Monday, August 24, 2009


Today was his first day of kindergarten!

When he woke up, he requested egg whites for breakfast. That in itself is a little strange, because we've never eaten egg whites before. But I made them, plus some buttered toast and a glass of milk. He ate every morsel. The coin you see in the picture is a guardian angel coin from my sister. He kept it in his pocket for courage.

My guy took him out front to get some pictures in front of the bush where we always take "first day" pictures. That backpack is a John Deere backpack, and is the pride of this boy's heart.

He was feeling excited, and a little nervous too.

I drove him to school, and he told me he'd lead the way to his classroom. He hung up his backpack.

He said hello to both of his teachers (who both go by their first names) and posed for pictures with them.

The children were encouraged (but not required) to listen to a story.

He sat by a couple of friends from last year.

At this point, I left the room and spent a couple hours in the hallway with this girl. We had fun.

My son really didn't want me to leave, so we just stayed there. He waved at me a few times, and came out to show me things.

Next, it was time to play outside. They dug a big hole.

On the drive home, he recorded a video of himself, and talked about his morning.

I am so proud of him, and my heart is so full. I didn't feel teary today (possibly because I stayed the whole time) but instead I just felt incredibly happy that he is going to such a great school.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lora Loves: The Bloop Of Peeling A Tomato

Peeling tomatoes is really fun!

First, Dad brings me a huge sack of them from his garden. I'm very lucky that way.

Then I boil them in a big pot.

Not one at a time, I put a bunch in there. This just happened to be the last one I took out.

Next comes the best part. After the tomato has cooled for a few minutes, you pinch the skin a little, and the whole skin just bloops right off, and the tomato plops onto the counter.

It's a satisfying feeling.

You're left with a pile of skins.

You're also left with a counter full of naked tomatoes, full of the promise of sauces to come.

I turned these tomatoes into a delicious dish with fresh corn, beans, onion, garlic, salt, and cilantro. We ate it over pasta. I still have quite a few tomatoes left. I get to bloop another day!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

They Are More Alike Than I Realized

I have been looking at baby pictures of my son lately. With his status as a kindergartner looming on the horizon, I've been nostalgic for his babyhood.

I came across this hilarious picture. He was almost 6 months old, and chewing on a frozen washcloth to help with teething pain.

I remembered I have a very similar hilarious picture of my daughter. In this picture she was about 2 weeks old, doing an I can't control my facial muscles expression.

I laugh every time I look at these pictures. My funny, winky babies.


Monday, August 17, 2009

Seven Days

In seven days, this child will go to kindergarten.

Sometimes I look at this boy and he looks tiny, and I want to wrap him up in a blanket and rock him to sleep. He seems to be all cheeks and big eyes and not-quite-pronounced-right words and he gets scared at night and needs his mama.

Sometimes I look at him and he looks huge, and I send him downstairs to get his own snacks and he remembers to rinse his toothbrush. He seems to be all limbs and head and big words such as water drainage pipe and he tells me he wants to play in his room alone please.

But is it any wonder it feels like that? Five short years ago, he looked like this:

I think in 30 years, it will probably be the same way. He'll be getting gray hair and I'll be amazed that he can pour his own milk.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

This Woman... such a good friend to me.

We met when our nearly 6-year-olds were in our wombs. Here we are with those kids when they were 5 months old.

I don't get to see her as often as I want these days, but I know it's a season in our lives that will change as time goes on. We are alike in so many ways, and different in so many ways. I love that, and I love her.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

She's Just The Picture Of Summer

This was taken by my guy at a birthday party today.

It was a lovely, lucky day.


Friday, August 7, 2009

World Breastfeeding Week

This week was World Breastfeeding Week. A week to celebrate nursing mamas, promote and encourage breastfeeding, and go to a festival and get lots of free stuff. I did all three.

The festival was yesterday, in my sister's town. It's a smallish town, where the rate of breastfeeding is lower than average, so I was really impressed they were having a festival. My sister invited me, so I drove up to attend and invited my cousin too.

It was in a shelter house at the park.

The women who organized it really went all out. There was good live music.

Free pizza stacked high. Cake too.

A raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses.

Here we are with our nurslings. My baby is the gigantic one. Did she really used to be as little as those other two?

While we chatted, the kids played various games and won prizes.

I'd guess there were 50 people there, if you include the kids. I always wish more would come, but I think it was very successful. Everyone was given gifts for attending and everyone won several raffle prizes. My favorite items were a book with lots of pictures of breastfeeding moms, this kid's book:

This tee-shirt:

and this handmade quilt that he has adopted:

We got home late, and the kids were tired. I asked her if she wanted to go night-night, and she did this:

Thanks, sis, for inviting me, and thanks cousin, for coming and celebrating with us!