Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
At six months old she can:
Sit unsupported and play with her toys
Smile, laugh and coo
Roll all over the place, in both directions
Push herself backwards with her arms, so we have to pull her out from under the furniture a lot
Giggle with her sister
Boing in her bouncy swing (often with sister jumping beside her)
Boing in her megasaucer (also often with sister jumping beside her)
Sit at the dinner table with us and play toys
Eat her own feet
Be worn by Mommy & Daddy
Sink her fingers into Nina's fur
Eat paper and straps
Smile at many people, especially if she's being worn by Mommy
And today she got her first two teeth!
We had a half cake tonight, to celebrate her half birthday. Well, Mom, Dad, & big sis did. Baby girl had some applesauce, which she found strange but interesting. Watching her explore her world is so much fun, and it's delightful watching the sister relationship develop. We love our girls so much.
While sitting at (yet another) red light, I looked out my window and noticed two strangely familiar flags. And then I realized why they looked so familiar. I happened to be stopped right outside my old work, where for three years I had stared at those two flags out my office window while wishing and praying I could be with my children instead of at work. I really liked my job, but I missed Elizabeth so much.
It can be so easy to get caught up in the little stresses of life, and so easy to lose sight of the big picture. I am so thankful that I get to spend every day with my girls.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Black Bean Soup
2 T olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
3 cans black beans (approx. 15.5 oz ea), drained and rinsed
2 c corn kernels
2 carrots, sliced into circles
2 stalks celery, diced
3 c chicken stock
¼ c lemon juice
½ white wine (I used Dr. Beckermann Auslese Rheinhessen)
1 t dried cilantro
salt & pepper to taste
tortilla chips for garnish
Over low heat, saute onion in olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
Add beans, corn, chicken stock, carrots, celery, lemon juice, wine, and cilantro. Cover and increase heat to medium until soup simmers. Decrease heat to low and simmer 2 hours. Taste and add salt and pepper, if desired.
Ladle into serving bowls and top with a scant handful of crushed tortilla chips.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
At lunch, Elizabeth and I perused cookbooks. Should we make a pie? A slump? A flummery!
We made the blueberry flummery in Keep Cooking the Maine Way by Marjorie Standish. It was delicious and I'd make it again, but the best part was that we had an excuse to say flummery as much as possible this afternoon.
One can substitute the word flummery in all songs containing the word "Figaro," by the way.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
This year they have heart-ladybugs on them with purple antennae and white eyes and many black spots.
Monday, February 7, 2011
She waited and waited and waited, until she couldn't take it any more. She leaned over to whisper one more very important thing in my ear.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
We got to the "witching hour," that time around 4:00 when we all start to get cranky. Elizabeth wanted me to play squishy blocks with her, I needed to pick up the living room and start dinner, and Abigail wanted to roll around on the floor and look for things to put in her mouth. So I got out the kitchen timer.
We've done this before, and some days it works better than others. Today was one of the good days.
15 minutes of picking up led to:
A cleaned-up-enough living room for 15 minutes of me and E building castles with squishy blocks while A rolled around, which led to:
A consenting to go back in the carrier and E volunteering to help with dinner. We made the Chicken Tenderloin, Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew from The Washington Post.
I'm 34 years old and I still sometimes need to be reminded of the power of taking turns.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Four years ago today, when I first snuggled this sweet little baby against my cheek and fell instantly in love, I had no idea how deeply I had just been changed. Four years has gone by so quickly, and I'm thankful for each day I've shared with her.