We spent a lovely day at a little, out-of-the-way beach, where 5 learned about sand castles!
More specifically, how Mom can build them...
and 5 can destroy them!
Aah, the intoxicating rush of power!
It was a bit too windy to swim, so we had to entertain ourselves purely in the sand.
It didn't taste quite as good as he remembered...
I have found that every new adventure with 5 brings surprises we never even could've guessed at. Take, for instance, changing time zones. Probably something most of us never give a second thought, right? This is apparently something 5 just doesn't do...
We've been here 4 days already and even though 5 doesn't really do anything on any kind of schedule at home, he is steadfastly clinging to the Eastern Time Zone. Yeah, that's 5 hours difference.
On the bright side, we get to enjoy every single minute of daylight, never wasting the day away by sleeping past sunrise. In fact, we haven't really gotten to sleep past 5. In the morning.
We're also very fortunate that we're not big nightlife peeps, because it takes a lot of doing to keep 5 up until 8 (and if we want to get any sleep, we have to turn in soon after). Honestly, I have no complaints- it's much easier for me to accommodate his needs that to try to get him to adjust, (we're still trying to shift about a half hour a day though).
It's so interesting to think about how that type of shift could be so difficult. Even as a kid I remember it was hard the first night- you have to stay up until it's dark at least- but then you're fine. I wonder if we're going to have the same problem when we get home...
A note about the pictures: This morning, Fred decided to teach Five how to play baseball. Five found it quite enjoyable, but tended to get it mixed up with golf and whack-a-mole.
Happy New Week!
A certain someone has really been enjoying having two extra people to lavish him with attention and adoration.
Enjoying it so much, in fact, that he has gone back to two daily naps for the last few days.
Just a very few highlights (for now) from our long, family-filled, Madison weekend! 5 did surprisingly well accepting love and adoration from 17 family members for 4 days, but boy was he ever ready for some solo Mama time this morning!
Among the sweetest moments was a fishing lesson from Dad in my parents' dining room.
Baby and Daddy practiced casting and reeling in together until 5 decided it was more fun to be a fish and he chased the crumpled up paper bait around and around and around. He was having so much fun he didn't even notice Mama with the camera!
My sweet sister managed a weekend off and flew out from Raleigh for the weekend. I caught her having a Mother/Daughter moment with our Mom while they candled her ears out in the driveway... we had such beautiful weather this weekend it was hard to be anywhere out of the sun.
Last night, the boys went out to play in the snow and watch the moon come out. In the dark. Not ideal conditions for little boys who fall down walking on the carpet...
Fascinated by his amazing shadow cast by the bright bright moonlight, he bent over and over and over until he fell. Face first. Onto the ice-covered driveway. Boo.
This is his first injury that didn't disappear with some nursing and a good night's sleep. I cringe internally every time I look at his poor nose. There's a bit of road rash on his forehead too.
Clearly, it bothers me a lot more than it does him.
Me and my silly mama ego, wanting to be able to protect him from every bump and bruise and then comfort him through all the ones he ends up with anyway.
I'm sure I'll have plenty more chances to get over it.
I loved hearing about everyone's daily remnants of goodness so much I decided to do it again this week!
5 really enjoyed the addition of almond butter to his apple slices, but he preferred eating the almond butter straight from the spatula..
I call this 5's boy band pose. It's terribly cute and pairs well with his sweet sweet moves.
We have two stuffed animals that wind up and play songs. Not the same song. Different songs. Still, 5 prefers them to only be played simultaneously. And they must be next to each other.
As a kid who used to get all the Big Mouth Billy Basses (yeah, I had to look that name up) in the store playing at the same time, I can appreciate some cacophony in our lives. Especially such well-arranged cacophony.
Do you have any daily remnants of goodness to share this week?
4 tbsp oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
4 cups lentils
8-12 cups water (or broth/stock)
1 can coconut milk
juice of 1 lemon
a bunch of spinach or arugula
Heat oil in a large soup pot.
Stir in onions and cook until brownish.
Add in garlic, ginger, carrots, and spices. Cook for about a minute.
Add lentils and water, bring to a boil and simmer until lentils are soft (time will vary greatly depending on type of lentil)
Stir in lemon juice, coconut milk, and greens.
Salt to taste.
Serve over basmati rice if you wish.
Singing to the Blocks
This series above shows 5 singing to his blocks (and a little bit to me). I'm not sure, but he may have been singing them to sleep- he tucked them all under the rug when he was done...
The Cats are Out of the Bags!
Did you survive the holidays?
Make or receive any cool handmade gifts?
Last week I made a pineapple garlic cilantro sauce to go with one of our meals. 5 was a little mad that I ruined good pineapple with grody cilantro, so he and Dad ate the last few good pieces over the weekend. Good times.
My name is Ansley Knoch. I am the creator of Rispok, a line of accessories for big and little people made from repurposed materials. I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my husband, Fred, and our son, also Fred, better known as 5.