Monday, November 25, 2013

the crab walk

luke has been sleeping on the floor almost exclusively for about a month… though on and off for several months.  it's weird, i know.  i just moved the mattress to the floor yesterday, before that he just slept on the rug.  i had tried to mattress before but he didn't want it.  

in a land of many creatures, sleeping on the floor can come with some risks.  and we have a few stories to prove it.  

a few weeks ago luke woke up around 5am and i went into his room to lay with him and help him fall back asleep.  he kept creeping closer and closer to me, patting me and being sweet.  then, all of the sudden i feel something on my face… and it wasn't luke's hand.  i grabbed it off my face and threw it across the room… and i could tell that it kind of flew.  i, of course, kind of freaked out and it woke luke up entirely.  i turned on the light and saw a huge cockroach!  sick, a cockroach was on my cheek!  

then, today we had another occurrence.  i was about to put luke down for his nap and we were laying on his bed with the light still on.  he wanted to go get his guitar to sleep with and i just waited in his bed.  as he's about to walk back in, i look towards the door and yell at him to freeze!  don't walk any closer!  oh, there was a crab.  yes a CRAB in his room.  his room isn't close to the front door and the day before mary saw a crab on the front porch, so we're assuming that little crab has been hanging out in our house the last 24 hours and just made it to luke's room.  i can't really think about if i had already turned the light off with luke sleeping on the floor and a crab in his room.  oh my.  

but, he luckily he's grown up here so he's kind of obsessed with the creatures we encounter.  i think he may become an ant scientist… his favorite activity while he's doing his business on the toilet is researching the ant activity happening in our bathroom.  he usually calls me in 4 times before he's done just to let me know what the ants are doing.  he also loves mosquitos.  he has a collection on the edge of his dresser of the ones we kill in his room every night.  he picks them up by the legs and puts them on the same corner every night.  don't worry, i throw the collection away every few days.  :)  

and the moral of the story is… tomorrow we're ordering a bed for luke.  

Sunday, November 24, 2013


the last few months i've taken photos at PAUD (luke's playgroup) in our neighborhood.  they want to do a calendar for all of the kids so they've asked me to photograph.  i'll be honest, it's not an easy task!  watching luke/handling his emotional outbreaks and photography at the same time isn't easy.  i usually leave DRIPPING sweat… like i just ran a 10k.  also, they want the photos to show a lot of kids together… and i like more of an small group/individual look because it's cleaner and shows the kids adorable expressions.   but, i'm doing my best and i know that i'll be thankful for these photos one day.  

the kids with their newspaper hats on about to go on a walk.  luke wouldn't sit down because i wasn't sitting with him… and he wouldn't wear his hat.  he's got a will, i tell you!

doing their fun songs that they sing every day.  luke just started going to the circle without me… it may have been the bubbles that i promised to play with after school, but he's having fun!  :)

learning to eat a snack by themselves (typically indonesian children are spoon fed until they are about 5 years old).  luke ate the chocolate sprinkles off the bread with a spoon… and he ate only the chocolate sprinkles.  

a class photo.  i mean, these kids are so cute!  the little guy on the right with the mohawk is luke's best buddy, alif.  i love him.  and please notice luke's indonesian pose.  he's touching his cheeks just like all people who are photographed under the age of 30 years old do here.  hilarious.

and luke's 2013 school picture… which happened because i offered him a piece of chocolate.  i mean, when the mom is photographing 20+ kids you do what you have to.  :)  and yes, i did school pictures for every one of them.  they are adorable.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

instagram upload

a look at daily life through my phone…

luke and his buddy alif on a morning jog with me.  alif had never been pushed in a jogging stroller… he loved it!
ice cream night with cute chiara
luke is in love with baby farin!  we visit him almost daily… as soon as luke sees him he wants to hold him.  and surprisingly, the baby loves luke!  laughs and gets so excited when luke comes towards him.  i love it!

mary and her diagnosis book, she's a doc mcstuffins lover!

celebrating 6 years of marriage with a box of kraft mac and cheese.  love him! 

sometimes they have the sweetest moments!  sometimes.

making sate with ibu sri in our "back yard"-- read slab of broken concrete :)
yes, they really think his name is lucky.  bless his heart.
the dude with the red flag was directing traffic at a busy intersection, it's a self-made job.  the day before he had on a full santa outfit… i'm not sure what the deal is with him.  
my very creative, pretender… my trash is her treasure.  
this ONE tazmanian devil slipper was given to us by a neighbor.  i appreciate her generosity and friendliness, but i kind of hate stuffed animals.  and well, this is goes way beyond the basic ones that i consider space takers.  
pizza night!  
washing dishes after he got home from "school"… yes, that's his uniform.  :)
pancake dinner.  mary got a princess and luke got a racquet… which he tried to pick up by the handle and dropped on the ground.  
mary and her favorite big friend, vera!  we love vera!
oreo peanutbutter blizzard… my favorite dessert in indonesia.  
coffee date with my favorite little girl.  starbucks, comfy chairs, books, uno and a cookie.  so fun!
luke and his buddies at the park.  they were playing in a gutter… clearly. 
family worship night.  love this.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

parenting tip: dry erase

rarely do i share parenting tips, but today i have one.  dry erase.  it's amazing.  we do dry erase markers sometimes (though they are usually without clothing because it stains) and dry erase crayons.  dry erase crayons are the best!  

this is when i let mary loose on our tile floors.  we had pictures everywhere!  and a sweet note that daddy left on the floor before he went away for three days.  :)

this is one of luke's first recognizable drawings.  i love it.  he explained it as a person with one big tear and two mustaches.  luke is obsessed with mustaches.  and it's embarrassing because he often points, squeals and shakes in excitement when he sees a man on the street with a mustache… and usually he wants to greet them.  as if we don't stand out enough here.  

sometimes after using the dry erase markers they look like they just got done working on a car or something… so beware.

side note: if your child is prone to write on walls, bodies or furniture i would not let them loose with markers… it DOES NOT come out.  

also, living in asia we have all tile floors… dry erase is only amazing when used on tile.  give it try!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

traumatized?!? i hope not.

last weekend we took a weekend away with some friends to a little town in the mountains called Batu.  the change in weather and scenery was so nice!  it was green, fresh and a little cool in the mornings.  

i don't really have pictures from the weekend except for a few from the zoo.  there is a zoo there and it's really nice!  a ton of cool animals and a ton of rides.  my kids have never done rides before… so this was fun for them.  mary is generally timid and luke is usually up for a challenge.  

here they are on the very mild airplanes… nothing but going in a slow circle, all was well!

then, luke wanted to go on the jeep ride, like our friend eli (who is mary's age and very brave).  well, that didn't turn out so well.  

he was terrified, poor little guy.  the jeeps were supposed to be "off-roading" so they were really jerky and would feel like it was falling.  they can't stop the ride for a scared kid so every time he passed me i felt so bad.  i couldn't do anything about it but cheer for him and encourage him to be brave.  you could see his little face trying so hard not to cry, he was trying to be brave but he was so afraid.  i was dying laughing at his face and couldn't wait to go get him when it was over.  and i was being supermom, documenting his terrified face by taking pictures… which are blurry because of my laughing.  :)  i'm praying he forgets it soon… he was traumatized the rest of the day and wouldn't try other rides. 

mary thought she was so brave and awesome going on the dumbo ride with leslie.  thanks, les!  :)

feeding the giraffes… which could have clearly crossed the small fence and eaten our heads.  

us trying to get a family picture… while being afraid that thing's sick, long purple tongue was going to reach out for my hair or something.