Sunday, October 31, 2010

Haiku #105


The bashful miner
hides his face under the hat
out of the spotlight

Haiku #104


The purple crayon
was better used for eating
than drawing a moon

Happy First Halloween, Lucas!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Haiku #103


He's not in combat
but now he's army crawling
like a green beret

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Haiku #102


He's left unimpressed
by the fountain to his right -
puddles are more fun

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Baking with a Two Year Old - The Joy of Spoons

Eli is an exceptionally selective eater. In an effort to get him more interested in a variety of foods I'm trying to get him involved in food preparation. Today we made spiced apple sauce cake using the apples we picked last weekend at Carter Mountain. The recipe is courtesy of Smitten Kitchen and turned out so well!

Step 1: We peeled the apples using this wacky peeler I'd inherited (and never used) that I found buried in the cabinet. It was a-w-e-s-o-m-e and broke after apple #6. Boo.

Step 2: Add water and boil apples for about 20 minutes. Drain. I put the cooled apples in a ziploc bag so Eli could smoosh them while they were safely contained. We also took the apple peels and fed the birds. Or squirrels. Or whatever.

Step 3: Nap time. I put the ingredients in separate bowls in a sort of mis en place (oui oui) so they would be ready to mix when the boys woke up. I also made the frosting at this time.

Step 4: Mix according to recipe. Add freshly smooshed apples. Eli didn't want to smoosh the apples so Lucas helped out with this bit.

Step 5: Bake. Cool. Frost. Add sprinkles. Everything's better with sprinkles, right?

In the end, Eli loved stirring and mixing, playing the spoons and distributing and eating sprinkles...but not eating cake. Sigh. It did, however, turn out beautifully and was a project to remember!

Eli confronts the fork. To eat or not to eat.

Eli and the spoons. "Look, Mama, Y!" "Look, Mama, crab!"

Monday, October 25, 2010

Haiku #101


Eyes, nose, ears & mouth
add a few shapes and some glue --
Voila! Masterpiece!

Happy Birthday, Picasso!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Haiku #99


When picking apples
it helps to have a strong pop
willing to lift you

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Haiku #97 & #98


How can one bad day
make me doubt my competence
as a good parent?


There are better ways
to say "happy half birthday"
than with a headbutt!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Haiku #96


Treasures in his seat
collect without my knowing--
toddler souvenirs

Monday, October 18, 2010

Haiku #95


Not rubber but fur
and she won't squeak when you squeeze -
Sophie in HD!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Haiku #94


"Mama, it's a L!
Look, mama. No L, 7!
Mama, L7!"

Eli discovers that bending his straw in a variety of ways creates different letters & numbers as well as shapes, 50's lingo and the names of all-girl rock bands. Brilliant!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Haiku #93


I thought we were good
until he suddenly sat
in silent protest

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Haiku #92


It's not what you think
...unless you think it's a tree...
in that case, you're right

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Haiku #91


We gathered acorns
and counted each one we found:
two, two, three, four, five

Monday, October 11, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Haiku #88


His homemade tap shoes
consist of small, sticky feet
and a single coin

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Haiku #87


Is there such a thing
as a picture of both boys
happy and content?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Haiku #85


Is it really wrong
to make fun of the baby?
It's always funny!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Haiku #83

Haiku #83

He hears the drummers
celebrating the touchdown
stomping in the stands