Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Catch ya on the flip side

I picked up Em from preschool yesterday, and we did her usual gathering-of-all-the-things. When it came time to put on her jacket, she threw it on the ground excitedly and proclaimed, "Let's flip it, Mommy!"

Then she blew my mind and did this:

This is particularly exciting because 1) she hates wearing a jacket and 2) I always have to help her get them on. Now she's excited to put on her jacket AND she can do it herself! 


Em's preschool teacher is a smart woman. I've had a hard enough time getting one toddler suited up. I can't imagine how long it takes to get 10 of them bundled up for their neighborhood walks. 

For the uninitiated, this is the kind of stuff parents get excited about. Or maybe just the kind of stuff I get excited about.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: On your toes

Em loves herself some puzzles. She can do this one all by herself.


Giant necklace city, population: 1 

  Ballet class 
Ballet class 

Puddle jumper

Monday, January 23, 2012

Stuff Em Says

Brent: Tell me a story...about a duck.
Em: Once upon a time, there was a duck in a beeeautiful castle. It lived happily ever after. THE END.

Brent: Tell me a story...about a kitty.
Em: Once upon a time, there was a kitty in a beeeautiful castle. It lived happily ever after. THE END.

Brent: Tell me a story...about a horse.
Em: Once upon a time, there was a horse in a beeeautiful castle. It lived happily ever after. THE END.

Em (to Brent): High-five, man! 
Em (to me): High-five, woman! 

Em, whenever there's a lull in conversation, every day for weeks: What happens when the fire stops?

Brent, singing: No woman, no cry. 
Em, singing: Woman, just be happy.

Em: In California, we lock the doors. 

Me: Yes, I'll get you some more milk. Just give me a second.
Em (mimicking my exasperated tone): Ok, ok! Just chill me.

Em, just after goodnight kisses from Brent: Thanks so much for the kisses, Daddy! I'm going to dream about flowers growing.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

My mom's the bomb

When we broke the news of our big Los Angeles-to-Portland move to my mom, I assured her that the flight up here was short -- just a little over two hours versus the three hours it takes to drive from her home in Central California to our old place in Los Angeles. I found her a great flight deal, and my mom found herself here last week.

Despite the miles between them, my mom and Em are a dynamic duo. They crack each other up, and my mom is an eager playmate.
Storytime w/ Grandma 
 reading nook 

Her visit was a nice mix of relaxing at home and exploring the city. We visited the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which had a ton of Em-friendly exhibits.

Visit to OMSI 

Visit to OMSI 
Not-so-wild life

Visit to OMSI 
Giant frogs

Visit to OMSI
Seriously big!

Visit to OMSI 
Enjoying snakes from afar

We found a great, new (to us) brunch place, which happened to be around the corner from a tiny Filipino market. My mom went nuts over these two products, and she couldn't buy them for us fast enough.
Filipino treats
It's a sweet yam and coconut ice cream, as well as some sweet corn puffs. Both were delicious!

We also took the opportunity to enjoy the re-release of Beauty & The Beast in 3D, which long-time friends might remember is one of my all-time favorite films. I was worried it might be too scary for Em, but home viewings of the DVD proved to be just fine. I was also afraid of how she'd do with having to wear the glasses for the duration of the film, but we'd talked up the "special glasses" for weeks prior. She kept them on the entire time -- the popcorn distraction probably helped.

It meant a lot to share the magic of this film in the theater. When I fell in love with the movie on my very first date when I was a wee 14 years old (shhhhh!), I never would've imagined I'd get to take my daughter to see it on the big screen someday. She loved it, and during the big ballroom dance scene, she popped up out of her seat to give me a kiss and tell me that the dance was "beautiful!"

Another highlight from my mom's visit was her insistence that Brent and I enjoy dinner out not one, but TWO nights. We have a great date night sitter, but it was still nice to have someone watch her free of charge. We had a decadent night out at Portland's popular Beast, and another night at our new favorite Italian restaurant, a Cena

Phone calls and the internet help keep us in touch with my mom, but visits like last week keep us close. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

I never have to wonder about the weather back in Los Angeles because folks are either gloating (it's GORGEOUS!) or griping (it's WARM on CHRISTMAS! THE NERVE!) Today, however, I realize that you can take the girl out of Cali, but you can't take the Cali out of the girl.

We had our first snowy Portland day.

And I may have been more giddy about it than I should have been.

:::cue the snickers from folks in cold climates:::

It had snowed a bit this morning before I woke up, but it didn't stick. Brent and Em watched it fall, and it didn't last more than a few minutes.

Not long after we put Em down for her nap this afternoon, we watched as the light rain turned into light snow.

  Our first Portland snow

Our first Portland snow 

Then it stopped melting as it hit the ground and started to stick! 
Our first Portland snow

Just as fast as it arrived, the snow stopped, the clouds parted and the sun burst through. Not wanting Em to miss her first snow, we cut her nap short. She was surprisingly willing to get up from her snoring slumber (toddler snores are THE cutest, by the way) to head out to play.

When I told her we were going to see some snow, she exclaimed, "I want to throw it at your face!"

Um, ok!

Check out our little snow bunny.
Our first Portland snow

She was into it at first.
Our first Portland snow

We made some mini snowballs and threw them around a bit.
Our first Portland snow

We took a little stroll. 
Our first Portland snow

When I explained to Em that we couldn't fulfill her request for a snowman because the snow was too slushy, she decided she was over the snow and would rather head back inside. 
Our first Portland snow
Inside, Mommy! 

Portland doesn't get much snow, typically, but weather forecasts say it's supposed to continue the next couple of days. Hopefully Em will warm up to it a bit more and we'll get enough to make her snowman dreams come true. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Friday, January 06, 2012

Friday Five: Put a bird on it

1. Last weekend while visiting our friends, I slipped down half a dozen stairs of their. The stairs were carpeted, and I was wearing socks, so I assumed it was just a poor fashion choice on my part. I was sore for a day or two, but thankfully it wasn't worse. Today, while carrying a laundry basket with both hands, I slipped down half a dozen of the wooden stairs at our place. I was also wearing socks. Lessons? I need to start wearing my grippy socks down damn stairs, and I'm getting a new laundry basket stat!

2. Tonight is the second season premiere of the sketch show, Portlandia, which as you might guess from the title, is based here in Portland. Brent and I are still catching up on the first season, but we're fans so far. And that's not just because it's a fun way to see and learn about our new town. (This "Put A Bird On It" skit is one of our favs.)

When our in-laws flew up to visit us for Christmas, they were seated behind the show's co-creator/co-star, Carrie Brownstein. My brother-in-law wasn't convinced it was her at first, but then he caught a glimpse of her phone and saw she was texting with the show's other creator/co-star, Fred Armisen. Apparently she gave my father-in-law the stink eye when he used her seat to leverage himself out of his own seat. Quite the stink-eye appropriate offense, truthfully. So be on the lookout for a future episode with those plot lines.

3. My mom will be here in FIVE days!

4. The other day I showed Em our wedding photo.
Mr. & Mrs. 
Em: Oh! So pretty! I wish I could wear that dress!
Me: [panicking on the inside because I donated my dress to Brides Against Breast Cancer years ago.] Yeah...We had a big party, and all our friends and family were there to celebrate. Grandpa gave a speech, and then we kissed...
Me: You KISSED? [shaking her head, giggling, lightly touching her forehead] Oh, GOD! That's so silly!

We're trying to break her of the "Oh, God!" habit, which she obviously picked up from us. We have to stifle our giggles when she does it, though, because it really is adorable. 

5. If you have a spare moment, please check out my friend's post here. It's heartbreaking, and they could use your support.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Wordless{ish} Wednesdays: Be our guest

When Jen, her husband and son took us up on our offer to crash at our place on their way back from California to their Seattle home on New Year's Eve, I was thrilled. I don't think Brent and I had seen them since their wedding, maybe, in 2005!

That means this was the first time we'd get to meet the other's kiddos! Em and Jen's son are just a couple of months apart.

We met up for dinner, which started with Rowan slipping Em a mini bag of M&Ms. He knows the way to her heart already! It also earns him big points with her sweet-toothed mama!


Then they spent a few hours after dinner at our place, plowing through Em's vast collection of toys. It was the first time we'd had another kid at our house, and Em was so excited to show off her room and share all her toys. Suddenly 2 shopping carts, 4 baby dolls, 223 pieces of play food, 2 dozen cans of Play-Doh make total sense -- plenty for them to share, even if it didn't prevent all battles over certain toys. 

The next morning the kids were up bright and early, and made us some Play-Doh "cookies."
Morning Play-Doh 

Making "cookies" out of Play-Doh 

And they played Toddler Paparazzi for a bit before Jen and family made their way back to Seattle. (See? Two cameras FTW!)
Toddler paparazzi 

Albeit a brief visit, it was a lot of fun. Brent and I particularly enjoyed it because it's not often we get to see Em interact with kids her own age. We get glimpses of it at preschool drop-off/pick-up, but nothing like we saw with the two of them together.

I wish we all lived closer, but now we have an even more perfect excuse to head up to Seattle. And our PDX door is always open for Jen and her crew!