Tuesday, January 24, 2012

This Lovely Life

I am not a photographer. But I feel remiss in not sharing some of my horrible photos from January, which is one of the most joyous months around here. So, today I'm going to use many pictures and few words - the exact opposite of what I usually do.

From Katie's 11th birthday -
And Julia's 5th (both Katie's and Julia's cakes were made by my mom, who is awesome.)-
Also for Julia's birthday -
Yes, I know. I just love taking horribly unflattering pictures of myself and putting them up for the scads of people who read my blog. But this one has a good explanation: At the beginning of the year, parents can sign up to be the "Mystery Reader" at Julia's preschool. Mystery Reader always comes on a Thursday, and Julia's birthday happened to fall on a Thursday, so it worked out perfectly for me to sign up.

Ahoy, there! You may be asking yourself. But why is ye old scallywag in that blasted costumery?

Because my Mystery Reader day happened to fall on Dress Like a Pirate Day. I was a little nervous, because Julia gets embarrassed easily, and the last thing I wanted to do was make her cry on her birthday. I (wisely) decided to forgo the fake mustache and eye patch, and I had a normal shirt on under me bonny coat, just in case.

She loved it. But she asked me to change before we went to lunch at Chuck E. Cheese. Because, you know, I might look weird in a place that has a giant rat walking around, dancing and serving food.

Then we went on our Second Annual Birthday Trip to Great Wolf Lodge. Which is one of the best places in the world.

 Katie is not that weirdly white, I just took a bad picture. And this is the closest I could get to a normal smile, which is to say not at all.

The last picture is not awesome, but what's happening in the lower left hand corner is.


  1. I thought maybe you would just have on a puffy white shirt and a bandana, but you are the best pirate I've seen in a long time! You are awesome and it looks like everyone had a wonderful month! Arrrg!!

    1. Thanks, Christy! You are more impressed than any of the kids were, lol.

  2. Lovely, indeed. So, I've been wanting to surprise the monkeys with Great Wolf Lodge, but fear the masses of screaming children. Is it tolerable? Dying over the cakes and the pirate picture, by the way.

    1. You MUST go, your kids will love it. It is surprisingly not screamy. Argh!

  3. I just have one question... did you go down the giant toilet bowl at Great Wolf? First time there the jackass.. I mean attendant made sure that I went down backward. And I was even nice to the guy until then.

  4. Last year! http://southernfriedchildren.blogspot.com/2011/01/splash.html

  5. Those cakes are fantastic. I do cakes for many friends and family and it seems like their goal is to challenge me every year to bigger and better and fancier projects. So I fully understand the amount of work and effort that goes into them and am duly impressed by your mom's work.

    Great Wolf Lodge looks amazing. Too bad all my kids are too old and cool for getaways like that. ;)