Friday, January 23, 2015

Life and death

If you're not part of the solution- you're the precipitate!   It's funny.  Really. 
Bob's Grandma Koch died last week.  She'd been in the hospital for awhile... Bob got to visit her in ICU before she died.  We will miss her.
Random aside-  I dislike the term "passed"  or "passed away." It's too benign. Too nice.  Just say they died. Using a softer word doesn't make the loss any less.  Isn't it better to acknowledge the hurt and the loss?  Even if they are Christians they still aren't here anymore and there's a void....  that and "passing" just sounds new-age-y.  Ha.  Anyway.
Friday evening we went to potluck and Cecily went to the farm.  She got to spend the night and slept in Grandma's Cinderella sleeping bag.  She was sort of happy to see me in the morning though...  although I made her leave in the middle of coloring... with the 'smelly' (permanent) marker.
Poor girl with her large band aid wanted to chew on a pizza crust.
 And little miss ate pizza too- and didn't pull all the cheese off.
 Sunday was the visitation.  The girls did pretty well.  Cecily was dubious about the whole thing.  She just seemed nervous... new experience for her, and she doesn't really understand death.

Monday was the funeral and mom came and watched the girls in the baby room at church for us.  We spent the afternoon/evening at the Taj-Mah-Dill (Jamie's description- it is beautiful!) with Bob's family.  Cecily had a great time playing with the girls. We ate lots of good food and it was good family time. 

Daddy gave her an oreo... 
 They are good at making messes.
Especially when I'm trying to get ready for rotating potluck and making Sodium acetate on my hotplate on the stove in an attempt to make a home made hand warmer for a chemistry demo.  What?  You don't run smelly reactions on your stove while you're getting ready for company? Unfortunately I messed it up... I was a little distracted.
We had a good group- even though Dawn and Janet weren't feeling well.  Boo.  Camille came and brought Craig, of course.  *grin*  That announcement made my week!  It was a good evening, although it felt really weird to have Frippie at my house, with Camille.  Since I've known him forever... it brought back lots of memories of middle school and high school. Our paths haven't crossed much since then, but here are some old pictures I dug out.      
Eighth grade scholastic bowl- it was hat day and he stole my hat.
And there's this gem...  my performance was abysmal.... 

Today was school.  We talked about solutions and precipitates.  The precipitate demo that I did worked well.  Two different precipitates with two different densities and four different colors all in one test tube- it was pretty impressive looking. 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015


This is not my favorite month... so cold... so dark... so much required clothing... 
Well, if you're not a chubby baby.  
We haven't done much lately.  Staying inside on the cold days.  Cecily has played outside a few times when it isn't frigid.  The snow is too powdery for a snowman, but we made lots of snow angels.
She helped herself to a snack. 
School started up again.  I was tired, they were tired, good times.  Emmy was pretty sure that she needed to read my chemistry book one afternoon.
So this was funny:  Cecily talks pretty much non-stop all day long.  I was busy making supper and saying "what" and "uh-huh" in the appropriate places.  I heard her say something about "the sink is dripping, I will fix it."  But... I wasn't really paying attention and figured she was just exercising her imagination.  After supper Bob noticed this- my flower pot cracked and was dripping water down onto her kitchen.  She set her pitcher under it to catch the water...  
Sprout got home from France and cooked a French dinner for us Saturday evening.  It was good and made me hungry for crepes, so I made a batch.

The girls and I went to Famous Dave's with my family Sunday night.  They brought our gifts from the California box- Cecily got a frozen camera. We had to smile and say cheese all night.  *grin*
 Playing dress-up on a cold day.
We watched Grace and Eden this evening.  And Little miss I-don't-pay-attention-to-what-I'm-doing-when-I'm-excited tossed an old keyboard at Emmy's head.  It bled really bad.  And it's right in her hair so bandaging it has been unpleasant.  Poor baby.  *sigh* At least, "Cecily doesn't want to be the wild girl."  Ha.


Sunday, January 04, 2015

The rest of Christmas and a Happy New Year and to all a good night...

