Monday, June 18, 2012

weekend adventures

do you ever have one of those moments where your thoughts are floating lazily, and you have this happy leftover feeling that you know is because of something pleasant you've just thought of, but you can't remember what it is and so you sort of drift through your thoughts, knowing there's something nice waiting for you in there somewhere?   i was thinking this weekend that that's kind of how shoshi mary is for me.


i'm trying to set up some daily and weekly traditions for the little family that is shoshi and me.  i have a feeling that we'll be moving around quite a bit over the next few years before we're able to settle into a home of our own, so i would like some customs for sho to feel anchored to throughout those changes.  so far i have scrambling eggs together on saturday morning, and ice cream cones on sunday night.  any other ideas? 

all shoshanna needs is a pot of water and some bowls and ladles, and she will be happy for hours.  we went to a birthday party for one of sho's peers over the weekend, and they had this elaborate enormous plastic water table shaped like a pirate ship.  it was fascinating watching all these wild two-year olds working industriously for like an hour straight, not talking, just intensely moving water around from cup to cup.  it was a good time...but i'm also thankful that sho can be just as happy with some pots and bowls in the yard.


neesy had some tickets to "breakfast with a farmer" this weekend at a dairy farm out in the country, so off we went to show our girl some cows!  it was honestly pretty sad to see the baby cows, lying alone in their glorified dog houses with a tiny fenced-in area outside for them to stand in, while their mamas stood with swollen udders twenty yards away, unable to nurse or cuddle their newborns.  it just felt wrong to me, and it was a much-needed reminder to buy foods that are made with love for the animals who feed us.


still, it was pretty cool for shosh to see some cows for the first time in her life!  her favorite part of the day was a trough filled with feed corn and buried plastic farm animals.  she kept pulling off her shoes and trying to immerse her entire body in the sheer hedonistic pleasure that is a large trough filled with feed corn.


did you know that if you put heavy whipping cream in a jar and shake it for awhile, it makes butter?  it was an activity for kids, but neesy and were like "hell yes, we were born to shake up some butter," and shook our jars with great enthusiasm, several heads taller than all the other cream-shaking butter-makers.     

                       

it was a good weekend, and it ended with my tuckered-out little dumpling of a bed hog looking something like this:  


i was quick to join her.






7 comments:

  1. lovely, heart-bursting kind of photos

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  2. She sure does know how to interact with the rest of the world. Missing a shoe? Who cares! Ice cream on my face? Whatever! I love your descriptions, I laughed out loud like every time I read a new paragraph. THe one about the 2 year olds working industrial, ho ho ho, so funny.

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  3. Thanks for capturing the beauty of that day so well.

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  4. This looks like a lot of fun! She is really beautiful!

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    1. thank you so much! i took a peek at your blog and love it. crazily enough, my family has vacationed in panama city beach every single spring since i was six (we northern spring breakers must drive you CRAZY). still, it's such a lovely spot and it will always have a place in my heart--my daughter has been there every spring of her life, too. it's cool to discover the blog of someone who lives there!

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  5. that photo with her and the ladles and the pot - makes me all weepy and happy. She and jack should have a soup party soon. That's what he calls it. AND I went a party recently that had a pirate water table - must be a hot party item this summer. We drove home and I was planning how to make one from buckets and pulleys and pans and stuff.

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    1. dang woman, you are amazing. if you do make a crazy bucket/pulley water table, PLEASE let me know how the heck you did it because that sounds awesome. if you look up "water wall" on pinterest, you'll find a ton of photos/instructions so inspiring it's hard to sit still in your chair. :)

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