Friday, November 29, 2013

{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, November 28, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Then and Again: Lizard Pajama Edition


Green footie pajamas + blunt objects + scooting = photo opportunity.  again.

Friday, November 22, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 13)

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First off, how awesome is this birthday card.  It came from my dear friend Danie, and although I am usually skeptical off store-bought cards, clearly the person who created this knew what they were talking about.  Sometimes the best friends aren't those who've known you the longest (although those are good, too), but those who come to us at just the right time.

Just in case you were worried after reading (1), be assured that you did not forget my birthday.  It is next Friday (and it's a big one).  This is your one and only reminder, unless you live with me, in which case just know that I expect to be treated like a princess all next week and will not hesitate to make this known as often as is necessary.

Twice in the past two weeks I have made casseroles that would have been excellent except that I cut the root vegetables (potatoes, then turnips) too big.  Kurt thinks that this could be an indication that I am a closet fruitarian, and that I am worried about wounding the poor vegetables.

What are your feelings on Myers-Briggs personality typing?   I was skeptical, but then I took a little online test and it came back as ISFP, which was eerily accurate, so now I am thinking that maybe there is something to this.  Jen writes about the Myers-Briggs a lot, which is what got me interested in the first place.   Has anyone else out there taken the test?  What did you think?

Isabel has been talking up a storm lately, which is especially hilarious because she is so teeny, and people assume that she is much younger than she is.   I imagine it is a little disconcerting/creepy to hear what you assume to be a six-month-old greeting you with a very clear, "Hello!".  It doesn't help that she still has so little hair that she is closer to bald than not bald.

We've been on a run of good book series from the library, in particular the Fox and Poppleton books.  However, I would not recommend reading Minnie and Moo Go Dancing if you would like your child to eat a hamburger ever again.  Actually, you know what? That book is weird in other ways too.  Just skip that one and head straight for Mr. Putter and Tabby.

I am hoping that Kurt will be up for a trip to Sala Thai for dinner.  I just got a Groupon, and they have live jazz on Friday nights.  Last time, Elijah was so mesmerized by the bass fiddle that he barely touched his food, which for Elijah is basically unheard of.  Even Isabel handled herself well, mainly by playing with chopsticks.  Yes, I think we will do that again.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 21, 2013


My thoughts exactly.

Why have I been so lame about posting this week?  I'll give you some choices and see if you can guess.

Is it...
a) I spent yesterday morning at the doctor's office.
b) Elijah hasn't taken a nap for the past two days.
c) There is something wrong with the sound on the video camera.
d) Kurt worked late last night.
e) My computer mouse ran out of batteries and I lost the will to find new ones.
f) All of the above.

If you chose letter f, you, my friend are correct.  But, the battery situation is now resolved, so who knows? Maybe things are about to take a turn for the better.  Until then, if you just can't wait to hear more of my silver-finger-tipped prose, hop over here.  See you tomorrow for seven quick takes.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Turnaround Specialist

It's not just that Isabel is the world's happiest baby.  What is truly impressive is how quickly she bounces back from, say, getting kicked in the head (accidentally, he says) by Elijah.  

There's just no stopping that Isa-sun from shining. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 12)

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If you've been a longtime reader of mine, you know that Elijah is quite musically-minded.  I, on the other hand, am a lover of the visual arts.  Perhaps, then, you can understand my excitement when this week, Elijah produced his first representational drawings.  Of talking meatballs.  The funniest part is, Elijah has probably eaten meatballs three times in his entire life.  Apparently, though, they made an impression.

Some days lately, Elijah has not taken a nap.  Rather than crying into my afternoon Diet Coke, I have embraced this special time together.  By which I mean I have fought off feelings of despair while reminding myself that no nap means an early bed time.

An early bed time for Elijah means more time for Kurt and I to spend quality time together watch The Wire.  We are in the final season and will definitely be sad when we are finished.  It may be the best show ever.  I am not exaggerating, nor am I alone in thinking this.

I have now posted on Endless Simmer for two weeks in a row.  Woot!  Wish me luck as I attempt to make it a three-peat next week.  It won't be easy (see #2).

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post for GreaterGreaterEducation that received the most comments ever for a post on that site.  That is exciting, except that some of the commenters were downright mean and almost made me cry.  My next post is about the new DCPS report card, and I am a bit relieved that this is no doubt a less controversial topics.

Yesterday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, there was a segment on video game music.  As I listened, I was amazed at how much video game music has entered my consciousness over the years.  Also, I kinda wish I had tickets (and a babysitter) to go see this.

