Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Easter at the Zoo

We spent Easter Sunday at Turtle Back Zoo, in West Orange, NJ. We'd tried to go twice earlier in the week but the rain and cool temperatures kept us home. Sunday was beautiful though, clear and sunny and near 80 degrees. A perfect day to pile everyone into the car (including Grandie and Grandpa who were visiting for S's birthday) and go to the zoo.

Here are some of the highlights:






Sunday, April 24, 2011

Here Comes Peter Cottontail...


Between S's birthday and Easter, there's been a boatload of sugar consumed in our house this week, and a 4-year-old so excited about it all he can barely sleep. This Easter I wanted to make most of what when into Seamus's basket, but since time is precious and I also had a birthday to plan for, I decided to forgo the homemade chocolate bunnies and handmade Easter baskets and let Cadbury and Stop and Shop do most of that work.

I did, however, manager to make two special things...


An easy handknit chick that took only half an hour to knit up...and holds a secret surprise:


And some simple crepe paper carrots that also held Easter treats inside:


We also dyed Easter eggs of course:





And now we're getting ready to hide and hunt them all. Happy Easter everyone!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Muslin

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is live with my story Muslin. I'm honored to be a part of this amazing journal. Read everything while you're there. It's all good!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Dear Seamus,

You are four years old today! Thank you for the happiest four years of our lives. We love you.


Love,
Mama and Papa

Sunday, April 17, 2011

More Tennessee Spring

My sweet mother is over her cold and has sent pictures of spring around her house. Oh, how I want so badly to be there. I've been daydreaming of sitting on a porch down south. Too bad most of the trees in Jersey don't have their leaves yet.


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi


On Sunday we took Mr. S to his very first play. The Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken performed a production of The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, which is a less-violent adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling story. Since Rikki Tikki Tavi is one of S's very favorite stories (yep, I've read it to him a million times and never skip over the snake slaying parts), we couldn't pass up the chance to see this play.


Four actors played the five characters (Rikki Tikki, Darzee, Chuchu, Nag and Teddy), one actor played both Nag, the cobra and Teddy, the little boy. The acting was quite fine and the costumes and set were marvelous. It was a very small, intimate theatre, packed full of kids. We sat on the side of the stage at first, but just before the show we moved to the floor in the center front.


Unfortunately, no photography was allowed during the play itself, for obvious reasons. So you'll just have to take my word on the beautiful India-inspired costumes. Although, there's a review of this play in the Star Ledger that has a great picture of the actors in all their glory.

We all thoroughly enjoyed this production and S, though one of the youngest kids in the audience, was captivated throughout the entire 55 minute play. He hardly moved a muscle in my lap and laughed in all the right places. Afterward, the actors came out and took questions from the audience, and I was so proud of my little guy and his great question. He was too shy to ask it so Mr. T asked for him. He wanted to know where Nag's wife Nagaina was. If you're familiar with this story then you know Nagaina ends up being a bigger threat than Nag and is an important part of the story. The playwright, Y York, chose to leave her out. One of the actors said this was for a gentler, less-violent play geared toward children. The play was still very good without her, but I would have liked that character to have been included.

I've read Rikki Tikki since the play and have been enjoying my own little mongoose running around the apartment, keeping it clear of cobras.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Yarn Along

Yarning along with Ginny from Small Things again this week.


On the Needles: Yet another Vanilla Soaker. This time I'm getting crazy and adding stripes!

From the Library: The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry. I try to read a Lynda Barry book once a year, and though I prefer her graphic novels to her comic strips, I'm very excited to delve into this collection of her Freddie strips. Her books The Good Times Are Killing Me and What It Is both blew me away, and I've been working up the courage to read her masterpiece Cruddy, but I've heard it's pretty depressing and gruesome (I couldn't make it through the movie version of The Road last week). Having a kid has turned me into a weepy, sensitive wuss.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sneak Peak of Summer

It was 88 degrees in Jersey yesterday. Mr. S and I took to the park.


We wore flowers and twigs in our hair:



Looked for bark bugs:


Played by the bay:

And Mr. S ran around shirtless for awhile:

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