What to muse about today?

July 23, 2014 ~ Dye! Dye! Dye!

Now to wait…

Today we had a tie-dye play-date!  It was fun.  Well, once we got stuff set up and prepped and then stopped the girls from jumping on furniture and throwing dress-up jewelry.  To be fair, they were excited for both the play date and to tie-dye.  They haven’t seen their friends from day care in a few weeks.

I thought it would be easier to have one girl go at a time, so took Ashlin first, leaving Teagan to play with her friend.  Ash didn’t like the gloves, but did ok putting the dye on her shirt.  Teagan was very eager, starting to squeeze the bottles before turning them over and aiming on the shirt.


It was chaotic fun.  With popcorn.

I even got a chance to try to make a sunflower shirt.  I can’t wait till tomorrow to see how they turned out!


Rainbow of potential!


July 22, 2014 ~ The Little of the Lake

Rollercoaster Rockstar

Today I took Ashlin to Lake Compounce.  It was just the two of us today, one on one time with my little girl.  Teagan was a bit jealous and sad when she found out where we  had gone.  But she’ll get her day at Lake PomPom too.

We ended up getting there a bit later in the day than I expected, but we had an errand in the morning and she took a two-hour nap.  You can’t ever regret a nap like that.  Then of course, we had to do her nails before we left.  The first time she’s had real nail polish on – and she picked out the color – purple, of course.

Of course, I had to try it out – while she napped – intrigued with the deep grape shade.  We have matching nails.  Tee hee hee.

Matching nails

On the ride up, I mentioned to her that there were some rides that she’s tall enough to go on, with me, that aren’t in the kiddie section. She was excited. I told her about Thunder Rapids – the round floom ride. I explained it was like a round boat. We watched a few people go by, and she said she wanted to do it.

She didn’t realize that she’d get wet.  Even though we saw people coming off wet, that it was a water ride.  There were some tears, I held her hand for part of the ride.  Walking back to the other rides, she calmed down quickly, as she usually does.  It was the water.  She didn’t want to be wet.  The ride itself was fun, she was just unhappy about the water.  Fair enough.

We walked to the far side of the park to try some of the other new rides.  American Flyers was a no-go, nor was the Sky Ride, but the Zoomer Gas n’ Go was a hit.  We had to do that one twice.  And the big carousel, and the elephants.  Oh, and the small roller coaster.

We were having so much fun that we got home late.  It was a good day.

Lake Compounce Fun

Hi Mama!

Happy Girl



Hoping Thursday – with the big one – is as good.



July 20, 2014 ~ Canal

The tortoise and the hare

Today we went out with the girls.  They needed a bit of running around, energetic exhaustion.  We needed them to be entertained, and then tired.  After a bit of googling for local bike trails, we decided to try  a bit of the Hamden section of the Farmington Canal Linear Park.

After an aborted nap and a quick bite for lunch, we put the girls bikes and helmets in the trunk and headed out.  The girls were excited, they LOVE riding their bikes.  We found out that although Teagan can book on her bike Ashlin will end up winning, even with her short legs, as Teagan is too easily distracted by trees, flowers, bugs, the grass.

The park was very nice, once we got on the trail – we now know where to park for next time!  Lush and green, nice bridges and railings when needed.  It ran alongside the Merritt Parkway for a bit, so was a little loud, but eventually veered away.

Teagan impressed both of us, she was able to start her bike from a dead stop, even on a hill.  She could also get herself much further up hills than we expected.  Ashlin also impressed with her skill as well as with her stamina and perseverance.  We ended up walking/riding just shy of four miles – at least twice as long as they are used to.

We did figure out that we need at least one adult bike with us.  The girls get a bit too far ahead of us for comfort, with their unbridled enthusiasm.  Thankfully, we have one.  Though two would be even better!

We will go visit more of the canal when we can.

