Mamatography/ week 29: volcanos in the sand

Okay, slowly uploading photos from this year long project. Meanwhile, Nica has started out at a mommy-and-me playschool (2hrs a week – with me there) and guess what my ‘job’ is, there – it is a co-op so we all have to pitch in? Yep, you got it, class photographer and year book co-editor. Of course I LOVE this job! It completely plays to my passion and, I hope, talent but… it makes me even a bit slower in giving my attention to this my Mamatography project. I am now about 3 months behind in editing and posting them. But I keep snapping – at least one photo a day. These are from the end of July (just before we went to the UK for my friend’s wedding :)

Day 203

day 204

I didn’t take a photo this day, but thankfully NinjaDad did. He loves to take nature photos, mostly birds, insects and arachnids, as it turns out. Here is Mr. Cricket as Nica calls him:

day 205

Another day, a rainy day when I forgot/couldn’t be asked to take a proper photo. So here it is, proof that my hubby very, very occasionally drinks:

day 206

Another day with our outdoor/toddler trekking group. This fun packed day (which Nica still asks me to tell her about, as a bed time story – and remember I am posting this THREE months after the actual event) included making vulcanos in the sand. All you need to do this is Baking Soda and White Vinegar, food colouring is optional and we used little cups to hold the mixture. Fill with baking powder and then pour the vinegar over for great fun :)

But here is the bit that she really enjoyed:

day 208

Our co-sleeping nest… me feeling tired and slouchy; Nica feeling sprightly and cheeky (as usual) and wearing tie-dye (as usual):

day 209

And, as a perfect follow up to the previous picture (where you see the truth: me tired, house a mess), I want one of these machines to help me tidy faster so the whole house can be sparkly, spacious and lovely all the time:

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Mamatography/ week 28: Shout!

I am back (from the UK where we went to a wedding – photos of that to come, in time) and I am picking up where I left off in processing and uploading these fun photos of our days. Here is mid July :)

day 196

NinjaDad spent ages lining these up perfectly then I swooped in and took a shot. This did not please him as, unbeknownst to me, that is why he was setting them up, to take a good photo. Ooops!

Day 197
new breakfast bowl – got to eat it all to find the giraffe:

day 199

mommy-and-me joint creation:

day 200

picnic AND a story?! :D

making airplane sounds – prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr:

day 201

she insisted on wearing her kitty top, despite its unseasonality  :p

day 202

‘Come and ride the horsey with me, mommy!’ [taken by grammy – via skype!!]

and this is my horse-riding hat/helmet:

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Mamatography/ week 22: playing shop… and good friends

Okay, this was a great week with lots of fun times with friends thrown in.

Meanwhile, I am doing a big push to try and catch up with my photo processing. If you have been following a long you know that I am behind (by about a month) in post-processing and uploading photos here on my blog, of my 365 project (a photo-a-day for a year). Time is scarce, as a full-time mom (I bet you know that feeling!) but still, I am going to prioritise getting this done for a week or two, see if I can push this through. Wish me luck!

day 153

Nica has been really into playing shop, for the last few weeks. She pays with ‘beads’ for items she wants to buy – in this case here, books – typically sold to her by me or her dad :) You can also see her yellow shopping bag in her hand, there.

Plus, notice the big (cardboard) box making another special appearance.

uh… and I feel the need to explain that big hunk of plastic in the background. First: well, we all have our comfortable level of inconsistency, right? Nobody can (or should, in my view) adhere to any philosophy so tightly that they are no longer following their feelings as they arise, spontaneously. So, yeah, we are into our own version of simplicity parenting but… we like to have fun, too. And Nica just loved this plane that was handed down to us from some friends. Me being me, I took out the batteries immediately as I couldn’t stand and see no value in the high pitch tones, half-tunes and flashy lights they use to power but we kept the plane. Nica didn’t have any other ride-on toys at the time and she really took a shine to it.

