cassidyrose: (baby fly on bike)
This morning S.'s class is performing a dance in the school talent show. He is sooooo excited about it. By his and his teacher's accounts he has been actually dancing when they practice which is a big step for him. He hasn't shown it to me, telling me it is a "surprise". There will be a second performance this afternoon for the parents, so I will see it then. The only thing he has divulged is, "telephone hands are hard to do fast." He was sure to tell me to have his tie-dye shirt clean as that is what they are all wearing today, and when I questioned his choice of shorts this morning (it's a bit chilly) and asked him to put on pants he said, "NO! We are supposed to wear shorts!" So, he is in shorts. I am very proud of our little guy today and cannot wait to see him dance this afternoon.

field trip

Mar. 17th, 2011 06:55 pm
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
Exhausted after spending over three hours with the kids at the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge in Alviso today. It was a class trip for S. and they did a great program for the kids. We picnicked after the program and walked around more with some of his friends. Lots of birds and so, so many California poppies. It was just beautiful out there today. S. bought a spotted owl finger puppet as a souvenir and told us it was a "Western Plant Owl" because he likes all the plants. He had a great time, and L. did OK. I had to keep L. in the stroller a good chunk of the time as we were walking on boardwalks with drop offs to water and it would be nearly impossible to keep him under control and safe while walking on his own. After the trip S. had swim lessons and now we are home, finally. Waiting for [ profile] ptor to get home and I think we are going out to eat tonight.

Long couple of days, long week. I need a break.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Today we took a somewhat last minute trip to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in the city to see the exhibit Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margaret and H.A. Rey. I had been planning to see the exhibit but it hadn't happened and today was the last day of it so off we went. I had talked with S. about before and he kept asking about going to the "George Jewish Museum" which, although it sounded weird, apparently differentiated it for him from the CG exhibit at the Children's Discovery Museum a couple a year or so ago. We fortunate to have an easy drive in despite the rain and the lot under the museum had plenty of parking spaces. Apparently, rainy Sunday afternoons are a good time to drive into San Francisco.

Anyhow, as many of you many know, I am a HUGE Curious George fan. And I am talking old-school, pipe-smoking, ether-sniffing Curious George, not whatever that irritating creature is on that horrid PBS cartoon. I have collected CG stuff for years and S.'s room has been done in a CG theme since before he was born (we've since added truck and owl stuff to it, but he loves his George stuff still). We have all the CG books (originals and new stories with original drawings and stuff done "in the style" of the Reys), as well as some of their lesser-known works. S. has always loved the books, especially "Curious George Gets a Medal" because that is the book where George spills the ink then fills the house up with soap lather and anything where someone makes a big mess is welcome by him.

I was hoping the exhibit wouldn't disappoint and it certainly did not. It was wonderful, fun, touching, and informative. There were so many original drawings, paintings, and sketches of Curious George material as well as the Reys' other works. There was quite a bit detailing their escape via bicycle from Nazi forces in Paris, some of which I already knew from the CDM exhibit and some of which was new to me. It tickled me to no end to some of the dummy books of the Curious George series and to see unused George illustrations. I was particularly amused by the one of George piling boxes atop a rocking chair and climbing up it and the falling off. That is pretty much L. in a nutshell, right there. It was also fascinating to see the Reys' hand drawn wedding announcement and New Year's cards.

S. really enjoyed the whole exhibit, but preferred anything that showed scenes he was already familiar with from the books. He narrated a number of the books as well. It was quite happy-making for all of us. L. got a bit fussy because he couldn't really run around there, but [ profile] ptor pushed him around the museum and he managed.

We poked around the rest of the museum a bit as well, and saw an interesting exhibit documenting one woman who transcribed the Torah under public view at the museum. It is now complete and being proofed, so there was video of her describing the process. Fascinating and so very far from my own experience.

After the museum we stopped for an early dinner at California Pizza Kitchen as that was the closest kid-friendly place we saw and had a good meal. S. enthusiastically announced "I WANT DESSERT!" when our server asked if we wanted it, so we did in fact also have dessert. L. was asleep before we made it back on the Bay Bridge and S. fell asleep by the time we hit the eastern span.

