Monday, October 17, 2016

Honey Harvest Festival

Last month our neighborhood park put on a honey harvest festival. It was a fun day out filled with all sorts of hands-on demonstrations. Zahara really enjoyed planting her own flower, getting her hand painted, seeing the live bee-keepers, and tasting the honey. I liked that last part too!

We even got to meet up with some of our friends (hi Katie and Andy!). I love living so close to such fun activities.

Monday, October 3, 2016

October Thoughts by Z

She's still keeping us on our toes. Here's what Z has been saying this month:

Thought 1:
Z: Why is that man drinking juice? Daddies don't drink juice. They drink beer.

Thought 2: 
Z: When I'm 14, I am going to be a boy.

Thought 3: 
Upon seeing a man in a bandanna and a goatee
Z: Is that man a pirate?

Thought 4: 
Dan: Singing Old MacDonald
Z: Daddy, that was great!

See previous Thoughts by Z:
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
May 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dear Asher: 2 Months

Dear Asher,

Today you are two months old! It seems like you've been a part of our family forever. It's amazing how well you fit in. Our lives have definitely changed since having you, but you've made it as seamless as possible. Thanks for that!

You are such a big, healthy boy! Still in the 95th percentile for height and weight. You're pretty long, but you've got such gorgeous rolls everywhere! People can't help but pinch your cheeks.

You are still in the sleepy newborn stage most of the time, but you're starting to stay awake for longer periods during the day and sleep longer at night. Last night you slept for 7 hours straight! That's the longest stretch so far. Generally you're asleep at 9:45 and wake a few times a night. You'll eat and then go right back to bed. It's made mummy feel pretty well-rested. When it's time to get up in the morning, you're all smiles. It's such a nice way to start the day.

Your sister loves you so much! Zahara can't get enough of you! She is such a big help and really wants to take care of you. She tells me when it's time to feed or change you, and will help gather the supplies. We have to be careful not to leave her alone with you though because she will grab you and try to pick you up.

The big milestones for this month are that you've found your hands and you give huge, wonderful smiles! You save most of your smiles for daddy, but you grace me with a few throughout the day. As soon as daddy holds you though you burst into giant gummy grins. You are also experimenting with your voice and will give him a few laughs. We love it!

You are such a wonderful, easy, loving baby. I can't get enough of your snuggles, and can't wait to see what the next month brings. Happy birthday, Ash! 

Read about Zahara at this age:
Dear Zahara: 2 Months

Friday, September 23, 2016

Things That Make Me Cry: New Mom Edition

Hormones. They are force to be reckoned with. I've always been a bit of a crier, but in my postpartum state it's even worse. Here are a few of the ridiculous things that are making me cry right now. Feel free to join in and tell me what's making you tear up!

This Quaker Oats Commercial:

The premise of this commercial is that Quaker Oats oatmeal is the right choice at any stage in life. But, (spoiler alert), it shows a little girl growing up to eventually feed the oatmeal to a child of her own. Thinking about my own kids growing up that quickly and having children of their own is a bit too much for me at the moment.

William Wants a Doll:

Again, continuing the theme of kids growing up too quickly, this song is about a little boy who wants to play with a doll. Everyone makes fun of him for it, but his grandmother says that it is good practice for when William grows up and has a baby of his own. I'm tearing up just writing this sentence. The whole CD is great, by the way. A real classic.

This is Us:

I just watched the pilot of this show and it had me in tears. I won't give anything away, but I'm very interested to see where the show goes from here.

So, that's what's new with me. Care to share?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Perfect Lunch Date

Last week we finally got a break from the heat and were treated to a glorious DC day. Asher and I took full advantage by meeting a friend for lunch in my old neighborhood--Dupont.

For months I have been hearing about a new place called Buredo that makes sushi burritos. SUSHI BURRITOS! I abstained while pregnant, but now I'm back to my sushi devouring ways. I was a little worried this place would disappoint after I've built it up in my head for so long, but I'm happy to report it is just as amazing as it sounds.

Buredo is kind of like Chipotle in that there is a line of ingredients and the burrito is made in front of you. Unlike Chipotle though, they have a set menu from which to choose. I ordered the Beatrix which includes yellowfin tuna and salmon sashimi, cucumber, pickled cabbage, green onion, tempura crunch, and unagi sauce. SO DELICIOUS! The fish was really fresh and the pickled cabbage added the perfect crunch and acidity. Can't recommend highly enough.

After our lunch in the park, we stopped by an adorable French bakery and had a life-changing pastry. I pride myself on my knowledge of sweets (see all of my Sweet Tooth Traveler posts), but I've never heard of merveilleux before. Have you? According to Wikipedia it "consists of a sandwich of two light meringues welded with whipped cream which has been covered with whipped cream and dusted with chocolate shavings." Un Je Ne Sais Quoi had several options, but I chose speculoos flavor. The whipped cream was mixed with the cookie butter and the merveilleux was dusted with crushed Biscoff cookies. It was topped with a tiny meringue. It was so good that I immediately went back inside and ordered a second one to take home to Dan.

Sushi, sunshine, and speculoos? I'd say that makes for a perfect day out.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Renaissance Festival

While I was on a work trip last October, Dan took Zahara to the Maryland Renaissance Festival (Rennfest). He had such an amazing time that he literally put the dates for the next year's event on our calendars that night. So, with his enthusiastic endorsement, the four of us headed to the 2016 Rennfest.

I've heard of this event before, but I always thought it was for other people. I'm not sure why though. It was SO MUCH FUN! Dan described it pretty accurately when he said it is like a state fair with costumes. Great food, fun games, lots of entertainment. 

I really loved the mead/hard cider mix. So delicious!

We didn't even make it in the front gates before Zahara already declared it the best day ever. That's because she got to grab an event program off a fairy's head. Throughout the rest of the day she had her face painted, rode a pony, danced around a maypole, saw a puppet show, and ate ice cream.

We saw jousting, axe throwing, sword swallowing, belly dancing...I could go on, and on. Rennfest is set in the forest, which makes for a great atmosphere. I loved walking through the trees while checking out the village.

It's a really unique experience with lots of colorful characters. If there's a Rennfest near you, I highly recommend you check it out! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

First Days of Preschool

We reached a huge milestone in our family this week: Zahara started preschool!

It seems like yesterday that she was starting her first day of daycare, but really that was almost two years ago.

Zahara is enrolled in a Hebrew immersion school, where from 9-3 she'll be learning in Hebrew. She's doing before and after care in English, and will even be taking ballet and yoga classes! We're almost as excited as she is.

Now that she's in school we have to start making her lunches. We've been so spoiled over the past couple of years because her day care provider made delicious healthy meals daily. Now we're on the hook for providing vegetarian, nut-free meals. We bought a kid's bento box and I'm having fun filling each container.

The first week went great. We can't wait to see how this next chapter in our lives goes.