Thursday, March 27, 2014

So thankful for...

1. The forest. The return of the forest from Old Man Winter. The last of the ice is receding and the greenery is pushing forth.
2. Listening to the tufted titmouse couple singing back and forth to one another. They might have been protecting their nest from me. I might have been oblivious as I watched them for a good five minutes, then stopped stalking them.
3. Hearing the loudest woodpecker ever, it sounded like it was dinosaur sized! But as it swooped from one tree to another, I found the type of tree (and how hollow it is) can create a visual impression of a collosal bird, when in fact it's just a regular sized woodpecker.
4. Sitting in the sun, on a bench, alone. Quietly a smile crept over my close-eyed face.
5. Making two dozen chocolate and yellow cupcakes for a birthday celebration.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014: 11 of 52 Boys

Huxley! ~ You scored your first goal with your new indoor soccer team! Hoorah! I was even there to see it! You got High Fives from your team mates as you lightly jogged back down the field and the smile on your face showed such satisfaction and accomplishment. That will be burned in my memory forever. ~ You couldn’t stand seeing the can of pineapple chunks in the front of the pantry, so you took it upon yourself to rearrange the three shelves of food. ~ “Did you know, when I’m older, I’m going to be President? But not of Tokyo.” You informed Dashiell matter-of-factly, as if you saw a glimpse into the future. Let me just say, you’d be an awesome, relaxed and very fair President. ~ Your last ski lesson at Notchview, your group was the last to return for the afternoon and you nearly missed out on the potluck! But what an amazing few hours you had, managing the hills, staying warm, always moving! (And you took to skate skiing like a duck to water.

Dashiell! ~ You scored two goals in your soccer game that Cameron and Bekka were watching! Cameron had requested you score three goals, but dang if two isn't really impressive anyway! ~ Cameron gifted you with his remaining Five Inch Guys and accompanying siege tower, prison, etc. Many battles have since been fought! ~ Your last ski lesson at Notchview, you’ve really taken to skate skiing and looks like you’ll be doing that exclusively next winter. ~ We all took a day off (work and school) to go into Boston for the day. A squished trip in the truck with (Timber!) too plenty of Top 40 music. We went to the New England Aquarium and over to the North End for pastries and lunch (you tried an amazing salad with feta and cold cuts. ~ Maple breakfast on Saturday, you went back for seconds and then thirds for those breakfast sausages!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So thankful for...

1. Putting the time to one side to finally learn some ins and outs of how my dslr works. I feel a lot more confident, but damn, I sure wish it didn't weigh so much!

2. February = Snow! And skiing everyday since it all started 13 days ago (save for last Saturday when I was feeling a bit over-burdened by 'stuff'): across the street from our house, in the forest and on the bike path behind work, at Notchview... there are precious few cross country skiing days here and with 45 degree weather for the rest of the week, it looks like today might be the last decent day of it. Unless March brings us more (but you can never count on it)!

3. Expanding my new recipes to try out some new ingredients and foods.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

2014: 5 of 52 Boys

~ Family breakfast out to Green Bean. We got the cherry table, in the back, by the window, plenty of room. ~ You brought out the jokingly hated book at the breakfast joint and made Daddy read it, that joke never gets old.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

2014: 4 of 52 Boys

Huxley!
~ Magic show, complete with a curtain (blanket) that your brother operated for dramatic effect.
~ A play date you've been waiting for, you were thrilled that we finally got our act together enough to have your friend over.


~ We made homemade playdough. It was tough to stir as it thickened, but so fun.
~ You used the playdough to re-enact the beach scene from ‘Gullivers Travels’ (the 1940’s animated version) and you tied down Gulliver with dental floss and surrounded him with soldiers.
~ Swinging inside in your pajamas, pushing yourself around on the ottoman while hanging upside down.

Dashiell!
~ A lazy MLK day of reading Huxley’s newly acquired Donald Duck book, while sitting in your pajamas. You ate something chocolate.
~ A morning of goofy faces, so I could practice using my new camera lens. Thank you, love!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014: 3 of 52 Boys

Dashiell! ~ Really? Rooting for the 49er's when you could be rooting for the Seattle Seahawks to make it to their first ever Super Bowl?! Child, we need to have a talk.< ~ "It's an outrage!" is now your catch phrase. When you discovered the orange cheddar had a whisp of white cheddar on your nachos, what we thought would be one seriously upset kid, turned into a moment that had us all laughing. Your comic timing is really coming into its own. ~ A friend showed you how the 'record' function works on the keyboard and your interest is piqued! ~ Halloween idea: Harpo. Need: curly blond wig, trenchcoat with belt - we already have the horn. You need to keep working on your comic miming abilities. We'll get there!

Huxley! ~ Halloween costume idea: Groucho for Huxley! Must keep my eyes open for: suit/trench coat, toy cigar, glasses, other Marx Brothers paraphernalia. ~ We made playdough together, so glad you thought of it, out of the blue! After all that hard work stirring, you had the vision to re-create the Lilliputian beach scene from Gulliver's Travels with your five inch guy, plastic animals (and dinos), using dental floss in place of rope, to hold down Gulliver. Brilliant! ~ Lack of snow, sent us far into the Berkshires to cross country ski at Canterbury Farm in Becket. And MAN did you just take off like a crazed snow otter zipping hither and thither, not caring at all about how darned cold it was. ~ Another trip to the pediatrician, when you twisted your knee cross country skiing. (Luckily you stopped limping after only a couple of days and the pain didn't last long!)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Glimpse January 15 2014

A glimpse into today:

At home: Michael is staying home with Dashiell, who had a fever last night and was talking in a delirious fashion around midnight: "I'm not going to play with money. No, because I might get hurt." So, having some sort of strange dream!

At work: A lovely mild winter day. Maybe an afternoon bike ride at lunch time with a thermos of tea and a bit of chocolate.

Wishing for: My new 50mm lens to arrive! I want to start playing with that the light today would be wonderful to try it out... Patience... And SNOW so we can cross country ski, already!

Reading: The Two Towers, The Name of This Book is Secret, The Explosive Child, Your Money or Your Life.

Listening to: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's Cocktail Party Music cd, James Blake cd, KEXP at work, (But I dreamed about a Playskool record player last night that I almost acquired!)

Making: Delicious chili (the secret's in the adobo sauce and sprinkling of roasted corn), strawberry and oat scones, hot chocolate sweetened with a few pitted dates (so creamy and thick).