12.17.2008

A Brief Picture Catch-up

Things have been busy around our house, as I'm sure they have been for most people this holiday season. The addition of two new creatures has certainly been fun. LLSS loves the cats, and when I say love, I mean LOVE! She hugs and kisses and pets and basically pesters them all day long. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be enough to have changed their sleep patterns to not include several romps, fights, chases, etc. during the night.

I am working (you see, very hard right now) on the last lesson for my distance class and hope to have it finished by the end of the weekend so I don't have to think about it during Christmas. I figure I've procrastinated long enough and now is the time. That, and it is due no later than Jan 10.

I've also started tutoring a first grader in reading three days a week after school. It is going well and I am loving direct instruction once again. I never forget how amazing it is, I'm just amazed anew each time it works so well for a student.

Here is LLSS, obviously enjoying her dinner and probably some antics of mine or her dad.
Here is the lovely Handsome Gavin (for Gavin Hill in Sitka).
Here is the beautiful Taz (for the Tazimina River in Nondalton). I think Clare was reading her a story.
This is Christmas Tree Quality Control Team Weiser. Notice the lack of snow. We missed it by a week!
And this is one of my all-time favorite pictures. I just love how happy they both look. The Advent Calendar has been a HUGE hit!
More to come.

12.10.2008

The Prancing and Pawing of Eight Little....

Paws. Kitty paws. Four black paws and four orange paws. Much to the delight of LLSS.

We are now the proud parents of a two two-year-olds and a four-year-old. Our second two-year-old is a male flame tip siamese with blue eyes named Handsome Gavin. He is a love. A bit shy, but in desperate need of much attention throughout the day. He seems to be warming up quite a bit. Our new four-year-old is a black beauty with brilliant yellow eyes named Tazimina, Taz the Spaz for short. She is very affectionate and quite playful. Clare loves them both!

Pictures soon.

12.08.2008

What to do When There is NO NAP!

Day Three with no naps around here. So LLSS and I created the new banner at the top of the blog. Well, I asked her what she wanted me to draw, and "Santa" was the first thing out of her mouth. So, while it might not be my best PAINT creation, it was fun to do it with a wee bit of inspiration!

11.24.2008

Bound to Get It In The Mail

Here it is! The finished product. It seems like ages ago that I was piecing the front in late July when we still lived in Sitka. Sarah was visiting, the movers were coming in a day or two, and my sewing machine was anything but cooperative. I think there was a lot of swearing under my breath if I remember correctly.
This is the back: a sweet Alexander Henry print. I saw it on Etsy.com and loved it immediately. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, but when I started this project, this fabric seemed like an ideal complement to the bold colors on the front.
So, I will send this to baby Julianna. It is my hope that it will take many fieldtrips: to the park, in the car, in the stroller. I would love to see it grass-stained and mud-stained, covered in remnants of the fun and exciting childhood I know she is going to have. Congratulations, Tracy and Mark, and welcome to the world little baby Julianna!
I'll leave you with a picture from this past Sunday. There are my two favorite people taking a trip to the hardware store. What a lovely way for a dad and little girl to spend part of their Sunday morning.




11.23.2008

Some Notes from the Kitchen

Mike and I went back to our dinner-menu-for-the-week plan last week. It really is lots easier for shopping and just not having to think of something when 4:30 rolls around. So, I used those excess moments think of other, non-essential items instead.

Here are some notes from the kitchen for the past week:
  • It is a really good idea to have the husband and baby go to the store while you are cooking risotto. No interruptions make the process so much smoother.
  • When making risotto, long grain white rice is NOT a good substitute.
  • Double the macaroni and cheese recipe, freeze extra in small containers. Easy lunch for LLSS.
  • Make pizza, then call someone. Pizza is just the right temp when you get off the phone. No roof-of-mouth burn.
  • When offering the baby frittata, don't label it "eggs." She apparently likes the way "frittata" rolls off her tongue.
  • Always throw in some fast, easy favorites (Pumpkin Sage Pasta).
  • Clare will still not eat fish. Spicy salmon burgers were not a hit. Even with sweet potato french fries.

One more night of dinner here before we head off to the Pacific Northwest. It is looking like chicken, red onion, and bell pepper broiled then topped with cheese and made into sandwiches.

I also did some baking today. There is something so soothing about the smell of freshly baked bread on a crisp fall day. And I threw in a pan of cinnamon rolls for breakfast, although they are half gone already. They are going to be delicious with my coffee tomorrow morning!

