Thursday, November 29, 2012

a package

 last week we received a package from danny's mom... a big, flat box... and it turned into this!  a playhouse to color.  the kids love it.  they colored it for hours.  they'd color for awhile, do something else, color again.  good times.  

and now it's on the back porch and they play in it.  

every mom of small children should buy this.  it was $15 at the christmas tree shop (but the price to get it here was a little more than that!  thanks, grandma!).  

it is worth your $15.  promise.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

turkey and twists.

mary and luke, thanskgiving 2012.  

this is luke getting ready to do the twist... can you see him lowering that stubby, awesome body.  i know, it's hard to see... his legs are short.  i love when he dances... and jumps... and runs.  he's a bulldozer and has no control of his limbs.  mary wasn't into dancing. 

luke often just stares off into the distance and i put a camera about three inches from his face and he pretends not to notice.  he just poses, in a very "i'm cool and contemplative" way.  

mary and some friends doing the fun crafts!  thanks for organizing these for the kids!  she loved it.  

we had our thanksgiving celebration at the lunch room of the international school because there were so many people.  it was great because the playground (and soccer practice) were right outside the door.  this picture cracks me up.  luke stood in front of this kid trying to get his ball or trying to get him to get up and play with him for a few minutes.  that is a long time for a 1 year old to stand still and stare at a stranger.  he wanted so badly to communicate.  it was so cute!  luke can hardly handle watching practice... he wants to be on the field (not on the sidelines!) kicking with the big boys.  

i have no idea what eli is doing here but i love it... maybe luke was trying to teach him the twist.  i love eli and his expressions... and this is one i've yet to see. 

speaking of eli and football.  i think my favorite part about thanksgiving weekend was friday morning.  we went to the marcuses and watched the pats game (LIVE) which we've never been able to do here.  the kids played together in a miraculous and harmonious way, like never before.  carolyn made chicken chili and we all just hung out.  we're so thankful for easy-to-be-with and spontaneous friends here!  

one more thanksgiving celebration...
the monday before thanksgiving we did a thanksgiving celebration with the teachers, students and everyone's families from our language school.  it was a really fun time and a chance for us to share some of our culture (and food) with them.  this is one of our teachers, mas sam... he's funny (obviously) and so good with kids!  they all had a great time playing all of the little games he made up for them.  

the line of food... and leslie, doing our favorite asian picture pose, with the turkeys!  she did so much work to coordinate everything and create little details that made it extra special.  thanks, leslie!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

mary: 3.6 years old.

mary, my girl.  this may be boring for some, but i want to remember the little funny things about my kids... so here goes an extensive update on mary and all of her quirky ways.  

mary has quite the personality.  she loves being in charge and being a big sister to her little brother.  she loves to boss him around (and he loves it too), she makes up fun games, leads him in screaming at the dinner table (which leads to two children getting disciplined), leads him in prayer (he repeats after her), and frequently tells me that he's still a baby so he doesn't know how to obey yet.  he's two.  he knows how to obey.  anyways, she bosses and defends lukey.  she gets frustrated with him, but also has the sweetest moments with him.  she helps him with his shoes, encourages him to eat his food, cheers for him when he says a new word.  she has such a joy to see him progress.  it's sweet.  

mary loves to play soccer and still likes to exercise, though she's not as obsessed as she used to be.  

she loves to 'study' like mama and dada.  she's also getting really into coloring (inside the lines... she gets really proud of herself).  :)  she loves to do crafts, write squiggly lines which she calls letters and trace letters.

mary still loves her baby and sometimes has a new "special thing" every few days.  a lizard, my tripod (which she carried around like a baby), a bunny, a frog... it doesn't have to be in the shape of a human for her to mother it.  she loves mothering all things.  

she loves books.  she has since she was tiny.  every night she goes to bed with a ton of books in her bed and reads for up to an hour sometimes.  she will sit and listen to us read forever and correct us if we get a word wrong.  her current favorites are anything clifford, a mickey mouse flap book, you are special (max lucado) and her bible.  

