Piedmont Park Fountain

June 16, 2011 § 3 Comments

My friend Birdtracks suggested I take the little one to the new Legacy Fountain at Piedmont Park. I had no idea it was being built, but I’m sure glad I took his advice.

The area is on the far north side of the park, yet easily accessible from the parking deck.  I have to admit that I haven’t spent much time at Piedmont lately.  I used to walk over there all time when living in Midtown, but now we have so many great parks near our current home that it sort of escaped me that all these renovations were going on.  The park looks amazing and there is so much more to it now – the dog park is huge and the parking deck is awesome.

Last Sunday was a scorcher, so we decided to venture out and splash around the fountains.  Mia’s never been to a proper sprayground.  There is a little fountain at our neighborhood pool which isn’t really the same, so this was a first for her in some way.

Yay summer!

She stayed away from the big fountain in the middle, but she was delighted to have the little ones that were just her size. She walked from fountain to fountain and stuck her hands in them, plus had fun watching the other kids play. I think she’ll build up some courage and brave the bigger ones soon!

Splashy!

The fountain area is equipped with restrooms to change in, as well as a refreshment cart. There is seating along a stone wall and some stone benches, but there’s also plenty of room on the grass. Have fun!

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Chatterbox

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

We have ourselves a little chatterbox!  Her language skills have exploded lately, and we’ve run a gamut of new words and phrases. At times she seems to be carrying on a conversation entirely by herself (or her little friend, Brobee).

Words thus far (in English/ in Mia):
doggie (same)
cat (at)
balloon (bahhloo)
elephant (elfant)
ball (same)
tiger (rawr)
fish (sshhhhh)
banana (nana)
milk (yeche)
water (agua)
bubble (baaabulls)
giraffe (jaaafff)
and of course… ELMO! Sigh.

Perspective

May 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

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Twinkle Toes

May 3, 2011 § 2 Comments

Egg Hunt

April 19, 2011 § 4 Comments

Mia’s first Easter Egg Hunt took place this past weekend at the home of one of the lovely ladies that I met on a local mom’s group online. She opened up her beautiful home to almost 70 parents and children!

Mia wasn’t so sure at first, but once she saw some of the shiny plastic goodies she knew this was a good thing!

Ready, set...

Daddy lends a hand:

In the basket

Ugh, wretched balloons. She had developed such a fascination with balloons lately, and you know how I feel about balloons… I am TERRIFIED of them. It all stems back to a birthday party I attended as a little girl overseas and a balloon was filled with something other than helium.  It got too close to the birthday cake and exploded, burning the birthday boy severely. I know chances are that will never happen again, but I can’t stand them. And now she loves them. Sigh.

She loves balloons.  Sigh.

We had such a great time at the party, though, and it was good to see everyone!

First Easter Egg Hunt

Farm Mobile

April 12, 2011 § 2 Comments

Sometimes I forget how easy things are here in the city.  I complain about having to drive OTP to get real Chinese food or having to fill up the tank more than once a month, quickly forgetting how different things were when I lived in Florida.  But we have so many great things available to us that make living here grand (and yes, I should blog about those more).  For instance, Farm Mobile.

Farm Mobile is a mobile farmers market on wheels brought to us by local organic farmers Riverview Farms. Inside, shelves are stocked with organic locally- grown produce, free-range eggs, breads from H&F Bread Co., and sustainable meats.  They stop at various neighborhoods around town, alerting people via Facebook or Twitter to their schedule updates, and one of their stops is right in our neighborhood.  Could shopping locally-grown get any easier?

Little Farm Mobile fan (whose face and hands are purple from eating Super Puffs!)

Outside the Farm Mobile

Mia picks out some turnips and greens

Mia picked out turnips, greens, and bread

Our haul – H&F bread, hakurei turnips, swiss chard, braising greens, and Riverview Farms hot italian sausage – yum!

Goodies from Farm Mobile

Zoo!

April 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

We met up with friends & neighbors to take advantage of a sunny day at the zoo.  We are members and have taken Mia several times, but this was definitely the first time she recognized the animals and reacted to them in such a lively way. Since it was morning/ feeding time, almost all of the animals were out and active, and it was a lot of fun to see her so animated.

She also got to wear her new “I love tacos” t-shirt:

I love tacos!

Monkeying around

Mia watching the meerkats scurry about:

Afterward we had a fun lunch at Six Feet Under (oysters and beer for mommy – yay!).