Friday, July 22, 2016

Tooth Fairy

Edie lost her second tooth yesterday. I picked her up from camp and she was holding her mouth wide open for me to see as I approached the check-out table to sign her out for the day. The tooth had been loose for ages, and she bit down too hard while getting out of the pool at camp and out it went. She wrapped it in a paper towel and then wrapped THAT in her towel and, baby teeth are ridiculously tiny. We had a hard time finding it for a minute, despite being still in the paper towel.

She wanted to know how the tooth fairy gets into her room at night. She got down on her floor and measured the crack under her door and the key hole to see which was bigger. She left a note (more like a form really) challenging the fairy to answer some key questions about her existence. It requested her height, length (wings), age, and a picture of her. She drew boxes for each of the answers to be written in.

As you can imagine, this added some stress to the already terrifying experience of sneaking into your kid's room without waking them up in order to exchange jingling change for a tiny, hard to find tooth in a pillow. Eventually, we settled on this - Jeff would compose some riddles to answer her questions and I would write them in tiny scrawl inside the boxes. In the picture category, the fairy replied, "Fairy's done have cameras!"  and FYI in case you were wondering, tooth fairies are "taller than a blade of grass but smaller than a tree"

Regardless, I'm getting closer and closer to thinking I can't keep up this charade for another 10 teeth. I definitely grew at least one more grey hair last night when I opened her door at 11pm, the door making a loud, old door noise and I heard her regular, deep breathing stop and she rolled over to face me in the door frame. GAH! I had to abort the mission and try again 30 minutes later due to stress. It was touch and go, but eventually we were successful.

Yesterday at camp pick-up with one of her best friends Julia. And her tooth:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Photo Dump

Some photos from the last month or two. I know I've been terrible about updating the blog. On the upside - it's mostly because we are busy in a good way. Edie is the queen of summer camps, Bellingham is great, we have a brand new niece, and work is hopping. I have an event in Utah next week (that I've been planning but don't have to go to personally) and another, enormous event for 900 people on the 19th in Seattle. There have been city permits and super random venues involved - let's just say there are saxophone and bongo players (together), henna artists, and off-duty police being coordinated and that's just the least of the random factor. Despite a million moving parts, for some reason I can't seem to muster more than a low level of angst over the whole thing. The client is actually the nicest ever, but it feels like summer slacking can't really start until it's over so I'm counting down the days. In the meantime, this has been happening:

Wading into the ocean on Orcas:

Someone finally decided putting her face in the water was fun!

Chuck Wagon Restaurant in Burlington - they have trains running around the ceiling!

12 Year anniversary dinner at the Cliff House. Me and my peach pie.
Edie's art show after a week of art camp:
At a fairy party at the garden store with Grandma:
Just crafting together. It's good to brainwash them early into thinking that planning and throwing detailed parties is awesome. Here we are making holes in a styrofoam box that we wrapped in kraft paper so we can stick cake pops in for display.
With our newest niece Rio!
Katherine's birthday party:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Things have been busy lately. since last posting, we've gone camping (ugh), graduated kindergarten, started summer camps, visited Orcas with friends, finished my big annual event (San Diego this year), picked strawberries and raspberries, made jam, and attended/hosted infinity play dates. Oh, and binge watched a little So You Think You Can Dance and Orange is the New Black - both of which are having pretty annoying seasons this year IMO. Who wants to watch creepy little kids dance better than you in jazzercise outfits?? Not this person. Bring back the adult dancers please. Sheesh.

Living in Bellingham sometimes feels like adult summer camp. We walk almost everywhere, including to pretty much all play dates, dinner parties and most meals out. We have monthly cocktail parties with the neighbors where we share a sitter who watches all of the kids (typically 8-10 children under 8yrs old) and then all the adults walk to another family’s house for drinks. The sitter puts all the kids to bed and then we pick them up sleeping, carry them home and tuck them in. At the last party I had too much wine and made plans to go to Australia next year and maybe also committed to directing a 5th grade play at Lowell while talking with the PTA president, which apparently has not been attempted for some time. So there’s that.

Edie has become an avid reader. She’s always been leaps ahead of the other kindergarteners with reading, but now she devours chapter books and is currently reading what I’m sure is a horrible book series about pirates that are also puppies. Whatever floats your boat though! Who am I to judge, I’m currently wrapping up a trilogy that is being made into a series for the SyFy network. Perhaps puppy pirates are amazing.

School has been out for 2 weeks and Edie has already completed Tennis Camp, which she loved. It was fun to have her get into something that I know zero things about; no baggage like with drama and dance classes. Jeff bought her a little racket and they practice at night (at her request) at the school black top. She still can’t ride a bike, but she’s becoming quite the little tennis pro. This week is Farm Camp in the morning and Art Camp in the afternoon with her 2 neighborhood pals. We are knee deep in carpools and have become those people that carry a bazillion extra booster seats around with them all the time, just in case.

