Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sitting in the grass, eating watermelon?

Two seedlings planted in April = one mini watermelon in October

At least it was pink and healthy inside
Cora sitting up like a pro

Our backyard. Hopefully this is a BEFORE picture. We're interested in removing a few shrubs and laying sod...

The reservoir hike

There is a nice 4-ish mile hike not far from here, and we ventured out on Saturday morning: Lou in the backpack, Cora in the Ergo. Once Cora fell asleep and the morning clouds "burned off" I regretted my choice in clothing - a wool sweater. Thankfully the decent is mostly shaded and without humidity, shade is cool. Ries was excited to be included in this family event!

Camping with Dad

One of my favorite events of the fall: Lou's first father-daughter camping trip. It was my favorite because I know they had fun, plus I had a relaxing evening/morning at home with Cora. Here are some photos to help the trip be a good memory for you, too.

This one's for Loubear

I just realized that I have some great photos to share, so instead of smashing them all onto one post, I'll separate them. Here are some cute pictures of Louisa from a quick visit to Sausalito on October 5, when Uncle Matthew came up from San Diego to run the Rock n' Roll 1/2 Marathon with me. A mother must learn to let go - I know - but still. Putting Lou on a tall wooden post next to water for a photo shoot, Nate? All is well. She didn't fall in.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Filling our bellies. filling our days

In early September, I took on a part-time job totally unrelated to nutrition. One, two or three mornings per week (depending on the week), I'm in charge of childcare for two ministries at a nearby church: MOPs (mothers of preschoolers) and WBS (women's bible study). It's so awesome that this church is big enough to offer childcare during the programming and I've been having fun taking care of all the little details. I plan curriculum (on Thursday the kids glued cotton balls to a picture of a mountain after reading a story about Moses), request/organize/deliver supplies, hire staff to work in the rooms, and make sure the fancy check-in computers are working right. I also get to sign timecards and log staff hours in a Google document. Ah, organization. I love it.

Another great part of the job is that I get to participate in the MOPS meeting and Bible study and Louisa and Cora get to glue cotton balls to mountains. Well, there is actually no craft in the infant room, but you get the idea. Although its challenging to get out of the house with both girls by 8 o'clock, I think I may miss "our" job come December 11. That will be my last day because the programs break for Christmas and when everyone reconvenes in 2014, Cassie, my friend who normally does this job, will return from maternity leave. Thankfully we'll still attend MOPS and WBS, but just won't be in charge of all the little details.

Louisa's exposure to a school-type setting has been so good too. Last year she would start crying when we drove into the church parking lot for MOPS. This year I can motivate her to finish her breakfast and get out of the house by telling her that we're going to MOPS. She loves her "tee-chairs" and likes to bring crafts home to "show daddy." Cora does well too. Although she is only 6-months old, I'm hoping that the lack of stranger-danger thus far is a good sign for the future.

Speaking of 6 months: baby food! Cora has tried sweet potato, banana, applesauce, cream of wheat, plain yogurt and mashed potatoes. The last three in this list were minuscule amounts because I was doubting myself that it's okay to give a 6-month old small amounts of cooked milk or yogurt. Since then, I checked. It is okay as long as you don't have a history of dairy allergies (in which case you need only wait until 12 months). It's not clean nor is it fast, but feeding Cora food is fun and she seems to be interested!

Here mom, let me help

A very serious occasion... 

Until Lou gets involved

Monday, October 7, 2013

A traveling baby

Cora is not crawling yet, but she gets around!

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