Friday, October 22, 2010

Gigi and the kids, last July. 
Little girl's 15 months older now  - so many changes.
Though this wasn't the best picture of her
(I usually delete the overly vacant shots)
It was also freakishly cold for July, hence the awkward blanket.

I took the boy to lunch yesterday after a MD visit.  The hostess at our local Steak & Shake had DS.  I think I'm ok with this all but I spent our lunchtime watching her, and eyeballing her co-workers.  I would have guessed they were all in high school but it was noon on a Thursday so probably early 20s (which dates me a bit, but nevermind that)... working in a burger joint far from any college.  Surely they're old enough to have outgrown the bullying.  Are they kind to her?  Do they include her? 

The surfer-dude/waiter knocked over a bunch of silverware and I was relieved it wasn't her.  Later, when some people came in and self-seated, I caught an eye roll.  Our girl had clearly gone on break - we'll assume the eye rolling was for the presumptuous customers? And not the absent hostess?  Yes?  I wanted to know more but what do you ask?  Are you happy?  Do you like working here?  How did you get the job?  How often do weirdly solicitous customers ask you overly-personal questions?  Are the truckers and construction guys eating there patient with her?  Do rowdy teenager boys come in and.... can't even go there.  
But then again it should be normal & I shouldn't be making a fuss. 
But I know where we're going to be eating henceforth. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Baby Show

With narration provided by the director.
[Many apologies for the soundtrack]

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Or, Variations on a Theme.
Or, What happens without a hairbrush.

Monday, October 18, 2010



After (the first few bites)
I am kindly not sharing the after-after-dinner shot. 
The dogs were thrilled.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


So excited - on his way to visit Auntie A. 
She has all the good treats

Stinker will actually scurry away from you if you try to get her off the stairs.
 Back off mom!
Just including this shot so you can see the cute matching bow.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


 Renewed/ongoing escape attempts

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


No photos today. Need new camera batteries again. Next camera will be rechargeable, I don’t care what the pixels are doing. (I can’t discuss pixels without thinking of pixies flying around.  'Cause we clearly have those around here, causing mischief & using up all my battery juice).

So instead I thought I’d document the girl’s signs to date, for posterity.
Ears (their location, not the ASL sign thereof)
She’ll also sign along as I sing Wheels on the Bus and Doors Open and Close (the latter of which is the same sign as when the spider is washed OUT of the waterspout.  She's very emphatic when signing OUT.  Poor spider).

Things we are working on, or should be. Shortly.
Clothes (maybe just jammies. They’re in a drawer she can reach & then we won’t need to distinguish between the finer points of girls’ fashion)
Hair - or Head? Head & ears might get mixed up then.  Or feet?  Need to settle on body part #2 but nose/toes sound alike, and she’s already patting her tummy (instead of her thigh) in the sign for dogs, so that might be confusing.
Considering specific foods? 
Some sign for her brother – no way she’s spelling out his name yet & I can’t even remember the ASL sign for brother.

Other idea?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


This is why I wanted ivy. 

No school yesterday so the boys decorated...
with Bordello lights, naturally.

I don't think you can actually hang vampires, but nice try guys.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday at the Park

It got down into the 30s overnight and we scrambled to get new winter jammies but it was back into the high 80s today.  Needless to say it was crowded at the park today. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010


You can't tell, but we're on a hay ride.  Because that's how we roll.
 Mad dash

Friday, October 8, 2010


1977 in the happiest place on earth  (see you soon Gigi!)
 Is it just me, or are these characters CREEPY?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

PJ Day

[Insert obscure Vulcan reference here...]
Leaving so soon?
She can totally get the doors open now.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Little Red Riding Hood

  She does love those dogs!
Oh! And she got up there all by herself & will go down the slide unprompted.
 The boy's robot, before the tin foil.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall is Here.

(Note the sweater.  The only one I could find without venturing into the basement)

...unfortunately, the dump truck really works. 
She landed on her butt.
(which we'll all pretend isn't visible in this shot)
Plotting revenge.
Ha!!  That'll show it.
Victory dance.
(actually the moves to 'You are my Sunshine', but work with me here)
Telling mommy what she did. 
(This is the sign for Mom)
Dressed up for picture day, cheesy smile and all.
(we're also going to ignore the wrinkles.  Kindergarten can be ROUGH)