A nice Saturday

I feel like I’m expending a fair amount of mental energy these days, and really just loving a day to decompress with my wife and children without interruption or concern. Today was one of those days. I woke up and read some of Steve Jobs biography and then did some pumpkin carving research. I read up on techniques and downloaded some templates I knew the kids would love—Angry Birds, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Yugi Oh. Daria bought pumpkins and carving instruments earlier in the week so we set up and carved away. Dylan carved a Legend of Zelda Triforce pumpkin design and Daria and I helped Brigs and Noah. It was funny coaxing them into pulling the seeds and goo out as they really don’t get their hands dirty all too often. But they dug right in and did...

Overheard

Noah: “Mom, you make my heart feel so happy!”

Painting

The past couple of nights I’ve stolen an hour or so to paint a room with my four boys. I love the feeling of working alongside my family on a project. The boys are all quite proud of their handiwork and the paint job turned out great. It was quite adorable when Brigs and Joshua painted their names on the wall. A classic moment.

Pretty Good Looking. Pretty Quiet. And Pretty Deadly

That cute little boy, Noah, in addition to being unusually beautiful is also unusually quiet for our brood. So quiet in fact that he sneaks right under our “parent-radar” that over time has become more sensitive to sound then the lack of sound. For instance, this past week he has left the house on three occasions and made no announcement of his exit. He plays quiet and he escapes quiet. Seriously this is a baby you’d like to have with you on your prison break. He also loves to make messes quietly. Tonight’s featured dish/capers? Completely smashed ceramic cookware followed by Sesame Ginger Teriyaki marinade (absolutely delicious by the way, Safeway Select brand) dumped all over the carpet. All without a peep. The kid’s as quiet as a...

Pretty Good Looking for a Boy

This week I’m enjoying full-time Daddy status. No more pencils. No more books. No more teachers. Dirty looks. As I said to Daria this week, I think I could enjoy being independently wealthy (all character development, work ethic etc. being equal). At the same time, the minute I’m not occupied with reading, organizing/packing our home or playing on the playground with the kids, I find myself lost looking for something to do. The pace at school is fairly brisk with no shortage of tasks to complete. The playground is a nice change. Occasionally I get in a brief chat with a nearby adult. Today, while I held Noah, a friendly old man with suspender-held shorts started in. “I remember when my kids were that young” “Oh how many children do...

Ever so Close in My Arms

This past week, as on other nights, I had the moment to reflect on my wonderful brood of boys. The last of the Muirhead boy birthdays past this week (excepting myself), with Noah turning one on Friday. The last few nights I’ve been able to hold Noah until he fell asleep in my arms and peacefully observe his gentle baby breaths. As I enjoyed him, it conjured up other nights with other sweet breaths of my little children. I have a very sweet set of boys, still full of affection. My heart stirs each time Joshua insists on a hug and a kiss before I leave for the door. My reentry nearly always starts with the running of Brigs into my arms, his eyes abright with expression and his valiant smile in tow. Dylan always brings news of his latest accomplishments, and...

Halloween 2005

It is that wonderful time of year where we all get to play make believe. I think the dressing up is just as fun as the candy, if not more since I can eat candy pretty much whenever I want. This year Dylan is going as Frodo Baggins of Lord of the Rings fame, Joshua is going to be a Dragon, complete with wings, and Brigham is going as a Turtle, Noah is going to be a little Lamb. I’ve seen most of them dressed up and they all look amazing or cute in their costumes. Daria and I are trying to figure out our costumes still, although I do have a special costume planned for Monday at school. Just in case someone from university is actually reading this before Halloween I won’t be revealing my costume just yet-but it is sure to get a response, particularly...

The Delightful Noah

I have one of the greatest little infants ever! Our youngest son, Noah is now 11 months old and such a cheery little boy full of smiles and interest. I love watching him explore and discover his world. Just watching his concentration as he works to find something or figure out his parent’s behaviour is enough to keep me fascinated. I’m amazed at how quickly kids take to dancing and rhythm. Noah loves his music and he loves watching us dance and dancing in our arms. With true pride I watch him lunge for every piece of technology he can get his hands on. The laptop, the iPod, the Palm, the cordless phone, the remotes, the keyboards, the mice—honestly the kid is a natural. And what could be more natural and wholesome than watching your boy learn...

Baby Blessing

This SundayApril 24th we will be blessing our youngest son Noah in our weekly Sacrament meeting (9:30 am). It is a wonderful event for a family to bond around as a young child is given a name and priesthood blessing, and added to the records of the church. This is one of many special ordinances performed throughout a mortal’s life. A short five paragraphs on mormon.org outlines just a few such sacred and meaningful times. I’d love to explain further to anyone who might have questions about Noah’s blessing or other faith-based questions. Of course everyone is invited-email or add a comment for directions times etc. I will be performing the blessing, guided by the still small voice—the Holy Spirit—and accompanied by other close...

Gorgeous Prints

We just had these 4 incredible prints of our boys printed at 10″x 10″ in size. Believe it or not that is cropped from the original size even at 200+ resolution. We framed each boy in these delightfully square double matted frames which are hanging up in our room on our wall of fame. Daria has already alluded to how much we are enjoying our new sanctuary of a bedroom and these shots just add to our enjoyment. It’s nice to be in that room and review in my mind how important my kids are. Having such great photos of them is a great visual reminder to guide my thoughts about nurturing, teaching, loving and planning for them and our family.