hard to photograph!
*sorry for the boring post!
unrelated: laying out with bunny the other day
[showing Stella how to jump rope (wave the shoestring and jump up and down). I should upload the video...]
We went on a little Labor Day hike yesterday up at Alta. Really, we live in an amazingly beautiful place!!
Vera hadn't napped and so it was quite frustrating at times. Also we'd forgotten the backpack. Here she is saying "No! This rock! Stay here!!!" Grrrrr
Talking to her Auntie J on the way up. Jessie, I didn't 'let' her answer the phone. All of a sudden she was talking and we could hear someone on the other side :) You probably didn't catch it, but she was telling you she was talking on two phones:
So today I made and froze four batches of sage-walnut and regular basil-pinenut pesto. I also roasted some tomato sauce with our own(!) Romas, onion, garlic and neighbors' squash and bell pepper. I really love the idea of 'putting food away' like that. I haven't had too much success with actual canning [but will try again this year of course], so today I just froze everything. I used a new idea from my NEW FAVORITE BOOK and froze everything flat in its own ziploc - quite handy as it will all stack so nicely!
Ben and I ended our day with a lovey local-esque meal of which I don't have pictures: grass-fed [so elite :)] ribeye steaks, green beans from the market, an enormous and delicious Brandywine tomato from the garden with olive oil and himalayan pink [julie!] salt... and a yummy Spanish wine :) Mmmmm everything was delicious and perfect. We even ate in our actual dining room - right next to where Vera slept. A good day!
Some random tidbits about our big 2 year old that I wanted to write down before I forget. Also, I was just thinking today how I'm entering that annoying phase [annoying to you, my family, etc.] where I'll tell you all the *cutest* things my child says. Oh my goodness today she said _____. Are you ready? :)
*When you ask her a question lately she'll start with "ummmmmm... [yes, blue, there, etc.]"
*Sometimes to ask for something especially earnestly she'll say "Please, Mommy, have it! Want it! Need it!"
*She can count to 12, always skipping 5. Her newest project is trying to count on her fingers at the same time (which she can't really do at all). If you ask how many of anything she has/wants/sees she just counts as far as she can go. loudly and emphatically.
*She can identify almost all her letters. It's crazy how fast they can learn these things!! I bought a really cool Charlie Harper ABC book after I saw it at the library - it really helped. She also got a Melissa and Doug ABC puzzle for her bday which she loves.
*The other day she had some sunglasses around her neck and held it up to my knee like a stethoscope and then said "doctor!" which was cute. Then she said a very clear "pediatrician!" I was like whaaat did you say? We had watched "Elmo goes to the doctor" before her 2 year appointment. I highly recommend it :)
*When we were on vacation we only brought a few books which we obviously had to read 100 times. Towards the end one night I tried leaving off the last words to all the lines and she knew them!
*She is going to bed happily and taking naps. Long ones! She isn't in the pickiest of eating stages and isn't throwing hit-the-floor-pull-her-hair-out tantrums. The only thing that really frustrates me lately is that she won't let me put ponytails or barrettes in. I am actively thankful for this easy moment since I know it cannot last!
A highlight of our trip was hiking to Tamarack Lake with Matty and Josh - 12 miles round trip with a couple really long uphill climbs. It left me feeling tired, hungry, happy and accomplished :) We stayed up at the lake for a few hours fishing and resting. Ben and I also had fun throwing big rocks into the water to hear the enormous ker-plunk :)
Vera had a blast with Ben's parents while we were gone, though at first she tried to argue me out of going on the "long hike" and with her on a "small hike Vera!"