We hosted our niece Caroline for a dinner and movie date last week, which went swimmingly until Edie was attacked by bees and stung 11 times in our front yard.  It was all very My Girl, except no one died and there was more screaming. There is apparently a nest hiding in our ivy in the front yard. It was pretty scary and I’m sure our neighbors thought she was being murdered; those screams are still a little PTSD-inducing when I remember them. Jeff was sort of a hero. He swooped her out of the ivy, got stung himself and proceeded to run with her indoors while swatting all the bees clinging to her while I grabbed Caroline to make sure she wasn’t getting attacked (or traumatized by the screaming). Ugh. It was sort of like one of those nightmares where you can’t move fast enough. It felt like it took forever to get all the bees away from her. Thankfully, she is amazing and rebounded VERY quickly. Some baking soda paste and Benadryl and she woke up the next morning totally recovered. She’s been saying, “Did you hear what happened to me?” with just the right touch of drama to everyone we see.

She has also developed a passion for her joke book for kids. So much so that it feels like one of those stories that Amy Schumer or Tina Fey’s parents would tell – about when they discovered they were going to pursue comedy. She not only devours the joke book all day long, reading line after line to me and then explaining why each one is funny - she brought it to camp to tell jokes to the teachers and kids yesterday! And then started making up HER OWN jokes. Some of which were actually kind of funny. In a super random, totally stupid way. I think there might have been one about Maniacs being yaks from Maine? I actually hate formula jokes, so it’s a bit like my own personal hell to have her sit next to me while cooking dinner for an hour straight saying over and over, “Hey Mom, here’s another one – knock, knock!”, but there’s something so aggressively nerdy and hilarious about her doing it, that I have to love it.
 A few pictures from the last month or two:

In the audience for Anything Goes at Bellingham Theatre Guild. Directed by my old high school teacher and mentor, Terri Grimes. Edie LOVED it and made me go up to the lead actress after and ask her to meet Edie. She's still reading the Playbill and listening to the sound track at home.

Picking Raspberries at Aunt Laura's house. We made jam and 3 pans of raspberry crumble bars from our score:

Post bee stings  (each bandaid covers a sting - can't see all the ones around her middle and ankles):

Caroline and Edie watching a movie before the bee sting situation:

Edie and her buddy Ever at his birthday party. He wouldn't let ANYONE sit next to him because he was saving the seat for Edie.

Our little comedienne:

My Kindy graduate and her teacher after the last day of school:

Later that night at a friend's house with my glass of wine the size of my head (it had been a loooong week for all of us):

Edie and Iona on Orcas:

Edie with her preschool BFF and sister when we visited them recently in Seattle. They took this selfie:

I'm in charge of organizing and managing the school movie nights through the PTA. This was only the second one this year, but it got scheduled for the second to last day of school. Terrible timing as things were pretty manic getting ready, but there was still great turnout for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

With all her pals at the School Round Up, a country western party the week before the last day of school:

Friday, May 13, 2016

No pants

Just a swimsuit, furry cardi, backpack and goggles. What?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


We recently wrapped up Spring Break here in Bellingham. We had a low key staycation, spending 2 nights on Orcas, started swim lessons, finished Harry Potter book 1, hosted/attended some epic 5-hour play dates with other working parents who also stayed in town, and tooled around Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
above: Edie and I on a nature walk at the Padilla Bay nature preserve
above: Me reading on the deck at orcas. in April!
above: Edie mid-air while helping clean up debris from the winter storms on orcas

Other happenings:

Edie performed in her first play - Willie Wonka (loosely interpreted for a group of 23 five and six year olds).

Edie got to go to the Tulip Fields in Skagit with her friend Julia's family:

Edie and I have mostly been buying time and counting days until April 28th when we fly to LA for a long weekend at Disneyland. Jeff is mostly working and humoring us with some mild excitement about this trip. Edie is just now tall enough to go on any of the rides so we are excited to take her on Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, and she says she REALLY wants to do Splash Mountain. That kid loves roller coasters so I guess she just might love it. One of my top 5 happiest moments parenting was going on Big Thunder with her last year. She screamed and giggled hysterically the entire ride. Katherine was sitting in front of us and took this picture. I think it was a full 5 minutes after getting off the ride before we all three could stop giggling.

Mother daughter pedicures are scheduled for tomorrow, toes must be on point for California! I'm also VERY pleased to announce that Edie is FINALLY happy to put her face in the water during swimming lessons. Hopefully her enthusiasm sticks around so we can have fun in the hotel pool too. She's finally figured out how cool it can be to have goggles on and see under water. She's not swimming yet, but I'm SO happy that the dramatics about getting water in her face can hopefully, finally come to a close.