Monday, May 28, 2012

faces from indonesia

this weekend there was a big festival in our city celebrating the "good ole days" or something like that.  basically, one of the main drags in town was closed for 4 days and a TON of people came to hang out, eat traditional food and look at the sights.  it was really fun for our family.  though we were a little attacked by random cameras asking for pictures of our children, we enjoyed it.  :)  i love going to big events like that because it makes me love the city we live in.  

on saturday danny watched the kids for a bit so i could go get some photos of people.  usually i'm too embarrassed to get up in their face and take pictures, but since everyone was doing it at the festival ("malang tempo dulu") i got up the guts and did it too.  i think indonesia people are so beautiful.  here are some of the beautiful people on this side of the world.  























Saturday, May 26, 2012

take a seat

he loves ledges, curbs, steps... anything he can take a seat on.  i love his stomach, his chubby hands and his cute smile.  :)  this was a little time we had together playing on the back porch while mary was at school.  








Wednesday, May 23, 2012

mary is THREE!

mary turned three over a month ago and i've wanted to take "3 year old" photos of her since then.  unfortunately, she got two big fake tattoos on her arm on her third birthday and she wouldn't let me wash them for about two weeks... and i didn't want the tats to show in the photos.  and now i've finally got around to doing them.  i'll also be documenting the normal things of her life right now... so if you're bored, sorry.  :)  this is our family scrapbook and i don't want to forget.  

our three year old.



mary is funny, welcoming, loves a party and a crowd.  could have guests here all of the time.  she can also be found playing happily by herself.  she's very social and has pretty even emotions.  she also very quirky and unaware that everyone here is constantly watching her... so she does things like, sing an indonesian song over the loud speaker at wendy's or do a full out dance in the grocery store or go on a walk with her rolling suitcase through our neighborhood.  




mary eats cornflakes (all the other cereals are about $8 a box, literally!) or oatmeal every morning.  she loves peanut butter and jelly (that's my girl!  i ate one every day until i was about 17... and now i eat them almost every day again), plain yogurt, apples, oranges, random indonesian fruit, raisins, m&m's (was her potty training treat), french fries, white rice, tempe, pizza.  she goes to bed around 8:15pm every night and sometimes sings/talks in her bed for 45 minutes.  it's cute.  and she used to wake up around 8am and then after she was potty trained that changed.  tear.  she doesn't have a consistent wake up time now... could be 5:50 or 7:30am.  she still naps about 1.5 hours a day.  




some of the things that mary has loved this year... 
she seems to go in phases, gets obsessed with something and can not think of anything else for a few months and then gets over it.  she used to love her guitar and would sing ALL.DAY.LONG.  then, she loved exercising ALL.DAY.LONG.  it was good for me, i did a lot of exercising that i didn't want to because i was trying to be a good mom.  :)  luckily, she's almost over that.  she will still do it with me if i initiate but she doesn't asked to do it at 6:15am... and every other hour of the day.  i'm not sure what her next "phase" will be.  she seems a bit more varied right now but maybe she just testing out the waters to see what she wants to obsess over next.  she loves swinging, playing with blocks, coloring, basketball (or any sport with a ball), loves puzzles, playing matching games, stickers and jumping/wrestling on our mattress that is still in the middle of our living room (going on three months).  




mary loves to read her bible!  she's gone through a few favorite stories... creation, abraham (and isaac and jacob), joseph, lazarus and Jesus' death and resurrection.  she often wants to pray for lazarus that he won't be sick anymore.  :)  since easter her favorite has been the death and resurrection of Jesus.  it's about 10 pages long with a few sentences on each page.  last week she said she wanted to read it to us and we didn't think she would do more than a few key points.  well, she had almost the entire thing memorized... even words that aren't yet in her vocabulary.  it was SO sweet.  she gets a really excited, high pitched voice when she says, "and suddenly Jesus was among them!"  and yells "he is risen!"  we pray that one day she will really understand this Truth and be forever changed by it. 



conversations with mary have us cracking up every day!  she loves to try to talk like an adult, mimicking me or danny and bossing us or luke around.  tonight it was, 'hold still luke, don't move.  i'm putting your hair in a pony tail."  some of my favorite phrases from her...

