Monday, October 26, 2009


99% done.

Zadie tried on the body (though I made the head opening too small so we had to cut a slit down the back for extra room. Good thing fleece and felt don't fray :), but she won't try on the wings or the bonnet...maybe when she figures out she gets candy when she does...

I'm still considering whether or not to I should add antennae. Zeb won't allow me near the glitter spray paint so we will have to see.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Monkey Swing!

Last weekend Zeb decided it was time to climb up the oak tree to tie a rope with some knots.

He then fashioned a nice round platform to sit on to make a Monkey Swing! Zadie added some local color.

We then all took a turn testing it out.

It tends to twist to one side a bit, but it's great fun. Maya doesn't quite know what to make of it but she enjoys supervising from her favorite position.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The L-word

Zadie came back from her stay at Grammy's with a new phrase.

"Mommy, I love you"

The first time was over the phone...maybe coached by Grammy.

It is difficult to tell how much of that phrase she understands, but it is amazingly sweet regardless. She doesn't say it very often...I've heard it maybe 3 times in the six weeks or so since but it always makes me smile.

She came back from my mom's this Monday saying

"Zadie two old"

I can't believe she will be 2 and a half in a week.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I have been following quite a few bike commuting blogs since I restarted the commuting by bike. Many of them go further to what they call 'car lite'. In addition to biking to work, they are replacing other short trips by car with trips by bike.

Great idea, but definitely easier said than done when a toddler is involved.

Yesterday I took a step closer to car-lite-ness.

The next Sookie Stackhouse book was on hold for me at the library. Since the days have been longer and it's only about two miles or so to downtown I figured I had enough daylight to make the trip by bike after Zadie was in bed. I was a little nervous because Zeb wouldn't be able to rescue me should something go wrong since he couldn't leave Zadie alone in the house. It was great! Aside from some minor mishaps when unlocking my bike (I couldn't get my lock to relock...and I somehow messed up my wheel sensor for my bike computer when) it was a nice ride.

I took the Los Gatos Creek trail back which added about a mile and required a bit of climbing, but it was very pretty at sunset/twilight.

I'm thinking that when the commute becomes too long for me to handle, the trail may be a nice alternative for keeping up the exercising...

Next on the list of car trips that might be replaced...emergency grocery store runs?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Camping with Toddler (and Puppy)

We went camping in Yosemite over 4th of July weekend.

The trip up was pretty smooth. We got to the gate in about 4 hours, but it took another hour and change to get through the gate and into the campsite. We got there right around Zadie's usual nap time.

After a quick lunch I tried to take a nap with Zadie while Zeb walked Maya. In our attempt to make the experience easier for Zadie (and my achy pregnant back) we brought the aerobed. I felt a bit guilty for the luxury but when I saw that some other folks had brough not only a fold out bed but an easy chair with leg rests I didn't feel so bad.

Unfortunately, there was to be no napping with all the excitement of lunch at a picnic table, tent, setting up camp, tent, squirrels, and of course, the tent. Trying to get her to sleep at night was an even more difficult task. She finaly conked out around 9:30 but would keep waking up every 20 minutes or so until sometime closer to 2am. First she was too hot. Then she lost her paci. Then she had slipped off her sleeping pad and elbowed the ground and her elbow hurt. Then she was too cold.

At least we didn't keep the neighbors up.

The second night went much better. It still took a while to get to sleep (probably conked out around 9) but then she stayed asleep until 6:30 am. Woot!

Maya, on the other hand, was much easier. Zeb took her on 4 to 5 walks during the day which kept her tired enough to just chill around camp. By the last day she was starting to want to play, which is a bit harder on leash. If we were to do a longer trip we would probably go someplace where they allow dogs off leash or leave her at home.

We also saw lots of pregnant ladies around. Two adjoining sites had pregnant ladies and there was another one who would walk past our site to use the restrooms. Perhaps this is just another case of me seeing pregnant ladies everywhere...