Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Day at Pride

We went to the Gay Pride parade this morning. Ruby was a little overwhelmed at first and was very serious for the first 15 minutes but by the end she was dancing and laughing. I give thee exhibit A: We made some friends who made sure she got plenty of stickers, candy and even a balloon! We saw the Bookineers from the library and also our friend, Tina Lamé (aka Uncle Tony). We hung out with all of our friends and aunties and had a delicious (and late) lunch with the dad after we got home.
Happy Pride!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!! New Post

T0 our very favorite daddy! We went to the beach yesterday and had fun playing in the rocks and finding crazy sea creatures. Then Ruby came home and played hte drume
Also a Happy Father's Day to all of our dads: Gary, Norm and Jack. Thanks to you for being the best dads and grand-dads!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summertime Playtime

Though summer is not officially here in the PNW, we are still pretending it is. Who cares if it's only 65 degrees? And because Ruby is spending more time outside, it also means she's spending more time in the bath. Here she is after going to town with her bathtub fingerpaints that Uncle Harley gave her for Christmas. Very abstract! The park is a frequent destination and we've even gone to some other parks besides the beloved, "Castle Park" (the one 4 blocks from our house) that Ruby requests to go to on a daily basis. We went to one on Alki with our friend Sam & his mom, Amy (who just moved away - sniff) and the kiddos had a wonderful time digging in the dirt, playing on the boat and hitting the swings. Here they are: After spending the afternoon with Hank, he and Ruby took a bubble bath together. They were really cute trying to blow bubbles on each other. One afternoon, Ruby and I went to get pedicures with Dara and Kayla..well, Dara and I went to get pedicures and Ruby and Kayla went along for the ride...or so we thought. Ruby used to always come with me to get my pedicure and the ladies at the salon just love her. However, I was a little wary about doing it now that she's older and more inclined to want to run around but I needn't have worried. She was completely in awe of what was going on and just sat quietly on my lap. The nice woman doing my nails then decided to give Ruby a pedi while we were waiting for mine to dry. Here is the result and let me tell you, Ruby was THRILLED to pieces. But what girl wouldn't be with hot pink nails and a flower?!? Ruby is very independent of late and demands to "Do it yourself!" with everything especially getting dressed. She does not like me to help her at all. Trouble is, sometimes she's painfully slow so impatient mama who would like to get out of the house in the next hour tries to help and that is just not working for our girl. I try to give her as much leeway as possible but if there's too much lollygagging, I often have to step in and push her along a bit. Nothing beats her proud little face as she announces, "I did it!" after getting her shirt and shoes on though. Ruby is also quite the little mimic and will repeat almost anything you say. Yesterday, we had this exchange: Me: Hmmm..I wonder where my little green bag is? Ruby: Where's green bag? Me: I don't know. I'm asking you. Ruby: No Mommy, I'm asking YOU! (Repeat these last two lines 3-4 times) Oh boy...what next?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Tale of Two Rubys

A couple of weeks ago, we went to a birthday party for a little girl named Ruby J. Ruby J's parents are friends of my friend Laurel (who I have known for literally 35 years) and her husband Dwayne. Laurel connected Renee (Ruby J's mom) and I via Facebook (how 21st century!) and invited us to Ruby's 2nd birthday. We had a wonderful time and we all got along like gangbusters. It was especially fun to see Ruby L and Ruby J together. Admittedly, Ruby L was a tad confused when people kept wishing Ruby happy birthday and when she kept asking if that was, "Ruby's present?" Well...yes and no... However, she did recover enough to have a ton of fun playing with Ruby J and eating no fewer than 5 cupcakes. That's my girl. We also found out that she calls cupcakes "hotcakes" or "happy birthday to mes" as in "More happy-birthday-to-me?"
Ruby L and Ruby J playing with a puzzle
Ruby J and Ruby L having some mac and cheese
This might be one of my favorite pictures of Ruby of all time. Note the blob of frosting on her forehead.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Picture Books Picture Books Picture Books

This Top 100 Picture Books was posted on the Fuse8 blog. I thought it'd be fun to mark down which ones Ruby and I have read together (red), which ones I have read but not with Ruby and which ones we haven't read at all (black). If nothing else, gives me a good idea of what we have to look forward to :-) Oh and hooray for Miss Rumphius making the list!

