Thursday, February 21, 2013
|After viewing a friend's blog, Ben wanted to make play dough snails like Violet did. I think he's got it figured out! He is telling me how to do it, starting with "making a wormy worm to roll it".|
It has occurred to me, that there are mixed reviews about blogging, in general, which are negatively impacting enjoyment of it. Some things have been brought to my attention that I would like to address, so I am going to post a few boring clarifications.
- If you do not wish to have your picture posted to our family blog, please let me know that. In light of recent concerns about social networking and public access to personal information, I am trying to be more sensitive to privacy concerns. This is currently a public blog and I apologize if I have inadvertently shared pictures with the world wide web without your consent. In a couple of recent instances, I have removed photos for this reason. Although all of the pictures shared were all in good taste; lovely, happy photos, I respect your desire for privacy. That being said, if you are in the other camp, and would prefer your 15 minutes of fame restored, by all means email me and I will be happy to include you in our sharing.
- Yes...I have tried to make the blog viewable "by invitation only", but blogger makes it too difficult for viewers to follow and comment when viewers don't have Google accounts (.... making everyone on my list "sign up" and jump through hoops, set up accounts, and other nonsense). I do not wish to exclude anyone based on their level of technological skill, so it is back to being a public blog viewable by simply clicking a link. I send the link out via email once in a while for those who have misplaced it.
- It has been said of blogs, "Never has so much been said, by so many, to so few". This is both, funny and true. However, this is still one of the best tools I have available for keeping in touch across the miles. Friends and family alike can check in at their leisure to see what the Burkharts are up to. They can leave it for months or look every day. Hopefully, watching little Ben grow and seeing Dylan being a young man in the world, is more than an extended baby book being kept just for me. I would love it if you all had one I could check out too.
- Lastly, in setting up the B-Squared page, I added a widget called a "StatCounter". Rather than post numbers on the blog, like some strange bragging exhibit, it is an invisible IP-Address counter which allows me to see if anyone is actually viewing my letters and pictures, which ones were the most popular, and how viewers find them. I love it when I see hits on the counter. Thank you to all of you who visit our blog and who make the time spent an enjoyable sharing experience. If there are improvements you would like to see, please let me know.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved to draw. She sketched and sketched, and sketched some more. Her teachers told her that she had artistic talent and that she should always continue to develop that talent. She even earned a Congressional Award.
|He pulled a rainbow out of the sky and placed it in a box just for her.|
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
|Happy Valentine's Day number 6, to my sweetheart! I am so in love with you and we have so much to celebrate! We have a delicious dinner of Dungeoness Crab planned. Yum! I can't wait!|
|In efforts to make David's workday fun, I baked these geeky, science conversation heart cookies for him to take. "YOU ELECTROLYTE UP MY LIFE" honey!|
|Ben was not very interested in baking cookies. So we mixed up a play dough creation that was more his speed; a volcano! Destruction is always up his alley these days.|
|We took a surprise package to Dylan's apartment. He is loving his classes, working hard in the lab and thinking "CATIONIC" thoughts.|
Happy "CHEMISTRY" Day! We "MISS YOU WHEN YOU ARGON"!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
|"I'm pretending to be a pumpkin, Mama."|
|"I'm right here, Mama. Shhh, I'm hiding."|
|"I'm watering the colors, Mama".|
|"I'm drilling the drill for the super claw".|
Ben had a great time with his new babysitter. It was evident that he wore her out, but they had fun together. She did a great job and we will be going out again soon! I am sure that, if we do this more often, we might even stop talking about our boys for a little while.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
|If you have a coffee can, a lanyard, and a set of disposable chopsticks, then you're ready for a parade!|
|I always thought that children did this sort of thing when a parent placed a basket on their heads. Ben, however, does this sort of thing to himself. He is a basket-on-his-head kind of kid. There is never a dull moment at our house.|
Saturday, February 2, 2013
|We have turned to other creative outlets. Here, you will see, Benjamin is filling his pants belt loop with chalk and a crayon. This, he tells me, is so he can be ready, at a moments notice, to jot down a "clue" in his "handy dandy ... notebook". The notebook (not pictured here) is a ten cent spiral-bound pad we picked up at the drug store at his request. If you have seen "Blue's Clues", then you know exactly why. This photo reminds me of an event his father's childhood when, I am told, he filled his pockets with live slugs.|