Good day for all of us. One picture to share (now photography allowed in the museum galleries):

Checking out new building kit Checking out new building kit
In plaza in front of Contemporary Jewish Museum, across from Yerba Buena Center, checking out new building kit purchased in the museum store.

cassidyrose: (light blur self)
A couple of weeks ago S. got sick and then better. Then last Wednesday he got *really* sick with an upper-respiratory thing. He stayed home from school, swimming, and pretty much everything the rest of the week. He is just now getting better. A little over a week ago L. was pulling on his ears and I took him to get checked out. No infection, just sinus congestion. Last weekend I got really sick with an upper-respiratory thing which seemed to clear mid-week and left me with a raspy voice. Then I started coughing Friday night and haven't stopped. It is mostly a dry cough so I am not too worried, but it is painful and I cannot sleep and it is painful. Last night I started feeling fluish and now I am congested again. On Friday, L. started with a runny nose and coughing. We were up much of last night with him and his wet, bad-sounding cough and my dry, very uncomfortable cough. I took L. to urgent care today and he has fluid behind his left ear and his right ear is infected (puss and everything!) That explains the excessive crying. The doctor believes he also has bronchiolitis. This explains his poor appetite and trouble nursing. He has lost half a pound in a week. He also cried through the exam then fell asleep while being examined.

He is on antibiotics for the ear infection now as well as regular ibuprofen for pain and fever. He is really, really sick. Sicker than I remember S. ever really being at this age and sicker than S. was recently.

Oh, and Peter had a couple of weeks of back to back sinus things so life around here has not been fun.
cassidyrose: (baby fly on bike)
Today we have to go stand in line at the County Clerk's office to get S.'s birth certificate. We hadn't gotten around to getting an official copy yet (we have all his hospital paperwork) and now of course we need one for kindergarten enrollment. We also need to get his immunization card updated at the doctor's office and drop off paperwork at his dentist for them to fill out. I already have the letter from our landlord saying we really do live here and a not from the doctor say he has a physical scheduled (oh, I also need to drop paperwork for his doctor to fill out). In addition to all that hassle, we also have to provide: photo ID, our rental agreement, our car registrations, and a utility bill for establishing residency.

This registration process is pretty epic.

I also need new slippers but my foot is kind of bothering me so I may not be up to shopping.

And that is all for today. Mostly just hanging out at home because I am not supposed to stand or walk for very long at all on my foot.


growing up

Jan. 14th, 2011 02:30 pm
cassidyrose: (baby fly on bike)
I am about to go pick up a kindergarten registration packet.

How did that happen so fast??!!


2010 recap

Jan. 2nd, 2011 01:39 am
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
To sum up 2010 I am tempted to say, "I had a baby in December of 2009" and leave it at that. Because, really, a whole lot of this year was devoted to the care of feeding of that baby and his older brother.

That said, here is a run down of the year:

I choreographed one new dance, which was really two dances, as it was a combination tap and jazz dance. It was some sort of postpartum mania which moved me to do this ~two months before a show. It's a great dance though, and the debut of tap with the Fly Girls.

I started another dance, a lyrical/contemporary piece, which I am really excited about.

I excavated a couple of other of my older dances.

Performed a handful of times, including our big show this past July, "Go Big or Go Home", where I performed six pieces, three of which were mine.

Taught a number of folks in a number of classes and took one master tap class which was awesome but kicked my ass and everyone else's as well.

In June I attended the NOLOSE conference and presented two workshops there. I had a great time and was happy with what I accomplished with my workshops. I still want to write up and post more about my "What about the Children? Fat Panic and Kids" panel here.

I know I did at least one interview for a student movie/documentary (I think) and I sadly cannot remember if I did any other media this year.

I started the process to be photographed by an fine art photographer, which may not sound like activism, but it kind of is. She is shooting a number of the Fly Girls. It sounds promising.

Had a few illnesses, including a bad stomach virus and one bout of food poisoning. Postpartum uterine injury which sucks and has impacted my dancing and general mobility. Stress fracture in foot (which I have been dancing on for over a year because it was misdiagnosed) and weird nerve thing down left side of lower body. Teeth mostly OK, eyes doing OK, skin OK...onward.

Kids doing well health-wise. L. got croup in June which was scary and required an ER visit and S. had handful of colds and stomach bugs. [ profile] ptor had a number of sinus things which sucked.

[ profile] ptor started working again in April after sixteen months of unemployment. This was and remains a very good thing.


I joined the executive board of S.'s preschool. It is a whole hell of a lot of work.

We started looking for a new place to live but kind of dropped it for the holidays. Need to pick it up again.