#1: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)

#2: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)

#3: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1979)

#4: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)

#5: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003)

#6: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (1941) #7: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (1955)

#8: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)

#9: Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag (1928)

#10: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (2004)

#11: The Story of Ferdinand by Monroe Leaf, ill. Robert Lawson (1936)

#12: Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (1994)

#13: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948)

#14: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, ill. Lane Smith(1989)

#15: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (1996)

#16: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987)

#17: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947)

#18: In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (1970)

#19: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (1982)

#20: George and Martha by James Marshall (1972)

#22: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone, ill. by Mike Smollin (1971)

#23: Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1964)

#24: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, ill. Lois Ehlert (1989)

#25: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (1942)

#26: Corduroy by Donald Freeman (1976)

#27: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902)

#28: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, ill. Ray Cruz(1972)

#29: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (1969)

#30: Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr., ill. Eric Carle (1967)

#31: No, David by David Shannon (1998)

#32: Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, ill. by Betsy Lewin (2000)

#33: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett (1978)

#34: Olivia by Ian Falconer (2000)

#35: Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel, ill. Blair Lent (1968)

#36: Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, ill. Lane Smith (1992)

#37: Eloise by Kay Thompson, ill. Hilary Knight (1955)

#38: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, ill. by Margaret Bloy Graham (1956)

#39: The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood (1984)

#40: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)

#41: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, ill. Stephen Gammell (1985)

#42: Curious George by H.A. Rey (1941)

#43: Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)

#44: Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola (1975)

#45: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1985)

#46: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (2006)

#47: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (1985)

#48: The Big Orange Splot, by Daniel Pinkwater (1977)

#49: King Bidgood is in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood (1985)

#50: Black and White by David Macaulay (1990)

#51: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)

#52: Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard, ill. James Marshall (1977)

#53: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (1978)

#54: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001)

#55: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, ill. George & Doris Hauman (1961)

#56: Frederick by Leo Lionni (1967)

#57: Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, ill. Harry Bliss (2003)

#58: Flotsam by David Wiesner (2006)

#59: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1975) by Verna Aardema, ill.Leo and Diane Dillon (1975)

#60: Chicken Soup With Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak (1962)

#61: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (2005)

#62: The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack (1933)

#63: Traction Man is Here!, by Mini Grey (2005)

#64: “I Can't,” Said the Ant: A Second Book of Nonsense by Polly Cameron (1961)

#65: Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner (2003)

#66: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (1995)

#67: Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni (1959)

#68: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

#69: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, ill. Helen Oxenbury (1989)

#70: Miss Fanshawe and the Great Dragon Adventure by Sue Scullard (1986)

#71: The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, ill by Michael Martchenko (1980)

#72: The Little Brute Family by Russell Hoban, ill. Lilian Hoban (1966)

#73: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (1933) by Jean de Brunhoff

#74: Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (1942)

#75: Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss (1940)

#76: Zoom at Sea by Tim Wynne-Jones, ill. Eric Beddows (1983)

#77: The Library by Sarah Stewart, ill. David Small (1995)

#78: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

#79: Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, by Alice and Martin Provensen (1974)

#80: The Jolly Postman: or, Other People's Letters by Janet Ahlberg (1986)

#81: Possum Magic by Mem Fox, ill. Julie Vivas (1983)

#82: Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty (1973)

#83: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1971)

#84: Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes (1988)

#85: Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats (1964)

#86: Yoko by Rosemary Wells (1998)

#87: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2004)

#88: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (1993)

#89: A Hole is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions by Ruth Krauss, ill. Maurice Sendak (1952)

#90: Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (2006)

#91: Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo by William Joyce (1988)

#92: Swimmy by Leo Lionni (1963)

#93: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)

#94: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood (1984)

#95: The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, ill. David Small (1997)

#96: The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (1990)

#97: Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, ill. Judy Horacek (2004)

#98: Anatole by Eve Titus (1956)

#99: Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal, ill. by Jen Corace (2005)

#100: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (1992)

#101: More, More, More Said the Baby: Three Love Stories by Vera B. Williams


Ruby's daddy set her up with a little mini drum kit. Not too many two year olds have vintage ludwigs as their first kit! She loves to drum...but,really, what kid doesn't?