Tuesday, September 30, 2008

So sleepy....

I took two videos of this--but sadly, the blinds were open behind her for the first one, so the glare is disconcerting.

We hadn't even had a strenuous day--she was fussy in the morning, and we played outside a little. We went to the grocery store. Then I thought she might be hungry. She was, but she kept closing her eyes as she ate, as if the effort to do both was too much for her. At one point she even seemed to nod off. It was then I decided to get the video.

She went down for a nap shortly after this video.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Snack Time

Since the weather has been perfect, and also since I've been only giving Bronwen one nap a day, we've been indulging in a mid morning snack outside each day.

The following pictures and dialogue represent actual words and events. Names have not been changed to protect the innocent.

Jen: "Bronwen, do you like your snack?"
Bronwen--smiles and holds up goldfish.Jen: "Bronwen, before you take another bite, make sure you've finished all of the bite in your mouth, okay?"

Bronwen--Proves to her mama that her mouth is indeed empty.
And now, my problem solving genius:
Disclaimer: please ignore my legs in this video. Note to self: wear long pants. Ugh!

Monday, September 22, 2008

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Seeing how Bronwen so enjoys the fruits (fruit) of my labor, I decided to let her help us with some overdue gardening.

Thanks to Mimi for her garden tools. She was really enjoying them. I tried to separate the rake from the spade, but she pitched a fit and would not be calmed until they were back together. Far be it from me to argue with "Her Gardening Highness."

We decided she needed some hand protection. I know they are on the wrong hands, but they are also 100 sizes too big.
This picture is right before TJ hands her the shovel, so he can go relax with a home brew while she works.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My One Remaining Tomato

The Fate:
The Backstory:

I planted two tomato vines this year, fully expecting to have a plethora of ripe, juicy tomatoes all summer long. Alas, it was not meant to be. I would get flowers, but never any fruit! It was quite frustrating. I did have one tomato that turned yellow and was on its way to reddening, when a rogue squirrel swiped it, ate half, and left the remaining half on the fence to taunt me.

Imagine my surprise when after Gustav, I went to check my blown-about vines and discovered yet another tomato! It was green, but it was growing. "Yippee," thought I! Then, as the Mr. McGregor fates would have it, another "squirrel" snuck into my garden and stole it away! That was it--I pulled up the vines and gave up for this year.

The culprit:

She isn't sorry she did it.Here she works on taking a good bite:She was a little surprised that I caught her in the act.
"Hey Bronwen, what do you have?"
RIP, dear tomato. Maybe I'll try again next year.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Having a Blast with Mimi

And the "punk rocker" smile for Aunt Jana.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Just a Typical Laundry Day

This is what doing laundry inevitably leads to. Every time.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Back in Time

Not too far back, but T.J. finally unlocked our shared folder, and I can at last publish some of the highlights from Bronwen's photo session with her daddy. You saw the video with her playing with Pepper--these were the pictures taken before they discovered the sheet was a fun toy.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Gustav --Part 2

I know that after almost a week the interest in the hurricane has waned considerably, but the power went off shortly after my last post, and I was unable to periodically update you on our adventures.

After my last video on the back porch, T.J. forbade me to go outside again. Probably because the wind was pretty scary, and he feared for my safety. Either that or he didn't want me ruining the camera. When I took the following video, T.J. was finishing up Bronwen's lunch, so it was about 3 hours after the power was out.

Don't worry--I know it looks scary, but the wind was blowing side-to-side, so I was confident the trees weren't going to crush us. Still, I admit I felt safer in the front of the house, away from the trees.

One last view from the front:

The storm raged on like this from about 11:30 to 4. It had been windy and raining all day, but the major wind gusts were the worst in the afternoon. Thankfully our next door neighbor plugged our fridge into his generator, and we were able to keep all our food from spoiling. Our house was down to about 71 degrees when the power went out, and I think by the end of Monday, it had only gotten up to about 77 in the house. By Wednesday, it was getting hot and stuffy, so T.J. and another neighbor went to buy a generator off a truck.

After Katrina, all I heard all day long were the noises of helicopters flying overhead. This storm, all I could hear in the neighborhood was the steady roar of generators.

We spent much time in our neighbor's garages, hanging out, eating food, talking politics, drinking beer (at least they were).

It wasn't so bad--the temperature outside stayed down, mostly, and Bronwen was a trooper. Thankfully we have awesome neighbors--letting us borrow a/c window units, fans, gas, and anything else we needed. We dined on filet, ribeye, jambalaya, pasta, black-eyed peas, stuffed crabs, and crawfish pie. Not too shabby.

Friday, September 5, 2008


...is on, obviously. Will blog about it tomorrow--I have more Gustav footage, but it's a tad anticlimactic at this point, isn't it? Right now I need to go see what everyone else has been up to. More tomorrow!

Monday, September 1, 2008

8:00 AM

Hello All!

I've been up since 5, but only because the wind awoke me, and I panicked about the hummingbird feeder we left on the back porch. I brought it in, and of course I couldn't get back to sleep. Around 7 the wind was picking up more, and the rain is spattering against the
windows. Still not too scary.

Bronwen and the cats were keeping an eye out the windows--the cats vacated as soon as Bronwen decided to join them. T.J. was filling the tub in case we don't have water. Bronwen was scared at first, thinking it was bath time. Then she was excited when she realized she didn't have to actually get in!

T.J. cooked us a nice, hot breakfast, and we still have power (obviously). Our a/c is running constantly, and we could probably hang meat in here with no concern for spoilage. TJ is in a sweatshirt and pajama pants, which I find hilarious. It's 75 degrees in the house.
One last video of the weather, one hour later.

I now have to shut down the computer, so if I am quiet for awhile don't be too concerned! You can contact me via cell phone, but once we lose power, I'll have to conserve my batteries.