Afternoons with the boys and some fun quotes

I ran across an Oscar Wilde quote online, then found myself mired in a whole slew of them. So many good ones, and we can all relate to them in several different ways. I suppose the multi-faceted applications of a quote are what make it memorable or worth repeating. All quotes in this post are by Oscar Wilde. "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." Jack picked out three-berry jello at the store. They were very excited, since we haven't had it for…
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Honesty

Marty and I are idealists. My parents have thrown up their hands at us many times over the years. We like to believe that if you approach relationships with honesty, grace, and a willingness to communicate, good things will be possible. But some people have no interest in honesty. You can't be vulnerable with them. Not only is it not really possible, but they find it insulting and offensive. The first move of a tyrannical government is to suppress the thoughts and speech of those who disagree with them. This creates an atmosphere of suspicion,…
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Some old pictures from Hannah

At some point, when I was missing everybody particularly, I went through and saved all the pictures Hannah (the ONLY person who bothered to take pictures at the time) posted to wherever it was she was posting. I notice she's in several of these pictures, but I have no idea who took those. I found these photos in a folder titled "Hannah's Pictures", and I don't remember any more than that. Thank you, Hannah, for taking these pictures!    
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My parents always told us that for children, tacit consent is the equivalent of positive affirmation. Kids learn by watching their parents. Toddlers grab something off of a shelf and look at Mom to see if what they did was okay. Tacit consent, in its negative form, usually means that you are too tired to say no. Or you don't want to pick that fight. We're all terribly familiar with that apathy. What does it matter? They're just children. For older kids, habits of tacit consent become a form of contempt. Maybe it looks like kindness,…
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More old pictures, and an article that is not. An old picture.

Here's an excellent article via The Orange Slate on talking too much. In my family, it's dealt with pretty easily. There are four conversations going on at once, so you just move to a new conversation. Or you shout down the conversation-hogger. Yes... we're pretty rude. But sincere. Hey, we'll take that over austerity any day. Speaking of my own family, it gets really fun when I go back to Texas to visit them. So much to say, so little time! For all of us. Everyone is talking, so the noise escalates until everyone is…
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Pictures from here and there

I forgot to add one of Sara's pictures (from her instagram) of the second cake she made. Honestly, I don't think I would have been able to choose between them! It was oreo with strawberries, and it was amazing. Well, between unpacking, washing ALL THE CLOTHES, and getting sick, we've done precisely nothing all week. It's pretty funny to see how each child has reacted to this particular brand of sickness. Kai turned rather grey, declined all food, and silently laid on the floor all day. He also projectile vomited all over our supper.... TMI?…
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Texas, June 7th, 2015 – Last day

Last day. :-( Most of it was taken up with church and lunch at church, but we had a quiet afternoon, and Hannah made us tortillas again for supper. I tried to take a picture, but it was getting a little dangerous. Mostly we spent our time cooking and lounging. Oliver was being way too cute. I hope you appreciate the equal-opportunity chewing pictures. We all look so great. I don't remember what we did in the middle (though I'm pretty sure it involved poached chocolate at some point), but I do know we stayed…
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Texas, June 6th, 2015 – Day 3

I don't actually have any pictures of this, but on Friday night we got all crazy and actually set up the projector outside beside the pool after Dad and Mom went to bed. The idea was to swim while we watched a movie. Why not, right? It was really fun, and would have been even more fun if it hadn't been so cold. The ones with kitchen duty conveniently left after fifteen minutes, but most of the rest of us stuck it out for a whole hour before running inside, teeth chattering, to change into…
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Texas, June 5th, 2015 – Day 2

Friday, Sara showed up and we did some more swimming. This is how Allison sunbathes. The one above is courtesy of Sara's instagram. And now a few from Hannah's instagram: Back to our pictures: And then the great sushi making began. It's tradition that the boys make the sushi, which leaves the girls to make the springrolls. Melody was very dubious that I would even be capable of such highly skilled labor. Sara made a completely delicious cake for us. She even torch caramelized the oranges and blood oranges. SO AMAZING. Hannah is probably thinking,…
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