Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bake Me A Cake As Fast As You Can!

I baked these Italian Seven-Layer Cookies last week.
It was for a special occasion. 
My book club was meeting and the book was set in Italy, 
so I thought these would be perfect. 
My book club ladies know I have small children 
and they were all aghast that I chose such a tedious dessert to make. 
But sometimes, I just have to make stuff, you know?
For this stage of life, I've given up all my artistic hobbies 
so cooking and baking have taken their place.


That being said, baking with Violet around is becoming tricky. 
 She has become a pro at pulling out the dining chairs and climbing up on the table.
These days, Violet is happiest perched in the middle of the kitchen table.
After she's finished her work of shredding and throwing all the napkins on the floor,
she proceeds to inspect all condiments thoroughly; giving each one a good shake or two.


A couple weeks ago, I set a pan of brownies to cool on the table and walked out of the room.
A while later, I came back and caught Violet gouging out the middle with her little chubby fingers.
She got a few handfuls of brownie in her mouth before the jig was up.


I gotta keep an eye on this girl!
(just like her sister)

Best Friends

Oh these two.




I love watching Indigo and Hazel.
In their own little world…
Carrying on funny conversations,
making up their own rules,
using their wild imaginations.
And taking care of each other.
It's a little bit of proof that I'm doing something right.

Friday, April 4, 2014

I Give Up

I've given up on posting every week,
as you can tell.
I'm 8 weeks behind and I think it's safe to officially 
quit the schedule and embrace free-form.
So here goes...
(Some happenings from the last 8 weeks, in non-chronological order)

Indigo got her first cavity filled and took it like a champ 
Instead of a prize they gave her a cigarette.
Kidding, it's gauze.

The girls are big into yoga. 
We started practicing when we lived in Maryland to get some exercise 
during the cold months we mostly spent inside. 
Now yoga is part of Indigo's school PE curriculum, so they've really gotten into it. 
The other day, while waiting for swim class to start, 
Indigo and Hazel were creating their own original poses. 
Hazel says this one is called "Dead Fish".
I thought it was hilarious and accurate.
Fins splayed out, face mashed onto the ground and tail up in the air from rigor mortis.
Dead Fish.
It's the new Downward Dog.

My sweet Violet is fitting into her hand me downs.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Flower Art : Dos

I am continually inspired by my girls' creativity
I am also continually maddened by the corresponding mess.
Luckily, they pay no attention while I plead with them to "please keep things clean!"
Instead, they happily go about their business of collecting, 
repurposing and recycling anything they can get their little hands on.

The other day, after I'd unpacked a box from Amazon, they swiped the packing pillows 
(those little air filled plastic sacs that are perforated 
so you can rip off a couple or several, depending on your needs)
and made these…
"Flower Magnifying Glasses" announces Indigo

She is fond of labeling things with her initials.
It's the quick hand version of flag-planting.
Indigo wields her Sharpi and claims her rights as older sister feudal lord of the land.

Property rights aside,
I thoroughly understand their delight with this project.
Making your own water balloon and immersing your foraged treasures,
 then noticing how the water and convex edges magnify the details…
Ta-dah!

Making things is so satisfying to me.
It seems my girls have the maker-gene too.
It's part of our culture.

6/52

Sunset session at the playground

Why are children immune to the anxiety inducing effects of clutter?

My island baby

Friday, February 21, 2014

5/52

The old days, of sitting and watching 
Indigo and Hazel during their swim lessons, are over.
Violet is busy, busy, busy and loudly lets me know 
that sitting on mama's lap is BO-RING.
When class starts, Violet and I walk many laps back and forth on this sidewalk 
and try to spy through the fence at her sisters' progress in the pool.

Indigo's Norfolk Dreadlocks

Hazel's Conifer Coiffe

Violet, the speed walker, trying to sneak by 

Friday, February 7, 2014

4/52

This is the only photo I have of this week.
(Where in the world is Hazel?)
Violet sure loves her big sister Indigo
and look at all her luscious hair growing in!