Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

15 minutes November 24, 2009

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 4:20 pm
M did a photo shoot for a local clothing company almost a year ago and after months and months I stopped checking their website for updates. But today I happened upon the site and….a tiny little picture of baby M! Onesies picture

November November 22, 2009

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 10:05 pm

Wait, it is still November right? Phew.

Not much to report on here—just regular life, with a lot of rain and gloomy weather which isn’t great for picture taking. Some hail and power outages as well (luckily all brief so far).

C is busy loving school, learning to read, writing like crazy, drawing every chance she gets, and generally being her super cute self. We had the first parent/teacher conference of the year on Friday and learned (well, confirmed) that C is doing really well at math, writing, and art. We had been at school just the day before for the Kindergarten Thanksgiving feast (and a feast it was, although with a time slot from 10:30 – 11:30 many folks hadn’t worked up much of an appetite yet) which included some songs and costumes from the kids:









C had been reporting on the pilgrim outfit for days and really wants us all to dress up like this for Thanksgiving dinner. As we are eating out that day, I am thinking that plan is unlikely. (G’s cousin is coming to stay with us for a few days and G reports that both he and said cousin will want turkey, so out to eat it is.) The class also wrote about what made their family special (sorry for the photos—taken in a hurry holding the camera above the table without being able to look through the viewfinder):








Things to love here—G’s shoulder mounted head, the inclusion of Boston the cat, and the “silent r” which somehow snuck into M’s name. It was very sweet, as none of the other kids mentioned their siblings when relating what was special about their families.

C really, really loves her sister and they get along so well (ignoring some hair pulling from M and finger shaking lectures from C) that it is fun to be with them both. 









M passed the 19 month mark a few weeks ago and is such an amazing kid. She has an independent streak that I do not remember from C’s toddlerhood. She wants to climb on everything (onto the table, the windowsill behind the living room couch, her own high chair, etc. etc.), walk on her own, cut and draw just like her big sis, etc. etc. Her speech is still…in progress, but she continues to embrace the eardrum-shattering scream, which unsurprisingly is quite effective. Although there are a few Starbucks which I think would prefer never to see us again. Ahem. She loves books and her little baby dolls and her happy is so incredibly happy. She doesn’t much like to be carried or put in a stroller (nor a grocery cart, which has made for some not so approving looks from other shoppers) but she does like C’s old trike. Luckily there is a handle for pushing. 









(We try to get outside whenever there is a break in the rain to tucker this one out get the kid some exercise.) She is a walking, running, dancing, stair climbing machine. And she has the first part of jumping down—the squat.

G has been enjoying not travelling for a bit and does work and stuff.

I have many unphotographed projects to hopefully share someday. Two finished sweaters for M (well, except for the buttons), a sweater in progress for C, a hat in progress, C’s birthday skirt, a finished dress and an almost finished dress. And these pants for M which are from a very cute Oliver + S pattern:







She’s not much for posing for detailed photos unfortunately. 


Halloween (parenthetically) November 3, 2009

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 9:45 pm

C was Beaker from the Muppets. This costume was her choice and she and G made it themselves (Value Village + Michaels = costume heaven). I think her enthusiasm was dulled a bit at her school party, because most of the kids didn’t know who Beaker was (and even many of the teachers were too young). She was quite surprised to have been the only Beaker (??!). For trick or treating, G made a Bunsen Honeydew puppet-type thing to carry along with them so that the costume was (somewhat) more obvious. Sadly, I got my (poor quality) photos at the end of the evening, when the glasses (which really made the puppet) had been lost. (Especially sad since they were actually an old pair of G’s prescription glasses. We only made it through our cul de sac and went around with a flashlight right after realizing they were gone; but the glasses have not turned up.)







M was a lion, wearing C’s costume from the Halloween she was 2. For about a week before, M had been unwilling to put the costume on, but when the day came, she was completely into it. Wanted to walk to all the houses, held out her pumpkin bag, and even said “thu” afterwards (I believe this was Thank You). 









Somehow I (again) made the mistake of not buying enough candy (6 bags, but the peanut butter cups turned out to have way fewer per bag than expected). M had amused herself by putting C’s candy into her (M’s) bag. Once I went upstairs to put M to bed, G put what he thought was M’s candy out for the trick or treaters. So C had a pretty paltry haul this year. Unlike me as a kid though, she hasn’t really noticed or asked for much candy since Halloween. (Eventually, we had to just turn out the lights outside and hide in the house, and even still people would come and ring the bell!)

The really scary thing on Halloween? Our two weeks old pumpkins.







Earlier in the day, the kids were full of crazy energy, so we took them to the playground to try to burn it off. They discovered a new game—climb up the slide, run over to the edge, jump into daddy’s arms. (Mommy would not do…although then mommy didn’t have sore arms the next day either!)

I love so many of these shots…click through to see a full album.