Saturday, August 23, 2008
Future violin soloist with her piano accompaniment
Papa was SO PLEASED with Ava's new outfit!
The big cousins playing play-dough and hamming it up
Just happy about lunch time.
At the park
Our first corn on the cob harvest, 8-23-08
Waiting to have it cooked and served to her, I guess...
I found this picnic table on someone's curb, they were going to throw it away. Like a dork, I knocked on their door and asked them if I could take it. They agreed, and Tom power-washed it for Liesl today. Liesl is so pleased with the table, too. I wish I had had my video camera rolling when she first saw it, she exclaimed: "My very own picnic table!" with such awe and wonder in her voice. Tom and I just cracked up.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
I have had this sweet little kitty since I was 15 years old. She got me through some really difficult times in my life. She slept on my bed almost every morning while I was in high school. She lived with me through most of my college years as well, and "adopted" Tom as part of her family when we married. Her brother, Tigger, passed away 2 years ago, and it's been rough for her to be the "only cat" after being attached to him since birth. The addition of two small kids hasn't been particularly peaceful for her either. However, she is incredibly patient and gentle with both girls, and they (naturally) adore her.
Please pray for Whinnie, and our family. Those of you who are reading this and are animal lovers will understand how tough of a time we are having with this. She is a sweet cat and has been such a blessing on all of our lives.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Happy birthday to my husband, my best friend, my red-hot stack of man waffles. I love you to pieces. Even though we have our difficult times, I can't imagine life without you, and I love our life and the little family we've built together.
The commentary of the chef-in-training
(The photo doesn't do justice to the mess...but
the memories are precious, and messes are easily cleaned.)
This photo was actually taken (by me) last Thursday on my birthday
We went to Olga's Kitchen...my favorite restaraunt :-)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The first grain for Ava was millet. She really dug it. For a baby who's not really into eating, millet porridge earns a 4.5 on the "Ava Likability" scale. (Range of 1-5, 1 being "yuck" and 5 being "no resistance, I'll eat it if I have to.")
Ava was also introduced to bananas a few days prior to the cereal event. When Liesl was a baby, I had one hard and fast rule with solids: Absolutely no spoon-feeding at breakfast. Mornings are crazy enough in our household without additional work, so I made it a point when Liesl was a baby to only give her "finger foods," things she would be able to pick up and eat with minimal or no intervention from Mommy and Daddy. The tradition continues--Ava gets pieces of soft banana diced into very tiny chunks placed before her. Her input is good--about 15% of what goes on the tray makes it into her mouth. Not bad for someone with very immature fine motor skills!
Besides waiting a few extra months, the only difference between Liesl's introduction to solids and Ava's is that Ava has entertainment during her meals. In the form of an older sibling. When you dine with Liesl, every meal is a party. Dinner and a show: You can't argue with that.
(* I acknowledge that the title of this post is a horrible pun and that I will be mocked.)