Monday, January 21, 2008

Beach in January

It's still cold here, but we went to the beach on Sunday and Monday anyway. Just treated it like a big sandbox, and the kids had a great time. It was in the 40's, but sunny. (a bit windy on Monday, which made it colder.) There was no one around, a dramatic change from the summer when nearly 2 million visitors come through. On Sunday, in fact, practically the only other living creature we saw was a coyote. He crossed our path, turned and looked at us briefly, and rambled on. I forgot there were coyotes here, but then remembered a common symbol of the southwest/desert is the howling coyote next to a saguaro cactus. That makes sense.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Weekend & Front Page

Little Annie and I made the front page of the 'Lake Powell Chronicle'. We go to story time at the library, and the paper came by to take pictures. online at:

The weekend was good, but quiet. We went to a birthday party (a friend's 40th) and little Annie wanted to dress up. She was the only one, as we all wore jeans. On Sunday, we went for a bike ride, did some puzzles and drew on the easel. The two shared one easel rather nicely, only because Annie is right handed and Jake is left-handed. The images in red were drawn by Jake, and they are "him on the sidewalk and a baby" and the image in green is by Annie. They wanted me to take a picture, as they like to display their artwork. In fact, their bedroom has no less than 10 pictures on the wall.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Bedtime Buddies

Annie has recently decided that she doesn't like the dark, and a night-light is not sufficient. We, as parents, have refused to leave the room fully-lit. (Note: Annie & Jacob share a room.) So, in a good big-brother way, Jacob has decided to help her through her fears. We can hear them talking, laughing and Jacob telling her it is "ok" well after the lights are out. One night, Jacob climbed into bed with little Annie to make her feel better. (They both eventually fell asleep, picture #1). Then a few nights later, when Annie was particularly upset about the dark, he told Annie to come over to his bed. (They both eventually fell asleep, picture #2). Then we put a stop to that, since they were staying up too late. But it was sweet, while it lasted. Annie still does not like the dark, but is more accepting of it (mostly.)