Archive for August, 2009

Twice the fun

There’s good news over at The House on Hudson. Congratulations, Josh and Laura!

Feathered friends

We have a pair of fledgling Mourning Doves that have taken up residence in the landscaping outside our front door. They can fly a short distance when necessary, but otherwise, they seem content to snuggle together under our dogwood tree.

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Everyone’s a critic

Parents need to have pretty thick skin–EVERYONE has an opinion about how you are raising your children.

I was reminded of this early today when we brought the potty chair out of storage for Olivia. She has been telling us when she needs to have her diaper changed, and she’s even been giving us a bit of warning in some cases. We thought she might be interested in this option, but our efforts haven’t been supported by all.

“You’re potty training Olivia?” The voice dripped with incredulous skepticism.  “She’s not even two yet.”

The critic here?

My four year old.

A day at the zoo

We took the girls to the Topeka zoo today to celebrate what feels like the first day of fall.

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We seemed to catch most of the animals mid-nap.

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These guys weren’t sleeping as soundly as I would have liked…

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Any guesses as to who will not take a nap?

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Olivia (and Grandpa Smith) Fix

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Smith Family Scenery

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Blueberry crisp

I found quarts of blueberries on sale for $3.50 at the store last week. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but I bought two boxes and hauled them to Nebraska. Blueberry Crisp seemed like an easy project, so I just tossed them with a bit of lemon zest and made the Barefoot Contessa Peach Crisp topping. It tasted like summer.

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There is no place like Nebraska

We made a quick trip to Nebraska this weekend. The weather was gorgeous, and we spent most of our time in the playhouse at Doug and Karyl’s.

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The drink service makes the playhouse an especially nice hangout.

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Bryan mowed all day Saturday. Fortunately, he had the appropriate attire.

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While he was busy at work, we visited my grandparents. Grandpa D. has an adorable new kitten that’s keeping him busy, but I didn’t remember to bring my camera. I did manage a few shots from my phone as we visited with Gramma and Grampa Great, though. Ava and Olivia played in the wading pool (and in Grampa’s fountain) while Grampa grilled hot dogs over a fire. Olivia managed to get both her swimsuit and her clothes soaking wet, but she really prefers to be naked anyway.

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Ava helped Grampa air up the low tires on the beast. Thanks, Grampa!

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We also stopped by to see Dad and Rose–they welcomed us for dinner on Friday night.

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It was a fast but fun trip that even involved a quick round of golf at Grandpa’s Woods. I’m still behind on laundry and shopping for the week, but it was totally worth it!

Hello again

I have a number of photos to share from our weekend in Nebraska, but in the meantime, here’s a shot I took on the way home Sunday evening. More soon!

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A&O Fix

When Olivia needs assistance, she says “Help you?” Fortunately, Ava is always right there to lend a hand.

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