a scooter up and down the street with a friend, Onyx is reading to Sapphire, a breeze is blowing and the bird is singing and for just this minute everything is perfect.

i know in a few minutes someone will skin their knee or fight over a book and another mess will be made and it will rain, but i'm enjoying this one minute, right now . . .

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jemez Camping, Cool Kids

 We went camping this weekend and, even though it was just for one night, we really enjoyed it.  The Jemez is beautiful this time of year, with lots of wildflowers, mild weather, and plenty of trees and water!  We stayed at the Jemez Falls campground, which, though quite filled, was nice and quiet and clean and right next to great hiking trails.

I think my kids are now cooler than me.  I'm not sure whether to be proud or to feel old. :-D

Don't worry.  They're not TOO cool.