Thursday, July 31, 2008

Birthday - Day 2

Day 2 of birthday celebrations included cupcakes at playgroup!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

2 Years Old!

Happy Birthday to Lili!!!!!

We spent many a minutes today working on the fact that Lili is no longer "almost two" and is now, in fact actually just 2. We're still working on getting her to understand that.

Big changes! This year, instead of being amazed at the fact that we kept this thing alive for one whole year, we are amazed that at 2 years, she is her own person. A little person with her own opinions (strong ones), and her own thoughts. Lately, there's been a lot of asserting her self ("I don't want to"), and a lot of language practicing ("mook, not mook, mee-youlk"... practicing how to say "milk). She also giggles like a banshee and can bring in some serious funk with favorites like "itsy bitsy spider", and "ring around the rosie".

Keith and I celebrated this birthday by spending the night out at our first live outdoor concert in over two years! Yay! Lili had a great babysitter who we met at the park and will certainly use again. It's been a great day and we'll continue the birthday festivities through the weekend! Boo ya!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Feeding the Addiction

I think it is no coincidence that today:

1. I (finally) got my invitation to Ravelry

2. Some beautiful super awesome yarn is on super sale

3. I taught at knitting night for MOMs

I think I am going to buy some yarn. Maybe...

Also, at knitting night, I figured out how to do a knitted cast on, and was able to teach it to the group with relative ease. I also started a few people on hats, which they seem excited about.

I think I'm starting to have summer outdoor burnout and therefore turning to crafting and baking for comfort.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Not (a lot)

Not a whole lot goin' on lately (sort of). So sorry about the sparser posting! Also not a whole lot of pictures in the past few days, which leads me to today's small tidbit story:

Mom friend says that her daughter got so sick of pictures being taken that her first words were "No Cheese".

By the way, the whole "say Cheese" thing really works for little kids who might not understand the concept of a normal smile. I say this because Lili's idea of a smile is to squinch up her whole face basically just showing teeth and dimples, but her eyes disappear. But when she says "cheese" it makes for a great picture. I never got that until now.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rainy Day Activites

It has been raining here for, like, ever. Days. And we are SO not used to it, and have been kind of going crazy being house bound when we have been going to the playground or beach almost every day for the past few weeks. So, what did we do today? We took the bus downtown! It was a blast!

Plus, over the summer, Bath & Body Works was having a promotion that involved using rubber duckies as marketing tools. Every time we would walk by the store, Lili would go crazy for the ducks, so I asked if we could have one of the posters at the end of the marketing campaign. Turns out they were supposed to send all the stuff back to "headquarters", but had one poster left over that they cut up for a few inquiring customers. So now we have our own mod duckie poster:

And, over the weekend we went to Lili's friend Q's 2nd birthday party, which was our first foray into a kids' theme birthday bash. It was a blast, and Lili got some tattoos as party favors. So now she's really bad-a**!

we're working on the Harley...

Friday, July 18, 2008

another for Grandpa Lee!

A tantalizing image for Grandpa Lee to savor, as I don't know of anyone else who love blueberries as much as he does!

Lili and I had our very first blueberry picking adventure today with a bunch of friends and it was lovely, and the berries are full to bursting! We welcome visits from people who want to come picking with us ;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


My new favorite blog to look at (besides my friends' blogs, which I visit religiously)...

Which I discovered after doing a google search for "zucchini waffles"... More on that later.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Ice Cream!

Today was Scoop Day at Keith's work. The owners of ET/NRG are friends with Ben and Jerry, and so this seems to be becoming a yearly event at work .

It was all an ice cream social should be. 6 B&J flavors, cups of m&ms all over the place, and Balloons! It was a dream come true for Lilian. Let's face it. For me too!

Lilian loving the ice cream with her "winning smile"

Us, being tacky tourists asking for a picture with Jerry!

Sunday, July 13, 2008


For my gluten free friends out there: Here is a recipe for "Black Bean Brownies", from the co-op. They're kind of wierd, but still much more healthy for you than regular brownies, and would be really good with some vanilla ice cream...

By the way, the only reason we made these was because Keith likes beans a lot and was very curious about the recipe.

I don't really like beans. But they were still OK.

