Awkward family photos (save)
I’m a skeptic by nature, so I’ve always been apprehensive of traditional portrait places like Walmart or Sears. After all, multiple prints for $7 seems too good to be true. It’s a great marketing hook, but it’s a hook. And, ultimately, you’re going to pay upwards of $200 to get the premium prints you want. The problem is, they won’t be premium quality....
Everleigh asks me for time outs (she calls them “time”), then she...– — Confirmation that even little two-year-olds sometimes need a break from it all Addendum: Time outs in our house have been few and far between. But Everleigh caught on quick, and now she likes to give them to herself. Impossibly cute? Or defeating the purpose?
Where is my mind?
When it came to the working mom, my young mind, which after graduation from journalism school was sharp and eager to be recognized in the working world, produced thoughts that ranged from amazement: “How can she possibly do it all?” to pity: “How horrible that her children are raised by a nanny/daycare” or “Why can’t she just hold it...
I am thankful for her
with every single ounce of my heart. Some timely shots of Everleigh on Thanksgiving which, in Canada, fell on an unusually warm day in October.
Playing the field
Unlike other toddler friends of ours, Everleigh never developed an obsession with one comfort item: be it a doll, blanket or stuffed animal. Rather, her object of affection tends to change on a quarterly, monthly, weekly, sometimes daily basis (admission: the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree). Her first true love was her little bunny blanket—you know, the kind of blanket with...
Bedtime dialogue with E (age 2)
Me: Everleigh, say "I love you."
E: I looove you
Me: I love you, too
E: I love you three, I love you four, I love you fie, I love you siii-iic!
Confession: I'm jealous of Jekaka
Yesterday, as I was scrolling through Babble, I came across this article and it struck a chord. I, too, am sometimes jealous of the nanny (or, in our case, of “Jekaka,” Everleigh’s name for the wonderful woman who watches her and two other toddlers during the day). It’s a deep, dark secret (shh!) and one I won’t readily admit to. That’s because as a Canadian...
You know life has changed drastically when the only chance you have to get ready...– Me, as I formulate a game plan to leave the house by 6:30 p.m.
Oscar the Grouch Used to be Orange
mentalflossr: Jim Henson decided to change Oscar from orange to green before the second season of Sesame Street. How did Oscar explain the color change? He said he went on vacation to the very damp Swamp Mushy Muddy and turned green overnight. Kind of Related: 9 Muppets Kicked Off Sesame Street
A toddler's work ethic
One of the things I love the most about toddlers is their work ethic. They’re driven to work (sometimes neurotically so), and they’ll tinker with something until they’ve figured it out. Once they’ve figured that something out, they’ll practice until they’ve become masters. They’re little scientists, if you will. Tonight, as I was running the bath, I...
Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter....– Kurt Vonnegut (via pastichepastiche)
Trick 'er treat
This is the year Halloween clicked. As soon as E saw the pomp of it all (our neighbourhood bustles with hundreds of kids), she couldn’t get the Ewok costume on fast enough. Shoving dinner down, she flew off our porch and spent the next 30 minutes or so yanking me from house to house. She is two. No doubt she had the time of her life (so far). She went to sleep buzzing from the...