Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Science Happens

It didn't take long for the kids to realize that my new couch generates lots of static electricity.  Luke, Sam and Henry have taken full advantage of this phenomenon to shock everyone within range.  One day, though, they got creative.  Here are pictures of Sam, conducting one of their "experiments."  First, he charges up by rubbing his head against the back of the couch; then, with shoes or boots on -- important for holding in the charge, he trots across my studio and kitchen to the refrigerator; once there, he braces himself, sticks out his tongue, touches the refrigerator with it, screams and laughs.  One of these days, I'll do some research of my own, by typing into Google, "Can taste buds be destroyed by electric shocks to the tongue?"

Photos taken 3/28/10

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I love this picture of 40-week-old Stella so much, I'm posting it, and it alone.  My little lady had her 9-month checkup on Monday.  She weighs 21 pounds (75th percentile) and is 29.5 inches tall (97th percentile).

Photo taken 3/25/10

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Treasures from Home

Without a doubt, our house is an ever-evolving work (although it often feels downright stagnant), but our recent acquisition of another house-worth of stuff has meant more changes — big and little — than usual.  These are some of the items that formerly resided in Millinocket.

Photos taken 3/22/10

Monday, March 22, 2010

Game Time

After cleaning out my parents' house last month, we have MANY items that need to find a home.  Most of them are still boxed and piled in the mold room.  Board games like Gambler, Parcheesi, and Clue, though, have found a home in the hands of the kids.  Oh, and it seems only fitting that the old kitchen table has become our game table.

Photos taken 3/22/10

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Signs of Spring

Spring looks like it's here to stay.  My neighbors' gorgeous crocuses certainly seem hopeful.

Photos taken 3/18/10

Saturday, March 20, 2010

All I Want For ...

Sam lost one of his front teeth a week or so ago.  Doesn't he look like the quintessential, mischief-making, All-American Boy?

Photos taken 3/11/10

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Stella hits both the 39-week mark and the 9-month mark today.  On Monday, she started taking antibiotics for the first time in her life.  Dennis discovered a deer tick sucking on her upper back on Sunday morning.  I'm hoping to stave off Lyme Disease by treating her with 28 days' worth of Amoxicillan.  She doesn't seem to enjoy taking her medicine, but she doesn't fight it either.  In the last two photos, you'll see what happens when Jack tries to help me administer Stella's medicine.

Photos taken 3/18/10

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Stella is 38 weeks old today.  One of her top front teeth made its debut yesterday.  She now has a sliver of white on the top half of her smile.

Photos taken 3/11/10

Thursday, March 4, 2010


At 37 weeks, Stella has developed quite the personality.  She loves to interact with her siblings and play with her toys.  Watching her discover something new is fun.  She wants to touch it, turn it over, taste it, bang it on the floor, make movable parts move.

Photos taken 3/4/10

Monday, March 1, 2010


We spent the weekend packing 45 years' worth of stuff (minus the junk, the furniture I sold to/left for David, and the things that just wouldn't fit in the moving truck) into a U-Haul (which got stuck in a ditch next to an on-ramp of I-95, in a snowstorm, on the way to Millinocket, and got tugged out by a tow truck driver with the last name of Doyle, no relation to me, after one of Maine's finest threatened to tow it to an impound yard); driving said U-haul 145 miles south; and emptying its contents into our completely disorganized, too-full house.  Dennis, of course, (who worked like a superhero to get it all done), may disagree with me about leaving the junk behind.  Note Medusa, that crazy contraption from my Mom's old beauty shop.

Here are the goods, in the former living room (affectionately referred to as "the mold room" for months now).  Maybe someday our house will look like any other, but then again, it is orange, so maybe not.

Oh, one more thing: after writing that post, I have a sudden desire to read some Faulkner.  Interesting, that.

Photos taken 3/1/10