Saturday, August 4, 2007


by Carrien at She Laughs at the Days
Posted on August 3, 2007

We almost didn’t go to the beach today. Even though we decided that for the summer Thursdays would be beach days, even though we usually meet friends and make a day of it, we almost didn’t make it. Our friends didn’t come, for one reason or another, and I was ready to cancel because the Baby didn’t go back to sleep until 5am, and she had woken up just as I was going to bed. I just wanted to stay in bed. The Boy also didn’t want to go. For whatever reason he began announcing that he just wanted to stay home. We almost didn’t go.

We almost didn’t spend a lazy afternoon near the waves in the perfect weather, hot sun, cool breeze, and just a touch chilly if we sat too long in the shade. The girl almost missed out on sitting in a sand throne, made just for her near her princess castle, by her aunt, uncle, and brother. She almost didn’t recline regally watching the waves and surveying her faithful and devoted subjects. Read More...


by bon at
Posted on August 4, 2007

i have been watching Oscar play with little boys these past few weeks. the majority of the babies he’s known and interacted with on any regular basis since his birth - among friends, at the sitter’s - have been girls, and most are within a month or two of his own age. but the summer and all the visitors have brought boys. slightly older boys, born in late 2004 or 2005, most of them. just slimming out past the toddler stage, words beginning to tumble from their mouths in complexities my own boy watches with wonder, and puzzlement.

Oscar seems to like these older creatures, these running, laughing, jumping, talking boys. he tries to emulate them, ranging further afield across the lawn as they do…studying their toys and their movements, trying to take some for his own. he is open and friendly, if sometimes oblivious to their rights of possession, but he’s surprised me with how willing he’s been to share with them, to offer them his treasures, his favourite books and bath squishies, to court their favour. Read more...

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Bees and Dying

by Deb at Tired Mummy
Posted on August 1, 2007

I was working out in my garden this afternoon, cutting off the dead flowers, pulling weeds, watering. It's only August first but it feels late in the year already. Last night was cold here and it was a reminder that fall isn't that far away. We have a beehive in our garage. We generally tend to ignore each other, the bees and the people but it's hard to do that sometimes. As the days start to get shorter and the nights get cooler the bees start dying. There was a bee walking in circles on the driveway today, unable to fly but still trying to get home. Eventually there will be a line of their dead bodies leading out from the hive, scattered across the sidewalk and lawn, all of them heading home in a line, dying in mid flight. It makes me sad to see so many of them dead and yet I know it is the way, all things die. Read More...

WikiHow Did I Ever Get Along Without You?

by Betsy at Gray Matter Matters
posted on Monday , July 23, 2007

If there’s one thing I’ve been wondering it’s “How to Survive a Freestyle Rap Battle.”

You have no idea how many occasions arise when I need to throw down with another mom and give her a good “schooling.”

Thank God for WikiHow. This site offers advice on how to do just about everything.

Here are some real (and oddly specific) examples of information you now have at your fingertips:

How to make a citizen’s arrest