11.22.2008

New Snow and NO Camera

Today was the last day of firewood gathering for us for the season. We went back to the area we got wood last weekend. There was a new layer of snow on the ground. Not much, only an inch or so, but plenty to delight LLSS. While Mike cut rounds and I carried them to the edge of the hill for rolling, Clare stooped and scooped, stomped and tromped, tasted and touched. Our tree was in a lovely, sloping area. Not too steep, not a lot of debris.

Between the bark and the wood, we found many insects and arachnids. Tons of little green winged things. Sometimes more than 100 per round.

Clare is getting pretty excited about her trip to Grandma and Grandpa's for Thanksgiving. We have started the COUNTDOWN!

11.21.2008

Time Keeps on Ticking

Okay, this is a bit bizarre, but it seems interesting to me how time escapes us in increments. Since LLSS was born, I've been noticing this phenomenon. It is especially apparent to me when I do something simple like warm something up in the microwave: goodbye minute. Maybe if I were more productive during that minute (squats, cleaning, learning a new hobby) I might feel more justified in its passing. Perhaps this could be a New Year's Resolution for me. Or it could be my "do it every day" activity for next month, like blogging is for me this month.

We really need to have a garage sale around this place. We have lots of extras or things we rarely or never use that are taking up valuable space, like the middle of the living room. Two large boxes and a super-sized coffee table. Maybe we can get our act together to at least get it out to the garage. That would be a step in the right direction.

And yes, there is a spell check for this blog, but I choose not to use it. I don't know why, but I don't use it. So if you see something in the super-sketchy-spelling category, please just ignore it.

I hope everyone has some great weekend plans in mind. I'll see you back here tomorrow!

11.20.2008

Creative Block?

Writing every day for a month can really deplete the supply of interesting things I have to share. And it has only been twenty days so far. Can't wait to see what I'm writing about on the 30th.

Clare got to see a horse today, somewhat up close. He was in a horse trailer in the grocery store parking lot. A beautiful black horse with a white star on his forehead. He (yes, we're guessing) stuck his nose out a few times much to the delight of LLSS. We called him Midnight. And we had something interesting to tell the daddy when he got home from work.

I have completed the second side of the quilt binding. Binding clips, or regular hair clips, a really genius for making the process go a lot quicker. Wish I'd tried them on the first side.

11.19.2008

Around the Block

There was no afternoon nap today. It was suppose to happen, but it didn't. So, instead of spending an afternoon with a grouchy baby, we went outside where it is hard to be a grouch for some reason. We started with a nice stroll around the neighborhood. It is really nice to be able to use a stroller and walk faster than baby speed. Then we blew bubbles, played soccer, and raced around the yard. When we were both sufficiently frozen (I was cold much before LLSS, but she did eventually admit to having cold hands) we came inside and she immediately returned to grouch mode. Ah, for two hours it was all good.

I went to the dentist this morning to have my teeth cleaned. There's really nothing like that fresh-from-the-dentist smoothness. Seriously. If my insurance would cover it, I'd have my teeth cleaned once a month. I really liked the hygenist as well.

11.18.2008

Did She Read That?

Today, while grocery shopping with a very tired toddler I used the grocery list trick to occupy her to prevent meltdown. It goes something like, "I have a really important job for you. You get to hold the list and tell Mom what's on it." Most of the time it works like a charm.

Off to the produce aisle first. Carrots. Check. Bananas. Check. Celery. Check. All is going quite smoothly. Then I pass the broccoli without putting any in the cart. From the cart I hear, "Mom needs the broccoli." Huh. "Get the broccoli, Mom." Okay. It was on the list. We hadn't gone over the list. If only she loved broccoli, but she doesn't eat it. Double hmmm. I'm sure it was purely coincidence, but it is going to be nice when the day comes and I do have a list reader in the cart!

11.17.2008

Fabulous Fingerpainting

Clare's first dabble in fingerpainting happened today. She was a little hesitant to get her fingers dirty at first, but in the end she had both hands covered. I've already promised that we will paint again tomorrow, it was that much fun. I think we might need to set up some sort of semi-permanent painting area.

Here is a picture from Saturday's firewood expedition. She wore these blue muffs while Mike started the saw at the truck, but then insisted on wearing the orange ones. Maybe they matched her hat better? I'm not sure what is up with the boxing stance.

