Monday, June 30, 2014


Here's some of what's happening:

  • A 2011 Kia Sedona minivan has just joined our family.  This was literally the first day that it was financially feasible when we saw the ad for a dealership a couple towns over.  We had lunch to get our wits about us, all drove there by car and then my husband drove it to a mechanic in our town while I drove the kids in our old car.  Then we killed time waiting for the mechanic to get to it and I took ALL of the kids to C's guitar lesson and then the kids and I went home.  My husband got a quote from the mechanic (small oil leak) and then went back to the dealership to make an offer.  And now, we are the proud owners of a minivan with DVD player and back up camera!  Wealth beyond the dreams of avarice!  It's funny how none of this existed when I was a tween 30 years ago, but you can now get it on a budget kid wagon like the Kia Sedona.  We're keeping our 2004 Ford Taurus for the moment, but may sell it if it turns out we're not using it at all.  It would be really, really nice if this car lasted as long as the Taurus has, but we got a good deal either way. 
  • I kind of want our next car to be a self-driving google car...
  • Still no dishwasher.  We've had two visits from a plumber.  We have made progress, in that we know what part we need for the dishwasher and we're waiting to hear from an appliance repair place when the appropriate part comes in.
  • C had a guitar lesson today.  We're doing a sort of DIY guitar camp, in that I've signed her up for three 30-minute lessons this week.  C is very good at her lessons, but I haven't seen that her home practice does much for her, so I'm trying to see how far we get her to progress this summer.  This week, she'll be starting her first song.  She chose Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair, which her teacher says she's within reach of and should be able to start this week. 
  • I've booked C another four guitar lessons (two more this week, and then two weekly ones) and when C finishes those up, we can talk about what we're doing next.  We might even do more "guitar camps," depending on how things go.
  • C and D are probably going to do fencing in August.
  • We're still figuring out what to do about extracurriculars in the fall.  The kids will have CCD and D will have obligatory school sports.  C will not do have to do school sports but will probably do therapeutic horse riding during the school year and may or may not continue with a weekly guitar lesson.  We could either do a weekly guitar lesson for her during the school year, or just keep guitar as a summer thing.  Horse riding is nice for the school year because the weather is moderate, whereas fencing and guitar are nice indoor activities.      
  • Baby T oinks beautifully.
  • Poor Baby T spent so much time today being buckled into her stroller and car seat!  But she's free now.  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Indoor zoo

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We had a large flying roach in the living room a couple nights ago.  Gah!
  • C will be continuing her guitar for at least another few weeks.  I've booked her for a 30-minute lesson three days in a row this coming week, which I think should move her forward pretty well.  If she makes progress and is interested, we may continue.
  • We had some small mystery puddles in the kitchen.  The plumber came, diagnosed it as being a problem with the supply hose to the dishwasher, and shut down the hot water in the kitchen.  The dishes have been a pain ever since, but hopefully we'll be fixed up and have hot water in the kitchen and a working dishwasher by Monday.
  • Some friends are back in town and had a party with burritos Saturday night.  Baby T enjoyed a tortilla with chicken (she likes her spiced chicken).  She also LOVED the family's bird and new kitten.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Blueberries and peanut butter

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T is growing restive with regard to buckles--stroller, car seat, and feeding seat.
  • Starting the last day or two, due to her resistance to the feeding seat, we've moved from feeding her in a feeding seat with a tray to having her sit in the feeding seat and eat at the table (with the buckle snapped once she's happily settled with some food).
  • C is taking a cooking class this week!  She cooked cinnamon French toast this evening and Baby T enjoyed a slice.
  • Baby T's food preferences are shifting again.  For a long time, she LOVED the starch + cheese formula.  Of late, she's meh about cheese, but loves peanut butter.  It took a while to realize that when she had something like a waffle and was looking wistfully across the room, she was looking toward the peanut butter.  The waffle or bread is, in fact, mostly a pretext for the peanut butter, which she likes to scoop out of the waffle treads.
  • Baby T also LOVES blueberries.
  • I was just taking Baby T out of her feeding seat when she noticed some smooshed blueberries.  She picked them up and then stuffed them into my mouth.  Thanks, Baby T!   

