Monday, March 22, 2010

Conversation at the Pool

Abigail to Stranger: "I'm having a crayon birthday party"
Stranger: "Ooh, that sounds nice"
Abigail: "I'm gonna be three"
Stranger: "Oh, wow, when are you going to turn three?"
Abigail, with pained face: "on my birthday" (stupid woman)

Childrens Museum of Phoenix

Last weekend Jake needed 23 uninterrupted hours to tile our bathrooms. Not a project for a perfectionist wife or a helpful toddler to be in on. So, Abby & I had to make ourselves scarce while he pulled all the toilets out & took over the house with dust, grout, tile saws & swear words.

We went to the Childrens Museum of Phoenix (see my 'Staycation' post of September last year - same place). It is a fabulous place for Abby's age group, she played for HOURS and had much more confidence than that September visit just six months ago.

Painting: "it's gonna be for you mum"

"Ooh thanks Abby, what is it?"

"It's a ..... air conditioner"

Painting the castle:

Concentrating on cutting:

And, the Noodle Room. This time, she loved loved loved it:

Making me a salad:

And I took this photo next to the ice-cream just so that I could get home & compare it to the September picture at the same spot:

It is true that you don't really notice the growth because you're with them everyday.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fifty Degrees & Raining, Raining, Raining

That's not a forecast we see often in Phoenix but it's what we had this past weekend. So, while I have been known to take six months to finish a book, when the weather is like this, I polish one off in a weekend:

This was a good book, not great for me, but good. It's about an average modern-day family and the silly stories the five main characters find themselves tangled up in. Nothing heavy, just comical & light. With a good deal of social comment which I always enjoy. All in all, a good read for a rainy weekend.

And what better way to end the cold Sunday than with a leek & potato soup with fresh ingredients from the farmers market?

Winter Olympics

Miss Abigail Madonna gets the GOLD for "dramatic crying & whining" this morning:


Jake has re-discovered his love for snowboarding & has gone a few times this winter season:

Guess who's DYING to try it?

Backyard Fun

While most of January & February have been cold & rainy, we have found some time to do this:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Reading Actual Books

I'm trying to read more instead of waste hours on crappy TV shows. It really does come with a much bigger satisfaction, it's just that little bit more effort than mindless television at the end of a long day. So, I'm going to post here every time I finish a book to see how many I get through in 2010.

I just finished SuperFreakonomics, the follow-up to the hugely successful Freakonomics I read last year. These guys are brilliant. And funny. And a little odd. But brilliant.