Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mamatography week 30

7/12. A Bad Habit
7/12. A Bad Habit
He's got this horrible habit of growing up and doing things on his own now. Bad Davis!

7/13. 4 O'Clock
7/13. 4 O'Clock
At 4pm we were at one of Moira's best friends birthday parties. We always have a great time at their house, especially with their play structure.

7/14. Edible
7/14. Edible
Garlic bread! We don't have this very often anymore, what with the gluten free kids. It's one of my favorite things though.

7/15. Outside The Window
7/15. Outside The Window
I deliberately slowed Moira down for the summer reading challenge at the library, by only writing down books she read at least a little of. So it took us three weeks instead of one.

7/16. Bottle
7/16. Bottle
I took the kids to Kidd Valley, and Moira asked the questions she always asks when she likes something. "Why don't we do this more often?" and "When can we come here again?" And I didn't even buy her a milkshake.

7/17. Inspirational
7/17. Inspirational
I didn't pay enough attention to my library queue and got a lot of books all at once. So I've actually been taking some time to read other than the few moments before bedtime and when I'm in the bath. Somehow I forget how much I love reading.

7/18. Number
7/18. Number
Moira loves these magnet shapes and has been using them for a wide variety of building projects. Cities, zoos, baked goods. It's always a struggle to get them put away before they get scattered around the house, so I took a picture of what she'd made so she could remember what she wanted to make when the baby sitter came over again.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summertime

We've had a busy summer so far. I'm aiming to have the rest of it be a little slower. The kids and I have spent most of this week hanging around the house tidying and playing. A welcome rest apparently, as even Moira hasn't been asking why we aren't going anywhere.
Grumpy's birthday present
We got my Dad a trail a bike for his birthday, so he can take Moira on adventures with him. So far she thinks it's awesome.
Examination
I've been trying to make sure we visit some new places. Jetty Island (pictured here) was fun. Both kids enjoyed the long stretch of tidal beach, and letting their feet sink into the wet sand. We have also been to a big indoor play area in downtown which was awesome, but I don't think we will go back until Davis is old enough to climb the whole way on his own, because some parts of it were a tight squeeze for me. Next up on the new places list is the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
This is Comedia del Arte
We have also been enjoying living in the city. Moira did a series of classes at the Arboretum that seem to have helped her not be so nervous about bugs. Volunteer park just redid their play ground, and the kids have been enjoying that. We also figured out that there is a third park within walking distance of our house. Walker has even walked to the top of the hill with the kids a few times, once for Pride, once for ice cream, and we all went together once to go to a friend's birthday. We also really like going to the outdoor plays at Volunteer Park, but so far we've only managed one per year.
Moira's hideout
Surprisingly, given that we have much less yard while we are building a garage, the children have been spending a lot of time outside. Moira has decided that the trees by the pond are their hideout, and they frequently spend hours out there walking on the edges of the bed, reading, and exploring.
Shelling peas
I haven't done much food preservation yet this year, but I did can a bunch of cherries with Sika, and the kids really got into helping me shell peas. To the point where they cried when we ran out of peas to shell.
Tire swing!
Davis is in full on big kid mode. He wants to try anything Moira does, from swinging on tire swings, to the merry go round, to climbing up the big climbing walls at the new park. Whenever he wants to do something he says "Me!!!!" and pats his chest. When he has a toy he says "Mine!" especially if it's something Moira wants. We've had to have a few conversations about how what Davis says doesn't actually change reality. We WILL be there soon, even if he says no. That is your lunch, even if he says it's his. Mostly, they are happily playing together though. He's at the age where she can give him a task, and he will complete it.
Davis is a good daddy
He's also at the age where he can formulate a whole plan of action, and then complete it. I was moving furniture around while Walker and Moira were out yesterday, and he decided it was time to put a bunny puppet in the doll sling, and then put away all the Magnatiles, which were in another room. And then he did it.
Getting ready to quilt this
I have been managing to sew on a slightly more regular basis lately. I'm focusing on finishing up the partially done quilts that have been stacking up for the last couple of years. This one is going to be the new cuddle quilt in the TV room when it's done.
Anyway, that's how things have been around here. How has your summer been going?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mamatography week 29

7/5. Love
7/5. Love
Love is sharing your water bottle.

7/6. Fave Smell
7/6. Fave Smell
Summertime outside is the best, although I can't say wet children really add to the smell experience.

7/7. Where You Are
7/7. Where You Are
We went to Volunteer Park to watch "The Totally True and Absolutely Accurate Adventures of Pinnochio" which turned out to be done in the style of Comedia del Arte, which is what I picked for my costume group's costumes last year. I got a huge kick out of that.

7/8. Path
7/8. Path
Quiet children are always suspicious. Especially when they have markers. Surprisingly, these two weren't doing anything they shouldn't, when I went to see what was going on.