"i not won't do that more-gin" after being told not to do something.
"oh my goodness, dat amazing!"
"otay, otay?  say otay mommy" as she is bossing us around.  :)
"last night..." meaning any time that has already past.  even if it was a few months ago.  
"you have to obey God, mom." like when she wants me to listen to her or asks for something ridiculous like ice cream at 9am.  it's hilarious.  we always correct her, don't worry.  
"why you make that noise mommy?" as i'm running with the double stroller uphill and trying to sing them a song... i was panting, really heavily.  she always asks that i not make that noise... and then i ask that she sleep later and let me run alone!  :)  
"luke, you want some milk?  you want mama?" crouching down, using her mom voice, trying to comfort him.  such a sweet big sister.
"but when i get so big..." with arms stretched out and face so serious... usually has something to do with drinking coffee, wearing my shoes/cloths, driving a motorcycle, etc.  

she's always asking ridiculous things or saying something off the wall and then says, "nnooooo" with the cutest little smile.  she's really developing her own little humor.  

when she asks for something with a sharp tone or not too polite, i reminder her to change her tone and it's this immediate, too sweet and high pitched tone, with her head turned to the side and a smile... "may i please have more milk, mom?"  or whatever.  it's hilarious because it's like a little different person comes out.  mary, you can be polite and not overly fake.  :)  but, i'd rather her go overboard on the politeness at this point, so i don't complain.  :)



mary loves people.  she easily connects to people, remembers names and asks about them.  this past weekend i had a good college friend visit for 2 days and i hadn't seen her in 8 years.  mary thought finny was her best friend by about hour 6.  she loves having people in our house.  she loves the kids here, both american and indonesian, and often talks about my friends, people at church, her teachers, family in america.  it's one of the things that i love about her.  one of the things i've prayed since she was born is that she would be one who is inclusive, who sees those that are outside and seeks to bring them in, who knits people into God's community.  she's obviously not there yet, but i hope that this love for people will be developed by God into something that reaches many of the 'outsiders' in her life.  



her indonesian language is increasing by the week also.  it's so fun to hear her say something new!  she even says little phrases sometimes.  some words that she frequently uses... (translated into english) about 10 colors, counts to 10, rain, sleep, eat, milk, where?, walking, rice, careful, here, thank you
baneesee = permisi,  meaning "excuse me"
aku mau, meaning "i want"
tidak bisa, meaning "i/someone can't"
mau pulang, meaning "going home"
she is in school right now and though the teacher can speak english and helps her out i'm sure, she is learning a lot of indonesian from school.  she's always singing new songs and tonight at dinner she prayed in indonesian (it was the little prayer they do at school).  she had a hard time going for a few weeks but now she loves it and asks for her teacher on the weekends.  i'm looking forward to seeing her language grow this next year as she's exposed even more.   



a few weeks ago she went from total scribble to actually drawing people.  it's so cute!  totally stick figure, but with all of the important features.  she loves to do "kwafs" too... crafts, that is.  color, glue, cut, glue some more, beads.  she just started asking me to write words with little dots so that she can trace the letters.  i should probably get one of those books.  she knows quite a few letters these days, which i'm assuming it from school because she just keeps coming up with more.  




mary, we love you more than you'll ever know.  i love this stage of your life.  you are my little buddy, you make me laugh, you ask me good questions about life, God and people.  you remind me to have a good attitude and choose thankfulness (sometimes because you're reminded by me).  :)  you delight in little things.  you are compliant and a delight.  we will continue to pray that you will be a woman who knows that you were created by a God who loves you and knows you and that your life is ultimately for His glory.  we love you, baby.

Monday, May 21, 2012

the milk roller coaster

luke + milk = the emotional roller coaster of a teenage girl

luke could not be more content with his morning milk.  he literally starts moaning for it before we get out of his room and once he gets it doesn't stop drinking until it's gone.  he loves his milk!


then comes milk drunk.


and now the milk is empty and this is what happens...  yelling in frustration and wanting more...


me still taking pictures so not refilling his cup up yet...  then he cries.  



then, he throws the cup.


and then he gets more and is content and showing his beautiful eyes again.  



a few disclaimers... 

a. i usually hold him while he drinks his milk but today was special because...

b. the sunlight was coming perfectly on our back porch and i wanted to experiment with early morning back lit photos.  obviously a good reason not to hold him.  

c. sorry about the weird lighting in the frustrated pictures... like i said, i was experimenting.  though the faces aren't that clear, it really was an amazing capture of his milk emotions.  

