Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Daddy and Iz (and Micah too)

There are many great things about Kurt's job, but the one that we have enjoyed most recently is the two weeks of paid paternity leave.  Micah was born at the tail end of Elijah's spring break, so most of those two weeks were school days, and that meant that the mornings could best be described as the Daddy and Isabel show.  Kurt is a doer, so each day meant a new adventure for the two of them.  The pictures in this post were taken at the Franciscan Monastery, a much-overlooked DC treasure.  It is beautiful there this time of year, what with all the flowers in bloom, and judging from the pictures, Isabel had to stop and smell each and every one.

Kurt is back to work this week, but I am pretty sure that their two weeks together has secured his place in Isabel's mind as Best Dad Ever.  Of course, I already knew that was his other job title.

And me?  Well, I got to spend lots of time with this face, right here:

Looks like life is pretty good all around.

I don't have any good pics of Elijah on hand at the moment, but just so he's not completely left out, here's a little anecdote.

Today at breakfast, Elijah was elucidating his House Rules, most of which involved cleaning up your own messes.  I guess my pleas have not fallen on totally deaf ears.  Rule #1 was the exception.  According to Elijah, what's the top rule around here?  "Elijah is the number one kid in charge." Big brother, indeed.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Three is a Magic Number

Micah Romero Runge
Born April 16, 2015 at 10:05 am
8 lbs, 4 oz., 20.5 inches 

He's a week old today, and we couldn't be happier to have him here.  Isabel's two favorite sentences right now are, "I want to pet him," and "I want to kiss him." Elijah helpfully makes crying sounds whenever Micah does.  And it only took me 12 hours to write this post.  Life with three kids, I tell ya.  Crazy fun.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Good thing Easter is six weeks long...

...because it means I am not technically delinquent in posting these photos.  Enjoy!

More to come.  Computer working slow and kids demanding needs be met.  Etc.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Who me?

I was going to save this post for Friday because I know that there are at least 7 things I could write about, but today really seems like the right day.  Maybe because Elijah cried for half an hour because Isabel got a tin pitcher from her atrium teacher and he "doesn't have ANY golden things" that are only his.  Oh my.

So, let's see, where to begin...

  • My children watch TV every day.  Every single one, plus sometimes twice on Saturdays.
  • While they are watching TV, I try to clean the house, but sometimes I just read funny blogs instead.
  • Two weeks ago, I vacuumed Isabel's room and left the vacuum in the hallway so I could finish the rest of the top floor.  After stubbing my toe on the vacuum for the fifth time or so yesterday, I just put the d--n thing away.  Other three rooms: still not vacuumed.
  • I am not the most diligent when it comes to bathing my children, and last week Isabel's hair was so greasy that I knew things had gotten out of hand.  Then, we went out in the rain, and I actually had the thought, Hmm, maybe this will help.  
  • With the dinner swap, I sometimes only actually cook food twice a week, and the other days, I just make everyone eat what is already in the fridge.  It reminds me of the quotation from Calvin Trillin: "“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” 
  • Elijah has eaten basically the same lunch every single day of this school year.  Meanwhile, his classmates who get school lunch are eating things like Ethiopian lentils and adobo chicken burritos.  
I am sure there is lots more I could say. (Unfolded laundry? Is that you calling me?  Sorry, I am unavailable at the moment.  Try back later.)   I'll save those thoughts for another night, though.  After all, there are dishes to be ignored in favor of more interesting pursuits