Thursday, September 27, 2012

we interrupt this program... bring you a baby video of Charlotte (5 1/2 months old) I found when organizing the computer. Notice how I am barely able to keep Vivi from smothering her. That was the status quo for what seemed like forever. It's astounding how much daily life can change in two years.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

it's fall {again}, y'all

In case you are the last to hear this little fun fact, autumn is the best season in New England. The best, Jerry! The weather is unstoppably beautiful nearly every day, enough so that you don't even feel guilty wasting a few hours of mid-60's and blue sky so you can sort boxes in the basement. You know, in case you've got a move coming up in a few weeks and still have beach toys scattered about your yard. So...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

a loaded tootsie: on kids and food bribes

Vivi marched in the door of her school yesterday proudly holding in two hands a sheet of homework--her very first, a page full of scribbled As--and gave it to her teacher, announcing "I get a prize now!" The prize would come at the end of class. I spent the three hours away from her occasionally pondering what the treat could be, and I found myself saying "Please let it not be candy." Upon picking her up I learned the prize was, of course, a tootsie pop. Greaaaat.

Monday, September 24, 2012

love the place you live: apple picking in Harvard

We went back to the scene of our beloved blueberry bounty for some apple picking, and I'm sharing the fun with Design Mom's Love the Place You Live series (see other entries here). That makes the third trip to that farm in Harvard I've made in as many months; it definitely has a special draw for me.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

big pimpin'

Moving preparations continue. The kids are 'helping.'

One of my doula clients is due tomorrow so am anxiously waiting to hear that it's time for me to head out to support her birth. Finding back-up care has been an interesting process, and I'm so grateful to have gotten wonderful offers of support coming from friends (both of whom have their hands full with third babies). Luckily I've got a few babysitters who have always come through for me.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'm canning! {UFH challenge update #3}

If there's a month that will stand out from the rest of the year in terms of what I've learned on my Urban Farm Handbook challenge, I'd have to say it's August, which was preserving month. My preserving experience is chugging along into September, and I thought you might like an update on how my adventure is going (more UFH challenge updates are here).

Monday, September 17, 2012

first week of pre-k done!

Yup, this was as good as it got that day. Some days aren't picture days.

Genevieve LOVES pre-k. I knew she would, we all did, but she enjoys herself even more than I could have imagined. The girl likes to keep on a schedule. Me thinks my little type-A go-getter was getting more than slightly antsy staying home with my "I dunno, what do you want to do today?" summer mommy routine. Even though I figured her attention-seeking behavior was partly to blame on our schedule-less summer, I couldn't have predicted how quickly she would bounce back into normal behavior when offered a bit of structure. Duly noted for future school breaks.

Friday, September 14, 2012

did you read? {4}: lazy edition

Sweet thrift store finds for my future tweens.

Hey peeps,
Today I'm going to do that thing where bloggers phone in their post, i.e. share stuff they liked that week and don't say anything very poignant about it. I, however, typically love these phoned-in posts, so I hope you'll enjoy a few of my internet loves for your weekend browsing. You can read other more cleverly written {did you read?} posts here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

bye bye, plug: {giving up the pacifier}

Charlotte has been an easy child from the get-go. It's not that she never cries, but we can usually figure out what's bothering her. Tantrums have taken us by surprise lately; however, they are predictable and short-lived, my two favorite descriptors when it comes to phases.

She potty trained incredibly quickly, which I've mentioned I believe has much to do with her easy temperament--and perhaps the second sibling is naturally more malleable by necessity. Whereas Vivi proceeds into changes and new activities cautiously, Charlie adapts seamlessly. I figured it would be the same for giving up the pacifier, although I did predict there would be more bumps in the road. And there have, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

homemade room and linen spray

We are moving in a few weeks. I don't want to get into too much about it now, lest I jinx the process, but sufficed to say there are lots of cleaning and arranging movements happening around here. Hence all the talk of purging. I've also been getting this house ready round the clock for new potential renters to come check it out.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

the half-open door

The trouble with staying on top of clutter reduction is that occasionally I come across an item I don't feel like getting rid of but know the usefulness has expired. Case in point:

The last few remnants of Pat the Bunny and the sticky, forgotten Hello Bee, Hello Me.

