Monday, August 30, 2010

In Lieu of Beads...

... just wrap a dog leash around your neck.

P.S. Don't fret. I do not usually let Kira wrap things around her neck!

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Toy

This was not staged.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First Day of School

Ok, so Kira's not exactly going to "school." She is going to Parents' Morning Out for 3.5 hours, 1 day a week. She was a little uncertain when I dropped her off this morning, but I got a great report when I picked her up. Apparently, she had a ball! I tried to get the iconic first day of school picture before we left, but she walked around with rocks in her hands instead. I suppose that's why 17-month-olds don't actually go to school.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lake Pictures: Bubbles

Kira developed quite a passion and a skill for blowing bubbles while we were on Crazy Wamsted Vacation. Her cousin Addie (with the curly hair), their dear friends the Lewises (the blond children), and her amused father showed her the ropes. She took to it like a fish to water!All photos courtesy of Anna Wamsted

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lake Pictures: Cool Kid

Photos courtesy of Anna Wamsted

Friday, August 6, 2010

Lake Pictures: Grandpa

We tried to get a picture of Jay's brave father with all four of his granddaughters. Needless to say, it was a bit of a harried experience. But, let's be honest, this picture was worth it!Photo courtesy of Anna Wamsted

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Tomato sandwich on toasted Ezekial bread plus cold pumpkin soup. Add a sleeping child and a good book. Perfect.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Heirloom Pumpkins

Forget the steamy weather; it feels like fall around here. Jay is back in school, and our lovely Musquee de Provence pumpkins are starting to ripen. The beauty above weighed 13.5 pounds! I've roasted and pureed two pumpkins so far. I have pumpkin puree in the freezer and the fridge, pumpkin muffins on the counter, and pumpkin soup in my stomach. The figs are ripening, too. It is so gratifying to be a gardener during harvest time!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Crazy Wamsted Lake Week

Kira, Jay, and I packed up the Corolla last Saturday and headed for middle Alabama. We went to Lay Lake and stayed in a ridiculously huge house on its own private island with 21 other relatives. We enjoyed our time with family immensely! Of course, I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I wish I had, but my sister-in-law Anna made up for it! Hopefully, I'll share some of her beauties with you eventually, but these will have to satiate you for now. Kira LOVED all of her relatives. They were so sweet to her. There was always someone willing to play with her or love on her. I think she might go through withdrawal this week! The picture below is of Kira and Jay's cousin, Timmy. By the end of the week, Kira would point and babble excitedly every time Timmy walked into the room!Kira learned the word "baby" this week. She would sweetly pat her twin cousins as she said it. Her interest didn't last long, which is probably just as well as I'm not sure her gentleness would have lasted either.
Of course, Kira especially loved playing with her cousin Addie (or Daddie, as Kira called her). Addie is exactly one year older than Kira so Kira thinks Addie is the coolest. Addie was so sweet to Kira, and the girls played really well together.
They took a couple of baths together. The first one ended with Addie telling me, "I had fun in the bath! Kira pooped!" Draw your own conclusions.Kira also got to meet her only second cousin, Nolen. He came later in the week so they didn't get to play together as much as I wish they had, but Kira was definitely interested. This was our first time meeting Nolen, too. What a precious little red-headed boy!
I include the picture below because these pebbles were Kira's favorite part of the house and grounds. Forget the pool... she wanted to pick up rocks! By the end of the week, I was finding rocks everywhere.As you can see, we had a wonderful vacation! Jay starts work again tomorrow, and I don't think we could have asked for a better final week of summer.