half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

Success! 1

Success!

After trying to figure out knitting and/or crocheting for several years, I have finally succeeded!  I’m so excited.  I can do it, I can really crochet stuff, not just make semi-formed thingies. So far I’ve made this little dolly, Sleeping Sarah, who still needs a face. Isn’t she cute?  Ada loves to chew on her hat tip. I also made Ada a hat.  I am debating whether to add ear flaps or kitty ears to it. The hook size I need to make the ear flaps...

The Intruder Incident. 5

The Intruder Incident.

It’s 6:00 at night and it’s dark out and I am a bit on edge. Up until a few days ago I’ve always felt fairly safe in our neighborhood.  I know all of our neighbors, nothing scary ever really happens…a lot of older people live around here so the most excitement we get are ambulances when someone has a medical problem. Tyler leaves for work at 3:45 every afternoon.  It gets fully dark around 5:45-6 in the evening these days. The...

Bangers a la BANG! 3

Bangers a la BANG!

Rosie had her first ever dentist visit this morning.  It was shockingly uneventful.  I don’t know what I was so nervous about. I’ve been going to the same dentist since I was three years old.  The dentist was excited that I was bringing in my kid, said it made him feel old.  He took a picture on his camera of Rosie and him together.  I’m waiting for him to email it to me.  He’s a nice guy. Rosie was thrilled to get to go...

12/8/2010 0

12/8/2010

I may not be able to find that patience in a bottle, but I have figured out a trick. Rosie is distracted from being picky by making meals funny.  I tell her I’m going to make a surprise plate of food for her and no matter what she cannot look until it’s sitting in front of her at the table.  These surprise plates somehow make her excited about eating things like carrots or whatever.  I’m not sure how it works, but I have a theory...

12/7/2010 2

12/7/2010

Being a parent is so difficult sometimes. I wish it was all about smiles, laughter, happy moments, and fun times.  Unfortunately in order to achieve all of those happy moments there’s some background dirty work that has to occur.  Why can’t children just pop out as perfectly behaved, permanently cheerful creatures? Rosie has been having such a difficult time lately.  It’s funny because each year it gets a little more difficult–you’d think it would get easier at some point, but alas...

Rosie’s Dance Recital.  <3 0

Rosie’s Dance Recital. <3

Rosie’s first dance recital last night went well.  She had such a great time! Despite any reservations I might have had about her outfit, they all looked SO CUTE together.  The other age groups did a wonderful job too.  Ada loved watching them dance.  She kept putting her arms over her head in an arch and then clapping her hands, and dancing by bending her knees.  I think maybe she will want to do dance when she turns four too… Look how...

Linoleum, Paint, and Teeth. 5

Linoleum, Paint, and Teeth.

Written last night… I’m kind of stumped on the mini accordion books.  I feel like the pictures should have continuity–like they should all be from the same shoot, but I don’t have enough pictures of my girls taken in one sitting that match because they never cooperate. Oh well. I made a yellow mini accordion book too, the front page is at the top there, but Tyler says he likes the brown one better, so brown it is!  (See previous entry.)  The brown has...

Christmas Season! 0

Christmas Season!

We set up our Christmas tree yesterday.  Rosie was bouncing off the walls with excitement.  Ada was in awe. So far Ada hasn’t tried to harm the tree.  We put the non-breakable ornaments towards the bottom just in case.  My real concern is that she’ll try to use a tree branch to pull to a stand and the whole tree will fall over.  Let’s hope that doesn’t happen!  It’s a small tree, so I’m sure the only real damage would be...

Placenta. 0

Placenta.

That’s a print of Ada’s placenta.  It was shaped like a heart. Maybe it seems gross to some, but to me it’s special.  The placenta is what nourishes the baby, helps the baby to grow big and strong, and what filters out harmful things.  The placenta is what secures the baby’s life inside of the womb. After Baby J died because the placenta detached from my uterus, Ada’s healthy placenta was even more meaningful. When the placenta detaches from the uterine...