So it appears we have a carnivore on our hands.  *grin*  She really likes brisket.  
Wyss Christmas was last Monday.  The day of days.  Bob was under the weather so the girls and I went by ourselves.   Cecily had a great time eating hot dogs (little smokies) and cinnamon rolls for brunch and running around like crazy with Cliff.   She was also pretty happy to wear her new "jaguar" shirt.
 Jumping on the couch in the basement...
 Setting up for the multimedia event.  Haha.  I didn't take any pictures, but it was pretty amusing.  Shelly had a bunch of old, unflattering pictures of the family through the years and who ever (whomever? I don't do grammar well...) was in the pictures had to recreate them.  I laughed a lot.
 Somebody liked the "baby" water bottles.
 She got duplos.
 And candy.
 I feel like the caption for this picture should be "...lonely, I'm mr. lonely...."  hehe. 
 Emmy was pretty sure this cool collapsible funnel was for her to chew on.
 Just chilling in Kandace and Carli's new chair.
 Nothing quite like Wyss Christmas.  It makes my heart happy.
 New caterpillar toy... 
 Hanging out with Kacie.
 And enjoying the quiet at Pearline's.
 New Year's Eve we didn't do anything.  After church I pulled out party hats and noisemakers for the girls and we had snacks...
 Cecily is afraid of the noise, but doesn't mind bugging Emmy with the streamers.
 We let Cecily stay up a little bit late, but she was getting tired and grumpy so we put her to bed at 11.  Exciting times.  Ha.  We're so old and boring. 
New Years day was quiet.  In the evening my mom hosted Schlipf Christmas so we went to the farm for supper. Cristina gave Cecily an Elsa Barbie- she was thrilled.  AND she got a frozen cup and plate. 
 Sooo happy. 
 Emmy played the piano with Auntie Shelly.
 And played with Grandpa and Cecily's Elsa doll when she wasn't looking.
So anyway, Happy 2015.  We are all healthy at the moment.  I am very paranoid about sick people and germs... especially at church... yay baby room... At least there is a lovely dusting of snow!

Saturday, December 27, 2014


We are 4/6ths of the way done with Christmas.  Woot woot.  *grin*  Cecily had a fever for four days (definitely in the bottom 5 for birthdays)... and Emmy had it for two... and they've both been snotty and grumpy while they recover.  huzzah.  We finally got past the wake-up-with-sinus-drainage fits, "there's something in my froat!  get it out!"  That and the wailing through breakfast.  *sigh*  It was a long week.  We didn't take Cecily to church Sunday so that she would be rested enough to go to the Beutel Christmas that night.
Our tree surrounded by presents.  Which I love. 
 Monday evening we went to the farm for Christmas with my family.  We had a fabulous duck dinner and little miss pretty much just ate broccoli.  Strange child.  Emmy was her usual cheerful self.
 Cecily was excited for presents.
 And so was Shelly... hehe... we love packages!  Christmas without presents would just be... no fun. 
Emmy likes packages too.   
 Cecily got a circus tent, aka, "princess tent," from Grandma and Grandpa. 
 She would come out to open another present and then go back in.
 Dad got another ridiculous hat.
 "It's so beautiful-!"
 The beard-o's. 
 Playing twister with Aunt Lena.
 Emmy likes the tent too.
 Christmas Eve was the big Koch Christmas.  It was a good time, as usual. 
The girls opened their stockings on Christmas morning.... she was still half asleep but she was pretty happy with it- lots of Frozen things. 
 Emmy got in on the fun after they were both ready for church.
 Our Christmas outfits... 
 After church we opened our presents.  Cecily got a dragon.
 Emmy got a bear.
 We gave her a dollhouse... she was pretty excited.
 She can put the furniture where ever she wants! 
 Then we headed to Bob's parent's for the evening.
 and music.
 "Queen Elsa" got a new Elsa dress... we have glitter all over the house again... woot.  But now we can have two Elsa's.  Haha.  Ceci wanted Emmy to wear the old one today.  She seemed quite pleased with it on.  Funny happy baby.  Who won't sleep all night.  *sigh*
 Queen Elsa and the tent.  It's really pretty big.  I'm not sure how much longer it will live upstairs since it kind of gets in the way.
 Ooo, she even offered to share her felt chocolates. 
Otherwise it's been quiet around here.  We have a few days of break before our next Christmas.