Ever since Lucas has taken to wearing his brown squeaky shoes, his life has changed dramatically. Fyo, who used to run from him and seek refuge on the top of the couch, now follows him around everywhere he goes. That squeak squeak squeak sounds exactly like Fyo's hedgehog toy, and while at first I was worried he wanted to chew on poor Boo's feet, he seems content to simply stalk him around. Even when Boo drops to his knees to crawl under a chair or table, Fyo shows remarkable restraint. You may notice in the picture Lucas is carrying around a cracker. Unfortunately, Fyo's restraint with stealing food is much weaker. Someone is getting very plump, and it sure as heck ain't Boo.
My baby boy is only fifteen months old and apparently he knows a lot. Or at least he's taken to saying that he does. You say something like "You touched the ashes, now I have to wash your hands" and he says "I know." It comes out in an accent, and sounds a bit indignant. Emphasis on the know. High-pitched and a little raspy. So what other things does he know, do you wonder? Let me tell you. All animals (except for the owl) say baaaaa. Even fur hats say it. All drinks are agua. All fruits are apples. Anything wearing red is Elmo. (Jesus often wears red in his picture Bible, which is an error I'll eventually have to address.)
Matt has decided to take an early retirement from McFall Motors, which means no more free lunches at noon, no more hot cookies on Fridays, and certainly no more hitting on the boss's daughter. What would make him move on from such a cherry job, you ask? He is off to be a Chieftan! Maybe you wonder is he cut out for this? So let me assure you that 1) he's been training for this position for the last year and a half, and 2) he is part Native American. I personally think they couldn't have done any better!
It was starting to get dim outside when we took Lucas sledding, so most of my pictures didn't turn out. If you try to picture that cute little pursed smile growing into a big jack-o-lantern grin, and Fyo in front pulling the sleigh with grandpa Tall helping in the deep snow, you just might get it right! (For a little added realism you could try picturing foot and a half deep snow and temperatures hovering around zero. Boo loved it until I discovered he had an orange slice in his mouth and had to take it away...then he cried the whole way home. Told me he was hoping it'd turn into an orange popsicle. I said Boo, it almost did, it almost did...)
This is Lucas's sweet little satisfied pout, when all is right with the world; when all that is left to do after a long day of mischief is to be cuddled. . PS. Look how well my Flaco walks! Such exertion would tire out even the strongest of men.
Kelly and Fernando taught us a game that's a cross between pictionary and telephone. You think of a phrase and draw a little picture to represent it, then you pass your picture to the next person, who writes down what they think you drew. They pass their phrase to the next person, who draws it...and so on, until the end when you discover how warped your original phrase became. So the contest is: who can guess what the phrase was in the top photo? You get three drawings to help you guess! . The next photo is Akiko, my lovely friend who I miss. And then the last picture is little Itsuki celebrating his triumph over Lucas after having successfully pulled him off of my lap. They played so nicely together, and Itsuki started saying some words in Spanish (Lucas's stuttery little a-a-a-a-agua) and...well, I wish I could say Lucas picked up some Japanese, but alas, he did not. He did, however, eat seaweed. . (If you read into that last sentence a little, it may or may not help you with the contest. Emphasis on the may not.) . *Unless there are multiple winners, inwhich said offer is null and void. Unless I feel like it. ;)
does not know the joys of hosting! For Christmas we had at our house (see if you can keep track) my parents, my grandma, my sister and her husband, my sister's in-laws, my in-laws, my sister-in-law and her husband, my sister-in-law's sister-in-law and her husband, and my sister-in-law's in-laws (as well as a surprise visit from the Baders and Langes! Yay!) The only one missing from the picture (at the bottom) is poor little Lucas, who took a long winter's nap. And then the top picture is from New Year's. My mom made us a feast of ceviche, sufle de queso, crab-potato salad, roasted ham, rice with corn, and homemade rolls, and then for dessert (dessert!) we had cheesecake, sars bars, and funeral bars. (I think we need to work on the names of our desserts perhaps.) Joyous events, both of them! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years as well my friends!
Apparently I haven't uploaded any pictures for many moons. I think that's what happens when I have too much excitement! Who wants to sit at a computer? Not me, sir. No, not me. I'll have to go back and find some pictures from Christmas and New Years, since both celebrations were among the best I've had in my whole life. But for now, here is Lucas in his poncho flown in from Ecuador, looking oh so guapo.