Exploring the outdoors

baby-141.jpg     I’ve been home for a while now, but, alas I have not been too faithful about typing in blog land…Claudia has been “cranky” [for those of you who know her personality well, you know that even cranky is mild since she usually tempers everything with a big grin, a growl and a giggle].  But the offending member finally made its appearance in the form of a little jagged white tooth that broke through her gums today.  It was a gorgeous day, so even though there is a yucky dead mouse in a bucket of water outside our garage door (don’t ask) we all went outside to celebrate the new tooth.  Above is a picture of our ONE rose on our rosebush.  Is that normal?  To only get one rose?  Well, it’s pretty anywhoooo…

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 Sequence of events….Claudia finds the grass.  Claudia picks the grass…”Hey, that looks good for eatin’!”

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Um, Maybe not so good for eatin’……    




Here she is seeing if her new tooth can chew through the plastic Little Tykes swing.


Edison has been listening to the same BACKYARDIGANS cd for 2 weeks straight.  Every day.  Practically ALL day.  He is in love.  I am losing my mind.  And singing Backyardigan songs in my sleep.  Garrison is away all week every evening doing rehearsals for a local production of “OKLAHOMA!”   Even Surrey with the Fringe on top would be better to have stuck in my head than some of these Backyardigan killers.

Other random news, our neighbors (with the goat) just bought themselves a baby cow.  Don’t you have laws against that? you ask.  Unfortunately, no.  Do not complain when your town says you can only have one lawn ornament or that you can only bring your trash out to the curb after 7 pm the night before it is picked up by the garbageman.  There are REASONS for these rules!  Where we live it’s like going back in time to the wild west.  The only rule (and this one is only loosely enforced) is that you can only have two unregistered (i.e. no wheels, up on cinderblocks, been there since 1987, etc) vehicles in your yard.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jonathan Peelle on August 16, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Our nephew is a Backyardigans fan…I can only begin to imagine what you’re going through. 😉

    Maybe you can lace some special goat veggies with a strong sedative so the goat just sleeps in your yard, rather than eating stuff…


  2. Posted by Kristin on August 16, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Jon, You have always been much kinder than me…a sleeping goat rather than, you know, the other alternative.


  3. Posted by Katie on August 16, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    I have a Backyardigans lover here too. Made the mistake of getting the Backyardigans CD out of the library for her. After returning it so as not to accrue another $15 in library fines (don’t ask), we have one disgruntled little 3 year old who cannot understand why I gave her CD away. Which one do you have by the way?


  4. You are definitely in a different part of the world than I am here in MD, Kristin… ‘The rules’ live on strong here – even leaving the garage door up for more than the amount of time it takes to drive your car into it is questionable. I’m glad I got to visit you to see your present reality 🙂


  5. Posted by Kari Stiansen on August 16, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Those pictures are really funny! And I like how you just let her eat grass instead of stopping her.


  6. Posted by Kristin on August 17, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    I probably won’t win a parenting award for letting her put the grass in her mouth, but I still remember eating grass with my brothers when we were kids and it didn’t seem to hurt us. Much. Anyway, I did keep her from putting mulch in her mouth. That’s where I “draw the line”.

    Katie, the Backyardigans cd we have (by the way, also from the Library, renewed 3 times so far) is Groove to the Music. 🙂


  7. Posted by Alyssa on August 22, 2007 at 7:34 am

    Just like you said Kristin, the wonderful grass. Couldn’t wait to see these pictures!!! She can be your new goat. 🙂
    I love you!!!


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