Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gymnastics, Tastebook, Banjo, and Bom-Chicka-Wow-Wow



The pose in the purple leotard was entirely her own.  That little hand on the hip with the other artistically held to the side along with one bent kneew and pointed toe.  Seriously, I have been just dying watching Clara as she has started taking gymnastics.  It is beyond awesome.  I know this is bragging and will probably make everybody gag but she is just the cutest most adorable little gymnast this world has ever seen.  And to me, she seems like a total natural.  She picks things up fast - like, scarily fast, especially when compared with a class of other tots who are within just a few months of the same age (most older than her).  She pays attention to the coaches, follows kids in line, tries most every new thing that is asked of her (although she was not interested in attempting the cargo net climb).  And she is OBSESSED with her "lee-tards!"  She has a purple one and a black one and they both came with matching scrunchies for her hair.  Grandpa and Grandma are visiting and they got to come watch one of Clara's classes, which was extra fun.

I had a very specific type of gym in mind for Clara and we got recommendations and checked out Yelp before setting up free trial classes at four different gyms in the area within 20 minutes of us.  We did a small but traditional gym, a tumbling focused (to me it felt sort of like a cheerleading prep) gym, and then two large gyms that have gymnastics teams and meets and one even has an olympian as an alumnus.  Honestly, I also wanted to try the classes for free before enrolling Clara just to see if she was actually ready for a class like this since I worried that she would freak out or just not participate, but she has been ecstatic about this adventure since the very first class.  She LOVES the trampolines and has been practicing seat drops, knee drops, pencil jumps, airplane jumps, and "open-close" jumps on command.  She just has a hard time "freezing" when she is told to (think of the pose women's gymnasts do when they land a jump off the pommel horse with hands out and knees together).  She is also doing crazy good at bar skills - she can hang and swing from the bar and will even let me or a coach help her lift her toes up to the bar while she is hanging upside down to try to teach her to grip with her toes.  The balance beam is intimidating for her but she is willing to try it as long as somebody is holding her hand. 

Clara's Gymnastics Class from Amy Nash on Vimeo.


After having randomly posted recipes on the blog for a while and getting frustrated that I still don't have a good way of keeping track of or formatting them, especially with the idea that I eventually want to print them out in a cookbook form for myself (along with a copy for Clara for the future), I did some research and found a website called  It is working really well for me because it provides a uniform approach to posting my own recipes, I can make them private (if I want to), I can add my own photos, and I can even follow friends (if I had any on there - so far it is just me and my lil' sis - if after reading this you set up an account, let me know because I want to see what you post since I am always looking for new yummy recipes).  I wanted to do this because I tend to forget things that I have made that we have loved and we inevitably fall back into the rut of the same old standby dinners. 

Now, if something is particularly good - good enough that I know we will make it and eat it again - I am going to post it on Tastebook (at least, that is the idea).  Unfortunately, I have felt the urge to make lots of desserts since I have lots of favorite treat recipes that need to be photographed and uploaded.  It is a dangerous business, I tell you what.  At least we've been trying to hold out and make sweets when we have visitors or can take most of what I bake to friends or neighbors.  Here is a link to my "cookbook" so far.   


Paul didn't want me blabbing all over the blog about this but he is learning to play the banjo and now that he has a couple of songs under his belt and feels a little more confident about it he said he doesn't care if I mention it on here.  He actually takes lessons from some guy in Palo Alto and he is really enjoying practicing and playing for Clara, who LOVES dancing to daddy's sweet music every night when Paul gets home from work.  Paul and I have even jammed together a couple of times with me accompanying him on the guitar.  I have a little video but you pretty much can't hear me at all over the sound of the banjo.  We will have to work out sound dynamics to make a true duet work.  But you can at least get an idea of how Paul is sounding.

Paul plays the Banjo from Amy Nash on Vimeo.


Clara has some new favorite books that my mom sent us home with from Utah that were in her first grade classroom collection before she retired.  Green Eggs and Ham is popular, as is a book called Chugga Chugga, Choo Choo

On Sunday, Paul was reading Squirrels to Clara and he decided to spice it up a little because it just includes scientific facts about squirrels written in early reader language.  So when he came to a page about springtime and how squirrels have babies, he summed it up for Clara using one phrase:  "bom-chicka-wow-wow".  She absolutely started cackling with laughter she thought it was so funny.  We got a little bit of the aftermath on video but it is nothing like when she first was guffawing over the weird word that dad apparently made up.  Clara tried repeating it and her version sounded more like "chicka-bow-bow-bow!" but the joke has been funny all week long and she randomnly gets a grin on her face, announces "chicka-bow-bow-bow!" and starts chuckling. 

Bom-chicka-wow-wow from Amy Nash on Vimeo.

We are apparently real mature around here.


  1. Clara IS a natural when it comes to gymnastics! She is totally amazing! I can't wait to see her in an actual meet! And her giggle with "Bom-Chick-a-Wow-Wow" is hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Let's see, Clara's gymnastics are adorable, Paul's talent is impressive, the "chicka-bow-bow-bow" is hilarious, and the tastebook idea is brilliant. I created an account just now and am following yours. I'm impressed with your collection and awesome photographs. Not promising I'll be as on top of it as you have been, but it sounds like the type of thing I've been looking for to organize my recipes.

  3. love the tastebook idea. i've been looking for something like that. i'd been using pinterest before but i didn't think it was very user friendly for recipes (too many clicks) so i might try this out.

  4. I can't wait until Clara is an olympic gymnast and I can say I know her! Or that she is married to my son ;) So cute in the leotard. Ollie is doing gymnastics and let me tell you, his outfits aren't nearly so cute. Paul is so awesome on the banjo and I will be the first to buy your single if you ever record something together.

  5. I just found you.... not sure how... but I had to comment and tell you that your little Clara is adorable! What a blessing she is to your life- and what a blessing you are to her! I love adoption... my only sister was adopted, an so are 2 of my husbands siblings. We definitely feel the love and awesomeness of adoption in out lives :)

    And as for the banjo! THAT is awesome! I play folk music on the guitar, not very well :).... but I've always wanted to play the banjo! I think he sounds GREAT!

    So glad I found this blog! ;)


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