Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm happy that it's not as unspeakably hot today as it was yesterday. We are currently hanging out outside, which was not possible yesterday without risking heat stroke. I filled the water table up with fresh water, so Moira could use her cups to drink/spill half of it immediately. This is a learning thing, right? She practicing drinking from a cup, without Mom taking it away the minute she starts dribbling it down her front.
Bonus! Our silly, fluffy dog who has been ignoring his water dish (and the lovely cold ice I drop in it periodically) can drink from the puddles that form around Moira while she plays!
We went to the library today to escape from the heat before naptime and were randomly there in time for story time, which was not only free story time, but specifically targeted at young toddlers (1-3). It was our first time trying a library story time out, I've heard bad stories about large groups and older kids, but this was perfect. Moira loved the songs and stuffed animals for the first 10 minutes or so, then she wanted to see what was in all the purses. This was the last one of the summer series, and the librarian said it starts again in September, but getting information out of the KCLS website about scheduled activities is ridiculously hard. I will have to try again later.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cute baby tricks

Action shot!
Originally uploaded by Maydela
I don't want to be yet another Seattlite complaining about the horrible, horrible heat wave. I'm slightly tempted to be an annoying ex Californian saying that it's not that bad, c'mon people. Seriously, it was hotter then this in June last year, when I had to try and figure out how to keep Moira cool enough, without her hands and feet turning blue because of poor infant circulation.
So yeah, instead, here is a picture of Moira's new hairdo. So cute! She can also point to her nose and hair, and sometimes her eyes, mouth and ears. She's also learned to shake her head 'no', but she frequently uses that for yes. Especially when we are in the car and I'm offering her a book.
Last week I showed her how to put ice in Stewie's bowl. We filled it up today, and then a few minutes later I found her sucking on the ice from his bowl. I tried to give her her own bowl of ice, but it was not nearly as exciting and only entertained her for 30 seconds.

The first tomato that grew on my plants has been roughly the same size and color (green) for the last month and a half, and I was sure that it was just going to be like that forever. I noticed today though, that it has suddenly started turning red. Hooray!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Level up!

The last few weeks have been really long and tiring for Moira and me. With the teething, and going to one nap a day, and Moira's seeming inability to nap for longer then 1.5 hours no matter how tired she was, the days were getting progressively harder and harder. You know things are bad when the baby is so tired when she wakes up from her nap that she fusses to get down when you hold her, and then when you put her down fusses to be held, fusses when you read the book she brought you to read, fusses when you try to wash the blueberries before you give them to her and throws a screaming fit when you try to give her the wrong cup.
But! Yesterday there was a nap that was over 4 hours long. I had to wake her up so we could have dinner, but she was happy the rest of the evening, and is still pretty happy today. She's been playing by herself again for longer then 5 seconds. She is reading her books again, not just throwing them across the room. She is giggling. She woke up a few times during that nap, but went back to sleep pretty quickly. Her nap today was only about 2.5 hours long, but that included me taking her out of the car (asleep) and getting her settled back down after we got to the bedroom.
I know this is only a temporary relief. In a few days another tooth will start coming through or something and there will be more tears and tantrums, but while this lasts, I am going to enjoy it as much as possible.

Vintage Photo Friday

I don't have a theme this week. I just liked these photos when I was looking through my files.
The kids table
Thanksgiving at Helen's house.
I don't know who most of the kids are, although the second one from the left is Walker's aunt Sharon. The lady in the middle with the awesome hair is Helen Brown. She was, by all accounts, a firecracker. I have a lot of photos of her as a child performing daredevil acts, and her hair is always long and wild.
I love the paper cowboys on the table.
I think this is (l to r) Sharon Matlack, Corky Brown, Allen Brown, Christine Matlack & Elizabeth Matlack. The outfits on the Matlack girls were made by their mother. I didn't notice the kitties when I picked this one out, but they are so cute. They are totally trying to escape.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Dear game designers

I think maybe if I'm running a zoo with elephants and lions, the cage walls may need to be bigger then 2'. Also, I think other zoos would probably not consider my zoo so well run if the animals are spending 1/4 of their time awake in the hospital.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Pig tails!
First important milestone of the week: Pigtails! Moira's hair has been long enough for this in theory for awhile, but I haven't been able to find the packs of multi sized, multi colored, tiny rubber bands anywhere, and the "These are the ones that won't hurt her hair, OMG don't use those little packs of rubber bands they are evil!!!!" I got from Pearl are way too big to actually use on Moira's hair, despite the fact that they are tiny. I mean, when you have 1" of hair to put in a ponytail, winding a rubber band around 4 or 5 times is ridiculous. Also hard to do with a squirming child.
Today we visited my Aunt Carol, and my Cousin, Wynne, gave us the leftover rubber bands from her braces. They are the perfect size. The one's Moira is wearing here were about 1/4". Yay!
Bitty pepper!
The other big milestone this week was the appearance of this little bell pepper. Yay! I am successfully growing peppers!

