Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Well , check another item off that parent to-do list! I broke down and let Claire dive into some paint and I was so surprised at her dainty painting skills. It’s hard to believe that the kid whose food finds its way behind her ears can hold a brush and keep most of the paint on the paper.
If you look closely there are a few blue streaks above Claire’s eyebrows, but other than that c-l-e-a-n. Even I had more paint smeared on me! In my own defense (there’s always an excuse, isn’t there?) I was slathering paint on apples and onions for some stamping.
Claire seemed so proud of her creations and was happy to help hang them on the clothesline to dry. I cropped out the laundry hanging on the rest of the line - you didn’t think I’d let a sunny day pass without something cheerfully drying in the sun, did you?
By the way, onion stamps make the coolest concentric rings – hands down winner in the stamping department in my opinion. Just zoom into that picture above and check out the pattern. I’d love some suggestions for other paint related ideas – share below in the comment section.
More photos to be seen via the slide-show linky here, but if you prefer the non-moving version sans cool color halos (how completely and utterly b-o-r-i-n-g, heehee!) there is a link to the album at the top of the post. Enjoy!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Another post featuring Claire at her naughtiest – what has this blog come to?! I’ll just chalk it up to toddlerhood.
Here’s a snapshot of Claire doing the time after the crime and wiping down the wainscoting she decorated. While I appreciate Claire’s attempts at improving our kitchen decor,I prefer the clean look of white cabinetry and molding to the bold orange of her marker.
Can I just plug Crayola products for a minute? They really do wash out of everything, and I can’t say the same for some other brands we’ve tried. Of course we haven’t yet bought the fingerpaint kits – I’m not that brave yet. Claire and I have a few birthday parties coming up…maybe I’ll gift some paint and experiment at other people’s houses ;-)
All this talk of art reminded me of school. At the end of the day in second grade, I used to build in a 15-20 reading time where we’d all unwind and read out loud together or scour the Internet for some “guest readers.” If you have a few minutes check out Storyline Online’s version of the great book, “When Pigasso Met Mootise.” It was always a favorite of the second graders and Claire LOVES to watch this seven minute clip. The Screen Actor’s Guild has done a great job gathering celebrity readers and animating the actual pages in a variety of books – a very cool website we visit often, and fitting for Claire’s recent love of all things art.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We visited Long Island this past weekend and Claire got to spend some quality time at the park with her Auntie Laurie and Uncle Matt. One nice thing about “stop-sign Island,” as Dan likes to call it, is that there are many parks within walking distance.
After a nice nap on the couch (much needed after a long sleepless ride!) Claire was packed up and sent off to play while Daddy worked on Pop-Pop’s garage. I of course had to trek along to play paparazzi! Claire sampled all Rath Park had to offer: swings, monkey bars, slides and many new faces to people watch.
What a lucky catch this shot was – Claire gleefully tossing sand and Aunt Laurie grimacing as it hits her. Note the disapproving auntie look in the photo following immediately afterward. You MUST click on these photos and zoom in to see the detail of the flying sand and Laurie’s reprimanding look. You can totally tell that daycare was her former gig.
Taking some time out for a romp through the park was just what this kid needed after a long car ride and busy week. She conked out on the way home and Dan and I had the most peaceful ride back to NJ. Ahhhh…sometimes things sure do work out perfectly!
Thanks Auntie Laurie and Uncle Matt for doing such a good job tiring Miss Monkey Claire out! Next time we visit we’ll have to head to the beach and see what Claire thinks about the waves and seagulls! Don’t miss the slideshow of all the images, click here to view. Enjoy!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Keep that nice weather coming! Here are a few more pics of Claire enjoying the beach.
Click above where it says “View Full Album” to see the rest of the photos. Here's a link to the fancy slideshow of images: click here. I’m trying yet another blog imaging format so fingers crossed that this works! Thanks to Grandma Caca who captured some great photos of Claire and I together in the water – it’s nice to actually be in some photos!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I just can't believe I didn't notice what a funny video it was before posting. I'm not going to give too much away, you'll have to go and look (and laugh) yourself.
Watching her little head bobble around and hearing the babbles just cracks me up. Claire was about 2 months old when I shot that video and I find it hard to believe she was EVER that tiny!
New photos to come later - I have quite the collection living on the memory card of my camera that need to be posted.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Don't these little splatters look just like fireworks? We used our patriotic marker colors to create a Happy Fourth card for our bloggy friends - enjoy! We'll be spending the day swimming (hopefully the weather will hold out) and gorging on BBQ goodies like watermelon. We had a little watermelon appetizer today, Claire's favorite fruit.
Some more goofy watermelon pictures below or here in the Picasa Album - like the HUMONGOUS slice? Heehee...this is a photo worth framing ;-)
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Two seconds! That’s all it took for nimble Miss Claire to raid the pot of pesto pasta (say that 3x fast) after lunch. This was minutes after she polished off two bowls! I couldn’t understand her since her mouth was full, but I’m pretty sure she was saying, “I LOVES ME SOME PESTO!”
Can I truly complain that Claire is stealing pesto pasta straight from the pot? Nah. She’s downing a bunch of leafy green veggies in a delicious sauce…nutritionally speaking pesto packs a punch, right?
This pesto had a bit of a twist too – it was made with spinach (what was growing in the garden) and sunflower seeds (hanging around in the pantry) along with the usual additives of olive oil and garlic. Quick, easy and delish! Just ask Claire – oh wait, she’s busy:
I'm off to pick a peck of pickled peppers...the letter of the day is obviously "P."
Pantry Scavenged Pesto Perfection
- 8 oz (about 3 cups lightly packed) baby spinach
- Generous handful of sunflower seeds (traditional pesto is made with pine nuts and almonds would work well too I bet!)
- 1/4 C (at least) of cheese (Parmesan preferred but Romano is fine, albeit strongly flavored)
- 2-3 garlic cloves smashed and salted
- 2/3 C of olive oil
Mash all the above together saving the olive oil for last. Going oldschool with your mortar and pestle is totally an option, but I chucked everything in my food processor and pulsed for about 30 seconds. Sprinkle additional cheese on the pasta for extra oomph! Pesto freezes well and a little goes a loooong way.
I'm bringing back to an old standby with some modifications for an older, more sophisticated Claire - peek-a-boo.
Please excuse my attire - it's early, I'm trying to paint the kitchen...and did I mention it's early?! And yes, if you look closely you'll see I am wearing a t-shirt from my days playing PAL softball. And yes, that was when I was in eighth grade...umpteen years ago. I don't care - just enjoy Claire's sweet giggles and ignore the crazy lady behind the curtain in her husband's boxers and paint spattered t-shirt. I have no shame ;-)