Sunday, October 31, 2010

Home Sweet Gnome

Yay, Halloween finally arrived! Here are some fun shots of Avonlea (our garden gnome) with Lilly and Finn (Butterfly and Monkey, respectively) along with the kids' entourage. U-Village was a wonderland for "Clown Spotting" as my dear friend Stephanie likes to call the spectator sport of watching mini trick-or-treaters. We had so much fun. Maybe next year Avonlea will get to actually eat her loot, you know, once she can chew. :)


Finn, Ashley, Me, Avonlea, and Stephanie

Uncle Drew and Auntie Mari

The sweetest little monkey


The gloves were for warmth, not part of the costume. Matt commented they had an ovenmit look and wondered if she could be a kitchen garden gnome.

Luke and Lil


The kiddos

A gnome belongs in a field of flowers.

Best treat of the night--Uncle Drew's sweatshirt strings.

Oh look, a wee garden friend!


Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday Morning

Well, the Mac's in the shop, I've got some great inspiration for my personal writing, and the sun's shining... Suffice it to say, my school laptop will not have the privelege of helping me create a fabulous new post today.

Upcoming: Avonlea's Halloween duds have arrived! Can't wait to document all the costume goodness on Sunday and promptly share.

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with this: Ina Garten's Beef Bourguignon recipe. Yes, I've posted it once before, but it was, afterall, August. Now that it's truly fall and we're all bundling up here in the Northwest, it's time to pull this baby out and make a freezer backstock for cold rainy nights and blustery days in the Hundred Acre Wood.


Ta ta for now!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday Morning


At long last! A morning in the cafe again.


The Lonely Forest is rocking in my ear buds. This music is a-mazing- the lyrics transportive, the sound a rolling force that sweeps you up into it. "The light of day, it warms my heart, and I will not die here. Let the current take me away... to Zion." Band of Horses, watch your back.


The girls in my writing group turned me onto Goop, Gwenyth Paltrow's blog newsletter, just as winsome as she is. It's nice to know that some celebrities are home with a glass of wine and their laptop while their kiddos sleep (and, presumably, their rockstar husbands are off being incredible) instead of snorting cocaine and getting on the cover of the tabloids at some nightclub. Gwenyth, thanks for keeping it classy.

I hear
d about her gentle detox regimen, and I'm sincerely considering when I'll begin doing it myself. She mentions doing a quarterly fast or detox and this appeals to me. I find myself feeling sluggish, my skin looking dull, and my body packing a few extra pounds at least once a season. Currently, not getting to the gym and too much chocolate is really taking its toll. I also finally ordered my own copy of Natalia Rose's Raw Food detox diet, after lamenting its departure both times I had to turn it back in to the library. You'll remember my post about it last fall.


I also stumble
d upon this great online fabric shop in the UK, full of hand selected fabrics, pattern books, and a very chic sensibility. If you've ever sorted through the mountains of mundanity at Jon-Ann's just trying to find one cute thing, it's nice to find a place that's gathered together so much great stuff in one place, streamlined. I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth the exchange rate and shipping to actually get anything. At least it's a nice platform to find inspiration and maybe US retailers who carry the same thing.

I'm loving these gorgeous collage on canvas creations by Kate Endle on the walls around me here at Walnut. It's getting me all inspired to get some of my own projects going in this vein--Christmas gifts, Avonlea's room walls. The possibilities are endless. You know, after I get my grading and writing done, and after I refinish that desk for Matt, and finish my knitting projects (not to mention errands and housework)... Ah, for a 36 hour day!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Can anyone guess what Avonlea's going to be for Halloween?

I just bought this dress off of Etsy...

and I downloaded this pattern and purchased some red baby cashmerino yarn on amazon tonight.

If we hadn't already been talking this up for months, I think it would still be easy to guess, but just in case I'll give you one more clue. Matt's annoyed that I'm not going with the beard-wearing variety of this little creature.

Happy guessing!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Avonlea 9-months-old

Favorite Foods: Bananas (you feed yourself now), sweet potato, toast with butter, egg yolks, chicken and potato soup, whipped cauliflower and anything mommy eats (though if you get your own bowl of it, suddenly it's not so interesting).


The night I made sauteed zucchini and mushrooms for dad and I with rosemary oven potatoes and chicken sausage, and you had chopped up versions of everything we ate was a very cool moment. Welcome to the wide world of food, kid!


Favorite stuff to play with: You have become a voracious eater of books. I'm trying to break you of the habit, but I must say, you have good taste. Below: The Importance of Being Earnest. You also have started to bring a book to dad or I to read to you.


Bathtime = Fun time. The other night you tromped around your room in your bear towel afterward ala Max from Where the Wild Things Are. You still love to take off buck naked down the hall whenever possible.



You've got 3 new teeth for a total of 7 (and another on its way): 3 on top and four on bottom. No fussing, no drooling, no nighttime interruptions. Yay!


You're pulling up and cruising anywhere you can. You can even stand a little. You're well into your 9 month clothes and 12 month too. You like to squish your face up against mine and laugh. You are still sleeping like a champ and doing two naps, but I can sense that you're straddling one nap already. (Seriously?!) Some days your naps will be super short. Ah well! Loving those 12 hours at night.

I don't know if it counts, but you are sort of saying your first word: "Num Num." You say this whenever you taste something you like, or when you're about to eat, or when someone else is eating something you want. Since the context is always the same, I think (?) we can count this as a word. You still say Pa-pa, ba-ba, ma-ma, and da-da, but never about anything in particular, so I still count it as babbling. You also discovered how to use your tongue and now say la-la and wave your tongue back and forth. It's pretty hilarious.


You get prettier every day and I love your silly, sweet, sensitive nature. We love you, Avonlea!

Back Blogging

A Saturday late morning, Matt's off to work on the boat he's building with our brother-in-law, and I'm home alone with the baby sleeping for her morning nap. I don't know how long it will last, but I'm hoping over the course of this weekend to get caught up on some neglected blogging. (I told you that going back to teaching would slow me down!)

This morning's inspiration came unexpectedly from The most recent New York Times Magazine article by Michael Pollan (that guy who writes about food ala Food, Inc. and The Omnivore's dilemma) entitled The 36-Hour Dinner Party. Isn't this breakfast gorgeous?


It reminds me a bit of the delicious breakfast I had a couple weekends ago at Cafe Presse on Capitol Hill. Matt and I were celebrating our 5th (!) wedding anniversary with our first overnight apart from Avonlea and I was so excited to finally visit this cafe for our late breakfast after sleeping in for the first time in 9 months! I had the "Oeufs plats, jambon, fromage"--an oval baking dish layered with ham, gruyere, and two eggs, put under the broiler until the eggs were perfectly over easy, gooey and hot. Yum. I'll be investing in individual gratin baking dishes soon.

Also, I've taken up a bit of knitting again in honor of the coming cold. This lovely little's girls headband on Anthro has me attempting a replica. I'll share results when they come.

Here's my progress so far:


Back to my chai tea with honey and milk and my "stack" of photos to sort through from the past month. Happy weekend!