Archive for February, 2010

28 Feb 2010 Banana Dippers

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

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 […]

27 Feb 2010 Soldiers of the Sun

Saturday, February 27th, 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.

26 Feb 2010 Best Boots Ever

Friday, February 26th, 2010

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.

25 Feb 2010 Open Wide

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

The best way to get Sam to open her clenched mouth at the dentist’s office? Tell her to be a lion.

24 Feb 2010 Biometric Data

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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 […]

23 Feb 2010 Rained In

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

so this week’s class at Tyler Arboretum, “Flowers in Winter” met in the old barn.

22 Feb 2010 Looking Like Her Father

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

When he doesn’t want his picture taken.

21 Feb 2010 The Marvelous Land of Oz

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

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 […]

20 Feb 2010 Spin

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

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!

19 Feb 2010 Erosion

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Compare to last Monday’s picture.

18 Feb 2010 Angelina Ballerina

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Sam’s rendition of this page in Katharine Holabird’s Angelina Ballerina:

17 Feb 2010 Ren

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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.

16 Feb 2010 Library Blocks

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Storytime at the library was followed by toy time. Here is Miss Julianne, the new children’s librarian, asking the girls about their towers.

15 Feb 2010 Snow Ladies

Monday, February 15th, 2010

From left to right: Snow Creature (a bit eroded), Valentine, Heart, and Bird.

14 Feb 2010 12 Roses and 43 Days

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

since I’ve seen him. Thank you, love.

13 Feb 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

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 […]

12 Feb 2010 Tricky Tracks Props

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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 […]

11 Feb 2010 Too Much Snow

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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 […]

10 Feb 2010 Blizzard: Take Two

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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.

9 Feb 2010 Garden Sprouts

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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 […]