Thursday, April 30, 2009

Snot in the open hand

Coraline is progressing well through her stages of development. She has learned that picking her nose is rewarding. She is also getting very good at sharing. In fact, she has combined both these skills. She now enjoys picking her nose and offering it to you. She jabbers a little as if to say, "I know you have been dying to get your hands on some of this and here it is!" She has such a look of joy and love in her eyes when she does it. It is actually quite touching. It reminds me of this poem (with some subtle changes):

Not in a silver casket cool with pearls
Or rich with red corundum or with blue,
Locked, and the key withheld, as other girls
Have given their loves, I give my love to you;
Not in a lovers’-knot, not in a ring
Worked in such fashion, and the legend plain—
Semper fidelis, where a secret spring
Kennels a drop of mischief for the brain:
Love in the open hand, no thing but that,
Ungemmed, unhidden, wishing not to hurt,
As Coraline would offer you snot on a finger
Picked from her nose, or hummus in a tub,
I bring you, calling out as children do:
“Look what I have!—And this is all for you.”

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Photo Spectacular!

Coraline fights scurvy

You know how toddlers are supposed to be pretty good at regulating their own food intake over several days? For instance, a child might eat only meat and nuts (and in Coraline's case, hummus) on Tuesday and then eat carbs exclusively on Wednesday. Well, in this picture, Coraline has apparently decided to prepare for a month's worth of vitamin C.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

10,000-is-not-enough Pandeggmonium


This is a picture of Aizay at the "10,000 Eggstravaganza" egg hunt. Notice he is happily sitting in a firetruck instead of being trampled by thousands of basket-weilding, egg-hungry children. Aizay decided he was much happier taking part in the other attractions while the majority of the children were fighting over crappy candy. He encountered short lines for the inflatable bouncy thing (the highlight of his day) and he got to enjoy this firetruck. After the hunt was over, we heard from some parents that some of the kids got no eggs. My son is very wise.
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Saturday, April 04, 2009

No time for autographs


Coraline Etler gave a friendly greeting to papparazzi as she rushed by on her way to a museum function (the children's museum).
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