Monday, April 21, 2014

Scenes from an Easter

Somebody got a pretty Easter basket
 

Easter Bunny #2
 

Easter Bunny #1 (she loves him, we go every year)
 

Showing off our Easter dresses
 

Ready for the first of her (THREE!) Easter egg hunts
 

Checking out her Easter plunder
 

Racing for eggs in her THIRD Easter egg hunt
 

More eggs!
 

Checking out her jelly beans
 
A good time was had by all

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A mother's fondest wish

On S's 4th birthday, she announced she is going to marry a little boy in her class (M), have 25 kids, and live one town over from us. She still talks about M regularly, and is still planning on being his wife. I love how her life is planned out at age 4.

The other day I asked what it was about M that made him such a good catch. Her reply?

"Because he is gentle and kind to me"

If she can say that about every boy she likes from now to eternity, I will be the happiest momma ever.

Montessori update

I'm not sure if I told y'all about S's school this year, so here's an update. She started a half-day Montessori program in the fall, and has loved it pretty much from Day 1. This coming fall she'll start full days, it's going so well.

In the meantime, each classroom learns about a country every school year. The learning culminates in a party of sorts for the parents. This year S's class learned about Colombia. Since the end of 2013 I've heard about how she loves to dress up in Colombian clothes every morning with her classmates. S and her friends made corn cakes and Colombian coffee (they ground the beans themselves!) and had us come visit. Here are a couple of pictures from my visit. S is wearing a Colombian shawl, and the second picture shows the flowers she made for me. Love!


Friday, February 28, 2014

Resolutions continue!

1. I tried The Best Pumpkin Bread recipe ever and made mini loaves. Best breakfast ever!

2. Not much time to work on the sweater as the grandparents are in town, but it's still in the queue until Sock Madness starts.

3. Exercise has fallen off a bit because the grandparents are in town and I'm doing a lot of driving. But I'll get back on the horse soon.



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cute things my child is saying

We live near a hospital. Each time we drive by it on the way home, S says, "There's our HOSbibal!"

Her past tense of catch is cooch (oo like book or wool, not poop). It's so funny to hear her say, "I cooched it Mama"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What's new, resolution wise

1. Today is J's birthday (happy birthday J!), so we broke out the vanilla cupcake recipe. I found this recipe for buttercream frosting and I think it worked out really well. Last night we tried baked honey sesame chicken (minus the sesame seeds) and really liked it. I also discovered that cornstarch is apparently the secret ingredient in Chinese food.

2. S's sweater continues to progress. As of this writing I have all of the body pieces done and I've started the first sleeve. So far so good!

3. Most of my exercise has been of the outdoor variety. This week I've taken S to the sledding hill twice, I've shoveled snow at least twice, and I dragged S on her sled UP the sledding hill. Which also makes me hungry, which is probably the reason my pants don't fit. *sigh*

Pic of the babe, aka gold medalist snowboarder, Olympics 2034

Thursday, February 13, 2014

NY resolution update

1. I took a cupcake decorating class at Joann Fabrics over the weekend. We never have any cake mix in the house, so I cast about to find a scratch recipe that didn't require anything fancy. Enter Amy Sedaris's vanilla cupcakes. Super yum, funny instructions, and I totally want to make them again.

2. S's sweater is coming along great! So far I have the back and the left front done, and made a LOT of progress on the right front yesterday. I haven't had time to work on it today (freelancing calls), but tonight I might be able to squeeze some in.

3. My sore throat turned into a full-on cold this weekend, so exercise wasn't high on the list. But I'm feeling better now and have hit the treadmill again. I also found a 25-minute yoga sequence for hips that I want to try.

And a picture of the babe with her favorite man