Everett and I hit up the early voting poll this morning. I was shocked by how quick and easy it was…there were no chads to punch, no bubbles to color, and no lines to wait in! I guess I really shouldn’t be that surprised, but I voted via touch screen on a device that looked like an overgrown iPad. I almost let Ev push the button for president (believe me he was trying), but I was a little afraid I would get arrested for having my 20 month old cast my vote. 🙂
Bringing back the Snips & Quippets…
State of the Union: It’s October 27th and fall weather is FINALLY here. After several weeks of highs in the 80s, we finally had a cold snap that matches the amber leaves that crunch under our feet. Though Ben just started a busier rotation this week and has begun picking up moonlighting shifts on his days off, most of October included shorter work days and weekends spent together. It’s hard to believe that November is knocking and that the holiday cascade will soon be upon us.
I am thankful… for the Bongo Java vendor that gave me a free cup of coffee at the farmer’s market this morning. Their credit card reader was on the fritz and I showed up with no cash and a bundled toddler on this dreary cool morning just dreaming about the warmth and caffeine that would soon be streaming through my veins. She must have seen the desperation in my eyes…or perhaps it was my cute kid that won her over (more likely). Must remember to bring extra cash for a large tip next week.
On my mind/I am learning… that I am addicted to my iPhone. The first step is admitting and accepting, right? Seriously, I check my e-mail, the weather, my calendar, and Facebook way too many times a day. My excuse: it’s my window to the outside world while I’m spending most of my days hanging with a mostly nonverbal toddler–but I am disturbed by how often I reach for this techno-friend. I don’t want to model such device dependence for my kids and quite frankly I am scared of how this addiction will pervade our culture when Everett is a teenager. I just ordered a new book that I am psyched to read and have even gotten my mom’s club to take it on as our next book club read: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Here’s hoping it is the 12-step program I am looking for.
I wonder… how the election will shake out. Heading out on Monday morning for early voting. It will be Everett’s first trip to the polls! Maybe I’ll let him color in the bubble. 🙂
On my heart: Missing my mom at Halloween. She loved this holiday…always decorating like crazy and doting on the neighborhood kids in costume. If only she could see Everett in his homemade Oscar the Grouch get-up. While he has never seen Sesame Street, the kid adores trash so it only seemed fitting to let him run around inside a garbage can all day!
Weekly Reader: I just finished Simplicity Parenting for my book club. I recommend it to all parents–great ideas for simplifying your lives in order to protect childhood and fuel warmth and connectedness in your family. It has inspired me to declutter–discarding physical stuff and paring down our weekly schedule. I saw the author speak last winter and finally got around to reading his book. Great stuff. I envision myself pulling out this manual again and again as we travel through each phase of raising our children.
What’s Cooking: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Ben complained about the fact that they are more cake than cookie, but these were definitely a tasty fall treat!
“Ev”Capades: While I am still waiting for the “language explosion” to occur, Ev has added a few more words to his vocabulary. While he is still a man of few words, he likes to pick out challenging ones when he finally does let his little voice sing. Why waste time on mundane toddler words like “mama” and “car” when you can say “jacket” and “cinnamon.” All that sprinkling of cinnamon on yogurt and oatmeal each day has prompted a new favorite utterance. Everett loves to “try” to jump– basically crouching down into a squat and standing up fast with a whole body convulsion without his feet ever leaving the ground (pretty cute). He still waves and blows kisses to every person, car, animal, or moving object that we see…(the old ladies in the grocery store love him.) And he absolutely adores being outdoors, especially if he is hiking in the crunchy leaves or pushing our neighbor’s toy lawnmower across our front yard again and again. He is slightly obsessed with his belly (and with mine for that matter) and gets quite upset when he’s wearing a onesie and can’t check on the status of his belly button several times a day. This passion is definitely a problem when he tries to reveal my tummy by lifting up my shirt in public places.
Happy Highlights: October was full of lots of traveling and spending time with family and friends. We went camping with the Montgomery’s and Ben’s parents one weekend and then returned to St. Louis to attend a friend’s wedding last weekend. One of Ben’s childhood buddies tied the knot at a beautiful venue out in the country nestled in a valley hugged by striking autumn foliage. This was the first wedding Ben and I got to attend together in about 4 years and he had a great time reuniting with his crew from high school.
Looking Ahead: Tomorrow we are hosting a big block party Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off on our street. We are expecting about 50 adults and 45 kiddos for games, spooky snacks, chili tastings and trash-talking, and lots of rosy cheeks running in the brisk air. Should be fun! Stay tuned for pictures.