Saturday, June 30, 2012

Making it home

I have finally been working a little on decorating. At least, I've been trying, but I seem to be doing everything wrong.
First try
I finally hung up the alphabet cards Becca gave us at Moira's baby shower. Except they full weight of this string of cards was too heavy for command hooks we were using, so it fell down. I decide to just attach them straight to the soffit with double sided tape. That has worked for half of them, and I've been reinforcing the others as they fell down over the last week.
It's so pretty!
I've wanted to make a little canopy for a reading nook for almost as long as I've had those cards. It was a good use of a rain day when we didn't have any other plans. Sadly, our house is so old that the ceiling doesn't seem to be made of drywall, so the hook I bought didn't work to attach it. I taped it up for this picture, but that only lasted a couple of hours. We plan to drill through from the attic tomorrow, and attach it that way.
4th birthday painting
I also hung up the birthday painting from this year, and that fell down too. Good thing there was no glass! I spent some time digging out most of our pictures and figuring out which room I want things in. Hopefully I can manage to securely attach those when I start putting them up.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


I saw this post about creating circle art on paper plates and suggested to Moira that we try it out.
It went over like a lead brick.
That's not actually true. She loved the idea. She liked drawing on the paper plate, she liked watching me make circles. She just didn't want to draw circles on HER paper plate.
Round picture
This is my plate. I worked on it for a really long time, even though she used up her one plate (I have no idea where the rest of ours are) really quickly, hoping that she would maybe consider drawing circles on a circular piece of paper.
Here's her paper plate. That's Rapunzel (Because she has looooong hair Mommy!). When I suggested I could cut her a circle paper she liked that and then scribbled on it. Then she asked for a triangle, which she drew a spiral on.
Moira's round picture
This one she did after I was all done with my plate. "Oh! I like the way all your circles are Mama! Can I do one?" I guess maybe I should make a sample first if I really want her to engage in the process I had planned.
But I don't actually, although I'm usually annoyed that she asks me to plan activities and then wants to put her own spin on it. It's GOOD for her to put her own spin on things that way. Art isn't about doing what everyone else is doing.
Davis' first art appreciation lesson
My favorite part was when she did the triangle. Actually no, this picture is my favorite art. She wanted to show all the things we made to Davis, and I love how he just sat there and smiled and stared. Maybe he will have a great future in art appreciation. You can see the triangle in this picture though, so it combines my favorite parts.
I suggested that we could have a picnic on our decorated paper plates and she said no. She wants to keep it forever and pass it down to her children, which is something she wants to do with everything lately. Old baby clothes, broken toys, her shoes that are losing their soles, random receipts. It's an interesting life.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

June blog blitz!

It's that time again! You might remember the great post in December 2011 that highlighted the Natural Parents Network Volunteer's most popular or favorite posts from the year. Or what about March 2012 post which featured Do It Yourself projects, How To's, Tutorials, Recipes, and anything related to a step by step guide or informational how-to from the NPN Volunteers? Well, we are back and this time we are bringing you a collection of posts that focus on what our lives really look like!

Yep - we are giving you a sneak peak into things like a typical day in our life, special or fun outings, or photos which show all of you what motherhood looks like for us. Basically, we are keeping it real!

There are a lot of really wonderful posts here that show that even though we blog about our parenting ideals, we really are just regular moms, getting by one day at a time! So enjoy our typical day in the trenches!

Laura at WaldenMommy: Life Behind the Red Front Door shares "Just Another Monday." This post appeared in March of 2012 and is a typical busy day with the Herd. You can also find Laura on Facebook.

Cynthia at The Hippie Housewife shares a typical day in her life, complete with a blood test, a stop at the thrift store, and lots and lots of books. You can also find The Hippie Housewife on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.

Melissa at Vibrant Wanderings shares A Day In The Life: Two Years Old, a photo journal commemorating her daughter's second birthday by attempting to capture a sense of the daily routine at this busy stage. You can also find Vibrant Wanderings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Networked Blogs.

Laura at Pug in the Kitchen shares A Busy Day in the Life of her family. This post is a whirlwind look at life two children under the age of 3. You can also find Laura on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Momma Jorje: a slightly crunchy mommaMomma Jorje shares Typical Visit to the Pediatric Cardiologist + Results. Read her post to see what it is like to take her infant son for regular visits to a cardiologist. You can also find Momma Jorje on Facebook.

A Little Bit of All of It shares Our Last Days as a Family of Three as she, her husband and 3 year old daughter wait for baby #2. She also wrote A Day in the Life of This Mom when her daughter was 2 and she watched a 5 month old. You can also find A Little Bit of All of It on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Networked Blogs.

Hybrid Rasta Mama: A reggae loving mama’s thoughts on Conscious Parenting, Natural Living, Holistic Health and General MindfulnessJennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares A Hot Day In The Life of Jennifer. This post appeared on a friend’s blog and is a humorous look at a typical summer day for Hybrid Rasta Mama and her sidekick Tiny. You can also find Hybrid Rasta Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Networked Blogs.
Emily at Embrita Blogging shares an Ordinary Day with a pre-crawler from almost two years ago. You can find Emily on Facebook, Pinterest, and on Twitter.

