Illuminating Stella

February 2014 archive

An Afternoon Tea Party

The Tea Party
I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
‘Twas very small-
Three guest in all-
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
‘Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.
~Jessica Nelson North

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Stella is loving her new cake stand set and Badger we picked up at Ikea yesterday. I’m really loving the toys there lately, I think they are so well done and affordable. I adore her tea parties, so I was happy to add a new feature for her. May turn this into a series. Click here for a look at my first tea party post.  

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Eating: John has been barbecuing some great meals on the wood grilling planks I got him for his birthday. I found them at Sur La Table, I got him cedar, hickory and maple planks, plus a plank saver to help preserve the planks. He has in fact been perfecting a bacon wrapped pork loin on them. We try to keep our gifts for each other in the super affordable range these days. I got the three planks and the tray for around $25. Turned out to be a great bang for the buck gift, he was pleased and is happy playing with them. Gifts for him are really hard, especially for under $25.

Listening to: Sirius XM radio. We actually got a new car a few weeks ago. I finally succumbed to the SUV thing and said auf wiedersehen to my VW. So far I’ve been really happy with the car. We got a smaller crossover. I feel a lot safer driving Stella in it. She can ride in the middle of the backseat because the car has five car seat anchors. Anyway, we got a month trial of XM radio. So far I’m not really impressed, seems like most of the stations only have license for a lot of B side music and covers of hits. I love the idea of an 80’s hit station, but I want to hear stuff I remember. I also hoped for a good station with toddler music (since I really don’t want to download or buy that stuff) but only can find annoying Disney Teen type music that I really hope Stella never loves. Talk radio has never been my thing, but I am going to keep playing with it and see if I like that. Of course there are like 40 sports channels which is 100% not of interest. So far I am doubtful we will subscribe.

Reading: My book club met last week to discuss Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Thurston. I really liked the book, we all did and we had a great discussion. I also found out it was made into a movie in the 80’s by Oprah and starring Halle Berry. It’s on YouTube. We settled on A Tale for The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki for our March meeting. It just came in the mail, so I will be starting that soon.

Obsessing Over: The Cat. Still. He’s been all over the spectrum since I last wrote about him. Some days he seems pretty okay, eating, moving around and pretty happy to be hanging out with us. But we have had some pretty tough days too, where he seems very low. Last week I was thinking he seemed pretty bad, so we cancelled our trip to San Francisco. We were supposed to go Friday to Monday to visit my cousins and take Stella on some SF adventures. However, it just seemed not right to leave the cat for four days, even if we arranged two check-ins per day. We got him another B12 shot and some appetite stimulants on Thursday and they seem to have done him some good. I am dreading the decision that is coming at some point. He’s been such a good buddy for so long now.

Watching: Just started Season 2 of House of Cards. The first episode was kind of a bummer, seems like killing off a lead character/protagonist is the thing on shows now. We also watched Dallas Buyers Club which was very good, though stressful and somber. Not surprised it has several Oscar nominations, especially for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.

Celebrating: We found Princess Jasmine! Stella’s first Little People set was Jasmine and Aladdin many months ago. We lost Jasmine shortly after, I was pretty sure at Thai Gourmet so I never hoped we’d find her. I have almost bought her another set many times, but we still have Aladdin (along with many others now) and don’t need two of him. Well last night John and I moved the couch out to vacuum behind and lo and behold there was Jasmine (along with a few other lost toys and crackers). Stella started shrieking “Jasmine, Jasmine” who has been kept alive in her heart all along thanks to a Disney Alphabet book our neighbor gave Stella. She has never even seen the movie. The rest of the night she kept bringing Jasmine over to me and saying “Jasmine, Mama”. It’s pretty amazing when you think about how good her little memory is.

Loving: Stella has started singing. Her cousin Genna was over and was singing and I think something just clicked for her that she should too. It is really cute, she’s just getting the first line or two of a song and then humming and then dancing along. She gets almost shy after a minute and makes a cute little smirk as she freezes up. This is coupled with lots and lots of dancing. Her energy level is through the roof.

Dancing and snacking at the park. She loves her cheddar bunnies!; “I want bunnies” at least twice a day.

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Ready for the Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival! Her second time and this time she was actually able to sample, she is already quite the lover. Last years post pretty much summed up the event already so I didn’t take pictures this year and just focused on the chocolate and visiting with my friend Jen who was in town and joined us. Jen also gave Stella this adorable jumper with tiny heart buttons.

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Queen of Hearts

I saw a cute blog post on Gingerlillytea (pretty blog) about pipe cleaner crowns and decided to make a Valentine Crown for Stella. Mine is a bit “rustic” in style, but it was quick and easy. If you google pipe cleaner crowns and click images there are a million cute ideas.  I know this will be a good craft for when she really gets into the princess thing. Here are some pictures of her ruling the living room in her crown, she’s holding a Valentine her grandma sent in the mail. Happy V Day tomorrow. We will be going to a Valentine’s Day Party at Stella’s friends Audrey and Emma’s. We’ll see if her crown and my handmade valentines for her to pass out are a hit. I just got a box of chocolate covered strawberries delivered from my sweetheart!! Love is in the air mail.

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