Thursday, April 30, 2009

June can cook

I *HEART* this magazine.

I don't remember how I first got introduced to it, but I LOVE to read it cover to cover multiple times when I get it, and the current issue (June/July 2009 - delivered in APRIL) was totally salivating. Lots of great things to try out, and tonight I made the Lemony Potatoes. And they look almost exactly like the picture in the mag except with out professional lighting and the help of a food stylist. I wish I could convey the aroma in the blog. Smell-o-vision:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

How does my garden grow

We are planting a garden this year. We were lucky enough to inherit a LARGE flower garden from the previous house owner and the soil is great, sandy and soft. We've removed a lot of the ornamental flowers to make room for (more practical) veggies, and we started a seed tray on Sunday. A mere FOUR days later, and two out of twelve have germinated! I was shocked and amazed, and very very happy. Hopefully this will continue to be a successful trend, and hopefully our garden won't get razed by rabbits.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Horsin' Around

Keith's mom came last week to help out with the marrow drive, and as with any time we spend with the female Epsteins, we got a lot of horsing around! Sue brought Keith's old rocking horse from when he was little, and I know it will be missed in Sodus, but is seeing plenty of action here in VT. Lilian saddles up with her blankie and rocks away.

We also went to the Everything Equine Expo, and it was great fun mostly for the fact that it was like a huge trick or treat, with candy and little gifts at almost every table. I've never been to an expo like that before, and we got to meet several live horses too.

Lilian now calls herself "baby pink horse". Perhaps that can be her Native American name!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Resolution? Check!

Remember back in January? I listed some of my New Years' resolutions, in the hopes that if I blogged them I would be held accountable for them.

Guess what!? I accomplished the most important one. I organized and successfully executed a Bone Marrow Donor Drive for the National Marrow Donor Program. With the help of Betty Kelly, the NorthEast representative from NMDP, and UVM's AASU (Asian American Student Union), and the MOMS Club of Burlington... we were able to add 50 new people in at least 6 different ethnic groups to the national registry.

We were at UVM's student center for the majority of the day, with plenty of delicious baked goods (people often thought we were a bake-sale... it was a good lure!). It was surprisingly easy to do! So much less complicated than a blood drive, and really fun being able to educate people about marrow donation. Find a drive near you at the NMDP website!

Betty Kelly and I with AASU Volunteers

Thursday, April 16, 2009

the little things

Lilian usually has one or two long periods per day where she plays by herself, puttering around. Moving stuffed animals, creating a tent, reading books, whatever. I'm usually not paying much attention to what she's doing and I often find clues later in the day, like this one:

This little image brought a big smile to my face. These two turtles are from 2 different "play sets" and I don't think they've ever been in the same room together. It melted me to think of her helping the baby discover it's mama. And I know that she put them together like that so that they could "kiss". I just wish I had been present for the little girl's narrative!

Monday, April 13, 2009

In other news

Sorry about the lack of posting! I don't even have a "Spring Break" vacation to use as an excuse. Mostly just nothing extremely blog-worthy? Or I'm a slacker? Whatevs. You're about to get a lot so it makes up for it :)

We had a slew of "colorful" days, inspired by Easter and springtime. We made our own face paint (cold cream, cornstarch, and water), and it turned into a body painting session. Lili had fun, and the smell of the cold cream. Well, it brought back some theater memories, which is not all bad!



Next, I attempted to make rolled-out sugar cookies. Now, the attempt part may come as a surprise to you, knowing how much I love to bake, but I have always been intimidated by the whole cookie-cutter process. But I did it, and Keith claims the resultant cookies were addictive, so I guess I succeeded. Lilian had fun making mini-sugar-comas and I enjoyed the experiment.


I also realized that I never updated on the whole (conclusion!) of potty training. I had stated that by the end of March Lili would be out of diapers, except for nap and bedtime (because she is a sleep-pee-er). We are successful. Hallelujah. I don't think I could re-create the entire situation, but suffice it to say it's "done". Although, we have yet to make a road-trip without diapes so maybe check back in a month or two. Man, for us, it's a long process.

It also appears that the "terrible twos" are striking, a bit late? I commented to Keith that she seems to be changing rapidly, and not neccessarily in a good way. There's some screaming. Some incoherent shrieking. A lot of stubbornness (that's not so new). Some bullying. And... dun dun dun! Perhaps the weaning away of naps. NOT BY MY CHOICE! Every day, it's hit or miss. Some days, 3 hour naps. Other days, no naps and it's all good. But like everything else, we try to roll with it. Maybe it's all just spring fever.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Eggstravaganza

Ahhhh Suburbia. Where holidays last 2 weeks each and we've generally forgotten the original purpose of them. Jaded much? Maybe it's the weather!

Either way, Eggstravaganza at one of the area parks was this morning, and I was eager for Lilian to get to her first egg hunt. Never mind that she really didn't know what an egg hunt is, she was excited to go too. Basically it comprised a roped off field in which a bunch of toddlers and their grownups got to pick up plastic easter eggs that happened to be filled with tootsie rolls and stickers. It was a fun two minutes! When we went in, I asked Lilian to pick up an egg (the nearest of which was a green egg), and she said "NO. PINK EGG." Turns out her (male) friend Q had the same issues, but needed a "BLUE EGG". I swear these kids are preprogrammed. In the end they each ended up with a dozen or so eggs and those eggs have been providing entertainment all day.

Lili also got to meet the "Easter Bunny". Turns out it's probably not Gina. I was very proud of her for being so friendly with the Bunny. I myself was terrified of the Easter Bunny. My brother can attest to that fact, because he's the one who always had to get me an egg from under the wretched beast. Thanks, bro.

In all, good times. I'm really grateful for all the kid's activities this area has to offer!