Sunday, February 27, 2011


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Originally uploaded by mspurplepearl
We took Moira out for sushi for the first time (that she could actually eat it) and it was a big hit. She liked the shrimp and the roe. As you can see, she really liked the roe.

Friday, February 25, 2011

{This Moment} Leftovers

270: Leftovers
Inspired by SouleMama, 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.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


271: Snowy frogs
We have managed to miss all possible opportunities to walk in the snow so far this year. Moira was so excited to see that the snow was still there this morning, and she asked if we could go for a walk in the woods.
It's the first time she requested that in a long time, but we had a rough couple of nights the last few nights, and I hadn't really woken up yet and I said no.
Fortunately I realized right away that that was the wrong decision. Other then making a few drivers nervous when we crossed the icy road to get to the woods, the walk was wonderful.
Moira had a lot of fun interacting with the snow, knocking it off bushes, dragging sticks along behind her, stomping in big drifts. Stewie is also a big fan of the snow and has been having a grand time romping around for the last couple of days and getting covered in snow.

Monday, February 21, 2011

268: Filling bags
Today some of the ladies from my Mom's group and I got together to start on safe birthing kits for the latest Craft Hope project. Moira woke up with the sniffles, so she went out with Walker. I had already had to reschedule once and I felt like if I did it again, it might not happen.
16 bags
We all had a good time, and we got 16 bags partially assembled (I was supposed to make 16 bags, but I miscounted when I was cutting). We didn't manage to get little soaps, and the lady who made the receiving blankets was unable to make it today, Kimberly and I are also going to try and have a softie making date before the deadline.
Most of the fabric I used for the bags is scraps that Sika brought back from the Peace Corps. Now it's on it's way to Haiti. That's going to be some very well traveled fabric.
I enjoyed hanging out with friends and working on this. I think I will have to make sure I host a crafting play date for the next project too.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Moira don't fear the reaper

A few weeks ago we watched the Muppet Show episode with Alice Cooper. Moira was not impressed, much too scary.
Within the next week, I caught her singing Welcome to my Nightmare, and she informed Walker that it was her music. Yesterday she asked Walker to sing Dragula on Rock Band. Apparently that is Mommy & Daddy's music, but Welcome to my Nightmare is still hers. Needless to say, we have added that song to the lullaby playlist she listens to at night. We are either doing something very wrong, or raising the most awesome kid. Hard to say.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Little moments this week

M: When I am a mother I will have 2 kids!
S: How many kids should I have?
M: 4 and Daddy will have 14!

My Mom brought us her copy of Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes. We read it yesterday (well, the recipe names) and today Moira wanted to show me a recipe in it. She flipped through until she got to the meringue recipe, called Stickjaw for Talkative Parents. "I want Mommy and Daddy to stop talking! I will make this one.

She is concentrating really hard on figuring out the letters, or as she calls them, numbers of the alphabet. She was bending a headband last week and came running up to me holding it with the bow pointing down and said "Look Mommy! I made a Q!" She also keeps telling us that O starts with Moira. This morning, she told Walker that apple starts with A P P.

I would show you our new lights in Moira's room and the kitchen, but I don't want to get the photos off the camera right now. Instead I will show you this.
Legs up
Her teacher says that she can reliably do this flip on her own, along with the next flip they do. I don't remember what either of them is called, but she seemed impressed. Swinging on the bars is Moira's favorite part of gym class right now, and she tells me about it all the time.

We were hoping that gym classes would help her learn to fall and catch herself better since she's such a good climber and jumper. It has, but it has also taught her how to jump more efficiently, so we have had to stop letting her jump on the furniture. She pulled one of the ottomans over the bookshelf in the living room and used leverage to get herself jumping higher. I think a trampoline will be showing up at our house pretty soon.

Around and around
Walker took Monday off from work and we went to the Science Center and rode the Monorail downtown for lunch. Moira's favorite part of the day was seeing two ducks in the pond at the center. She totally played it cool, and earned their trust, and then she fed them lint from her pocket.

We had lunch at Serious Pie. Moira was over tired and refused to try the sausage pizza. Instead she ate the brussel sprout pizza, minus the brussel sprouts. Story time this week was the letter P, and the librarian was asking what everyone liked on their pizza. Moira shouted "Brussel sprouts!" and then lots of the kids agreed that they ALSO liked brussel sprouts on their pizzas. What was even stranger about this, is that Moira usually refuses to participate in any way during story time, but this time she was dancing and everything.

I just cleaned the bathroom, and so now Moira is running around cleaning all the windows. Life could be worse.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hello fishy

Lately I am not coping with, well, life very well. I'm tired all the time. It's likely just a flare up of my anxiety disorder, and since I've been playing whack a mole with different symptoms for the last 5 months, I'm actually reasonably happy with this as the long term one to have settled on. Much better choice then constant nausea! Good job head!
But I feel like I'm drowning. The what I had hoped was a reasonable level of commitment to people, and organizations, and family is suddenly just too much. And now I need to figure out what I'm willing to let go of so that I can at least stop feeling worse and worse. I don't want to let go of any of it.
I'm not very brave. I talk to people about my issues one on one, but I have a hard time asking for help. Most of the time I don't even really need much help, I just need, I don't know. Support? Comfort? Understanding? I know that by posting this I will get an email from my Dad (hi Dad!) making sure I'm okay. And I don't really want to draw attention to this, because it's not a big deal. It's really not. I can manage, mostly. We can manage. I have the support I need, I am taking the time I need to feel better.
I guess I just needed to say that right now, this minute, this is all very hard for me. And tomorrow it will be too.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Quilt ghost! Whoooo!

249: Meditation
Moira hasn't napped for about a week, although she still seems reasonably happy to play in her room for naptime. I'm stepping up decorating plans for the kitchen playroom, but for now, I'm taking advantage of the fact that if she's not asleep, that means I can sew during the day. This is really good since more and more I'm completely exhausted by the time Walker comes home from work, and I have a lot of writing that is also easier to do in the evening.
Quilt ghost!
Tillie helped me take advantage of our wonderful sunshine lately so I could take pictures of this quilt. The top has been finished for awhile, and I just got the back done. Sadly, Tillie and I get extra silly together so she turned into a quilt ghost and I encouraged her so I could take pictures.
Moira freaked out. There is an Olivia episode where Ian pretends to be a ghost by dressing up in a sheet. Moira is terrified of this episode. We have explained that it was pretend and Ian wasn't really a ghost and pointed out ghosts in other things like the Muppet Show. She says she is not so afraid of real ghosts, but she is afraid of Ian pretending, and apparently, other people pretending. I'm glad the classic sheet ghost costume has fallen out of favor, so we don't have to worry about that for next Halloween.
Ready for quilting
This is the quilt I'm working on for the current round of Doll Quilt Swap on Flickr. I'm excited because this is the first time I've really had the same taste and style as my secret partner. It's also the first time I've had a partner who actively participated in the community.
After I put this top together, I was getting off the freeway near my house and realized that the colors are exactly the same and in the same ratio as that self storage place. In my defense, my partner, and a lot of others, commented that she loves this, so I'm not the only crazy person in the world.