Saturday, February 28, 2009

PaD '09 - Week Ten

PaD February 21st

PaD February 22nd

PaD February 23rd

PaD February 24th

PaD February 25th

PaD February 26th

PaD February 27th

PAD 2009
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Friday, February 27, 2009


I spend my days in the mommy uniform of faded jeans, stained t-shirts and my well-worn (but oh-so-comfortable!) tennis shoes.

Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration...after all, there are a few polos and blouses in rotation. And sometimes I mix it up with my well-worn (but oh-so-comfortable!) flip flops.

But the fact is, I'm no high-fashion mama.

So I don't know where she gets it.

I don't know how it happened that my daughter is such a little fashionista.

Cuz oh my is she ever!

The kid is seriously in love with clothes.

window shopping

We made a trip to the mall this past weekend, and I couldn't help but laugh as I recalled past trips with me and/or Daddy urging "just one more store, honey...please, just hang on a few more minutes." The roles have now been reversed, and she's the one begging for just one more stop. She's the one dragging her feet as she peers in each window. It doesn't matter if it's kid's clothes or women's clothes or even men's clothes. She'd probably even be happy to browse a store full of clothes for aliens. As long as it's clothes - she's good.

can I have a dress like that?
"Can I have a dress like that?" she asked. It should be noted that the "dresses" in question were fashioned of cardboard.

"This is very beautiful" she confidently declares as she sweeps her hand across each item. And at the same time, she people-watches, repeating the same question for each new person: "why is s/he wearing that?" She especially marvels that any woman (Mommy included) would wear anything other than a skirt.


Yes, she is a devoted fan of any and all clothing. But oh my, if only you could have seen how her face lit up as she pranced around in this white fairytale gown. She felt like a real princess. And yes, I know it's a long, frilly white gown...yes, I've made the connection. Please don't even mention the "b" word (bride - shhhh!) - my heart can't take it.

Don't even mention the "B" word

But there's one thing she loves even more. Her true passion is for shoes...that is where it's at. She seeks them out everywhere, and makes a beeline for them in each store. Baba, the new sandals you got her last week? We've had a few discussions about why we can't wear them to bed at night. Her favorite activity of late is trying on all Mama's shoes (yep, all 5 pairs!).

who says shoes have to match?

My only question is...since the girl loves clothes so much, how come she wants to wear the same few dresses day in and day out???

window shopping

Oh wait, maybe I do have one more question. Where did she get the idea that it's cool to walk like this, at three years old? Good golly.

she's only three!

Kiddo, I hope you know we're going to expect you to get a job to fund your all your wardrobe desires!

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Sorry, I know you really don't need two posts from me in a single day. But, this is my appeal for help.

Last night I disobeyed one of the fundamental laws of blogging, and started tinkering with my blog design late at night. Surprise, surprise - I messed it up. I just wanted to add the new header I (finally) threw together, but it didn't load right...and my attempts to fix it just made it worse.

So, to anyone with Blogger know-how: can you tell me how to make the header stretch all the way across the top? My template is Stretch Denim, and the html code doesn't seem to specify a width for the header. No matter what size I make the header, it shrinks it. I'm not opposed to a new overall design, but I also don't want to spend a lot of time on it, so I need a quick and easy fix!


Live Entertainment

Life with a preschooler is like living in your own person sitcom 24/7. Seriously - who needs tv with this?!

little gardener

N: "Mommy, my tummy just told me it's hungry. Listen, it says "I'm hungry, I'm hungry, feed me!"
M: "I'm glad your tummy is hungry because it's almost time for dinner."
N: "But my tummy doesn't want dinner. it just wants yummy food like snacks."

little gardener

N: "It sure is hard being a little girl."
M: "What's hard about it?"
N: "Well, sometimes you just want to cry. And then your mommy holds you."

little gardener

N: "Mommy, can I get up now?"
M: "Nope, rest time isn't over yet."
N: "But I need to get up now because I am tired. If I stay in my bed I will fall asleep, and I don't want to be asleep!"

little gardener

"Oh Mommy, I'm so happy you made chicken for dinner because you are the best chicken maker ever!"

little gardener

N: "What is your baby doll's name, Mommy?"
M: "Umm, I will name him Issac."
N: "Oh, okay! That's a good name for a baby boy, because he does have EYES."

little gardener

M: "Nadia, it's chilly outside; I need you to put this jacket on."
N: "I don't think so. I don't look beautiful with a jacket, so I don't want to wear it."

little gardener

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Why it's not always good for "quiet time" to be QUIET

Collateral damage

Why it's not always good for "quiet time" to be QUIET

yes, that's ink on her face and hands (and on her berdoom walls)


Yes, I should have known she was up to something as soon as "quiet time" was quiet.

