Thursday, December 19, 2019

Keeping the Tooth Fairy Busy

This tooth fairy thing is getting complicated!

Lilli and Orion both lost a tooth on Sunday!

We got the teeth in place the same day, which is a record! (We put them in the windowsill, because earlier this year there was an incident with a tooth being paid for, but not collected, because it was lost in Lilli's bed for a week. The tooth fairy auditing department sent her a note (with a dime, to hold it down, because it was tiny) thanking her for turning in the missing tooth.)

Well. Lilli woke up before her tooth fairy came. She brought me her tooth in a huff and put it on my bathroom counter.

Orion, who doesn't want a fairy to come when the rest of the world get a mouse, slept long enough for el Ratón Pérez to stop by before school. But it too him two days to notice the shiny new coin.

Monday night, while I was snuggling Lilli in bed, I explained to Lilli that Laura (her tooth fairy) was running late on Monday. She had come by after Lilli left for school. Lilli knows that I send Laura messages, and occasionally deliver teeth to Laura (like in the incident mentioned above). While I was telling Lilli about Laura stopping by, Lilli said, "Wait! You SAW the tooth fairy?"

Uh... (thinking fast) "Yeees."

"What does she look like!?"

Um.... (more thinking fast)

"Well, she's taller than normal, for a tooth fairy."

"That doesn't give me much to work with. What color are her eyes? Is her hair blonde? Red?"

"Well, she's so small that I couldn't tell what color her eyes are. But her hair is kind of blonde-ish."

"Blonde-red?" (I think she imagines her tooth fairy with red hair!)

"Nooo... more like blonde-brown."

She was satisfied at that point. But if she ever starts to catch on, at least I can honestly say that I am not her tooth fairy!

We discussed putting her tooth out for Laura to come by another night. But we can't find it. I'm worried that Davey might have found it and played with it...

We knew about the little tooth mouse that visited our vecinos y amigos at our last house. But we found The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez by René Colato Laínez at our library just before Orion lost his first tooth and he realized that the Tooth Fairy isn't the only one with the tooth collecting job out there!

I particularly appreciated the story in this book because I have so many friends who are from other countries who are currently living in the United States with their children. When you're an expatriate or the first generation born in a new country, who collects your teeth? Your native tooth-collector? Or the one from your host country? The tension in this story subtly and beautifully addresses a dichotomy immigrants face in most aspects of their lives.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

House Hunting and Cute Cheese Graters

Checking to see if the cheese is coming out.

We've been house shopping!

House shopping takes a lot more work than shopping for a car or mattress! I thought those were big projects. But house shopping takes all of the online research and the test driving, plus traveling to every house you think you might be interested in. 

We live almost 200 miles away from where we're buying a house, so we've also been travelling a ton. We've been home from our last (and hopefully final) house-hunting trip for five days and I finally feel human again.

Quick update:

Darren graduated from HSU in December 2018. Yay! 

We had a rough month when a promised job fell through. But he was offered a job with the Soil Service (USDA) in January. I am really grateful that the job 1) started right away and 2) allowed him to work in the Arcata office so that we didn't have to move right away. 

Ultimately, Darren's supervisors want him in the Chico office (which may relocate, or not, things keep changing). The housing market in the Chico area is impacted because of the Camp Fire last year (both renting and buying), so Darren's supervisors have given us extra time to find a place to live over there. 

We just started inspections on a house. It's a little bit terrifying and a little bit exciting.


life with kids is like living in a blender. 

We missed lunch and tea time today (Lilli and I are attempting to establish a hobbit meal schedule). I was a little skeptical about Davey helping with supper (which turned out to be dinner), but he clearly asserted that he wanted to help with the cheese. 

It turns out he was hungry. He worked at it for several minutes, then asked for help. When I gave him a hand, he promptly ate half of the cheese in the serving bowl.  

I guess I better do better at the meal schedule...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Unproductive but Successful

Today felt unproductive. I never got around to taking a shower, and the kids wore their pajamas all day. I dozed off a few times and didn't do any read-alouds or lessons with the kids (thank goodness for audiobooks!).

We met with Lilli's teacher in the afternoon and she brought us some watercolor cakes that we had ordered a while ago, and a set of water brushes. I made the kids wait until Daddy got home to try them out. After dinner and pajamas, Darren read a chapter from The Mysterious Howling and the children painted. It made me happy. This is what I imagine homeschooling to be like.

And it is... occasionally....

but sometimes it looks like this:

(I was reading Winnie the Pooh, which counts as Language Arts.
Everyone decided to dog-pile on Orion. 
You can't see him... but he's under there.)

Monday, February 11, 2019


When we moved to Humboldt, we had our own washer and dryer. They weren't new or fancy. But they worked well.

But the housing market here is pretty awful. (I know it is in lots of places.) We couldn't find any rentals with laundry hookups for less than $1000+ a month. We got lucky that we found somewhere that had a laundry room onsite.

I don't really mind the laundry room itself. But I find it very difficult to get laundry started because I have to be decently dressed and have shoes on to take it out, and to change it.

At least it gives me some good photo ops! Davey loves to go outside. And to make sure the laundry room door is closed (it's usually propped open). Today he was exceptionally cute, commenting when he found a sock, and another sock. I love how cute little people are when they're being helpful (and succeeding). ♥

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday Morning Cartoons. Currently: Disney's Gargoyles.

We love our neighbors!

We love our neighbors! Lilli spent the morning hand clipping grass for Sparkles. Davey would feed her ten apples a day, if we let him (which we don't, I figure if too many treats aren't good for us, too many treats aren't good for her). We love our human neighbors, too. ❤

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Who wants to get out of bed when there's a delicious baby to snuggle?!

Who wants to get out of bed when there's a delicious baby to snuggle?! I could get so much done while he's asleep... like take a shower in peace. 🚿

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Davey is finally feeling better.

I think Davey is finally feeling better. This particular bug hung around longer than I expected! From Saturday to Wednesday he was lethargic, feverish, and clingy (in a delightfully snuggly way). I think the house stayed cleaner because he was too tired to play. It is good to have him playing puppy again, and looking at books, and playing with his train. ❤