Okay, I can’t really think beyond the ear infection and associated issues… so tonight, here’s a cute picture:
I thought of a few things I could take pictures of today; “something you adore” is a pretty broad challenge. What I ended up choosing is this:
I know I’ve said it here many times before, and it’s likely to be said many times in the future too, but there really is NOTHING like sharing something you love with someone you love. And for me? That something is My Little Pony and that someone is my daughter. I adore seeing her filled with the same joy and creative enthusiasm that filled me as a child playing with my little plastic horses. Sure, My Little Ponies have changed a lot over the years, but that delight they bring? It hasn’t changed one iota. And the idea that I can give that to kid kid? It’s pretty freakin’ awesome. So yeah… While there were a lot of things I could have picked for today’s photo, this won out.
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Last night, while kid-kid was at her weekly sleepover at my parent’s place, Damon and I were at the store. We excitedly discovered both FS (Fashion Style) Princess Luna and the pink FS Princess Celestia My Little Pony toys at Superstore…. and even better than just finding a toy you’ve been looking for, is finding it at a reduced price! The MLP collector in my tried to convince Damon that we should buy two of each – one of each to keep mint in box, and one of each for the girl to play with. LOL That proved futile, but we did buy one of each – one for the girl and one for me.
Tonight, after supper, I presented the ponies to the girl. She was ecstatic! We giggled together, and compared Luna (who is mine) and Celestia (who is hers), talked about how each was similar, how each was different. We laughed about all the ways we can play with them. Lily-Ann shared her plans to hold a royal wedding for them, and how my FS Pinkie Pie and her FS Twilight Sparkle could attend. How tomorrow she is going to lay out all the pony outfits (while she doesn’t have all the FS toys, she does have all their outfits – purchased from a customizer who didn’t need the clothes, only the ponies themselves) and shoes, and how each pony is going to get to have a new outfit for the big event. How the cutie mark crusaders are going to be the flower girls, and what role each pony will play.
Being so close to bedtime, we didn’t liberate the princesses from their packages… but we sure had fun talking about her plans for them. I knew she would be excited about our little surprise for her, but the extent of her delight was a surprise for me. Now we each have a pink FS pony and a purple FS pony – a fact that thrills her to no end.
I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: There is nothing like sharing something you love with someone you love. And I feel so very lucky to have a toy that I loved thirty years ago be that something that can unite us today. I remember the joy and excitement I felt when enveloped by that “new pony smell” that is the off-gassing of the plastic when the package is first opened, and sharing it with the girl now, it brings back all those same memories for me – and it means the world that I can give that same unbridled (pun obviously intended) happiness to my daughter.
Now if only Hasbro would send out a WHITE Celestia, the girl’s happiness (and mine as a collector) would be complete.
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I’m having another rather pensive night, and while that can lead to rather long winding, interesting blog posts? It’s just as likely to lead to me being unable to decide what to write about. So I figured I’d check out the new Weekly Writing Challenge here at WordPress: from mundane to meaningful.
So, what did I do today? To be honest? Nothing that I would consider mundane. Sure, it was every day things like playing with kid kid, crafting, cuddling, but I don’t consider any of that mundane. Damon came home, we had supper, watched a couple episodes of Avatar (the series about Ang) then I got ready for an evening photo shoot. I got to work with a lovely couple who were super easy to photograph. Then I came home and we got the girl ready for bed. I laid next to her as she fell asleep, and now I’m blogging. To be honest, the closest thing to mundane about my day is this, the blogging. And even it has a huge amount of meaning for me.
My family? My life? The things I do? They matter. So it’s hard to see any of it as mundane. And I don’t even feel particularly blessed in that regard. I believe what we ALL do matters. What we do, the choices we make, they impact the lives of those around us. Who we are, the things we do? It all matters, and THAT gives my life excitement – which is the antonym of mundane.
It was a long day today. Though I don’t think it would have seemed nearly so if I’d gotten more than two hours sleep. But between hubby staying up late streaming video, the girl waking during the night, and the dogs getting me up bright and early… well… it was one of those twenty minutes here, thirty minutes there nights. And they don’t count for much.
