Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Birch Bay Photos

We made a quick trip to Birch Bay 2 weekends ago when we woke up on Saturday with nothing to do and faced with 100 degree temperatures in the city. It's always cooler up north by the water. Photos of the bay, a trip to Boulevard Park, and some time with Aunt Kathleen, Uncle Javi, and cousin Luna when we had them over for BLTs and Otter Pops on Sunday afternoon:















Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cat Rat Bat

It's a long story, but in high school, I spent a lot of time with a group of friends that we nicknamed the Cat Rat Bats. It would not be funny to anyone else but us, so I'll spare you the story. This is to explain that three of us had a cat rat bat reunion this last weekend. Of all of us, Jessie has remained the most connected to our now far flung group and she organized a mother-daughter weekend in La Conner for herself, me, and Cari. What's weird about this mother-daughter weekend, is that the three of us made up the mother generation. This makes me feel especially old. Cari lives in Vancouver BC and has 2 girls - ages 4 and 1.5. Jessie has a 5 month old girl and I've, obviously an Edie.

Girls weekend! No Boys Allowed! (unless they maybe want to swoop in and take all the daughters for the day so the mothers can drink wine, take naps, and get massages - then boys are totally allowed)

Edie had never met Senna, but Cari and I had hoped they'd click and they did. Here they are shortly after arriving, warming up to each other while coloring outside:


Each night, the girls would spend lengthy periods of time rehearsing a "show" that they then would put on for us. They would collect flower petals in a bowl all afternoon and we were to throw the petals at them to start the show. The shows were, truth be told, pretty lame in the end and mostly consisted of them running around for a minute and then forgetting that they were performing and running away. But watching them rehearse on the patio through the windows was amazing and hilarious. The first night, we attended the show on the beach. I think in this shot one of them is a bird and the other is "an Elsa", but after a few minutes of chirping/prancing, they ran to the other end of the beach and left us hanging. After watching some pretty major dramatics during their rehearsals, we had had higher hopes:
Aven:

Jess and Addie:

Coloring in their jammies;
The next day in La Conner:



This photo kills me. Senna did this gangsta pose for me and asked me to take a picture:

Decorating their 'mermaid mansion':
Their "pet" Katie (a dead little fish they found on the beach). And yes, that's a little pillow she's laying head on:
Edie singing Senna a mermaid bedtime song:
Senna singing Edie to sleep:


This is what happened when I asked them to do their best "mermaid poses":



The Moms:
The daughters:





Saying goodbye:

I'm not going to lie, it was a lot of work to parent 4 children under 5 for the whole weekend. If my child wasn't weeping and wailing because I'd packed lame pajamas when Senna had a nightgown, then Aven was demanding to be carried while Cari tried to make dinner, or Senna was flipping out about her improvised dress-up gown not looking like it should in her head. Sometimes all at the same time. And Jessie is in that 5-month old exhaustion phase that makes thinking about anything other than sleep (the baby's and your own) a challenge. At the end of each day, we were all happy but TIRED. 

That said, it was undeniably special to all be together after so long and be surrounded by all these beautiful and strong little girls. And to have another little 4 year old girly girl along for the weekend was awesome - of course it meant making sure that everything had to be 100% equal - right down to how many pieces of fruit each received on their dinner plates (eye roll), BUT it mostly meant that she had a partner in crime to put on shows, talk about mermaids and Disney's Frozen with, color, and play dress up. Most of my friends in town have boys and/or babies and this made for a lovely change of pace - and much less parenting on my part (because if Senna hadn't been there, we all know who would have been recruited to rehearse and perform in The Show). Every year will get easier and I do hope we make this an annual thing.

Monday, July 21, 2014

June Photo Dump

Installing fancy wood paneling in our dining room. Seen here is Edie helping Jeff paint primer:

I babysat this joker (aka Henry) one day mid June so we're BFFs now:
We've spent much of the summer thus far scooting about town:

My cousin Sarah visited with her girls from Alaska and the whole family got together for a Zoo day. Seen here is my brother, niece Caroline and Edie watching a peacock freak out in the penguin area:
My cousin Sarah and I:

One day in June Edie and I walked out the front door to find this dog pulling up in a motorcycle sidecar, wearing vintage goggles and a red satin cape. So, there was that.
June brought even more birthday parties for Edie (seen here second-in, on the right side):
Then there was that day I flew to Virginia for 36 hours (work). It was hot, but pretty:

Edie and I spent a few days in Bellingham visiting my parents and eating giant cream puffs in tiaras. As one does:
We spent a weekend on Orcas with Jeff's parents:




Where we made smore's cupcakes that I loved but Jeff was unimpressed with. Which just goes to show that he is crazy. Because, dude:
Edie is taking ballet again this summer. My work schedule is slow in the summer so I signed her up for a 9-week class with Darrah and pick Edie up early on Mondays for a 4pm class (Edie is on the far left - i.e.; the smallest):
And then there was the time Edie asked to wear her robe and a towel turban and posed like this: