Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

Some Snow December 25, 2008

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 7:41 pm

As you may have heard, Seattle has had some snow. Enough to cause three snow days home from school for C. Enough to snarl traffic, close streets, and completely screw over very nice folks who hope to fly elsewhere for Christmas. And it kept coming for days. They don’t plow here (or if they do, it is with rubber tipped plows that just pack the snow down), don’t salt, and sand only a little bit—and that is in the city, not where we are!

Anyway, here are some recent shots to give you an idea of what the snow is like here:





















(C on snow mound in front of house from where G shoveled the driveway, front and back views. It was big enough that she could slide about eight feet down it on a plastic box lid. And did so over and over again. Our backyard. M in front of the snow bunny I built out of snow that fell on the driveway between Dec. 23 afternoon and Dec. 24 morning.)

Tomorrow we make attempt 2 to reach Cleveland for the Christmas holiday. Our new tickets are not so great (flying through Toronto on the way out and through Philly on the way back, plus overall trip is cut short) and apparently the airport parking lot AND all surrounding off site parking lots are all full. Hopefully the car service really will show up at 5 am tomorrow, and hopefully our assortment of passports (good and expired), driver’s licenses and birth certificates will get us through Toronto without issue (Orbitz swears it is a domestic flight, but now we are getting worried). Sigh.

We have been to the Nutcracker, the airport (and back), grocery shopping, takeout picking up, and friends’ house, and only went off the road once (and just a 40 minute wait for a tow truck). Long live the Prius with chains!


Snow Days December 20, 2008

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 9:53 pm

(Pretty excited about this new feature in Windows Live Writer to insert an album…)

C had snow days Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week—this despite the fact that there was *no snow* on Wednesday. The other days, I admit, there was some snow—but the real issue here is 1) no plowing and 2) no salt. G did go out and independently salt and shovel an intersection near our house though we still saw a car slid through and hit a fence (and break it…and then drive away as if it hadn’t happened). Anyway, the kids were happy to go outside on the snow days—M was chill about just sitting in the snow, eating a little bit, and didn’t even mind when C tried to bury her. C made snow angels, shoveled some snow to “help” G, and generally laughed it up. Took some convincing to get her outside on Friday for some reason—although allowing her to wear her nightgown helped (hey, snow day—sure, she was still in the nightgown at 3 pm).

Saturday we didn’t let a little snow in the forecast stop us from seeing the spectacular (and spectacularly expensive) Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker. It only took about 90 minutes to get home, and no one fell in the parking lot, although we did cancel plans to go out to dinner downtown. The snow is continuing to fall, so not sure what this will do to our Cleveland for Christmas flight tomorrow…

Anyway, glad to see the girls get some use out of their handknit winter hats. I have finished two sweaters recently (one for me, one for M) but pictures will have to wait.


First Snow December 14, 2008

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 9:53 pm

A couple of firsts today actually. First joint bath—C maybe a little bit more excited than M. Although I think she was tired and generally not excited about the bath.








First hair clip (attempting to make her look a little bit more girly for an Xmas card photo shoot). This shot obviously screams something, but Happy Holidays might not be it.











And then, first time playing in the snow. C was way into it, and didn’t even mind some gently lobbed snowballs. Both of them wanted to eat snow. M was perched on the edge of the curb and eventually did a face plant into the snow—totally not fazed (although cheeks were noticeably redder after that). In fact, everyone had a great time until we got back to the house and discovered that Daddy had locked the door before getting into the shower. 












Don’t Really Want Jewelry for Xmas… December 13, 2008

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 9:30 pm

But "quiche and chai lattes every night" is too funny.

8 months December 9, 2008

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 10:08 pm

Well, 8 months plus one day, but the pictures are from the actual 8 mos. mark.


Still in her 6-9 month stuff, so I am guessing she is around 18 lbs. maybe? No teeth, although there have been a few nights were we suspected teething. No words yet, but lots of babbling (ab-dab-dab being a favorite, and something that sounds a lot like ‘hi dada’). Lots of movement, but nothing that would qualify as crawling—two knees, two hands, roughly co-ordinated. There is dragging, and scooting, and reaching…but no real crawling. Very, very close however, especially when big sister’s hair is not too far away.











M loves peekabo, and will look expectantly if you hide behind something. Gets her hands into the (mostly) right positions to help put on her onesies. Is getting the hang of books, and will touch the feely parts of touchy-feely books. Pretty good in the sling, only so-so in the car. Still on the 2 45 minute nap schedule (argh) and still waking up at night, but has been going down around 5:30 or 6 and getting up at 7 or 8 this week. Pretty nice, although that has thrown off the schedule for getting C to school.

Pursues her food spoon with vigor and excitement. Has had avocado, banana, mango, raspberries, blueberries, carrots, squash, sweet potato, peas, spinach, prunes, pears, applesauce…I think that is it. Seems to like them all.

Won’t keep socks on.











Loves toys, and will play happily while I shower or prep lunch (i.e., for five or so minutes at a time as long as I am in view). Shows a propensity for chewing on clothing and shoes, unfortunately. Have to be careful where I leave my slippers. Has discovered the joys of the tupperware cupboard (and led C to rediscover those joys!)








Won many, many accolades at the craft show (Urban Craft Uprising) this weekend. We fit in well with baby in a sling and in a row of nursing mama-baby pairs! Also attracts weird comments from people though—I seem to continually get “she’s so big!” comments, when she is in fact right at the 50th percentile. And a neighbor at a party this weekend said “Look at that hair! Just like Christopher Lloyd!” So not cool (also, his wife kept calling me Barb…)

Still does floaty hands and kicky feet. Pats me on the back when I pick her up. Is very, very sweet and snuggly, and can’t wait to see her extended family at Christmas!