Two Lovelies in Lovely Light

June 5, 2013

June 4, 2013

Oh yeah – I had to give the Barbie cam a go, too 🙂

Mae with her Mama

August 1, 2012

Alison is taking some time away from her career. She needs to recharge a bit. Mae is loving it – she gets to spend lots of time with her mama. Although, I have to admit, I’m a little jealous. There use to be a time when it was just Mae and me – all day long. I dressed her in black t-shirts and jeans – and painted little skull and crossbones on her arms (sort of joking).

Now, Alison puts Mae’s hair in braids, paints her toenails and fingernails, and puts smelly stuff on her to make her smell like a girlie girl (what’s wrong with fixer and developer scent??).

Sigh.

New Accessories

July 19, 2012

She’s such a girlie-girl. I don’t mind really, but sometimes I wish she’d come down in the morning wearing a black t-shirt and jeans with holes in them… I may want to rethink that once she’s a teenager…

Mae went to daycare today while I helped finish up with painting Mae’s classroom. I’m really happy I decided to volunteer last year. I remember having to fill out a form for Mae’s teacher, and there was box asking if I’d be interested in volunteering – and, if so, what day. I remember checking the box and writing in – any day will work. I honestly didn’t think I’d be asked – but now that I know Mae’s teacher pretty well, I’m not surprised she snagged me as a volunteer right away. The truth is, without volunteers in the classroom, teachers simply can’t see to the needs of all the students. No way.

This year, I’m stepping things up a bit – I’ll be there twice a week. I know Mae will be happy (and do her best to persuade me to stay for three or four days – if not all five!), and I really get a kick out of learning something about each of the kids. It’s not easy. My sister is a Kindergarten teacher, too — and I remember going down to help out once. Oh man. Teachers simply don’t get paid enough. The corporate job I was doing at the time was tough, but a cakewalk compared to what teachers do daily. Respect.

In other news, Mae is happy it was her mama’s last day of work today. It was time for a change – a change I thought she should have made long ago. Alison will take some time off – hopefully, the rest of the summer – and then go back to something more challenging and rewarding. I’m looking forward to the time we’ll have together, just the two of us — and as a family. The best part – Mae won’t have to cry each morning for her mama to stay home from work…

She loves her Mama

July 5, 2012

There was a time when Mae would want me to do most everything for her. Understandable, given I’m with her all day. Alison and I agreed I’d stay home while she worked. I wanted it that way – I wanted to see what it’s like to raise a child. That’s a blog all it’s own — but I spent / spend a LOT of time with Mae. When she called out in the night, it was for me. When she was hurt, it was me she went running to. It’s a pretty cool feeling.

Now, things are a little different. Mae calls out for her mama in the night. She wants to spend as much time as she possibly can — with her mama. I’m okay with that. I’m still the one who walks her to school. Makes her lunch. Coordinates play dates. Wipes her butt – and smothers her with as many kisses as I can before she complains too much…

Still — there’s nothing quite like a mother / daughter relationship…