Speaking of video games, if like me you wasted many hours of your youth on Super Mario Brother, you might enjoy this youTube video.  Do those guys have serious skills or what?  Too bad they couldn't get their hats to stay on.  Also, love the ending.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New park love

We have lived in this house for five years, one year longer than we have known the twins, two years less than we have known Elijah.  In all that time, with all those kids, we have never had a park we could walk to.  Well, I mean, there are two that technically we could walk to, but they are at least a mile away, and on a 100 degree (or drizzly, or freezing) day, they may as well have been out of town. 

 Two weeks ago (and thankfully, just in time for the week of the grandparents), that changed.

Where once there was a broken down, boarded-up, swingless playground, we now have an honest-to-goodness play space, adjacent to the Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center, just four blocks from home.

See that little top tooth peeking out?
It's got it all: slides, a four-person teeter-totter, climbing spots, and, of course, plenty of swings for all.  Swings, might I say, that already practically a permanent Elijah butt-print in them.


Friday, November 8, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 11)

It's good to be back.  A week in paradise wherein no one interrupts you while you eat your food because yes, they need a fork, but no, not that fork is good for the soul, but being home is even better.  Also, it seems like the kids aged a lot while we were gone, even though this seems unlikely.

I have noticed that my cooking this week has taken on a somewhat Mexican dimension.  Following a trip to Bestway Supermercado, I cooked up some zucchini and acorn squash in ranchero sauce and served it with corn tortillas.  I, for one, thought it was delicious.  Unfortunately, not everyone in my family shares my love of squash.  Fortunately, they all love quesadillas, though, so no one went hungry.

While we were away, I received a review copy of The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  I started reading the intro, and it looks pretty good.  My plan is to dig into it more this weekend.  I am skeptical about the "Five Minutes a Day" part, but I will let you know.

A new park just opened by our house, and it is awesome.  Unfortunately, thanks to daylight savings, it now gets dark here at 5 o'clock or so.  Therefore, we have been running out the door post-naptime to get a little playtime in before the light fades.  We have meet some neighbors and spent a lot of time on the swings (ahem, Elijah).  It's great now, but it will be even greater in the summer time when we can stay out a little (or a lot) later.

Since our park time has been cut back due to the darkness, we have been making frequent trips to the library, which is now open until 9 every night.  Elijah's latest favorite book is The Last Train, which he insisted upon "reading" on the way to school today.  We've only read it together twice, but he already knows most of the words.

I just uploaded a super-cute Izzy video, so check back tomorrow for that.  Clearly, youtube has been collecting data on me (no surprise there, really), because they helpfully suggested that I watch this.  From the title, I though it was going to be a sort of Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, except with the gospels, but no, it was even better.  If you like spoken word poetry (or don't feel like reading all of Mere Christianity), watch this video. 

Thanksgiving is fast-approaching, and this year Elijah is old enough to understand a bit more about giving thanks, so if anyone has any suggestions for good activities to do or books to read, please let me know.  May you have a blessed and beautiful fall weekend!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Elsewhere: Chocolate Cake

So, as a part of the lovely wedding celebration, Kurt and I had our first taste (and taste and taste) of an all-inclusive resort.  Being as we prefer not to start drinking at 8 am, I don't think we got our money's worth, but we sure ate enough ice cream and sushi to last us awhile.  In the interest of detoxification, our meals this week have featured lots of dark leafy greens.  Rather than beer with breakfast, we have....water.   And since our trip was basically a 7-day meat bender, we've been hitting the beans pretty hard.  And even though there is a bag full of Halloween candy in the kitchen, it has remained largely uneaten.

Before we left, however, I did review a desserts cookbook for Endless Simmer. So, if, unlike me, you have been treating your digestive system kindly for the past few weeks, perhaps it is time for a treat?  You can find my review along with a recipe for the chocolate, coffee cake above right over here.  Now, I believe it is time for my morning kale snack.

Monday, November 4, 2013

My Grown-up Little Sister

Yes, our vacation was lovely.  Thanks for asking.  We ate, drank, slept, went to the beach, went to the pool, snorkeled, zip-lined, cliff-jumped, and slept some more.  One thing we didn't really do: take pictures.  However, that's okay because none of those fun things was the real reason we went to Mexico.  Rather, the main attraction (and really, the most fun I had) was my little sister's wedding.  Here are a few pics of the big day.  I am sure that if you are reading this and you are friends with Sarah on Facebook, you have access to a few thousand more.  Also, she had a professional photographer, and if some day I am granted access to those lovely photos, I will post some more wedding highlights.  For now, though, these will have to suffice.

  Congratulations Sarah and Matt!