March 31, 2014

Inchy's Garden Home and Other News

Lillian lost her two front teeth, she is proud to join many of her friends and classmates in the "double gap" club.

Lillian's climbing abilities are growing every day, she recently mastered rope climbing, by climbing the rope that her tree swing is attached to, even managing to climb up the baby swing while her friend Allison is sitting in it.

The kids found a little green inchworm in the backyard, they named him Inchy and spent a good hour building him a nice home in the garden so he could hide from the hungry birds.

March 12, 2014

Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras! We celebrated Mardi Gras with our fourth annual Mardi Gras Potluck.  This year Mardi Gras was late and we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day so the kids could enjoy playing in the back yard.  Grammy was in town so she organized felt mask making for all the kids, the masks turned out beautifully and even Nash got in on the costuming, when Jessie made him his very own cape to wear. This year we discovered how much Nathaniel likes Gumbo. He is very interested in food and was curious to try some, he liked it so much he devoured three bowls before the party even started.

March 1, 2014

Happy Hollow for All

Happy Hollow, the pint sized amusement park and Zoo in San Jose, is one of Lillian's happy places, and now that Nathaniel is a little older he is able to join in on the fun. At just barely 36 inches (with shoes and a hat) now tall enough to go on most of the rides and has the staying power for a multi-hour excursion. The highlight of our visit was a close up encounter with the Jaguar who had just eaten his lunch and was lurking just a few inches from the window into his cage, watching us, watch him. The close encounter ended as the Jaguar lunged mouth open towards Nathaniel's head, banging his head on the glass and promptly retreating to nap on a sunny rock. A bit shaken by our close encounter, we retreated to the petting zoo to visit with teeny tiny and very docile pygmy goats. Nathaniel promptly fell asleep in the car and took a nice long nap after all the excitement at Happy Hollow.