That Perfect Shot

It was a cool, windy day in May when I was taking pictures of C-note running around outside. He dosn't like the wind too much, but I think he enjoyed being outside because Daddy was home maintaining his tractor before putting it away, and he loves to watch. So while he was running up and down the hill, gasping and growling in the face of the wind, he ran up to me and that perfect opportunity arrived. I snapped quickly. He tore back down the hill. I smiled excitedly to myself, thinking I had The Perfect Shot.
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Awww, man...


Whole Lotta Pics

Feeding baby giraffe.
Cuddles with Daddy
I need my beauty sleep!
Hi, big brother!
Being silly
Playing with a friend
Nom nom
Care for some salad?

Hummos, Hummus


1 can chickpeas, (aka garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp minced garlic (I've used Epicure's toasted garlic, it works well)
1-2 tablespoons water


Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Tweak the ingredients a little to suit your taste! Serve with warm pitas and fresh veggie sticks.


At Our House...

bears take mini holidays in microwave ovens,
this is a cold six-pack...
and chairs wander from room to room.


Three Months!

This is a C-note cuddle. Taking pictures of the two of them is fun, although I don't always come away with a lot of great shots. This one is cute, though. C-note loves his "liddle brudder." He always asks "Can I see Baby A-team?" whenever I bring him out from taking a nap. Then he puts his face really close to A-team's, gives him a squinty smile and says "hi!" in a squeaky voice.

A-team has been giggling for a little while now, and lately he's taken to screeching, whether he's happy or not. He also likes to attack his fists and sometimes my face with his mouth. He's getting more strength in his grasp. Sometimes it hurts!
Tiny ball-shaped baby hands.
and a little tufty-head.
C-note and his cousin
Loves chewing, loves to drool.



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