Does the same happen at your house? Are there some glaring inconsistencies among the toys you keep? Or are you more laid back and find that the toy-box is a free-fall, anything-goes area?

day 154

Nica had to take her bear (complete with his blankey) out with us, this day.

day 155

Summer fair fun:

If by any chance you are wondering why Nica is always wearing a variation of this outfit, the reason is… as ever: Andy Z and the need to wear tie-dye to look just like him!

Biker chic:

“I love trains… but am too young to ride without mommy, so…”

day 156

Here, it is Nica who is the shop keeper:

day 157

Day at the farm:

and playing in the creek is always the best part, right?

day 158

Some good friends L & D chilling at the park:

day 159

Nica and her close friend E. (some quick shots taken with my phone when we bumped into E. and his family out and about!)

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Mamatography/week 18: dreamy in glasses

This is week 18 of my year long photography project, in photos. They are actually photos from the start of May. That is how far behind I am in this. Today, to hurry things along a bit, I did very little processing. Thankfully there were a lot of quite good ones and a lot of ones that were beyond saving anyway (no amount of editing was going to do much for them – hah).

So, here, my photo-a-day for a year project continues (haltingly) – see below for details to join in with your own photo-project :)

Day 123

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‘watcha doin’ Nica?’

‘just chillin’ in ma box, readin’ a book’

day 125

some days are just more inspiring than others…

and this, right here, is how I get into my box (click on image for bigger view):

day 126

‘cos I love drummin’

day 127

re-usable stickers, kitty style. I love that they are mostly in the ‘right’ place (kitty and friends on the beach; hat on head; ice cream in mouth; fish in sea; helicopter and bird in sky; etc.)… and then she decided some kitties were swimming and others were flying!! :)

day 128

day 129

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Mamatography/week 17: Taking out the trash (and other stalker-like activities)


This is my week in photos. Which is part of collecting my year in photos – yep, one photo a day for the whole of 2012!!! I am doing super at taking all the shots, so far… but I am very behind on the processing and uploading which is leaving me a little stressed :(  But trying to remember that I am doing this for me, because it is fun… and it is! And I am learning so much, as this project continues to push me to see more, see deeper, see differently…

Here is week 17

Day 116

My lovely new duds, sent over from auntie Izzy who bought them especially in India :D

The beautiful baby-E making another guest appearance:

day 117

This photo so does not do justice to this lovely mother-daughter pair of fun friends:

day 118

taking out the trash. Finally mommy lets me do some big girl chores!

day 119

practicing my kung fu moves at the dojo. She doesn’t actually do martial arts but her daddy does so any chance she can she likes to play ninja, too!

day 120

flying:

‘… and then the teddy took a rocket and flew to the moon… or was it a really big crane?’

That rare thing, a mother-daughter portrait. So rare indeed that I am totally willing to overlook the fish -I’m-in-the-middle-of-talking face I’ve got going on here. It is still cute. This was at a lovely picnic with some lovely friends :)

Day 121

Through the leaves:

Day 122

Pooped and ready for a nap.

I’ve started keeping a record of some of my fave Nica quotes to add into these photo-posts. This day she said: “I want to go to Andy Z’s house and knock on his door and say ‘surprise’ ” [Andy Z is a local children’s musician who Nica loves and has been ‘chanelling’/prettending to be for several weeks now – since she stopped being Old MacDonald. The transition was seemless]. I calmly explained that we couldn’t do that. That is called ‘stalking’.

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Mamatography/week 12: back in the USA (rainbows, blossoms and Bobby)

This is me still catching up on uploading all my photos from the fabulous, fun Mamatography Project. This is from the last week in March – our first week back from Portugal.