These items are no longer needed. They aren't used. Most days, except for recently when I was tidying, they aren't even though about. But boy, start considering throwing them in the garbage, and bring on the w a t e r w o r k s.

Monday, September 10, 2012

who's afraid of the big bad germs?

Image credit: Prevention article about air freshener

Newsflash: Antibacterial soaps are bad, and public toilet seats are cleaner than your kitchen sponge!!

I'll never forget the first time I heard that antibacterial soap might not be the wonder cleaning cure it's touted to be. I was a freshman in college, and my new boyfriend was learning about the subject in his microbiology class. It occurs to me college freshmen must be the primary target group for changing beliefs and attitudes because I only vaguely remember feeling momentarily taken aback about the news, and then I quickly accepted it and moved on.

Friday, September 07, 2012

parenting a "spirited" child

Picking a Halloween costume. Much to Mommy's dismay, Raggedy Ann is not the winner.

Although I realize I handily place myself into a parenting cliche with this next observation, I'm going to say it anyway: Vivi is a special kid. I know, I know, I went there. I even nerdily bolded the text. Go ahead and call me a trite mother. But it's true, she is special! Ever since she turned to me at eighteen months old after a lengthy car trip and said "Oh my goodness, that was long!," I knew I was in for a parenting experience I wasn't quite expecting. The child knew about 150 words (counting what she knew in Spanish too) and spoke in 5-word sentences by the time the doctor told me at her check-up that she should know "about three to five words."

Thursday, September 06, 2012

spinning workout {7}: ode to WFNX

A part of our move to Boston that I loved was discovering a New Wave alt/indie rock radio station. Upon hearing that it had been around almost as long as I've been alive, I was even more ecstatic, figuring it to be a landmark part of the town that the people here wouldn't be willing to let go. Unfortunately, that assumption turned out to be false, and no sooner had it become a fixture in my daily life than I heard that it was going to be replaced by more banal drivel. Sigh. Is it impossible to have anything other than Seacrest on the radio?

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

no-bake fall treat: haystacks {rhythm of the home}

Rhythm of the Home magazine's autumn issue is out today! {obligatory self-plug alert} Check out the great fall-themed articles there, including my own recipe for haystacks, which is a great dessert for your kids to make--at a party or just for the family--this fall.

Oh, and if you really want to gild the lily, you can make "cow paddies" for your haystacks by adding a mini-Reese's cups in the middle. But don't say I didn't warn you about their addictiveness!

the "miss DC" list

We ventured on a road trip to DC over the long holiday weekend to see friends in their new digs. The 8-hour journey each way in the car turned out to be completely calm and pleasant (who knew?), and we gave each other high fives for having awesome kids, both agreeing we'd do it again in a heartbeat. We had such a blast on the trip.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

conditioner: great for wavy toddler hair! {and a giveaway}

I was given some of Dove's new nourishing oil care conditioner to try. For those of you who have been following my hair saga, I'll start by saying it is ongoing. I continue to lose more hair than I think I should, then it grows back, and on and on. At some point I switched to using the "no poo" method of baking soda and vinegar, and I have never looked back. Vivi has similar hair to mine, so her hair needs almost no maintenance. Now that it is short, I don't even brush it any more. However, Charlotte still has the adorably wispy angel hair that needs a bit more maintenance.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

spicy pickled carrots: {UFH challenge update}

This year is roaring by at top speed; I daresay it's the fastet-moving year of my life, and the omniscient they say that life only starts moving more quickly the older you get. Sheesh. I love that this blog gives me a chance to document all that happens around here, as these days I can't be relied on to remember it all, and I suspect (ala the wisdom and wit of Nora Ephron) that my memory will only get worse too. While conducting my mid-year time-flying assessment, it occurred to me how long it's been since I updated y'all on my Urban Farm Handbook challenge. Not since March?! Whoa baby.


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