Sunday, May 31, 2009

Our Sweet Little E

My dearest baby girl-

Two years ago you came into our world and have blessed us beyond measure each day since. Dad-O and I walked and walked and walked to get you here. I remember leaving the house thinking, this is it, I know what to expect with this birth for I did it just 15 months ago. I felt a calm because I knew what to expect, but a fear because I knew what to expect. Those feelings were in constant competition as we walked the halls of the hospital waiting for your commencement. As I progressed, I felt more and more confident with getting through the labor exactly the way I was hoping to. I was so proud to have birthed two babies in the way I had intended, and to have both healthy and happy. I now realize more and more what an amazing gift that is, so many mothers do not have. 

But my sweet E, who knew that getting you here, although proud to have done it, was not at all the challenge, compared to raising you up? These first two years of your life have flown by, everyone says it does, but it is not tangible to a mom-to-be until they be-a-mom. 

My always talking, singing, and dancing baby girl with an unmeasurable spirit. With sun-kissed hair, wolf blue big-as-saucers eyes, contagious guttural giggle, over the belt loops belly, sing-songy voice, rough and tumble, slightly girlish, dressed in sunshine, head cocked have been an amazing addition to our home. I'm so blessed to have the chance to watch you grow up! On this day of celebrating your arrival into our family, into our hearts,  I want to tell you that I love you, I live and breathe for you and our family, and I pray each day that we will have a relationship that is loving, leaning, listening, and learning for all the days to come. May you dwell the strength and love for life you do today for all of your days ahead. 

Friday, May 29, 2009


We discovered a fun little "game" to play on the swings a while back, apparently the kids are big fans of gratuitous violence, especially when it involves MomBE and Dad-o. So we act like the swing in bowling us over as they approach us and then dramatically fall to the ground while they are in hysterics! I walked outside the other day and witnessed this..... What is it they say?Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery......

Thursday, May 28, 2009

City Folk

I remember when I taught school in California, most of my students had never seen snow, or even cows. That made sense considering geography. But a sad majority of my students had never seen the ocean, even though they lived a mere 30 minutes from their sweet little toes kissing the water.
So when Poppy offered to take us to see a farm with goats and cows (about 30 minutes away), there was no way I was keeping these crunchy munchkins from such a great experience. B was ALL for it the minute we saw "Lucky the Goat" but E took a few hesitations and a Poppy on her arm to get past the gate entrance.

E's eagel eye spotted the cows down the way and soon our scenary changed.....

We had arrived at feeding time!  We got to see the cows follow the leader and sqeeze around the trough. MomBE got to hear a few fun facts about the cows. Did you know that it only takes one bull to, ahem, busy the rest of the female cows? Ok, so, I didn't get out of the city much as a kid.....
But, oh, my kids WILL
Nonni and Poppy will make certain that they have an enriched childhood, full of wonder, happenings, the who's-what's-when's-why's and how's of IT ALL!

Along with some good ol' fashion creek wadin' too!

What a MEMORABLE Memorial Day Weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Our family is like the branches of a tree.  We may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.  Each of us will always be a part of the other.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me!Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama.
You can head over to herblog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

This last week Dad-o and I had guests over for dinner. It was the perfect excuse to give the house a really good talkin' to about being clean. After an hour or so of deep cleaning, the good idea did not feel so good anymore. But I pushed through and cleaned the whole house anyway. I most certainly DID NOT take what I thought was an intellegent short cut and fill my bathtub up with water and pine sol and turn on the jets thinking "this will get the tub REALLY CLEAN" only to end up with this mess after 30 seconds of leaving the tub unattended. NEVER would I do a thing like that!
You would never catch me letting my daughter eat ice cream with two spoons and No manners! How could anyone consider themselves a mother and  let their child do that?
I always give my babes a proper bath with soap and water. To rinse them off in the sprinkler before bedtime???? It should really be considered a crime!

Friday, May 22, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow?

A Day in the Garden

It was our first attempt at a garden this year. We researched a little on the internet, spoke to a few who have gone before us, and then we dove in.....literally.The kids were a bit disappointed when we actually began to plant, because playing in the dirt is "Oh, so much fun." Especially when all the snot under your nostril catches the dirt and suddenly you are channeling Grouch Marx!B loved sitting in the cool dirt and covering himself with it, and I LOVED letting him! If you haven't figured it out yet, I am a bit of a clean freak. So I am always proud when I let those tendencies go and my kids are just dirty ol' kids! BLISS!We planted a few of our favorites and figured we could just go from there, learning as the summer progresses. One tomato plant for the loan tomato lover in the family (MomBE), bell peppers, squash, arugula, and our four most used herbs. (basil, cilantro, greek oregano, and sage) Keep your  green thumbs crossed for us, only time will tell.
I am hoping that as long as we can make watering THIS much fun, we can at least keep it alive?!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Brave Tooth

