Molly’s Charms and More

Molly has been spending a lot of her down time lately making bracelets. Starting with basic yarn bracelets, she then moved into plastics. Sometimes we even melt plastic beads in the oven to flatten them for just the right shape.

Molly has gotten so good at making her own bracelets that she decided to open her own Etsy shop: Mollys Charms And More. 🀩

After the initial store setup, Molly has been adding her own pictures, updating listings, rallying friends to support her store, and checking her stats.

She’s all over this. πŸ€“. Way to go, Molly!

A tale of two kids πŸ—‘⚽️

It’s beautiful to watch these kids grow into their own people and take on the world in their own way.

Today Claire announced that she was going to be making a sword for her Halloween costume, a character from Demon Slayer. After she put together a list of supplies, and we all made a trip to Michaels.

Back home, Claire spent a few hours making her sword with only little assistance with the spray paint. It came out good but not gerat – version 1.0. She’ll try again next weekend. πŸ—‘

Molly wanted to got running on the park to get back into triathlon form. I grabbed the soccer ball on the way out, and Molly ended up having fun playing soccer. I played goalie, and she tried to score on me. She got noticeably better even as we played! “Football is life,” was our refrain, Dani Rojas style. ⚽️

It was a great fall weekend day with these amazing little people.

The girl with the glasses

Claire got some new glasses recently and was having fun with them over lunch, which made for a cool picture thanks to the weird background widow.

Claire touched up the photo herself to bring out maximum color. 🎨

If life gives you lemons, make wheatgrass shots

When the Great Polar Blast of 2021 hit back in February, all the bushes out front froze to death. Buy August, I had finally accepted the loss and asked the yard guys to cut the dead bushes down without mercy.

Left with a small but barren patch of yard with nothing but dirt and the nubs of dead bushes, I decided to make use of the land (and the automated drip irrigation) to grow some food. I had always wanted to do an urban vegetable garden, and now it was basically thrust upon me, waiting directly outside the front door, teasing me to make it so.

Of course, I could never leave Molly, our curious little naturalist, out of such a plan. She would definitely make it fun and bring new ideas to the table.

So Molly and I went to Sledd Nursery on a Saturday morning to consult with the local experts. We left Sledd with $70 worth of seeds for a “fall” crop and two bags of basically fancy dirt.

At the last minute, Molly added in some wheatgrass starters because she wanted to make wheatgrass juice. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ. I asked her, “Have you ever had wheatgrass juice?” She said no but she had “seen it on YouTube” and it “looked good”. Why not? I’m trying to say yes to my kids whenever I can, to encourage their confidence and curiosity.

We went home and planted patches of broccoli, squash, corn, parsley, and arugula. I crossed my fingers. 🀞

After a couple of weeks, the wheatgrass was doing better than anything else out there.

So we trimmed some wheatgrass (it’s indistinguishable from “regular” grass), tossed it in the blender with some water, and strained the juice. The resulting juice was supposedly healthy but had the bright fluorescent green color of lime Jello.

And it tasted like… grass water. One step away from dirt water.

Molly had a couple of sips and called it a day. “It’s gross, Dad.”

I added salt and Tabasco. That upgraded it to spicy ocean water. πŸ˜‹ I think the rest of the wheatgrass is for me. But thank you, Molly, for the cool idea. Let’s see how you like arugula later.

Virtual Sleepover

With another wave of Covid here πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ, Molly decided to take her social life into her own hands and organize a virtual sleepover with her friends.

A true self-starter and fully adapted to pandemic life, Molly gave me a small shopping list (basically cake ingredients and popcorn) and scheduled a Zoom meeting with a few friends. She also asked if she could have the whole first floor to herself and sleep on the couch. Hey, she had a vision. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

As I put myself to sleep, Molly and her friends were giggling on Zoom. Apparently the only hitch was that the Zoom meeting timed out ofter 40 minutes. Hmm, I was going to ask her if anyone had upgraded to Zoom Pro, but I didn’t want to be a helicopter parent. Live and learn, Molly. πŸ˜›

I didn’t get any pics of the actual sleepover but captured some pics after daylight broke the next morning.

Chimichurri kid

Molly has become quite the kitchen helper.

Here she is in action making one of her specialities, an Argentinian chimichurri sauce. She has been gradually doing more and more on her own. Tonight, she made the sauce 100% on her own — chopping and mixing parsley, garlic, and more — while I pan-seared some steak to go with it. 🀩

Skyfox and Red 2

I decided to name the kids as follows for the summer:

  • The older one is Skyfox because she hangs out on the 3rd floor and nestles into her little den a lot. Also, it sounds cool.
  • The younger one is Red 2 because it kind of sounds like a wingman from Star Wars, and she has that vibe right now. Also, it sounds cool.

Red 2 named me Orangeballer because I was playing with an orange bouncy ball when she named me that. She later changed it to Bedhead when I was near a bed and have a head, I guess. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Here are Skyfox and Red 2 hanging out at a coffee shop. We went here because we could eat outside even on a rainy day. We had a great time joking around. They were roasting each other pretty good, as you can see from their faces.