Me: "Yep, Hon, the flood is back, and no, I can't believe it."
A: "Are the firefighters going to come back?"
Me: "I hope not."
A: "The rain will stop, though, right?"
Me: "I certainly hope so."
A: "It will, Mommy. Don't worry. The rain will stop and the water will go away and it will get sunny and then we can stay home and play outside. Kay?"
Me: "Sounds perfect, Sweetie. You're awesome. Thanks."
Just a few flower photos as a reminder that flowers and sunny days are on their way...
- Daffodils starting to bloom, and tulips peeking out of the ground
- Pink tulips on my dining room table. I couldn't wait for the ones in my yard to bloom, so I had to buy some to pretty up the house.
- Sun! So great to be able to play outside after the week of torrential rain we had. A and I went out to blow some bubbles, and slide, and kick balls, and ride bikes...
- Geese honking as they fly over us
- A and N giggling at each other. Probably the best sound in the world.
- A singing "M.T.A" out loud in the car. He makes up half the words, and it's fabulous.
- Asparagus - The really fresh stuff isn't quite here, but it's getting closer. We'll probably have asparagus every week for the next month or so. And A has decided it's "not bad"!
- Homemade blueberry muffins
- B&J's New York Super Fudge Chunk. A classic.
- Strawberry toothpaste. After many taste tests, it has been determined that they simply do not make a mint-flavored toothpaste that is gentle enough for kids. So, strawberry it is.
- Capri Blue jar candle from Anthropologie. A splurge to myself, because I decided I deserved to have a nice-smelling home, and I can't bake all the time.
- A kiss good-bye from K as he heads to work
- Soft, warm cheeks of my boys
- Cool, clean sheets at the end of the day
This week's music pick: Laura Marling. Check out her website for more music and official videos. She's been around for a few years now - her second full album has just been released - but I'm just now discovering her, and I'm enjoying getting to know her music. She's young, from Britain, and has a very strong voice. I've seen her compared to Regina Spektor, Lily Allen, and note folk influences such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. She's unique, though - check her out.
Update: The more I listen to Laura Marling, the more I love her. Go listen now. Seriously. Definitely one of my favorite albums of the year.
What brought up Ingrid anyway? I watched Casablanca again recently. You really can't watch that movie too many times. It pulls me in every time, and it makes me giggle and feel romantic.
*Images from various online sources. Sorry, can't remember!
I realized that I've been so slack on taking pictures lately, and I still haven't bought a new video camera. Maybe the vacation will motivate me there too. I have so much cuteness in my life that needs to be documented! This picture was taken last night - after dinner, of course. The two of them were laughing and playing on the kitchen floor. Can you see the remnants of butternut squash & corn on the little guy, and pasta sauce and apple residue on the big guy? Despite the messy faces, or maybe because of them, I love this picture.
My latest Etsy Pick? Goat Cards. I stumbled across this shop and found myself laughing out loud at the cards adorned with 30 Rock quotes. I adore 30 Rock, and some of the quotes are so spectacularly random that you simply can't help but laugh. I can think of a bunch of others that would make great cards, so hopefully this little shop will expand their collection. The rest of the cards in their shop are pretty funny too. What fun it would be to receive a silly card in the mail!
*Images from Goat Cards
Well, the 2010 Olympics are over. What was your favorite part? I love the Olympics, and although I watched the prime-time coverage most nights, I still feel like I missed so much. I didn't even get to watch curling! (You laugh, but I really do find it fascinating.) I did see a lot, though, and it's hard to pick a favorite moment.
I was so excited to see Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn win their medals, and I was equally bummed to watch their struggles in the later races and the media coverage of their lack of friendship. (They're teammates and competitors - who says they have to love each other? They respect each other, and that should be enough.) I loved watching the snowboard competitions. It's hard to believe, but I remember when the Olympics didn't even include snowboarding. It's infinitely more fun now. Shaun White is incredible. Torah Bright is so cute, and I loved that everyone seemed genuinely excited for her, even her competitors. How the heck did Seth Wescott win that race? My jaw dropped watching him. Kim Yu-Na was elegant and beautiful, and I was entranced by her skating. She reminded me a little of Michelle Kwan, who I also really liked watching. Joannnie Rochette made me cry. I am so sad and so happy for her at the same time. Rachael Flatt was so excited to be there, and she did an amazing job. What was the name of that ski cross guy? From Colorado? I don't even remember his name, because he didn't win, but I loved rooting for him anyway. He went for it at the end and fell on the final jump, resulting in a fourth place finish. But I love that he went all out. I like watching Apolo Ohno and the speed skating events, but I really loved rooting for J.R. Celski - I love watching the young ones, especially those who seem so excited just to be there, representing their country and their sport. Of course there were lots and lots of other great sports - I even enjoy watching the cross-country skiing and ski cross and ski jumping. Aerials is stunning.
I was bummed to miss most of the men's hockey final - I watched some of the overtime period. What a classic. Of course I was rooting for USA, but I was secretly really pleased that Canada won. What a fabulous way to end their Winter Games.
With tons of classic moments, I think Hannah Kearney's Gold medal in the moguls was my favorite. I was off my chair for that one.
Which event had you screaming at the TV?
*Images from NY Times