Yes, that's black ink.

Yes, the door to her room will be SHUT from now on during quiet time, so she can't pilfer ink pads from the office across the hall.

Yes, she was quite thrilled with herself.

She said, "I think I look like a beautiful black gorilla right now."

And after a bath and many face-scrubbings?

Yes, traces of ink still remain (it's worse than it looks in this picture).

After the bath

So, how was your Tuesday afternoon?

Update in response to the comments:
Yes, I was horror-stricken when I saw it. Mostly I just screeched "don't touch anything!"...but of course, I still had to live dangerously take pictures. ;o)

But I honestly couldn't really stay mad for long. For one, it was a cheapie ink pad that came in a set, and it was easily washable. It wiped right off the bed/desk/wall with a damp rag - just water, no cleaner, no elbow grease.

And...well, she was just so dang funny! She knew she was in trouble, and yet she couldn't stop laughing. She thought she'd been SO clever to use black ink to make herself into a black gorilla. She hadn't seen herself yet and kept asking "do I look beautiful?" I was sure that once she saw herself in the mirror she'd be horrified, but nope - she just laughed some more! So, as upset as I was, it was impossible to totally ignore her three year old humor. I had to struggle to keep the stern face and not let my own giggles escape!

Plus, her face looks much better this morning. So all in all, no lasting damage done...except that she won't be happy about the door staying shut, but tough beans, kiddo!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I ♥ Faces - Black & White

This week's theme is Black & White - which makes me realize I haven't been doing many conversions lately! Still, I have plenty of older images to select from...but I decided to go with my first inclination. When I considered "black and white photos" this image is the one that I saw in my mind.


Be sure to visit I ♥ Faces and see the many beautiful faces shared this week!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Here's to Friendship


Five minutes ago, they were strangers.

Now, they are friends.

They are utterly unaware of the differences - race, gender, age - between them.

They don't even know each others names.

But that doesn't matter.

They are simply two children at the park, walking hand in hand.

They are friends.

Laugh. Run. Play.

So often when we visit the park, Nadia's efforts to make new friends are rebuffed. My little girl is spunky and sociable; she wants to befriend every child she sees. She approaches the other kids amiably, eagerly anticipating a bright new friendship...and it hurts to see how often the others turn away without even acknowledging her. She hasn't lost her confidence yet...but I fear that in time, it will wear her down and squash the beautiful spirit she possesses.

That's why I'm so grateful to the kids like this little boy, who accept her offer of friendship and return it just as eagerly. Thank you.


Of course, the presence of a golf cart and the promise of rides doesn't hurt her popularity!

let's ride!

I have to say, I'm not surprised it was a black kid that returned her friendship today. I have found that more often than not, it's the black kids that respond to her friendliness in kind while the white kids turn sullenly away. I've observed it enough times to think that's more than mere coincidence.

I've also noticed that while black children tend to be friendly and accepting, their parents or older siblings often watch from across the park with thinly veiled distaste. That saddens me. So much for building bridges.

hand in hand

One day, Nadia's innocence will slip away and she'll see those racial barriers that we can't totally avoid, even if we want to.

But for today at the park, she was just a little girl playing with a little boy.

That's all it was: simple friendship.

And it was beatiful.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

PaD '09 - Week Nine

PaD February 14th

PaD February 15th

PaD February 16th

PaD February 17th
Nadia gets the credit for these shots!

PaD February 18th

PaD February 19th

PaD February 20th

PAD 2009
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Two Days

Forty-eight hours with no internet at all - it's probably a new personal record!

Our internet/phone/cable service all went out on Wednesday, and finally this afternoon - after 3(!) separate service calls - we got it back. Have I mentioned how much I don't love Time Warner?

I missed my daily internet fix, I can't deny that...but I also can't deny that the time off was a good thing, too. My fridge, pantry, closet and garage are all cleaned out, I enjoyed long nights of sleep, and I had plenty of time for reading. I guess this computer sucks up more time than I realize, and it was kinda nice to not hear it calling my name. I think I need to unplug more often.

After all, these are the moments that really matter:

Mommy & Me

Mommy & Me

Mommy & Me

Mommy & Me

Mommy & Me

Mommy & Me

Have I mentioned that I love this girl? Yeah, least once or twice before. :o)

P.S. Shoot, what the heck happened to my header?! It's just GONE, and of course I don't have it saved any more. I guess I'll have to design a new one. Oh well, I guess that one was a little outdated anyway - I think it's been over a year!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: She's crafting her heart out!

Find more Wordless Wednesday here and here.