Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hump Day Nuggets

We headed to New Jersey last weekend for cousin Wesley's third birthday:
Simple brownie cake on his actual birthday.






































Hurricane Irene forced the postponement of the party, but we had a grand time, anyway.


































After the storm passed through, we took the boys, suffering from cabin fever, outside to explore. Eagle-eyed Wesley found this very entertaining earthworm swimming hole:




































We returned home Sunday night, to a (thankfully, undamaged) house with no power or running water. Nate somehow managed to entertain himself:
Left: "This fits." Right: "Fix rocket. SrewDRIVER!"


















We were finally able to capture Nate's impressive "downward dog" yoga pose on film.



































Usually he announces, "down dog," but he sometimes channels his inner Scotsman to proclaim that he is "upside doon!"
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Tonight we cruised to dinner dockside, then headed home in a glorious sunset.



I will forever remember the exact weight of his life-jacketed body on mine, the smell of his blowing hair, the wonder in his eyes, his "Night, Night Little Moon," and the quickness with which he announced "motor OFF!" each time the quirky outboard died. This little family is my greatest adventure.

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week.  Shannon's definition of Hump Day is flexible. Thanks to Dig This Chick for the idea.


Friday, August 26, 2011

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(OK, some words.) That long, talented, drink o'water is my goddaughter Caitlin. As they say where I grew up, "I knew her when she was knee-high to a grasshopper." And in the thirteen years since, my love for her and pride in her has grown almost as fast as she has.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hump Day Nuggets

It was a good week for Nate. He ate dinner "cooked" for him by the visiting girls, then took them out for ice cream:
















Swam:























Found a subtle way to tell Dad it's time to go "AH-side!":


































where they looked at the water:


































and went boat shopping:











He branched out from fans into several other interesting things that go "roundandroundandround":
















(the laundry, "puh-pellers," and "Bahbie's head.") NB: Pet Doctor Barbie (because girls are too dumb to know the word "veterinarian") was a tongue-in-cheek gift from my friend Jen when I got into vet school.  Don't know how Mattel knew that we all wear hot pink paw print leggings and pink combat boots with our snug-fitting labcoats.

Visiting the puh-pellers across the street at the marina is now at least a daily event:
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As is this sweet laugh (this time at Daddy pretending to bonk his head:)
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The days are just packed.
hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week.  Shannon's definition of Hump Day is flexible. Thanks to Dig This Chick for the idea.









Friday, August 19, 2011

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Our friends Tom and Hannah visited this week, with daughters Lili, Kate, Grace, Lucy, and Siiri. It was a short visit but oh, what fun we packed in!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hump Day Nuggets

Our regular walk is down to "the beach." The real beach is about a mile away, but a public pier for fishing and crabbing is only a few blocks away. For Mom and Dad, the decaying bait and porta-johns detract somewhat from the allure of the river view, but Nate delights in splashing rocks and dipping toes (and sometimes his diapered bum) in the water.

































Our river view is so beautiful because the shoreline is largely undeveloped, occupied by an environmental research center and YMCA camp. My sweet niece headed to sleepaway camp there on Sunday, giving us an excuse for a sleepover and pool/bubble/crayon time with Aunt Tracy, Uncle Bart, and Cousin Sara beforehand.
































On Sunday, Mama persuaded the guys to dress up for a birthday party for a sweet little friend.

































This week's activities featured some old favorites:


"SPICES!" Nate likes to turn the turntables, shake the jars, identify the "heavy" ones, and touch and smell things.


































"PUDDLES!"

and some new ones:
























One morning, he asked for the Washington Post Magazine before breakfast.


































Crayons are now a big hit, too. He has some chunky ones, but prefers Mama's big box of regular crayons. He's stopped putting them in his mouth, and is very gentle with them, so we allow it. He mostly likes to pull one out, name the basic color (sometimes still confusing green and blue), then "put it back." But sometimes he actually draws on the paper.

He's been speaking in sentences for a while, but sometimes lately, when he's excited, it's more like paragraphs. In the bathtub, looking at the exhaust fan with its cover removed:  "Fan not broken. Fan is ON. Daddy fix the fan. Fan in ceiling. Fan go roundandroundandround."

In the self-serve furniture area at Ikea, we passed someone reading an item number aloud, ending in "9...8." I expected that he'd repeat the numbers, and he did. But he surprised me when he followed that (in the "I just figured it out!" tone) with "NATE!"

I feel so lucky to be along for the ride.

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week.  Shannon's definition of Hump Day is flexible. Thanks to Dig This Chick for the idea.

Friday, August 12, 2011

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hump Day Nuggets

Nate's great-grandparents just made a big move to live with Grandma Happy. Nate congratulates Granny with a high-five.

Papaw requests a high "four-and-a-half." The sense of humor this man maintains at 91 years old is amazing. Granny, too. Sitting and holding hands at lunch, Papaw turned to Granny and said sweetly, "I love you." She grinned and shot back, "I don't like you."
Have I trained these two well, or what? 

A fun morning blowing bubbles on the deck. This has been happening at least twice daily for quite some time, but we have some new developments. We borrowed a furry buddy, Dylan. And Nate hoists the huge Vat o' Bubbles and expertly unscrews the lid. Mama loves, loves, loves the tongue thrust out in concentration.

Visiting Grandma Honey and PopPop again this weekend, Nate's obsession with  interest in their fans hit a new high. When leaving, he insisted on saying goodbye to the fans, individually. He spent the longest with his favorite, in the rec room. And when we talked about how we'd be back at "HoneyPopPop's House" soon, he corrected us, "Fan's House." 

At Kmart today (I don't know why I bother; this store never has a single thing I go in looking for) he was snuggling with me and answered my "I love you, Nate" with "I love you, Mama." Totally melted me. For at least three minutes, until he also professed his love to the trash cans and fans.

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week.  Shannon's definition of Hump Day is flexible. Thanks to Dig This Chick for the idea.

Friday, August 05, 2011

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo -no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. via SouleMama