she loves to play "school."  whoever is over (usually luke and leslie play along best, i think) has to sit down, she plays the guitar and sings 'worship' songs (usually about whatever is in her mind at the time... she makes them up and they can be about anything).  then they move onto story time.  she pretends to read in indonesian and it's all jiberrish with a lot of indonesian sounds or words included.  clearly, she's confused at school.  :)   

she goes to school M-F from 9-11am.  she had a hard time getting dropped off for the first month or so, but loves it now!  she has learned a lot from school (letters, songs, stories) and loves all of the activities.    i'm not convinced that she always knows what is going on since it's mostly in indonesian, but her indonesian language is coming along slowly but surely (i hope).  she doesn't sit very well in circle time which is something that we're currently working on with her teacher.  it may because because she doesn't have a clue what is happening or just because she's her own bird and wants to play independently.  either way, i'd like her to sit.  :)

mary is still napping for 1.5 hours most days of the week.  when ibu sri is watching her she usually doesn't nap but still does rest time.  she is a night owl and could stay up until 10:30pm and be happy as ever.  sometimes she does stay up that late in her bed, singing and reading.

mary is a sweet little girl.  she is caring towards her brother and enjoys getting to know people.  she amazes me how she remembers people's names and will randomly talk about someone that she met once a few months ago.  she often says, i love you mommy, you're a kind mommy.  or you're a good mommy.  she has this sappy tone of voice and rubs my hair.  it's so sweet and it also cracks me up because it's so sappy.  we are so thankful for the joy that mary brings to our lives!

and, this was my attempt at getting some photos of her.  it was a little too late in the day to get good ones and i went to a place that i thought was going to be a grassy hill... i hadn't seen the top.  so, i climbed up with her on my shoulders and we land in this dirt construction area.  not what i was imagining.  i know for next time.  it didn't really matter because clearly she wasn't in the mood.  she wouldn't stop making "funny faces", which means she sticks her fingers on her face.  

i just decided to join the fun and go with it.  we'll have to try to get some cute photos of her another time... :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

love and toots

every night at dinner we ask each other what we are thankful for from the day.  mary has taken it upon herself to ask everyone... so of course, luke wants to ask everyone also.  he says, "daddy tone-tul?"... we're pretty sure he's trying to say thankful.  Then, danny answers and luke smiles and says, "oh, weet"... meaning "sweet."  that's what mary says, because that is what i usually say to mary.  it's kind of unbelievable and scary how much kids learn from parents and big sisters.  anyways, tonight was funny... 

tonight mary asked me what i was thankful for.  i started to explain how i was thankful for a worship service this morning and particularly how i got to be with luke the whole time.  we were on the floor, he was being so sweet, playing instruments (it was a kid-friendly gathering), singing along, and cuddling and kissing me.  he is such a little lover!  as i'm saying all of these sweet things about luke i look over at him.  he is staring right at me with a very strained face and then toots for awhile.  i said, "did you just toot?!?" in amazement and disgust.  he just smiles and says, "ya."  

moment ruined.  
is this what i have to look forward to as the mother of a little boy?!?!  love and toots?!?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

happiest birthdays!

happy birthday to my mom!  

and to her mom, my sweet grandma jb, a few days ago!

four generations
i'm so thankful to have these two Godly women as examples for me.  they both love and serve the Lord and their families, they are also both so faithful to pray for their families... and the fruit of their labor is seen.  they are very different women, but i love that they are uniquely used by God.  mom and grandma, thank you for all that you do for us as a "little family" too.  we are so blessed to be cared for by you!  we love you both!  happy birthday!  

Friday, November 16, 2012

lately from my phone...

a glimpse of our day to day life from my phone.  so glad that we have phones with decent cameras these days.  i love capturing the random, daily things our kids do.  

luke 'taking pictures' with the tripod/poking his eye out
daddy love
mary, in her exercise outfit, playing basketball

luke, the baller...

mommy love
mary being pouting and not wanting to go to school... and luke joining in the fun.  :)

luke, in all his chubby glory, on a morning walk

luke eating his daily "kismis" (raisins) and oatmeal

just "cooking" in the pool... she made sure i ate ALL of my "pizza"

i love that drinks in indonesia always have pictures or words :)

coloring is a new favorite activity in our house... i love it!

mary and her 37 sleeping companions... books!

the pizza hut king!

we love pizza hut here!  the balloons help occupy them too.
luke being a fairy, clearing he has a big sister  :)

the nasty rat that bit mary.  i hate him.  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

faces of indonesia

those that God created in His image on this side of the ocean...

i caught this little guy taking a shower in his outside bathing area.  he just ran out and posed for my camera.  he was so cute and such a little ham!