S. finished the three year old class at his school in June, went to summer school there, and entered the pre-K class there this past September. He is loving it and is starting to make friends which is great to see.

S. turned four this year and L. turned one. They are amazing.

I have cooked a lot and have expanded even more the type and variety of foods we eat. I have perfected my own banana-peanut butter-chocolate chip muffin recipe and have baked many other things. Not much time to fuss with yeasted breads this year, but hopefully soon we will get there.

I was really getting back into yoga, doing it while S. was at school and L. napped, but the stress fracture is forcing me to put that on hold for a while.

I got a new camera, a Canon Rebel, and have a very nice 50mm macro lens for it and a decent telephoto lens for it. I am working on my photography as I can in my mostly non-existent spare time.

Where we went and what we did

Due to the newborn situation and [ profile] ptor working a job where he doesn't get vacation time, we didn't take any big trips this year. However, we've done a lot as a family and even more just me and the kids. Most all Saturdays were spent in Berkeley with me at rehearsal and [ profile] ptor and the kids hanging out with [ profile] catzen, then we all would have lunch and hang out together. S. had school three days a week through July and since September has been going four afternoons a week. In addition to that are trips to the library and park, as well as music and swim classes for both kids. There were bike rides and walks and lots of cooking and baking.
For family bigger outings (or things I did with the kids), here is what our year looked like by month, according to my photo files: )
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Christmas is over and it was all fun but the adults around here are feeling done. We did Christmas in the Park and Zoo Lights this week. Christmas Eve we did a gumbo dinner with [ profile] catzen and today we had my family here (my mom, dad, aunt, uncle, and [ profile] catzen. The kids got lots of gifts, including a veritable mountain of Legos for S. who spent the entire day working on them. L. is mostly excited about his new toy vacuum and just the general festivities. I got [ profile] ptor a grain grinder which he has wanted for a while and he got me a new drive for my computer (I need more storage desperately). I also had gotten the new camera a couple of months ago as an early birthday/Christmas gift.

S. and I decorated gingerbread cookies last night which was fun, but I am embarrassed to say my cookies do not look significantly neater or better decorated than his. He is good at this stuff. He had a lot of fun serving his cookies today--he was very proud of them.

So tired now. Oh, yeah, [ profile] ptor was working all day, so that kind of sucked and added to both our tiredness. He is off until New Year's Eve which is great. However, I have a complicated stress fracture in my foot that I am not supposed to be walking on any more than I am need to so a lot our possible plans have been dashed. So unamused about the clusterfuck of injuries I am dealing with, not to mention that I have been dancing on this injured food for over a year (it was misdiagnosed). Best case is minimal activity (no dancing, no swimming, no yoga, no walks, etc.) for two months while it is immobilized and it will get better. Worst case is surgery to remove stuff so that it can heal.


More about health later. For now, we made it through Christmas, the kids are finally asleep, and we really need some rest now.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Home from visiting my parents and other family for my and L.'s birthdays. He is enjoying all his new toys and S. is enjoying his "big brother" presents (small things gotten mostly to distract him from L.'s gift opening). I am headed to bed in a minute and hope to get some decent sleep. L.'s one year appointment is tomorrow, then maybe we will get S.'s hair trimmed.

I am wiped out from a VERY busy week last week. Last weekend I went to three parties then got food poisoning on Sunday night. [ profile] ptor had to stay home from work on Monday because I could barely move (though I did still manage to nurse L.). I still felt sick through Tuesday. On Wednesday S. had a dentist appointment and that night I had a long (three hours) school board meeting. On Thursday morning I had a MRI done on my foot (possible stress fracture) and Thursday evening was S.'s class holiday potluck. Fun, but I barely got to sit down on Thursday. Friday was a somewhat ill-advised trip to Toys R Us with the kids to get L.'s birthday gifts and Saturday we headed out of town.

Too. Much. Activity.

S. has no school this week which kind of sucks, especially since it is raining and L. has a runny nose, so indoor kid-places are out as well as outdoor stuff (though I may just send S. out back on the deck in boots and a jacket and tell him to collect rainwater or something. Christmas Eve and Christmas will be here because [ profile] ptor has to work a 6-6 on Christmas day.

