Academic Leigh Speaking

A professor, four kids, and a crash course in work/life balance

Pictures June 12, 2015

Party Balloons

Party Balloons

We didn’t take any pictures of our Memorial Day party, except this one at the beginning when Gilbert was wanting to play with the balloons.

Seamus in a moment of joy.

Seamus in a moment of joy.

I’m always a little concerned that Seamus isn’t enjoying being a kid as much as I think he should. He doesn’t need to worry about everything. But he has a brain that fixates until it solves the problem, and I don’t know how much Patrick and I can help him with that. Here he is reading to Porter for a good laugh.

Reading in the morning.

Reading in the morning.

He doesn’t like to read with me; I don’t know why. But he will settle in by himself to read silently and then I ask if he understood everything. He looks like I’m not too bright, and says, “Yes.” I’ve been checking some books out of the library I think he can read and then I just leave them around the house for him to pick up. By the way, this is our new couch. It’s nice to have a comfy place to sit.

Porter 10 Months

Porter 10 Months

This picture of Porter is here because when Gilbert was 9 months and Seamus 2, they had these matching overall sets. I took them to have their picture made in the set. Now it’s Porter’s turn to wear it. Also, S & G wore these to my friends’ wedding in New Orleans. Porter wore it to the couple’s first baby’s baptism a couple of weeks ago. I like these connections.

A determined crawler.

A determined crawler.

Porter is adept at crawling, and has been for a while. It’s really hard to get a good picture of crawling. His latest is to attempt standing. He like to do it on the couch (a soft spot to land), but today he tried it on the floor, and then started clapping for himself, while he was standing. Oh, my baby will be walking soon. Of course, we’re glad for him, but things will get more complicated.

Bear Prints!

Bear Prints!

At the cabin, the bear prints were pretty impressive! We wondered if the owners of the cabin came by with a bear paw and made these themselves to warn us of the imminent danger…or just to get us really excited about seeing a bear, possibly. I tried to get the boys up for a bear hunt, but they’re pretty jaded and didn’t think there would be one.

Gilbert did enjoy picking a lot of honeysuckle and mused about if the bear would eat honeysuckle too. Porter also tried to eat some, but he was getting Gilbert’s sloppy seconds. He doesn’t seem to mind, as after he eats, he crawls around on the floor looking for morsels he’s thrown off his tray!

Pretty healthy baby!

Pretty healthy baby!

We had a fun grilling out lunch, but I completely forgot about the corn I’d bought. (We had enough food to stay at the cabin for a week, and we were only there for two nights.) Here you can see that we lacked for nothing.

S'mores

S’mores

For dessert, we packed S’mores making stuff and strawberry shortcake. The whole day leading up to the campfire, all the kids used the hatchet (with plenty of supervision) to make kindling for the fire. Patrick said there was enough kindling for five fires, but they were having a good time.

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