Sunday, October 21, 2012

It Happened

The day has finally come when she wears my old clothes. She has been waiting for this day since she was old enough to realize she wants all my shoes when I'm dead.
Here she is, wearing my circa 2002 Juicy Couture hoodie. Lucky for us all, I gave the pants away after wearing them through two pregnancies. I couldn't bear to look at them any more.
I remember buying this luxury item at the Westfield Fashion Square Bloomingdale's in Sherman Oaks, CA. I had to have one to fit in with the rest of So Cal. (I don't think I ever fit in.)
Niamh, may you get as much wear out of it as I did. I guess it was worth the $100 price tag.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

She's Awsome

I guess when you don't hear it often enough, you just write it on your arm.
You ARE awesome, Niamh. I should tell you much more often. 
Maybe I should also spell it out for you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lakedale 2012

It was perhaps the most dramatic Rose Ceremony Camping Trip yet.
We had grown up tears, a kid with nocturnal emesis, bike crashes, long talks about life and love and the pursuit of happiness outside of the LA Area, and two dead car batteries. 
For next year, The Council has decided to take a vote before allowing pregnant campers to spend the night. I'm sure that our pregnant camper felt forced to stay...she was. I think we had to hide her keys, let her dog run amok, and strand her other kid in the lake to keep her there longer. I can't figure out why she even thought she should come at the height of First Trimester hormones (maybe because I begged her), but the Ferry was expensive and nobody wanted her to waste the fare.

For all the complaining we do about the set up, tear down, and kids waking up at the crack of dawn, we seem to manage a great time. For the record, we know we could probably scale down on our "necessities", but if the ball tent had kept Carson contained it would have been the most useful item Meg packed.

Meg and Katie, I know I have to trick you in to doing it again each year, but I swear you both just like to listen to me grovel and whine and tell you how nobody can make me laugh the way you both do. Geez, I'm pretty pathetic. Whatever works.
Aleah and Kelli, I can't figure out why you are both so willing to repeat history, but I love you for it. I need you two to help me convince the other two that we really are having fun. (We are having fun, right?) Finn loves you for it too, Kelli. In fact, Finn loves Kelli for everything about her. Finn plain old loves Kelli. 

I know I said that I was resigning as Camp Director, but nobody else wants the job. I booked Fort Worden for next August. Mark your calendars. NO excuses. You are all going. (Katie, you're still on probation. But, I think you prefer it like that.)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Go Team!

They have no idea how dorky this is.
Good thing I know... and had the whereabouts to capture the moment and share it.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Its No Wonder I Get Nothing Done

This morning I was reading a blog post by a dad speculating the thoughts that go on in his toddler's head. The list is chaotic, full of contradictions, and no thought lasts more than 3 seconds.
Just now, as I was attempting to get one productive thing accomplished before leaving to volunteer in Niamh's 3rd grade Classroom, I realized how my thoughts and actions are much like those of that toddler. 

Here is what I can remember to recap my morning since the kids left for school, I showered and had my pot of coffee, and scraped the tape residue off the front window.

 1. Its such a nice day. I'll walk to the school. I should leave around 1:00
 2. I want to clean the office.
 3. There's the new Anthro Catalog.
 4. I have to pee. I'll bring the catalog.
 5. Look at the Anthro site at more views of the outfits I like in the catalog.
 6. Head to the office to clean.
 7. Vacuum Dog Area
 8. Head to the office to clean.
 9. Find shammy to clean computer screen.
10. Clean Computer screen.
11. Look at
12. Head to office to clean.
13. Think about sharpening all the colored pencils.
14. Clean out the old cabinet in the office with the intent to take it to the curb with a FREE sign.
15. Start to carry cabinet upstairs and out to the curb.
16. Eat an apple.
17. Start a grocery list.
18. Change my mind about walking because if I drive I can just go get groceries when I leave the school and be back in time to get the kids from the bus. 
19. Check online to see if Amazon Fresh can deliver today so that I can still walk in the nice weather to the school.
20. Get flip flops from back porch.
21. Smile at the dogs cuddling in the sun.
22. Think about bathing the dogs today because its nice and sunny.
23. Take the cabinet to the curb.
24. Notice the mint growing up through a shrub of Lamb's Ear and think about adding limes to my grocery list.
25. Decide that blogging this can be finished before I have to leave for the school. 

 I need less coffee and more focus.
Gotta run. Now I might be late for my volunteer hour.