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Mud in the Summer



What is summer time in the desert about if not playing in the mud on a monsoon day?


They had the pool noodles in the there and everything. They call this “the lake”!

KT is here 2 days a week and it’s been nice for her to have a regular playmate come to the house. Being cousins, they have the days when they are at each others throats. They also have days that are turning several of my hairs grey. That’s life, and I think they are making great summer memories.

The Children’s Museum



This girl loves her some dinosaurs. Outside the museum there is a life-sized raptor statue that she climbs and inspects and even smiles at me through the open jaw.


Sometime after we checked out half the exhibits in the museum I started to think that I would love it if my house were filled with the same challenging yet fun activities. If I was rich what would be the use in having a wall sized TV or an extra room to function solely as the holder of the good living room furniture? Not for me, I would love it if my rooms were filled with things to climb, build, create, and figure out. A music room, building block room, magnet walls with maze pieces room, dark room with laser pens that imprint on the walls. Wow it almost sounds like I’m describing the hallo-deck from Star Trek Generations! I also think there was a Ray Bradbury book about a nursery that could read your thoughts and create an environment for you? Where am I going with this train of thought.. I lost it. Oh, right. The Children’s Museum is a cool place. We met friends there and had a pretty awesome time. Ara asked specifically to visit the Veterinarian room where she wore a lab coat and cared for the stuffed dog. I love that kind of play! I’m pretty lucky to have a kid so that I can be a kid again!

Sweet Corn


I pretty much struck out on my mission to sneak more veggies into Ara’s diet.  I think my problem is that I didn’t let her choose them, since I went to the store alone (which was like a mini vacation!).  I’ll get her more involved next week and see if that improves the situation!  So I’ve been forcing her to take “TWO more bites of corn” all week.  Fun for everyone lol. 

It’s 7pm and I’m stressing over my offer to provide lunch for the playdate tomorrow.  It’s at a friends house for swimming and since they served us lunch last time I though it was the polite thing to do.  Now, I’m just a wreck trying to think of something that will please everyone AND travel well.  3 kids and a bushel of adults.  Meaning.. I don’t know how many adults!  Ara and I planned for mini pizza bagels (like the one in the pic), carrots, grapes, bananas, and Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese.  Which should be easy enough, we even got disposable containers to use as bento boxes to make it cute for her friends!  But, the food will be cold when they eat it. Which is fine for us, but do other people think that’s ok?  Ok, (big breath) I will do what I normally do, people will like it (or not) I can’t please everyone, right?  Ok, thanks for that pep talk.  I can do this!  My freaking hobby is making lunches, you would think I’d be dandy with this kid-homework! 

I’m off to cook.

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