Tuesday, May 15, 2012


I've made several references and put up a couple pictures about Songkran, but I never did the big picture dump post.  This is our second year to celebrate and it's one of my favorite days.  I wish I could actually be in Thailand during the festival one year to be more a part of it and really "get" the whole thing.  Kanga says it's amazing.
I was going to link to last year's post and then I realized I never did one like this.  There's a Songkran album on the facebook page, I think, but I never got around to posting here.  Shocking, I know. Anyway... pictures!  Out of order and chaotic, but that's kind of how water days go!

Copper and Roo jockeying for pool space

Hercules still is not super excited about getting very wet.

I totally forgot to tell her mama that we were doing water day- she's only here on Fridays.  Looking sporty in O'Malley's big t-shirt!

Getting ready to dive in
Tigger with a bucket of water, hunting Kanga down so he can throw it on her
Perdita had a great time watching from the porch

No such thing as too much water for Copper
Tarzan took control of the water guns!
Whoa!  Lots of water!

Cute watcher
Hmm... wonder if I could drink that?

Yes!  Yes I can!
Really?  Seriously?
Lady loves the water!

Mater didn't want to get in the pool, but was very happy to have friends throw water on him.  Silly boy.
Tasty mud?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Friday Focus: Alice

Miss Alice is quite the big girl now. She's been walking for months, so for her that wasn't really the defining factor. Not sure what it is, but all of a sudden she's one of the big kids and not one of the babies. She wants to be in the thick of things, whether that's on top of the table or exerting her dominance over Perdita. :) This picture totally cracks me up. They were both having a great time. Perdita was smiling until she heard me say "excuse me young lady!"  And then they both looked at me like I was crazy.


She climbs like a mountain goat already.  She's so tiny and yet so nimble.  I think she's got the perfect build and temperament to be a star gymnast if she decides she wants to do that.  I could totally picture her on the uneven bars or doing triple flips off the beam in a few years.

When we celebrated Songkran she wasn't sure at first if she wanted to get wet or really get involved in any of the craziness.  It took her a few minutes of watching before she made a decision.

Then she realized mud was a good thing.  She splashed and played and let people throw water at her.

She's got the most infectious silly grin.  I love listening to her laugh.

Alice's mom is very generous about sharing things with us that they've outgrown at home, or things that Alice isn't using.  It's funny though, seems like the last few things she's brought over because Alice won't play with at home- those have become her favorite toys here.  I'm not sure if it's just the comforting feeling of recognizing stuff from home, or maybe things look a lot more interesting once you have to wait in line to play with them.  The cup she drinks from every day here is one from home that she threw on the floor and wouldn't drink from.  The girl's got herself some strong opinions and isn't afraid to let us know, even if they change daily and are based on location.  :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Yummy Breakfast

I found this baked oatmeal recipe on pinterest and it is so deliciously fantastic!  I make it probably once a week now and almost everyone LOVES it.  Parents have started asking for the recipe, so here is the link.  I use cinnamon instead of five spice powder and leave out the orange zest.

YUMMY oatmeal.