Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mega Scoop

Sorry. I got this title from my friend Casey. I didn't know what else to say to explain for the complete lack of updates and pictures lately, so I just blatantly stole the title she always uses to catch people up on her life. Sorry, Casey. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Okay, sooooooo....... where to begin? Life in the Webster house is always interesting. I'll start with the youngest member of the Clan.

Will- Dare I say that he is rapidly approaching the terrible 2's? Please excuse me while I run into the bathroom and cry. I just got one child through that. I am not ready for another.

Actually, Will could never be terrible. He just isn't wired that way. But his new favorite phrase is, "No, Mommy! No, no, no!" And he has a banshee wail that could shatter glass. But he is still my little sidekick. He's stuck to my side like glue every day and is talking more and more. Rob and I are counting 7 words that he can string together. He's loving, kind, sweet.... yet still approaching 2.

He wants so badly to ride a bike like his big sister, but his feet just can't reach the pedals yet. It takes the whole family helping out to teach him to ride his bike.

If I am doing a chore, Will has to do it too. Please remind me to find him a broom that's his size.

The youngest ones tend to be the hams, right?

See above caption.

Bennett- Oh my goodness, where do I start? This inquisitive little thing keeps me on my toes constantly. We have definitely entered the "Why" phase of her young life. Every single second is a new question. She also really wants to read. She can write most of her letters and can sound out a lot of words. When we read books at night, it takes us 4 times as long now because she makes us sound out everything. She can write a few small words with help, but does most of it on her own.

What can I say? She just loves to learn. She did something the other night that really impressed me. I was reading a storybook and the word castle was in it. She tried to sound it out and when she got to Tuh-tuh-tuh-T, she turned to me and said, "But Mommy, there's no T in castle." I didn't think she was ready for lessons in silent letters yet, but I was still impressed.

Bennett is loving her tap/ballet class. She practices at home every day. Here she is learning to tap with her heels. She is bound for the stage, I say!

Ballerinas on a break.

And of course she has to dress up at home. Every day is a new costume. I think she's pretending to be the Swan princess here. I don't know.... it's always something.

And here she is with her beloved Ms. Gail on the last day of school. LAST DAY! Where did this year go? Please don't let every year go this fast. Please?

Me- Hmmmm..... don't really know what to say. I've just been hanging in there. I realized a while ago that I desperately need to reconnect with the artistic side of me that I have lost since I moved to Kansas and stopped teaching theatre. Rob and I are trying to remedy this by learning songs we can play together. He on guitar and me on the piano. Our first attempt is Rainbow Connection. I'll let you know how that goes. And I have begun painting again. Let me clarify. I AM NOT GOOD! But I like to do it. I used to paint clay pots, glasses, chairs..... it was fun. They aren't cute, but it lets me have some sort of creative talent. I'll post some when I'm done, but no mocking allowed.

Loving life on our hammock.

My favorite girl.

Tickling my babies on a beautiful Spring evening. Pardon the lion's mane otherwise known as my hair. I got the name, lion's mane, from my Roomus in college. It dictated my life. It still does.

Rob- Good 'ole Rob. Not much to report about him either. He's the same guy who is always standing out in the middle of thunderstorms taking HDR pictures of lightening. I don't know why, but he enjoys it for some reason. He has been incredibly busy at work, but still manages to be the world's greatest Father the second he walks in the door every day. I don't know how I got so lucky.

Rob loves taking the kids out in nature. He is so good about pointing out different types of birds and trees and is so patient in all of his explanations. Here they are learning about the joys of wading in creeks while looking for tadpoles.

Could they be any cuter?

Enjoying our downtown Farmer's Market on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Meg- She still misses Kirby a lot, but she is getting better. We try to take her out as often as possible to let her know how much we love her.

Our family
- We're plugging along. Amazed every day at how much God has blessed us with. Trying to make the most of what we are given. I can't imagine four people being any tighter than our little family unit. We genuinely love being together and wouldn't trade that for anything in the world. It's so cheesy, but it's true. You can stop rolling your eyes now and making gagging sounds. But I don't blame you for doing so in the first place. It is rather nauseating.

Wagon Ride with Kitty and Puppy. Always a treat.

Learning to skip rocks.

Having a picnic dinner before our excursion in the creek. If you look carefully, you will see that I have the kids grapes on diapers. Don't judge. I forgot paper plates. But I am never without spare diapers. I should get a few points for that, right?

The best of friends. When they aren't fighting. Which is often.

Bennett is still obsessed with horses. Weekly trips to the Merry-go-Round are a must.

Another picture of the Farmer's market. I love them. And I love Farmer's Markets that have skylines behind them. Fantastic. I always close my eyes and pretend I am in New York.

I'm in heaven. I want every one of those in my yard now.

I have no words for how beautiful this picture is.

When we were leaving church one evening, we saw this rainbow right over our church. It never fails to remind me of God's faithfulness.


starnes family said...

Love, love, love!

Not only the flattery, but your post, too. Great minds DO think alike!

Do you go to the Overland Park Farmer's Market? I went nearly every Wednesday morning....not crowded and cooler than other days.

I miss KC! Balmy summer nights with locusts chirping. Wish I could help them migrate here!

Carmen & Eddie said...

Your hair is beautiful!!!! More like a red Rapunzel than the mane of a lion!!
I hear you loud and clear on missing the art and needing an outlet... that is why I take pictures and make cakes ect....
Can't wait to see your works of art! AND video of you and ROb jammin' out!

Brittny said...

I loved reading every word of this!!!! I miss you terribly and the way you seem to spread love and joy to those around you. Your family is precious and I really hope that we are able to catch up this summer when you are in town. Love you!!!!!

Caroline Armstrong said...

You really do take the most gorgeous pictures!!!!
As a side note, if you do get a broom that is Will's size, just forewarning you now, it will be a sword within a year. Mark my words...