Archive for June, 2008

Photo Challenge: What I like best about Summer

I’m not a big fan of heat or sweating, so the thing I love most about Summer is being out on the boat with my loves.  While its hot outside, the cool breeze refreshes and relaxes me.  I love eating lunch on the boat and just soaking in the sun and listening to some good tunes.  As you can tell by the age of Chloe in the photos, one of these boat rides is long overdue.

My Loves

Doritos, Coke and Beer.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Driving the boat in Mission Bay

My loves again

 

 

 

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June 29, 2008 at 10:41 am 12 comments

Faces

Chloe and I were practicing our emotions today…

 

Surprised

 

 

Sad

 

 

Happy

 

 

Mad (she actually stood up so she could stomp her foot)

 

 

June 23, 2008 at 7:56 pm 11 comments

A to Z in Photos: Backyard

I only had to stage one of these (I’m sure you can guess which one).  The rest were actually in my backyard today.  Enjoy!

 

A is for Alligator

 

B is for Brick

 

C is for Chime

 

D is for Dirt

 

E is for Eave

 

F is for Flowers

 

G is for Green

 

H is for Hose

 

I is for Inside

 

J is for Jeep (what??  I missed the shot of the jaguar running through the yard, speedy little dude)

 

K is for Keys

 

L is for Lion

 

M is for Monkey

 

N is for Noodle

 

O is for Orange

 

P is for Pink Petunia (do I get double points for that?)

 

Q is for Quarter

 

R is for Rocks

 

S is for Swing and Shadow

 

T is for Tree

 

U is for Ultra (yes, I occasionally have a beer in the presence of my child)

 

V is for Vine

 

W is for Water

 

X is for Xray:)

 

Y is for Yellow

 

Z is for Zig Zag

 

June 20, 2008 at 3:37 pm 10 comments

Just perfect

I think at one point or another all parents believe their child is pretty close to perfect.  I know I did.  Chloe is loving, funny, sweet, smart, etc.  Most days I’m in total awe of her.  There is just one thing that makes her not-so-perfect.  Social anxiety.

I don’t know what to do or how to cure her, but she has some major social anxieties.  Yesterday’s trip to the park was a disaster.  There were two kids her age and three babies.  Seemed perfect…just the right amount of kids.  Not so much.  When a boy asked if he could have one of her crackers, she went hysterical.  When a baby touched my leg while crawling, she went hysterical, and so on and so forth.  It is embarrassing.  I feel like a total failure.  Here I have this 2 year old that is just an angel at home, but when she is around other kids, she has major meltdowns.  None of the other kids act like this.  I really don’t understand it.  She eventually calms down, but she never makes an effort to really “play” with the other kids.  Afterwards, we’ll drive home and she’ll say stuff like “that was so fun” or “I like Emma, she’s nice” but she sure doesn’t act like it when we’re in the moment.  And today, we sat outside at the coffee shop waiting for Kim and my napkin blew over and Chloe freaked out yelling “mommy’s napkin, mommy’s napkin” and proceeded to cry.  WTF???  Why does she go ballistic over such little things??  

Its really frustrating.  She is such a good kid at home and rarely ever cries.  I’m really embarrassed when she acts out, but the only “punishment” would be to leave, and that doesn’t really fix the problem.  I can’t think of anything that has “traumatized” her to make her act this way.  What’s weird is that she is cool with strangers, even men.  She’ll smile and laugh and say “hi”, but when we’re in an intimate setting where she’s forced to interact, she cries and wants to go back in the car.

I feel selfish for wanting her to change.  Why can’t she just play along with the other kids?  Have I sheltered her too much?  Is it all my fault?

June 19, 2008 at 2:47 pm 7 comments

Well, what do you know?

I have a blog.  Two years ago I didn’t even know what a blog was and here I sit writing my first entry.  I probably should’ve done this a long time ago considering that my memory is pretty much non-existent.  It would’ve been nice to write things about Chloe and Pete before I forgot about them.  Oh, well.

I’m here now, even though I don’t really enjoy writing.  Maybe this will make me better at it.  Doubtful.  Even more doubtful that people will even read this.  But hey, if you do, I hope you enjoy!

June 19, 2008 at 4:19 am 6 comments


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