Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More Markerface and EC Tricks

Guess it was a moosetache this time, as he pronounces it.
A mom on the Diaper Free group asked me to explain more about how I manage to nurse with the potty under Akasha, so I figured it would be easier to just take a picture.
I think Orion took this one. Nice having him play with the little camera because I get extra surprise pictures!
This one was me, though, for sure. I can't get enough laundry basket cuteness.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Daddy Behind the Cam

Answer to last night's question: 3am Grrrrrr

However, today shall be saved by Youtube cuteness

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Yay for the Dads!

I feel so fortunate that I have recently connected with some families that seem to mesh together pretty well. Even better they are all unschoolers! Even better that the dads all get along! Even better that there were 4 of them that managed to get together for poker at our house tonight! Here is what happened in our exile:

Hehe, stolen from Zoe's blog. That is Orion as the Red Ranger and Simon as Ironman. Orion had his first caffeine tonight. Wonder how long he will be awake....

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Art Explosion

So the art explosion has continued. Tonight Orion presented me with his first drawing of a cartoon character - Gary the Snail from Sponge Bob. Kindof horrifying, but kindof cute at the same time. I need to take a picture of it, along with some other funny stuff he drew right after it, and will update this post when I do.

The amazing thing is that he started making full stories after the first drawing! He would draw out several scenes and lay them on the table in order. Pretty cool!

So here he is in all his Gary glory!

This was my favorite from that same night:

He explained this is a bus full of people, and the others on the side couldn't get on because it was full and will have to wait for the next one. :)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Legos and Sinatra

Just a bit more around the house stuff. Orion loves to play with Daddy's helmet, and today I found this scene on the rocking chair.
Later that day, we made some impromptu muffins because Orion found some candles and wanted to pretend they were little cakes.
The batter came out very thick, and he was being quite patient waiting for it to drop into the cups. And then... something unexpected and hilarious happened. Orion started singing, "Fly me to the moon, dada dada dada dada." So he only new the first few words, but he had the tune down exactly. My boy cracks me up!

Sweet Boy

Orion said something so cute today about Akasha, but it was also kindof odd! We were just playing in the living room, and all of a sudden, he said, "Sister, I love you more than 15 eggs!" hahahaha! Well, tis the season I guess, but I don't think he has seen any shows about eggs yet. So who knows?

He has been saying all kinds of cute things to her lately. All three of us were in the bath the other day, and he said, "Sister, you're my best friend in the whole world." Awwww. I hope he keeps feeling that way when she is a bit older. :) He is already not thrilled with her getting into his toys.

The most interesting things he has been saying have to do with him yelling.... He tends to scream REALLY loudly when he gets frustrated with video games. Sometimes it freaks Akasha out, and she cries. So lately, he has been calling over to her, "Sister, it's OK, I'm not mad at you." :) But even more interesting to me is the way he will often yell at her when she is crying. He doesn't really say anything, just makes a yelling sound. I used to think he was doing it because the sound upsetted him, and that might be part of it, but I was attaching negative stuff to it in my head. Yet this turned out to be the perfect example of how I shouldn't assume I understand where he is coming from. Just lately, it has evolved into, "Sister, I love you!" Now, he says this is a very loud yelling voice, but I have realized he is actually trying to help her when he does it. And the funny thing is, she often does stop crying when he yells at her! Now if I could just come to peace with it, it would all be great!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

New Eyebrows

This is what happens when Mom is not home.
Orion went into the office where Ron was working and said, "I have new eyebrows."
Goofy, goofy boy. :)

Friday, March 20, 2009


So as usual when we have been sick, I suck at taking pictures or blogging. Orion tested positive for strep and has been on antibiotics. :( Ron thinks he has it too and is just suffering through, although taking propolis. I finally took a few quick pics tonight though.

Orion discovered his floaty bathing suit in the closet that he never even wore last year. I didn't think it would fit him, but he squeezed in, and he decided he wanted to take a bath in it.
Something's not quite lined up there LOL.
Meanwhile, Daddy was having some baby time in the bedroom.
And one for Oscar! This is one of her favorite things to do - saying "bonk" and bumping heads.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sophia is One!

Wow, it seems like it was just yesterday we were all waiting for this little bundle to arrive. She took her sweet time. :)

And look at her now! A year old and cakin' it up. So many cute pictures I couldn't narrow it down!

And a little Simon action for good measure. This pic cracked me up - Daddy mauling!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Nine Months!

Well goodness gracious, this whole day went by without me ever thinking Akasha is nine months today! I have been so worried about how sick Orion has been that I didn't even remember!

