Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Charmer

What is happening? 
Ferris wakes up now and says, "nose," "hahr" and points at my face and head. Today he said, "Mama is at work." I wasn't actually at work when he said that, but nonetheless...  Seriously? Sentences? Sentences with new words all at once? Nick said that he pointed to Elmo at Target. We have been pretty restrictive about tv, ipads, phones, licensed characters. And his school is the same way. 

Ferris, how do you know about Elmo?! I couldn't help but sound accusatory. He can't yet answer this question, so we remain perplexed. Elmo is like the toddler mafia.

King of Minneapolis!




And P.S. we are still doing salad month, but the pictures just aren't gonna happen anymore.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Sling Diaries: Expression

Ferris,

You head out into your world with optimism. You say "Oh KAY!!!" and "Let's GO!!!" with such enthusiasm. When I hear your bright tone of voice, I make the surprising realization that maybe you're copying my tone of voice, and maybe I'm an optimist too.


Your index finger wakes me up each morning, when you poke my face and say "NOSE!" You're too matter of fact for 6 a.m. Although I've had this nose for my entire life, motherhood allows me to match your excitement about the wonders of my face. Sometimes your expressions are calling it like you see it. Doggy! Kittay! Sky! Nose! Oatmeal! Sometimes your expressions are more complex and I realize that you are becoming a real person with depth and quirks. You say "all done!" when we play a song that you don't like. If it's not LMFAO or The Lumineers, it's "all done!" You're an excellent dance partner, even though you put your hand down my shirt and smirk. You know what you're doing.




I write down a memory every day in this book. Ferris has a cute mullet. Ferris put plastic spoons in the tripod for an hour and a half. Why is it that humans have to endure painful moments, while these lovely ones evaporate into the past?


I would raise 18 babies, if I knew each one would be a Ferris.

Ferris, your papa and I love you with all the cliches that have ever been spoken. I express it by taking a million pictures, because each version of you is worth keeping forever. I express it by putting the camera down, because you love an unadulterated view of my face just as much as I love yours. 
Love always, 
Mama


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Yea right, like I'm going to India.

We're still at it. So many salads I can't remember them all.

Meanwhile, Ferris continues his daily routine of feta and blueberries. 

And Thursday, I booked a trip to India. Yep, when I went to lunch I had absolutely no intention of any vacation anywhere in the near future, let alone India. And when I came back to my desk, I was booking my seat on the Bombay to Paris leg of my trip, thinking a) WTF, is this really happening? and b) how fun life can be when you let it surprise you.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Remote, part 2

Ferris dug into my camera stuff and meticulously extracted the remote from its case. Nick and I decided to mess with him: every time he pointed the remote, Nick turned the kitchen lights on or off. He started to point it at everything, including me as you can see. 

This is what 19 months looks like, drunk with power.

Day 2, another smashing success! As verified by Nick, our resident salad skeptic.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Eau de Syrup

Happy New Year!
I'm excited to finally use my gorgeous new planner!
We had a lovely time celebrating with our friends and had a crazy dinner party with 9 live lobsters! Since they were hosting, we took on the task of buying them and transporting them. I was slightly paranoid that they would get out and claw us. Zero of us had experience with lobster, but with the help of google, we had a pretty successful night. The entertainment value alone was worth it. Fear! Excitement! Drama! Food!
The crowd watched with awe and wonder.

I'm not one to make resolutions by any means, but we've decided to make January the month of salads! We are trying to eat a salad for dinner for every single day of the month. Here we go again with the gimmicks, but it's much easier to stick with such a simple plan. It stretches our health, creativity, and skills. I think our friends Ran and Hadas will be especially proud of us since they are way ahead in the area of vegetable eating. Ok, I wrote it out loud, so you can hold us accountable. Day 1: Fingerling Potato Salad with Balsamic-Mustard Vinaigrette. Luckily, even Nick was won over with this salad, we're off to a great start!

*As for the title of this post, Ferris smells faintly of sugar these days, and Nick has aptly coined his toddler aroma "Eau de Syrup." I'm still amused.