Today we had the traditional Eskesen Family New Years Brunch. Kelly, as always, was gorgeous.
Today Bea and I had some father-daughter time while Samuel was napping. She loves to help in the kitchen, so we made some Chex Mix, which is dangerous because we are both capable of basically eating it until we are sick.
Today Bea said "Daddy, your coffee cup has a smile!" I was inclined to disagree immediately, since I recalled using a plain white mug. But, out of courtesy, I looked… And SHE WAS RIGHT.
Today Sam and I read books! When he wants to read, he crawls towards me and says "buuuh! Buuuh!". It's adorable.
Today Bea and I went to the library! It is one of her favorite places. It's been a while since just the two of us went, and last time she sort of wandered about and waited for me to tell her where to go. This time she bolted for the children's section and left me in the proverbial dust. She hit her parentally imposed 3 book max in under as many minutes and we just browsed a bit afterwards. It's endearing to see our kids developing their parents' bibliophilia–I wonder how much of it will stick with them when they're older.
It is an old cliche that kids like the box the gift came in more than the gift itself, but it's a cliche for a reason: there is some as yet undiscovered force of physics or molecular biology that forms a strange attraction between child and empty box. We received a generous box of wrapped gifts from my parents today and after joyfully depositing them under the tree, Bea spent a nontrivial amount of time figuring out how to wedge herself into the cardboard. (also: holy smokes is that girl looking prettier and more like her momma every day.)
Ordinarily I am a cropping sort of guy but I could not make this a square without losing either Bea or Sam and I think we can both agree that would be a shame.
This one was from a Christmas pageant we went to a few days ago. A real Christmas pageant, with kids forgetting their lines and carols and homemade costumes. It was wonderful.
Sometimes people leave things on the counters at work. I have begun labeling these as exhibits to help people feel as though they are in a courtroom or a museum. I feel like part of my job is making everyone's day a little more surreal.
In one of her books, the reader is instructed to make a look of surprise: "just open your mouth and make very big eyes!" she took this advice to heart and occasionally practices by holding her eyes open with her thumbs. It's adorable.