Gretchen at That Mama Gretchen showcases A Day in the Life of her busy summer as she waddles around with a baby in her belly and a toddler in tow! You can also find That Mama Gretchen on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Shannon at Pineapples & Artichokes shares A day at the Solstice Parade, a picture post about her trip to one of the local summer parades in Seattle. You can also find Shannon on Google +, Flickr, Pinterest.

Hobo Mama: A Natural Parenting BlogLauren at Hobo Mama shows what unschooling looks like in her house through Meetups and play dates. Far from staying indoors or isolated, you can find Lauren or Sam and their kids out at one or other fun and educational activity several times a week. You can also find Hobo Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.
Kat of Loving {Almost} Every Moment wrote this post after having One Of Those Days. She was pregnant, exhausted and had a lot of errands to do with her two older kiddos in tow. In the end she was reminded of a thing or two...especially to always keep her chocolate stash well stocked!

Fine and FairJoella at Fine and Fair shares A Summer Sunday in Our Life. This day in the life photo project shows a busy Summer Sunday filled with gardening, friends, family, and shared parenting. You can also find Fine and Fair on Facebook and Twitter.
Erica at Childorganics shares And The "Play" Goes On. This post takes a peek of what a whole day of play looks like at their house. You can also find ChildOrganics on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Visit Code Name: MamaA day in the life of Dionna at Code Name: Mama and family in downtown Independence - from 6 month old EC'ing to the farmer's market to nursing at the Main Street Coffee House. By the way, join us for the August Carnival of Natural Parenting when our topic will be Farmer's Markets!

Amy at Anktangle shows
us (through photographs) a glimpse into a typical week
in her world. You can also find Amy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.

Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children shares The School Bus Comes Early. She speaks of how unschooling allows her family a flexibility in their lives to accommodate learning. You can also find Living Peacefully with Children on Facebook.

Visit African Babies Don't CryChristine at African Babies Don't Cry shares "A Week With Jesse, in Pictures." This post is one in a collection of posts, where Christine shares the weeks happenings with her son Jesse with a picture for each day. You can also find African Babies Don't Cry on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Networked Blogs.

Lyndsay at OurFeministPlayschool shares "Day in Our Life..." This post looks at her family's day and their trip to a museum. You can also find Lyndsay on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Meal Plan Sunday!

I'm posting this early, because something else is scheduled to post tomorrow Morning. Who knows what would happen if two posts were scheduled to post at the same time? World might collide!
Monday: Mystery soup and roasted butternut squash salad. (The soup was brought to us after Davis was born, and we forgot about it in the freezer until we were cataloging the contents of the chest freezer yesterday. I think it's a squash soup, but I can't remember. The bit I broke off to see if it was still good was delicious!)
Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas Verde
Wednesday: Dirty rice and shrimp (note, this is a 'light' recipe that I have altered to be more fatty, and therefore, more delicious.)
Thursday: Sesame chicken.
Friday: Eating out
Saturday: Roast chicken & stuffing

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WW: Climbing!

Look at me!

Linked up at Hobo Mama and NPN, where this week they are celebrating sunny days.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If you give a baby mochi...

What is this?
He's going to want to suck out the red bean paste.
Messy hands
And squish it.
My mochi, you can't have it
And save some for later.

True fact, wet mochi feels eerily similar to skin when inside a mouth. I spent an hour googling the symptom of "swollen baby palate" and other variations, before deciding it was most likely thrush, giving him some coconut oil, and calling our doctor for a morning appointment. Then the mochi fell off.

Davis is really working hard to get his legs involved in the crawling. Yesterday, in amongst all the circling around looking for electrical cords he, fell off the bed, sat up and hit his head on the coffee table, and pulled the radio off the dresser in Moira's room. All of these cause a complaining squak, but he stopped crying as soon as he was picked up. I love when babies have the ability to get over minor hurts, right at the same time they start having a lot of them. He had his first vaccine at his last appointment, and literally laughed when the needle went in.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Meal plan monday

I have been keeping up with menu planning, mostly, but not writing about it here. I haven't managed to continue making breakfast for the week on the weekend, but I'm hoping I can get back to that soon. Right now, the current set up is that we cook dinner, and my Mom is bringing an appetizer or salad every day. So, here's what we are eating this week, minus Saturday, because I'm not sure if we are doing anything in the evening then.

