But once in a while, I let loose and say, to hell with self-consciousness. Today is my day. I want a portrait of me.
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And here are the babies now. Haven't they grown? The leaves don't look so heart-shaped anymore, and the traps are starting to look mean and scary-ass hungry. At this point, I'm not sure what to do with them... should I catch them some flies? Or let them do it on their own (it's not like our house is infested by insects...)? I feel like a mother of an adolescent.
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I'm still not convinced I know what I'm doing. But it's a start.
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Look at what I got for my birthday! No, not these yummy Filipino snacks from my childhood days (although this is a rare treat, since my mother just arrived from Manila and brought them with her). I'm talking about the lens I used to take the photo.
Behold my new macro lens, the one I've wanted since I first found out what a macro lens is. It's not a high-end lens by any means, but I've read some good reviews and I'm convinced it's a good macro lens for a beginner like me. I'm looking forward to taking lots of closeups of food, babies, flowers and the like. With a bit of practice and luck, hopefully someday the Filipino snack photos I take will look more like these.
When I saw this week's Photo Hunter's theme, I had a sense of deja vu, and I was right -- this is the second Photo Hunt with a shoe theme! Here is the photo I chose last year:
And here is the subject of another shoe-related post I did last year:
And for this year's shoe theme, here is 3Po in his tap shoes, all ready to do the shuffle step:
Last but not least, here are The Pea's current favorite shoes. If only they made these sparkly pink-and-brown confections in grownup sizes
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With gas being so expensive these days, I thought I'd start keeping more careful track of how far I drive. The answer shocked me: I drove over 200 miles last week! Mind you, I'm a stay-at-home parent, so how in hell did I rack up so many miles? Here's how:
Going grocery shopping (twice)
Taking kids to school
Taking kids to ice skating lessons
Taking kids to soccer lessons
Taking kids to dance lessons
So, how many miles did you drive this week?
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Now The Pea has these American Girl dolls, and like the great grandmother (and technically, she is the dolls' great-grandmother) that she is, she has knitted some bedding for them. The new blankets go perfectly with the bunk bed that Alfie made for her out of the scrap wood lying around the garage. I think the whole ensemble is as cute as anything you could get from a store! The dolls certainly like it, and so does The Pea.
Our holiday gingerbread house.
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3Po and CleanBoy finished off their spring tap/ballet class with a special tap performance set to "Take a Little One Step" from the musical No, No Nanette. The class actually danced it without any coaching from the teacher. Also, the mirror was behind them, so they couldn't copy any of their classmates. At least, not without turning their heads and looking around, which is what most of them did. Which made it even cuter.
- I send my kids out in wrinkled clothing.
- I don't always make sure their teeth are cleaned and their hair is brushed in the morning.
- I put the TV on so that I can spend time in front of the computer.
- I sometimes find chores to do when my kids ask me to play Monopoly or Candyland with them.
- When CleanBoy comes to us in the morning and asks for breakfast because he's hungry, I tell him to wait 10 minutes. Or I ask The Pea to help him get breakfast.
- I've withheld our regulary bedtime story as punishment.
- I once put 3Po in the corner for a time-out and forgot all about him.
- I've forgotten to pick The Pea up from school.
- I've sent The Pea out on a playdate, forgetting that one of her other friends was on her way here for a playdate that I scheduled.
- I give in way too often when they hear the ice cream man coming and ask for a treat.
- I yell at them way too much.
But despite all of the awful things I've done, my kids love me anyway. So on this Mother's Day, when everyone is saying Thank You Mom, I'm also saying Thank You Kids.
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Yes, I do.
Soup: Describe the flooring in your home. Do you have carpet, hardwood, vinyl, a mix?
We have hardwood in every room of the house except the bathroom (tiles) and the kids' bedroom (carpet).
Salad: Write a sentence with only 5 words, but all of the words have to start with the first letter of your first name.
Arthur Andersen ate Annie's apples.
Main Course: Do you know anyone whose life has been touched by adoption?
A good friend of mine recently adopted a 2-year-old from India. They are one big, happy family -- mom, dad, 2 big sisters, and their beautiful new baby sister.
Dessert: Name 2 blue things.
My husband's eyes.
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My next thought was to say, I want a day to window shop all by myself. But I didn't really want to tell The Pea that what I want most is a day without her. And besides, if I spent Mother's Day window shopping, I'd probably end up eating some junky treat from the mall food court.
So I told her I'd love to get a spa manicure. And sweet girl that she is, even though her life savings amounts to just $40, her face lit up and she said, "OK mommy, I'll use my own money to pay for a manicure for you!".
I tell you, spending Mother's Day with the Pea and her brothers beats window shopping any day.
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Here's a rather cleverly hidden heart on a motorcycle gas tank:
This is Alfie's current "must-have" bike (aside from the one he already owns). It was ridden by actor Ewan McGregor from John O'Groats, Scotland all the way down to Cape Agulhas, South Africa. The bike doesn't look that great to me but I love the tank detail:
And this is my favorite one. WTF?? Is this the Baby Jesus drinking beer?! I love it!
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We got these Venus flytrap seedlings at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show about 6 weeks ago. I thought they were disgusting. The kids fell in love.
At the time, they were just tiny shoots, like a small leaf poking out of the ground. I thought they'd die for sure. For the first 3 weeks we didn't even water them with distilled water like we were supposed to (apparently they are very sensitive to the chlorine and other minerals in regular tap water). I kept "forgetting" to buy the water. But in spite of it all, they survived, and continue to thrive.
I have to admit, I now find them quite fascinating. They're not quite big enough to swallow flies yet, but their traps are growing quite nicely, and you can already see the little hairs on them. And who would have guessed that they have heart-shaped leaves?
Now they get lots of sunshine, water (yes, distilled water at last) and love. And if they do end up swallowing up all the flies and mosquitoes around the house, even I will fall in love with them.
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