Monday, June 30, 2008

Fanny without glasses


Oh, how I love this mug!

I think, perhaps, she looks like me. ;)

Fanny as a Mini-Jane

Those were Jane's old glasses, not her most recent prescription, but Fanny was oh-so-careful with them... taking itsy bitsy steps and hardly daring to move as she slowly spun for the camera. As soon as they started to slip, she grabbed them off, not touching the glass, and handed them over to Jane with a "here!" - she didn't want that much responsibility on her tiny shoulders. :D

Lazy Sunday Afternoon


We have four cats... one is missing from the gap. :) From left to right... Crumpet, Toast & Muffin. Croissant did not make it into the pic.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

She Does Hair

Here is a fun blog for mamas (and others) who have little girls with hair to style: http://www.shedoeshair.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Eighteen years ago I became mom....

...to this lovely young lady. (I'm mom to both of those lovelies, actually) :)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Bed in Summer

"In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?"

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Monday, June 09, 2008

Being a mom with babies at my age (42) isn't so bad after all....


"Many centenarian women have a history of bearing children after the age of 35 years and even 40 years. From our studies, a woman who naturally has a child after the age of 40 has a 4 times greater chance of living to 100 compared to women who do not. It is probably not the act of bearing a child in one's forties that promotes long life, but rather, doing so may be an indicator that the woman's reproductive system is aging slowly and that the rest of her body is as well. Such slow aging and the avoidance or delay of diseases that adversely impact reproduction would bode well for the woman's subsequent ability to achieve very old age."


(Source: Perls T, Alpert L, Fretts R. Middle aged mothers live longer. Nature 1997;389:133.)

Friday, June 06, 2008

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

She's still my little big baby...

Here she is. Two weeks from eighteen. I found her asleep on the sofa this morning, because apparently she found the creature below in her room last night. Little things like these make it really hard for a mama to let her baby grow up and go out into the real world... or at least... to college.
(Photo shows him slightly smaller than actual size. Unless you love arachnids, you probably don't want to click on it. Although, as wolf spiders go, he's pretty darn cute, in my humble opinion.)

Mary and Bronwyn


Played Out


Lydia & Bronwyn


Catherine's new 'do.


Tuesday, June 03, 2008



1. Kaleidoscope Heather, 2. Curries, 3. Santa Paula High School, 4. Crimson Clover, 5. God's Canvas., 6. Thai Iced Tea, 7. Moorea, 8. Creme Brulée, 9. Nurse, 10. Babies, 11. Redeeming The Time (Redeemed), 12. Home Toast?

Hat tip to Mrs. Happy Housewife.

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name .

Above is my Flickr mosaic. If you play along, be sure to link back to the photographers as I did above.

Monday, June 02, 2008

For Robin & Lucy


"Fanny" at 6 months...

Better Late Than Early?

I love reading things that provoke my thoughts... Delayed Academics: Key to Preventing Learning Problems

While on the topic of education, we got the results back from our State testing this week...

Jane scored in the 93%ile for 11th grade.

Mary in the 99%ile for 2nd grade.

And Catherine, in 1st grade, scored 90%ile for Reading and 93%ile for Mathematics... apparently she got a little bit bored and started answering silly answers for (her own) entertainment's sake... and divided the little bubbles in thirds, and fourths and halves and colored them in a fraction at a time... and put little dots in them and played dot-to-dot before coloring them in fully... and took longer than necessary coloring some of them in while chanting "heavy and dark, heavy and dark, heavy and dark, heavy and dark"... but ah well... she will be emotionally a bit older next year. :)