So I have to honor her with a couple pictures, such as they are. She has gotten interested in books lately. Wonder what she has in her little pinchers here?
She is finally scooting around the floor a bit, although I wouldn't really call it crawling. She definitely can work her way over to stuff she is interested in though. I have been meaning to mention she had some other teeth partially break through, so I guess now is a good time. I think all the rest of her incisors are either all the way through or at least part way. So that is a total of eight cute little teeth, which means we are done with dental updates for awhile. She continues to be a joyful baby, although she has been a bit grumpy with a cold recently. She is still quick with a smile for just about everyone she meets but will cry if anybody else holds her. She is my first real separation anxiety baby, and I am curious how long it will last! She is starting to enjoy her daddy more, but other folks still seem suspect if they come too close. :) Orion has started to be not so happy about her grabbing at all his toys. Let the sibling fun begin!

What the redheaded hell?

This was on the back of an old National Geographic, and it was just too weird not to take a picture of.

Mmmm, greasy goodness! Get down with your polyunsaturated selves. Gogo free radicals!

Friday, March 13, 2009

I've Created a Monster!

A drawing monster that is. All I did was bring home a few markers. I guess this should be filed under "be careful what you wish for." Orion has never had much interest in art, but after today I am wondering if it was just because he couldn't get very vivid colors from crayons. He drew pictures literally ALL DAY today. Went through a bunch of computer paper and then a whole stack of stuff I had set aside in the closet. I thought I should capture some of it, although this one to start he did a week or so ago when we had the crayons out, and I am just now getting around to taking a picture. I thought this was noteworthy as it was the first time he said he drew a picture of himself that had legs. What follows are all from today, and this is literally only about 10% of it. A good portion was single smiley faces, which HAD TO BE only one per piece of paper.

This was was explained as, "Daddy but with no hair or beard or moustache."
I think this is my favorite. Is it a third eye? Or maybe Kuato LOL.
A picture of a picture.
More variety, such as 3 legs,
eyes in the middle and belly button up top,
some type of weapon arm,
and more monsters with weapons. These guys had to fight, complete with sound affects. The above one was a "scraper". The one below had something to do with fans that suck people up. They made a sound like "floop floop floop".

And my other favorite. Right at the end of the day, he broke the mold and put our family on one piece. The little one at the bottom is Kona. Wasn't sure about that one shape at the top, but he declared it a hat.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mr. Fluman

There is a new villain in town. He is a pretty evil one. He apparently got us all sick. Orion had the lowdown. The conversation went something like this:

Orion: How did we get the flu?
Me: I'm not sure. Somebody must have had it that we were near, and we got the germs
O: I know somebody who always has the flu!
M: Yeah, who is that?
O: Mr. Fluman
M: Oh, so he has the flu all the time and can give people the germs?
O: Yeah!
M: That doesn't sound like a very fun way to live!... Or does he like having the flu since he is Mr. Fluman?
O: Yeah, he likes having the flu! He is like a bad guy who gives people the flu

And then it went on to include something about how he has a dinosaur for a pet. I didn't quite get how he figured in, but I assume he had a natural immunity or he wouldn't be very helpful. Sweet boy, guess he didn't want to blame something this awful on a real person!

Monday, March 9, 2009

You never know where...

...you will meet another babywearer... or what they will look like... or ahem, even what gender they will be. We went back to the Dollar Store today because Orion has been talking nonstop about these fruit candies he saw there. Akasha was in the FreeHand, which always gets alot of attention, and the male checker asked me what kind of carrier it was. I told him it was called a mei tei, and he proceeded to tell me which brands he had! Oh, you actually know what it is and meant what brand. Wow, cool! He told me he has tried many carriers, but the mei tei is his favorite. Dollar Store guy, you rock.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I love Raffi

Ron has been saying he would love to start having music at dinner, so I brought my laptop in the room tonight. We decided to ask Orion what type of music he wanted. I was meaning more like a genre, and was going to read him some station choices, but he piped right up with Raffi! LOL I didn't even know he would know an artist to say. He has never showed much interest in music. Ron kinda gave me a look, but I said let's see if they have him. Well, they did, and it turned out to be a great choice! I forgot he had done that one album more for adults, and the result was a station full of folks like Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Paul Simon, John Mayer and even Bob Marley. It turned out to be a GREAT choice.

So while I am talking about Raffi, I just want to say how much I love the guy. For those of you who don't know him as anything more than a children's musician, he is also an amazing child advocate. He has a beautiful covenant for honoring children. So beautiful in fact, I am going to copy and paste it here!

A Covenant for Honouring Children

We find these joys to be self evident: That all children are created whole, endowed with innate intelligence, with dignity and wonder, worthy of respect. The embodiment of life, liberty and happiness, children are original blessings, here to learn their own song. Every girl and boy is entitled to love, to dream and belong to a loving “village.” And to pursue a life of purpose.

We affirm our duty to nourish and nurture the young, to honour their caring ideals as the heart of being human. To recognize the early years as the foundation of life, and to cherish the contribution of young children to human evolution.