Goofing off on the bike ride


July 16, 2014 ~ Recovered draft from June 21, 2014 ~ Surreal For Real

Tower Impossible

So, I found these snippets of conversation in a half-finished draft in my wordpress posts…  From when the girls were playing in the playroom.  So bizarre:

“pizza on kite”
“hello tony”
“my shoes on the cloud”
“coffee on on the silly cup”
“I can’t see my left foot.  Where did you leave it?  in the playroom.”

Most of these were Ashlin, though the cloud one may have been Teagan.  I think they were doing a hidden picture puzzle, which would make sense for the pizza being on the kite…  Sometimes the house is so weird.

After resettling Ashlin for the fourth or fifth time, (thank you big thunderstorm,) Stu came downstairs last night and asked if I had given her any chocolate chips today.  He then proceeded to tell me the conversation he had just had with her.  She asked to go to the bathroom, so he sat with her as she did her business.  She said that she was pooping chocolate chips, and that we shouldn’t tell Teagan.  It was a secret.

Sometimes you just can’t make it up.




July 15, 2014 ~ Life In General

Riding Away

So.  It’s been a rough ride these past few weeks.  I didn’t mean to effectively disappear, but wasn’t in the right mind – or with enough free time – to write about any of it.

The girls are awesome.  Well, mostly.  Still some behavior issues, but that’s to be expected at three and five.  Some sleep issues, but well.  We do what we can there.

The bizarre thing that is my now life allowed for the girls to attend daily swim lessons up at the pool I grew up at.  Well, where I spent entire summers before I could drive.  The girls and I stayed at my folks, as Stu still had to work.  My mom helped me keep the girls entertained – Fire House, Police Station, Zoo, Cat statues, nature lesson, ducks, library.  Dad would come watch the lesson and leave for his job at the post office.

Ashlin started the first lesson off timid.  Shy.  Terrified.  She’s never good at transitions, strangers, new things.  But she eventually got in the water, did a few of the activities the first day.  We praised her and she was better the second.  Teagan was a rock star, though she was nervous too.

The second and following lessons were much better.  Both girls needed different psych up chats – Teagan to sit still and listen, Ashlin to do what the instructors asked.  They were better and better.  I got us into a pool a day once or twice (where I took a total of three (!) pads removed from Teagan’s float vest!  And got Ashlin out alone with her float vest with a noodle.) before we left to go home for the weekend.  Home.  To Stu.

The second week was even better.  Teagan was able to do a few paddles on her own power at the begining, and swam halfway across the pool – from a jumping start! – by the end.  Ashlin advanced far enough to not have a death grip on your neck, but only hold a finger or two, and blow bubbles and float a tiny bit on her back, if you didn’t let go.  By that second Friday, she was rocking her vest.  Alone.

So proud of them.

As we needed to be in New Jersey – the shore! – for a family gathering on Saturday, the three of us met up with Stu south of my folks, east of our house and left his car for what we thought would be a long weekend, but was shortened due to poor wi-fi.

My knitting is calling, as is the thunderstorm, so I’ll leave the tale here.  For now.  I will be better about updating more frequently.  Promise.  I will have a lot more free time  - at least for a while.


PS.  Some pictures of our adventures are up on flickr….  I’m still going through some of them.  Go and check them out!

I floating mama!

Big circles


June 20, 2014 ~ Flowers


Today I made flowers.  Paper flowers.

Months ago, Ashin asked if she could have a mobile like Teagan’s.  A photo mobile that I’ve various paper decorations for – Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s, St. Patty’s days as well as spring, winter, fall.  Oh!  And some generic stars to go with the rest of her decor.

It took a while to find another mobile.  Amazon eventually made one available on Prime, and I added it to an order.  So, it sat out of sight for a while.

Today, I finally decided to swap out Teagan’s eggs with flowers.  And as I had a little time, I made some more.  The giant hydrangea were a bit too big for the mobile and would get caught with each other, so I put one in each girls room.  I split the original ones across the girls, made some new ones in new colors, and added some dragonflies to further spruce them up.

