Archive for August, 2012

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

This Happened Today

I can’t believe how fast she is growing. So fast it’s scary. Whenever she’s having trouble sleeping and I start feeling frustrated I think about how quickly time goes and how lucky and privileged I am to rock her back to sleep (works about 85% of the time). She’ll be trying to scoot away from me all too soon.


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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012


It happened. I have a kindergartner. Crazy! Chase is super excited. Even though when I picked her up today she told me that she had a wardrobe malfunction. So I asked her what happened next. Kids laughed she said. Did you laugh? I asked. No. Did you cry? I asked. No. What did you do? I (sassy foot tapping arms crossed stance assumed) waited. That kid. Am I oversharing? I thought the story was so cute and she seemed to unbothered by it. The report of the day was otherwise good. There’s a pink crayon in her box. She’s thrilled.

We’ve been reading school themed books from our bookshelf just for fun. Here’s what’s we’ve been reading:

The Teacher From The Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (and the gym teacher)- These books poke fun at all of the anxiety that builds up around school and new teachers.

Franklin Goes To School by Paulette Bourgeois- Chase declared this one too baby… a story about first day jitters.

Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard- This is a favorite. A funny story about how a disgruntled teacher gets her students to behave.

Jessica by Kevin Henkes- A story about a girl and her imaginary friend and making real friends in kindergarten.

Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg- This book has lovely illustrations if a little heavy on the Baby Jesus for a back to school book. The story takes you through the first half of the school year when they put on a Christmas pageant.

What are you reading and how was the first day at your house?

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Monday, August 27th, 2012

So Big

She’s such a big girl already. I’m freaking out.

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Saturday, August 25th, 2012

This Summer

It’s almost over. We only have one more day. Neither drinking margaritas nor drinking sangria were on our bucket list but I “crossed off” margaritas and I fully intend to “cross off” sangria tomorrow. I still have a whole day. Eleventh hour or not.

So, remember that bucket list? Might as well do a little recap to see how well we did. Have you revisited your bucket lists yet? How did you do? I’m pretty satisfied with our progress and lord knows I feel every bit tired enough to have crossed all of these items off.

  1. Pick Strawberries
  2. Go to the beach
  3. Shop for new beach toys (Chase’s addition) (We’re calling this shop for new toys at the beach instead)
  4. Go to the pool (ongoing)
  5. Swimming lessons (ongoing)
  6. Play in the sand (see number 2)
  7. Play with my sisters (ongoing)
  8. Make craft projects (ongoing)
  9. Go to the aquarium
  10. Go to Virginia Beach
  11. Go to Canada
  12. Toast Marshmallows (buy them at the store!) (Avery’s addition)
  13. Pick flowers
  14. Have a picnic
  15. Make giant bubbles
  16. Do tie dye
  17. Make marshmallows
  18. Go to the thrift store
  19. Go to a drive in movie
Not to shabby, right?! I don’t know what I was thinking putting drive in movie on there. That was never going to happen. When we weren’t crossing things off our collective bucket list Chase was busy crossing items off her personal list. Her summer was all about being a big sister, jumping off the diving board (with dad because I need a defibrillator to watch that), and finally going to the
zoo. I suppose we did that instead of going to the aquarium. We stopped by school on Friday to drop off some paperwork and talked to her teacher. She’s ready. Wow, kindergarten. I gotta go curate a “night before the first day of school” book list for tomorrow night. I think we’re all ready for school and god knows I’m SO done with going to the pool, but still, it’s a little bittersweet.

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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Book Report :: Extra Yarn

I picked this book up from where it was displayed because I always take a peek at books about fiber arts. I loved it right away! So I thought I would share it with you.

I’m not that interested in yarn bombing but I thought that the way it was woven into this story was cute. The illustrations are sweet and the story is simple but with a fairytale or fable like moral. An evil duke? sultan? I can’t remember but, in any event, he was evil and steals the box of yarn. To his dismay he discovers the bottomless box of yarn to be empty and throws it back into the ocean where it makes it’s way back to the little girl and she keeps right on knitting. It’s a cute story with lovely illustrations and my kids really liked it. Also, Mr. Crabtree remind me of the mister.

 Extra Yarn By Mac Barnett if you’re in Baltimore you can borrow it from the Village Learning Place.

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Monday, August 20th, 2012

The Gardeners

We were busy this weekend. We tackled a couple of home improvement projects that have been languishing. We tackled the weed garden in front of the house and filled it with 50% off perennials. I’m banking on the weather holding long enough for them to establish themselves and come back next year. I think there’s a reasonably good chance that will happen. If I can keep the weeds down that is.

I used some muscles that aren’t used to working and I’m feeling it now. I also tried to chop off my pinky toe with a shovel but failed and ended up only badly maimed. Unrelated to the gardening I tried to cut off a pinky finger washing a glass but, again, only maiming myself. I should probably sit down for a while. Did you do anything fun this weekend? Maybe you managed not to maim yourself?

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Friday, August 17th, 2012


I love growing them. Mostly because they are virtually impossible to kill. They are, however, somewhat hard to find. You’d think it would be easier to find succulents in Baltimore and probably there are some small shops that have them but how are you supposed to find them? The big box stores are unreliable and last time I checked IKEA (my old standby) they only had a handful and they were in really rough shape. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Sherbet Chillers

While we were away this summer I ate a lot of sherbet. Whenever the opportunity for a frozen treat presented itself it just always seemed like the right choice. At one spot I ordered a sherbet chiller and it was delightful! As far as I could tell from the menu a sherbet chiller is made using sherbet, syrup and soda water. It was delightful! So good that I’ve started making them at home.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Three Months Old

I’m three months old. I swat and grab at toys. I like to ride facing out so I can see everybody. I already have more baby friends than is reasonable for any three month old baby but I like it. I smile. I coo.  I’m working on a funny little laugh. I love to take a bath. I love my sisters. I love to take a bath with my sisters.

I am loved.

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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Last Bits Of Summer

Another busy day. Baby Bee had a doctor’s appointment this morning where I found out that her insurance is inactive. Not just that it’s inactive but that it’s been that way since July. Hahhahaha. But, no, not a joke. Awesome. So that has to be sorted out.

After lunch a fun outing seemed like a good idea so we drove over to Cylburn arboretum. It was a much needed respite. A few minutes to gather my thoughts while the littles ran around. I even closed my eyes on the picnic blanket for a second though. Just a second. Read the rest of this entry »

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