s insists on more and more hair clips each day. this adds an extra dimension to getting ready in the morning.
Friday, August 30, 2013
ahem. someone left his breakfast dishes at the table instead of clearing them (and i'm not referring to the sippy cup).
daddy, you need to remember you're setting an example!!!
last saturday, z, s, & i were playing in z's room, and all of a sudden, z said, "dammit dammit dammit!"
i was shocked, because i never swear in front of the kids! i said, "z, that is a really bad word, and you are never supposed to use that kind of language. where did you hear that? who said it?"
z said, "daddy."
she's wearing the sunglasses again!
s is starting to realize she is her own person & can make her own decisions. this causes many tantrums. so far i've been successful in standing my ground without too much trauma and drama.
|my little cutie is actually wearing sunglasses!!!|
summer is disappearing quickly. i've been trying to visit playgrounds when possible. z has been in camp all month, every morning from 9-1, so it has just been s & me.
|the water sprays disappear and reappear at this fountain. they definitely caught s off guard. she didn't like it so much.|
|s has a unicorn head!|
one sunday afternoon, we attended b's 5th birthday party in a ne portland park.
there was playing, nibbles, and a pinata.
|she was not happy. it went away.|
destroying the remnants of the pinata.
|the birthday spread. cake was yummy. cobbler was yummy. s especially enjoyed the cheese and salami.|
Thursday, August 29, 2013
|the girls, playing at the water table|
one evening, we had friends g, s, x, & t over for dinner. normally they live in phoenix, but s has been up here as a "seed" for intel. we'll be sad when they go back in september. the kids are growing up so quickly!
|no, t! don't eat the shovel!|
|not the best picture of s, but i wanted to show how the girls were both wearing jeans on the bottom, and white on the top! we did not plan this!|
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
the friday after the neighborhood party, we were having friends over for dinner. i wanted to make a fruit tart, and was trying to make pastry cream for it. i tried THREE TIMES, and the cream did not turn out. the egg yolks kept getting cooked too much. i WILL master pastry cream, just not right now. i need to try a different recipe. i'm trying to remember what i ended up making instead... ahh. with all the egg yolks used, there were lots of left over egg whites. i made a pavlova.
|here s is eating some pastry cream that didn't turn out. it still tasted really good!|
on the first tuesday in august, we hosted our neighborhood party on national night out. mcgruff and police visited. the kids loved mcgruff! there were a couple of sets of police that came. each time, j would say "oh no - more complaints about sound," and i would get nervous for a second before i realized he was just kidding. sigh. it was fun to see everyone. fairly easy cleanup.
our garage was all cleaned out on a monday night, as we were hosting our neighborhood's national night out party. j had left for the climbing gym, and the kids were in bed. i went into the garage for something, turned on the light, and right there in the middle of the garage was a snake!!!! it took me awhile, but i managed to coax it outside to a happier place to live.
our neighbors on one side took a trip to the east coast for a month. this was taken the morning after they returned, when the boys saw each other for the first time. they both thought each had grown taller, so they were trying to size each other up in this picture. cute.
we visited short sands beach at the beginning of august on the weekend. a friend was celebrating her 3rd birthday with a party at this popular surfing beach. it was our first visit - there is parking up by hwy 101, and you walk a half mile to the beach. there are bathrooms and water fountains right by the beach, which makes it convenient for visits with kids. z had fun playing with birthday girl a's brother. the tide went out, leaving a large swath of sand that was just barely covered in water - the largest tide pool ever! they found two starfish (someone must have set them there, but still) - they were alive! the boys were really excited. we will definitely visit this beach again. unfortunately this was the only picture i got of the whole visit. this was taken on the walk back to the car. both kids passed out on the drive home.
|s walks the beam|
|riding the elephant|
we hadn't been to washington park for a long time, so we revisited it. z didn't remember it! s was afraid of the sand. she did not like the feel of it on her bare feet, so we left soon after taking this picture. she wasn't very happy.
on our last day of vacation, we took the kids to playdate pdx for the morning. s is still terrified of the high slides, but likes this little one in the little people area. j went for a massage after we finished here, while i took the kids home. he had an injury from playing indoor soccer which was still bothering him. the person doing the massage? our very own neighbor, f. she is fantastic!
daddy got a day of absenteeism and climbing during his second week of vacation, so i got to do some things on my own, too. i baked lasagna, froze portions, and took them to friends who just had twins. i went to hall street for this lovely manhattan and a bite to eat for a late lunch, and then saw two movies back to back. we each got a second day to ourselves on the weekend, but unfortunately mine was spent in agony in bed with an awful stomach bug. j picked it up a few days later, so he missed a couple days of work. i hope we are illness free for awhile now!!!!