Friday, July 26, 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.
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Thank you to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama for the words and inspiration.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Reunited


Remember Elijah's best buddy, Eleanor?  Well, this week, and this week only, she was back in town.  Elijah was pretty pumped.  Of course, getting a good picture of them together was basically impossible, but trust me, fun was had by all.


Is it just me, or is Isabel basically the world's cutest photo bomber?


Okay, so maybe I couldn't get a picture with them both smiling in a normal fashion, but this is pretty funny, no?



And, let us not forget a picture of Isabel's newest buddy, Seamus.  Love that hair.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Guacamole ice cream. Daddy. and Me

This may come as a surprise to you non-bloggers out there, but the blogging life is not always glamorous.  Especially for mom bloggers, writing time is often crammed in the spaces between diapers and dishes, or found late at night in time that might be better spent sleeping.

Recently, however, I was gifted the opportunity to go to a preview of Rosa Mexicano's summer ice cream festival.  Once I made sure that Kurt wouldn't feel too abandoned, my dad and I headed across town to sample some exotic ice cream flavors, refreshing paletas, and yes, "guacamole" ice cream.  You can read more about my experience here.  As yet, it is the fanciest, tastiest bloggy thing I have done.  Now, back to the dishes.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Flashback Friday: Grandpa love


This week was crazytown around here, with lots of friends, family and delicious food (grilled pizza! ice cream tasting!), and basically no pictures, so I have nothing to post for {this moment}.  Instead, in honor of a wonderful visit from my dad (Papa!), I offer you an old picture of my Grandpa, who we lost just a few short months ago.  Not my most photogenic moment, but you can always count on my baby sis to be lookin' good (and tan). 

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Elijah has yet to see a Disney movie.  Actually, Elijah has yet to see any movie.  Forty-five minutes of Sesame Street is all he has the patience for, and these days he sometimes skips out on Elmo's World.  Which is all fine by me because my feelings re: children and television are ambivalent at best.  But I digress.

I know that Disney movies have gotten some well-deserved flak over the years, but chances are that at some point, I will let Elijah watch at least a few.  One could argue that a childhood is incomplete without seeing Beauty and the Beast, and one could be right.  And Pixar has come out with some real gems in the past decade or so.  So, the movies are in.  What I do hope to avoid, though, are those awful book versions of the Disney movies.  You know the ones I am talking about.  Oversized, text heavy, illustrations consisting of stills taken straight from the films.  Basically, the opposite of good children's books. 

Thus, I was more than a little bit skeptical when I picked up Jon Scieszka's retelling of the Disney adaptation of the Lewis Carroll book at the library.  I am generally a Scieszka fan, however, so I was also intrigued.  Turns out the book, Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland, is pretty great.  It is definitely a retelling of the movie, but it is a good one.  All the salient plot points are there, will just enough added snark to distinguish it as a quality stand-alone book.  The illustrations, rather than being from the movie, are the ones that inspired the movie.  Pretty neat.

  And, most notably in the book's favor, Elijah loves it.  It's fairly long, but he sits through it many times a day.  That kid is only 2.75 years old, and already he has a keen BS detector when it come to books.  That's my boy.
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Oh!  I just saw on Amazon that this book is part of a series, and one of the books is by Dave Barry.  I'm putting in my library request now, and will report back.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Toys I Love: Magnetic Gear Board


On our way back from our recent trip to the Midwest, our family of four drove for 14 hours with minimal stops, and nobody lost his or her mind.  I came close; I am not going to lie.  Elijah, however, who loses his mind at least once a day over something as seemingly trivial as his Popsicle color, did great.  And for that, the credit goes to this book, this book, "Bling Blang" by Arlo Guthrie, and the Melissa and Doug Magnetic Gear Board


We pickedup this toy specifically for the trip at TJMaxx, which has a surprisingly good selection of decent playthings.  The magnetism makes it great for travel, and the board comes with five double sided pictures, so there is plenty of replay value.  One little thing that impressed me is how snugly the magnets fit over the holes, almost like puzzle pieces.  Elijah played with it several separate times during the car trip, and has played with it many times since.  The magnetic board itself is nice even without the cards, and I could see it working well for letters or magnetic poetry for older children.

My only minor complaints are that the gears to not fit as snugly onto the pegs as they could, and several of the colors are fairly similar.  I know that the designers probably thought that adding a brown gear would not be as aesthetically pleasing, but I do think that it would have made color discrimination easier.

