Someone has her bedtime story memorized.
Couple things: 1. The first 12 second are upside down … my fault. 2. Mae takes a break from 1:13 to 1:34 to discuss the ceiling fans and air conditioning in her bedroom. Hang in there, she gets back to the book.
Also, we had a nice Thanksgiving … gobble, gobble!
We’ve been having about a month of “off” weather. A few very rainy weeks (great for starting the garden, more below), followed by several extremely windy days. I think we’ve only been to the beach once since I last posted (gasp!). My hope is that the weather is getting everything icky out of its system before Christmas Eve, when my sister and her family arrive for a week. So excited already!
When it’s gloomy out, wearing your shades can brighten thing up. Paradoxical, yes.
Lots of rain means old canoes full of tadpoles! Mae figured out how to catch them herself. Sometimes they even got kisses and lullabies. She was very careful not to squish.
The vegetable garden is off to a good start. This year we’ve planted tomatoes (3 varieties), cherry tomatoes (3 varieties), cucumbers, red bell peppers. eggplant, sweet potatoes. watermelon, green onions, dill, arugula, green beans and soy beans (edamame variety). Oh, and the pineapple plant I started over the summer. I usually have more herbs, but they can be so fussy, I just didn’t feel like dealing with them this year. Mae can give an expert garden tour and she caught on to weeding really quickly. Only two cherry tomato casualties, which needed to be thinned anyway!
Sidewalk chalking has become a full-body activity.
This past weekend we took a very windy walk on North Point. Mae hiked like a pro and especially enjoyed the portions where we pushed our way through stabby bushes. I was worried about her little eyeballs, but she loved it! (It was also father-daughter Blackhawks gear day.)
And now I’ll leave you with these two nice osprey, who were completely unconcerned with Zipper’s maniacal barking and attempts to leap up an old telephone pole.
In which Mae confuses her new baby cousin with her favorite candy:
Making progress with the alphabet … I promise this began with A, B, C, D:
Grenell Island is my favorite place in the world, so it was wonderful to spend 2 and a half weeks there during our vacation. We made lots of classic “river” memories … swimming, feeding the ducks, canoeing, spending lots of quality time with Grandma and Grandpa, fishing and tubing (by proxy), boating, porch sitting, and catching up with family and old island friends.
We were also very lucky that Mae and her older-by-nine-weeks cousin Audrey got to spend a whole bunch of time together, including a really great trip to Old McDonald’s Farm. Seriously, that farm is awesome and even though we were there over a month ago, Mae is still talking about it at least twice a day.
Are we having fun yet?
On our 6th wedding anniversary, I force-marched Tom, Mae, and my mom to the spot where we got engaged. Yay for the MAC Nautre Center!
Some friends that we know from their time spent on San Sal happened to be up at the 1000 Islands at the same time (small world!), and they invited us to an amazingly lovely chamber music concert on Pine Island, for which we cannot thank them enough.
All in all, it was the perfect Grenell getaway. After a quick stop in Pennsylvania to catch up with dear UofC friends that we hadn’t seen in far too long …
… we were on to Mae’s home town, Baltimore!