Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Today Tovina and I made zucchini muffins. And when I say 'we' I really do mean WE. Admittedly 'we' took over an hour to mix everything together rather than the 20 minutes it may have taken on my own, but other than that, I'd say it was flawless.

Tovina measured every ingredient other than the vanilla, the first cup of flour and the first teaspoon of baking powder. Even with the exceptions she still poured the vanilla and measured the 2nd cup of flour and the 2nd teaspoon of baking powder. I had no idea she was capable of leveling out a teaspoon of anything much less keeping is all in the container it started in while measuring.
T even cracked the eggs herself. (I did fish out one teeny tiny piece of shell, but I often have to do that for myself so this does not seem very important.)

My job?
I turned on the oven, read the recipe, handed her the ingredients, oversaw measurement verification, did some final mixing (its heavy mommy), and transferred the batter to the muffin tin. Though even then Tovina told me which spot to put the next spoonful of batter.

When I told T, "I'm so proud of you. I didn't know you could do all of that."
Tovina said to me, "I can do lots of things. I’m 3.’

I'm thinking that I might be able to have her bake her own cake for her 4th birthday.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Great day

Today was just a great day.
I finally made some progress with a group at work with whom I have not been able to make progress for the last 8 months. Felt good!
Was able to solve the problem of my knee high stockings falling down by using a glue stick. Easy, fun, painless, and made me giggle all day as I thought about it.
Michael spend a fair chunk of the day cleaning and house and it looks great!
This smiling creature greeted me when I got home.
We had crunchy yummy food for tonight and we all had a nice dinner together.

And tomorrow is looking equally promising as well as being Shabbat!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

New shoes and new tricks

My little girl sure is growing up. Last weekend she discovered heels.

She then discovered what goes along with heels - falling down and feeling twinges in one's ankles. That was when she decided that she didn't need to wear heels any more.

And speaking of learning things quickly, one of her new tricks at night after we read stories and I am getting ready to give her a kiss goodnight before leaving her room is saying, "Don't go, I need you Mommy."
Its nice to be needed, but man-oh-man is that a low blow. Sweet too. Very tricky child.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Petting zoo at the zoo

Baba and Zaida took T to the zoo. The first stop was the petting zoo within the larger zoo. This is yet another first in T's book of many adventures.
T was up for trying it all out, but only if she never EVER had to let go of Baba's hand.

Why is it important to never let go of Baba? Because you never know when the wild creatures might swarm!!

Or at least when the crazy domesticated animals might decide to become a little more persistent when asking for food. As long as Baba has your hand she'll save you.
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Monday, August 09, 2010

and Go Carts too!

What game of putt putt is complete without a chaser of go carts? We had the track to ourself and those of us at the side divided up our cheering efforts between the 3 active teams.

T's thoughts?
Rockin cool!!!
As the red light went on and they had to bring the cars in, Tovina asked Mari, "Why are we slowing down? More!"
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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Putt putt

Tovina had her first miniature golf experience this weekend. Aunt Mari tried to explain the finer points of technique.

It did not exactly take.

Croquet anyone? Or maybe a horsey ride.

Though we did learn that Tovina does in fact understand the point of the game.

In the pic above she just replaced her ball from 3 feet in front of the starting location to... well you can see where she is setting it up. Sometimes she just dropped the ball in the hole but usually she liked to hit it in the last 3 inches, raise her arms and yell, 'I WON!'
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