Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tantrum #12

It's been awhile since the last one. 

"I want to be happy!"

Disclaimer: the shower in my apartment is really old, and no matter how much we scrub it, it just peels back layer after layer of black. So is the life of graduate student families.

Friday, January 9, 2015


Bram: "Anders, I have a brain! ... Inside my neck."

Here he is pointing to the location of his brain.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Midwifery to Toddlers

I have been watching a show called "Call the Midwife". Every episode has several births. Besides boosting a desire within me to become a midwife, it has proved educational for my children.

This morning in the car Anders asks me, "Mom, did you cry when you had us when we were babies?"
He was referring to the births of babies that we have been watching on the show, where the moms cry and scream out in labor pains. I didn't have that experience with any of my children because they were all c-sections before my body ever had the chance to go into labor. Another reason for my fascination with the show.

Bram followed up with, "They had their babies out their bums. That's gross." 

Anders response to that, "And they had blood on them..."

Some other cute phrases of Bram that I don't want to forget:

Ding it (for dang it)
What the hook (for what the heck)

Monday, January 5, 2015

FHE Tidbit

David: "I want Anders to draw a picture of Anders and Bram to draw a picture of Bram."

Bram: "I draw my big head. I have a big head...I draw my neck! I doing a good job. I drawing cheeks. A cheek. A cheek. Skin, I don't know skin. I got blue, it's not the same color of my face. Dark blue, or light blue? It's light blue. She [Astrid] is walking away. I draw a nose."
Anders: "I need skin. And blood. I need white on top of it [red] to be bones."

Great Start to the New Year

Some New Year Goals:

1. Bram potty-trained
2. Anders reading/preschool from home
3. French lessons every Monday morning

Our first official day of the New Year started today. David went back to school, so we are no longer on "vacation". 

We spent the morning building towers out of the Brik-a-Blok's from Uncle Jon, doing our first French lesson, and colouring. After lunch, we started Anders doing his homework sheet (pictured below) and Bram ran off to poop in the toilet ALL BY HIMSELF.
After everyone came to see his pooping achievement, we were jumping around and hollering! It was a big potty-training step for Bram.

This is the first time we have ever done a worksheet like this. He has never written numbers before. I am so pleased with how he did! Gush, gush and more gush pleased!

I think it is a great start to the New Year and I am looking forward to what the rest of this year has in store for us.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Two-Year-Old Time Telling

The clock reads 10:31 a.m..

Bram: "It's eleven past one, two, three, four."

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Me: "My job is to take care of you guys. If you ever need anything, you just tell me and I am there for you!"

Bram: "Okay. The sun is going up. The sun is going down. The sun is going up. The sun is going down. The sun sun is..."

I think we reached our zen.