This precious little boy had a great time on our park hop today. We headed out to our first venue this a.m. only to be met with a very large crop from a local pre-school celebrating their entrance to summer. After 30 minutes or so of total chaos (small park, big school) MomBE decided it may be time for the two little bodies to go elsewhere. So we hoped in the car and took the short drive to another park that had very few competitors for a turn on the swing. After a quick bite under the park's gazebo, we were at play once again......
It was not long before....... I watched in fear as this precious boy fell to the ground from the top of the 6 ft. "bridge ladder" less than 2 feet from where I was standing, yet I could do nothing
The result,well, the picture says it all.........No scratches, no other bruises, not even a bloody lip. As he must have been having so much fun he was smiling wide ALL the way down...... even when the bar met his front tooth

 Just a chip in that amazing smile

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Weekly Event

Last Friday we went to the local Farmer's Market. I was not sure what to expect in a smaller town, and was pleasantly surprised at all it had to offer. The kids LOVED it. We arrived without a stroller and were quickly offered a wooden radio flyer red wagon to tour the market. I scooped up B and E, got them each a little dixie cup of water and a homemade roll from the artisan bread maker at the entrance. We were off  to explore. We sought the sound of string instruments, and found three lovely older ladies playing praise songs beaming with smiles. B learned what a lap dulcimer and hammer dulcimer were, and was proud to tell the ladies he already knew what the "mitar" was called. B and E got to show off their mad skills on the shakers the ladies loaned them. After a few small purchases of strawberries and bread, we dropped the wagon off to the next needy Mommy and took off up the steep hill to the Praying Hands" (or Giant Hands as B likes to say) It was a picture perfect day. B and E enjoyed the sun on their faces and the breeze through their hair. I snapped a few photos, and we just sat in silence together, watching the world go by. For a brief moment, I swear the world stopped and it was just the three of us. My mind took a snapshot of that moment and filed it away into that place in your brain flagged "remember this always."  As my tagalongs reluctantly followed me to the car I thought to myself "there is no better way to spend every Friday." The only thing missing in the equation was our favorite Fourth, so I put a call into Dad-o on the sleepy eyed drive back home and informed him that next Friday he will be taking a personal day.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

So if you do not YET know of the phenomenon sweeping the country called MckMama, check her out at the above link. And if you do, read my Not Me's First and then go to her blog, b/c I TOTALLY can't compete with her....YET!

I certainly did not feed my children cheese and crackers for lunch on two different occasions this week because we got home from our outing so long after lunch time that I just wanted to get something in their tummies so they would nap.

I did not snap this precious photo of my son playing out at the farm even though I knew he was indeed filling his pants at that very moment, I would NEVER!

And in case you wonder, I ALWAYS send my daughter to school with a perfectly clean face, groomed hair and brushed teeth, arriving on time, looking always like a million bucks myself with a dapper little boy on the other arm.I would never send her looking like this, Not me!

I never ignore the rules of our house. For example, the one about the canvas drawers that we store our toys in NOT being building blocks or chairs to sit in, because they get all stretched out and then do not fit perfectly in their cubby home. I would never ignore that rule just to get a good picture of my daughter eating her special treat from her poppy! Who would do such a thing? NOT me!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Such a LADY

The video is a bit dark, and the moment I was trying to "capture" is at the VERY beginning. But, I had to upload it anyway! I have no idea where my daughter learned this! No, really, all kidding aside. We certainly have our faults/quirks in this household, but burping followed by a proclamation to "excuse me" is TRULY NOT one of the things she witnesses in this house, which just makes this all the more hilarious!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Recipe for Respite: Grow Capsules

We LOVE the dollar bin at Target and the Dollars stores speckled all over our town. We recently discovered grow capsules, 12 for one dollar in the Target bins. B especially loves these little things. This particular kind had an entire package of BUGS...a big hit with any boy! E thinks they are candy, so we busy her with a little something else. But, nonetheless, they are still too much fun for B and I. So I am not sure this activity can be classified as respite for the MomBE, because I technically took no break in the process. But, we had fun and it was a semi-relaxing to do. So, you be the judge........

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A little something for Aunt Nicole

I do this blog for LOTS of reasons, but one big reason is to share my children with their Aunt Nicole, who has not seen them since, well.......lets just say its been too long. So, experimenting with my camera today I discovered that it actually records video. And, although the stills are great.........well, just let the video speak for itself. Get a load of this sweet little surfer boy!