25 Apr

Since our upcoming trip to Europe will include stops in Rome and Greece, I decided to see if I could find some books of mythology to read with Michaela. I *loved* myths when I was a kid (like when I was 10, maybe?), and obviously this is way earlier than that ago, but my hope was it would give Michaela some history and context. I found two books and each night for the last few weeks, Michaela and I have read a different myth.

The first myth we read was about how Athens came to be called that. Zeus was deciding between naming it after Athena and Poseidon; long story short, he picked Athena. After we read the story, I told Michaela about how we’d be going to Athens, showed it to her on the map, talked about what we’ll do there. She was really into it!

The next myth we read was Daedalus and Icarus. Remember that one? Icarus dies because he doesn’t listen to his dad. So there we are, right before bed, reading that myth. I finished it up, turned out the light, said “goodnight, Michaela,” and immediately thought… “Hmm, maybe we shouldn’t read these depressing stories right before bed!” But we’ve continued and she loves it. She told her babysitter all about some of the stories and recently said her two favorites are King Midas (which she totally predicted! “Mom, how’s he going to be able to eat if everything he touches turns to gold?!?!”) and Echo (the other day, she was going on and on about how “I’m a chatterbox, like Echo!”).

Interview with a 5-Year Old

25 Apr

I interviewed Michaela a bit ago, just for fun. The answers to many of these questions is entirely dependent upon what’s happening in the moment. Like what she lists as her favorite snack? Is just what she happens to want right now.

How old are you? 5

What’s your favorite color? Purple

Who’s your best friend? Payton [A girl from her preschool]

What’s your favorite snack? Peanut butter and cracker sandwiches

Where would you like to go to on vacation? Europe

Why Europe? Because that’s where I’m going with you, remember?

What’s your favorite toy? My animal train.

What’s your favorite thing to wear? My “pedal power” shirt.

Who’s your favorite Disney princess? Anna and Elsa

What’s your favorite book? Beauty and the Beast

Which is your favorite myth? King Midas and Echo

What’s your favorite song? Shut Up and Dance

What’s something you’re really good at doing? Twirling

What’s your favorite thing to do outside? Swing

What’s your favorite restaurant? Souplantation

What’s your favorite game? Candyland

Who do you love? Mom

Why? Because I love her snuggles.

What do you love about Dad? I love going to the Children’s Museum with him.

What makes you happy? Kisses and snacks.

Michaela had a question for me: “How come you’re writing a blog about me?”



Scene from a Construction Zone

20 Apr

We’re in the middle of a kitchen renovation that includes putting in a couple of new windows.

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Nice view.

Swinging Ensemble

20 Apr

Michaela was already wearing a silly flowered dress-plaid shorts-“Frozen” Crocs combo when she decided she needed a hat and glasses to swing in our sunny backyard.

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Because what else would you wear to swing?


Ice Cream Sunday

20 Apr

I took Michaela and two of her friends out for ice cream yesterday, just because.

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A good time was had by all.


5 Apr

While Michaela and I were at the park today, we spotted a ladybug. I helped Michaela put it on her arm and couldn’t resist capturing the sweet moment.

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No Kitchen? No Problem.

5 Apr

Mike started our kitchen renovation yesterday. Basically, everything must go. All the existing cabinets, all the countertops, all the floor tiles, the soffits, most of the appliances… all going.

Mike found someone on Craigslist who took away all of the granite countertops. The deal was, you come and take them out, they’re yours at no cost. Considering the granite was practically brand new, installed right before we bought our house two years ago at a cost of about $10,000, that was a pretty good deal for the guy who took it away. It was also a good deal for us because we didn’t have to haul it to the dump and pay to get rid of it.

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All the cabinet doors and drawers got donated to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.

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All the cabinets are now littering the dump, soon to be joined by the drywall and plaster Mike is busy knocking out and the ceramic floor tiles that will come up tomorrow.

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In the meantime, we’re cobbling together a kitchen that’s a cross between college dorm room and camping.

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We have the microwave, toaster oven, crockpot, and grill– all outside on our patio. Our (new) fridge is in the garage, plugged in with all our food in it. To do dishes, I’m using the utility sink in the garage. It’s a low-brow existence, but it works. In fact, I made Easter breakfast today using this set up, which is why we had scrambled eggs (cooked in the microwave), strawberries (washed and sliced at my mom’s house yesterday), and cold bagels. I planned on making Easter dinner at home, but we ended up eating too much at our friends’ where we went for lunch, so we’ll have ham, brussels sprouts (made ‘em in the crockpot; they turned out pretty well!), and baked potatoes (I’ll cook them on the grill) tomorrow.

This is supposed to be a five-week project, so stay tuned for updates!

Canyon Hike

24 Mar

It’s starting to hit me that we’re on the verge of a lot of “lasts” with Michaela. In a few months, she’ll be done with preschool and move on to elementary school. This is the last spring we can go on vacation without having to worry about disrupting her academic schedule. It’s the last few months of taking a nap each day at school. And as it happened, today was the last Canyon Hike she’ll go on with her preschool class.

A Canyon Hike is exactly what it sounds like. The class, along with teachers and parent chaperones, walk down into the canyon behind the school and look at nature, learn about plants, and just enjoy being off campus. I was able to go on one Canyon Hike last year but had missed all of this year’s. So when I got an email this morning from the teacher saying they’d be doing one today – the last chance, since April marks the start of snake season and they don’t do them at that time – I was really bummed I couldn’t be able to attend. Tuesday, you see, is when we have executive cabinet meetings at work and I really can’t miss those unless it’s a big deal.

I told Michaela there’d be a hike today and she immediately started pleading with me to go. I explained to her that I couldn’t, that I had an important meeting… and then I thought, “Wait. That meeting isn’t more important than participating in this ‘last.'” I double checked the agenda to be sure I wouldn’t be missing anything vital and then sent a note to my boss that I wouldn’t be in.

I took Michaela out for bagels before we went to school, which is a special treat in and of itself. After the whole class gathered for some instructions and reminders, we departed. I hiked around with her and her classmates for two glorious hours, holding hands with wee ones, helping them across a little stream, looking through binoculars, examining tracks on the trail, and just being a mom. It was fantastic.

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Another Lost Tooth!

2 Mar

On our way home from the mountains, Michaela lost her third tooth! It had been wiggly for a few of weeks and today she yanked it out. She stuck the tooth, along with a note for the Tooth Fairy, under her pillow tonight.

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My Hero

2 Mar

Our local Target has an interactive kiosk where kids can strike a “power pose.” They select a background image then stand in front of a screen and pose; a mask and cape are superimposed on top of the image. It’s a Barbie thing, so of course the accessories are girly, but it’s mildly entertaining. To me, at least. Michaela loves it; we have to stop there whenever we’re at the store.

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