Sunday, March 30, 2008
So, as a bona fide housework-hater, I've embraced the idea of delegating household tasks to my 20 month old. And that I can call myself a good mom for doing it! (Right? Right?)
Riley's current chore: emptying the silverware and Tupperware from the dishwasher.
Hey, I'm not complaining! We've come a long way since this...
Thursday, March 27, 2008
When we stopped by there today, Riley, as usual, requested a balloon.
But instead of giving her *a* balloon, they gave her...
Talk about customer service!
*This balloon fetish has lasted four full weeks. Is it safe to say this is more than a passing fancy?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
But we managed to salvage a few pics:
There's a big cathedral across the street, and Riley loved the Easter morning church bells.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
- Hair clips are a choking hazard for children under 3.
- Headbands are a strangulation hazard for young children.
- Ponytail holders cause headaches and hair loss.
- Hair covering eyes cause weak eye development and poor vision.
They offered no suggestions for moms of shaggy-haired children like mine.
Bowl cuts? Boy cuts? Buzz cuts? Are these my only options?
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
We live 2 1/2 miles from Forest Park, which you can read all about here. I've taken Riley there before, but this morning was the first time I let her run free, sans stroller. Sheer bliss. The girl loves her "buuuh," which, I finally figured out, means "birds."
Sunday, March 9, 2008
My Saturday long runs range from 12 to 22 miles, and some go better than others.
Yesterday's was NOT a good one, thanks to lack of sleep, bad socks (hello blisters!), and turned-off drinking fountains along my route.
The last 11 miles were brutal, and it was all I could do not to hop on the streetcar to head home three miles early. As I hobbled home, I thought, "How the heck am I going to chase Riley around all afternoon?"
But in a stroke of serendipity, she napped for almost four hours.
Which hasn't really happened since...
Thank you child! I thoroughly enjoyed my 7 hours of selfishness! (Minus the 11 miserable miles part...)
*If all goes as planned, I'll be running the Tacoma (Washington) Marathon on May 10.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Yesterday, Matt's sister Emily had a baby boy named Zachary. And today, my sister Heather, bless her heart, had twin girls, Jordyn and Rachel.
We'll meet the new cousins later this summer. Meanwhile, we'll work on Riley's baby etiquette:
Singing to baby? Nice.
Poking at baby's eyes? Not so nice.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Whenever Matt's home, she's relentless, dragging (or following) him everywhere.
And here's what happens when he tries to use the bathroom:
Sunday, March 2, 2008
So the very kind woman gave Riley a yellow one.
Riley and that balloon were inseparable (literally!) every waking moment of the next 36 hours.
Until it popped.
Since then, Riley's been mourning her loss. All day, she'd look at her empty palm, or point up to the balloon-less sky, and sadly ask, "Bloon?"
Who knew the death of a balloon could be so heartbreaking? (For all of us!?)
- She can say "book" now. So she roams around all day, books in hand, saying "Book. Book? Book! Book!!!"
- My sister Emily recently took her to Powell's City of Books, the world's greatest bookstore. It wasn't her first visit to Powell's, but it was the first time she was allowed to run around with reckless abandon.* Yeah, she was in book heaven.