Lots of little things to share today.
1. I took the kids to a kite festival last weekend. I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Do you know there are professional kite flyers? And they do this thing called "kite ballet"? Hard to describe, but man, I was wowed. The kites really do dance in the air. Lovely to watch. I think the kids were more entertained just looking at huge crowd of new people. And the thing David remembers most is seeing a kid wearing Thomas the Tank Engine boots. But hey, it was a great Saturday afternoon activity.
2. It's only fair that I do a little follow up on my Lent internet fast. You guys, I kind of failed. The first two weeks went really well, but once I started cheating it just went downhill from there. Overall, I do feel like I improved my relationship with technology. Have you ever gone on vacation and stopped checking twitter or facebook for a few days. . and then you try to catch up after and think, "why again do I normally care about all of this?" I'm feeling a little more like that these days.
The other issue with not going online all day was that I would totally gorge at night and stay up way too late just surfing. Also not good. So in the end I learned that a little levity, a little wittling down of my google reader and tumblr following, and a healthy dose of moderation are probably the best. As usual, the most common sense approach wins.
3. Lately both kids attitudes and behavior are on a little cycle. . . a few happy days, a few minor grouchy days, one really horrible day, and repeat. I'm glad that their bad days don't occur simultaneously, which saves my sanity a bit. But the really golden days are when they're both happy at the same time.
Norah is standing on her own, exploring like no one's business, and now that 2 new teeth have poked through, her demeanor has been so sweet and pleasant. Lots of smiles and cuddling now. It's a treat watching her become less of a baby and more of a little person.
David sure has his ornery moments, but when he's doing well, he's great too. His imagination and creativity with toys always makes me smile. The other day I found him standing at the kitchen counter playing "Angry Birds"... a shallot was the bird, a spoon rest was the launcher, and my kitchen-aid whisk attachment was the structure he was trying to knock down. Honestly. . . could you even make this stuff up? Little kids are amazing.