Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Every time she says it, I repeat, "Baaaaaaare."
"Beeeeeeeer," she answers, smiling.
Please, daycare providers, do not get the wrong idea.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I know C is only 2, and we barely finished celebrating that birthday, but I'm already planning for No. 5 (age, that is, not my fifth child. Seriously, God help us if that were on the to-do list). But you can never start thinking about birthdays too early. Particularly in L.A. And particularly when they involve chocolate.
I'm also including an image of the invite for the Singles Mingle Night I mentioned in my earlier post. Looks like it could be a fun evening out. In fact, I wonder if you really have to be single. Seriously. I mean, all's fair in love, war and chocolate, right?
At the very least, I'll be counting the days until C's 5th birthday.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Forgive me for being so president-focused lately, but blame it on the times.
I found this video of the Bush twins reading a letter to the Obama girls, giving them advice on life in the White House. It's very sweet and quite poignant, particularly the parts about making sure to have swim parties, playing sardines on the lawn ... and remembering who their dad really is.
A lot of what they say applies to kids everywhere, in and out of the White House.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I wasn't married then (but engaged and planning a wedding) and didn't have a child. I had recently started a new job and was given more responsibility there. And I was thisclose to hitting that major milestone -- the big 3-0.
Since then, a lot has happened.
Although C doesn't know it, she's in a new era. She doesn't know about racism, and by the time she's old enough to answer "Obama" when someone asks her who the president is, she won't know that we ever had a president who wasn't African-American. Truthfully, it probably won't occur to her even then.
When the next inauguration rolls around in 2013, C will be 6. I hope for her that the road between now and then will be steady, that the economy and the world will right itself and that she will only vaguely realize how historic yesterday was -- because having an African-American president will be nothing new. It will just be the way it is.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
It's great, kid-friendly. In fact, there seemed to be more kids there this weekend than adults.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
The women I've chatted with via email sound welcoming and great. But, I have to admit, it sort of feels like the first day of school when you're terrified you might trip, fall and bleed everywhere, in the process ripping your pants to reveal that you accidentally chose to wear "I Love John Stamos" underwear for God knows what reason ... and that's before the really embarrassing stuff starts.
Anyway, here's hoping they don't kick me off for being that kind of parent ... whatever that kind means.
Oh, and those posts will be separate from the ones I log here on L.A. Story.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
This post is a shout-out to my mom, who was a tremendous help these last two weeks. Not only did she get a lot of bonding time in with C, she also saved Ian and I from nervous breakdowns while daycare was closed for the holidays.
We drove her to LAX this morning, and on the way back, of course, had to stop at Randy's. (No donuts for C, just a blueberry bagel.)
It's amazing how quickly children change, but C seems to be going through one of those "on the brink" moments when she's just about to hit the next stage: this time, talking. I remember the feeling just before she took her first steps. Of course she's been babbling and saying words here and there, but these two weeks marked an extra determination and a few new words:
- What does a dog say? C: (with mouth puckered, sour-lemon-style) wooooof, ooooof, fooooof
- What's your name? C (while pointing to herself): CC!
- How old are you? Tooooooo!
- She also learned how to blow bubbles (as you can see above) and blow out candles.
Big milestones. Glad you got to be there for them, Mom.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
It's that time of year, the first day, and one that leaves people with hope and/or anxiety about what they want to achieve over the next 364 days.
In addition to my general 2009 goals of wanting to clock more time walking (running only gives me unwanted heart palpitations and nervous tics similar to Turrets Syndrome) and increase my motivation to cook homemade meals (pasta doesn't count), I also have some goals for this blog.
- I would like for C and I to visit even more Los Angeles hot spots that are kid-friendly and reasonably priced.
- I'm also planning to make new connections with other mom bloggers around the country.
- Improving the overall look and feel of the blog is an important goal for me.
- Hoping, too, to draw in more readers.
- And, finally, although I'm sure more will pop up as 2009 rolls on, I would like to increase my number of posts.
In the meantime, have a wonderful and prosperous 2009. And I wish you all the teeth-grinding, nail-biting, Turrets Syndrome-inducing motivation and drive to reach every one of your goals.