Archive for April, 2009

how well he knows his grandparents

At Westover Park Omi and little w. were busily “driving” on the play structure.  After spending so much time on the “interstate” and fueling up the car, they decided to make believe that they were going through the drive through for a snack.  Little w. decided that he would go “inside” to order and ran down off the play structure and placed his order by talking into the trashcan.  He ran back to Omi and said that he had the food.  When pressed for details, he proudly announced that he had gotten a beer for Omi because she likes them, a smoothie for himself, and some french fries to share.  How nice!

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this is what a childless day yields

After enough measurement and spatial sense exertion to last me a year, here is what our back deck now looks like.  Paying me back amply for the hours I invested in this tedious undertaking, little w. looks at my, uh, masterpiece, and states, “Why did you think that would look good?”  Thanks.

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perhaps he knew it was funny by the peals of laughter ringing in his ears

little w. was innocently playing with some stickers on the dining room floor.  Originally there were six egg shaped letters spelling out the word “Easter.”  How nice.  Slowly, he lost a letter or two, but he kept playing with them and rearranging them Scrabble style on his arm.  This is what he ended up with:

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it must be summer

because all we can think about over here is going on vacation.  We got the summer off to an early start last weekend with a camping trip to Hanging Rock State Park north of Winston-Salem (thank you to Melanie + Anthony for loaning us some needed equipment like a, uh, tent).

Overall, it was a success.  I introduced Will to the art of camping without the use of dehydrated food.

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We made little w.’s lifelong dream of roasting marshmallows come true, and the kids got to play in the “little house” as much as they wanted.

We masqueraded as hikers, too.

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And we relaxed at the top.

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Due to the glacial progress that we made on our hike up Hanging Rock, I think that Will has temporarily put on hold any plans for a family through hike of the AT adventure.  No great loss.

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seriously, people

Admittedly, as a mama who has worn her babies proudly in slings and in the ergo, I am biased, but this latest evaluation by Consumer Reports of  baby products has me shaking my head.

Some items aren’t surprising–bath seats and crib bumpers are always criticized, and I can’t imagine that the fine folks at CR condone cosleeping, so why would they like a cosleeper?  But the one that I just find irritating is warning parents to avoid using slings because of serious harm including “skull fractures, head injuries, contusions and abrasions.” Come on.  I bet these same parents who are letting their kids fall out of slings onto cement floors are probably the same ones that don’t buckle up their kids when they put them in strollers too.  Yeesh.  It does take a certain amount of spatial awareness to wear a baby in a sling.  Whenever I was in a busy store with a babe in the sling, I would put my hand over the head so that I wouldn’t bump the noggin into something sharp, but to warn people away from using slings based on that is just silly.

I suspect that Consumer Reports had four items for their list of “Products Not to Buy for Your Baby” and just wanted to make it a better number.  So, might I make an editorial suggestion for product #5?  I think that one of the most potentially harmful baby devices would have to be the infant car seat carrier.  While infant car seats have their uses, there is a great potential for harm especially when the parents don’t display common sense and misuse them.  When parents leave their babies in these car seat carriers for too long, this dangerous piece of baby equipment  can result in flat head, lack of attachment due to lack of contact with a parent, and irreparable damage to the mother’s spinal alignment and overall posture.  There.  Now you have five.

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west end wine bar almost here in durham

Tonight W. and I decided to capitalize on the fact that the kids were in Raleigh with the grandparents by having an early dinner at Toast.  We relaxed at a table outside in the shade, not humid yet and no bugs to speak of–almost a Portland summer day.  After the last goat cheese, honey, and cracked black pepper crostini was devoured, we decided to stroll up to West Village to check out the progress on the West End Wine Bar.  Like the raccoons that we are, the shiny metal tables on the patio drew us in, but, alas, the bar will not be opening until Thursday or Friday pending the pick up of a liquor license in Raleigh.  The very kind owner, however, invited us in to take a peek at the new space.  The wood and brick interior had been glammed up and an upstairs seating area constructed (W. was already picking out which seat would be prime real estate in his book).  After nosing around the interior, signing up for a membership to The Cellar, and chatting up the owners who most definitely had better things to do than small talk us, we took our leave.  Here’s looking forward to a morning cappuccino on the patio or a night with the girls around a table upstairs!

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busy times in Florida–or not

If you haven’t been keeping up with the rumors about congressmen and alligators in Florida, Stephen Colbert breaks it down for you.

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