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Here's some of what's happening:

  • My husband just finished teaching some computer game design courses for a camp.
  • The kids have one more week of their gifted camp.
  • C has one more fencing class and then a one month break.  She wants to continue and D may start then.
  • C didn't want to do guitar before her lesson today because she was afraid of her fingers hurting (it was going to be a 60 minute class).  I sat in on the lesson and the teacher shifted her between different exercises to keep her fingers from getting too much abuse.  C wanted to know how the electric guitar works.  C's fingering is apparently pretty good, especially for a second lesson and she sounds great (at least to my untrained ear).  She has one more 30 minute lesson next week and then we will decide what to do next.  Another month (4 lessons) would probably be fine.  I was also thinking that we could maybe set up a "guitar camp" with 30-minute lessons on consecutive days (4?) to maximize the impact.
  • We took a road trip to IKEA this afternoon (a birthday gift to me) and came back with a nice little haul of small household items.  There's a small table for Baby T's playroom that is going to be really cute.  Baby T also acquired a baby-safe stuffed panda there, and it was love at first sight.  The lemon gingersnaps are really good, too.
  • Baby T didn't nap at all today, despite two car trips. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

T's sense of humor

Baby T guffaws when she sees us making a mistake--dropping something accidentally, for instance.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Water for kitty

I saw Baby T offering water from her sippy to her IKEA stuffed kitty tonight.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Quilt class

And one more thing--I've signed up both C and D for a quilting class.  This will be C's third quilting class and D's first.  D took a beginner sewing class two years ago, but given C's expertise and C's sewing machine, I'm quite sure that we won't be left with unfinished quilts.  

Getting ready for bed

Here's some of what's happening:

  • C got herself a Minecraft book with her mother's helper earnings.
  • D has been practicing his fencing footwork, as his is not quite good enough to join the class that C joined the previous week.
  • I was just getting Baby T ready for bed.  She was saying "no! no!" as she realized where we were headed, but then I asked her if there were anything she'd like to put in the bed for the night and she threw in a Brother Bear and a stuffed kitty and then lifted up her leg to try to climb in the crib.  At naptime today, she had three puzzles in her bed and was hoping to put in two more, but I figured three was enough.  
  • Baby T is showing more and more preferences for particular clothing items.
  • Baby T loves looking at internet pictures and videos of animals.  Zebras are a particular favorite.  Baby T is a bit down on cows, because she can't understand why they're not horses.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Exercise ball

I told Baby T, "Mommy needs a ball for her feet!" and Baby T rolled the exercise ball right over to me to use as a footstool.  And then she wanted to take it back.

Monday, June 2, 2014


Here's some of what's happening:

  • We think that when Baby T says "O!" she means OK.  She finally has a way to say "yes!" after many "no's."
  • Baby T has some croup.  We noticed something wrong with her breathing this morning, she and I showed up close to opening at the pediatrician's this morning.  They diagnosed croup immediately, but wanted to do x-rays to check for pneumonia.  No pneumonia, so she got oral steroids to fix her constricted air passages.  She is breathing well this evening, but she's a little puffy around the eyes.  
  • Baby T has gotten into the idea of loading up her crib with toys for the night.
  • C worked as a mother's helper this morning and then went with that family to the water park this afternoon.
  • Baby T is getting better and better at puzzles and shape sorters and she is very good with a musical toy we have where you stick different plugs in to get different musical effects.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

School is over!

Here's some of what is going on:

  • We finished up school late last week.  Yay!
  • Baby T finally had her 18 month appointment at 19 months.  She's almost 24 3/4 pounds and 31.5 inches.  She is going to be able to take a break from vaccines from now until 4 (except for flu).
  • The pediatrician would like to see her making a bit more progress with speech.  Baby T understands a lot but uses only a handful of words at any one time and leans hard on the crutch of grunting and pointing when she wants something.  She also gets a lot of mileage out of "No!"  Apparently, the doctor would like to see her using 2 word phrases at this point, which is something I have not seen yet.
  • C baked a lovely chocolate cake.  She and I worked on a no-cook fudge frosting, which was also great.  (C measured, I poured the boiling water and used the hand mixer.)  Baby T had some--her reward for saying "cake!"
  • The cafeterias are reopening for the summer.  Yay!
  •  We are having a leisurely week starting Monday, and then the last three weeks of June will be a heavy camp and class schedule.  Both C and D are doing a bunch of 1-week classes as part of a gifted camp, but they are also doing a fencing class one night a week during June.  C will also be doing 4 30-minute guitar classes and then we'll revisit the question of whether or not she should do more.  The guitar (a Chinese-made Fender) arrived earlier this week.  C is charmed with it but a little worried about how she'll manage to learn guitar.
  • I'm not sure what we do with July and the first half of August, but presumably there will be some travel, C (and maybe D) can do a sewing camp, C has a birthday, we have our water park passes, and maybe we can fit in some swim classes.  I have some other ideas, too (a one-day babysitting training course, a knitting class and a cake decorating class for C), but I'm not sure what we'll manage.
  • I took C and D to a birthday party in a VERY nice suburb (30+ minutes away) today.  There was an inflatable longer than our house is wide and a pool--the kids had a great time.