Perhaps that hope will be enough to ignite a passion I thought had finally fizzled away.
The first step, for me, has been accepting that what is lost is lost and what is past is past. I must start anew, and decide upon a new beginning point. It will be enough now to say that we stored away lovely Christmas memories that even a lack of blog posts will still allow an imprint of upon our hearts, and have survived a winter full of illness and cabin fever, now poised to come out the other side with joy in our hearts.
Much of that joy began when we decided upon a new direction for our family, and planted ourselves once again in that familiar second home where we spent our last summer: Mima and Granda's house. I now give your our journey since then (with notable quotes going as far back as I have managed to record them).
|Working through weaning woes.|
|Overseeing the ongoing construction of our new sun room.|
|Rocketwomen in their homemade rocket ship.|
|Silly group selfie.|
|Exciting new bed sets (to help us feel more at home).|
|Peter Pan and the Pirate Princess.|
|Hot chocolate to warm up chilly fingers after adventures in the snow.|
|One more (and hopefully last) round of illness in the form of colds and ear infections.|
|The proud lector of an entire page, assisted by Mommy (we later worked through the whole book together).|
|Snuggles and snacks.|
Overheard Since December:
In response to my request that she clarify her recent mumblings: "I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to myself!"
Losing her place while counting out baby carrots: "What's the next 'teen?"
To her uncle Kit, who was serenading her in an attempt to cheer her up: "It's not nice to sing at the dinner table when other people are talking!"
"Daddy, the cookies are about to rot!"
"My last name is pink because I'm a girl who likes pink."
"Y-O-U spells you."
In conversation with Abby
N: "This is a hard puzzle."
A: "I can help you figure it out."
T: "Oh, Abby, when did you get to be such a big girl?"
A: "Well, on the first day, I was a baby."
A: "Why is the snowman melting?"
T: "Because each day, the sun shines down on it, and the sun is very warm."
A: "Well, we need to get the snowman an umbrella."
Me: (Teasing Michael over his latest fit of tyranny) "Are you going to be a dictator, Michael?"
A: "Why is Michael going to be a big tater?
Between Abby and Michael
While working on a puzzle together: "Michael, that's awesome, but [that piece] goes right here."
(M) "Abby, no want train fall down!"
A: "Do you have blue hair?"
A: "Do you have purple hair?"
M: "No! Have brown hair, Abby."
(M) "You got boo-boo, Abby?"
(A) "I made one hundred muffins, so I need one hundred money."
"I wanna see that!"
"No, Dad! You no go work anymore!"
"Can't find my red crayon anymore..."
"Woah, that's so many cars, Daddy!"
Quoting Tarzan 2: "Mom! I broke my pillow... again."
"Why?" (Yes, the phase has begun.)
"Dis is fun!"
"Dis is apple."
"Close the door!"
"Where dis go?"
While wandering around clutching her plush piglet doll: "Oh dear."