Friday, September 19, 2014

A Run Around the Block

Sorry I didn't post yesterday. Have I ever stated on here that the hardest job I've ever had is the present one? I've been a stay at home mom since we've moved to our new state in June and it makes posting on this blog a lot more challenging. Anyhoo. Maybe I'll write something more in depth about that if I ever get the chance. In the meantime have a look at Stan B running around the block - so different from the Walk Around the Block video. Please ignore the extremely saggy diaper. You can see that he gets into the littlest of details...this is also before all the scary running into the street business that he has partook of in the past.

Around the Block, 2 years from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Stan B knows how to say cheers. He's even good at making eye contact when doing it. He does cheers with water, juice, milk, popsicles or sparkling cider like in the picture above. We had a 50th anniversary dinner for Mike's parents and Stan B got to drink sparkling cider for the first time and gave cheers to everyone. It was darling. "Cheersh!"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Prettiest Place

Mike skipping rocks, Henry and the Bear
About a 20-30 (???) minute boat ride from the Grand P's retreat is a place called the Green Monarchs. It's beautiful. A rocky beach with the clearest lake water ever.
The girls and the boy.
It's the perfect spot for skipping rocks. We bring the small grill and lunch yummies and spend the day swimming, sunning and eating.

 Stan B spent most of the time nude there.
Henry on the big rock.

The water gets really deep quick so we can pull the boat fairly close to shore and you can snorkel and look at the fishies.
Carter and Henry
And the boat ride home is notorious for the youngest member of the family to pass out cold.

Here's some can hear him say, "Mama, swim!" at the end:

Swimming at the Green Monarchs from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Youngest

Lu is Stan B's cousin that is closest to him in age. He hung out with her the most while at the lake and I think (I think?) they both enjoyed each other's least I know Stan B enjoyed Lu! She was so good at entertaining him that I forgot that she is still a child herself. For a 6 year old (I think she is 6) she was mighty patient with the Bear. She has this natural ability to stay calm when he bites (egads!) when he says, "MINEMINEMINE!!!!" I was impressed (and can learn a lot from her) and thankful that even though he had his moments that she still wanted to play with him. Thank you, Lu!
Here is a video of them running up and down the hill. Lu is playing the drum (racket) while the Bear runs around in his birthday suit.

Running Free from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Faves When Cousins Arrived

Here are some of my favorite lake pics from when after the cousins arrived:
The eldest cousins jumping in.


I think the power is out here. I love this pic of Grandma and three of her little ones.


Trying to move the kayak on his own.

Stan B adores Lucy.

L's silhouette

The Grand Ps watching their 50th anniversary slideshow...the pic on the computer screen is one of their wedding pictures.

The squat

Auntie Sue's legs as she swims from out under the dock

The boys

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Faerie Neighbor

We have a faerie neighbor:
She lives in a tree two houses down from us. She has a picket fence, a rock path, a window, a yellow door, a staircase, a trellis, potted plants, moss, a watering can, and porch lights. Things are moved around everytime we're there. It's either other little kids but I like to think it's the faerie moving things's her place afterall! Stanley loves it and leaves crab apples and pennies for her. We noticed a nickel sitting on her path near his penny the other day. She's earning her living!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jumping In

So, when we first got to the lake Stan B would get in the water and then quickly declare that he was "All done!". Then a couple of days in we put on his Scooby-Do life jacket and it was like night and day. He was more water friendly...of course he probably just felt safer. By the end of our trip he was an ol' pro when it came to the water. One of his favorite things to do was jump in from the dock. He even jumped in by himself (without holding anyone's hand) and he also jumped in backwards a few times. Here he is jumping in with Auntie Sue and Cousin A:
Jumping In from erin kawamata on Vimeo.