December 20, 2009

Lydia Luge

An awesome work around to not having a suitable sledding hill near us.
So we used our front hill. Good times.

You Go Girl

Lydia opened her Christmas gifts early this year to take full
advantage of the blizzard. She's kicking it like Papa, sporting her
brand new Kamiks.

December 9, 2009

Sweet Honey Milk

Lydia drinking up the last bit of sweet milk at the bottom of her bowl
of Honeynut Cheerios.

December 7, 2009

Big Day Out!

First haircut! First sledding! First fireplace! First snowman!

November 25, 2009

November 3, 2009

For the love of a good...

...Dutch oven.

I adore Fall. Soup weather. And so does Dima. Or at least his stomach
does. Tonight's creation: vegetable rice dumpling soup with a "mother"
of last weekend's chicken minestrone mixed in. Yummmmmm.

Where can I get a Dutch oven t-shirt?

October 31, 2009

Cheerios & Rice Crisco

Lydia no longer wants yogurt as a go to food. This morning she has her
own bowl with milk with Cheerios and Rice Krispies.

October 29, 2009

Lydia & The iPhone

Playing a game on mama's iPhone. Counting little eggs and moving
spiders. Concentrating. Crushing the opposition.

October 21, 2009

First Pumpkin

"Grandma," my mom, bought Lydia a pumpkin when she came to visit last week. We decided that rather than drawing something traditional and carving it for her, or even just taking over and drawing our own masterpiece, we would give her a Sharpie and let he draw on it herself. Now, granted, Dima drew the mouth and we did give her guidance on where to draw circles for the eyes. But other than that, this pumpkin is solely Lydia Violet's creation. We carved exactly what she drew. Pretty cool and not bad for 2.25 years old. Sort of Dali-esque, yes?

October 19, 2009

Two Band-Aids

Today Lydia accidentaly dropped the toilet seat on her fingers and got
two little cuts. But it was all better after we put two Dora the
Explorer Band-Aids on her fingers. She walked around all day with her
fingers outstretched, but never took off the bandages.

October 18, 2009

Big Girl Bed

Today at naptime we introduced Lydia to a new concept. A bed that "won't fence her in." We removed the crib railing and attached the toddler bed rail. She napped, more consumed by the realization that she didn't have to STAY in her bed, than actually sleeping. (When nap time was over I found her dozing by the door rather than on her mattress.) Well, I'm glad we did a test run. She's now fast asleep in her new Big Girl Bed. This is her just before we read our books and said night-night. So cute. SO proud.

September 16, 2009

Rough Week

Good grief. I went to pick up Lydia at daycare today and as I was
walking up I heard a crash followed quickly by he distinct wail. Her
push-toy had gotten away from her and she had literally hit the
pavement. Face first. Ow! Poor girl. It's been a rough week.

Update on the hives...

It seems like they're starting to heal. Poor little lips. Someone suggested that they might be flea bites and she's allergic. I hope not. Because that means there might be fleas in the house. Yikes!

September 15, 2009


It's hard to see but Lydia has hives all over her face and arm. We're
at the doctor right now to figure out what's up. She's a trooper. Even
though in this pic she looks miserable. :(

September 4, 2009

Mr. Tumnus and the Ice Queen

We're at Dragon*Con in Atlanta and saw these two in the lobby of our
hotel this morning. Gotta love the Chronicles of Narnia.

August 27, 2009

Test Drive

Lydia checking out her first off road quad. Seatbelt, check! Steering
wheel, check. Hmm, how about some mutai!

Making Her Ded Proud

This morning at home and once again in the car Lydia Violet was
singing. For the most part the lyrics were "La La La," the sound that
three little pigs make.


"Sent from my eye fone!"

August 23, 2009

Look what I found at

Orange Pumps! Yummy!

Nine West Women's Quilliam Pump

Price: $71.90

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August 18, 2009

August 14, 2009

My Seff

This is not an illusion or photo manipulation. This is what Lydia Violet's feet look like after she puts on her own sandals. I must say (Ed Grimmley) that she was a big help this morning. As I got dressed, she found her sandals and put them on all by herself. Умница!

July 31, 2009

Mini Engineer

Lydia built this structure all on her own last night while I prepared
dinner. I'm impressed.

July 26, 2009

Brain play

Lydia's Godfather bought her Wedgets for her birthday. She stacked and
unstacked them for more than hour saying, "Watch," intermitently along
the way for effect. In short, she really likes them.