Thursday, August 25, 2005

A whole new world

There are a few things Luxie has gotten to do out here for the first time in her life. I thought I'd post them so we would always have them to remember.

First, my dad has a vegetable garden, and she has had several opportunities to pick corn, carrots, cucumbers, green peppers and tomatoes (which she squished and squirted all over the place!)He also has cows, so she has been calling the cows, and watching them eat... all while resting safely in my arms. The are a bit intimidating to someone who stands shorter than their legs!

She has also had tons of time to run and play in the backyard at my mom's house. It's like a magic garden, with tons of flowers, a huge fence, and the perfect little swing set just high enough off the ground for her to reach. The grass is perfect and she spends hours running, rolling, swinging, twirling, and laying on the soft ground. Not a mosquito to be found, and about 75 degrees in the shade. Beautiful.

I think that these are the memories I treasure about the area. These are the things I took for granted when I lived here. And these are the moments I am so happy to share with Luxie.

Sunday, August 21, 2005


I want to apologize for not writing on Hopscotch Honey for over a month. To be honest it has gotten difficult keeping up with three blogs--one I barely write on, then this one which I enjoy but have a hard time finding time to write on, and Lulu's World. I have been contemplating closing out this one and just writing on Lulu's in the future because I think it would give me more to talk about on one blog again. But I hate to just leave it--I want to keep it up because I dont want to lose all Ive written. I actually really like the look of this blog (better than Lulu's) but just cant get over here as often as I'd like.

Anyway, Luxie has been such a trooper on this visit to Grandma and Grandpa's house. She has adjusted reasonably to the time change and is her usual perky self again. They are so surprised at how her vocabulary has increased, and at how smart she is (she really is a genius, you know!) And they are spending as much time with her as humanly possible. The weather here is very hot, but when you are waking at the crack of dawn you can hit the park by 8am and play in dry, 70 degree weather which is absolutely wonderful. This afternoon it will hit 100, but, with no mosquitos running thru the sprinkler in the back yard is a perfect way to beat the heat.

Here are a few of her funny words these days:
"pooties" (no, not what you're thinking!) it is her word for "Cooties" the game.
"kineapples" are pineapples
"yegos" are leggos
"ip-ip goss" is lipgloss
"owangpans" (you will never guess this in a million years) are marshmallows. No idea where this one came from but no matter how we try to sound it out for her she just looks back at us with big eyes and says slowly "owang pans".

Hope you all are well, and Elizabeth, thanks for checking on me!