Photo By The Hour

15 05 2011

Because I am a copycat…

Because all the cool girls are doing it….

Because yesterday was PJ’s birthday….

Because I now have a cheap camera I can keep in my pocket….

6:04 am

Normally SAG gets up first.  During the week PJ watches cartoons or looks at books while he showers and gets ready for the day.  I stay in bed with Little Dude who is turning into a night-owl (thank you).  However, usually one weekend day I hop out of bed when I hear PJ, letting SAG sleep in a bit.  Today was that day, so she and I are up at 6 am.

First order of the day, clean her glasses.

6:59 am

Enough cartoons, already!  I am filthy and PJ says she wants to shower with me.

7:59 am

PJ is dying to open her birthday presents.  I manage to put it off a few more minutes with our teeth brushing ritual.  Teeth brushing can be super fun. They love to dance while they brush.   Or it can be super stressful.   Little Dude usually tries to climb into the sink at least once.

8:22 am

We are waiting for Grandma to be able to join us by Skype.  In the meantime, the first birthday present we open is this custom piece of artwork that my friend Tammy made to match PJ’s new bedding.  PJ and Little Dude spend a few minutes matching the animals on the painting to the animals on her pillow.  This is an amazing gift.  I can’t wait to hang it in our new house.

8:56 am

Grandma’s on the computer joining in the fun.  PJ got the entire P1an T0ys farm.  Cheap mother triumph – I was able to buy each piece new for about 25% of normal retail.   We wanted to make sure the dolls we bought to go with it represented people of color.  In an interesting twist (probably a very sad commentary on our society – but one I was willing to take advantage of) we were able to buy the “asian” family and the “african-american” family on sale.  The farmers (pinkish) were also on sale.  For now we have 10 people living on one farm – I think it is what you would call a commune.

10:13 am

I tried to take a picture on the hour every hour.  So this Ansel Adams shot represents a LONG line we were standing in to enter our PBS Kids Day.  This is an awesome event, but the venue was WAY TOO SMALL this year.  The crowd was insane.  Parents were pushing and shoving in front of small children left and right.  But, in general, I saw very few meltdowns from the kids.  I think the environment was so intense that the kids were afraid to misbehave.

11:04 am

My previous career (public relations and management of non-profit humane societies) collides with my current career (stay-at-home-mother) when we visit the humane society booth.  There was a cute puppy sleeping in the pen.  I had no desire to adopt it.  Neither of my kids knew that was a possibility.  So it was a quick, pleasant visit with no whining (and no waiting in a huge line with rude adults).

11:19 am

Little Dude is afraid of the characters – even his favorite, Sid.  But, as a rule, we all love Sid.  Sid is the first cartoon I have been able to tolerate watching since I was a child.  Normally I hate anything animated, but Sid… trans-racial family, loves science, I have a crush on his teacher Suzi and on the way to school he sings, “I love my Mom.  She’s really cool.  But now it’s time for having fun in school.”

12:09 pm

Home from the event, Little Dude releases his balloon and watches it float to the ceiling.  I am starting to “prepare” lunch.  I made smoothies but we didn’t have bananas, so they tasted awful and were rejected by both of my over-stimulated children.

1:09 pm

We were not just out of bananas, but also the crucial soy milk that eases the kids into nap-time.  SAG drove and I hopped out of the car and ran into our grocery store to get the milk and some locally baked olive bread so I could make our lunch.  PJ fell asleep in the car right after I took this photo.  Once home, she never took a nap.

2:01 pm

Trying to get the kitchen cleaned up a little while listening to PJ NOT sleep.  This should be relaxing but feels like a race against the clock.  Little Dude is napping, SAG is out running an errand and I want to make us yummy olive bread, tomato, avocado, mozzarella melt sandwiches before either of the kids get up.

3:04 pm

Both kids are up.  PJ never slept but managed to stay in her room until she heard Little Dude get up.  They wanted a snack right away which is unusual.  PJ insisted that I “make circles” with the strawberries.

3:59 pm

Despite the cool temperatures, the kids and I have been out driving the gator… “Me Drive” is Little Dude’s favorite sentence.  When we came back to the house, SAG was changing the oil in his truck.

5:02 pm

Back inside the house, we spend some time playing with the new toys.

5:57 pm

Back to the grocery store.  This time it is just the girls and PJ gets to push the green cart.  We went for tofu.  I am not sure how the pretzels got into the cart. Oh well, I guess I will have to buy them and some dip as well.

7:12 pm

A slightly rough dinner time.  Neither SAG or I are paying enough attention to the kids so Little Dude decorates his hair with the “cheese” from his Mac and Cheese.

8:11 pm

We are behind schedule on bedtime.  Here we are in a “puppy-pile” reading bedtime stories in PJ’s room.

9:12 pm

Both kids are asleep.  SAG is cooking tofu burritos.  I am reading important literature, while cleaning the house and practicing classical music on my violin.

10:24 pm

Despite making great progress on my goal to read 43 books before my birthday, I decided reaching that goal was not worth sacrificing other important objectives such as exercising and moving to our new house.  Plus, we now have streaming netflix.  I  decided that watching documentaries is a little like reading books and takes significantly less time.  Tonight’s choice, “God Grew Tired of Us.”  Interestingly, I gained some insight into my new friend Sahmel who spent time in a refugee camp before coming here.

