get your cat in the game

Can anyone explain High School Musical to me? The kids today—they eat it up. They love it. I’ve watched 20 minutes of it and I’ll admit that it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. By that I mean that during those 20 minutes I didn’t develop an overwhelming desire to end Zac Ephron’s life.

No, it wasn’t bad. Well, it wasn’t terrible. The songs were catchy and the acting was ok. It was just so… earnest. And theatrical.

I’m from the Nirvana generation. When I was a kid, we mocked earnest, theatrical things. We made sarcastic remarks about them. Apparently, today’s kids delight in earnest, theatrical things. Millions of times. And then buy their earnest, theatrical merchandise. What happened?

Kurt Cobain would be so tormented about this.

In case you’re interested, here’s the original song that Nezzie’s singing in the video:


happy birthday gwen!

Our baby is ONE! I cannot believe how quickly this year has passed. Gwenie has been, and continues to be, such a good and mellow baby. That is, until we go to church and she turns into an oily octopus.

And I must say, she is so cute. She occasionally folds her little hands during the prayer, says “hi” and “cat-cat” when she sees Finlo, and she loves to push noses to get them to beep.

She is getting better and faster at following Inez around. And I really enjoy watching Gwen watch Nezzie and also see them interact. It melts my heart to watch them play, hug, kiss and laugh. The song “Sisters” from White Christmas often runs through my mind when I am watching them together, and now that I thought about that song again it’s stuck in my head.

And even though she can’t (or maybe just refuses to) say anything remotely close to “Mama,” I just love her so much.

Here are a few glimpses of our year with our Gwenie girl.

monday morning movie

several small steps

curly girl

So here’s Gwen’s little post-bath baby ‘fro.

And here is normal hair, that has started to curl behind her ears and in the back.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for curly hair.

the cat’s meow

I have never seen a baby move as fast as Gwen does when she sees our cat. As soon as she spots him, she immediately starts pumping her arms and legs as fast as her little frame can handle without exploding. Her smile will suddenly grow wide as she squeals in delight. All the muscles in her body flex and her little hands ball into fists. She stares at him in awe—like we might gawk at a celebrity.

It is the most entertaining, endearing sight. It’s amazing to watch her pure little human self explode with such powerful emotions.

This is why we have we have kids (and cats) in the first place, right?

lips and legs

Our very own little Liv Tyler (the lips)

has two top teeth broken through (number three came through a few days ago).

Gwen’s favorite thing to do is to crawl over to these steps,

get up on the first one,

and then turn around to sit on the bottom one.

Then she stands up

and sits down

and stands up

and sits down.

And she repeats it. Again and again and again and again and again and again…

I should also mention that at every possible moment she is waving her arms with extreme excitement

a different milestone

So I walked into the living room today and found Gwen trying to climb up the slide.
It is so strange to think that it was only three and a half weeks ago when I found her standing in her crib for the first time.

another milestone

This is what I found when I went in to get her after her nap.

Standing up all by herself.

And these pictures are actually from July 20th, but had been taken on a different camera and I finally just dumped them onto my computer. But now she pulls up to anything that is standing still and cruises quite easily. She has also conquered the couch pillow blockades that I have set up. I fear that we are heading for the days of heavy duty baby-proofing.
Ugh and hooray.