Tasty and delicious.

This year I managed to get my canning act together more then a month earlier then last yer. Last year I was really only ready in time for blackberries and peaches. I just canned my second batch of blueberry jam, spiced blueberry, and it's so good, I'm considering opening up the blueberry-lemon that ended up not being so lemony and reprocessing it. I used about 4 times as much spice as the recipe I was following called for, based on how unlemony that first batch was. I seriously don't think it would have tasted like anything other then blueberries and sugar if I had only used 1/4 t of everything for the amount I ended up with.
I also found out I can fit one of the small cookie sheets we had to buy when we lived in CA in a rental that had a small oven to fit in the side by side freezer, so I'm working on freezing the rest of the blueberries I bought at the farmer's market last year. Pearl and I are planning to go to the Vashon Island Strawberry festival, so maybe I can freeze some strawberries too. Although it seems late for strawberries. Why is Vashon having a strawberry festival in July?
Oh! Maybe I could turn the not so good blueberry jam into fruit leather with my dehydrator! I'll have to take a look at the instructions for that.
Mini for Quiltinkimmie
I'm not sewing as much lately, mostly do to there being too much else to do, and Moira needing extra Mommy time to help her get her molars out. I did finish this, only slightly behind schedule, for the mini quilt in a bag swap on flickr. I'm really proud of it, despite how wrinkly it looks in this picture. It's my first time doing a curved border, and I actually really enjoyed the process. Plus, I've wanted to try this pattern out for awhile. Now I should concentrate on stuff or Becca & Andrew's wedding, namely, making sure my dress fits right, so I'm not showing all their relatives my bra.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Get back on the horse

There was quite a bit of time of me taking pictures of things, but not wanting to do a whole big post, so I'm going to go back to doing two at a time for awhile.
Sugar Snap Pea
86. Sugar Snap Pea
Already knew: These are vines that grow spread lots of little curly tendrils trying to find things to climb up. They have white flowers, and the pods are best picked when they are a couple of inches big. You can eat them raw or cook them. The pods are rounded. The french name for them is Mangetout, which means "eat more." When the pods are mature there is a stringy membrane that should be removed.
Recently learned: Snap peas have are lower in carbs and fat then english peas. I didn't know that any peas had a lot of fat. They are a cool season plant, and should be planted one and a half inches deep.
87. Amaranth
Already knew: This is an herb with long spindly clusters of flowers. You can eat the seeds, and I think the leaves. The flowers are a vibrant purple. Other then that, I know nothing about this, it was a throw in with the other plant starts I got.
Recently learned: There is a wide variety in the Amaranth family, ranging from African grain Amaranths (like Buckwheat and Quinoa) to ornamental varieties. The edible leaves on Chinese varities contain Oxalic acid, which blocks calcium and zinc absorbtion, so it's not good to eat in large quantities.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


We are good advertising
Today was the Google company picnic. This is what Moira looked like last year, in drag apparently, since everyone who saw her in this outfit and guessed, thought she was a boy. I was sad that she didn't have any Google apparel to wear this year. Lots of kids were wearing their "Take your kids to work day" shirts, where the google was in the style of Eric Carle, but we didn't take part in that.
Where did that big girl go?
This is what she wore to today's picnic, and an old man on our way out still thought she was a boy. Admittedly Walker was holding her and her hat was off. I guess she needs to have more hair before people will think she's a girl. Of course, people thought I was a boy well into my 12th year, so whatever.
The picnic was at a different venue this year, Mountain Meadows Farm. They had many more activities then Remlinger Farms, but much much worse food.
They had a huge toddler pit with what looked like at least one of everything from the Little Tykes catalog and something like 20 plastic rakes. I'm not sure why so many rakes. Is it common wisdom that kids age 1-4 really like raking things?
They also had pony rides, and we decided to see if Moira would enjoy it. The answer was; probably, but it was nap time and she doesn't like to expression too much emotion close to nap time.

Riding into the sunset
The end.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Vintage Photo Friday - Guinea Pig edition!

