too much to blog about, but i'll give it a try

This apple has nothing to do with today's post. I picked it today from our tree...that's all - just a random apple shot - oh, and it was tasty! :o)

It was a crazy day here yesterday - lots of drama. It was my first outing without Mbird (walking Phylo around the park doesn't count & and I've only done that without her twice) and I was headed to the dentist (terribly exciting right?). As I rolled to a stop (or was it a rolling stop...) at the end of the street a policeman came to the car and said he needed to search it! There was apparently a search on for some guys who had gotten away from the cops and were wanted for serious things. Please, go ahead and search my car...not going to find anything but okay :o) I called Jared and told him to lock the doors!

On my way back from the dentist (feeling so fresh and clean!) I noticed my typical route home was blocked with police cars galore and the SWAT team! What? I managed to find a way toward the house but as I turned onto the street before mine, I was confronted with another officer who said the street was closed and I needed to turn around. Turn around? With my 3 month old daughter waiting at home for me - and needing to eat soon?? I didn't think so! His demeanor didn't help much, but I admit I got fairly sassy with the guy. I ended up parking there, then ignoring his statement that I wouldn't be allowed down the street. I actually gave him a childish 'whatever!!' ;o) I was a little peeved I guess. Anyway, there was no one blocking the street and I headed to the house where Jared and Mbird were just fine. A few minutes later we heard the police had caught the bad guys and would open the neighborhood soon. We heard on the evening news that the guys the police caught were actually 2 men and 3 women and they had been in a car chase that happened to turn into our neighborhood. What turned the car chase into a foot pursuit was their very unfotunate collision with our brand new library (so wrong!).

I walked Phylo around the park today as usual and recognized the house the suspects had been hiding in. It was literally right across from where we walk every day - so odd to have stuff like that happen here! Anyway, glad they're in custody and out of our neighborhood - I just hope our library can get patched up quickly. It's literally brand new since June.

belly laughs!

practicing her crawling :o)

In other I've been absent for awhile...I swear I'll be a better blogger soon! I need a routine that includes Miranda. I'm hoping she starts napping better soon. And I suppose that's part of the 'other news' - things are great with our little Mbird! Definitely some things we're working on but it's really getting more fun. My biggest challenges are: naps - not longer than 30 to 40 min. if she's by herself (otherwise she can sleep for over 2 hours in the sling on one of us!), no sleep through the night (a few nights ago I swear I fed her 4 or 5 times between 9pm and 7am - like a newborn!), car rides - total scream fests (she feels so alone back we're not going out in the car very much these days), and no bottle feeding just yet (she knows there's something better and won't accept anything else). But to counter all those things are the most delicious laughs and smiles. The other day Jared said Mbird smiled so enthusiastically at him she nearly fell off the pillow she was propped on :o) :o) I love her spirit and love that I can see bits of what she's going to be like as she grows up - it's totally exciting.

not the kind of beach I grew up with but it's growing on me

Y que mas? Well, we went to the beach for the weekend (first vacation since Mbird joined us) with friends and had the best time. Can't wait to do it again soon! I need to get back to sewing and painting and stocking my shop in order to afford more beach house renting. And speaking of shop news...I just received a shipment of new paper I'll be switching to for prints. Hahnemuhle paper is fabulous, museum quality, archival grade stuff and I picked up a sample pack to test out which weight/textures I prefer. I've been using Epson's 'fine art velvet paper' - it's also beautiful in its finish and makes my prints very happy, but I've heard such great stuff about Hahnemuhle I just have to try it.

It's getting late...and Miranda has been asleep for an hour. That means the clock is ticking till she wakes up to nurse - coud be anytime really. Cross your fingers she's having sweet dreams and lingers happily in dreamland for awhile. I've still got to shower and tidy up inside before I can join her. Good news is that she's now out of our bed and in her crib next to our bed. Baby steps!

Sweet dreams to all :o) Devon