Showing posts from February, 2012

New Opportunities

So, we're moving! Again!
What, moving again? Didn't you guys just move to this place?  
Well, yes, we did move here in August 2011, so that's a mere 6 months ago.
Do you just like moving or something?
No.  I do NOT like moving.  I like the idea of magically being in a new place, like walking from one settled house into another settled house, but I do not like the process of boxing things up, putting them into a car or truck or van, taking them out, and setting up house again (although, ironically, this was my favorite thing to do with my dollhouse when I was younger).'re moving why?
On one level, to try to save a bit of money on rent.  But on the deeper level, to enter into community.  You see, we're moving into a house with several other people: Andy, Alishia, and Whitney.  Andy and Alishia, you may recall, just got married in January and live across the street from us presently.  Whitney is their friend, roommate, and Ruby's babysitter on days when bo…

Daddy and Daughter

Allen is a creative guy.  It runs in his family, although his mom and grandparents would deny it.  Karla will say that she doesn't have an artistic bone in her body.  It isn't necessarily an artistic kind of creative (although he does have that kind, too)...more of a resourcefulness.  The kind of "repurposing" that has lately become popular again is second-nature to him.  He brought home two large cardboard boxes from work the other day and within a few minutes had constructed a little cardboard house for Ruby, complete with door and window flaps.  It's big enough for him to fit inside with Ruby (albeit a bit cramped).  Here are some pictures I took of them in there.

Then, tonight, we got to witness the first time that Ruby took the initiative in playing "tackle Daddy."  Allen has been waiting all of her life for this moment!  It has been a long wait for him to have a kiddo old enough to play the kind of physical rough-tough games he likes, but it looks …