Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Dylan and Caitlyn were snuggled together down there in the corner, and he was reading to her! Entire books, with characters she loves! Caitlyn was enjoying tremendously the undivided attention of her doting big brother, and Meghan was happily toddling about the room, playing with her toys and stopping once in a while to rest and listen, too. Standing there in the doorway, I was just overwhelmed with love by the sweetness of these small siblings. Although I may not always see the rewards of our efforts in the day to day, hour by hour, busyness of life, I know that there will always be moments like these, brief glimpses into the true heart and spirit of this family, wordlessly affirming the work that we do every day as parents. And moments like these are all the reward I will ever need.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I've always loved that it gets my kids up and moving, but did you know that this CD provides an excellent aerobic workout to Mommies who also choose to get up and dance along to all 25 songs? Exercise! Fun!
Would you believe that it was only about a month ago that I discovered these delightful, and accurately informative, children's shows? Under what rock must I have been hiding to have not found these sooner? At any rate, we love them. My kids are learning so much and really enjoy the privilege of watching them.
Such a simple summertime pleasure, easily enjoyed under the shade of our back patio. Fresh air, creative expression, cooperation...I'm sold!
Crisp garden greens.
What to have with dinner tonight? How about a salad! Fresh picked from the garden! Yum.
Caterpillars...and my children's fascination with them.
Or, more specifically, these cabbageworms, which have pretty much destroyed our broccoli but which we have decided to leave alone because they provide such an interesting lesson for the kids. (And Dylan does so love his little white butterflies!)
I'm not usually a big proponent of sugary kids drinks, and we so seldom drink Kool-Aid that I really hate to waste valuable space in the refrigerator with a large pitcher full of it, but Darren recently came home from the store with this premixed formula that can be measured out in individual servings. And even I must admit that sometimes, on a hot afternoon, a nice tall glass (or spill-proof sipper) of icy cold K00l-Aid is just the thing to quench that thirst!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Darren planted a raspberry plant in our flower bed three summers ago to surprise me, and it is always such a treat to find the juicy, sun ripened berries there hiding among the flowers, just waiting to be found and enjoyed.I could never have imagined being so thrilled at the sight of fresh vegetables until we began growing our own this year. Don't get me wrong, I love fresh vegetables, but the sight of these, growing or just picked by our own hands, make me positively swoon. Lettuce, Radishes, Tomatillos, Sugar Snap Peas, Roma tomatoes, Zucchini Squash...oh, my.We haven't really seen any strawberries reach maturity yet, but I wonder if that has anything to do with this particular backyard friend of ours. He's one of the adult turtles we received from my mom, and he loves to eat strawberries. Quite a messy eater, isn't he? But that face! I just love it!And here are two of my three very favorite backyard buddies: my little scientists, studying the butterfly they had just captured in Dylan's bug catcher! Moments like these, getting down on the ground with them and viewing the world through their eyes, remind me of how very blessed I am to be their Mommy.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
These really do have the most delicious chocolate fragrance!
Texas skeletonplant (Lygodesmia texana):