Saturday, June 30, 2012

Vidi-o the Week

Here ya go, Mamo.  Enjoy!

Friday, June 29, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Some days

Some days, I really miss teaching.  I miss almost everything about it: the planning, the children, the smell of the classroom, the talking to colleagues.

Some days, I really miss working.  I miss the paycheck, leaving home each day and coming home, the quiet of the commute, drinking my morning coffee in silence.

But, if I went to work each day...

...I wouldn't know that Elijah thinks the garbage disposal sounds like a plane taking off and that his farts sound like a choo-choo.
...it might not be my name that he calls when he wakes up from his nap.
...morning snuggles, getting ready and breakfast would be condensed considerably.
...I wouldn't be able to sit on a stranger's stoop for twenty minutes on a Wednesday morning, watching Elijah dig in the dirt.
...I wouldn't have been the first to hear his newest adverb, "too", as in too tight (seatbelt), too hot (car seat), too tall (leaves on a tree).

It's a hard choice, this working or not working, but for now, for me, I believe I have made the right one.  Most day, I am sure of this.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Inside joke

In the absence of googly eyes*, one must use extra caution when gardening.

*Don't get it?  Go here. (It may take a minute to load.)


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The First One

Okay, so it's a little orange still, but patience has never been my strongest point, at least when it comes to gardening.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Recipe for an awesome toddler party


Take one hot summer day and a big back yard.   Add 20 bubble wands, 3 balls, 1 doggie.   Combine with water, preferably using a sprinkler.  Finish with a hot dog, cheese crackers and a homemade popsicle.   


If the party gets too hot, just add ice to cool down.  But don't forget to share.


A big thank you to Kate and Brian for opening their big backyard to a toddler invasion.  Elijah wants to know if you are available to plan his next birthday party.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Vide-o'the Week

This week's video is a bit long, but if you hang on 'til the end, you can hear a stirring rendition of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", which is sadly interrupted by the realization that there are still waffles on the table.


Friday, June 22, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Play with your food!


I have a confession to make: I like it when Elijah plays with his food.

No, it's not because I think it's some deep expression of his inner creativity, or a manifestation of his innate desire to manipulate his physical environment.  Those might be true, but they just sound dippy.  Also, my reasoning is much more selfish.

I like to finish my food in peace.

Here's the thing about Elijah:  he is the World's Best Eater.  He likes seaweed, kimchi, arugula pesto and tofu.  His appetite is certainly a blessing, a fact that I am reminded of every time I hear about a child who won't eat vegetables or only likes white foods.  But he eats like there is a shortage, like he's the youngest of twelve children and if he just shovels his food fast enough, he will get the last remaining piece of cake.  Then, when he's finished, he likes to yell, "All done!" until he is freed from his high chair.  After that, he likes to stand on a dining room chair and pick food off my plate.  Charming.

Sometimes, a girl just wants to finish her plate of pasta/cup of coffee/bowl of oatmeal in peace.  So, if that means letting him make oatmeal cucumber soup while he sits, mesmerized in his own chair, that's okay by me.  Go on, child.  Play with that food.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The No Plan plan


Before the twins' summer break began, I had Plans.  Oh, how we were going to spend our days!  Art projects!  Literacy! Math!  Ha. 

Here's the funny thing, though.  The No Plan Plan seems to be working out just fine.  Perhaps it is because the twins really do just need a break from their 9 hour school days, or because they find my house endlessly fascinating, or because they are five and that age is magical, but there has really been no shortage of things to do.  We have spent much of the days outside, even after the temperature shot up today to a balmy 95 degrees.  Today, for added fun, Sam joined our little circus for a few hours as well. 

Maybe it's just because I am an "unschooler" at heart, but I am starting to get into this free-floating summer spirit.  The twins continue to amaze me with their creativity.  And it's just a few weeks until summer school, so I suppose a real break from academics won't hurt. Especially when it leads to such delicious creations as this...