11:18 pm

Uploading photos for this post.  Everything takes longer on my laptop but I am getting used to it.  Plus SAG updated its software today so I thankfully don’t have to learn anything new!  Lazy? perhaps.  But I am on such a parenting learning curve every single day, I just don’t want to add learning new computer software to my list of daily frustrating experiences.

12:10 am

Still working on uploading, I am joined by our cat, Tinkerbell.  Honestly, I didn’t notice her until I went to take this picture.  I am impressed with her stealthness (is that a word?) since she is normally an in-your-face kind of cat.  A funny but offensive comedian is on the television in the background and SAG is sitting across the room doing something on his laptop.  I really need to go to bed.

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16 responses

15 05 2011
mindy

I love the puppy pile.

And I love when the mac and cheese was in little Dude’s hair (I’m sure you didn’t love that- but how perfect for the blog every hour thing. It’s nice to have something that ‘happens’…my day is going a little too smoothly- knock on wood. )

I’m working on this project today. Oh, better get back to it (I’m delinquent for the last hour or so-)

15 05 2011
Julie

Love it! Thanks for sharing.

15 05 2011
shannoncl

LOVE SID!! My guy wants me to sing it everyday to school. I have yet to get HIM to sing it… twhatev

I love how you said-“on a constant parenting learning curve”- sooo true. It is taxing and doens’t leave much room for anything else.

15 05 2011
Christine

Manny has the P1an T0ys farm set, too. He uses the barn as his ‘house.’ I loved giving him this set. It was just so-so for him, actually. I love PJ in the morning, she is just sweetness. Do you do your dishes from right to left? I go left to right. Are you left-handed? I know how cats can just suddenly seem to appear on your lap. My cat used to do that, suddenly she was just there. I love your day in photos. Are you going to post pics of your new house? I am so curious. Are you in town still? Rural?

15 05 2011
Semi-Feral Mama

So far PJ loves the barn. Of course she uses the top opening as a “drive-through window.” She has been ordering a bagel and LARGE diet coke (I wonder who she could be imitating?) Store dirty dishes in left half of sink, rinse in right half, dry on left-side. I think this is dictated by out counter space. In last house I stored dirty dishes on right half, rinsed in left half, put them on the counter to dry on the far right. Maybe I like to cross-over.
New house pics will come. We don’t close until mid-June. Plus I don’t plan to change much… I don’t love every single inch of it, but there will be no fixing up with my two toddlers. New house is in a neat neighborhood and we have multiple friends within walking/biking distance. And SAG will be able to bike-commute again!

15 05 2011
rebekah

Did I say once before that I used to have a cat named Tinkerbell – till I learned he was a he, and then he became Tinker. Looked a lot like yours.

I really want to try that sandwich on olive bread – sounds awesome.

15 05 2011
Semi-Feral Mama

We call ours Tink. I have known a couple Tinkerbells. Sandwich so good. Heat bread in oven, then top including basil and broil. Last I add sea salt, fresh ground pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

15 05 2011
Liz

I’m loving all these photo posts! You packed a lot into one day, I’m impressed.

15 05 2011
Sara

What a fun day. (And I totally was hoping Sally & Nick were brother and sister too.)

15 05 2011
Scooping it up

love this! i’ve tried twice but failed to make it through the day taking the pics each hour. might have to meld a few days. liar that i am.

shockingly also good on PBS: dinosaur train. a family of pteranadons adopt a baby t-rex. they use the word adopt. i like it. throws it out there.

thanks for sharing your day!

15 05 2011
Semi-Feral Mama

I can’t actually watch Cat in the Hat or Dinosaur Train – you know, they are animated and well I just have a thing about animation. However, I love the Dinosaur Train song,
“…But Tiny said, “Wait! There’s one more Mom!”
The last little baby was a different size with teeth and a tail and big green eyes.
He didn’t look anything like the rest. “What am I doing in a pteranodon nest?”
But dear old Mrs. Pteranodon said, “This is your family and I’m your mom.”
“We may be different but we’re all creatures. All dinosaurs have different features.” … And then they get on with their day. I wish it was that simple with transracial adoption, “Yep, we are different. Love you. Let’s go, we’ve got things to do.”
I guess the good thing about me hating animation (except Sid) is that the kids can watch these shows and I can be productive with NO chance of getting sucked in to the program.

16 05 2011
Maria

LOVE Sid! S. is (a little too) obsessed lately with going on the computer to pbskids.org just to listen to the Sid songs. Also cannot do Cat in the Hat. Is anyone else disturbed by the fact that the moms on the show never seem to know the whereabouts of their children? Big fans of Sesame Street too. Have you seen the AA (puppet) girl singing “I love my hair”? Precious.

What did you think of “God Grew Tired of Us”? Saw it awhile ago, I just remember having this gut-wrenching feeling of how alone and lost they must have felt when they arrived in the U.S.

16 05 2011
Semi-Feral Mama

Everything about God Grew Tired of Us is insane. But I was particularly struck by the transition to the USA and how really strange out “advanced” society actually is.

16 05 2011
claudia

Your 9.12 post made me laugh out loud. I had a weirdly good day for my photo day. But there was definitely no violin practice 🙂

ps happy birthday PJ!

16 05 2011
Semi-Feral Mama

It is hard to explain why a photo of my computer screen featuring Spider Solitaire showed up when I was actually being so productive and cultured. Weird, huh?

17 05 2011
Melanie

How the hell did you manage to stay up till midnight?! I haven’t seen that since we got home from Ethiopia.

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