That is all for now...must get some sleep.

baby fly

Aug. 23rd, 2010 09:31 am
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
We are now parents of a four year old. How the hell did *that* happen?
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
Today was somewhat mellow. Well, as mellow as it can be with the two kids. L. is teething and was up and down all last night so we were really tired today. We managed to get S. to school more or less on time and came home and L. nursed and napped and I paid bills and cleaned out the car. When we showed up at school to retrieve S. we found him covered in flour from head to toe, a result of a sensory project that he apparently enjoyed quite a bit---on Friday the project had been shaving cream and he had apparently been so into it that the teacher had to take his shoes off to clean his feet and shoes. After school we went and got the car washed then home for lunch and L. thankfully took a really long nap. Even better he did so in his crib, unswaddled (he had just transitioned to his crib and to sleeping unswaddled). S. helped me, well sort of helped me, clean off the kitchen table, AKA his craft room, so we could put down a plastic table cloth--I am tired of trying to get Tacky Glue and paint off the table. Now he can craft all he wants without me worrying about damage to the table.

Close to five this evening I did something I had never done before--I took S. out on his bike with L. in the stroller. I planned the outing so there was only one street crossing and I did that with no cars present and I think we managed it safely (it's hard to walk a bike, push a stroller, and hang onto a child all at the same time). We walk and rode down to the little park near our house and checked out the new play structure that was recently installed. S. had fun playing on it and L. loved watching him slide down the slides. S. rode the path all around the park then we headed home and I started dinner which I finished after [ profile] ptor got home and took the kids outside to play.

Then dinner, baths, and bed. Just winding down here. Contemplating a trip to the zoo tomorrow, maybe the farm on Thursday.

Must rest now.
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
More detail to follow, but...

L. is officially crawling. Hasn't yet fully master a true cross-crawl, but he is crawling and getting from point A to point B quite effectively.

L. can also pull himself to standing. He also took his first ride in a park swing this week.

S. demonstrated this evening that he can button his own clothing. We didn't try to teach him...he just did it. He is also now able to snap his pants closed as well. I am still impressed with him buttoning his shirt as I have *never* seen him practice it.

And, lest she be forgotten, Harlie is convinced that L.'s new crib is in fact her new bed. ::sigh::
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
We're just trudging along here. Finally seem to be over the multiple bouts of illness. Still adjusting to [ profile] ptor being gone ~eleven hours a day but it is getting better.

Rehearsing like crazy for the new show. Get your tickets! My body hates me for tapping so much after not tapping pretty much at all for about seven years, but I am so psyched that we are tapping in the show!

Spent yesterday at my parents for my dad's birthday and belated father's day celebration. It was good. S. swam a bunch and L. went in a pool for the very first time and enjoyed it quite a bit. We are exhausted now, though. S. started summer school today and we are all happy to be back on our school schedule.

I took the kids to the county fair last week and they both had a great time. S. really loved the elaborate model train exhibit, the garden exhibits, the pinewood derby cars, and riding the pedal tractors. L. just loved looking around. We may try to get to the children's museum this week.

In other news, S. has turned our kitchen into a "play-doh decorations" factory and I fear we will need a Hoarder's intervention to dig us out from under all the play-doh crafts. L. is almost crawling and is really, really busy these days.

Our house is a disaster as things got out of control with all the sickness and extra rehearsing. Hoping to make some headway in that department today.

And with that I am off to sweep and mop the kitchen before I have to get S. from school.

no soap

May. 6th, 2010 11:47 am
cassidyrose: (big hat)
S. just emptied an entire bottle of dish soap into the kitchen sink while he was playing in it ("washing dishes" as he calls it). He was being quiet and entertaining himself and I was nursing a sleepy baby so I just let him play and wasn't monitoring his activities too closely.

I told him he could use a "little bit" of soap.

I should have been more specific.
cassidyrose: (Harlie)
S. requested another baby today. He told me we should have two babies.

Um, no.

We are done.

Done, done, done-ity, done.

As long as he makes no predictions we are good. S. guessed L.'s sex correctly and told me it was time to go to the hospital to have the baby not long before labor started.
cassidyrose: (looking over shoulder)
I have a lot on my mind that I wish to write about but currently lack the focus. I am thinking about Haiti, George Tiller's murder and the continued erosion of female reproductive rights in the United States, the health care reform crap-out, increasing crime in our local neighborhoods, our continued unemployment, general fat activism, Michelle Obama jumping on the "obesity epidemic" bandwagon, etc.

So, I have mental capacity left, I am just ill-focused and tired and not able to sort it all out right now in the newborn haze.

