Thursday, November 13, 2014

October Photo dump

We are very into the monkey bars right now. Like, VERY. And by "we" I mean Edie. Because I am actually pretty bored with sitting in the cold watching her swing to the second bar and then fall to the ground over and over. That said, I'm not a total jerk and it's touching to see how determined she is to get better. It's also been a little challenging to figure out the right way to encourage her efforts when she's being met with such slow progress. These things take time. The problem I think is that she's just so little. She can barely reach and we've had a hard time finding smaller monkey bar options that might offer her more success. This was taken at the playground across the street from her school where her class does recess, just before daylight savings, which has since eliminated our post-school practice sessions. She still begs to try during the weekends when it's not too wet and she's seeing some improvements. She can now make it to the third ring! Sometimes. It broke my heart a little when she finally got frustrated after about the 500th fall and said, "everyone in my class can do it! I'm terrible!!"

Heading out for our neighborhood halloween parade for the kiddies:

She did the parade with her neighbor pal Elana, here they are at the park afterwards sharing a Kit Kat:

Edie with her cousin Luna during Luna's 2nd birthday party:

Inspecting her scrambled eggs for pepper. I told her there was none, but she didn't believe me and proceeded to get her flashlight out to prove me wrong:
With her best friend Shreya. These two are completely inseparable. It's so nice that they have each other and I think Shreya is such a good little match for Edie - they have similar wits, temperaments, and share a strong passion for drawing princesses, cats, and everything Frozen. Every day, Edie comes home with cards that Shreya made her during art and all the pictures she draws at night are of her and Shreya in ball gowns.
My apple pie for an early Thanksgiving dinner with my family (work and life conflicts required an early get together):

A hilarious diorama Edie created with her Playmobile kit inside one of Jeff's organizing boxes that he usually uses for receipts:
My other adorable niece, Caroline wearing my big dangly earrings hooked around the top of her ears and feeling awfully proud:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Trick or treat

Edie dressed as Elsa from the movie Frozen for school on Friday. She wore her dress made by aunt Kathleen, they had a parade and a party and she had a blast. But I was in Portland for meetings that morning and didn't get home on the train until 4pm that day so I don't have photos to prove it. For trick or treating, Edie got a bee in her bonnet to dress as a lemur (after seeing the Imax film this summer - Island of Lemurs: Madagascar).

My little ring tailed lemur:

I semi-homemade this costume by using a grey fuzzy hoody (with the perfect white belly already built-in). Then I added the white fur trim on the hood/hears and ordered a lemur tail from Etsy.

We met up with her old preschool buddy (who is now in kindergarten) who lives up the street for trick or treating. Her friend Elana was Word Girl - which will only mean something to people with children who watch PBS. Trick or treating in the daytime is not exciting or nostalgic for me, so we head out after dinner and while it makes for terrible photos, it makes for the best memories for me. Our neighborhood is super old school on Halloween and the streets are filled with gaggles of kids with hoards of friendly parents tagging along behind. The Dads are all drinking out of thermoses and holding the leashes of dogs in costume, and the Moms are all yelling, "DID YOU SAY THANK YOU??!!" from the curb while the littles try to walk into people's houses and the friendly neighbors hand out candy and wave to the parents on the sidewalk.

Assessing her haul before bedtime:
The rain held off until the very end when it started dumping and I became the ultimate fair weather trick or treater. All in all though, it was another fun Halloween for the family. 
Next year, Edie has decided that all three of us are going to dress up as zombies.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


A few weeks ago we visited Stony Ridge Farm in Everson, which was a short drive from my parents' place in Birch Bay where we were staying. It poured rain in the morning, but around noon the sun came out and we had a gorgeous, and not too crowded day picking pumpkins, watching goats, riding ponies, and other Fall-tastic activities.

It was VERY sunny:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall photo dump

Some photos that when looking back at them, seem months and month ago, but are really just from September and early October. I mean, check this one out of our outdoor dinner picnic at the Woodland Park Rose Garden. It can't have been just a month ago that it was hot enough for Jessie's daughter to be prancing around outdoors naked!

A few shots of Edie from a spur of the moment Orcas weekend we took this Fall. Jeff told her that her shirt was camouflaged with the blanket so she did this:

I think she thinks that by making this face, she blends in with the blanket:

Hanging out with Grandpa and the dude he hired to cut trees down - like a boss.

Getting ready to watch the trees come down:
Wood chipper excitement:

Trees after being chopped down, before being chopped up and dragged uphill to the chopper:

The fuzzy caterpillar she rescued from one of the trees:

My favorite outfit in September - I call it her "walking gay pride parade ensemble": rainbow knee socks with a rainbow unicorn dress and glitter shoes.

Our favorite Fall activity this year: going to party stores and posing with all the things:

No head lice was contracted during the posing of these photos (barely):
Sunday Fremont Market Day:
More party store antics (different store/similar hijinks):

"Mom, can I buy this bag of rats?"
NBD, just a kid with a bloody chainsaw:
Happy Fall everyone! Edie is wearing two halloween costumes this year - Elsa from the movie Frozen for school and then she requested I make her a Ring Tailed Lemur suit for trick or treating. We saw "The Lemurs of Madagascar" this summer at the Seattle Science Center and she really really loved it. I asked her recently if she could go anywhere, where would she go. Her answer? Madagascar to be with the lemurs.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Edie would remind you that she is already nearing Five AND A QUARTER, so it's really terrible that it's taken me this long to post her family birthday party photos. I'd actually kind of forgotten about this overdue post, but a friend recently posted photos of her daughter's birthday and it reminded me that I still had some of these photos in a draft form.  The quality of these photos is substandard, but we had a fun birthday celebration with both sides of the family in Bellingham at my parents' house over Labor Day Weekend. Edie learned for the first time that she is capable of blowing up balloons herself. She spent about 30 minutes doing this over and over:

I made a "Frozen Cake":

Family arrived:

Presents were opened:

Here she is wearing her new Elsa dress, hand sewn by Aunt Kathleen and riding her new big girl bike from her great Grandma:

Elsa posing:

Frozen decorations hand made by her Grandma Fifi:

Waiting for the bouncy castle to inflate in my parents' basement:
My parents own a legit bouncy castle. I repeat, this is not a rental, it lives here year round and can be inflated indoors in about 3 minutes. Luna and Edie went bananas:

More presents, mostly of the plastic, princess variety:

Cake time:

Edie received so many thoughtful gifts from family. And then we made her make a thank you card with the intention of photocopying it and sending it to the masses, except we never did our part. ARGH. I need to dig out that note she made and go to Kinko's immediately...