Day 82

Rainbow as seen from friend’s house – a full arch! (needed a different lens to capture it in its full glory). Nica was suprisingly non-plussed by it all… I thought it was AWESOME!

day 83

Straight back from Portugal and I decided it was time for an upgrade to Nica’s toys (yes, me, the ‘fewer toys is better‘ lady – I didn’t say ‘no toys’, right? ;) In particular I really wanted to get her a cloth doll because she has a fair few soft toys (like her monkey, pictured – still one of her faves) but no humanoid dolls she can dress, etc. She went through a phase of being really into changing monkey and bear’s diapers so I thought maybe she was ready for some more sophisticated doll play. I am very into the Steiner thing of having a doll with no/neutral expression so your child can project their emotions onto them (happy/sad/angry/etc) and role-play situations from their life with them. I have been dreaming of buying a real, beautiful, hand-made Waldorf doll via Etsy (like this one). Being one-of-a-kind and hand-made, they are naturally quite pricey, though (starting at around $130) and I had this nagging doubt about whether Nica was ready/would really want one, herself (not just another one of my crunchy grown-up ideas, like the balance bike LOL). So, then, after my 21hour trip back from Portugal, in a moment of impulse I decided to buy a ready-made cloth doll from Pottery Barn (what?! yeah, I said it my dear hippy friends, I went there, to corporate middle America!). But looks she is quite cute:

She does have a (feint) smile so she doesn’t really qualify as a true Waldorf doll but she is lovely soft, touch-me cloth, very sweet and more importantly cost me $20 rather than $200 (she was on sale). Nica maned her Bobby (surprisingly name-like for a title bestowed by a toddler. No idea where it came from!).

And, sadly, truth is she HASN’T played with her that much, at all. So, actually I am glad I didn’t go ahead and spend lots of money on a doll which I think is beautiful but which goes completely unused. Later, when she is ready, if she wants one we can revisit this dream and support a WAHM (work-at-home-mom :)

Anyway, that first photo for today is Nica at the mall before buying Bobby. The monkey is actually in her dolly-ergo but you can’t tell there.

day 85

playing with daddy!

Day 86

Spring is here.

Nica got sick with a grastro-intestinal bug of some kind. So we were under house-arrest for a week. It did actually get a bit scary as she got quite dehydrated :(  She couldn’t keep anything (food or drink) down for much of the time and when she did start eating we kept it super-simple with a BRAT diet. So, on the plus side she got to eat bananas. This is actually the first time Nica has eaten a whole banana, skin-on (‘like a monkey’)! We don’t give her bananas very much, normally, as they are known to be very acid forming and hence to aggravate eczema. But of course she loves them so it was a nice upside to eat lots of wheat and bananas and the like this week – of course her skin got much worse the week after, though :( but hey: BANANAS!

‘Expeliamus’! A silly game Nica and NinjaDad play with this pointer wand thingey…

[taken by NinjaDad]

day 87

NinjaDad’s magical music making machine :)

And having to stay indoors all week means not only lots of photos of random objects (as above) but also a push to be creative and do fun things indoors… like painting. Poor thing she was so weak at this point that she didn’t really get into it how she normally would (half that masterpiece is mine LOL) but still it was a distraction.

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Wordless Wednesday: Easter Bunny Hunt

I am breaking form (from the ‘Mamatography photo-a-day in a weekly post’ thing) and instead going for a more traditional ‘Wordless Wednesday’ format to capture the joy of Easter while it is still fresh and topical. So here is our wordless-ish Easter.

We don’t have a garden, so we ‘hid’ the eggs at a local park and let Anya have the adventure of finding them all:

The hat was crocheted by NinjaDad who not content with being an origami whiz has spread his craft domain to woolen goods :)

The eggs were of two kinds, the plastic kind which we put little gifts in (mostly some toys we already had kept back from the last batch from Nana – as they looked the right size to fit in eggs) and…

the (real, hard-boiled) eggs NinjaDad stayed up dying the night before (while I slept off a migraine) – bless him… but looks like he had fun!

Nica had fun lining them up (she loves things in straight lines – is your toddler the same?)

not a morsel of candy was had or missed, for that matter. LOTS of fun was had!

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Did you have any celebration this weekend – Passover, a Christian Easter or a more pagan celebration of spring and fertility (like ours)? If so what did your celebration look like?