Sunday, April 13, 2008
We had a beautiful, beautiful day today, and I finally feel like the chill is out of my bones (might help that I turned the heat past 60 as well). After nap time the whole family worked in the garden—me in a skirt! Greg and Sidamo did a bunch of watering and digging, and I planted some seeds (spinach, kale, arugula, and lettuce in the ground; basil, peppers, and melons in containers to start indoors). Also exciting: We planted two apple trees that we're going to espalier along trellises in the backyard. I'm sort of particular about my apples and wasn't thrilled with the choices available at local nurseries (Golden Delicious and Macintosh), so I did some research and found a web site for a nursery called Trees of Antiquity, which specializes in heirloom varieties. After way too much time reading about all the options, I settled on Strawberry Parfait and Northern Spy. They sound delicious, and I can't wait until the trees start bearing fruit (assuming they survive our black thumbs).
Part two of the Sunny Days theme: Sidamo has really taken to singing actual songs in the past week, and it's hilarious to hear how the lyrics emerge after being processed in a 2-year-old brain. His two songs so far are the Sesame Street theme and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. For several days, the his Sesame Street repertoire was this: "Sun away. Sun away. Sun away." (Repeat ad infinitum.) But he's figuring it out. Today he came out with, "Sunny days. Clouds away. On my way, air is sweet! Tell me Sesame Street!" Pretty darn good! He always ends with, "Max sleeping?" because the only time he gets to watch Sesame Street is when I'm putting Max down for his nap.
Twinkle Twinkle (a.k.a. Tinkle Tinkle) is still very abbreviated, but he's making progress. I'll try to get a video of his performances, but he gets a little camera shy. Nanny cam anyone?