Friday, February 23, 2007

Goodie, goodie!

Oooh--goodie! That sounds ridiculous, but that's exactly what I felt when I saw these finished. Finally! Sometimes I actually do something in addition to taking care of kiddos. Now to find some time to finish a few more pairs. And maybe squeeze in the laundry....

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A new discovery for Esme--the johnny-jump-up is more than just a hammock. She can bounce! And what's more fun than an evening of boing, boing, boing, boing, boing, boing.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A fan of the scan

Oh fun toys! We've got a scanner, now, and I'm busy scanning away. Here's a sample of Ada's flower arranging. Look for lots more artwork from her, and maybe even from D and me.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Catching another nap.

Here is Esme napping with her friend, Teuce.
And I promise, Esme does more than sleep and eat (or eat and sleep).

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Little Fisher and Big Fisher discover the Johnny-Jump-Up. And after the swinging is done, it makes a great hammock. For only a minute, I swear--just so I can take this picture. Now shhh! You'll wake the baby.

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Eat Like a Lady--sort of

Esme practices eating rice cereal every day. Thanks Auntie Missy for the bib!

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Rice is Nice

Our little baby has been eyeing our food for a few weeks now. Her wide-eyed gaze has been following each forkful of food we eat, and she has been smacking her lips as she watches us chew. We took it as a hint that she might be ready to try eating something, so we gave rice cereal a try this week.
And rice is nice, Esme decided. But it’s still not helping her sleep through the night, though!

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Thinking of Food and Kid-ness--a Mini Meme

Yea! My first meme. It’s part of the apron miniswap on What's Cookin'

1. What is your first food memory? Sweet things—thick, o-shaped gummy candy; bubblegum pink buttercream frosting on a birthday cake; blue “Mr. Freeze” frozen pops (those kind in the plastic sleeve). When I was a little older, maybe 11 or so, I remember my mom making a lot of whole wheat bread and my dad making chicken soup. I know they actually did cook good food for me. I wonder what my kids will remember us cooking!
2. What was your favorite dish/food as a child? I loved Thanksgiving stuffing.
3. Name one of your mini's favorite foods: I asked Ada, and she said the following: “salmon cakes,” sushi, avocado. If you push her, she will also confess to loving frosted cookies and icecream with sprinkles.
4. What was your mini's first solid food? Did they love it or hate it? Ada ate lots of great things in Korea with her foster family, before she came home to us when she was 7 months old. One things we fed her right away was sweet potatoes. She loved them.
5. What was something you were excited to make for your mini for the first time? I loved cooking anything for her. I vividly remember making her steamed apples when she was 8 months old. When she got bigger, we were excited about letting her try shellfish.
6. What is your favorite food memory? Cooking with my family. I love planning the menus for holidays with my husband, and I even like the “add-ons” my dad makes at the last minute.
7. Your mini's birthday party : All out theme with perfect kid food ala Martha? or Quiet family home party with scrumptious cupcakes? Something in-between? Ada responded that she likes just a few friends and her family. She loves nice food, so a-la-Martha would be perfect, but on a small scale.
8. Name one thing you absolutely love to make and eat when you are feeling like a kid again: peanut butter and bananas.
9. Name something you ate as a kid that you now look back on and wonder "what were my childhood taste buds thinking??": I guess I wonder why I *didn't* like certain things--like spice and flavor. I hate anything hot, even mustard, and I missed out entirely on kimchi, even though my family ate from time to time.

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Friday, February 9, 2007


This week I was browsing some of my favorite blogs, and I saw that Hillary at wee wonderfuls was eyeing a yellow baby sweater from a vintage catalog. It’s almost exactly the same sweater that my mom recently gave to our youngest daughter, Esme.

The weird thing about Esme’s sweater is that it was kind of a hidden treasure. My grandme must have started it sometime in the seventies. Many years after my grandme died, my mom found a stash of sweaters. The first set, she found just before our Ada arrived—and they were the perfect size. And then, five years later, she found this yellow sweater just a few weeks before Esme was born. The yellow sweater was unfinished, and my mom had to stitch it up and add the ribbon.
Just looking at it makes me feel more connected to my mom and grandme.

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Sew beautiful

Ada's latest project. Her first embroidery--of a duck, by her own design. I'm in love with it. And my great-grandmother, Ada, who was a fantastic needle artist, would have been so proud.

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A remaining decoration from Christmas, and I just don't have the heart to take it down. It's my ambition this spring to make new mail holders like it for other seasons. I see various hangings with hearts and flowers and leaves in the future. But for now, I'm still crazy for this tomten, and will be filling it with Valentines for all of us by the end of the weekend.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

In the winter kitchen

On this cold day, Big Fisher Ada and Little Fisher Esme are warm in the kitchen, cooking up a storm.

How great to be little! I remember loving my kitchen toys, especially when going outside was impossible.

And cold it is, but the only snowflakes we have here are the ones hanging on our railing. And those are in danger of disappearing, too. Peeper-kitty is convinced they are birds, and we wake each morning to find small bits of paper in our shoes.

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Monday, February 5, 2007

Getting it together

maybe. 2006 brought me lots of inspiration, and lots of new (and wonderful) obligations, and I'm just looking for a way to get it all together.
From what my friends say, I'm in good company. And I'm hoping this blog will help me have a little outlet for all of those disparate parts of my life--family, art/craft, friends, cooking, inspiration. I’m so inspired by so many women writing blogs about, well—life. So here goes mine—my blog, that is. And if I’m lucky, maybe writing here will help me get a few of my projects together, get some of my ideas into a tangible form, and give me just a few minutes here and there to digest the daily bits of life that I constantly marvel at. Thanks for taking a peek!

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