d. though i joke about his emotional outbursts, we are working on teaching our little emotional guy appropriate ways to express his frustrations and needs.  i'm reading a book that i highly recommend (loving the little years) and here is a quote from it.  "If your son in his high chair is struggling with anger about his vegetables (or in our case, milk) you should be seeing the high school boy acting out after a lost basketball game.  Give him the tools now that he will need then."  so, though luke is only 17 months old, we want to take seriously the responsibility to teach him how to have self control, of course in a way that he is developmentally able right now.  not an easy road, but one that we daily walk.  :)  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

girl vs. boy

luke leads with his head.  he loves to go right at people, head first.  he loves to rough house.  mary is enjoying it more and more, though sometimes she's still afraid when he comes running at her.  she's not that brave... yet.  i think she will be as she sees her little brother push the limits.  :)  they're so different.  i love it.




look at those legs.  


luke also motions for mary to sit "on his lap" or in between his legs....


and then he pushed her away.  he likes us to sit on his lap too.  


and sometimes this happens.  the pictures is terrible but just so funny.  mary couldn't get her leggings up so she left them right below her bum.  why not, right?  do you notice a theme here?  my kids are usually in their underwear/diaper.  that's just want we do since it's a little hot here.  one day, they're realize that isn't normal and that all of the big people have clothes on.  but for now, they sweat less this way.  :)


Thursday, May 10, 2012

paul pierce's godson

i'm going to embrace the camera today.   it's a challenge from another mom-blogger to actually be IN the pictures with your kids.  so, in an effort to do that i gave the self timer a go today.  :)  me and my boy, playing with a basketball.  something we both love.  




GO CELTICS!  
i think paul pierce has this basketball too... but i bet he didn't find it in indonesia like us!  

some fun things about luke lately... 

he started "talking" more and more.  oh man, it's adorable!  he just jabbers away as if we understand him.  

he started talking for real also, in his own way, of course.  he kind of makes sounds that resemble the words, but when the kid is one they count as his words.  he's recently added apple, "mau" (indonesian word meaning "want"), sh-sh (which means shoe or susu... the indonesian word for milk), and cracker.  and our babysitter thinks he uses one javanese word (the local language).   

he and mary are playing so well together these days.  they just scream in laughter.  he thinks she's awesome... until she steals his toys or yells at him for not obeying her.  :)  we're still trying to teach her about who has to obey who around this house.  

he is so much more fearless than mary.  if he's on the bed or in a ball pit, he just stands up and free falls straight back.  he runs at us full force and throws his body into us.    

he loves to sweep too.  loves it!  he grabs brooms all day and will spend 15 minutes.  he especially loves to sweep big ants away.

when we put him to bed he just cuddles up and lays there while we sing to him.  we used to have to rush through "amazing grace" so that he wouldn't wiggle down and be out the door before the song was over.  now, he just lays there peacefully enjoying my voice. ;) 

there are a million more things we can say about our boy, but it's time to go to bed.  


Saturday, May 5, 2012

blue screen of death

it's a sad day.  i, lisa, got the blue screen of death on my computer.  that means no more fun pictures and fewer blog updates.  and i'm just praying that our pictures can be recovered!  but, on this sad day, i'm remembering a happy one.  

sarah's 80's birthday party.  that was a fun day.  miss you all.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

take 'em to the mattresses

this is what we do around our house.  usually luke is laughing and wrestling, not crying.  he LOVES to wrestle.  if we get down on the mattress, he immediately runs to us, smiley with his head tucked ready to tackle us.  danny plays with them almost every evening while i get dinner on the table.  it's been glorious.  this is danny giving "the claw" to mary... now both of our kids do the stomach claw to others.  awesome.




why is there a mattress in the middle of our living room you ask?  oh, because my parents came to visit... 2 months ago!  the floors are really hard here and good rugs are expensive and we don't have a lot of guests so we just keep it out as the centerpiece of our house.  i would never do this in america because we had people over all of the time and it's not exactly a guest friendly environment.  but indonesia is different, especially as we're still learning the language.  so, we're embracing it and playing on it hours a day.  we love the random mattress!


thanks for loaning it to us, oquins.  let us know when you want it back.  ;)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

jangan begitu dong.


don't take my milk... or my ball.