Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

5 months. Ho hum. May 24, 2013

Filed under: Family,Kids — bonniep @ 10:16 pm

Little C turned 5 months old today but there wasn’t much celebrating. It was day 1 of a two day neighborhood garage sale so she pretty much chilled with me in the garage for 7 hours. A baby neither nurses nor naps well in a chilly garage with nosy people poking around at stuff all day. Plus, she was slightly offended that not more people wanted to buy her (very cheaply priced I think) 0-3 month and 3-6 month sized clothes. Another 7 hours tomorrow and we will count our measly take and celebrate properly.

At least the sun stayed out for some afternoon photos.



I can see sitting in her future now, although rolling over still isn’t happening. Her hand control is getting pretty spot on and she intentionally and successfully grabs toys to give them a good thrashing and then (literal) tongue lashing. She is a happy little girl who gives out those big smiles to her sisters, daddy, and random strangers trolling our garage and trying to buy a $2 CD for $1.


Putting Down Roots May 12, 2013

Filed under: Family,photography — bonniep @ 9:50 pm

As long as we have been together, G and I have never lived in one apartment/condo/house for more than 4 years. And we recently passed 3 years in this house. But I am hoping we are going to be here a long, long time. Because I hate moving. And, we have great neighbors, are near to good schools, can easily access a fantastic biking and running path, are seeing interesting new construction starting (welcome to Bothell, McMenamins!), and did I mention I hate moving?

So, with a plan to stay in one place, we are embarking on a grand plan to put down some literal roots. After consulting with a food forest designer, ordering a bunch of trees, and pricing out deck supplies, G is committed to many hours in the backyard (I have mentioned my seasonal allergies right? and needing to keep the baby alive? I did do some weeding today though…) and in the next few years we should be awash in rotting fruit organic produce.

We both do like a lot of color in the yard. No sparse, organized gardeners we.




OK, none of those are food but we do have that as well.


(Blueberries, strawberries, chives. Other food is planted, just not very photo worthy right now.)

It did break my heart though to prune one of our new peach trees. I know that you are supposed to remove all the fruit the first year and I did (well, saved one)….long term thinking, long term thinking.



(Before, and after.)

G worked a lot on the front of the house flower boxes this weekend as well. I need to get some pictures of those soon! We definitely have the most colorful flowers in the neighborhood!


Mother’s Day

Filed under: Family,Kids — bonniep @ 9:26 pm

We are going on week two of at least someone in the house being sick. M finally, finally, seems healed (missed 4 days of school and had a 104.2 fever), but big and little C and I were all sick today. I thought perhaps I was feeling OKish but a 2 hour nap on Friday and a 3 hour nap yesterday said differently. And I have managed to overlap the start of allergy season with my cold, so yay for me!

G, the sole healthy holdout, isn’t really a go-all-out for Mother’s Day type. So he slept in while I got up with the kids, and only M had anything for me (some very cute pictures and a handprint they did at school). We did all go out for brunch though. And, um…I cooked dinner but he did clear the table and washed a pan.

(In his defense though, G did spend most of yesterday and today working on our backyard, which is hard for me to do what with seasonal allergies + baby to keep alive.)

So no big fancy gifts, no elaborate surprises, but I do have 3 wonderful girls and that is what matters.





I had to include that picture of Little C’s butt ruffle. At dinner it caused M to say “She is so pretty, she could capture a prince’s heart.” (Here’s hoping Prince Harry doesn’t see these pictures!)

Oh, and updates on little C. She weighed in a measly 16 lbs. 4 oz. at the pediatrician (95%) and a whopping 26.5” (>95%). Whatever her head was was over 95th percentile as well. These are 6-9 month size clothes in the picture (well, except for the dress, but we had to get that one on for Mother’s Day!) and none too soon I say. Her neck rash also turned out to be mild eczema, so we have gone from rare baths to nightly baths + a full rubdown with Aquaphor. She is the slipperiest little sucker when all greased up! On the other hand, my dry hands are basically cured. She is definitely the most washed person in the house.