Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On the Street Where We Live

Yesterday Gordon looked out the window and said, "Where do we live? What is it called? Is this the Hundred Acre Woods?" I asked him what he thought and he gave a little one-shoulder shrug and said, "Probably."


Yesterday morning while I was doing Mia's hair, I had this conversation with her:

Mia: "I woke up at like 4:00 this morning or something."

Me: "Why did you wake up at 4?"

Mia: "I needed to go to the bathroom and then I couldn't go back to sleep."

Me: "Did you wake up the boys?"

Mia: "No. I didn't wake anyone up. I just read in my bed for like an hour. Then I cried a little because I was bored."

Me: "Did you wake up Ellis while you were crying?"

Mia: "No. I just cried softly because I was bored. Then I got up and went in the living room to read for a while. Then Jared came out and well, you know what happened after that..."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Progeny No. 5

As a bit of background, my grandfather is named Lester Leary. My father is Brian Lester Leary. I was named Seth Lester Leary. Because of the recurrence of the name Lester I took the liberty of calling myself "the Third" (III). Following this pattern, I named my first son Jared Lester Leary IV (the first "legal" instance of this enumeration).

Today Jared asked me if he would get to name kids (presumably his own). I told him he would. He then asked if he could name one "Lester the Fifth." I chuckled and said that he could, and that I would be very pleased if he did so.

It's funny, because even though I had the intention of naming him "the Fourth" long before he was conceived, I had honestly never thought of the pattern continuing beyond that until this very moment. I'm glad he has already embraced his unconventional name as an honor, rather than an mocking punishment.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Seth is in Wisconsin on business this weekend. Yesterday morning Gordon asked me, "Can Dad sleep at his work?"

I told him that he sleeps in a hotel when he is on a trip.

With tears in his eyes, Ellis said, "I want to sleep in a hotel. But I didn't put on my shoes and coat."

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Ellis asked for a second bowl of cereal this morning. Usually when he wants two bowls of cereal, he doesn't finish the second bowl. I gave it to him and told him that if he wanted it, he needed to eat it all. Shortly after he started eating the cereal, he started to get down from the table. I asked him what he was doing. He showed me his bowl and said that it was all gone.

I said, "Holy Cow! You were hungry!"

Ellis looked at me and said, "I am not a hungry pig. I'm NOT!"


Mia was making her valentines yesterday and I was watching her. She got to the name of a little boy that she doesn't care for and hid the envelope behind her back. I asked her what she was doing and told her that she had to give him a valentine and it had to be nice.

She told me that she was going to, she just didn't want to give him the one that said, "I like you." I told her she didn't have to. I looked over at what she was writing and she wrote, "You are tall." on it.