Peeper and Shrike made some “treasures” today, using cardboard, glue and paint, based on a “Mr. Maker” video.
Shrike was off today (her one day off out of nine, after having a four-day weekend last week), and the weather was nice, we were a’grillin’ again.
In the interest of getting up off our asses and actually moving around a bit, we’re trying to take the doggies for walks as a family, as often as possible. This morning, it was lovely out, and not too hot. While we stopped for a bit of a rest, Peeper stole my phone and took a few photos.
Shrike’s in the middle of a 4-day weekend, so tonight was the third night in a row that we grilled for dinner. On the menu this evening: hotdogs and s’mores.
The Today I Ate a Rainbow blog recently did a review of a book called Getting to YUM: The 7 Secrets of Raising Eager Eaters
, and it sounded really cool, so I checked out the website, and signed up for their Taste Training Plan. It says it’s for toddlers, but the “games” (experiments, really) are geared for kids 5 or 6 years old and up, and our whole family is going to be giving it a try. According to the website:
The Toddler Taste Training Plan is a 10 week plan designed for toddlers between 2 and 4 years of age.
Your toddler will be introduced to a range of fun flavours and different vegetables–a great way to help them become a good eater for life.
Each week you’ll receive a fun newsletter with:
– easy, tasty recipes
– a grocery list
– Feature Veggie coloring pages
– a fun game or activity
– tips for healthy eating routines
At the end of 10 weeks, you’ll receive a personalized Taste Training Graduation Certificate.
The first week will be relatively easy, because it features carrots which we all like, more or less. Shrike likes them just about any way you can prepare them, Peeper likes them raw or super-cooked, like in soup, and I’m still working on it, but I put tiny pieces in my salad, and will take a few bites of a stick if Peeper shoves it in my face.
Other weeks will be a bit more challenging for some of us, and some weeks will be a challenge for all of us, but we’re going to give it a go.
Wish us luck!
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Peeper and I started our day with a trip to the farmer’s market, which was unseasonably chilly for the middle of June.
From there, we went over to “the farm in the city” where we picked up some more fruits and veggies and visiting with the critters.
Home for a quick lunch and to pick up Mommy, and then we went back downtown to see the ballet, a performance of Snow White by the local ballet theater company. After the show, we went back home and grilled up some chicken for dinner.
Then we took the doggies for a walk.
After dropping Peeper at school and the truck at the mechanic, Shrike and I went out for a little breakfast date before I headed off to work. It took three tries to find somewhere open downtown, but at least we got to see this adorable family at our first unsuccessful stop.
Shrike was at work yesterday when we the court decision was announced, but Peeper and I went out to dinner, although she didn’t understand that we were celebrating.
On the way, we stopped at the wine store and picked up a little something, then Shrike and I celebrated when she got home.
I know I try to be a bit coy about exactly where we live, but I don’t think it’s any big secret that we’re in Pennsylvania. If you haven’t been near a news source today, you might not have heard that federal judge just rule the state “Defense of Marriage Act” unconstitutional. There is a possibility that it will be appealed, of course (especially given our governor) but in the meantime at least, licenses are being issued in at least some counties, and should be in all by tomorrow, and anyone legally married anywhere (like us!) is now married in PA as well.
Shrike is at work (where she was already married before 2:30 pm today) but she just texted me, “Did you ever in a million years think when we started out (in 1997) that this is where we would be?”
No, I don’t believe I did.
I’ve said all along that marriage equality would come “within our lifetime” but I don’t know if I dared to actually believe it, and I never dreamed we’d have come so far so soon. It’s only a matter of time until the various appeals get to the Supreme Court, and that will almost certainly go our way.
The times, they are a changin’
A few days ago, someone posted on Facebook about a “family-friendly” festival coming up in Shrike’s WorkTown, for / in support of the LGBT community. After confirming that it would, indeed, be family friendly (no nearly-naked leather daddies, or assholes with bullhorns), we decided it was worth a look. (After dropping our new plants off at home.)
It was really very nice. The weather was great – sunny, and breezy, a bit chilly but not too much, and warmish in the sun. The event was small, thus quite manageable, and there was a nice area for the kids, with face painting (Peeper was not interested in that) and various lawn games (she did dig those).
There were a few booths selling things, and a few informational booths, some food, live and recorded music, and of course, a few drag queens on stage.
And, we ran into people that we knew. The woman who’d posted it on Facebook goes to church with Shrike’s sister and her family, and her husband officiated our wedding. I’ve talked about her in the (far) past, she’s been a surrogate a couple of times, and we were actually pregnant together. So, we saw her and her daughter, as well as a few other people that we recognized from Christmas Eve services at their church, but don’t actually know.
Staffing a booth for another church, right across the way from the kids’ area, was Dr. T! Shrike said she thought she’d said something once about this event (it’s the third one), so we weren’t surprised to see her, but I didn’t expect her to be working. They were inviting people to paint “love rocks” so of course, Peeper made two, which then stayed with Dr. T. for the rest of the afternoon to dry. Her whole family was there, so it was kind of cool to actually “meet” her kids.
Shortly after Shrike left for work, we saw one of her “work friends,” a reporter who was covering the event for the paper, and not long after that, we saw Shrike’s sister and her wife! Peeper got a big kick out of that, and spent a good bit of time playing with Aunt J.
I had the opportunity to introduce Shrike’s sister and Tara. J said, “Oh, I’ve heard a lot about you!” and Dr. T. kind of made the “And, I’m not supposed to reply to that” face, but I let her off the hook and said something along the lines of, “And she’s heard about you, too.”
When the festival closed, Peeper and I stopped at a playground on the way to our car (it was held in a park) and she played for a while, while I tried not to be crazy-protective-mom, although my knees were tickling and my tummy was turning flips, watching her climb some of those things.
After that, we picked up some food, and met Shrike at work for dinner. While we were there, one of her buddies came to say hi. Shrike showed Peeper a sound system that was in the break room, and told her that Mr. D had set it up. He asked her if she’d ever heard her voice over a microphone, and when she said no, he made it “Ellie size” and turned it on.
She sang most of Let It Go, and I’m pretty sure the whole building heard it. When she was finished, she wanted to do Defying Gravity, but we were a little worried that we were all going to get in trouble, so thought that might not be the best idea.
I would have video of the performance if my phone battery hadn’t been dead by then. Bummer.