Monday, July 6, 2015


The Bear turned 3 years old at 2:56 am this morning. What?! Time flies. I still remember everything. You can read our birth story in all 4 parts: Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four. It's fun! It's exhausting! And this of me in the tub in labor. I loved my first shift midwife!

Here I asked him some of his favorite things; I will try to do something like this every year. I don't think I'll ever do an epic video like I did for his one year birthday again! :( :)

Questions Year 3 from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Log Rolls

My Mom made my brother and I do 15 log rolls a day at one point in my childhood. I think it's good for your brain or something (I don't remember...hahahahahahah!) Anyways, good for you or not, it's fun! The Bear has not perfected it yet; he doesn't lower his upper body all the way but he still tries!

The vid is taken at the Renaissance Faire and he rolls past a young woman and when he gets to her he tries to keep looking at her which really throws off his amateur log roll technique. When she smiles and says something back to him he starts throwing grass at her. GREAT. He's one of those boys...I like you so I am going to throw things at you. Help! Ha.

log rolls from erin kawamata on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Soaking Beans

We eat a lot of pinto and black beans in our family. We soak them overnight and then cook them in the slow cooker the next day. We will make burritos or use them in soups or other dishes. The best part of the process for the Bear is washing them and soaking them.
In these pictures the beans have been soaked and are ready to cook but I let him play with them first. He took them out of the bowl of water and put them on the plate...and then back again. He then threw a lot of them on the floor. Booooo!
That was almost 6 months ago. He hasn't thrown beans like that since, thank goodness. He loves helping me wash them. All those beans in water feel really good!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Baking Soda and Vinegar Play

I put a tray of baking soda in front of the Bear and for small containers of vinegar with 4 different color dyes in each one.

I gave him an eye dropper, a syringe and a baster. OH what fun he had. Lot's of fizzing and color mixing. 

Plus good motor skill exercises with all of the different tools.

It eventually turned into a big smoosh puddle of gloop.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Spring 1

Moss growing in between bricks.

Spring here is lovely. Moss, the greenest emerald green grass and flowers...all so pretty.

Going on a Spring hike up Kamiak Butte


Flowers growing out of our neighbors stump.

Birch Fluffs (not technical term)

Magpie. BIG BIG birds.

We have tulips, daffodils, lilies, and many more types of flowers in our yard. 

I walked by this puddle underneath some sort of spruce tree every work day and just loved the pattern the needles made in the puddle. 

This moss tuft fell off of our roof.

The Bear riding his bike after dinner and the amazing, glow of the sunlit grass.

Moss growing on cinderblocks in the back yard.

Little white dangly flowers in the yard.

More glowing green grass.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Reading Conversations

I try my hardest to ask the Bear questions while we read books mostly because it's fun to hear what he thinks. Here we are reading a library book where they had children finish the sentence, "I wish that..."

reading conversations from erin kawamata on Vimeo.