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10 Whole Months

by Wander Woman on Aug.14, 2014

At 9 1/2 months, our Peewee took her first step. Since then, she’s been toddling about, taking 4-10 steps every day. She’s a rascal—she climbs up and down the stairs, drunkenly walks from here to there, and occasionally manhandles big brother Purnie, using him as a walker to get across the room.

She even uses other babies as walkers, grabbing them by their shirtbacks and dragging them on a walk! It’s kind of adorable!

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Tiny Human Chicken Cakes

by Wander Woman on Aug.05, 2014

Because Peewee should feast on scrumptious food too.

Even if she’s toothless. (Almost! She has two jagged nubs sprouting from her lower gums!)

This Chicken Cake is a mish-mash of macerated chicken, shredded apple, shredded carrot, shredded onion, herbs, breadcrumbs and egg, grilled to soft, gummy perfection.

JR eats everything you put in front of her, even if she hates it. It makes mealtime pretty easy.

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Weekend Happenings

by Wander Woman on Jul.28, 2014

For once, I took my beloved ball-and-chain on a business trip with me.

We hightailed it to Houston for my work thingie, and Hizzy followed me around lovingly and patiently, waiting for my schedule to clear, biding time at the bar and by the pool—doing the leisurely things I usually do while waiting for him on biznass trips.

He’s clearly uncomfortable with this turn of events. (Not really. He loved it.)

While we were in Houston, we mosied through the Museum District…

Broken Obelisk at Rothko Chapel

Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall

And had deelish meals at restaurants, including this spicy shrimp ‘n’ grits from Underbelly

But we missed our monkey unbearably, and zoomed home as quick as we could so we could touch her, smell her and partake in her wild, chubby existence.

Because it’s summertime in Texas, we try to spend all of our waking minutes in the pool…

That’s how we spent Sunday Funday with Jas.

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Lemony Singapore Noodles + 9 Months

by Wander Woman on Jul.21, 2014

Singapore noodles is a fave for me. It’s a simple dish of stir-fried rice noodles with veggies (green beans, squash and carrots in this iteration), chicken (or shrimp or pork), and lots of curry seasoning. I usually make mine with lots of fresh lemon juice and garnish it with even more lemon, to brighten the flavors and, coincidentally, to give the dish a summer spin.

And, of course, here’s my all-too-mobile ball of magic…

Last week, my baby gal turned 9 months! She’s about to walk (we’re guessing), since she likes to shoo our hands away when we try to help her walk and, instead, prefers to teeter on her own. Peewee’s pretty assertive (she may be a bully), loves to eat just about anything (although she still has no teeth!), and is basically an easy, self-possessed little monkey.

This is her serious face (above). It means she 1) demands food even though she ate just two hours earlier and will cry hysterically until she gets it, 2) needs a nap, or 3) wants to ride on my hip for an indefinite amount of time, preventing me from doing anything around the house that requires two hands.

I love this face, even if it portends tears and extra parenting work in the hour that follows.

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Pappardelle with Oysters

by Wander Woman on Jul.10, 2014

Oysters + garlic + olive oil + lemon juice + chile flakes + parma cheese + basil + pappardelle.

A bliss-y weeknight meal.

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by Wander Woman on Jul.02, 2014

A couple of soulful finds…

A quiet local getaway.

And I’ll never stop obsessing over really good cocktails, like the Guajillo Manhattan and Thirsty Bird (fave by a long shot) at Chavez.

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by Wander Woman on Jun.24, 2014

I haven’t been blogging much. I’m trying to disconnect with the outside world, because I need to work on my inside world. My family, and especially myself.

Sometime in the last several months, I lost something. A fire, a curiosity, faith in the good of people and life, in general. I grew scared of what could happen to my daughter when I wasn’t with her, and fear and worry has started to swallow my soul.

Something has to change.

I’m trying to slow down and rediscover something deep inside, a state of mind that I once had a long time ago. To be in tune with the rhythm of life. To be present in every moment and co-exist with nature and my surroundings, mindfully and appreciatively.

It will take time, but a connection and intimacy with the universe is something I really miss.

Swimming hole Sunday... Snapping a shot of our time together runs contrary to being present in the moment. I know.

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Chinoiserie Walls + 8 Months

by Wander Woman on Jun.15, 2014

We finally slathered on Jasper Rae’s wallpaper, and we love it…

Eight months already—what a fast ride! JR is still toothless, but she crawls, pulls up, stands, nearly walks, ma-ma-mas and da-da-das constantly, and eats like a starved man.

She’s practically full-grown.

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by Wander Woman on Jun.06, 2014

I’ve been extremely unmotivated/too consumed with baby-family-life happenings to post anything worthwhile. But a pig-out meal is always good eye candy…

I was given a big gift card to my fave food truck (best gift ever!), and we’ve been slowly noshing our way through it… Obsessed with this truck.

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