Aug 30 2013

recent garden harvests

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we drove to the garden in a torrential downpour yesterday to get that big tomato. i didn’t want to miss it. josephine and i ate the ends off it today and saved the middle for ned. it was/is delicious. it was the first non-cherry tomato we’ve harvested. the top photo (tomatoes, chard, kale, parsley and marjoram) was a haul from last week.

any and all successes we have had in our garden must be solely attributed not to any green thumbs on our part but to the six verdantly green thumbs collectively owned by jami, ann, and dylan, our gracious and attentive garden hosts. they gave us a small corner of their garden plot and they are the ones to actually go to the garden to water and sometimes even let us know when something of ours is ready to harvest. we then pull up in our own sweet time, nod approvingly at our plants and pillage. (conversely, any failures have been completely and entirely our fault.)

the garden was intended to show josephine the marvel of growing things from seeds and tiny little starts. i’m not sure she’s fully taken it in, but i am awestruck each and every time i go by the miracle of it all. that a big, hot pink tomato can grow from what was a spindly little plant. that a row of seedlings suddenly becomes a crop of carrots. and that you can pick it and bring it home and feed yourself dinner.

Aug 26 2013

our equine friends

in what’s become an annual tradition (pictures from two years ago here), josephine and i went to the evergreen classic (known in our house as “the horse show”) a few weeks ago. this year, we brought anne and meera along, which made it all the more fun. josephine and meera were interested in watching the horse jumping for about five minutes and then started to play house in the shade next to the bleachers. the highlight of the outing for them was when they started riding their stuffed horses on the way back to the car.

i take it back: they were happiest when we stopped for milkshakes on the way home.

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Aug 26 2013

colors of the wind

after a particularly gaseous car ride…

josephine: mama? what color are toots?

me: they’re invisible, just like the air. what color do you think they’d be if we could see them?

josephine: um… purple!  or maybe brown, like poop.

Aug 22 2013

yep, probably

josephine and i were sitting at the table together this afternoon and could hear voices coming from our neighbor’s driveway…

josephine: what is that?

me: what do you think?

josephine: probably a person or a special dog who talks all by his-self.

Aug 20 2013

how big is joey?


josephine had her four-year-old check-up this morning and here’s how she measures up:

height: 3′ 3″ (43.91th percentile)

weight: 30 lbs, 6 oz (13.97th percentile)

BMI: 13.83 (6.36th percentile)

the cut-off for underweight is 5th percentile of the BMI.  bring on the butter!

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(just to say it: nobody’s worried about our little peanut. she grew a lot height-wise in the last year and will probably now level off height-wise for a bit so the rest of her body can catch up. also, she is her father’s daughter.)

Aug 9 2013

the faces of swim lessons

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and my personal favorite:

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a few notes:
:: please notice how, even though josephine had been in the pool for 30 minutes in the last picture, most of her head has remained miraculously dry.
:: she spent the first day of lessons sobbing for me, the second day smiling and wanting to go swimming again in the evening. i asked why she was so upset on monday and so totally fine on tuesday and she said that our friend anne told her that “crying” and “trying” rhyme, so maybe she could do more trying and less crying. if she’s motivated by rhymes, i can work with that.
:: sitting poolside in the sunshine (and knowing that such warm days are numbered) makes me want to move to southern california.
:: her two good friends meera and emilee are taking lessons at the same time and we are both so happy for the good companionship.

Aug 5 2013

port and peninsula

we spent the week in a lovely vacation house in port angeles with delightful friends, traveling to points high, north and west. matt, allison, eli and jesse used to live in seattle and now live in chicago and we miss them terribly, so the chance to explore the olympic peninsula with them felt like quite the gift. we appreciate the effort they put into getting here and are already dreaming of our next joint vacation.

after taking the ferry over from seattle and settling in to our house, we spent a day at hurricane ridge, trying to inspire josephine and eli to climb to the top of hurricane hill. a bit before the summit, josephine’s whine to forward motion ratio became unacceptably out of balance and we put her in the backpack. eli made it to the top and was very proud of himself. (i was a little proud of myself, too, truth be told. and it’s not a big hike.)

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the next day, we boarded a big ferry very early in the morning and sailed into international waters. we docked in victoria on vancouver island (canada, for those of you who are not geography buffs) and, eschewing the pricey tourist activities, walked to a beautiful park and pet some goats at the children’s farm there. priceless. then we waited an hour (one! hour!) for some really delicious fish and chips and fish tacos. (one has to wonder, just as one has to wonder about a tree falling in a forest with nobody around, whether the food would have tasted as good had we not waited an hour.)

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we arrived back at the port angeles house to find even more friends had arrived. friends from california (who we visited back in 2010 when josephine was a little peanut and their daughter, sophie, was but a bump on her mama’s midsection) were in town for a wedding and joined us for the night. (the other) eli, a precocious and lively 6-year-old, regaled us with stories and looked a little confused about why we all took such delight in learning that his three best friends are named burley, sage and jagger. oh, californians.

could there be a cuter front step full of blondies?

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the next day found us at (gray and damp) rialto beach. (this was the same beach we camped near last summer. we’d be happy to go there every year. heck, every day. it’s a good beach.) IMG_6598 (800x518)

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all good vacations must come to an end. we came back to seattle by way of bainbridge island and a stroll through the delightful bloedel reserve.

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one last bit of fun before our friends headed back to chicago: the spray park! it’s sad. i don’t think any of the kids had any fun at all. and we grown-ups certainly got no enjoyment watching them.

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so long, friends. til our next vacation. (and, in case you need MORE photos, well, there are some.)