making our world go ’round

January 21, 2014 by meg | 0 comments

no more pacifier! after we lost the last one, we didn’t buy another and the transition has been almost seamless. as i expected after about 3 days she found the last one in her room and was quite excited. “mama, baba, mama, baba!” she handed it to me and i looked at it and said see it’s broken (she had chewed through it) and that it should go in the trash. she made no fuss when i threw it away. zelda has proven that she’s a big girl, which we celebrated with painted toes.IMGP0896.jpgIMGP0897.jpg
while we may have sailed through the pacifier transition, nap time has gotten a bit challenging. 3 days of the last 5 days zelda skipped naps altogether. last night, after no afternoon nap, she was snoring before zach finished her bedtime story. today she was asleep in the car before we got from daycare. hopefully this transition figures itself out soon and we get on a schedule again. IMGP0990.jpg
this was how zelda looked when i finally gave up on nap yesterday. zelda has taken a new interest in her dress up suitcase. she’s mainly interested in scarves and bags in multiples. IMGP0996.jpg
speaking of transitions, today was my last day at work. i feel liberated and free and i am looking forward to setting up my own new schedule that includes yoga, being outside, relieving zach from having to run errands and getting into a bit of a domesticated routine in the afternoons (assuming zelda naps). my hope is this free us up in the evening to play as a family and then have some quiet adult time after zelda goes to bed without worrying about whether we have gotten everything done.

zelda also learned to play hide and seek from some friends. i think she’s hooked, but beware if you play with her and she’s the seeker, she counts to 10 fast – “1, 2, 3, 8, 9 – weddy or not here cowm.”

zelda’s emerging input into conversations mama and papa are having. last night zach and i were discussing dinner and she had the best idea, bacon! we had bla(vocado)ts and they hit the spot.

and finally and i really mean finally, we got eggs from our chickens. we’ve had these birds since may and no eggs. zach found 5 in the coop on sunday and i found 2 yesterday. i guess those birds heard us talking about cooking one of them up. that may still be the case, but we’ll want to figure out who is laying first. here we are testing the eggs to figure out if they are fresh or not. we found that 2 were about a week old, but the others were probably laid the day we found them. IMGP0968.jpgIMGP0970.jpg

making our world go ’round

September 3, 2013 by meg | Comments Off on making our world go ’round

we lucked out and had a four day weekend for our labor day weekend. here are the highlights of a good weekend:

cooking lots from this cook book.

putting new beads in zelda’s hair – circles and squares.

zach was our head butcher and one of our chickens ended up in the stew pot. she was a tough old bird, but that isn’t necessarily what you want in a chicken that you’re going to eat. next time we cook up one of our chickens we either need to decide to do so when its younger or plan a recipe where it can stew all day.

watching this little friendship bloom. these two are the cutest together and before never really played much together when our families would get together. we hold this family very dear as they were some of the first friends we made when we moved here. watching these kids love each other is really special.

all that new friendship took place sunday up in hatcher’s pass where we spent a beautiful, but soggy day.

winter crops are planted and a cover is on the greenhouse. however, we’re having some pretty strong winds so we’ll see if it lasts.

some serious puddle splashing that resulted in needing a bath and a change of clothes.

checking out the new playground across the street.

some baking with our own rhubarb. after finding our large plant didn’t make it this year we put in three smaller plants. each has produced some, but the one in the back yard looks like it may grow up to be a big producer like we’ve had in year’s past. first zach and zelda made this rhubarb bread and then we made a rhubarb pear blackberry pie on monday.

and finally, learning our really good friends welcomed a baby boy on august 31st. it will be nice to have a baby to snuggle soon.

baby chicks!

May 8, 2013 by meg | Comments Off on baby chicks!

20130508-102734.jpg this morning we had 10 baby chicks arrive in the mail. they are installed in the garage in a plastic tub with a heat lamp, some food and water. zelda was kind enough to share some of her dishes until we can get a proper set up in place. needless to say zelda is in love with baby chicks already.
20130508-102741.jpg20130508-102750.jpg20130508-102758.jpg20130508-102810.jpg20130508-102819.jpg20130508-102715.jpgsorry for the blurry pics, but these little ones are quick and wiggly.
also the ladies are back outside enjoying the sun completely oblivious to what will soon be their expanded flock. 20130508-122734.jpg
update: the chicks are now properly outfitted. they even have a little makeshift roof to hold the heat into their corral.


July 29, 2012
by meg
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A busy week

Time flew by in the Z household and we didn’t even manage a single post until today.  Meg and Zelda went for a long, 16-mile bike ride, with an important swing-break in the middle. We’ve (finally!) gotten around to filling … Continue reading

November 21, 2011
by meg
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We lost a chicken

Zach went out to the coop to check on the ladies, which is how we refer to the chickens collectively since they don’t have names, and found a buff not long for this world. He wrapped her up and brought … Continue reading