Rose of Stone Hedge

It isn’t easy, if you are a 3-year-old child of working parents, to visit the American Horticultural Society of Alexandria, Va., which operates like a bank, keeping regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You really need a visiting grandma to get you in there.


This is not Della’s playhouse, but it is a good opportunity to mention that Nanny Rose built a purple multipurpose countertop for Della’s Waldorfian playhouse-without-walls while she was here. 



Where is Bappa? Motorcycling to Baja with Uncle Paul. You are missing out on some good horticulture.IMG_8571IMG_8570

Della had somehow managed to live her whole life up ’til now without eating one of these snack puddings. These puddings, in case you don’t remember, are really good.


Same goes for Shirley Temple.


Thanks, Nanny! We love you! Thanks for taking care of us.DSC_0276

Della and George of the Jungle

Della has been saying she went to the jungle. Really it was the Baltimore zoo.


Tonight Della asked me if bugs have earrings. I tried to turn that into a question about whether bugs have ears and offered to Google it for her. She said, “No!! Do bugs have earrings??” I said I wasn’t going to look that up.



Here we are in the giraffe house. Too smelly for Della. 


 I asked Della, “What is your favorite animal?” She said princesses.IMG_0437

Winter Continues

So far today we have done many, many of the activities you will find pinned on Pinterest and featured in slideshows on And we can report that doing all of these activities only occupies maybe 45 minutes of toddler time. To fill up an entire day, you have to add in viewings of Frozen and Jungle Book and a half hour of back rubbing to get George to nap, among other un-pinnable accomplishments.

But back to our many creative, engaging, imagination-building, core-strengthening pursuits. The day started with a difficult obstacle course.

George got out for a sled.


He stuck his tongue out the whole time, hoping to catch a few flakes, which of course he did.IMG_0374

Inside, we made ice cream out of snow and cupcakes out of a box mix. We brought snow in the kitchen and played with it. We brought more snow in the bathroom and took a bath with it. We made snow cars, snow cookies, snow balls, snow pears, snow mice, and snow rats, all of which looked approximately the same. We made purple ice cubes that I said I would throw out into the yard for Della to go find. Steve laughed at that. But that was a real idea from more than two websites.


Here is some recent school work that I’ve been meaning to share:

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This is Della at Steve’s office on Monday. 


And this is George edging me off of the bed in a very typical way.