11.16.2008

Sicky

Poor baby. This morning she threw up. Throughout the process, she continued to repeat, "What did Clare do?" No explanation seems quite sufficient in the middle of that. Although we reasssured her the entire time, she was still quite upset. It took a nice long shower with the assistance of Daddy to make her feel better. That, and a three hour nap this afternoon.

I have just started to hand stitch the binding on the quilt. This is what I am thinking. It is going to take a while. But it looks beautiful. The blue is contrasting quite nicely with the pinks.

11.15.2008

A Beautiful Day For

Firewood gathering. Here we come. We got a bit of a late start, but the day was perfect. We found a nice tree on a nice section of road. Mike hiked up toward it and found a better one already on the ground. The hill was steep, but not overly scary. Clare wore her ear muffs the whole time so we could be up where the action was. She filled her hat and my hood with sticks, stems, and rocks. The rounds rolled nicely, none of them hitting the truck. The only glitch was getting Clare back in the truck. She sure does love being outside. We are thinking about one more trip out, perhaps next weekend, and then the firewood season will be over until next spring. Clare's words of wisdom on this trip: "Watch out for cow poop!"

Looks like it is going to be another beautiful one tomorrow.

11.14.2008

Finally a Song

LLSS has been singing songs for us for a bit, but every time we try to capture it on video, she shuts down. It's as if the camera creates a stage fright phenomenon. She repeatedly says, "Yes," but will not sing. So today, in a rare moment, I was able to capture this:

video

In quilting news, here is the back of the baby quilt. It is waiting for a binding, a box, a trip to the post office, and a new home. Clare wrote this for me today. She called me over and asked me to read it to her. I sounded it out. Her reply was, "No, Mommy. It says, 'No.'"
These apples were a gift from our neighbor Harold (of green grape notoriety). The arrangement is by Clare. "I made the apples a circle, Mommy." Nicely done. This was Wednesday. They are still there, looking lovely.

Last weekend, Mike replaced the tube in his front tire, the victim of yet another goathead. Clare was mighty interested in the whole process. They make such a great team. I love to watch them work.
The team, once again, trying to determine what was wrong with the truck. This was the second day we were delayed by a mechanical issue. All better now, thanks to this brilliant team and a little outside help.

11.13.2008

And She Swears Up and Down

Pioneer Street, that is. LLSS swore in public today. Well, we were walking on the sidewalk and I don't think anyone was near enough to hear, but...

(Sun shining brightly through the trees)
CLARE
"Oh shit, I need my sunglasses."
KATE
"What?"
CLARE
"Oh shit, I need my sunglasses."
KATE
(not sure if I am hearing correctly)
"What did you say?"
CLARE
"Oh shit..."
KATE
"Umm, we don't say that. We say, "Oh bummer."
CLARE
"Oh bummer, I need my sunglasses."
End of conversation. She didn't bring it up again, although now I know that it is stored in there. And I'm pretty sure, in hindsight, that she has said it several times before but I thought she was saying something else. We're now solidly focused on "BUMMER" and I am preparing myself in advance for all those call home from school. Yikes!

11.12.2008

Our Yard is a Litterbox

For the second day in a row, someone in our family has stepped in cat crap in our yard. It is sneakily hidden under grass or leaves and blends right in with all the little dirt piles (courtesy of our little squirrel friends). So disgusting. So now Clare can't go out and play because we don't know what is safe and what is not. This is a new development and it is a gross one.

I planted some bulbs and flower seeds today while LLSS slept. I'm hoping to add a bit of color to the street side of the house next spring and summer. Iris, daffodil, delphinium, malva, and poppy.

I'm off to the dentist tomorrow. I already know that it is going to be expensive, but let's hope for good news on a second tooth that I know I have ground into submission. I need to relax or I will be toothless pretty soon.

11.11.2008

Burn Baby Burn

We had our first fire in the fireplace today. The chimney inspector came this morning and gave us the go ahead. While it didn't compare to the Blaze King "Princess", it was nice to be able to see some flames and cozy up next to it. The heater hasn't been on since noon. It is a bit cold downstairs, but that's what down comforters are for!

11.10.2008

Moving Down, Down, Down

To the basement, that is. We spent our first night in our new bedrooms in the basement last night. It was a restless first night for me (migraine-the fifth or sixth in the past eight days) but a good night sleep for Mike and Clare. LLSS woke up early but managed to snuggle between Mike and I for another hour and a half. Aside from leaving me about three and a half inches on my side of the bed, it was mighty nice of her.

