Skyler 3.7

…makes a forlorn little girl.

No, not Santa, sorry. Even better:

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

The best part about living in the country – especially where we are – is that you never need to drive too far for berry-pickin’ in the summer.

We made sure not to be too greedy this season. Last summer we ended up with two full gallon bags that I froze for no apparent reason than to toss away in the winter. I’m not exactly the jam-making type.

Good grief. Can you imagine me?

Crisp red-and-white checkered apron, stirring strawberries stewing in a pot, lipsyncing to the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever“, sunlight streaming through the window pane and smells of scones baking in the oven wafting through the house, rosy-cheeked children playing quietly under the dinner table, waiting patiently for their treats?

Don’t know which part is more improbable – me wearing an apron or the children playing quietly.

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My six-year old has plans for us

We’re going camping next month and here’s what Rae has for us in the way of accommodations and recreation:

Raeven + Hayden (her best friend) = Big Tent
Raeven + Hayden = Big Pool
Skyler + Maya + Josh + Jasmine = Big Tent
Skyler + Maya = Big Pool & Big Tent
Mommy + Daddy + Mama (her grandma) + Yehyeh (her grandpa) = Small Tent
Daddy + Mommy = Small Tent
Ante (she means Aunty) Mat and Ante Fara (mommies of some of the names above) = Small Tent

The expression on her face says it all.

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Just before all hell broke loose

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…I try not to kill myself at this site, all thanks to Izzymom.

Some of my faves:

For those sex ed classes.

Stolen from a very polite slave-driver.

If returned, then call the zoo.

Because businessmen should know their place…

So that’s where they are!

But run like the wind!

Okay, I’ll leave you to it. I need to breathe like a normal person and go to sleep now.

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Over the hills and faraway

Dear Skyler,

I am so so proud of you.

After almost a year of trying (since to say Mommy had been seriously potty-training you would’ve been a blatant lie and embarrassing – who the hell takes a year?), you’ve finally grasped the gist of going to the potty to wee and not just to do a Number 2 and/or admire your half-naked self in the mirror and/or to turn the bathroom into a swimming pool.

For a few days now, you’ve walked around diaperless, and even partied in only your undies all of yesterday at Aunty Farrah’s barbeque. Bravo, my little trooper!

And what’s even more impressive is that you braved a totally unchartered toilet and survived your first unfamiliar, alien flush all by yourself!!! Without going bonkers!!

I’d choked with tearful pride because the noise of gushing water followed by the traumatic gurgling of preschooler-waste mixed with water draining into the Deep Blue Vortex of No-Return has undoubtedly been your biggest hurdle in our year’s journey of trying to ditch the pull-up, your preferred mode of plumbing the last 1.5 years.

But that is history! Gone! Forgotten! And hopefully never to be recycled!

Although, if I may ask one small favour of you. Tiny really.

You deserve a medal for having come so far in such a short time but please, if you don’t mind, refrain from going up to complete strangers and telling them you have no diapers on, and as if that isn’t clear enough, up-ending, skirt-a-flouncing, to drive the point home?

Thank you so much, baby.

Again, so very proud. 

Love you lots,

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I wrote a post about the recent pregnancy pact by 17 teenagers in Gloucester at Seattle Mom Blogs

Have a good rest of this dreary Sunday, y’all.

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Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

So today I went for my first photostroll with the Seattle Flickrites, and I was lucky enough to join the group to photograph the Fremont Solstice Parade.

This is the parade’s 20th year. It is a community art parade that celebrates free speech, creativity and the beauty of diversity.

20th Fremont Solstice Parade

And so they danced.

20th Fremont Solstice Parade

20th Fremont Solstice Parade

20th Fremont Solstice Parade

And they sang.

20th Fremont Solstice Parade

20th Fremont Solstice Parade 

And they held hands and spread the love.

20th Fremont Solstice Parade

20th Fremont Solstice Parade

And they even rode on bikes with their bare tushies.

20th Fremont Solstice Parade

But the star of the day, Mr Sun, refused to show.

No matter. The parade still went on and it turned out to be great weather for one.

More pictures at my Flickr. If bare torsos and tushies offend your sensibilities, don’t click that.

Happy Solstice everyone!

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