Summer 2014 Kids Update – Lydia 5-9 months

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Our blog is getting woefully out of date again. I even came up with a plan to summarize the summer into updates on the kids and what they did during the summer…but that was three months ago. I already have the pictures ready for those posts though, and I really want to remember what they were like at these ages, so I’m going to go ahead and give you our summer update. After that maybe we’ll just do the same for fall and winter, or maybe we need another great Cromar blog update again where I post one post every day for a couple of weeks. For now, here is our sweet Lydia.

Lydia Summer 2014At six months Lydia was starting to really crawl everywhere. She is so sweet and funny. She was a fun little buddy to take with us to Tara’s graduation. She got tortured at the water park and didn’t really enjoy the water, except for baths. She loves baths. Below are just some photos that turned out really cute and smiley. From way back when she couldn’t move around very much.

Lydia Summer 20145She is the mellowest little baby girl, and she doesn’t mind the big kids carrying her around and making her play with them. Andrew, inspired by the car Scott built for Tara when she was a baby (and Scott was like 12), designed and helped build a stroller for Lydia. It wasn’t as structurally sound as Super Tara’s car, the wheels tended to break off when you turned it, but it did have a cup holder. The design flaw was mostly Mommy’s fault, since by then I had had too much K’nex building for one summer (we had built the Big Ball Factory), and was lazy about making the stroller right. Oh, also in the summer we kinda had a cat. It was the neighbor’s cat, but it spent all day every day in our yard. It was great to have a pet without any of the work. It turned out that that neighbor was not taking good care of the cat though, so another neighbor helped to find it a good home. We miss Lil’ Whiskers.

Lydia Summer 20144Lydia loved her bouncer, but it was always hard to get the kids to leave her alone in it. I was really afraid she was going to hit her head on the doorway, since they were always swinging her and spinning her. She started eating solid foods and had plenty of helpers for that as well. It’s always tricky for me to start feeding babies solids, because I can’t ever fit it into the schedule right. You have to make it mesh with the nursing schedule and the big people meal schedule and it doesn’t work well at first.

Lydia Summer 20143Lyda got to play with Aunt Sara and meet a lot of my family on my Dad’s side. She got carried around Fort Bragg, while we enjoyed to scenery.

Lydia Summer 20142Lydia got to play with Grandma Wilkie, and Grandma tried out her new camera taking lots of pictures of her. She also really likes to grab noses, she grabs my nose every time I nurse her. As a side note, the other day I did a quick estimation in my head and realized that I have sat down to nurse a baby over 5000 times. Sheesh that’s a lot.

Lydia Summer 20141

Ice Monster

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The kids wanted to play “ice monster” with Scott the other night, which is basically where Scott crunches down on the floor in a ball, and the kids try to get close to him or touch him. If he touches them, then they get frozen.
They started off coming up with rule, after rule, after rule
“Daddy, you can-not move.”
“Daddy, no tickling.”
“We have to have no real lights, just the one flashlight. Daddy, daddy, did you hear me?”
I don’t know what else, but the rules went on for a good 10 minutes.


It was really not a very fair game for Scott.
Scott: I got you. YOU’re frozen.
Andrew: Daddy! If you freeze us by the couch, we can just touch the couch and get un-frozen.
Scott: Tag, you’re frozen.
Andrew: No, when we’re not touchiung the carpet the wood unfreezes us.
Scott: Andrew, I can’t freeze you, because you keep making rules about how you’re not frozen.
Andrew: But Daddy, you didn’t freeze me.


So, Scott grabbed Andrew and put him down in the middle of the carpet, nowhere near the couch or any of the other things that would unfreeze him. And tagged him.
Andrew: It doesn’t count, you just put me there. I’m not frozen.
Scott: Of course you’re not.


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When general conference ended, I walked into the dining room where Scott had been working on something, but he wasn’t there anymore, so then this happened…
Mommy: Where’s daddy?

Andrew: where are we going?

Mommy: We’re not going anywhere, I just was wondering where daddy is?

Andrew: Where’s daddy?
Mommy: That’s what I just asked…he’s probably out in the garage or up in his room.
Zana: Wait, where are we going? Is it a surprise?
Elira: You have a surprise for us? Wait, we’re going somewhere for a surprise?
Andrew: Girls get your shoes on.
Mommy: No, we’re not going anywhere, I was just looking for daddy.
Andrew: Wait, where’s daddy?
Zana: Why do have to put shoes on, where are we going?
Andrew: (goes upstairs looking for shoes)
Mommy: Don’t go in your room. Lydia is napping in there.
Andrew: But my shoes are in there!
Mommy: You don’t need shoes.
Andrew: Wait, who is going to stay here with Lydia while we go?
Mommy: We are not going anywhere. You guys are just kinda confused about this.

Miles quotes

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Miles is really a sweet and funny little guy. Today after church we were discussing how nursery had gone for him.

