Sam’s North Carolinian grandparents gave her a subscription to Highlights High Five magazine for Christmas. Sam loves these magazines. Each issue includes a kid-friendly recipe. Today she wanted to make the February “banana dippers” recipe. The recipe calls for peanut butter but we substituted sunflower seed butter. Mix sunflower seed butter with a little bit […]
Archive for February, 2010
Refurbished snow ladies after yesterday’s new snow. When I asked Sam what their names were, she said, “They’re called “Soldiers of the Sun.” Apparently the pine cone at the bottom of the soldier on the right is a sword.
Also best purchase for 2010. We got more snow today. I never thought we’d be leaving a snowy eastern United States for better weather in the UK.
The best way to get Sam to open her clenched mouth at the dentist’s office? Tell her to be a lion.
This morning my father drove me and Sam up to an immigration facility in northeast Philadelphia so we could submit our “biometric data” to the UK consulate in support of our Tier 1 visa application. “Biometric data” made me think on the one hand of technologically advanced body scanners that could calculate blood pressure, heart […]
so this week’s class at Tyler Arboretum, “Flowers in Winter” met in the old barn.
When he doesn’t want his picture taken.
I know, this week it’s either snow pictures or Sam’s drawings, but hey, both are in plentiful supply around here. Just now while I was writing up yet another packing and storage list (movers are scheduled to pack up our house in California on Thursday) Sam sat down at the table and whipped out this […]
I wish this photo captured just how fast Sam was spinning down the hill on the new sled her father sent us. It was just too fast for my fingers. But this is how she stopped at the bottom of the hill: She’s named the new sled “Cheetah.” Thanks, AC!
Compare to last Monday’s picture.
Sam’s rendition of this page in Katharine Holabird’s Angelina Ballerina:
My parents’ cat, Ren (short for Renfield) asleep in his carrier a few hours before his trip to the cat hospital. He’s been poorly for over a week. Turns out he has what is most likely chronic liver disease, quite common for Himalayans.
Storytime at the library was followed by toy time. Here is Miss Julianne, the new children’s librarian, asking the girls about their towers.
From left to right: Snow Creature (a bit eroded), Valentine, Heart, and Bird.
since I’ve seen him. Thank you, love.
Sam and I are participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend. After two 15 minute watching sessions, in two different places, our tally so far is: 30 Juncos 30 American Tree Sparrows 29 Northern Cardinals 9 Blue Jays 5 Grackles 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker. Sam spotted the Red-bellied Woodpecker first. “Mom, look, it’s the […]
Today was Sam’s second Tiny Trackers class at the Tyler Arboretum. The title was “Tricky Tracks”–how to find evidence of animals in winter. Things we looked for included: tracks, habitats, body parts, and scat. Before the kids trudged out into the snow, the teacher showed them some of the things on this table. The most […]
Sam climbs to the top of the snow mountain next to the house. This is before Mr. Plow came and cleared the driveway, so the mountain is even bigger now. When Sam saw the plow come up the drive, she came running to me with tears sparkling on her cheeks. “Mom, the plow is going […]
Didn’t we just do this? I took this picture on Saturday, a mere four days ago. 18 inches have fallen so far and it’s not supposed to stop until midnight.
Sam and a few other kids in the Garden Sprouts class at Tyler Arboretum watch as Miss Karen pries open a seed pod. The class today was about how winter plants provide food for animals and birds. After the walkabout through the Arboretum, the kids made bird feeders. Sadly, this project included peanut butter, so […]