Sunday, November 28, 2010

oaky-oaks for luca

luca's adventures with food officially began this past thursday, thanksgiving day.
his first solid meal was organic, scrambled egg yokes - aka 'oaks' if you are hearing the story from harper. he completely and thoroughly enjoyed self feeding and may have even got a teaspoon or two of egg into his belly.

just look at this sweet little mess maker of mine *swoon*

i am a bit late with the well wishes but i do hope that you all had a lovely thanksgiving celebration!
from our table to yours, happiest holidays, friends. ♥

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


luca has a new mama knit sweater to go with his new mama knit hat.

this is the caelum sweater knit with marr haven wool yarn in light gray with a wee bit of rainbow trim on the cuffs and waistband. the leftover rainbow yarn from his gnome hat.

up next... tiny mittens!

Monday, November 15, 2010

shelf life

new books... LoVe!!

i have had food on my mind quite a lot lately. first there is this challenge that inspired me in a big way. on november 1st, with the company of some local friends, i started my own food challenge based on what i read on the real food website. i have stumbled a couple times - i ate birthday cake at a friends house a week ago and then again when niko turned 15 on friday. i also ate homemade pizza that had white flour in the crust, again an offering from a friend. and i am having a heck of a time giving up the sweet, sugary peppermint syrup that peps up my morning coffee. but overall it is going well.

in addition to the wonderful real food my body has been enjoying i have also been drinking a quart of green smoothie a day. it isn't hard really, since i love them!! here are my current favorite green combinations ::

1 bunch of kale
1.5 cups strawberries
1.5 cups peaches
pinch of cinnamon
dash of vanilla
2 cups water


1 cup strawberries
2 frozen bananas
2 handfuls of spinach
2 cups of water

lately i have been buying frozen fruit, i am just very careful to avoid the varieties with liquid sugar added. each shopping day i peel a big bunch of bananas, cut them into to chunks and freeze them in a zip lock bag. they add just a bit more frostiness to our creations. harper likes a little splash of grape juice in his. i suspect it is the color of the juice that he likes more than anything.

local food is also consuming my thoughts recently. we have tossed the idea of backyard chickens around in the past but now the discussion is becoming more of a plan. i have been reading the backyard homestead while i sit and nurse the baby and am getting quite excited about our future egg bearing flock. there is also a chapter about bee keeping (tony said "no!") and how to raise goats (tony said "expletive NO!")

in the midst of all of my thinking and reading and blending and eating our little luca is ready to sample his very first solid food! i am still trying to decide what to start him on. it will likely be avocado or egg yolk and we will wait until later in the week to make sure daddy is home to join the fun. here are a few more fun luca stats ::
♥ he is now 6 months and 1 week old
♥ he just cut his 3rd tooth and the 4th is almost here
♥ he can sit unassisted and play with his toys

until next time...
life is delicious! go enjoy it, friends!

Monday, November 01, 2010

november one. er, two.

i started this post last night but after homework and dinner and bath time and bed it was forgotten and then remembered today, november two. here is what we've been up to ::

he went to his first homecoming dance and we learned the half winsor knot together thanks to youtube. no clip on ties for us thankyouverymuch!

they had a daddy-daughter date to the rain gutter regatta with her girl scout troop and lunch at mongolian bbq (her choice) after.

while they were at the regatta we attended the philharmonsters performance and had a whole lot of fun even though it was a bit crowded for harper's comfort.

niko attempted to play the trumpet at the instrument petting zoo.

luca didn't have a halloween costume but he was pretty festive anyway.

harper and esme were ready for tricks and treats at "ghouls at school".

and, i finished luca's little hat just in time for sunday evening, so he went out dressed as a rainbow gnome. you can find the adorable pattern here.

we had a wonderful october with lovely weather and plenty of fun with friends and family. now we are eagerly looking forward to whatever november has in store for us.

happy monday/tuesday, friends!