Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day

This morning, we took in our city's Memorial Day parade -- Anya Rashi's first one, of course -- and then it was home for an annual tradition. Each year, our family plants a vegetable garden and flowers during Memorial Day weekend. We want to do something life-giving on the weekend we remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

This year, we are also remembering those on active duty, especially Joe, a friend from church. A link to his blog, Sandbox Adventures, is listed on the right-hand side of our blog. He's a thoughtful writer, and an incredible follower of Christ. One of our favorite posts is titled "This Sesame Street is brought to you by the letter 'Y'." We hope you'll read his blog and join us in praying for him, his wife Katy, and their family.

On our homefront, we are hearing lots of new words from Anya Rashi (or at least sounds that we know how to interpret as words!). A quick lexicon:
Ya-ya = Anya (no sounds for Rashi yet)
Hoooo = what an owl says
Oh doh = oh dear
mymymy = Oh my, oh my, oh my!
Wow! = wow!
Baba = bottle
Ssssss = what a snake says
dah = dog
Oa-ah = what a lion or tiger says
Ah dah = All done
Wawa = water or sippy cup
Moo = what a cow says
Yah = yes
She also holds one finger to her lips and says "shhhh" if we say someone is sleeping.

The other funny thing lately has been Nathan's ideas for Halloween costumes for his baby sister. Keep in mind that his career plans right now include becoming a "bee farmer" . . . he thinks Anya Rashi should be either A.) a bee larva, or B.) a princess. Not two things that typically go together, but there you have it. :o) I'd better get to work on my larva designs!


ktyplln said...

Nancy, I crack up at the thought of your only daughter, for her first Halloween, being a bee larva! How funny! At least let her have a girly bow if she is a larva. You will be doing a lot of explaining that night! Thanks so much for the link to Joe's blog. He really appreciates knowing people over here are praying for and thinking of him. Enjoy your garden! Love, Katy

Cindy said...

Ha! LOL about the bee larva!! What things kids come up with!!

Great pics. Wish we had a parade here--Emy loves them and Luke has yet to see one--4th of July I guess.

You make me want to plant something (but then it would die) so I will leave that to you guys!!

Thanks for sharing!

Kristi said...

Fun tradition!! I might have to copy... :) Love the pics, kiddos are as adorable as ever.

Kristi W.

Julie & Patrick said...

What a lovely way to spend your memorial day.

Devi and Anya Rashi could hold interesting conversations, as they are saying about the same things in the same way :)

Hmmm, bee larva...lets see you pull that one off mama ;)

Julie R

The Labontes said...

She growing up so quickly! It looks like you finally got rid of all that snow, and planting season is on. Love the pic of her and the American flag. I find myslef remembering last spring and summer - wanting him home so badly. It makes everything more fun this year!

Candice said...

I love the pictures and love the tradition! I am so excited for you and your family. I know you are looking forward to Anya's court date soon.