Mae and Bubblegum

August 11, 2012

She loves Bubblegum. She found him at the zoo gift store last year, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. She has lots of other stuffed animals, but this one is her buddy.

It’s been raining most of the day, so I had to take this photo before the window light faded – the light was really low, and I asked Mae to stand as still as she possibly could. I think this was a half second exposure — she does pretty well.

I took her grocery shopping with me this evening and she ran into her instructor for ballerina camp — they chatted away like two old ladies. I swear, I can’t go anywhere with Mae and not run into someone who knows her. She’ll be mayor of Toronto some day.

Mae & Bubblegum

July 17, 2012

It’s not too hard to get her to pose with her favorite friend, Raspberry Bubblegum. Also, she LOVES when the strobe goes off – she says it makes her feel like a movie star. Go figure.

This summer, I’ve been helping Mae’s Kindergarten teacher paint the classroom. Today, I took Mae along. She was absolutely thrilled to see her teacher. They have a wonderful connection and it’s fun to watch them interact. Mae thought it was pretty cool that her teacher brought along her 9-year-old son. Mae was smitten right away — she’s almost 5 and she’s already boy crazy. Oh man.

I think Mae is really looking forward to the new school year. She knows I’m stepping up my volunteer game to two days a week. Yeah. I must be crazy, but you know what? I’ll never have the chance like this again. I get to be directly involved with Mae and all the other kids – I can actually help mold and shape their little minds (I think that’s a good thing 🙂 ). The big plus for me is just spending time with Mae – and helping her learn how to learn. I hope she remembers at least some of what we do together — I really do…