Miles: Sisser Wood not there.

Mommy: Oh really, but your other teacher was there. Do you remember her name? Sister…

Miles: Bouton

Mommy: That’s right, Sister Bouton.

Miles: Hey, dat like water bouton!


Later Scott had gone to a meeting and we were talking about a man in our ward, Peter Harker, who was there. Miles was just finishing his dinner and listening when he said, “Peter Harker! Dat is like Pider Man.” I don’t know where he learned that. I’m pretty sure I didn’t know Spider Man’s identity until I was like 17…Milesy knows his super heroes.


The Secret Noguchi Sculptural Garden and a Lesson on “The Man”

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The kids and I have a goal this summer to have more “adventure days” when we go explore some new part of Orange County that we have never been to before. Two weeks ago we found a park called the Coastkeeper Natural Play Garden where the kids ran around and slid in the dirt and climbed trees (only in Orange County do you have to have a dedicated park to run around on tree stumps and rocks, and there is a city council vote coming up to build a new “unstructured nature playground” in Irvine…aren’t unstructured nature playgrounds like generally abandoned lots and things like that (Like how I used “like” in that sentence? I like, speak like a Californian again.) anyway, I’m getting sidetracked), and had a ton of fun and they learned about drought tolerant plants!

This week we checked our “50 Free Things for Kids to do in Orange County” article from the local newspaper, and decided to check out the Secret Noguchi Sculptural Garden. The article went on about how you should take unimaginative kids there, so they can play and be impressed with the sculptures, etc., etc.

Let me make a quick aside to mention that the kids were watching School of Rock the other day.

So we were driving around this business area of Costa Mesa trying to find this cool secret garden, but it was raining…drizzling really, but it wasn’t stopping, so we opted to go to Ikea for a bit. After Ikea the rain had stopped, so we thought since we were in Costa Mesa, we should try to find the secret garden. Finally, I figured out where to park, which was by a favorite cookie store, so we picked up some cookies. At this point I was realizing that our destination was less of a park and more of a courtyard between some office buildings. You know the kind of place where the office employees can take their lunch break and eat and enjoy the sculptures and *cough*pretend*cough, cough* nature.

Still the newspaper article had said it was for kids, and they were excited by the stream and rocks, so I sent them off to explore while I sat and fed Lydia and enjoyed a cookie. Not five minutes had passed when a man in a suit came up to me saying, “Ma’am, are those you kids? They aren’t allowed to play on that. Could you tell them to get off?” I should have told him to tell them, instead I yelled, “Hey guys! Come here!” across his pristine courtyard. I told the kids about not climbing on anything and they were up. in. arms. Choruses of “it’s not fair” and “why are there so many rules” and “I’m going to poke him in the eye” rang out. And Zana said, “The people who make all the rules, that’s called ‘the man’.”

I almost died laughing. She said she had learned it from School of Rock. Then the kids all explained about how the man means there are too many rules and not enough fun and how it’s all just mean. Inside I was cracking up; outside I was sympathetic to their frustrations. After we all enjoyed some cookies, I walked them around the rest of the garden telling them not to climb on anything. The sat down on the edge of the rock river you see above. Then this guy


came up behind me. Honestly, he even had glasses and the white thing in his ear. He said (in that tone where people are using kind words, but really they don’t mean them at all), “Um, unfortunately, they can’t put their feet in the water. Unfortunately. Sorry. They can’t. It’s a liability issue.” The kids didn’t actually have their feet in the water, but nothing was fun about that place, so we were leaving anyway.

As part of some schoolwork we are doing this summer, I’m trying to get Andrew to write a few sentences about what we do on “adventure day,” and the girls to draw a picture and give it a title or write one sentence. They haven’t been too enthusiastic about it, but Andrew immediately said he was going to write all about how mean the security was and how they shouldn’t have so many rules. I told them I could send their letter to the security people of those office buildings and they went off  thinking up idea to include in their letter. Andrew even busted out a paper and pen while we were still in the car. He wrote, “Security, you have no choice. You have to put me in charge and I will say that there are no rules, and that the only rule is that there is no security and the security guys just have to stand there and do nothing.” (I would include the misspellings, but I don’t have the original in front of me.) Zana said she would write about how it is not nice to make kids not do things they want to do, and Ellie said they should be allowed to do whatever they want at a park, and Miles said “Yeah” and “that so mean” a bunch of times.

I thought the whole thing was just so, so funny, and goodness it was such an amazingly well-taught life lesson. I called Scott as soon as we got home and I was just in tears laughing retelling the whole story. Zana: “that’s called ‘the man'” So. hilarious. I had to write down our experience, because the kids were so awesome in their rebelliousness and they were so motivated to write and take action. What do you think the security people will think when their letters arrive?

So, don’t go searching out the Secret Noguchi Sculptural Garden, and here’s to sticking it to the man!