Friday, May 29, 2009

Neglectful Parents

This is our godson Caden. Since his neglectful parents don't seem to be putting it on their blog, I thought I'd post it here. ;) Isn't he cute? I mean, seriously cute?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Boys will be boys... apparently parents will let them. When Zander was little, I used to look at older children (usually of the male variety) doing stuff like this and think, "How could their parents let them run wild like that?" And now, here we are.

For the record, Zander went on from this roof-top adventure to have his first sleepover at a friend's house. It was an impromptu decision, which was definitely best for me -- no extra time for worrying. He loved it and now we're onto a new era. Anyone want a soon-to-be five-year-old for a night?)

Monday, May 25, 2009

More from the questionable parenting front

While we're on the subject of questionable parenting, did I mention that we are seriously considering paying Zander to stop sucking his thumb? *He* actually suggested it, we didn't. He's been interested lately in how he can earn money of his own and was trying to come up with ideas. First he suggested we could pay him to "not have screen time." We balked. Then he suggested the thumb thing. I said that mommy and daddy needed to talk about it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I don't know how this happenned...

...but Zander (not quite 5 years old) is obsessed with a virtual environment called ZulaWorld, based on the PBS show The Zula Patrol. He wants to be on the computer playing in ZulaWorld all the time. In ZulaWorld, children can create an alien avatar, make alien friends, earn alien money (Zlinkles), buy things with Zlinkles, take care of alien pets (Fweebs), decorate a spaceship, and much more. The kid checks his aliend 'friend' list daily. I'm totally serious. It's both fascinating and upsetting at the same time.

You can do most of the above for free, but Zander has picked up that with a "VIP" membership, a user can do even more and he says THAT is all he wants for his birthday -- a membership to an online world. How did we get here?!

For the record, both the TV show and the website pack in a fair amount of math, science, and astronomy. The show has beeen called "the Sesame Street of outer space" and is highly acclaimed by organizations such as Common Sense Media and Smart Television Alliance. It's not like we're letting him login to Facebook, right? Sigh, maybe I'm just trying to asuage my guilt.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Impromptu trip to the zoo on a glorious day

Photos taken by Brad. I was at work. And no I'm not bitter about it. Not at all.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sleepy Pretzel Baby

Happy Birthday Aunt Nettie!

Today is my great Aunt Nettie's 90th birthday. This video is for her. (She lives in Florida and we don't get to see her nearly enough.) There was a longer version with singing, but we decided not to post that one for public consumption. And you'll see that it was all I could do to get underwear on the older child. Alas, my favorite saying comes in handy at times like these: "Don't let the best be the enemy of the good." Happy Birthday Aunt Nettie!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Swimming Lessons

So I found this old photo as proof of how I was taught to swim...I was thrown in the pool (almost three years old at the time). On the back of the photo in my mom's handwriting it says, "Jill and Mrs. Branfram, 8/73, Swimming Lessons."

And I turned out to be a perfectly fine swimmer. Sure, I've been in therapy for years trying to figure out my fear of women named "Mrs. Branfram," but that's another story. (I'm kidding of course, my years of therapy have nothing to do with Mrs. "Branfram.")

Monday, May 11, 2009

Target Women: Obama Arms

Another favorite from the "Target Women" series by Sarah Haskins is posted here (about Disney Princesses).

Friday, May 8, 2009


The usual mantra (is that redundant?) here...busy as always.

So, I'm linking to back to a very early post and one of my favorites. It's a video of Zander, almost three years old, performing at the Spring program for his then daycare/school. (The video was posted in August of 2007, but the event was in June 2007.)

His performance exemplifies so much of his personality. I imagine the music teacher said, "open your mouths and clearly say the words," or something to that effect. You can just see Zander trying to follow the directions perfectly.

Here's the link:

P.S. And if you want to go even farther back in time, see the video in this post of Zander singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in October of 2006 (at about 2.5 years old).

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I'm not irritable. I said I'm NOT IRRITABLE!

We've been busy at our house not sleeping. I'm somewhat joking of course because not sleeping would make us irritable. And I'm not irritable at all, right? Right? RIGHT? Cassandra has realized that it is oh-so-much better to be snugly nestled next to me than in her big crib -- not a new problem and we're certainly not the first parents to face this issue. Knock on wood, but Z has been sleeping through all of it, so that's good. (But I guarantee now that I've posted it, tonight he will wake up.)

In other big news, we went bowling (full-size not duckpin) over the weekend for a friend's going away party. Sure, maybe not the smartest thing -- sticking your fingers in the dirty holes of bowling balls -- while the swine flu is spreading, but the kids seemed to love it. One of Z's favorite parts (as well as his friend Champe's), was the magic of the balls re-appearing...

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Milestone?

This is Cassandra watching her first official television show (a Baby Einstein DVD). Zander is narrating it for her. Brad said it was all quite adorable. (I was upstairs showering or something.)