We have so many toys around this house already that Kurt and I think long and hard before adding another one to the collection.  This one, however, was totally worth it.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Toddler Magnetism


If there is one thing that Elijah's friends and family know about him (besides his charm and good looks), it's that the boy can eat.  Don't let his scrawny arms fool you; he can pack away food with the best of them.  I am already starting a supplementary grocery fund to be used during his teenaged years.

Not only does he eat large quantities, but he eats all. day. long.  And while this does not bother me, what does get on my nerves is when he plaintively says, "I'm hungry," followed by, "Mommy, open the fridge." Then, I open said fridge and he stands there, letting all the cool air out, while he crosses his arms and muses, "Hmm.  Let's see.  What do I want?" (Thanks for that one, Daddy.)

If we had the space, I'd happily go the full Montessori and give him his own shelf in the fridge and in the cabinet, but that is just not possible in our teeny kitchen.  Enter the magnets.


I drew and painted the pictures myself, but you could easily use clip art or photographs.  For the magnets, I just cut up one of our many refrigerator magnets and used packing tape to attach the pieces to the back.  We've been using the system for a week now, and it works great.  When we are out of something (or I don't actually want him to eat a Popsicle at 6 am, I just move the picture to the upper part of the fridge.  This has also helped me when it's time to go shopping. 

Elijah has embraced the new system whole-heartedly, happily showing off his magnets to all who enter our home.  I was concerned that some of the pictures might be hard to identify, but after a few refreshers, he had no problem with even the peanut butter balls.  I am realizing that there are still a few foods that I need to add, but that will require getting out the paints, paper, etc, so I expect that these will be the snack choices at least until August.  Or so.  Still, I actually brought a project to completion, more or less, and it's one that makes me feel just a little more sane.  Woot.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Vidi-o the Week: Next to Me (Includes revised lyrics!)

These days, Elijah and I have a new favorite song, which I am sure he will like even more once he sees that the video features a drummer man.  The song is "Next to Me" by Emeli Sandé.  Have you heard it?  If not, you need to, so I have helpfully included the video below.


Listening to this song 15,000 times or so in the past few weeks got me thinking about Elijah, and how he is basically always, ahem, next to me.  So I wrote my own lyrics. Enjoy!

"Next to Me - Mommy Edition"


When I wake in the morning at 530,
And I want to nurse my coffee cup in peace;
When I wish that I could sleep just one more hour,
You will find, you will find him next to me.

When I really, really need to use the bathroom,
And all I want's a little privacy,
But like a fool I left the door cracked open,
You will find, you will find him next to me.

Next to me ooooh (3x)
You will find, you will find him next to me.

When the afternoon is dragging on forever,
And my glasses are so smudgy I can't see;
When I just need twenty minutes to fix dinner,
You will find, you will find him next to me.

When I need to feed the baby by her lonesome,
And I'm wondering why we don't have a TV;
When he can't wait just ten minutes until snack time,
You will find him, you'll find him next to me. 

Next to me ooooh (3x)

You will find, you will find him next to me.

But I know these toddler years won't last forever,
And before long I will have to set him free.
So as long as he will let me hold him closely,
You will find, you will find him next me. 

Next to me ooooh (3x)

You will find, you will find him next to me.

Friday, July 12, 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, July 11, 2013

Nine months

It's official: Princess Isabel has now been out as long as she was in, and she continues to rejoice daily in her existence.   Her sweet disposition and unflappable happiness (and arm-flapping happiness) make every day brighter.  At not even fourteen pounds., shes practically pocket-sized, and is always ready to go anywhere and do anything.  Today, her doctors appointment was smack-dab in the middle of her morning nap, but did Iz cry?  Goodness, no!  She just rolled with it.  Because that's how the Iz duzz. 

Nine month stats
Weight: 13 lbs, 11 oz.
Teeth: Zero
Hair: Peachy-fuzzy
Likes: Elijah, carbohydrates, clapping, waving at strangers on the Metro, making "Izzy sandwiches" with Mommy and Daddy, bathtime
Dislikes: People eating in front of her without sharing, and, well, that's pretty much it

Happy 3/4 birthday to my little Izzy girl. 


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Word(s) of the Day: Gordian Knot


Gordian knot: Noun
1. An exceedingly complicated problem or deadlock.
2. An intricate knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia and cut by Alexander the Great with his sword after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia.
Ex. Parenting small children is a Gordian knot, especially when you let them play with your yarn.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Away and back


We have spent the last few days recovering from our fourteen hour drive home on Saturday.  Our trip was lovely, but it's nice to be home, too.  Until I get back on my bloggy feet (hopefully tomorrow), here are some pics from our journey.  Enjoy!





Friday, July 5, 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.