Here's our typical morning conversation:

CLARE
"Clare's ready for dinner."
MIKE
"Are you ready for breakfast?"
KATE
"hhmmgharrgh"
CLARE
"It's time to get out of bed. Mama, get out of bed."
KATE
"ummm, ahhhh"
CLARE
"Daddy, turn off the alarm. Turn it off."
MIKE
"Clare, Daddy will get up with you."
CLARE
"MAMA! Time to get up."
KATE
(Refraining from swearing) "Okay, I'm getting up."
And so it goes. Even when my loving husband is eager to get up early with the little girl, she still needs the company of both of us. Ocassionally he is able to persuade her to come to the kitchen with him, but within five minutes she is back in the bedroom, pulling on my hand, yelling at the bed, or using the power of tears to drag me from my slumber. I really miss sleeping in. Really. Miss. Sleeping. In.

11.09.2008

Life Made Simple

A little conversation Mike and I had today with Clare:

Mike
"Are you going to eat cheesy pasta for lunch?"
Clare
"Yep. It's going in my tummy."
Kate
"That's right."
Clare
"Then it comes out the butt."
Us
"Um-huh."
Clare
"Then it goes bye-bye, in the potty."
Us
"Yep."
Life made simple, by a two-year-old.

11.08.2008

Raining in the Desert

After a failed attempt at firewood collection (truck issues) we headed to Cambridge for a little arts and crafts show. There was some interesting stuff, but mostly it was a bit too "country" for my taste. Just really not my style. It was a nice drive and we extended it by driving to Brownlee Reservoir to check out the dam. Quite a feat of engineering there. Lots of concrete and blasting involved in the building of that one.

Clare's new expression is, "What is Mom figuring out?", or "What is Dad figuring out?" when we are working on something she doesn't quite understand. She also made a reference to bodily functions today as "butt music", as in, "Daddy is making butt music." Can't wait for her to use that one at the post office or the library.

Oh yeah, it's raining here tonight, which, unlike Sitka, is really something to write about.

11.07.2008

Recipe

Here's a little recipe I discovered recently:

1 healthy baby
1 well-baby appointment
1 doctor's office
1 plastic table
1 activity cube
2 magazines
1 friendly four-year-old

Mix all of these ingredients together. Wait three days. Sneezing will indicate that the mixture is successful. Runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, and stuffed up head to follow.
After all the symptoms have developed, allow once-well baby to sleep in parents' bed so at least someone in the family can get some rest.

Makes me think I should have kept her home from the "well" baby visit as she is now a "sick" baby. At least she got a flu shot out of the deal as well. Now, if only she would learn to open her mouth to breathe while sleeping.


Here is a little conversation we had on our way home from the post office yesterday.

Clare
"Look mama. Two puppies (small dogs, but full-grown)."
Me
"Yep Sweetheart. What are they doing?"
Clare
"The doggies are playing tag. He got him."
The two dogs are now having sex in the road!
Me
(Giggling a bit.) "Yep, Sweetie, he got him."
It seems a bit early for the birds and the bees to me.

11.06.2008

Trying Something New

Cabin completion! Here are some photos of the completed cabin at Starrigavin Campground north of Sitka. Mike aided in putting together the walls and the roof. The rest was finished after we left. It is located in a developed campground and is completely accessible. I'll try to post some links to information from the time it was being built.



Today I am trying to import some video into the blog. If all goes well and it doesn't take all day! Okay, finished.


video


Here is Clare on Halloween night, about three houses into the trick-or-treating experience. I know this because I am only carrying her bag and not the Queen Bee herself. House four is when that happened! Sorry the audio is so jumbled. I feel our camera was better at picking up the sound of crunching leaves that tiny baby voices.

11.05.2008

Catching Up a Bit

In early October, Mike's parents came for a visit. While Clare has spent time with relatives before, she is just coming to an understanding of what it means to be the center of attention. I think she really has a knack for it. She was quite the hostess while they were her. She took them on a walk to the post office, drug them up and down the stairs a million times to share her toys with them, gave them plenty of opportunities to practice their reading skills, and doled out the love on numerous occassions.


Eating breakfast with Grandpa.

Reading with Grandma.

Thanks Bob and Carol. I enjoyed the break as well.



