Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Abigail Got a New Shirt!

Now, THIS post should finally bring me some comments :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

School Photos: 3 Yrs Old

I scanned these off of an odd cardstock so it didn't come out very well at all. If you click on the picture, it'll explode into a bigger one that's at least a little better.

Favourite Toys

This was my all-time favourite toy: the A La Cart Kitchen. I BEGGED for this for Christmas & played with it for years (years past it's age group too).
And, what's really funny is that I'd been "sold" by this TV ad, haha:

Memoirs of a Geisha

I just finished this book. It has been on my shelf for probably 10 years (since it was a BIG best-seller that one year). I just never got around to reading it. So I read it in the last month. Halfway through it got soaked in a leaking bottle of sunscreen so it had crunchy pages. It swelled to double the size and really looks like it's been through a war zone.

As for the story, it was ... OK. It started out really good - I loved the detailed Japanese history, the landscape, the characters, and the setting up of a young girls early tragedies. But, as she got older, well, it felt too predictable, too romanticised and ultimately, unbelievable. This is a habit of a lot of English people - we just can't watch movies or read books if they're based on fantasy, or they're too glorified, or too 'over the top'. We are turned off the minute we read the part that has us thinking "THAT would never happen in real life". And that's what happened with this book for me. It got a little ... sappy & obvious. If you know what I mean by all that.

I finished it though. I had invested enough in this character to see where she ended up. But I had lost real feeling for her story. Shame, because I got a lot out of the great picture of Japanese life that was portrayed. I loved the descriptive passages on exactly how a geisha dresses, and trains for her role at school, and how life in her okiya was. I could picture Gion at this time. But an important level of emotion, for me, was just not quite there.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Crayon Party

As mentioned on this Blog this time last year, I LOVE party themes. I like to pick something that really captures the year the child has had. For year 1, we did Baby Einstein because she loved those DVDs and the caterpillar. Last year was ice-cream cones. And this year we chose crayons because she loves to colour.

So, here we are waiting for friends to arrive:

We had the kiddie-pool out in the backyard, which this age group love:

Dancing after swimming - what a party!

And, you might not believe this but in only five hours on a Friday night, Jake & I turned this pile of ingredients:

.... into this box of crayons cake!
It was the talk of the party!

The next morning over breakfast she opened this pile of presents (do you see the 2 giraffes!)?

And she was quite shy in trying on her first princess jewelry:

Wonderful presents, wonderful friends & family, wonderful party, wonderful little girl. Happy 3rd Birthday Sweetheart!

Abigail turns THREE

Yes, last week the mini-Madonna turned THREE. Not so mini anymore! Here she is at school having cupcakes with all her friends:

And here she is at home that night, her actual birthday the 23rd, having birthday cake: