Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Pics

I don't have time tonight to write much about Thanksgiving, but I'm posting the pics because I know there are people waiting for them. Suffice it to say it was a wonderful day shared with my brother-in-law and his family, full of good food and good company. We truly have so much to be thankful for! AdventureGirl was in deep smit with her cousins, especially the youngest who is a girl, and is posing in a dress from a French market that we got in a barter in Germany... please ignore the missing button and cranberry stains! Sorry the group photo is out of focus... it's the only one we got.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Are You a Witch? and other random thoughts

This is one of AdventureGirl's favorite questions recently, ever since seeing several people dressed up as witches this Halloween. Do not misunderstand, to her it means nothing more than someone who gets to wear a cool hat. The problem being that without context, the question can be taken in quite the wrong way, and it is a rather lengthy explanation for the average shocked shopper at the local grocery store who no doubt is simultaneously having serious doubts about my parenting abilities. This question ranks right up there with the moments in the public restroom that she chooses to yell, at the top of her lungs (despite the fact that we are locked in the same stall together) "ARE YOU GOING PEE PEE AND POO POO IN THE POTTY MOMMY?". I do my best to answer her calmly and encouragingly, that yes, mommy goes in the potty like a big girl, while also mentioning something about inside voices. Why is this question so mortifying? We are, after all, in a restroom. What are most people doing in there? Surely not their makeup. She has also discovered the magic of the step-stool (she has one that she carries throughout the house), as well as her ability to scoot chairs to convenient places and climb up on them. The result of this is that it is increasingly difficult to find places that she cannot reach, and we are constantly re-defining what is off-limits, as well as discovering the idea of self-restraint. I consider this development a crucial phase of maturing on her part, although I am saddened by the fact that my life will never be quite so simple again. I am entering the phase of toddler-parentdom where I am continuously amazed at how fast my little girl is turning into a functional human being, while at the same time I am horrified by the implications. There is now the distinct possibility that she might remember something I do or say years down the road, not to mention the fact that AdventureDad and I are daily shaping the kind of person she will become. No pressure though!!!
On the flip side, I am also at that phase of infant motherhood in which I count the minutes until the fresh shirt I just put on has a new spit-up river running down the shoulder , I count the hours that I sleep each night on one hand (the current record is 3.5 un-interrupted hours), and I count the months until AdventureBaby is just as much of a handful as her sister. I cannot believe that O is more than a month old now (and just weighed in at 9lbs 1.5 oz). My teeny tiny baby is already growing up so fast!

On a completely different (and lighter) subject, I also have to rave about my new sheets. I have to admit I bought them because they were relatively inexpensive (at $26 for a queen set), but I am just about ready to buy a backup set. I actually bought AdventureGirl a set first, then had to get some for myself out of envy. What are these heavenly creations? Jersey sheets. Yes, Jersey knit like T-shirts are made of. They are heavenly soft, stretchy enough to fit well over our pillow-top matress, and wrinkle-free even if they've been stored folded for weeks. If you are a flannel sheet fan, you really owe it to yourself to try these out. They're just as soft, but have less friction (I have a thing for sheets that wrap up with my pajamas...aaaahhhk claustrophobia). Heaven on a cold winter night.

The last random thought? I just made a soup that involves chestnuts (my first chestnut roasting experience... not necessarily one I would jump to repeat) and parsnips for dinner tonight, and it was HEAVENLY. If any of you end up with some chestnuts (or parsnips) and are wondering what to do with them, shoot me a line and I'll send you the recipe.

I know several other blog-worthy (at least to me!) thoughts have been circulating in my mind, but luckily for you my poor sleep-deprived brain has fizzled for the night. As usual I promise to post some pictures soon, but that involves finding the camera.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Halloween, WA Style

The Adventure Family has officially celebrated our first holiday as a 4-person unit, and what's more, we enjoyed it! AdventureGirl was of course the most excited, this being her first memorable Halloween. She was very excited to go "Trick-or-Treater", and picked up the required phrases in about 2 houses (although I'm happy to say one of them was a "Thank You" at the end!). This was following a pizza dinner at a friend's house and several hours of "playing with the kids", one of her favorite activities. She also displayed a remarkable fearlessness... when one of the older guests came downstairs in a "Nightmare Jack" costume from the Nightmare before Christmas, the youngest child there burst into tears and ran for her mommy, and M just laughed and teased him. Ditto for the scary houses with moving severed hands, etc. She was very curious, but not scared in the least. Mommy and Daddy are in trouble.