Dying from the adorableness of it all

I remembered to bring the memory card for the camera to work today, so I can present you with pictures from this weekend. Oh my goodness, I nearly died from the cuteness in some of these pictures. There’s more in the Flickr photostream, but quite a few turned out not very well, due to the awkward lighting in the RV. That’s right, we spent 3 hours in the car (round trip) to spend an hour and a half in an RV with and . We sure must like them.

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Someone discovered the “field” and was instructed to stay on the grass.
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Of course, to get to this patch of grass, he had to cross a sidewalk, which he had no qualms about.

is definitely starting to show his own will and defiance, as all nearly two-year-olds should.

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I have no idea what he was trying to communicate to Alison here, but isn’t that look just adorable? I could just eat him up!

And then, discovered the most excellent game of hide-and-seek, with Grandpa (it is only slightly weird to call my parents Grandpa and Grandma).

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Did you catch that sweet face?

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!!!

is definitely showing, much earlier than she did while pregnant with . We did have an excellent, albeit short, time. Much better than the rest of the weekend that I spent doing homework.

I did, however, finally finish my annotated bibliography last night. Those things are a beast to do, especially when you haven’t actually read the books (nor were we expected to in this case, but still). 25 books on social studies that focus on traditionally underrepresented groups, that are appropriate for ages 10-18. I’m quite proud with my end result, in that I included every people group I wanted to, and managed to fit in anthropology, economics, ancient history, world history, current events, fictional stories, autobiographical memoirs, and primary source books. It’s a tall order for a short list, but I had to keep in mind that this was not a list of “the only books I’ll ever use teaching,” but rather a beginning exploration into oft-missed subjects. Just getting our feet wet, we are. Some of my classmates didn’t understand that and tried to argue to include traditional sources on their lists, like Shakespeare and stuff.

I actually would love to read every single book on my list, which I think is a good starting point. I have refrained from purchasing even one of them, which is also good. We have a lot of books already, and I don’t have enough time to read the ones I want to. Especially when I have to stand on the bus ride to work and so I can’t read.

My new craft project arrived in the mail yesterday, and I bribed myself to finish the bibliography with its opening. So, at 9:45, I finally got to open it, and it looks wonderful.

(Not my photo, but stock from their website, as I didn’t get around to photographing mine last night.)

The only problem I’ve run into so far is that I neglected to think about the need to pre-wash my fabric (the apron), and so I couldn’t actually start today. Hand stitching is not really my thing, since I seem to be no good usually and my hands tend to cramp up. But, I was looking for a portable craft (i.e. small, which knitting baby blankets is not, and requiring minimal tools, which quilting and sewing clothing is not), and this fit the bill. Also, they have this cool starter kit (which I ordered) that provides you with everything you need to get started, which means you have only a small investment (if you end up hating it or just being no good or whatever). Here’s what’s been tagged “sublime stitching” in Flickr [link removed], if you’re interested (the SS website seems to be having issues at the moment).

Enjoy your Tuesday!