Friday, May 29, 2009

Bath time

A few weeks old, but worth watching.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

More giddying up

Lovin the feet off the ground and getting some air from the horse, goofy smile and hair everywhere. Thank you Nash, and thank you Rody for my moment of Zen today.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Margot's bathingsuit

I am a little bit obsessed with it. And the hat too.

And we saw a Nash at Festival in the Park. So cool. Just like the little man.

Fun in the Noke

We hopped on a plan Tuesday morning, with two days notice, to head for VA for a week of fun. We've spent three days in a row playing with trains at B&N, and HOURS playing with the fountains in the pool and trepidatiously walking into cold water. Nash loves every second of it. Margot's playing with blocks and cups and sitting and hatching teeth. Tomorrow's already Sunday and it'll be back on two planes, carrying Margot and a backpack, two car seats, pushing a stroller, and pulling a suitcase. And when I get home, two tylenol will be on the top of my list!

May 21, 2009

The first tooth! Following a long wait and some fussy afternoons, Margot's bottom right tooth has made it's appearance. B'bye gummy smile, I'll miss you so!

Monday, May 18, 2009

No time for Monday blues

We were up early this morning so I thought we'd take a little field trip. My new favorite book to read to Margot and Nash is The Donut Chef by Bob Staake. He is an illustrator for The New Yorker mag and I love him. So we brought the book to our favorite Donut Shop and ate and read about donuts. Don't let these stern faces fool you, they loved it. Really.

Hope you enjoy the videos below, they're by the same illustrator. Nash loves them.

The End by Bob Staake

One by Bob Staake

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Our day

Margot says to tell you that her teeth are on the way, but not to hold your breath. They're taking their time. Days can be long when you're waiting for teeth to come in.
Here are some clips from our day:
Getting creative with cooking...

Sprinkles in the guacamole
And jumping around and counting numbers and looking at colors!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Jennifer's Pharmacy

We met our friends yesterday morning in Clayton at this cute little apothacary and soda fountain, Jennifer's Pharmacy. Nash had an entire milkshake! We were supposed to share, but he had basically finished it by the time I looked up. It was a little bit of a logisitical challenge because there were only high bar stools and I had a two year old and a hungry baby and no stroller. I got inventive and camped out under the counter... The cute ladies who worked there called me the Secret Lady. Really. They gave me a nickname. I like this place.

We hung out at home today, aside from a quick trip to the store. I think my kids are over-tired from all the fun Summer outside play. I wanted to be sure all naps were in beds. Nash is sooo obsessed with cars and trucks and trains. I know all boys are. But SHEESH! When he wakes up in the morning, one of the first things he asks for is to watch the movie "Cars". Everyday when Ray comes home and asks Nash what he did today, Nash says "trains". Anyway, the boy has a nice, growing collection of cars, trucks, trains, etc. This afternoon, for a little amusement, we made a little parking lot for them all.

Margot also gets excited about cars and trucks.\I think Margot's bottom teeth will be in within the next few days, they're right under the gum! Poor girl was crying a lot today.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bum Genius

You might be surprised to learn that I've started using cloth diapers for Margot. It's something that I've been thinking about for a few months and finally decided I should go for it. When I mentioned it earlier, Ray was not 100% on board. I figured this would be my thing, and he could continue to use disposables. I was also not convinced that I could really get into it. I mean, it's icky, right? The thing is, it's not icky. I mean, no more than changing any diaper. And I kinda think they're cute. Really. They're bright and fun, and super soft on the inside and they get white white white after being washed. Ray doesn't seem to mind it either! I think we all have these pictures in our head of old school cloth diapers - rags with safety pins. These are an all in one, size adjustable diaper. I figure we'll save about $2500 dollars over the course of 2.5 years!! I don't think I'm the cloth diapering "type" but it turns out I am. If you're thinking about it or have ever thought about it, I would definitely encourage you to try it!