My days and nights are still turned upside down as L. is typically not settling for his longer in-his-bed stretch of sleep until sometime after 2am. He is a really mellow baby, and for that we are grateful, but he is still a newborn and newborns need near-constant attention and care. Breastfeeding a newborn is tiring and a lot of work. I am trying to remind myself of that and not be too hard on myself for not being up to doing much. It is a a short-lived phase and it will pass....I know this intellectually, it is just hard to remember when the days blur and I lose track of when I last showered or took my last vitamin. I am also fighting some sinus inflammation/infection (for a month now) and that is slowing me down. When I am not doing direct baby care I am frantically cooking and cleaning--it is amazing how rapidly the dishes and laundry accumulate around here.

So that is what is going on here. If you haven't heard from us, or we haven't commented back that is why. We really are in a haze, sleeping in shifts and trying to manage the craziness of a 6 week old and an almost 3.5 year old. I am trying to make one Baby and Me group a week and that helps me feel a little more human. I am hoping in the next weeks to start walking some regularly (as in, going on walks, not just up and down the hallway with the baby), and plan to be dancing again by March. We are back on the work schedule at S.'s school next week, so I will have that as well, but [ profile] ptor may do the work shifts for a while. We shall see.

The continued rainy weather here has been sucky for me emotionally and seriously works against me getting out. I hate the rain and cold and I am loathe to go out in it.

But, really, I didn't mean for all this to sound so whiny. We are doing well overall, we love L. to pieces, S. loves L., and we are generally quite happy. It is just hard and disorienting having a new baby. It is a lot easier than last time and there is nothing bad happening, it is just a rough phase and I am trying not be beat myself up over not feeling 110% and not wanting to do a whole lot. Slowing down is a challenge for me, even when it is necessary.
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
I got brave and took both children to the farm myself. Sounds small, but it was kind of a big deal. Getting out the door was a challenge, but the actual farm excursion was pretty easy as there were only a few other people there and it is far from traffic so keeping up with S. was easy. It was very nice out there. Nice and quiet, if cold and damp. L. spent most the trip asleep in the wrap on me. It was good to walk around and just hang out outside.

So, there, that is what I have accomplished this week.


Dec. 14th, 2009 01:20 pm
cassidyrose: (Great American Music Hall)
I finally finished the little Cthulu doll I started for S. eons ago. I find amigurumi super-challenging due to the small hook size required--it is hell on my hands--and that it is done in continuous rounds, which requires more active attention. Not to mention I really suck at the fiddly work of cutting out tiny circles of felt for eyeballs and such. But I finished Cthulu and it is ready to give to S. for Christmas. Mind you, I finished five other projects since I started the doll, but no matter, it is DONE!.

Cthulu doll for Baby Fly

And here are a couple of things I made for the new baby )
cassidyrose: (Great American Music Hall)
Still here, still pregnant. Two weeks to go. Mostly we are really busy getting the house ready for another child and doing things like sorting baby clothes/baby items, rearranging furniture, re-purposing furniture, cleaning out closets, etc. We are trying to give S. as much time and attention and possible right now and are doing holiday things like Christmas in the Park and Zoo Lights early this year. We just bought a small artificial tree that we are going to decorate with him later.

Not much else. [ profile] ptor is still unemployed and we, like millions of others, lost our COBRA subsidy this month so our payment went from ~$500 a month to ~$1,500 a month. That hurts. We are stressed. Of course on top of the premium we have to still pay deductibles and co-pays, so our medical expenses are through the roof.

I have hit the very-end-of-pregnancy wall o' exhaustion and it is difficult to get motivated to do anything, but I am getting things done. The to-do list is shrinking and I finished the baby's hat and blanket and am nearly done with my nephew's. I also got Christmas shopping done for my nephew and we've got most of S.'s done.

So, that is that.
cassidyrose: (Harlie tongue)
S. has three toy cars which play car noises and snippets of songs. He picked out two of them with his birthday money in August: a Hummer which plays "U Can't Touch This" (yes, really, and he loves it) and a Dodge Ram with a trailer that plays some random riff. He played the songs incessantly for about a day or two then stopped playing the noises and just played with the cars themselves. Last week my parents took him out and let him pick out a new toy car and he chose a race car that plays "Rock Around the Clock." For the past three days he has played the music and other sounds on each of the cars for *hours* at a time, one right after another.

We are ready to tear our hair out.


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