Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wild Goose

This girl is so funny, so sweet, and so much...herself. I love that about her, and all babies really. They just are who they are. There's nothing phony about a baby.


But this one, oh this one, she is so special to me. When we are out in a crowd, or just visiting people that she doesn't know well, she will become quiet and serious. She is watching, thoughtful, and I believe she's cataloging everything she sees.


But at home, she really lets her personality shine out. For example, she does this:




When she's feeling particularly feisty, she'll add in a little of this:





She also enjoys a good game of hide and seek. She's quite good at hiding:







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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Egg Blowing

I love decorating blown eggs. I decided to introduce the craft to Bee. He chose an egg and I washed it thoroughly.

Then I got a pin and carefully poked a hole in each end of the egg.
Every year I think I will be able to blow the white and yolk out of the pin hole. I never remember, and end up with a red face and a headache. This year was no different.


So after that failed, I got a nail. I slowly chipped away at the pin hole until the nail could fit in.

My hands look so much like my grandma's, it's unreal.


Then, fresh from a bath, he got busy blowing out the egg. The purple scorpion ring is optional.


It was very exciting when the yolk started coming out.


After the egg is completely empty, wash it again. I like to rinse the inside too. I just fill it with water and shake it and then blow that water out too.



I'm not sure how well this paint will stick, but it's the only kind we had and he really wanted to paint it rather than draw on it.



Voila!

He loves it so much that we packed it up and he took it to school for show and tell. I have a feeling we'll make another one today.


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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Real

This is what my driveway looked like all this week, until this morning when it was washed away by the rain.









There are some moments in my life when I feel like a "real" mother, whatever that even means. I think it's similar to the way that I will probably perpetually feel 12 years old inside my own head, regardless of how old my body gets. The fact that I'm a mama is just surreal to me most days. Surely I'm still just a child myself?


Anyway, I felt like a "real" mother when the neighbor girl came over and played with Bee in the front yard while I was inside with the baby on my hip cooking dinner. Then this morning I was standing at the washing machine rubbing stain remover onto the knee of a pair of grass-stained pants. It doesn't get more mom-like than that. Maybe it hits me that I'm a mom when I most resemble a mom in a tv commercial.

And that is sort of ironic, because when I am playing with my kids, when I am really acting 12 years old, down on the floor making funny faces and swinging my legs every which way and doing the goofiest things I can just to get a laugh, I believe those are the moments I'm more mama than any other time.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

First Picnic

Yesterday it was so sunny and warm. In the 60s! So I packed a picnic and we headed out. Picnics are one of my favorite things. This particular picnic spot will look very different later in the summer. First we park the car and walk 20 minutes to the fish pond.



The ground was pretty wet so I kept her in her stroller.

It was a challenge to pack our basket because we were almost completely out of food at home. I had to scrounge around and ended up making some fish sticks and bringing along some fruit and crackers.



It felt a little funny to be eating fish sticks while feeding the fish some animal crackers...


But the fish loved it, and dozens swam up to see what was happening.



Then we looked for frogs. There were so many baby frogs resting on the edge of the pond, but whenever we got near they would hop in. We were just not sneaky enough. I think the frog in the picture below is very hard to find. He's near the very center of the picture.


Then we walked over to the nearby fountain. It was still off for the winter, which provided a fun opportunity to search for pennies.



/We found 6, and if that isn't a treasure I don't know what is.



Well, rocks, those are a treasure too.

Then we got a little goofy.


On the walk back to the car, Bee found several squirrels and enjoyed chasing them.


It was a good first-picnic-of-spring. The next one will be dryer and sunnier and greener. All good things in my book, and so I am looking forward to it!


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

The First Decade

My guy and I have been married for 10 years today.  The day was sunny and warm, though there were still clumps of snow scattered around. It was the Friday before spring break during our junior year of college. We got married privately in our little town, and spent the week moving into married student housing. We had a party to celebrate the following weekend.


When I think about the two of us and how long we've been a pair, I see that we have been able to grow together. We've each changed in many ways, but we've done all that changing side-by-side. Also, in lots of ways, we haven't changed much at all.






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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lora Loves: Crumpets

A few months back I discovered a new food. I was just standing there, considering my cream cheese options, and looked down and noticed a package of crumpets. I had heard of them before, probably in a book, and felt they sounded very high tea-ish. So I snatched the package up.




I don't toast mine, I prefer it soft and sort of chewy. I put 2 on a plate and microwave them for 30 seconds or so.


Then I put butter on them, and let it melt down into all the little holes. Aaaah, butter.



Speaking of the holes, that is my favorite part about these crumpets. It makes a neat texture, and when you cut off a bite, it looks like little vertical posts inside.



So there you have it. Crumpets are delicious and delightful, and you should go get some.


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Saturday, March 7, 2009

So Much Zoo Fun!

We love our zoo. We have a membership, and since it's only an hour away we go frequently. I'll try not to post pictures from every trip, but this one was special because we went with friends.


My friend KT and I met in childbirth class. When our babies were about 5 months old, they moved into a house that is a short 5 minute walk from ours. KT's daughter and my son have been friends since infancy, and it's a friendship that I'm so grateful for. Their friendship as well as KT's and mine. There is a part of me that she just completely understands.


So anyway, yesterday was a warm day and we went to the zoo.



Shark petting.











We had some lunch near the playground.



My boy really enjoyed the ducks. Especially this brave one here on the ledge.







Two great girls and two great big rhinos.





We saw many more animals, played several games, watched a dolphin show, and tried to squeeze in some conversation where we could. It was a good day, and it exhausted us like any good zoo trip should.


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