Happy Days

"Happy day, Mommy!" is what Nash told me yesterday. It was a great Mother's day. I wonder how old they'll be when I stop remembering what we did previous years. For my first mother's day Nash was a few months old and we went to Bistro R in Richmond for brunch with Mom & Dad. Nash wore a seersucker onesie with his name monogrammed on it in all lowercase red letters. Last year we went to the park in Westover Hills (in Richmond) and Nash was toddling, and playing in the dirt. This year, first Mother's day with our wonderful baby girl, was so relaxing and wonderful, and it seemed like a special day, but it didn't. It made me so happy that most every day I spend with my family is special.
Here we are at the end of the day. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to be with Maeme and Grammy too.
Now that Margot can sit up by herself, she isn't as interested in rolling around on the floor or sitting in a bouncer. Except since she can't really sit by herself for long, I have tried to get a little creative with ways to occupy her and let her practice sitting and get strong.
She seems to like sitting up at the piano and banging on the keys and listening to songs.
Meanwhile, Nash and I continue our Summer Art Series. This week he picked 3 rubber stamps out of the basket: a fish, and orange and some starts. We stamped and doodled independently, then collaberated. I really think he's developing an artistic side!
And this morning we went to Forest Park and saw the waterfall at the Grand Basin and got really close (scary) to some little duckies, and ended up hanging out at the zoo, then playing in the grass under a shady tree for awhile before heading home.

Sometimes I think we like laying around just as much as we like being busy.

It was a gorgeous day.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My toes are getting tired (from keeping on them)

Went to Grant's Farm again this morning.
Yes, yes, second day in a row. Didn't really plan on going up either day!
Today I thought we'd just go see the clydesdales, but once we were there I though we'd take a little ride. Nash loves the tram so much (calls it a train) and seeing all the animals and going over the bridge, it's absolutely worth whatever effort it takes, and my exhaustion at the end of the day.
Here's Margot hangin with me on the tram.
And as if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, we took the water table outside, and for the first time, Nash realized why it's called a water table. He's been playing with this thing inside for two weeks.

And loves it! But fill anything up with water and it's better. After the amazement wore off, the reality of the havoc that could be wreaked set in.
I think it would be GREAT if tomorrow I could sit on the couch all day long. Yeah right!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A day in the life

I haven't brought the camera up to take pictures of Margot for bathtime because I usually have my hands full. But it's so cute to see her all bundled up, I thought it was time I made the effort.
Since Nash takes a bath in our garden tub, there's room for Margot too. So while Nash plays I give Margot a quick bath, then she sits wrapped up in a towel and blanky in a bouncer until Nash is done.
After breakfast and some playtime, Margot naps and I have good one on one play/craft time with Nash. This morning it was play-doh! We cut pieces and made snakes
and cranked it through little tubes. And I made a new picture for the blog-header, as you can see :)
When Margot wakes up it's snack time, bananas for both kids, and a granola bar for Nash. Then today we went off to Grant's Farm, and I didn't bring the camera. It was a funny trip because I realized that Nash is so used to seeing zebras and elephants, it's almost like dogs and cats to him. He gets excited about seeing them. But he gets excited about dogs too! And the ostrich and watusi bulls and camels are all pretty cool too. We fed a baby goat a bottle of milk, and that was a little freaky. Now it's nap time for the kids and kitchen cleaning time for me.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sweet Dude!

Magical Morning

This really might have been the best day ever for Nash. While his baby sister napped this morning, Nash and I played outside on the swing,
and then the mailtruck came and our awesome mailman got out so Nash could sit in his seat.
Then we went to the Magic House and I carried Margot in the Moby wrap and Nash played in Water World, and went down the slide

and played in the big sand bucket alt=""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5332448101151458770" />and made music

and climbed through tunnels and went over bridges... I AM EXHAUSTED.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Look Who's Sitting!

Margot lacing beads

Baby Power

Baby Power
Representin all the babies in the struggle

I'm a super cool little baby.

Bundled Up

Bundled Up

First Crawfish Boil!

First Crawfish Boil!

My favorite picture

My favorite picture

One day old

One day old
Already a little man.

Looking for the waitress

Looking for the waitress

Check out my cords

Check out my cords

First smiles 4/11/07

First smiles 4/11/07

Playing w/ the other kids at Maymont

Playing w/ the other kids at Maymont



Mosaic of Nash"s first year

This way to the seafood buffett!

This way to the seafood buffett!

honey pie

honey pie