Saturday, May 31
The more entertaining/embarrassing story occurred during our plane trip. As I set Matilda down in her middle seat on the airplane (after some seat swapping since the airline had me seated several aisles away from my 2 year old) she pointed to our traveling neighbor in the window seat and exclaimed loudly "Boob!" This woman did have astoundingly large breasts so I can't blame Matilda for noticing. I refrained from the appropriate-comments-to-strangers lecture and just brushed it off calmly saying that yes, everyone has boobs. At first I was very afraid that the woman's cold reception was a poor omen of how the 6 hour flight would go, but I quickly gathered that her English was quite poor so I think she didn't catch Matilda's message. She warmed up to us and all was fine with no more discussion of anyone's boobs.
Thursday, May 29
Despite only 5 hours sleep she played super hard all day today. Grandma Marge and Grandpa Chris have so many awesome things to investigate that there was minimal time left for napping. M spent hours in the huge yard - there was lots of ball playing, sidewalk chalking, a plastic bug tea party (with aphids on the menu), and even trike riding on some borrowed wheels. Inside time was filled by my childhood heirlooms as M used my easel and then enjoyed her first rocking session on the wooden rocking llama my grandfather made me. Many more days of such fun to follow, but for now I must sleep (as I didn't at all on the red eye due to across the aisle shenanigans). My brain won't even work to figure out how to download pictures on Mom's computer so those will have to wait too.
Wednesday, May 28
One last walk down Hollywood Blvd. before we hit the road. We went for some family bonding and to use up a gift certificate at the Disney Soda Fountain. My hot fudge sundae was perfect and Matilda was practically spinning after all the chocolate ice cream hit her bloodstream tonight. Hopefully it will wear off before the red eye tomorrow night.
Sunday, May 25
Friday, May 23
M looking like a total rag-a-muffin while we take a snack break on our "big" hike of the weekend. This particular outfit did not recover completely from the camping trip so the shirt and pants have now been designated painting clothes.
M totally crashed out after a hot hike to the 49 Palms Oasis. Sunday morning we went out for a short hike before breakfast and Matilda didn't want to get out of her pajamas. We agreed it was unnecessary to change, so she got to hike and muck in the dirt in her favorite apple pjs, plus we got imaginary apple snacks all along the trail. Floating pine cones down stream with your pants off; it doesn't get any better than this. In case I never get to posting the other photos, here is a shot overlooking our gorgeous campsite at Jumbo Rocks. S, G & I decided to go boulder hopping, climbed up above Tim & Matilda to wave down, and got to witness the spectacular views.
Wednesday, May 21
Tuesday, May 20
Monday, May 19
While Grammy was visiting, I got chosen to be a volunteer during the bird show, which just about blew Matilda's mind. My involvement was in the bit with Cheeks, a cockateil, who flew out into the audience, landed on my hand, took a folded dollar from me to the trainer, and then a few punchlines later returns it to my hand. Even though I've seen the stunt so many times, it all happened faster than I expected and Grammy only got one shot of Cheeks:
I was worried what Matilda's reaction would be during my participation. I was expecting her to either be upset I was stepping away from her, or for her to jump up and try to hold Cheeks also. Instead she was just frozen in shock by it all, and then talked incessantly about it the rest of the day. I am curious if she will react differently for the Cheeks part next time we go.
While there are a few other birds involved in the show, here is a round up of the major players, in order of Matilda's favorite:
Abe - the Abysssinian Ground Hornbill who gets grapes from a volunteer
Cheeks - the cockateil who takes your money
Blackjack (This great action shot is from mugupo on Flickr, much better than any we have.) - a raven who can find an aluminum can hidden anywhere on the stage
Flash - a Red-tailed Hawk who swoops down from a cliff and snatches a leather lure mid-air (usually)
Alfie, Sarge & the other macaws
Sunday, May 18
Friday, May 16
Wednesday, May 14
In an attempt to curb the chaos Tim went yesterday on his lunch hour in search of a cheap plastic tray that can be her special waiter tray. She was thrilled with her present when he came home and so far it has worked; no bins have been emptied today. This morning she reported that today's specials are fish and crab, she recommends the chocolate ice cream for dessert, and offered water or sparkling water to drink.
Tuesday, May 13
Monday, May 12
Friday, May 9
Matilda is having way too much fun with Grammy here. Today we went to the Huntington gardens and M got to explore the fantastic children's garden there. She also convinced another ladybug to sit on her hand (and then crawl on her dress! Excitement of all excitements.), collected rose petals off the ground to throw in preparation for the September wedding, sniffed many gorgeous roses, saw maybe the fattest koi ever, and made the marigold buds "kiss" (I have no idea what inspired this).
Kissing marigolds.Pondering the herbs.Can you spy the ladybug?
Wednesday, May 7
Molly wasted no time in getting in on the hand print action, too.
At the end of class Matilda was grabbing handfuls of glitter, cramming them in her pockets, and emphatically saying "Later! Later!" (As in "for later on.") I think she will be quite pleased to return for more art next week. Many thanks to Grammy who attended also and got some good pictures while my hands were covered in a thin layer of blue ink and glitter!
Tuesday, May 6
The birthday festivities started Friday when Grammy arrived and assisted Matilda in decorating all of Daddy's presents. Most of the wrapping paper was Matilda-made. We continued celebrating Sunday when a big group gathered here for obscene amounts of Phillips BBQ and homemade whiskey ice cream. Then we finished up the partying Monday on Tim's actual birthday with margaritas and Mexican food, as is required for a Cinco de Mayo birthday. Happy Birthday, my sweet.