Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I find it quite funny that though I am a woman of (many) words, I publish so few on this blog. The season of life calls for more than words, I guess. Saying that, I do have a few to publish, but not my own.
Bethany is blowing away the average age for words by using "Da Da" and "Ma Ma" regularly. She also loves her feet on the changing table and tries valiantly to say "Feet" every time she plays with them. At first she was happy just to get out something like, "geht." But when I started to show her the "F" sound, she started blowing on her lips a little differently from just the play blowing--trying to make that "F" sound. Then she finishes with the "geht." It is very cute. Other than that she communicates very consistently in other ways. When she wants something pretty badly she sticks her hands out to the side and wiggles them. Sometimes she cries when she wants to get out of bed, but mostly she just makes all her noises over and over until someone comes to get her.
Jacob is, of course, talking just fine for a three year old. He is to the stage, though, that his little mispronunciations are so cute. I have to stop myself from admonishing Naomi when she tries to correct him. Some of my favorites are "Yogrit" (yogurt), "Nuffink" (nothing), "Opie meal" (oatmeal), "mecinine" (medicine), "Whitening the Queen" (Lightening McQueen) and "Ball-E-Ball" (volley ball). Until recently he called Naomi "Nah-nee," but when she started consistently protesting, he began saying it correctly. Again, I am almost sad. Oh, after Nate told him about Star Wars, he told me about "Obi Kenobi Wan" (Obi Wan Kenobi).
Naomi's gift of language has mystified us, made us roll on the ground with laughter, and troubled us depending on the time and subject. She has unlimited imagination for stories and sometimes troubling perfect recall of words we have said. (Don't worry--nothing bad, just incriminating.) She loves to evangelize Jacob, and recently I overheard her saying, "Jacob, Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Then he rose again and went to heaven to build a big house for all of us. It's huge. When we get there, we'll probably get lost. But we can ask Jesus for help and he'll show us the way." Good stuff! She also occasionally comes out with imaginary stories that almost seem to embarrass her. She'll be putting on a piece of jewelry when she's getting ready for school and say something like, "Eric gave me this when we went on our first date." Then she'll grin and blush.
All of these words add up to a beautiful poem in my heart.
"The words of the pure are pleasant." Proverbs 15:26
(Not that I think my children are "pure" by any means, but Jesus did say that we should have the heart of a little child in order to enter the Kingdom. I think the words above have that kind of quality.)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Bethany's New Tricks

I am so sorry these 2 videos are sideways! I always forget that the videos on my camera don't turn. Most of the time I can just re-take the video, but moments like these don't come very often!

If you listen closely, you can even hear Bethany saying "Ma Ma" to let me know she's done jumping and ready to eat.

A Big Load for Daddy

Thanks, Grandma, for the Purple Dress

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Naomi's Open House

Tuesday night was Naomi's open house at her school, the Classical Studies Center. During the first 20 minutes of school, all of the students works on memorization. They have learned all the books of the Bible, the Apostle's Creed, days of creation, ten commandments, the plagues, the first 10 questions of the shorter catechism, some grammar rhymes, and a Psalm. Tuesday night they recited all of it for us. There was more too, but I can't even remember all of what they did! It was about 20 solid minutes of recitations!


A Little Snow

Monday night we had a little snow. It was nice to wake up Tuesday, build a fire, make pancakes and play in the snow. Great memories...

Toilet Paper Tower

One of Jacob's chores is to help unwrap the toilet paper rolls we get from Sam's. Monday we made the job a little more interesting!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bethany's Singing Career

When I get the camera out, Bethany usually smiles. But if she's doing her cute little singing, this is a bit annoying because it makes her stop. I've tried hiding the camera, but she usually figures it out. This time, though, she just didn't turn around. I think she has a career in it, what do you guys think? : )

Sir Barks-A-Lot

Spinach Casserole Face

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jacob's Dog

In a moment of pure genius the other day, Jacob scribbled this on the side of a drawing and said, "Hey Momma, I drew a dog sitting down wearing glasses." I said the appropriate, "Mmm hmm," but when I saw the drawing I just had to capture for all of you to see. It does indeed look remarkably like a dog sitting down wearing glasses.

Bethany Can Roll

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Jumping Jacob

Bethany Plays Peek-A-Boo

Bethany loves to play on the changing table--so much so that I even treasure the times I get to change her diaper. She is my little sweet pea! She makes faces and blows sherbets with her lips. She grabs her feet and tries gleefully to stuff them in her mouth all the while giggling and making sure I'm watching. Her new game is peek-a-boo. At first she was a little scared of the whole idea. After a few times, she could do it herself and she gladly added another game to her list.

Visit with Meghan

Little twins

Thanks for the Outfits

First day back to school--thank you, Grandma Street, for the new outfit!

Second day back to school--thank you, Aunt Abby, for the new outfit!

The Jeep Returns

Bethany loves going out to watch the big kids play!

This has to be one of the Oster kids' favorite toys ever! When we moved into our house on Princess Trail, we discovered that Naomi could drive this jeep anywhere, including up the road to a neighbor's house. After a few dozen times of taking that trip though, the tires were completely in shreds. We just purchased new tires and THE JEEP RETURNS! Naomi had to relearn her driving skills, but now she's as fast and risky as ever. She's the only five year old (and she could do this when she was three!) I know who can do a quick, tight three-point turn!

Roasting Marshmellows on an Open Fire

Friday, January 2, 2009

Naomi's New Year's Quote

On New Year's Eve we had a family over for a little party and after dinner we shot off a few fireworks. The next day, Naomi was discussing the fireworks with Nate and I overheard, "I like the bottle rockets the best. They go straight up and say 'POW' and they don't even hurt the sky!"
Happy New Year!