Over all today was a good day though. We didn’t win any more points, but I’m cool with that. It’s nice to share the wins. If the same dog(s) always win it can take the fun and sport of it out of the weekend. More points is always nice, but not having anyone get discouraged is nicer.
After the show we tried to hit the laundromat… but there weren’t any washers available. I figured it would be busy, but didn’t expect a complete lack of free machines. So we’ll make due until we can try again – probably on Tuesday in the late afternoon.
The kid and I played all evening. And it was one of those imagination games where Mommy doesn’t actually have to get up and do too much to be completely involved. Considering I’d been too exhausted to attend the volunteer appreciation supper the Avenue Community Center put on (that I was sooo looking forward to) there was no way I was getting involved in any active play. I rather liked the game we came up with, as I could play it while laying in bed, half sitting up with a pile of pillows under my back. LOL
The girl was a secret agent – Agent Omega was the name she chose – and I was her superior. I ended up with the moniker Purple Bunny. She’d come to me for missions, and I’d send her on hunts for clues, notes, bad guys, and to rescue Agent Stinky Daddy Pants who had gotten himself into trouble and needed an injection of “pure awesomeness” in order to resume his agent duties. As Purple Bunny I did my absolute WORST British accent. Back from my acting days, I’ve still got several accents I can pull out of my pocket whenever needed, but this was a new one… purposefully awful, it kept the girl giggling. It really was a lot of fun.
To top off our evening, we enjoyed a bit of good, old fashioned, gay bacon:
Nothing like a sour yet sweet, gay treat.
Night everyone! And may all your dreams be filled with bunnies, secret agents, Chihuahuas, and bacon (of the most gay variety).
The very first time I’d heard the term “Gender Creative” I was in a board meeting for Breaking the Silence (which was held in March). Fran Forsberg, an amazing woman and dedicated volunteer, had used it to describe two of her children, and it clicked with me instantly. Gender Creative – could there be a more perfect or beautiful way to describe a child who is, well… creative when it comes to gender? I absolutely love the term, and hope it catches on like wildfire. Having such a beautiful way to describe children who don’t necessarily fit into their assigned gender.
Children are too young to know how their sexual identities and desires will eventually shape them, but they often know right from the get go if their assigned gender fits or not. Some children easily play in one or both binary gender roles. Others feel at home solidly in one camp or the other (and it may or may not match their assigned gender). Describing these children as Gender Creative allows them the freedom to experiment and play with their identities – as we should allow all children.
We should actively encourage our children to try on different roles, to play different parts. We do this with little boys by encouraging them to pretend to be firemen, policemen, doctors, and race car drivers. With little girls we encourage them to dress up as princesses, home makers, nurses, and ballerinas. When we should be encouraging all our children to try on these different roles – regardless of their assigned gender or assigned sex. I know I am equally thrilled when Lily-Ann dresses up as a cowboy, or tells me how she wants to grow up to play for the Blue Jays as when she wears a tutu and wings to school, announcing that she has decided to be Tinkerbell. We play cars and My Little Ponies.
The point is that children SHOULD be Gender Creative. It shouldn’t be the odd kid out who plays with gender, and finds it fluid and easily adaptable. All children should have the freedom to find themselves without society forcing binary roles onto them. It actually makes me sick to my stomach when I hear a parent tell a child “No, you can’t have that, it’s a girl toy” or “I’m not buying that for you, girls don’t play with action figures.” It’s when the I’m-gonna-fix-the-world me comes out, and I can’t help but do a little educating – and I’m not always as polite as I should be. Oh, I try to be… but there are times when the beastly me comes out, and it’s pretty much always when I see a little kid just being their genuine self, and having that self squashed by a parent who so clearly doesn’t get it.
So, until we get to the point where society is able to allow ALL children to just be children – without forcing gender binaries on them. Until then? I like the term Gender Creative. What a beautiful way to express how all kids should be free to be.
Another fabulous Sunday with the family! Ever since we started setting aside Sundays to do something special with the family they’ve become awfully wonderful. And while it’s not always easy coming up with something we all want to do, AND that sticks within a small budget, it’s worth a little work finding things.