And, after that glowing review... (seriously though, it's worth satisfying your curiosity over what black bean brownies might be like)

Black Bean Brownies. adapted from Mothering Magazine by City Market Co-op.

4 ox unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 cup butter
4 eggs
3/4 - 1 cup maple syrup
2 cups or 1 (15oz) can black beans, drained, rinsed, pureed
2 1/2 Tbs instant grain coffee
1 cup chopped walnuts, almonds, or other nut

Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8 inch baking pan. Melt chocolate and butter together in a small sauce pan on low heat. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and maple syrup together. Add melted chocolate mixture and beat well. Beat in bean puree and coffee substitute. Fold in nuts. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until set. If you press your finger in the middle, it should make a little dent. Cool, cut into 2" squares. Makes 16 squares.

Cooks note: it was difficult to puree the beans by themselves, so I added the eggs to the food processer with the beans to puree.

a day at the beach

Actually, just an afternoon. Yesterday was gorgeous and we brought our total number of beach days so far to 7. I finally finally brought the camera with us and got some lovely action shots of Lili splashing about.

This summer is passing far too quickly and I am discovering there are not enough weekends to fill seeing friends and we are trying desperately to squeeze in more visits and trips before August slips away. Yes, I am aware that it is still July but really time is FLYING.

Hey, we get to meet Ben, of B&J on Monday!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

For Grandpa Lee

We garage-saled (again) this morning, and Keith went out twice, and found this the second time out:

Now Grandpa Lee won't be so nervous when Lili goes out on the water! AND, it is her favorite color!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

new look

For the past couple of weeks, there has been a crew working on replacing the windows and siding of our apartment duplex. I was really concerned about having all the hammering day in and day out, but Lili did great and was able to sleep through most of it all. It ended up being kind of a blessing after all, because she was so interested in what was going on and we ended up referring to the group of 4 workers as "the guys". In the morning as soon as we were up, she would ask to "see guys!", and whenever she was fussy, we would just go "see guys" and she'd be happy. She is also in this phase where she is asking "what's that" or "who's that" all the time, and so we got to know the working crew pretty well. We're sad to report that they've finished today, and we didn't get to say a proper good bye.

I didn't get to take any pictures before the (really awful) old windows were replaced, but here is before and after with the siding:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Marshmallow Pepperoni

Lili and Keith were on the couch reading, and I came into the living room with a few marshmallows to eat. Lili has no idea what marshmallows are, but if Mama's eatin' it, it must be good! So she says "Lili want that", so we gave her one and asked her if she knows what it is. She said "for eatin'". Don't know how she figured that one out, so she took a bite of it, and we asked her again if she knew what it was, and she said "pepperoni". Not really, but equally healthy.

Heat Insanity

I must have been insane to turn on the oven this morning, during this heat wave. But I had an enormous zucchini beckoning me and we've been to the beach too many days in a row. I needed to feel more domesticated.

Plus, I love my baking book: And, the result: one big loaf for our neighbors Wayne and Lee (the zucchini was from Wayne's garden), and three little loaves for us!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Toes? Um, no.

We rode up to North Beach today for the second time total. I'm not normally a beach person, but I really like North Beach a lot. Partly because it is such a nice bike ride up there from our house, and also because it is lake water instead of salt water. And the sand is nice. And Lili really enjoys playing there.

Today we buried our feet in sand, over and over again. We also liked to just uncover our toes and wiggle them out of the piles of sand. Which prompted this kind of conversation:

Lili (picking a rock up from the beach): what's that?
me: a rock.
Lili: it's a toe.
me: no, a rock.

Lili (picking up a different rock): what's that?
me: another rock.
Lili: it's a toe.
me: nope. a rock.

Later explained to her that it would be kind of bad to be finding individual toes on the beach. Might ruin the whole beach experience.

Happy 4th

While I don't neccessarily consider myself to be uber patriotic, I really wanted to take advantage of our proximity to a waterfront fireworks show, and so we went to the waterfront on the 3rd. For the fireworks show. It was pretty cool, and Lili alternately "like it" and "no like it", but we agreed that it was "too loud". She oohed and aahed with us, and zonked out like a light before we even got back to the car. It was a fun time, and we'll probably do it again next year.