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The First Day of Summer (Again)

For me, summer officially began when the temperature hit the 95 degree mark...and stayed there.  Things have cooled off a bit, but in my mind, summer has been here to stay for awhile.  Still, the twins had there last day of school on Thursday, and so summer began again, for all of us.  On Friday we just hung around the house, and B and B reacquainted themselves with the fun that is to be had at "Lisa's house".  (I am always quick to remind them that it is certainly Kurt's house, too.)  Here are some snapshots (literal and figurative) of our day.

Somehow, there was room for everyone in our tiny sandbox.

The xylophone figured heavily into the day's soundtrack.

A cucumber party
  There are only a few weeks until summer school starts, but I am sure that we will squeezed every bit of fun out of the time we have.    Right Brittany?

Right!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dear Mamo!

That's right, folks.  Yesterday marked 55 years of life for this pretty lady, the world's greatest Mom/Mamo.  But what do you get for the woman who has everything?  The one thing she can't get enough of, of course- videos of Elijah.

Here you go, Mamo.  We love you!



Friday, June 15, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hands of Time



Will someone please tell me...when did those wrinkly, spindly newborn hands...

...become these chubby, curious toddler hands?

And how long do I have before those pudgy, sticky hands become something else again? 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ouch!


Do you see that?  No?  Look again.  Up a little more.  Now to the right.  Yes, there it is.  Elijah's latest ouchie.

One of the things I like about spending most of Elijah's waking hours with him is that I get to see not only the big milestones as they happen, but the little childhood rites of passage as well.  In the past few weeks, we have hit a new one: obsession with his serious(ly minor) injuries.  First is was a scraped knee that was discussed long after a magnifying glass was required to observe the evidence.  The conversation went something like this:

E: Mommy, wook!  Ouchie.
Me: I see.  Did you fall down?
E:  Fall down Dada.
Me: You fell down on the sidewalk with Dada.
E: Fall down sidewalk Dada ouchie.  Ouch!

And repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat.

So, last week, when he got clothes-lined around the ankle by my parents' dogs, a new boo-boo joined the ranks (see above, if you can).  Based on my experience with the twins and also my great-grandmother, discussing one's maladies is a life-long practice.  Ouch!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

No (Egg) Foo-lin'


I owe a debt of gratitude to my mom for many things, not least of which is my home-cooking abilities.  She is the master of throwing together whatever's around into something delectable.  These days, when I need a go-to dinner, I rifle through my culinary memories, and rarely do I come up empty.  Additionally, these favorite family dinners have provided plenty of fodder for my Endless Simmer posts.

So, please, head on over there and check out the latest.  And maybe this one, too, just for laughs. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

My Life as a Sitcom

Episode 2,321 - "What's Wrong with This Picture?"

Kurt: These shorts are kind of preppy.

Me: What do you mean?

Kurt: The legs are really tight.

Kurt: Wait a minute...

(Cue laugh track)

Friday, June 8, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Down by the Lake

 
When Elijah was but a wee one, he hated taking a bath.  He would scream as though being tortured for the duration of his stay in his baby bathtub.  But then, one day, things took a turn for the better.  Now, we can't keep the little man out of the water.  Whether its a uddle, bath, water table, or pool, water is where he wants to be.  And now, with our summer visit to my parents, we can officially add "lake" to the list of Elijah's favorite watering holes.






Monday, June 4, 2012

Home





Princess castle, fuzzy doggies, Great-Grandpa, Big Bird, walking with Mamo, disposable diapers...yep, Elijah and I are "home" with my parents in Michigan this week. 

I will surely take many pictures (strawberry picking! lake! puppies!) and share them with you, although I make no promises about the time of day at which that might occur.  After all, there is plenty of eating, playing and sleeping in for Mommy here, too.

 I just hope Daddy is okay without us.  After all, he might get to sleep until seven, or start and finish his dinner in one sitting.  Poor guy.

Friday, June 1, 2012

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 ... 
Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.