After some adjusting to recent health issues and house guests and just life in general, we're back in business. Except it's summer. And hot. Very, very hot. So we're not doing *too* much! Enjoying the warm weather and a trip to the beach a few weeks ago made for some fun. Maddy was a bit cross while waiting for us to set everything up. The expression on her face is one I find myself wearing from time to time. Yikes!
Daddy set up the umbrella for those of us with lily white skin. Yep, that would be me. It was rather windy that day, and the umbrella tried to fly away a few times.
Maddy has been wanting flowers. Specifically, a rose. She asks random inappropriate people: "Will you bring me a rose?" I believe this new fascination with roses stems from her recent viewing of Beauty and the Beast. Oh hey - did you notice that little pun there? I didn't until I reread the sentence. I laughed. I'm a giant geek when it comes to words. Do you see it now? Yep. Roses....stems......
Ok, I'll quit now. I would say while I'm ahead, but I don't think I ever was!
Poor Maddy had the flu last week! She woke up one night with a raging fever, and then for a few days after that complained of being sore all over, an ouchy throat, and a fever. It was so bad that she didn't even want to eat a tuna melt, which is one of her faves! She knew the food would hurt her throat, so she asked for some ice instead. Heartbreaking!
One of the funny words Maddy uses is "underwaries". As you can no doubt guess, this is what she calls undies, panties, skivvies....you get the drift. Well, while she has been sick she has not wanted any underwaries on because she says they make her too hot! She also walks around holding her PJ shirt up so that her 'belly can have some cool air'. Yes, she stayed in her PJs while sick. It's a great excuse not to get dressed!
Mom swears we picked this up at the grocery store. She says..."people will stay home from work and everyplace else when they're sick, but they still go grocery shopping"! She's right, and it's possible that we picked this up while we were out somewhere. Now I will hear no end of it when I go to the store and don't wipe down the cart thoroughly with a sani-wipe. Might as well put Maddy in a bubble. And so I'll leave you with a picture of precisely that - Maddy in a bubble!
As many of you know, we have 2 boys and 1 girl. The boys have 4 legs, and they were here before our little girl rocked our world. We sometimes forget about them because they are not learning to crawl, walk, talk, and other assorted amazing things. But they are still amazing. Levi adores Maddy, and Dude has patience that can't be duplicated. Dude will let Maddy grab, poke, pinch, and pull whenever she wants, and won't flinch or move until I pull her away. Levi doesn't have quite as much patience, but he seeks her out more than Dude does. And when it comes to snuggling? Nobody beats a Squeevie. He is the squishiest, warmest,
cuddliest teddy bear any child could want.
Lest anybody think we are negligent parents who let our child sleep with many pillows, fluffy blankets, and (egads!) dogs, let me assure you that we do. But only with constant adult supervision. Hey - I've got to get in on the snuggle action too!
One of these days I'll post about some of the amazing things I've been knitting on this here supposed-to-be-knitting blog. First I'll have to knit some of those amazing things. This has turned into a real blog, one that cannot be fettered by silly things like labels. I'm good with that. :)
Madelyn is crawling. Full on racing across the floor kind of crawling. Throwing things just to go get them. Walking all over when we hold on to her hands, but right now she prefers crawling because - get this - she can DO IT HERSELF! Little Miss is rather independent. Indeed. She must get that from her Daddy....
Notice the blurriness of the pictures. This monkey is FAST! Also notice the modified plank pose in the last one - she's got potential, Ali! She's keeping us busy and running, and we're loving every minute of it.
A short drive from our house is a small beach on a local lake. We stumbled on it on our way home from the co-op one day, and decided to stop and let Maddy experience sand, duckies, and the setting sun on her face. She was delighted. So was grammy.
A few days later we needed a 'reset' in the evening, so we threw boogies and baby in the car and headed to the beach. This time I packed a change of clothes for Maddy so that she could get shamelessly dirty in the sand and I wouldn't have to bring home half the sandy beach. She approved of the idea.
Next up: part two, in which Madelyn and several ducks face off.
Madelyn is a foodie. No doubt about it. She loves to eat. She loves the activity involved, and (usually) she loves the taste. Even if she's not wild about the first taste, she'll give it a second try and more often than not she's amenable to it. We're trying to be careful with what we feed her. We're working on changing our eating habits to eat more local, more whole, more healthy foods.
With that in mind, I made some Baby Bran Muffins. For those of you who aren't a fan of Heidi Swanson......what's wrong with you? She rocks my socks. I modified the recipe a bit - substituted maple syrup rather then the honey because Maddy shouldn't have honey yet. I also used 1/2 AP (All Purpose) flour and 1/2 WW (Whole Wheat) flour because I prefer the lightness of AP flour. I plan on trying it again with Amaranth flour or another lighter flour which is not AP or WW flour. And......I used my homemade yogurt! Oh yum!
The recipe says it makes about 24 mini muffins - mine actually ended up making about 40 little guys.
The best part? The seal of approval from Daddy and Maddy. Happy foodies. :)