Monday, October 22nd, 2012
I always look forward to apple picking. It would be cool if we had an orchard closer so we could pick less all at once and go more often. Like when I was a kid and our cottage was next door to an orchard and you could just hop the fence to get whatever you wanted. That would be awesome but, alas, is not the case. So we just stuffed our bags. Read the rest of this entry »
Monday, September 3rd, 2012
There is no shortage of craft books at our house but, so far, this is the best one. We made five projects out of this book over the long, rainy weekend. Chase chose a bunch of projects and had a lot of fun coloring and cutting and taping. By this afternoon she had a whole menagerie of animals set up in front of the tv.
I don’t know what it is about this book. It’s some combination of the cute illustrations and the simplicity of the projects that makes it so appealing. The projects are just the right balance of challenge and simplicity. Most of them can be completed with just paper, scissors and markers or crayons. The elephant required a few household items that might be harder to come by but how smart is making legs out of clothespins?
Also this weekend? A Cinderella paint with water book and a disney princess sticker book (The Book Thing never disappoints). How did you fill all the rainy hours?
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
Or in other words, I think I can… I think I can. You take a week off from writing and then it doesn’t seem to come quite as easily anymore. Before we left we talked about data plans and wifi and whether or not we should totally disconnect and, in the end, I don’t think either of us touched a computer all week. There was lots of Uno, digging in the sand, kite flying, roasting marshmallows and generally lolling about the place (check out the vintage flame orange fire place!). Then of course there was also the grueling drive and, oh, the lost camera. It’s found now but poor Ben was beside himself for a minute. I think I’ll wait until I have all the pictures to write a proper post about vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
So I feel like I’ve finally got a handle on keeping my kids occupied except that it’s not Saturday today it’s only Wednesday and we still have days to go until the end of the week. The holiday was nice though. It’s fun to have an extra day right smack dab in the middle of the week. So far the week is going like pool, party, pool party. The girls are beat. It’s great. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, July 1st, 2012
We were away most of the weekend for Ben’s youngest sister’s wedding. We didn’t travel far but we were gone for a couple of nights. I didn’t realize how infrequently we travel and don’t stay in someone’s home. The times when we have stayed in a hotel have been few and far between… and always kind of sucky which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of days away to be no big deal. Read the rest of this entry »
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
I still haven’t posted our summer bucket list. We weren’t that successful in composing the original list but as the days pass we think of things to add to it. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, we’re mostly crossing things off as we think of them… so actually we still don’t have much of a list. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, June 15th, 2012
We went downtown this evening to check out the tall ships. If you haven’t already at least been down to see them you should go! This week is so exciting between the Blue Angel fly overs and all the hustle and bustle downtown. I told the girls they are very lucky to just be able to step outside to see the jets fly over or to jump on the (free!) bus to go and see the ships. People are in Baltimore from all over the place just to check them out. Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, June 8th, 2012
We had a great night out on the town today. It is Friday after all and it’s practically summer vacation! We visited my friend Cathy at her studio to check out the great work that the artists are doing there. The artists at Make Studio do some really incredible work. We bought a piece. I didn’t even know who I was looking at but I couldn’t leave it. Tony Chiba as the Streetfighter has a new home with me. I love these too. If you’re local, and/or know Cathy, ask her about what she does and ask her for the tour. It’s pretty amazing. Read the rest of this entry »
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
I think most people, upon noting that they were all out of jam, would add it to their shopping list to pick up the next time they were at the grocery store. Even I completely wrote off strawberries this year but Ben just couldn’t. Read the rest of this entry »
Saturday, May 12th, 2012
In the summer, reminders about how life is so, so good come fast and furious. The trees fill in and make shade, our “garden” grows green things whether in the form of flowers or otherwise and everyday I think, man, hanging out with friends is such a special treat; and then, as it turns out, we very often get to do it again the very next day. Read the rest of this entry »