Rarely a Quiet Moment


Wyatt’s first word was mama and although he collected a short list of words over the next few months, he rarely used them. He preferred to point or take my hand and pull me toward what he wanted.

Even now that he knows lots of words and can “read” the books that we have read a . . . → Read More: Rarely a Quiet Moment

He is Always by My Side


I take a lot of pictures of the kids and when I look through my image catalog there are so many pictures of Juliana and Ruslan laughing and showing their personality. I have fewer pictures of Wyatt and it’s not because I don’t spend much time with him. In fact I spend a lot . . . → Read More: He is Always by My Side

He Really Does Love His Sister


While we were shopping today Juliana asked me to take her picture with Wyatt. I don’t know if Wyatt was afraid she was trying to steal his crackers, but he made it clear that he did not want Juliana close to him.

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Random Ruslan

Ruslan has the best manners of my children. He almost always remembers to say please and thank you. If he hears anyone in the house sneeze he runs to tell them Bless You.



Up until recently Ruslan had no interest in TV. Why sit still watching TV when he could be climbing, . . . → Read More: Random Ruslan

6 going on 16


There is no doubt that Juliana loves her brothers. She doesn’t see them in the morning before school since she leaves before they are up, and she is always excited to see them when they come home. She wants to play with them and help them and she genuinely cares about them. They are . . . → Read More: 6 going on 16

The Boy Who Loves Other People’s Shoes


Ruslan will wear anyone’s shoes. If they are left unattended he will put them on. Juliana has a habit of leaving shoes all over the house so he has the easiest access to those.

He was very excited to try on these bright pink shoes this weekend (who can blame him, they are very . . . → Read More: The Boy Who Loves Other People’s Shoes

Turn that frown upside down


Yesterday was a no good, very bad day for me. Due to a series of unrelated events I spent a good bit of the day in tears, but that’s not the subject of this post. I woke up feeling sad today and wanted to stay in bed, but I got up and showered and . . . → Read More: Turn that frown upside down

Ruslan 2.5


A glimpse into the world of Ruslan at 2-1/2 years old.

He narrates life, describing what he is doing and everything that is happening around him – Mommy driving, Wyatt crying, Ruslan screaming, etc. I fear another child who talks continuously. Since he likes to talk so much I ask him to repeat long words and . . . → Read More: Ruslan 2.5

Wyatt 2.5

A glimpse into the world of Wyatt at 2-1/2 years old.

He LOVES french fries, but there is a catch. French fries in the fast food container = the most awesome, best thing ever. French fries on a napkin or plate = I don’t want it, NO, Fix it. One of the reasons he . . . → Read More: Wyatt 2.5

Wyatt – Always Thinking


Each day the boys come home from childcare with a paper with notes about what they did, ate, diaper changes, etc. It used to include a note at the top of the page that said, “Today I was _____” and they would add a smiley face or sad face or a comment. A few . . . → Read More: Wyatt – Always Thinking