Sunday: Walker created a delicious shrimp pesto pasta
Monday: Roast, potatoes, and salad
Tuesday: Sesame ginger chicken
Wednesday: Black bean soup
Thursday: Tuna and rice casserole
Friday: Baked beans

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A day at the Solstice Parade

One of my favorite things about summer in Seattle is Seafair. It's like a stretched out Mardi Gras with more variety. This year the kids and I went with friends to the Fremont Solstice Parade, a not completely family friendly affair (as opposed to the Wallingford Kiddie Parade, which we went to last year, and Moira plans to march in this year), but it's colorful and fun and best of all for Moira, light on the marching bands.
All packed
I was very proud of this. This rolly bag contains lunch for me and Moira, snacks to share with friends, a change of clothes for both kids, diapers and supplies for that, water bottles, a blanket to sit on, hats and sunscreen in case of sun, raincoats in case of rain, and a spare batter and CF card for my camera. My wallet and phone are in my pocket belt (pictured below), and the camera was on my shoulder. The purse next to it is my friend's. I wanted to be able to potentially take this and both kids home without help if Moira wasn't having a good time.
We are too
Davis gets cranky if he has to spend all day in the carrier, but I knew fitting the stroller on the bus wasn't going to happen.
Waiting for the bus
Walker was going to the Washington Brewers Festival, across the lake, but we all needed the same bus at the beginning.
Let's taste it
Turns out everyone else in the city was trying to get to Fremont from the University District too. We took a break from watching our bus pass by completely full to enjoy lunch at the U District Farmer's Market. Davis enjoyed his lunch of grass seeds, although he was a little confused why it was stuck to the ground.
Full bus
We finally found the stop that was creating all the full buses and managed to wedge ourselves in. Seats were even offered to Moira and I. It's really hard that shows how full the bus was with my lens.
Can you see that?
Finally at the parade! And it started late, so we didn't miss too much of it. We decide crossing the street through the parade to get to our friends is a bad idea, and I ask some people standing in the bed of a truck if my daughter can join them. Good news! It's not their truck, so we are all welcome to join them.
That looks safe
Lots of people are sitting in interesting places so they can get a view of the parade. No one cares.
Formerly naked bicyclists
We missed the naked bicyclists that the parade is famous for (Teacher Tom's hugging superheroes were walking out of sight as we walked up), but many of them were wandering around still, most but not all, now clothed. It's fun to see the body paint sticking out from clothes.
Pirates control the FSM?
I took a lot of pictures of the parade. You can click through to my Flickr stream to see all of them. This is the point at which Sika offered me her zoom lens, since she brought a dead battery. What a difference.
No one thinks this is a good idea
Both kids are confused why I'm taking pictures instead of watching the parade.
Ooooh, dirty
Davis is cranky about being in the carrier now that he's awake. I decide that the bed of the truck isn't THAT dirty and let him explore. I am wrong, but manage to grab the dessicated apple core before he gets it.
This arrives. Moira agrees that it is pretty, but is still scared. Sika and I think this is a perfect time to try and cross to our friends, because the parade is getting backed up, but Moira freaks out because this means we have to walk towards the spider.
Given how many pictures I took of these Monarch Butterfly dancers, I guess they were my favorite part of the parade.
Look at that!
Davis likes his new seat on Pearl's chair, made from the foot stool pulled up so Sika and Moira can sit in front.
Naked AT-ATs
Since the naked bicyclists made body paint such an integral part of the celebrations, it's leaking into other parts of the parade. Naked AT-AT riders! (There was also a Darth Vader, but I only post pictures of my nipples on this blog :).)
I want to give a shout out to the interactive parts of the parade. There were huggers hugging, dragons chomping, and zombies shambling, but no one ever interacts with someone who doesn't want to.
Dancing in the streets
And the parade is over. Everyone dance in the streets! And just in time because the last photo I took of the parade filled up my CF card. I popped in the spare, but it didn't work. A few minutes frantic deleting, some snacks, and time helping Kevin and Jim pack up, and we were off to enjoy the fair. Where I took two more pictures.
Collaborative art
Of Moira doing collaborative art at the Fremont Abbey's booth. We looked around, had some more snacks, and then it started raining, so we all decided to head home. This time we got on the first bus that showed up, but it was still super full. Davis did his adorable giggle that means "Please give me milk!" for the pregnant lady sitting next to us. We told him he was a couple of months early.
It was dinner and bedtime when we got home, and both kids slept really well that night.

Friday, June 15, 2012

DPS: Week 1

Any sort of creative endeavor has been difficult since moving. I finally got enough art stuff set up, that I can join in with Tinkerlab's Double Page Spread Challenge, and today marks the 7th day of me participating. Most people seem to upload photos on the day, but I have been taking the pictures with the DSLR, in another attempt to reclaim a little creative time, so that's just not going to happen for me. I don't know if these posts will be a regular thing or not, but I hope the drawing will be.
Day 1
Day 1
I really wanted to get Moira interested in doing this with me, so I drew a princess (and a castle) at her request. She filled a page with scribbles and then got bored long before I was done.

Day 2
Day 2
Tissue paper painting. Oddly, the red and pink we used didn't bleed at all, and the blues just barely did.

Day 3
Day 3
I only had a few minutes, so we used foamy stickers.

Day 4
Day 4
Mika and I used to spend hours doing this, filling up the whole page with color. I was especially fond of doing this for birthday cards. I forgot how much I loved doing it, but it is very time consuming.
Practice makes perfect
Moira kept trying over and over to make a person, this is actually her third sheet of paper (one of them was very small) and she just laughed every time she made a "mistake" and kept trying until she got it how she wanted it. The blue and yellow one is the finished drawing.

Day 5
Day 5

Day 6
Day 6
Moira's request again. She wanted me to draw Brave Margaret, from the book we had just read in preparation for seeing Brave when it comes out.