Monday, November 26, 2012

School's in session

Daddy here.

Caroline is playing school this evening with an eclectic group of students.  Here's a class picture:

(left to right:  Hello Kitty, Cute Monkey, Raggedy Andy, Loon, Curious George, Sheep, and Baby Rancor)

And here's a picture with teacher.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ziplining in a tutu

Daddy here.

The title pretty much says it all:

That's our daughter, a dance-loving, fall-and-get-up-again, pink-wearing, blue-is-her-favorite-color, adventurous, life-living little girl.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Continuing to explore the world

Daddy here.

While I was mowing the front lawn this afternoon, Caroline decided that today was the perfect day to try climbing the tree in the front lawn:

This was, to the best of our knowledge, her first attempt at this.  But this first attempt was also a first success:

That was as high as she got, as the tree didn't offer viable purchase beyond that point, but she was quite happy to get where she did.

It's wonderful to see that Caroline's sense of adventure and can-do-it-ness remains strong.

Bonus bit of information: 

Caroline decided last week how to tell the difference between boy stuffed animals and girl stuffed animals:  girl stuffed animals have hard eyes and boy stuffed animals have soft eyes.

And now we know.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

When Mommy's Away...

Daddy here.

Sarah had an evening dinner/meeting/gathering tonight, so while she was able to have Happy Hour with us before leaving, dinner was just Caroline and Daddy.

So we had gluten-full, yeast-risen pizza that was topped with, among other things, cheese and sugar-sweetened chicken sausage.  All of the above are no-no's for Mommy's diet.

During our weekly grocery shopping this morning, Caroline picked out what she wanted on her pizza:  shredded Colby-Jack cheese, green olives, green bell peppers, and something called "Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage" which is flavored with apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar.  All this went on a homemade pizza crust with Kroger-brand pizza sauce.

This is a combination that I probably never would have come up with, but it was really, really good.

Here's a shot from assembling the pizzas (we made two of them) before baking:

And here's the baked result:

And here are Caroline and Dixie, Jr., enjoying the results:

The pizza was a hit (though in the middle of the second piece, Caroline declared that "I've had enough peppers" and removed them from the rest of the pieces she ate).  That she liked the pizza is also notable as she has for a very long time now had an aversion to melted cheese.  She was initially mildly distressed that the cheese had melted on the pizza during baking, but after trying it she declared that she did like it.

We both had fun making, constructing, and eating the pizzas, so we might very well be witnessing the beginning of a Daddy-Daughter tradition for the evenings Sarah's away for dinner gatherings.

I'll try to remember to post any future ventures into pizza creation!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Learning to dance

Daddy here.

Caroline has started a dance/movement class this fall, having expressed a strong desire to learn ballet.  She's had a great time with the class, and at this past Monday's make-up lesson, she picked out a set of tap shoes from the "Take a pair, Leave a pair" box.

Here's what she did with them this morning:

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Year's Day 2012- Photos by Tina Lesley-Fox

If you ever need beautiful, natural portraits and you're anywhere near central new york, please see if Tina Lesley-Fox is available!  I had a hard time selecting from the hundreds of gorgeous shots she captured... here are MANY.  Enjoy!