Arlene & Inky
Arlene & Inky, 1956
Rae Dean & Beddie
Rae Dean & Beddie, 1957

I have these two pictures of little girls with guinea pigs (both pictures taken in California). I don't know who they are, probably neighbors of my husband's mother. I love the look on Rae Dean's face. She is not giving up that guinea pig to ANYONE.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hard, but worth it.

I've been keeping this mental list of things Moira has figured out how to do in the last day and a half, but it's getting kind of long, so I should write it down before I forget.

  • She woke us up this morning by grabbing our noses, then when I said "That's Daddy's (or Mommy's) nose, she would point to her own nose. Cute, but how can I teach her to point to our nose as nicely as she points to her own?
  • We went out to water the garden and while I was picking peas, she saw the blackberry bramble growing along the wall and started picking them. She complained when the pricked her, but either they were tasty enough for her not to care, or she figured out not to grab the stem.
  • She has also started trying to stand on the seat of her car as a way to get up on the fireplace easier, I think. Or possibly just as a way to make me nervous. So far, she's balanced really well and hasn't fallen off.
  • Last night she was acting cranky so I asked her if it was time for bed. She started giggling and ran straight for the bedroom and then stood next to the bed waiting until I caught up, so I guess that was a 'yes'.
  • This is older but, Pearl has been trying to show her how to smell flowers. She's mostly uninterested, but I was watering the peppers the other day and there was a broken stem with a full blown flower on it. I showed it to her, and she grabbed it and sniffed. This has not been replicated since, despite walking under a honeysuckle vine twice today.
The mole that wanders between our yard and the neighbors yards appears to have found where we planted the food except for sitting on some lettuce.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blueberries for Moira

Oh, that one looks good!
We went to Farm Tots at South 47 farm today. I'm not really sure how much Moira enjoyed the planned activities over me letting her run all over the road, but it was still good. Actually, scratch that, I can say unequivocally that she enjoyed playing with the bin of beans they had set up. She didn't even try to eat them much. I will have to go to Costco and see what kinds of giant bag of beans I can find.
She also enjoyed the blueberry picking afterwords. I think she ate almost as many as I picked, which I'm sure they were expecting given the price of the upick experience. Plus I let her wander around as much as she wanted. When she got bored of eating them out of the bucket as I picked, she found her own bush and went to town.
We had a laid back 4th of July weekend. We decided not to try and go to the parade of fireworks in downtown Kirkland, and instead stayed home. I finally blew up her froggy pool and she had fun playing with that, once we turned the spray feature off. We also got to help my Dad not celebrate his 60th birthday. It occurred to me in the car on the way to the party that this meant my sister is turning 40. It always makes me feel old when she hits a big milestone, but then I don't care when I actually turn that age. I went through the same thing when I was 23 and she turned 30, and then my actually 30th birthday was just fine.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Vintage Photo Friday

Anna Stowell
Anna Stowell, my husband's great-great grandmother. I don't have any pictures of her as a young girl, so in my head she was always this grumpy looking old lady. Although I'm sure the expression has more to do with having no teeth.
Anna Stowell
I feel like this lately. The baby is teething and not sleeping well, so I am having a lot of neck and back problems from funny sleeping positions.
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

And now for something completely different

Let me down!
For the last 5 days or so, Moira has been having some major problems sleeping. Mostly due to teething I think (go 1 year molars!), and the related fever while sleeping and general pain. She's been extra snuggly and clingy during the day. On Monday it seemed to be getting better, and she slept as normal. Then Tuesday night and Wednesday she was miserable and cranky to the point where I actually monitored her temperature. Walker took time off this week, and we had plans to go to Northwest Trek today, but I figured if she was acting like that again today, we would go to the Dr instead. Fortunately she seemed to be fine this morning, so off we went.

It is a long drive for a little baby and she was cranky and tired when we got there. The tram ride was enough interesting enough to get her to calm down and fall asleep, and for the first time ever, we successfully transferred her from arms to the stroller while still asleep. Score! Before she fell asleep she loved the tram. Especially the part where the Caribou were practically touching distance. When she woke up we let her run around for a bit before bundling her back in the car for the long schlep home again. I'm glad I planned this to do with Walker, because trying to go just me and her would have been a nightmare. As it was, she was pissed at the end of both car rides, but mostly happy for the rest of the day.
The Ac adapter on my laptop is broken, and the desktop is less convenient to use while watching Moira play. It's a good thing Walker's home so I can still update things. And spend most of yesterday playing sims. Walker is also taking the time to introduce Moira to the Ghostbusters. I'm not sure I think that's a good movie for a 1 year old to watch, but I guess it's better then watching it with a 2 yar old.
I will leave you with my favorite picture from the tram ride. Go Mooses!