Not wanting to put a new hole in the ceiling, I used a thumbtack to hang Ashlin’s mobile up.  That will leave a tiny hole if, and when, we decide to move it.

Teagan isn’t expecting her mobile to be different…  Ashlin doesn’t know she now has one too.  I hope they’re both excited.




June 12, 2014 ~ What Does the Fox Say?

What does the fox say?

What does the fox say?

Today I saw a fox in the yard. He loped out from behind the bird bath, pausing slightly when I grabbed my camera.  He was smooth and sneaky.  Not there very long, I only got a few blurry pictures of him.  But they’re clear enough to show that it was indeed a fox.

We are getting quite the collection of animals in this yard, though not as impressive as in the old house:

  1. 1. groundhogs
  2. 2. rabbits
  3. 3. crane (who did not eat a fish)
  4. 4. red tailed hawk
  5. 5. Dozens of deer (at one time!)
  6. 6. Coyote
  7. 7. Fox

He was kinda cute.



Run Fox Run




June 7, 2014 ~ After

20140608-123956-45596425.jpglook at that! They were both out like lights last night. Sleeping hard. Barely on their beds, unaware of me as I gently pushed them away from the edge, tucked them back in and kissed them.

It was a good day with lots of laughs.




June 7, 2014 ~ Watch Out For the Polliwog!


We found tadpoles!

Lots and lots of tadpoles!

The girls were excited as we ate a quick lunch, gathered some snacks, put on old and tatty sneakers, and packed them in the car.  Though Ashlin did succumb to her no-nap protest and studied the inside of her eyelids on the drive out.  She ended up with a decent 25 minute or so nap.  Teagan, Stu and I played punch-buggy.  She is getting better at it.

We took the swamp walk, a meandering wood pathway through some wetlands with stinky water.  There were some pretty purple flowers, red and yellow birds and lots of green stuff.  No polliwogs.  Also, no water access.

After a little bit we arrived at the south shore of the lake.  As we crossed the dam we could see shallows and reeds.  Muddy shore, but tadpoles!  Teagan came right up with me to look at them.  Ashlin hung back a bit.

Lesson on catching tadpoles

Teagan always jumps in with both feet – literally today – when learning something new.  She doesn’t always slow down enough to take in instructions.  It took her a few attempts, and shoes full of mud, before she caught any with the net.  A few more to catch them with her hands.  But she did it!  And had so much fun.

Ashlin went up with Stu, but she’s always a bit more hesitant with new things.  She preferred using the net, but did get ankle deep in mud and caught a good bunch of polliwogs.


Stu caught some too – with the canister lids! – but didn’t get his feet wet.  I had squishy shoes.

We took a few of them home, we do need some frogs in our fish pond.  They didn’t survive that super cold winder two years ago.  It was a quiet summer last year without any.

It was a very good day.

Ashlin was giggling so much she got hiccups.


PS.  Album is here for more pictures.


June 6, 2014 ~ Beach


Meig’s Point

Today I was out by where we used to live, so went to one of my favorite places. We needed a parking pass for the summer.  It makes no sense to go there, buy the pass and go home.  Crazy.  I took a little time to wander around and dip my feet into the water. Brrrr!  It was cold!

I grabbed a few shells to bring to the girls – they’ll be so excited to see them.  It will reinforce the idea that good behavior will get them good things.  Other than Ashlin waking up at stupid 5am, they were both very good today.  And continued to be good tonight, even though Ashlin was so tired everything made her cry.

The shells did their job.  They each picked a few then sat at the table describing their shells to each other. The girls are so excited about the possibility of going to the beach.  And to the zoo, and to the amusement park.  If they’re good and behave.  These trips may be the days only one of them is home with me – so I’ll do two trips a week – or maybe if we have company, on the day I have them both.  We’ll need to see.  Somehow I think the beach will not be the day I have them both.

Tomorrow, we’re going to go catch tadpoles and maybe hike a little.

I know we’ll have a great – and fun – summer.

Looking to the Jetty


Cold Ripples




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