Thursday, September 18, 2008

zoos and tree climbing!

Paloma is so active, imaginative and talkative lately. I feel luckier by the minute to be her mama!

Here are some action shots:

*In the wading pool at the local park (she has a swim diaper on under her swimsuit- that's the tag)

*At the beach with Mama and Dada
*Loving on baby Sparkle
*At her most content-- on the carousel
*Enjoying the view from a branch in the fig tree (p.s. Nana dressed her)

Colbert's got the Straight Talk

Hilarity ensues:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

fall is here!

I was dreading it and dreading it. The chill, the work onslaught, the shorter days. But today it's here, all of the above, and unexpectedly-- I'm enjoying it!

I'm thinking of apple pies from the bushels coming off the tree in my parents' backyard. The enormous turkey I plan to brine again this year for Thanksgiving. Hot chocolate, cookie baking, warm hats. (Yeah, the first non food item on there. I love the food items. The warm clothes aren't as much fun. Well, unless someone wants to surprise me with a fabulous new sweater.)

And there's the fun of having two beautiful children at Christmas. The paternity and maternity leave that Derek and I are both taking which means we will enjoy this all together. Fall's not sooo bad.


Daily, Paloma acquires more words. It is SO MUCH FUN! Today she said "One a day!" because I gave her a vitamin, which she finds delicious, and told her a few days ago that she gets one a day.

Still working on figuring out Sparkle's ex-utero name!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Kiss your babies!

Paloma is growing faster as she gets older, it seems. As she approaches two, every day is filled with new words, discoveries, games and ideas.

Obviously, that means cuddling with her parents is less and less interesting. But- I still want to kiss her just as much! Sigh, this is the constant practice of letting go of parenthood I suppose.

However! I have another baby on the way! We thought we kissed Paloma a lot. *This* one is going to be kissed 24-7!!! Every chance we get!! Mwah mwah mwah.

This is not the most Zen of attitudes, exactly. I get that my lesson is to let go as they grow. But there is another lesson buried in there, and I am raising it as a PSA for all new parents:

KISS YOUR BABIES WHEN THEY'RE BABIES!! Kiss them unreasonable amounts!!!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Community Organizers Speak Out!

Wow, the Republicans had a good laugh at community organizers.

It's time for a little education on who a community organizer is. (This is such a beautiful piece- highly recommended.)

Jesus, Gandhi, MLK Jr, Cesar Chavez, Harriet Tubman, and even PTA presidents were/are community organizers.

And just for more inspiration, here's that fabulous Tubman quote:

"If you hear the dogs, keep going.
If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.
If they're shouting after you, keep going.
Don't ever stop. Keep going.
If you want a taste of freedom, keep going."

I heard the dogs last night (she called herself a pitbull in lipstick). And doubled my donation to Obama/Biden and the DCCC.

Jon Stewart breaks it down!

As usual, some of the most candid analysis comes from Comedy Central.

Monday, September 01, 2008

even Pat and Joe say no

Hours before the McCain-Palin ticket was announced, we heard this from Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan. Spread the news far and wide-- they were against her before they were for her! It's a pretty candid view of how they really feel.