Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Good Foundation

Sam and Henry worked hard building two snowmen today. This is the beginning of the first one. To see the completed creature, click here.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Just Two

Bridget, Jack and Stella accompanied Dennis to New Hampshire for a visit with his parents and uncle, and Luke worked most of the day. Having just these two around was a nice change of pace.

Friday, November 28, 2014

A Warm Relationship

The kids have been loving all the snow we've gotten. This is Jack with one of the snowmen he made.

On Thanksgiving

We had three kinds of pie: pumpkin, apple, and chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Their Medium is Snow

The kids got artistic while building snowmen this evening. They seem to be going for a Cubist vibe.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Her Style

Shopping at Target last week, I found a pair of boots for Stella. She shook her head and said, "That's not my style." She found a pair she did like, but Dennis vetoed them (they were white and would be wrecked in a matter of days). Stella was not happy and declared, "I'm never wearing boots that aren't my style!" When we got home, we found a pair online that was her style. They arrived today.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Sam was the big winner.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Sub

Dennis took the day off from work, so I took the opportunity to invite him to do some lessons with the kids. I think Stella enjoyed her reading lesson with today's teacher.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Stella's still not up to snuff, but this afternoon's nap should help her feel better soon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plenty of Fun Indoors, Too

Here's Sam, after he went down during one of our indoor, disk-throwing sprees. He and Henry have made a number of Frisbee-like disks out of cardboard boxes and ice cream carton lids. They fly around the house at all hours. Today, Stella showed me exactly how to place my fingers and curl my arm to get great flights out of them.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sore Throat, Stuffy Nose

Stelly Bean developed cold symptoms last night, so she took it easy this morning. By early afternoon, she had had enough of that and returned to her usual, colorful pastimes.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Style All Her Own

The volume knob on her creativity is always turned all the way up.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Little Small for the Job

Stella loves to help with the laundry.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Temperatures were in the twenties today, but Sam felt perfectly comfortable outside in a hoodie.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Action Shots

Henry, Sam, and Jack pooled their resources and bought themselves a GoPro camera. They did a little trick-shot filming outside today. Of course, Stella was on hand to watch.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Stella and Henry were on tower duty at Fort Ruffing today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Brilliant Lineup

The burning bushes next to the house are looking beautiful.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Down Low

The hickory floor in the mold/family room is only about half finished, but the kids don't seem to mind.

This evening, Bridget and Henry auditioned for this year's SMASH production of "The Merchant of Venice." Bridget will be playing Portia, the female lead, and Henry will be playing Lorenzo, a significant male part. They're both quite excited, as are Dennis and I.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brother and Sister

Henry and Stella have an awful lot of fun together. Today, Henry devised an obstacle course and put Stella through her paces.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

When Johanna's Here

I sometimes wonder if she'll ever come back again. ; )

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Stella draws pictures and writes words all the time. (She knows how to spell a few words, like mom, Stella, Jack, and you.) Numbers are not as easy to write, but she does quite well with her math lessons.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Red and White

The remaining snow contrasts nicely with leaves from the burning bushes.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Little Lady

I don't think Luke is getting his wig back.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Luke's wig turned out to be a bit of a hassle for Miss Stella.