11.04.2008

Hanging Chads Not Allowed

Yes, the Mullin family voted in today's election. Clare came along as our cheerleader. Idaho, you might want to consider upgrading your election system. No voting booths, which means no fun curtains to hide and grimace behind because you don't have a TV, don't listen to the radio, and don't read the local paper and therefore have absolutely no idea what several of the ballot measures are even addressing. Just long tables with semi-adequate dividers between voting stations. Come on, Idaho. Even Nondalton had privacy, including voting booths with curtains. And, when I voted there and brought my ballot up it didn't get opened up so any interested party could see, then dropped in a box. Not that anyone even cares whom I voted for, but there is the principle of it all. And to add insult to injury, there was no candy at the end. Hmmm......

On a brighter note, our walk to the post office took just a little longer today as there were piles of leaves all over the sidewalk that LLSS couldn't resist. She was pretty cute tromping through soggy leaves, picking up handfuls and putting them back in yards.

11.03.2008

Average, Average, Huge

Once again, Clare's head exceded normal size limitations. We went for her two-year-old well-baby check today and she seems to be normal except for that noggin. She is a healthy 25 pound, 33 1/2 inch walking bobblehead. Head circumference: 20 1/2 inches. Man, we love our little bobblehead.

Here are a few shots from the past week. Little Lovey Sweet Sweet playing in a huge pile of leaves, courtesy of our weeping birch and some hard-core raking by me.
And here she is spending some quality time under the table with her polka dot blanket courtesy of Eve. Thanks, Eve! She loves it.
And Tracy (and Julianna), close your eyes. Perhaps this will be headed your way sometime within the year. Here is my first attempt at thread basting.

It rained this morning and was foggy yesterday. It felt a bit like Sitka, without the mountains and ocean of course.


11.02.2008

Renovation Sunday

Well, the time has come to remove all the crap from the basement that was left here for our enjoyment by the previous owners. Included in the wonderful junk collection were cabinets, both hanging and on the ground, disgusting old carpet that might pre-date the house given its condition, lovely odd pieces of wood nailed here and there and assorted other items. The bed of the truck is full, several large garbage bags went into the trash for collection tomorrow and the air cleaner is running full steam in an effort to clear the dust from the air. And it was all accomplished in about seven and a half hours.

Things of interest:
Dust can collect for seventy years in cracks and crevices without being cleaned up, especially behind large, heavy items.
Silverfish, or earwigs, live under large sheets of unidentified material when placed near basement windows and boy can they ever move quickly when someone is trying to smash them.
Rubber dish gloves really are a girl's best friend!
Mike and I make a really good team when it comes to clean up. I love that man!

Of course, in typical form, I forgot to take "before" pictures of the space, although I'm not sure the "after" pictures are too exciting. Removal of all these items really only revealed a whole new list of things that need attention (walls painted, floors painted, window sills replaced, etc...). But at least it is some sort of progress. Yeah!

11.01.2008

A Month in the Life Of

With a turn in the weather from lovely Indian Summer to drizzly fall, November has arrived in Weiser. Last night we went trick-or-treating with Little Lovey Sweet Sweet. Although she was quiet at times, she did manage a "trick-or-treat" and a "thank-you" at every house we visited. She also mumbled, "BUMBLEBEE!" under her breath every time someone misidentified her as a butterfly or a fairy.Here we are, pre-trick-or-treating. LLSS dressed up for a trip to the post office and the store. Kind of a dress rehearsal of sorts.
Dressed up and waiting for slow Mom and Dad to get their butts in gear to take LLSS trick-or-treating already!

Post trick-or-treating, loaded up with candy and a little bit on the tired side. Naps really aren't necessary of exciting days like Halloween. At least she slept well last night!

10.15.2008

Everyone Loves a Parade

It's the middle of October and we've experienced our first "cold" weather in the new house. I'm wondering if maybe they didn't have enough money left for insulation in the Great Depression year of 1937. It's pretty chilly in some places, particularly the shower, and if you touch the walls, they are cold. Brrr. Guess we'll all have to toughen up a bit around here. There is also some talk of moving the bedrooms downstairs (it is much quieter and darker and COLDER) since they don't need to be as warm as other rooms. We'll see if we're up to the challenge of hauling the futon, TV, etc up a flight of stairs and bringing a couple dressers down.

Here are a pictures from the past few week.

Clare hanging out on Mom and Dad's bed.

Riding her "horse" while waiting for the Homecoming Parade.
In the kitchen with Dad, likely giving him advice.
Smiley girl with a naked butt. That's why she's looking so cheeky.
Getting into the highchair for some breakfast.

