Sunday, August 22, 2010
Mia will spend ages spinning the wheels on B's doll stroller and banging her play pots and pans together. Her special favorite is Golly (B's chosen name for her doll). Mia can spend 30 minutes poking Golly in the eyes. She has those eyes that open when she's upright and close when lays down, and for some reason, they fascinate Mia. Pretty soon we'll need to get Mia a baby of her own because sibling fights are already breaking out over poor Golly the Dolly.
B insisted on carrying the backpack with our towels and picnic stuff. It was pretty heavy. I think the other park-goers thought I was using my child as a pack mule. :)
The spray park. These are all over Tacoma and run all summer long. Have I mentioned how much I love this city?
Oh yeah, Mia eats sandwiches now. :) Apparently two teeth are all you need.
And just as quickly as summer arrived, it was gone. We're back to 70 degrees and I'm loving it. Why couldn't it have been this cool last summer, when I was pregnant and sweltering?
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Bianca was so excited about the shower that I wrapped our gift in brown paper and let her decorate. She drew this pic of aunt Kendra all on her own. I absolutely love it. Even kinda looks like her, right?
Crazy about this photo.
This one too. Do I not have the cutest kids in the world?
Hey, sis, let's put our hands like this.
She wanted to drink from an umbrella straw, so we got her the least-breakable cup we could find.
Miss Mia, oh-so-feminine in her signature pose: leaning on one arm, ankles crossed :)
Kendra with her mini-doppelganger.
Tissue-paper bride. We won! Bianca loved this game, in fact, she was quite the little taskmaster and she had quite a vision for our dress. She kept saying TUCK IT IN! TUCK IT IN!
Coconut cupcakes from Trophy--a sweet ending to a great event!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I'm crazy about B's drawings! I love watching them get better and more detailed every day. Here are a few recent ones:
Mia. After she finished this one she announced "Oh the legs are upside-down!" with some disappointment, as if she had no control over the outcome of the picture. :)
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
In my last "real" job as executive editor of WSU's Dividend magazine, I stopped wanting to hire freelancers to write articles because I wanted to write them myself. That's when I felt an inkling that maybe I should. But no, I thought. Writers are boring. Nerdy. They stare at a screen all day. That could never be me.
Well, folks, never say never. Cut to a few years and two kids later, and my fourth-grade teacher who swore I would be a writer someday is turning out to be right. (Thanks, Mrs. Larsen!)
Who knows where this journey will lead? The biggest revelation of having two kids has been how little time I have to do things I want to do, like work. But I'm doing what I can.
And I know I've been sorta quiet about this. My work time gets taken up with work, and I forget to actually tell people what I'm so busy working on. :)
Anyhow--I have lotsa clips up at my business Web site, but things are taking an exciting new turn. I'm now writing for some new publications, including parenting magazines around the country. The articles aren't always online, but as they pop up I'll try and post them.
I've majorly lost my momentum with the move and a crazy-busy summer, but I'm part of a writing accountability and goal-setting group this fall and I hope it helps me get back on track. That, and the buzz of seeing my work from earlier this year finally make its way into print!
I just posted two new articles over on the right. :) Happy reading and I've love to hear what you think.
The look on her face was priceless. She was so proud!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Bianca had a fit when we tried to cut her burger in half, so we let her tackle a whole one. I think she got two bites in. :) Sidenote--we had some brisket left over from our grass-fed organic steer, and I haven't been in the mood to roast anything in the oven, so we had it ground it up for burgers. Definitely a cut above regular ground beef--softer, leaner, and more flavorful. Totally wasted on a three-year-old. :)