Dear Ben

Sigh. Sorry I’m so late writing this week. Just as you predicted, I’ve overscheduled myself and am finding few free minutes in the day.

Inspired by four-man chess, your brothers’ have been creating all new versions of the ancient game– Playmobil chess, Lord of the Rings chess, farmer chess (where tractor is king).


“the eye of Sauron”

Be prepared for new decor when you come home because Xander is obsessed OBSESSED with Halloween. He’s organized costumes, is planning a party and has invited a dozen mice and spiders to take up residence in the front hall.
note the beady red eyes 


 I’ll take more photos once we’ve completed our grand schemes. Xander’s enthusiasm has convinced me to go all-out this year– he won’t be little much longer and I intend to savor every minute.


We’re especially in love with our warty pumpkins.

Uh oh! Screams are coming from the front yard, Mary’s home from school.
Four hours later…piano, soccer, Aikido, gymnastics, guitar…
Miss Ottley claims that Mary is a “perfect angel” in class but her divine behavior must be depleted by school because she arrives home raging or crying nearly every day. Everything is a monumental task– taking off her shoes, hanging up her backpack, getting a dr-i-i-i-i-i-nk of water. Sniff. 

Eventually she calms and eats and arranges her hair.


Clever, huh?


Last weekend she made a stack of fortunes and begged each of us to pull one from her purse.
Mine said “Happy!” As did all of them.
I have a feeling ‘happy’ is her destiny too.
Much love. Be happy.  

September 28, 2010
October 4, 2010



  1. Tasha

    October 1, 2010

    I love Mary’s creative hair-arrangement! She makes me happy :]

  2. Rachelle

    October 1, 2010

    After enjoying Nanette’s adorable photos and now this? Can I just move in with you? I mean, your posts are over the top cuteness. Truly. I’m lovin’ you.

  3. Tifani

    October 1, 2010

    There is something so comforting about a bag full of happy fortunes. That will make me smile all day.

    Annie wants to know if she can get in on Playmobil chess. The boys have combined two of her favorite things.

  4. chococatania

    October 1, 2010

    I love your blog.

    Mary reminds me of all of my girls (we have a kind of opposite situation at our house – three girls, with one boy on the way). They are so good for so long, that they just get tired by the end of the day, and have just enough dramatic flair to express their exhaustion very well.

    I love Mary’s happy fortunes. Thanks for keeping up your blog.

  5. Anne Marie

    October 1, 2010

    Beautiful pictures of your kids. My boys and husband love to play four man chess. Loved seeing the other versions they come up with. Thanks for updating.

  6. Selwyn

    October 4, 2010

    Reading your blog makes the ocean feel teeny…

    Loved the eye of Sauron! (Did you know Sheldon comics has a Literature book out – comics about literature? It’s currently on my bookshelf, snuggling my Calvin & Hobbes =))

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