So I’ve been listening to this great podcast lately (I’m going back in the archives, and I’m listening to episodes from mid-2010 now, which is kind of weird since it’s about current culture) and at the end of every show, the three hosts “endorse” some of their favorite things. They might not be timely (could be a book they loved as a child, or a TV show that is great or some random product) but generally, just things they recommend. So I think I’m going to start doing Endorsement posts on Fridays. Just because I need to start posting things other than just photographs!

So without further ado…

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.

I would actually endorse all of Bill Bryson‘s books, but this one in particular is my favorite. I don’t know if it’s what turned me into an Anglophile, or if it just fed my obsession, but I’ve probably read this book a hundred times since I first got it in the late 1990s.

My other endorsement for this week is turkey bacon. I will explain more later, but I’ve been eating a lot of turkey bacon lately. And I like it. Butterball Lower Sodium Turkey Bacon is my top choice. I’ve become somewhat of a turkey bacon connosseiur lately.

Until next week…


03/21/12 by pyjammy
03/21/12, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

Love being able to get naturally lit photos of the boys. Here’s Miles (again…oops) with the latest obsession, Mr Pencil Saves Doodleburg on the Leappad.


03/20/12 by pyjammy
03/20/12, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

Look at my beautiful row of All-Clad measuring cups and spoons! Kristina gave these to me for Christmas. Well, half of them were on backorder and arrived today. Ahhh, so pretty!


03/19/12 by pyjammy
03/19/12, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

Miles would wash his hands for hours if we let him. By contrast, his brothers would never wash theirs if given the chance. I don’t know which is more annoying. Hmm.

Field Trip #2

Last week was the boys’ second field trip, and again I volunteered to chaperone. I seriously love these four year olds, but I doubt when they’re in second grade I’ll be quite so eager to volunteer to help. Heh. We’ll see.

Anyway, if you’ve lived in New Orleans in the last several years, you’re familiar with the artwork of Simon whether you know it or not. His signs are everywhere. In shops and restaurants, as well as private homes. He has a very distinct style.

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When I arrived at school, the kids were all sitting in a circle, singing. They all turned around and stared when I walked in, so the teacher had me stand at the front so at least they’d be facing her too. Ha. So I took advantage of where I was standing and got this video:

Gaaah, love it!

Pretty soon, we were getting on the bus with our charges. (Again, I was assigned two little girls. Heaven!) The kids were wearing old clothes since they were going to be painting at Simon’s workshop.

Fortunately, this wasn’t necessary during the ride:

And then we got there and the kids painted and watched the artists paint and were generally adorable. It was nice because Simon was very open about letting the kids explore and paint and touch things.

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And then we got back on the bus and went back to school. The end!


03/17/12 by pyjammy
03/17/12, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

The boys were SO brave at a birthday party we went to. They were going down the "big fast slide" over and over and over again. This is the kind of thing they usually avoid like the plague. I was so proud of them.

(I went on it a few times too. Are you proud of me?)


03/15/12 by pyjammy
03/15/12, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

"You want me to eat…A STRAWBERRY?!?"

I was at the boys’ school today for a field trip, and they had snack time right before we left. One of the moms made these adorable strawberry mice (they had almond slices for ears and chocolate chips for eyes and a liquorice string for a tail.) Naturally, my children ate the candy, and left the fruit. Yeesh.


03/14/12 by pyjammy
03/14/12, a photo by pyjammy on Flickr.

The boys showing off their new bow ties. Just waiting on the shorts, and then their outfits for my friend’s wedding will be complete! Is going to be spectacularly adorable.

We’re viral.

Check out this post over on NickMom.com. Pretty cool, eh?

Yeah, I know, it says they’re “twins”, but an honest mistake since you only see two of them here. No biggie. I don’t even know who is in the video, so they’ll never know who was left out. Ha.