Amara is awesome!!! It's true. And now she's exceeding just 'big baby' proportions. She's the Hulk: she develops and gets bigger before your eyes. She is definitely growing into a goofy, playful personality; she's inquisitive and likes to 'army-man crawl' towards mischief. There's lots of da-da-da-da and ma-ma-ma-ma, and sometimes it seems like she is actually differentiating between Erin and I.
Beer Brewing Day: -Bottled an India Pale Ale -Brewed a Dark American Lager
So...I really like the winter! Everyone tells me, "Just wait 'til the novelty wears off." Yeah, maybe one day the dreary cold will outweigh the sight of a winter flurry, or the ice patterns on a frozen lake, or a crisp clear winter day after fresh snowfall. Maybe one day the bare trees of winter will damper my love of stews, and baking bread, and brewing beer, and holing up in a cozy hollow with a book or movie and some tea. Maybe one day the bone chilling breezes from the north will leave my heart cold for the beauty of cyclical natural rhythm: the 'pop' of green in spring, wet hot summers, the colors of autumn, or the stark wildness of winter. Maybe...one day...
But today I'm going to relish the quiet, slowness that winter brings; celebrate taking hours to prepare a fresh hot meal; swig a pitch black porter; and try my damnedest to show respect for the cycles of nature by taking it easy during the time of the year that most other creatures are reserving their energy for the coming spring.
A toast to the Church of Slow Food, Handmade Lives, Respect, and Simple Living. ICOR.
So Amara is not actually saying mama but she sure likes going mmmmmm mmmmm and a few times has actually put the a's in. Her other vocalizations (like high pitched screaming) are improving but mostly she likes to stick her tongue out and blow raspberries at us. If Daddy does it she will mimic him for hours but if Mommy does it she just stares at me like I have two heads. She smiles and giggles all the time and when she is tired (but not so tired she is grumpy and screaming) she loves to snuggle up to us. She is more fun and interactive everyday, wanting to touch (and taste) everything that we touch. She is also becoming much more mobile and if she is left on the floor without a diaper can come pretty close to a crawl.
Not much other news around the homestead but here are some pictures.
Out snowshoeing...but after the 45 degree weather the past few days there is not enough snow to go out anymore, we will cross our fingers for more.
Amara being sweet!
And some delicious bread Mike made...it is raisin walnut.