Today we headed down to the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market for some early afternoon treats. Baked goods, home made ice cream, and greenhouse produce – always a hit with our family. Then we hopped in the car and headed out to the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo for an outdoor adventure. Because, let’s face it… taking a four year old and a 17 year old to the zoo together is ALWAYS going to be an adventure. LMAO Especially with Damon and I along for the ride.
We made a snowman (yes, at the zoo). Made a whole row of snow angels. Had an hour long snowball fight (it lasted nearly the entire time we were there). Found a huge branch on the ground buried under the snow and made a bunch of wands from it. We wrote in the snow. Cast spells on one another. And giggled at the baby lion cubs as they climbed on their mother.
That’s right. It’s true. I’m not embarrassed. I’ll own up to it. I totally Gleeked out tonight. Yep. My husband, daughter, and I sooo got our Gleek on.
We’ve got quite a few singing games for the Wii, but our favourites have to be the Karaoke Revolution Glee games. I grew up doing musical theatre, and it never really got out of my blood. If it hadn’t been for the fact that I got sick, my life would have taken a very different path. The stage was my first love, and I openly admit that it still holds sway over my heart today. So when I get the chance to sing with my baby and my baby daddy? I totally take it!
Go get yourself a mic, you can pick up a used one at places that sell pre-owned game equipment for super cheap, and get your bad self a copy of one of the Karaoke Revolution Glee games. Whether or not you watch the show, each game has a great mix of songs, and even if you can’t sing, it’s just fun to belt it out and laugh at yourself for a while.
This afternoon, the wee girlie picked up a pamphlet I had sitting on a side table, and rolled it up like an old fashioned pirate’s scope. She then proceeded to peer through it, and began listing off things she could see. It wasn’t long into this little adventure that she asked (while staring straight at me through her paper spyglass) “Know what I’m looking at Mom?”
I grinned widely at her, and gave her a goofy look.
She continued, “I see blonde hair and blue eyes.”
“Are you looking at me?” I ask, feigning surprise.
“Nope. I’m looking at Daddy.”
“What?!?!” I exclaim. “That sounds like the Mommy to me. Does your Daddy have blonde hair and blue eyes?”
The girlie giggles, knowing full well that her Daddy has dark hair and is the only one of us without blue eyes. “Yes, he does.” She continues, “I see blonde hair and blue eyes.” Still giggling.
“That sounds like Mommy.” I scrinch up my nose, wrinkle my brow, and give her a goofy sideways look.
“Nope. It’s Daddy. He has beautiful lips and pretty skin.”
“What?!?!? Are you SURE that’s your Daddy.”
“Yep. It’s Daddy.”
By now she’s absolutely busting a gut, and I have to admit, despite the fact that we are being completely silly? I’m feeling awfully lucky having a daughter that sees me the way she does. Yep. I’m a pretty Mommy… pretty freakin’ lucky to have her as a daughter.
Spent the morning with the wee girlie. Playing, cuddling, colouring, eating, getting ready for pre-k… Then the afternoon was devoted to Green Party business, including chairing an executive meeting. In the evening we picked up my sister Jewles, and headed off to the library. Following that it was over to my parents for some supper, where we helped my Dad navigate through the maze of uploading media on his Mac and iPod. Put the wee girlie to sleep. Then worked on Christmas presents and played on facebook for a wee bit. Now, laying in bed, girlie beside me, posting on the blog. Whew. LMAO
Tomorrow morning will be much the same (and my favourite part of the day because it’s just me and the girl), in the afternoon I’ve got presents to work on as well as some scrapbooking business to attend to. Then it will be off to my parents place to help decorate the tree. Sooo looking forward to that. Because we’ve just got the tiny half tree that hangs on the wall (will share a picture when we put it up) I really do enjoy helping set up my parents tree. And I’m sure Lily-Ann will too.
Now, I’m going to share a photo of the girlie playing at the library. Then I’ll be playing a bit of Warstorm on FB. And nighty night. LOL Just me and the dogs awake in the dark (Damon is up on the desktop computer).