July 21, 2014

Mila Monday

Amelia: 164 weeks and Margot: 66 weeks

We've been stalking the two waffle trucks around town a lot this summer. Like, a lot. So much so that "waffle truck" has become a frequent game at our house. David--being the awesome creative dad that he is--converted the girls' truck into a play waffle truck.

SO MUCH CUTE. With the cardboard waffles and Mila asking everyone, "What kind of waffle would you like? I don't have any mutella but I have lotsem raspberries!" and Margot bobbing her little head like, "Yeah! Raspberries! That sounds great!"

I am kind of loving this phase. Mila is so creative, and Margot is finally big enough and totally content to play along with her. My goal is to do more to encourage this because it makes everyone so happy.

Also, David has been meaning to write up a post about this little truck he made. It's kind of a showstopper when he takes it anywhere. The girls adore it. Have I ever mentioned how great he is?

July 18, 2014

The Bloom of the Week || 6

These are blossoms from our garden.

I cannot even tell you how surprised I am that this is happening.

We have neglected that thing so bad for the last...oh I don't know, couple months or so. The sprinklers in the back yard are on a timer, and they water the garden pretty well, so it's not like we really need to go out there.

Yes, it's overgrown and there's quite a bit of grass in there. No, I'm not entirely sure what each plant actually is. (Squash for sure, and I think watermelon. Possibly cucumbers?)

But evidently we haven't killed it. If we're very lucky--because let's be honest, any success here has long been out of our hands--we might even get something tasty out of it.

If you haven't already seen Weird Al Yankovic's latest parody videos, do yourself a favor and at the very least watch Handy and Word Crimes. I remember rolling my eyes at the boys who thought Weird Al was just the greatest in junior high, but only because I was trying to be cool. Secretly I thought Amish Paradise was fantastic. Because it was.

In other, older Weird Al news, did you know that David's cousin collaborated with him on a couple children's books a while ago? It's true! Al wrote the books, Wes illustrated them, and they're darling. You can buy them here and here.

This week I caved and bought some Speculoos cookie butter from TJ's...which I have since been eating by the spoonful. Tomorrow I think I'm gonna try these blondies because chocolate and cookie butter? How could that go wrong?

I very seriously covet this bike. The girls and I could have so much fun cruising all over the place...once it's not hotter than the surface of the sun anymore, of course.

This shop is chock full of stuff I want. Among other things I'm debating getting this print; it makes me think of Chrissy.

And if you haven't yet seen this collection of photos of mothers and their babies, please take a look. The images are darling. Makes me wanna snuggle my girlies and eat their toes.

...which is pretty much all I have planned for this weekend. Besides baking those blondies, that is. Happy Friday, everyone!

July 17, 2014

The Whisk That Changed My Life

Once upon a time--actually more like several occasions upon a time but that sounds kind of weird--I mentioned to David that I would like a flat whisk.

Here's something you might not know about me: I have a hard time spending money on stuff I actually need. I'll buy another t-shirt or picture frame or house plant without thinking twice about it, but things I don't have and should and would use on the daily? Not so much. We went without functional salt and pepper shakers for I don't know how long. Margot broke my phone charger so I just stole David's, and when that broke I stole his work iPad charger rather than getting a new one. When the vacuum I bought for like $20 during my sophomore year of college finally bit the dust, I just used the shopvac instead...for like five years. And these are just recent examples. I don't know what my problem is.

Anyway, after hearing me say it so many times, he stopped by Sur l'Table after work one day and bought me a flat whisk.
It wasn't quite what I had in mind. I was thinking something more like this one which can be smooshed to scrape the flat bottom of a pan. No, this whisk was EVEN BETTER.

You guys, I am not exaggerating when I tell you this whisk has changed my life.

I talk big about not saving the good stuff for special occasions but in reality I tend to hoard stuff. What if I need it later and I don't have it anymore?? My default is to use my second-best everything just in case. I'm sure I'm not alone in this.

But since David gave me this whisk I have gone out of my way to use it all the time. It scrapes bowls almost as well as a rubber spatula. It gets into corners to catch all the lumps. It's sturdy and solid so I don't worry that I might break it. When it's dirty and I have to use a different whisk I am disappointed. And, I'll admit it, I'm a little tempted to wait until the dishwasher has been run to make whatever it is I'm making.

Seriously, people. I love this whisk. It's borderline inappropriate.

But it got me thinking, why the heck don't I have other things I love to use? If having a great whisk makes me want to cook more often, what might having a great computer do for my work productivity? Would I go to bed earlier and sleep better if I adored my pillow? Why am I putting up with a dining table that is falling apart just because I could fix it and it would be good enough?

When I have tools that serve me well, I want to use them. Ergo, I need to replace the tools that aren't working for me with tools that will.

No more cheap mascara that I complain about constantly. No more dull steak knives and ugly dish towels and mediocre cleaning products. I will henceforth invest in products that will improve my quality of life...because I will use them! And I will enjoy it! And maybe they're a little more expensive up front, but if they last longer or do the job better or just  make me smile when I pull them out, isn't it worth it to save up a little more to buy them?

In not unrelated news, I have since acquired salt and pepper shakers, a phone charger, and a new (bagless!) vacuum a few months ago. I use each of them almost daily. All thanks to that fabulous little whisk that changed my life.

July 16, 2014

Jibber jabber

Here are some recent gems from our favorite little comedienne.

After biting her lip and bursting into tears:
Me: "Are you okay?"
Her: "Yeah."
Me: "Is your lip going to fall off?"
Her: "No, it's stuck on dere. Why did Jesus put glue on it and stick it on dere?"
Singing to Margot to the tune of "Let It Go":
"You are a baby, and you crawl around, and you are not biiiig...but dat never boddered you anyway."

Driving past a local nursery:
Her: "Dat's da punkin patch!"
Me: "Sometimes it is. It's a nursery."
Her: "A nursery? What's a nursery?"
Me: "It's where they grow plants and trees for people to come buy. In the fall they will have pumpkins and in the winter they will have Christmas trees."
Her: "And we can buy one?!?"
Me: "Sure!"
Her: "A great big beautiful glorious Christmas tree! I'm so excited!"

At bed time:
Me: "Good night. I love you."
Her: "I love dose Popsicles."
Me: ...

When she jumped into my lap one day:
Me: "Ugh! Do you smell like pee? Why do you smell like pee?"
Her: "I do smell like pee. Because I ate peas! Last night!"
Me: ...

Playing with a shoelace and a pot holder (I promise we have real toys):
Her: "I made a apron. Would you like to try it on?"
Me: "Sure."
Her: "Your nipples go right dere."
Me: ...

Making up yet another (this time slightly terrifying) song:
Her: "Green and yellow. Green and yellow. Pink and blue and the end of the world."
Me and David: !!!  

You guys. What am I going to do with this child?

July 14, 2014

Mila Monday

Amelia: 163 weeks

She insisted on making a funny face for her picture this week.
Of all the options she gave me, this was her favorite.

Margot: 65 weeks

She finally started walking last Monday but refuses to do it on command. If the camera is out, she drops on all fours. I'll catch her doing it one of these days.
When I found her playing like this I realized I posted a shot of Mila doing the same thing in the same outfit a little over two years ago. So much has changed since then...I'm gonna be nostalgic all day.
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