Keeping up with the kids

Dad and the boys.

Hi! It’s been a little while since we posted. Partly because we hadn’t had enough photos/videos stocked up yet to justify a post, but also partly because we —- are —- tiiiiirrrreeed.

We have been keeping up with a 6 week old (well, actually 7 weeks today) and a 6-year-old. Our 6-year-old, Jacob, is actually more work in a way. He’s nearly always brimming with energy, much of it physical, wakes up routinely at 6am on weekends and is still not quite getting the need for the baby (and Mom and Dad) to have relative quiet in the house much of the time. He also has had daily math and reading homework which has to get done after dinner and before his 7:30 bed time. I actually wrote to his teacher with concerns about that amount of homework. Mostly out of concern for the use and relevance of so much homework in the first month or so of first grade, but also because it’s darn hard to keep him on track each day with that amount of homework and less than the desired levels of sleep for the average adult human. We feel – as in the Lord of The Rings – as if we’re butter spread over too much bread.

Lam is the champion between us – she gets up for two shifts each night with James and I do one. This is gracious of her – it does help me get through my work day but I do still feel as if I’m in a thick, heavy yet transparent fog most days.

The good news is that we are getting on with things reasonably well and still finding time to  all enjoy each other’s company. We are all getting to know James better – his personality is peaking through just a little these days.

James practicing his back stroke.

He doesn’t like to be left alone in his room when the rest of us are enjoying talking, music or a movie. He eats and sleeps well, but when Jacob or I are around he sleeps less and spends more time alert and responding to us. He is smiling more now and loves to watch Jacob do his ‘Jacob thing’ which is usually some sort of active re-creation of a battle or dance/music routine. He has just started making noises as well – saying ‘Aaaa groooo’ or something like that. For now, Jacob is doing more than his share of keeping the house full of noise, talking, singing and the occasional yelping. Again, often at very opportune times for waking Mom and Dad up or interrupting rest. And yet, it’s all such a sweet grind – children, routines, losing sleep but then loving the late night moments one-on-one with our new son and knowing that his eyes see ours.

Jacob is still enjoying school and there are new photos and a ‘Daily Scoop’ and ‘Class Books’ section on his class website here: – be sure to check ou the ‘Gallery’ and ‘Class Books’ sections for pictures of him in his class this month and to see his page in their class book on ‘Peace’.


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About David and Lam

A smitten couple and loving parents in our early 40s. We have lived in 3 different countries together. We dream of living in a fourth country together after our children grow up. We love long walks in the woods, climbing mountains, boating, traveling, reading, and being together. Both David and Lam are old souls who love quietness and meaningful conversations in which we ponder the truth and mysteries of life as well as discuss philosophical and ethical matters. We especially like to enjoy the small pleasures of daily life.
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