9.28.2008

Random Bits of Life

Here are a few shots from Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. This was where we spent the second half of our Uncle Noah Wedding vacation. It was very relaxing and quite beautiful. The sand was soft, and quite the hit with LLSS. Aunt Emmy and I were roped into creating many sand structures that were immediately crushed by the adventuresome wee one.

Here she is with Aunt Emmy, likely trying to get the bubbles!





Here we are enjoying the waves as the wash over our feet. We did get soaked a few times when slightly larger than expected waves kept right on coming up the beach!

Home improvements continue, as do Daddy improvements. Mike hangs a new shade. Clare creates some artwork on his leg!











An unexpected visitor, but a very welcome one...our dear friend Matt, a former Detroiter resident and expert ball thrower stopped over for the night a few weeks ago. He played hours of fetch with an eager retriever, Clare. Bouncy balls are great icebreakers. This picture is from early the next morning. Clare forgot how much she loved Matt the night before.

Little Lovey Sweet Sweet contemplating how many nectarines she can eat for free at the U-Pick orchard.




Here she is, trying to make her count....














Ah, the victory dance! Clare loves U-Pick, and so do we. Fifty combined pounds of peaches and nectarines, picked in less than an hour, all for less than $20. They were so good too. There are plenty in the freezer to enjoy in pies and smoothies.






Plugging her ears like a good girl while Daddy cuts firewood. Our first venture into the woods.

Uncle Jimmy and Auntie J-Dawg came for a visit last weekend. Clare had too much fun. Check out the top-notch service provided by her guitar-playing uncle!

And there she is with Jim and Jessica and Ernie!

9.24.2008

It's Been A While

Our journey "South" has been quite an adventure. Little Lovey Sweet Sweet has adapted quite nicely, enjoying the clothing-free options that warm weather can provide. Mike is liking his new job as it offers more diversity of chores than his previous one. We have moved into our new house and are discovering all the joys and expenses of home ownership.

Leaving Sitka was very hard for me. It meant leaving Alaska, a place I truly feel at home. It also meant leaving some of the most wonderful people I have had the pleasure of sharing my life with. Hopefully, someday we will return to live again in such a wonderful place.

Mike and I faced a pretty challenging decision about our adopted cat, Trucker. He had that disgusting ear problem caused by uncontrolled growth of polyps in his ear canal. The local (Sitka)free vet was able to fix him up, but we feared a relapse and the overwhelming choice of draining Clare's college fund to fix him up or putting him to sleep if we took him with us. Thanks to the kindness of our friends Brad and Rebecca, we were able to leave him in a loving home. Bye Trucker. We miss you!


Check out this incredible Chinese mantis. Mike found it while removing greenery from the siding of our new house. It was tucked up under the siding. We weren't sure about its reaction to being handled, so we put it in this jar for safety. It actually was quite docile, and we later released it on the lawn, then relocated it to the back bushes so that it would be safe.


Mike and Clare on the front porch of our house.

Here is Clare at Uncle Noah and Aunt Carolina's wedding. Blue Bunny tagged along for company.

7.10.2008

Baby Bird Nerd and Other Sightings


We were walking on this just hours before. These were our front deck joists after Mike removed the decking. He was on the other end when these collapsed. These five joists (16 foot 2x10s), some railing, and a few miscellaneous pieces of wood were so soaked with water they weighed 800 pounds at the transfer station. There were huge patches of white rot and little hemlock saplings growing from them.


Babies love forts. LLSS spent many hours trying to convince Trucker that cats like them too and should spend a good part of the day doing as babies command. He did sneak in there when she went out to play, but made for a quick departure when she came back in.


This is how our baby sleeps: with no covers and a little light reading. Yep, that's an Alaskan Bird field guide. Yesterday before her nap, I heard, "Bird, bird, eagle, bird, bird, owl, owl, owl, bird, bluebird, bird, heron...." We're blaming it on Auntie Sarah, or "Aunt Sissy" as LLSS calls her, the adult version of the bird nerd.


A quick glimpse into the serious business of Poker Night at our house...


This is spinach I collected from the garden and used to make some baby-approved scrambled eggs. I washed and chopped the spinach, added it to a hot skillet with about a tablespoon of olive oil, and wilted it. Then I added a mixture of four eggs, a chopped clove of garlic, milk, cilantro (also from the garden), and some extraordinary smoked king salmon from Bridget and Randy. I managed to capture this "before" photo and one during the cooking process that doesn't appear too appetizing, but none of the final product. It received a "More Eggs" rating from LLSS and entertained Sally for several minutes.