Sunday, April 27, 2014


The three of us spent Easter at my mom's house - a long-time tradition, scaled down this year. It was nice and low-key. My mom was worried we wouldn't have the egg decorating contest since we weren't expecting a crowd, but it was an unnecessary worry... I'm not the most sentimental person, but I consider the contest (now 30 years old) to be non-negotiable.
my brother Jeremy's monster egg
(so happy he's participating again!)

Clara's "penguins" (her eggs are wooden)

Clara's ??? (blue) and "princess"
Scott's Superegg
my Kaa (the hypnotic python from Jungle Book - "trust in
me, just in meeee...")

drawing  monsters and practicing writing her name

reading with Uncle Jer... per usual

Hope everyone had a nice day :-)

Monday, October 28, 2013

bouncy castle madness!

there is a new childhood epidemic... the upscale bouncy castle. we've encountered 2 within 3 days time, neither being expected. 

at least when the above video was taken (at the daycare's fall festival), I didn't have to get in. not so lucky at the zoo... (they also had a magician. and country music. it was a weird day at the zoo.) 

I'm pretty sure my brother took this just so he could mock me later.  it's a little remniscent of a wrestling move, no?

I wasn't planning to take my shoes off at the zoo...

the giant smiles were worth it, though. 

now onto much more exciting and grown-up things...
it's Halloween! time to play hide-the-zombie-arm!

Monday, October 14, 2013

parent-teacher conference + state fair

Today we met with Clara's daycare teacher for her 2-year-old assessment. She had a single-spaced two-page list of milestones to discuss. She said Clara is "very smart," "very sweet," "very dramatic" and has a great imagination. The only thing she's lagging on is potty training, but we haven't really been pushing it.

Hilariously, Clara is the Hermione of her class. She eagerly answers all the questions while the other kids are "in the back kicking each other" (to be fair, she is one of the oldest).

But she likes non-academic pursuits, too. Behold, the State Fair:

a $2 bag of carrot slices = big fun

Still planning to get back to regular blogging someday!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Toddler treehugger

Clara is really into nature, which delights me, being a covert treehugger. She likes to dig for worms. She likes to sniff flowers and herbs in our garden. The last few days, she's wanted to sit in the grass or walk around the neighborhood to "talk about trees" or "talk about plants." She will listen intently and retain a surprising amount of knowledge. She is particularly adept at identifying flowers (she is borderline obsessed with azaleas), though sometimes she'll get them mixed up based on color (for awhile, she thought all yellow flowers were daffodils).

She also has a beloved Fancy Nancy book about Earth Day, so the concept wasn't new to her when we mentioned planting a tree (a chaste tree) to celebrate.

great mysteries of the world: how were the pyramids built without modern machinery?
how was this big hole dug with a spoon-sized shovel?

Afterward, she wanted to water the tree.

The next day, she asked to plant another tree. If only we had infinite space and money, baby girl!

Here are some Earth Day-related posts from my old gardening blog: