Monthly Archives: March 2008

Opening Day

We had the television on, to watch our beloved Tigers blow it in the 11th inning, but Ella doesn’t care if they win or lose.  She says “beesbowl” and when we’re up to bat, she wants to “hugga!” the players.  I’ll bet if they knew that, they’d play better.

It’s opening day in more than one way around here.  I just read a beautiful article about Lunar Based Pranayama  to be published soon which inspired me to add 5 minutes of focused breathing to my day.  I need to open my mind and heart a little more.

Also, we registered Peter for baseball.  Our first foray into organized sports since a couple 6-week seasons of indoor soccer 3 or 4 years ago.  Jack is signed up, too, but we didn’t get any input on that choice, so they boys will be playing on different teams (in different leagues, with different practice and game times, etc. unless of course they play against each other).  It will be an interesting Spring, that’s for sure.  I’m sure Ella will enjoy all the outdoor time, but I’m nervous about what this will do to my available work time and creative time….see why I need the pranayama?



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Barking Dogs

everyone walked today

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We were lying in bed with her to get her to take a nap the other day. We pretended we were asleep (sometimes works) and she said “SHHHHHHHHHHHH” really loudly and slid off the bed, opened the hotel room door into the living area where the boys were playing (quietly) and said “HI!” as she closed the door behind her, leaving John and me in bed.

Goodbye baby, hello toddler.

Legos with the brothers.

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freedom of speech

After an uneventful (thankfully) trip on the plane, we arrived in DC.  None of the kids have been here other than Peter in 1999, so it was an adventure the boys were really looking forward to.

Our first night here we chilled at the hotel and ordered in Indian.  The hotel staff is not helpful, so we had some major sorting out of sleeping space to accomplish, but once settled in, and after a gentle reminder from our 10 year olds that “We’re lucky to be on vacation, so let’s make the most of it!” we did.  Nice to be reminded of my own teachings from time to time.

On Saturday we traveled to VA to meet our little nephew, Reed.  Ella was thrilled, but not as thrilled as Jack was!  We all went to eat at a neat diner and pick up some food from TJ for the kitchenette.

The entire time we have been here, Ella has resisted naps.  It usually takes her a couple days to adjust to a hotel, but she has been so active in mimicking her brothers and sister and simply excited to have all 6 of us together, she’s not made time to rest…even under duress.  Finally crashed at 8 until 7am on Sunday and is like a wild animal all day long!

Snuggled into bed with her brothers:

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We met with the parents-in-law and Stephanie and baby Reed on the National Mall and began our patriotic adventure. 

Peter couldn’t WAIT to see the Lincoln Memorial, but we walked from the Capitol side of the Mall.  Ella couldn’t wait to walk, herself, so she walked from the Washington Memorial to the WWII Memorial, ran really, and then danced after seeing the ducks in the reflecting pond and sped like like a Wild Animal toward the Lincoln Memorial.

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We paused to reflect, and look at the reflections.  Steph and Reed are beautiful, aren’t they?

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Grandmom has a conference with Ella after we bribed her back into the stroller with an apple.

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Peter and Jack went with Grandpa into the memorial so the babies could have a quick nursing break.  Naturally, Ella wanted to join them, so she walked with us up the steps.

Learning a little etiquette:

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Ella and I had a discussion about Freedom on the way out.

I love that we live somewhere we can say what’s on our minds and not fear retribution.  I love that the tradition of this country is revolution.  I love that our kids can speak their minds, even when I disagree.

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Peter and Jack behind the White House.

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Originally uploaded by Pranamama.

It took almost a week and a half, but this jacket is finished. A bit too big for Ella, but with a temporary tuck at the back neckline, it will work until it’s needed again this fall. I’m so pleased that the effort yielded such a lovely finished product. I took the “slow sewing” article in Threads to heart and focused on the process.


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Work in Progress

Work in Progress

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Working in superfelted wool while Ella sleeps…so obviously it’s taken over a week to get this much done….more soon!


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Kids and home

We had such a nice night tonight.  How can it not be great when “Brainless Banana Pancakes” are on the menu?  Ella wasn’t thrilled, but Peter and I love this recipe from How it all Vegan, and make it regularly.

After packing away the groceries and finishing the dishes, we went to the basement so I could make Peter a fleece …I had a great idea about making one with exposed seams, etc.  A nicer (hopefully) version than this one:

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He and Ella played on the sewing room floor just how I always imagined they would…Playing Cariboo, building “towns” and when Peter was released to play GameCube while I tried to finish the neckline, Ella went to work on her sewing machine (no needle)with her drill (no bit).  She learned to say “needle” and “looper” today, so clearly, she’s staying downstairs long enough to learn something.  Peter watched me make the seams on his raglan sleeves because he was actually interested.  Maybe he’ll sew someday too? 

Peter thanked me (again) for teaching him how to cook tonight.

I have great children.

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