Jasmine at Camp 2013

July 15, 2013

Where do I sign up to go to camp next summer?

You had a good day?

March 17, 2011

Try having any day, then coming home to this and tell me your day could be better.

Random pictures of Jasmine

June 14, 2010

I don’t know if you’re tired of random pictures of our girl but these are for those of you that like them. I seriously can’t imagine that a second child, if we ever decide to have one, will have as many pictures taken of him/her as our first child.

A lot of the pictures that I take (and love the best) are around the apartment and spontaneous versus posed. These are no exception :) Please excuse the pants-less child.

First balcony garden

June 11, 2010

I plan to post more “in-progress” pictures when I get a chance but for now, here are pictures of Jasmine and me planting the first of many pots for our balcony garden. I’ve planted:

1. Herbs – basil/rosemary/cilantro
2. Peppers – baby sweet/turkish hot/jalapenos
3. Tomatoes – roma/cherry
4. Cucumber
5. Zucchini
6. Flowers

Unfortunately, it’s already looking dubious that all the plants will produce but I’m not giving up hope. Really I’m using this year more as an experiment to see what’s able to grow on a balcony and apply that to next year’s garden. Of course if things don’t grow this year, I will probably chalk it up to the roots not having enough space in the pots. That will lead to me asking Jason to build me a garden bed on the balcony and I’ll just plant the same things over again regardless of whether they survived this year. I can see this attempt to grow my own fruit/vegetables to save money actually costing me much more in the long run.

On a happier note, the herbs are doing wonderfully and it’s great being able to enjoy the fruits of my labor already! (pun intended) It was also nice to be able to garden “with” Jasmine. I use the term loosely because I did more of the heavy lifting and she did more of the walking around. In her defense, she held a duster the whole time and swept away any soil that didn’t make it into the pot. Yes, she gets that from Jason.

Jasmine’s first chair

June 11, 2010

Grandma got Jasmine a sweet new rocking chair after her last visit up to NY when she saw that her granddaughter had to use this in place of a proper chair when she wanted to rest. These pictures are from when Jasmine first saw the chair and scrambled up into it with her book :)

Yoga baby

June 8, 2010

I don’t normally add pictures that I take from my cell phone onto our blog but this was a special request. These were taken on my iPhone while were hanging out on our balcony a couple of weekends ago. Jason was showing off his yoga moves and Jasmine decided she wanted to join in.

Doggies!

June 2, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, we went to the American Kennel Club Dog Show with our awesome Uncle B. Jasmine had a great time and we managed to avoid any physical injuries this time!

Warm weather!

April 5, 2010

I’ve always loved NYC during the springtime almost as much as I love NYC right before Christmas. The people here just seem generally friendlier, probably hopeful for the warmer weather after the post-Christmas, winter dreariness and trips to the farmer’s market are much more enjoyable in the warm sun.

That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to warmer weather as much as I have this year. Having a child inevitably adds prep time for all trips compared to when it was just you and your partner. Add in the cold weather and then you have to take into account multiple pant layers, winter jackets, hats, mittens, foot muffs on strollers, stuffing a child that is 18 lbs unclothed versus 25 lbs with all the layers into a car seat, etc… and you’re talking a good 30 minutes extra in the winter time. That’s IF you are willing to risk your child getting sick, you getting no sleep because of said sickness, and your parents/her grandparents yelling at you for taking their precious granddaughter out and MAKING her sick.

Needless to say, we didn’t necessarily hibernate but we were definitely more choosy with our going out adventures and they more often than not started off with frustrations.

So naturally when I heard that last Saturday was supposed to be 75 degrees, I made grand plans to spend most of it outdoors. Unlike most of my grand plans that never happen though, this actually did!!

Here are some pictures that I took from that day. I particularly like the ones where she’s trying to shove a sugarless blueberry muffin that’s as big as her face into her mouth. I hope you enjoy them too! :)

Eating with a Fork

March 5, 2010

Jasmine has made considerable progress from when she was slurping mush to now, where she can “feed herself.” I use the phrase feeding herself rather loosely of course because if you or I fed ourselves like she does herself, then we’d get kicked out of every restaurant in America.

In the video below, we were in a patient mood and decided this particular Saturday was as good as any to start letting her try to use utensils — and she LOVED it. Now two months later,
we have worked into the pattern of feeding her, helping her feed herself, letting her feed herself, and then letting her stir her food around in circles. It makes meal time a fun mess.

Our Little Trekkie…er

February 22, 2010

I’m sure my dad will be disappointed when he finds out we didn’t actually dress Jasmine up as Spock or any other character. She’s a trekker, one who walks :)

She was taking a step here and a step there for a few weeks, but it wasn’t until Christmas Day that she finally put enough together in a row that we considered it walking. It was weirdly anticlimactic when she did start walking because there were so many “oh she’s about to start walking…nope she fell” moments along the way. It wasn’t as definitive as the movies would have you believe where the baby is crawling, pops up, starts walking and grabs a beer out of the fridge. That was the case with labor and her crawling too. And talking actually. You know, I don’t think TV is honest with it’s depictions. Unbelievable.

Here’s the video of her finally walking. It really did take me 2 months to capture this elusive footage; it wasn’t that I was procrastinating with the editing. The Christmas and birthday videos are a different story though…

For the record, I resisted the urge to overlay The Proclaimers on this video.

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