Tuesday, April 26, 2011

At 2 Years ~


: Do dolphin shows all day long.
: Love your cousin Kent.
: Want to plant seeds.
: Still love dirt.
: Like finding worms in the dirt.
: Can name robins & squirrels.
: Have your first "bike" (tricycle)
: Make "big house" & "road" with blocks.
: Love to go outside!
: Like to "dump" everything on the floor (please stop.)
: Love giving kisses and hugs.
: Like to "throw" (stop that too.)
: Are really into books.
: Are climbing the rope nets at the playground (with assistance.)
: Have become gentle with the dog.
: Want to go! go! GO! until unconscious.
: Still climb everything.
: Make us very very tired by end of day.
: Love to take the bus.
: Bite your finger nails.
: Bite everything else.
: Cook a me!
: Make 3 word sentences.
: Want to take "pict" (pictures)
: Say cheese.
: Help walk the dog.
: Are super sweet.
: Are a bunch of trouble.
: Answer or make calls on anything that may be mistaken for a phone, or is in fact a phone. "HALLOO"
: Excitedly yell "Pop!" anytime someone walks in the door.
: Want cake and candles to blow out with your nose.
: Feed and make cozy your friend Moose.
: Sometimes share your high chair with Moose.
: Are big. {27 pounds and 35 inches}

We love you and can't believe how much you've grown this year.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bird Skirt

Did I really not write about this one?  Sometimes I really, really wonder about my brain.

Bird Skirt 3

Anyway, here is another skirt made from fabric that came to the States from Haiti with us when I was little.  This is an interesting batik.  You may recognize it from other projects.

Bird Skirt 1

The waistband is elastic in the back, shirred in the front.  It has pockets.  I drafted and made it one day when I couldn't get it out of my head.  I think it is pretty perfect for the sailor trend this summer.  It is shorter than I usually go but the shop is having that effect on me...

Bird Skirt 2

Thursday, April 14, 2011


look up

Wild Geese 

You do not have to be good. 

You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves. 

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on. 

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes, 

over the prairies and the deep trees, 

the mountains and the rivers. 

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, 

are heading home again. 

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, 

the world offers itself to your imagination, 

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

© Mary Oliver.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fish Pants and Dolphins

Fish Shorts

The current obsession in our house is the dolphin show at the National Aquarium.  We try to go at least once a week.  We bought a membership in September and I am sure it has paid for itself about six times by now.  Last time I went with the Bug I stopped the announcer lady in the hall and told her how much we (he) enjoy(s) the show.  I told her how we are in a 24/7 dolphin show at our house.   "Dawdaw Show!!" he happily announces and begins to clap.  Clapping is expected of the audience as well.  In fact, if you are not clapping he will take your hands and show you how.  As the announcer, he needs to be standing on a platform.  The edge of the bed, a box of diapers, a low wall or your chest will do the trick nicely.  He puts his arm up, indicating that the dolphins will now jump.  He waves his hand, indicating that the dolphins will now wave.  Clap, wave, jump, go fast, hit the ball- these are all important parts of the show.  Please feel free to come over and pay me $27.95 per person to watch.  It will be worth every penny, I promise.

Fish Shorts

In other, almost wholly unrelated news, I have been working with a shorts pattern (Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2907 Toddler Separates, A (1/2-1-2-3-4)) to get a few pairs ready before he really needs them.  I had plans to have four or five pairs done by now but am lazy and easily sidetracked.  Oh well, I am sure the weather will help me motivate soon enough.  The first pair I made are these fishy ones.  I know this has been successful because he wants to wear them when ever he sees them (and it isn't just the fish, I made plaid ones too and he cried when I took them off after checking the elastic fit.)  These are just basic with no pockets.  The other pairs will have pockets since it is very important to have somewhere to keep all your dirt (aside from your mouth) when you are out for a walk. 
The shorts are pretty long but I am sure that wont last for long.  It will be fun to see pictures from the end of the summer.  He seems to grow and inch every week right now. 

Fish Shorts

Monday, April 4, 2011

Waiting to Breathe

Today was about as perfect as it could be.  A trip to the zoo with friends, sunshine, running and laughing, dirt eating and perfect homemade pizza.  It felt so good.  I spent nap time cutting out a pair of shorts for the Bug and and suddenly it was nearly five.  After dinner he asked for a hair cut and sat still almost long enough to get his bangs trimmed.  Amazing.
Things are moving so quickly with him right now.  Words come pouring out in new combinations every day.  We live in a constant dolphin show and I think every sentence ends in an exclamation point.   I have such a good time when I just let go and am with him.  I struggle so much against the pull to be elsewhere in my head.  The truth is- I never shut down and just exist in the present like I used to be able to.  I am nearly always planning, waiting, wishing.
The other day I was at the bookstore with Senor and E and for the first time in a long time I was able to look at books.  Because there was someone else to look at E.   I didn't know even where to go.  I wandered to the nutrition area first and found nothing to pull me there.  I looked at some parenting books for a moment but they didn't hold me either.  And then I got to the buddhist and meditation area and I just stood and stared at the spines on the books.  Breathe in, breathe out.  See there.  I just typed it and it made me do it.  Again.  Again.
I am ready to take control of my mind again.  To find my happy quiet place and rest there for a few moments so that later I still have that peace to draw on.  So what are your favorite ways to be mindful?  Any books you love on the subject?