7/9. 3 Things
7/9. 3 Things
The toddler, the garden, and a book. The kids are spending so much time sitting out near the pond lately. It's their secret hideout.

7/10. Smooth
7/10. Smooth
We went to Jetty Island for the first time, and it was awesome. I loved the big flat tidal beach, and the kids had a grand time. At least until Davis fell into a giant tidal pool.

7/11. I Wore This!
7/11. I Wore This!
I forgot to put sunscreen on my legs, so I got to enjoy a wicked leg sunburn for the next few days.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mamatography week 28

6/28. Red
6/28. Red
Davis' first solo popsicle. He mostly just let it melt all over himself.

6/29. In My Bag
6/29. In My Bag
My quilt group has a yearly weekend day retreat. I took exactly the right amount of stuff to work on, in that I finished all the work I put in this bag. Plus I got to try out the mini sewing machine someone gave me and discovered that it works really well. It had no problem putting together a whole scrap quilt top.

6/30. Helping Himself
6/30. Helping himself
I forgot to take the themed photo this day, so I made up my own theme. Davis actually managed to get himself a couple of chips, although it did take a few tries.

7/1. Happiness Is
7/1. Happiness Is
Your first fluffernutter sandwich. Moira said she liked it, but she hasn't asked for another one, so I guess she didn't like it that much. Davis ended up with marshmallow fluff all over his face because he kept trying to lick the fluff off the peanut butter.

7/2. Shoes
7/2. Shoes
My slip on sandals broke after years of hard use, so I had to pull out these buckle on ones. I hate taking the time to buckle my shoes when I have a kid under three, but I really do like these.

7/3. Cold
7/3. Cold
We've been having a very warm summer, but this day it was actually "cool" enough for clothes. We went to visit a friend and the kids had fun running down the hill.

7/4. Red, White, or Blue
7/4. Red White or Blue
We bought a bunch of faux flowers to keep in Moira's room, but she has decided they make a better centerpiece for our dining room.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mamatography week 27

6/21. Lunchtime
6/21. Lunchtime
Davis spent a few days around the Solstice flat out refusing to put on clothes, and sometimes also, his diaper. That has nothing to do with this picture, other than that he is naked. He's also, sort of, able to play with a couple of aps on the tablet, like this animal piano one I was trying to distract him with while I packed lunches.

6/22. Enjoying Life
6/22. Enjoying Life
Who knew mowing the lawn was so much fun?

6/23. Last
6/23. Last
This was the last day of Walker's annual gaming weekend with his friends. This is the pile of games he took with him.

6/24. Negative Space
6/24. Negative Space
Moira and I went out for tea by ourselves, since Walker had the day off of work, so he could stay with Davis. Moira was so impressed with the fancy restaurant and insisted we eat and drink with our pinkies out. I also made sure to actually listen to her talk, and ask her leading questions.

6/25. Sharp
6/25. Sharp
College friends of Walker's bought us this knife for our wedding, and it is the one I use 90% of the time. It's so lovely.

6/26. Empty
6/26. Empty
Davis really wanted to play with this ball vacuum at the indoor playground we went too, but it was too loud and noisy, so he didn't stick around long enough to figure how it worked.

6/27. Fire
6/27. Fire
Some of the members of my costuming group went shopping for linen, and I was also picking up fabric for another member who couldn't make it. I really wanted to buy these sequins for her Sun goddess outfit, but I decided not to without her permission.

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!

Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Davis loves poodle

Davis loves poodle
Awhile back I decided to encourage Davis to sleep with a comfort object, after one super long and well rested night where he accidentally fell asleep with a stuffed animal.
Sadly, that was one of Moira's special toys (special being defined as something she has that her brother wants), so we had to find a different one. I gave him a choice of stuffies of a similar size to the one he had coopted, and he picked the sea horse, and named it "Neigh Neigh," because it's a horse, you know.
It worked pretty well for awhile, he would find Neigh Neigh and help it lie down, and sometimes let it nurse. It was a reasonable size for him to carry around, and he liked to occasionally suck on it's nose. But then, he started to play with Neigh Neigh more, and sometimes it wasn't in the bedroom, and he wouldn't want to go look for it, and also he didn't want to lie still at night anymore, and my attempts to get him to show the toy how to do it backfired and he stopped wanting to have it in bed with him. We had a few guest stars for naptimes, a truck, my phone, a ball, but nothing repeatable or comfortable.
A couple of days ago, he searched for Moira's lavender poodle, and insisted that she sleep with us. He's refused to lie down until we find her for about four days now, and while it's super-cute (especially the way he says poodle, "poooo-uhl!"), I'm also dreading when Moira realizes what's been going on. We've had a few conversations lately about how they aren't "her" water bottles, so much as water bottles we bought before Davis was born, so they are actually for everyone, but we can't make the same claim about the poodle. That was bought especially for her in an attempt to help her fall and stay asleep easier. She hasn't used it for snuggling purposes in almost 6 months, but I could totally see her wanting to in the fall when it's colder. I'm considering buying a second one so he has one of his own, but then I also don't want to have two identical poodles to be fought over, and he's still a little too unpredictable for me to buy a different lavender animal and expect him to be willing to trade.
I suppose there are worse problems to have.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy birthday America!