We commit ourselves to peaceful ways and vow to keep from harm or neglect these, our most vulnerable citizens. As guardians of their prosperity we honour the bountiful Earth whose diversity sustains us. Thus we pledge our love for generations to come.

Child Honouring Principles

The words of A Covenant for Honouring Children suggest nine guiding principles for living. Taken together, they offer a holistic way of restoring natural and human communities, thus brightening the outlook for the world we share. They form the basis for a multi-faith consensus on societal renewal.

Respectful Love

is key. It speaks to the need to respect children as whole people and to encourage them to know their own voices. Children need the kind of love that sees them as legitimate beings, persons in their own right. Respectful love instills self-worth; it’s the prime nutrient in human development. Children need this not only from parents and caregivers, but from the whole community.


is about abundance: of human dreams, intelligences, cultures, and cosmologies; of earthly splendours and ecosystems. Introducing children to biodiversity and human diversity at an early age builds on their innate curiosity. There’s a world of natural wonders to discover, and a wealth of cultures, of ways to be human. Comforted by how much we share, we’re able to delight in our differences.

Caring Community

refers to the “village” it takes to raise a child. The community can positively affect the lives of its children. Child-friendly shopkeepers, family resource centres, green schoolyards, bicycle lanes, and pesticide-free parks are some of the ways a community can support its young.

Conscious Parenting

can be taught from an early age; it begins with empathy for newborns. Elementary and secondary schools could teach nurturant parenting (neither permissive nor oppressive) and provide insight into the child-rearing process. Such knowledge helps to deter teen pregnancies and unwanted children. Emotionally aware parents are much less likely to perpetuate abuse or neglect.

Emotional Intelligence

sums up what early life is about: a time for exploring emotions in a safe setting, learning about feelings and how to express them. Those who feel loved are most able to learn and to show compassion for others. Emotional management builds character and is more important to later success than IQ. Cooperation, play, and creativity all foster the “EQ” needed for a joyful life.


is central to emotional maturity, to family relations, to community values, and to the character of societies that aspire to live in peace. It means more than the absence of aggression; it means living with compassion. Regarding children, it means no corporal punishment, no humiliation, no coercion. “First do no harm,” the physicians’ oath, must now apply to all our relations; it can become a mantra for our times. A culture of peace begins in a nonviolent heart, and a loving home.

Safe Environments

foster a child’s feeling of security and belonging. The very young need protection from the toxic influences that permeate modern life-from domestic neglect and maltreatment, to the corporate manipulations of their minds, to the poisonous chemicals entering their bodies. The first years are when children are most impressionable and vulnerable; they need safeguarding.


refers not merely to conservation of resources, renewable energy development, and anti-pollution laws. To be sustainable, societies need to build social capacity by investing in their young citizens, harnessing the productive power of a contented heart. The loving potential of every young child is a potent source for good in the world.

Ethical Commerce

is fundamental to a child-honouring world. It includes a revolution in the design, manufacture and sale of goods; corporate reform; “triple bottom line” business; full-cost accounting; tax and subsidy shifts; political and economic cycles that reward long-term thinking. Ethical commerce would enable a restorative economy devoted to the well being of the very young.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Amazing Disappearing Week

I feel like I have been sucking at taking pictures or getting posts up these days. There is just alot of stressful stuff going on around here right now, and I am not making it a priority. I need to be getting the camera out more though for sure! Here are the few shots I managed to take this week.

Sheepy in the Maya Wrap. How adorable!
Passin' the time on the potty with Mr. Dragon Puppet

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Relaxing Evening with Friends

I don't think I have ever had such a drama free night with Orion! I think Zoe's house has a magickal good vibe spell over it. He had a couple moments of not wanting the babies near some project he was working on, but overall it was a night of good buddies. It was also great to see Jessica and Dane, who we had not seen in ages! Olivia is talking up a storm now, and even though Ron still likes to say, "I don't speak Olivia," he could not ignore the constant stream of "Daddy Won"s that were happily shouted every time she went down the slide. It was hilarious how intent she was on having him watch her. And of course I mean "Won" as in rhymes with "Ron". So I started calling him Daddy Wan Kenobi haha!

But it gets better. Olivia likes the baby too. If Olivia likes you, she knows your name. Ah yes, tonight we had the unveiling of the best nickname ever - "Baby Kaka". OK, in all fairness I think she said Akaka some of the time, but that kaka sound just really jumps out at you. It was flippin hysterical, but for Akasha's sake I really shouldn't encourage it LOL.

Here is Akasha happily chewing on some toy
Olivia giving Kaka some love.
Double trouble there in the background. Yes, Sophia is walking at not even a year old. And JUMPING. Seriously, I couldn't believe it. She gets both feet airborne.

Speak of the devil, this picture cracked me up!
It's all about the Phia attitude!