Archive for March, 2008

Hotel Life

When Mojo was 2 yrs old, she proclaimed “When I grow up, I wanna live in a hotel!” It’s no wonder. You can swim anytime you want.
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You can walk right up to the bar and order your favorite cocktail (shirley temples anyone?) anytime you want.
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And the beds are really bouncy!
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Cable TV that you can watch while lying in bed is an added bonus. Come to think of it, when I grow up, I want to live in a hotel too.

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Weekend Away

Guess where we went this past weekend…..
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If you guessed the this museum, you were right!
The children stepped back in time for a bit.
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And learned loads about our famous president. DNA learned he’s taller than Honest Abe was at the same age.
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But judging from how tall he grew, I think Abe will win out in the end.

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New Hair

Mojo got a new haircut today. The ladies at the salon were oooh-ing and aaah-ing over her highlights. They happen the natural way, of course, by playing in the sun and swimming in over-chlorinated public swimming pools.
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Alas, the results on my hair aren’t as spectacular. Perhaps the preponderance of gray hair disrupts this beauty treatment?

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To the slaughter

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They fought over the head. The drippy icing eyes only added to its appeal.

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A Hike in the Woods

Finally, spring weather has arrived. The kids have no school this week and the great outdoors beckoned. We went hiking.
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Mojo rode her “horse” the whole way. Can’t you see her posing on the rock with Mojo? No? A hint….she’s a white horse with brown spots. Her name is Starling. And though she may appear invisible to us my daughter insists she is real.
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The boys needed hiking sticks. Or in Oli’s case, a batman umbrella to drag for about 5 minutes and for me to carry the rest of the way.
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DNA carried the real hiking stick.
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This hiking stick was handmade by my older brother, George. He made it for my husband oh, maybe, 12 years ago? I treasure it because of the care that went into crafting it and I think it’s beautiful. It has always been satiny smooth but is even smoother still from the wear of our hands. While it may appear overkill to take a stick hiking on a paved path, it lends some authenticity to my children. We’re REALLY hiking if we have a stick…..not just walking through the woods. It’s also like taking a piece of my brother along hiking with us though I’m sure he’d be cracking up at our version of a hike. See, George is a true outdoorsman who can actually SURVIVE in the woods if need be…..unlike us. We’d be whining and moping in no time flat. See…..this is at the end of our 3/4 mile “hike”.
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Yes, George, you can stop laughing now.

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Little Elf Hat

This little hat has been on my “to-knit” list for a while — just waiting for the right little baby to need it. We’re going to visit my cousin E this weekend and E has recently found out she’s expecting a baby boy this summer. What perfect inspiration!
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Notes for knitters —- this has been sized this down to fit a newborn with 103 stitches cast on and 15 stitches between the increases/decreases. Knit on size 2 dpns with sock yarn.

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Happy Easter!

Our day began with a treasure hunt for Easter baskets. The oh-so-clever bunny left poetic clues in eggs that led the children all around the house.
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Yes…..clues were even in the bathroom. The baskets were finally found in the car (tricky, eh?). And continuing the bathroom theme, there were little plastic animals that poop candy.
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Alas, the egg hunt was held inside since it was snowing (yes, SNOWING!) this morning. Brrrr. Good thing there is a lot of candy and a warm fire to cuddle up in front of.

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