Making pie crust
Yesterday, we were making pie in the kitchen and Walker turned on some heavy metal. Like he does. I pointed out that we should be listening to something more appropriate to the day, like every song in our collection with the a version of the word "America" in the title.
So we did. Currently the collection on our music server has stuff from Walker's friends (and their spouses) from the get together they recently had, and a bunch of my Dad's collection as well. We can no longer hit "play all" because then you are treated to a mix of trance/club/electronica, heavy metal, and early music. It is interesting. And I want to do it for future holidays. Egg songs for Easter!
But searching for that word worked pretty well. It was not a very patriotic list of songs, but it was fun to listen to, and especially fun to watch the kids dance to the GWAR song. Walker added "USA" songs this morning, and that is a much more patriotic batch of songs, and then 5 versions of surfing USA, so I'm not going to include those.

Our 4th of July mix, with links where possible. We also deleted a song that was 90% swearing.
America - Bree Sharp
America Made - Jack Off Jill
America - Simon & Garfunkel
American Music - The Pointer Sisters
(You Can Still) Rock In America - Night Ranger
Young Americans - David Bowie
American Woman - Lenny Kravitz
America Must Be Destroyed - GWAR
American Dream - Bad Religion
North Americay - The Chieftans
My America - Nuclear Assault
Lost In America - Alice Cooper
Calling America - Electric Light Orchestra
I Continenti: North America - Flanders Recorder Quartet
American Pie -King Singers
America - Neil Diamond
American Terrorist - Lupe Fiasco
Mexican-American Trilogy - El Vez
Breakfast In America - Supertramp
Health Care For All Americans - Dead Fucking Last
Kids In America - The Muffs
I'm Afraid Of Americans - David Bowie
The Streets Of America - Bad Religion
America - Prince & The Revolution
Miss America - Styx
American Dawg - Neal Gladstone & Co
America The Beautiful - Willie Nelson
Last Boat To America - David Gray
American Girl - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
American Woman - Krokus
I Can Speak American - Screaming Blue Messiahs
American Idiot - Green Day
God Bless America - Celine Dion (We didn't actually listen to this. I HATE Celine Dion, but she snuck in on a Titanic Soundtrack. What is she doing singing this anyway? She's French Candian!)
Song For America - Kansas
King And Queen Of America - The Eurythmics
American Tune - Simon & Garfunkel
Coming To America - Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
American Pop - Manhattan Transfer
The Green Fields Of America - The Chieftans

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mamatography week 26

6/14. Texture
6/14. Texture
Davis loves to lick the frosting off cupcakes, and the peanut butter off sandwiches. It's only recently that he's started actually eating the carriers fro these foods (cupcakes and bread), but he still starts with the good stuff.

6/15. From Above
6/15. From Above
This is what our yard looked like after the coop was knocked down, but before they trees were taken out. There's an even bigger hole now.

6/16. Family
6/16. Family
We tried to fly kites for Father's Day, but there wasn't enough wind. At least the kids cooperated and let me capture some cute pictures of them with Walker.

6/17. Centered
6/17. Centered
I was feeling cranky, so I went out for a walk, and seeing all the plants and feeling the fresh air immediately made me feel more like me. I need to remember that when I'm having a hard day, but I so rarely do.

6/18. Street
6/18. Street
I know, this is reaching for the theme, but it cracks me up when toddlers figure out how to put glasses on, and they are so proud of themselves. It's like a little glimpse of the future when he will actually be trying to be cool and want to wear his pants around knees and a backwards baseball cap.

6/19. Currently Reading
6/19. Currently Reading
My friend Amy and her family came for a visit. Our daughters pretty much disappeared into the dress up area and didn't reappear unless we made them, and the boys kept checking each other out and trying to figure out how to interact. Here, Joe is "reading" this book to Davis by pointing at every picture and asking "Want that?" to which Davis says, "No!" He eventually got to something that Davis said yes to, and was so surprised that he forgot what it was immediately.

6.20. Cute
6/20. Cute
We had a little meetup with some of the other local Natural Parents Network volunteers at the children's museum, but because Lauren's kids are on a totally different schedule than everyone else's, half the kids were trying to fall asleep on the floor when they got there, so I invited her over for dinner. Mikko found Amy's husband's hat and proceeded to rhythmically march (I don't dance, Shannon, I just walk) around the living room shouting, "YeeHaw!"

mtbadge2This post is part of the Mamatography 2013 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje.
We are taking (at least) a photo a day to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos!
Also linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN.