Jacob aka Tiki has the most expressive face. He's always making silly faces and cracking me up. Here are a few of his signature expressions. I can't believe he's 17 months old already! Oh, and did I mention he's a messy eater?
There is only one place that I can stand clutter. It's my nightstand, and it can only be books. Stacks and stacks of books. The library is one of my very favorite places to go. I take my kids at least once a week, and I hope it instills a love of reading in them. If not, I hope it teaches them to take advantage of the incredible FREE resource that it is. Books, movies, music, cultural passes, information, activities. All free, and just waiting to be taken advantage of. I could write a book on all the resources available at the library and still not tap into everything that it has to offer. I particularly love my cities library. I can go online and reserve any book I want. Then, once it has been pulled from the shelf or sent in from elsewhere, they send me an email notice that my book is ready to be picked up. Then, a few days before my articles are due I get an email notice that they are due. I really couldn't ask for more than that. I've said this before, but I LOVE books. I love that there is a book for every season, mood, whim. Right now I'm on a murder mystery kick. Love Mary Higgins Clark because her books have great plots, are easy to read but are as clean as a murder mystery can possibly be. Some weeks I can't stand "easy" reads and only want the classics or non fiction. Take Henry James for example. Most days I don't have the patience or serenity to read something like Portrait of a Lady. Or Fyodor Dostoevsky. I love a murder mystery, but it almost killed me to get through Crime and Punishment. I really like Leo Tolstoy though.....Or the Transendentalist writers. Like Emily Dickinson, can tolerate Thoreau but really don't have the energy for Emerson. Isn't it great though that there is something out there for everyone? If I had all the time in the world, I'd spend a lot more of it at the library, and next time I have "alone" time and all my errands are run, you can bet I'll be at the library.
I know this is not politically correct, but I found it so random and funny that I had to record it. Emma was talking to Grace and Garrett about things with brains and explained, "only humans have brains. And midgets and orphans."
Yesterday we picked Grace up from school early and headed to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. 40 acres of tulips. I think that says it all. Definitely not a sight I'll soon forget. Now, the hard part is deciding which pictures to post!
Grace caught me on my birthday. Although not a good picture, it's the only one taken on my birthday. You know how they say a picture tells a thousand words? This one screams that I look tired, that I need to exfoliate (didn't realize my face was so dry), that my face is still bruised and a tad swollen from my extraction AND that I'm 32!!!!!
Toothless Grace with pierced ears.....
I'm cringing as I write that I'm offically 32! Why does it seem so much older than 31? I had a great birthday. Jeff spoiled me and made me breakfast, lunch and dinner. I had so many phone calls from those I love which I appreciate so much. I missed most though since I was busy laying around downstairs watching Conference and the phone was upstairs and everyone knows how much effort it takes to actually get up and find the phone.......ha ha.
Big news! Grace got her ears pierced and she's literally over the moon. She hasn't stopped talking about it. She actually made a list of people she needed to call to spread the news!
Next big news! Jeff cut Garrett's hair for me. Jeff loves it long, I like it better short, and it was really a selfless act for Jeff to cut his hair just because I wanted him to. He looks adorable, but like a different kid.