Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Water Ready

Water-ready Robin

Robin's Latest Rash A.K.A. poor kid can't catch a break!

It started on her trunk, on the left side.  It spread to her back.  It didn't seem to bother her, but because it was spreading we took her in to her doc. 

Looks like it's a reaction, somewhat rare, to the Chickenpox vaccine she received on her 15 month checkup.  It began 10 or so days after the vaccine.  Currently it's also on her arms and legs, with her scratching her trunk. 

We were assured it's not contagious, and it will go away soon.  Anyone have this happen? It's been nearly 3 weeks now, so it may be here to stay for awhile. 

Poor kid.  At least we have tons of cortisone cream from a few months ago.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Little Slice of PDX comes to Orinda

We had our first official visitors last week!!!!  These guys braved the long, overnight drive to sleep on our fancy Ikea sofa bed for a few nights.

Friends enjoying the evening

I didn't get all that many pictures, but since Christie is basically an unpaid professional photographer at this point, she took over that job.

Dance Party!

We smooshed three car seats into the Prius and set off for adventures, checking out the Oakland Zoo, the California Academy of Sciences, and the local pool. We ate some good burgers, bacon, prosciutto,  pork. There was a lot of meat. And there was lots of talking, kid wrangling, catching up and fun. And one round of preschooler-toddler soccer:

Thanks for the great visit, Darren, Christie and Henry!   Now it's official: hotel McMiller Orinda is open for business!


Monday, June 27, 2011

McMillers Invade Sacramento, 2011 style

That's right. We took another short train trip up to Sacramento. We swam in the American river (somehow not pictured.) We ate fish n'chips. Twice. We met up with these guys. We saw the Railroad museum. We took a horse-drawn carriage ride through Old Town. Really, we did it all. And had a great time.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Robin June 15 months!

Robin had her 15 month check up a few weeks ago, and thought I should get this posted before she turns 16 months!

Robin in the pool

Robin June 15 months stats:
Weight: 22 lbs, 14 oz; 50%
Height: 31 1/8"; 75%


What's new in Robin's world? She's emerged from the squishy infant larval stage into full blown toddler.

Robin sips

She is talking up a storm, from the moment she gets up, "It's a blankie" (and holds up her blankie) "Mouth! Eyes! Tongue! Teeth! Nose!" (as she pokes at my face). Ask her a question and you'll get, "No." or "Yeah" accompanied with a belly bounce. She loves playing pretend and anything can be a phone on which she calls her grandparents. She is sad when anyone leaves the house but is desperately sad when it's Mom, Dad or Erin. She throws tantrums, or now that we know what full-blown, knock-down, drag-out tantrums are like, throws cute little toddler tantrums. Usually involving Otter pops.


She's energetic, she still loves highly seasoned food. She now has two molars but still has two molars and 4 canines to go. She tells jokes. She sings all the time, ABC and Happy Birthday being her two favorites. She loves books, especially those with bugs in them. All in all she's a pretty cool person. It's so fun watching the girl emerge.

Robin in green

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

A very DIY Saturday

Nothing new in this post, only today was a very PDX kinda day, Orinda style.

One new skirt made (yes, it is addictive).

Homemade pizza & calzones made. 

Plus it rained and rained and rained (hence the PDX).  But we had to drive everywhere (hence the Orinda).

Friday, June 3, 2011

Recipe corner: crunchy kale

This was totally not my idea.  It was Jaques Pepin.  But I can't believe I didn't think of it myself.  It's easy, it's tasty, it's addictive, and it's healthy.  What more can you ask from a vegetable, particularly one with such a questionable reputation as kale.

Oven: 250-300F
One bunch kale, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces.  You don't need the ribs.
One tablespoon olive oil
Sprinkles of sea salt

Toss ingredients together.  Spread on a cookie cooling rack over a cookie sheet. Try to get it as mono-layer as possible.  Bake for 20 minutes, or more or less.

It will be crisp, crunchy, very fragile.  We gave some to the girls and they loved smooshing it to green powder.  I don't think they actually at any of it.

We, however, ate the entire bunch.

Such a delicious way to get your greens.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Look, Amber!

I did it!  It was super easy!!!!

Thanks for the pattern.  Now to make matching ones for me, Robin and Erin.