Sunday, January 8, 2017

Alice in OMSI-land

I made Penny an Alice in Wonderland dress.  A friend gifted us the pattern (Simplicity 2330, already cut to a size 5) and Penny begged me for it as soon as she saw it, telling Lulu that the last homemade dress I made was for Lulu's birthday so it was her turn for one. Penny likes the book of Alice, and loves the dress. She's been asking me about my sewing progress for a month, and finally, this past weekend, it was finished. I made it from a cheap calico and white muslin from Jo-ann Fabric. She wore it to OMSI, the Portland science museum, and told everyone that gave her a second glance that her mom made her dress.  This girl is the best thing a crafty mom could ask for.

Meanwhile, there are a few things, including the spinning trick above, that Lulu has mastered at the museum. She goes right over to this whirring machine and starts balancing these wheels on a turntable, attracting 8 and 10 year-old kids, in amazement. Lulu, uninterested in their compliments, is continually fascinated by the machine.  We have a science Prodigy, don't you know? ;)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hitting the Slopes

When you ask Santa for a sled for Christmas, and he delivers, it's only a matter of time before you are looking for snow on which to use your brand new toy. So, on a sunny winter morning, we headed up to Mt. Hood, or as it's known in our family, "Snowy Mountain". The sledding was fast, the sky was blue, and the people were out in force. It became a day of snow play: and snowball fights snow angels, and trekking in snow as high as our legs. We headed out after lunchtime, back to the wet streets of Portland. We'll remember this day and talk about it, when see the mountain from these very streets.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Lulu is 3

Lulu is three today. It's funny, with the second child, there isn't much recollection of being alone together. I guess the nature of a second child is that they aren't really alone much at all. There was a sister when she came, and daycare when I worked.  We've carved out time to be with each other throughout these years, but throughout the hours where it's been me and Lulu, she always wonders, aloud, what Penny is doing. Lulu has always worn Penny's clothes, and been friends with her friends. She's watched the shows that Penny likes, and has mostly formed the same opinions of things up until now. At three, however, Lulu is starting to form her own life. This party had some of our friends, but it also had Lulu's friends, too. The girls came from preschool who Lulu loves to play with, and she's still talking about how they came to her house, to play just with her. I think it's really exciting for all of us - this new life that we're helping her create for herself.

Teaching her how to hold up three fingers:

It's been three years since I gave birth to this little baby, so quickly and so close to Christmas. Many of our friends had left town to see family, and there were two nights I spent alone in the hospital with her, while her dad and sister slept at home. I remember singing her Christmas carols as lullabies. She was so very sweet and small.

Now she is not so quite. She laughs loudly and plays hard. She loves monkeys and trampolines and being turned upside down. She will nag you to tickle her, she'll shout "faster" at everything that moves. She will refuse everything you cook for her. She will try apple juice for the very first time because she saw her best friend drink it at the party. She'll tell you she loves you at unexpected times, and it will make your heart leap. You can say "you're a monkey!" or "you're a fish!" and she'll shake her head and say, "No I'm not, I'M LULU", in way you'll never want to forget. Age 2 was a great one for Lulu, but I have a feeling she's got big things in store for 3. Happy Birthday to you.

P.S. Lulu's dress and the party hats are here. THIS is the day Lulu was born and HERE are some pics of her very first days.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Of The Season

December is going fast, despite our city halted week after week by snow and ice. Our children love it. The Christmas season is filled with parties and cookies, advent calendars and ornaments, songs and cartoon specials shown on the laptop after bath time. We lose power overnight in an ice storm and they see nothing but a magical land like Elsa's, the morning after. They talk to Santa with confidence and trepidation and so much anticipation. Lulu's birthday party is tomorrow, and a great chance to have friends over, eat the cookies from the cookie swap, see all of the gorgeous children and talk about Christmas some more. It's almost too sad to think about this ending, and what challenges 2017 might bring. Let's live in December, and remember it as one of the best ones yet.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Trees and Cheese Sandwiches

As we have so many years before, we headed out to a farm to cut down our own Christmas tree. Penny took the surveying very seriously, and ultimately chose the perfect tree for our house. We stopped at the diner for cheese sandwiches, burgers, and milkshakes. Everyone talked and talked. I'll tell you what 2017 will be about: conversation! With Lulu's language really ramping up, and Penny talking almost constantly, it's pretty hard to get a word in. Naturally, everyone has had a lot to talk about with the Christmas season in full swing.  I really love what they have to say.

PS. Previous Christmas tree chops include last year, 2014, 2013, and 2012. Time….whew! Time.