Monday, May 4, 2009

Nightshirts

While getting ready for bed a few nights ago, Hannah decided all her pajamas (hereafter referred to as P.J.s 'cause that's what we call them) were too warm and she couldn't possibly wear them on such a hot night. For the record, the temperature inside the house was probably no more than 74 degrees.

If I'd been home, I probably would have told her to get over it and put some P.J.s on. NOW.

But, as her luck would have it, I'd escaped to the grocery store and left Ryan in charge of baths and bed. Ryan decided to solve the P.J. dilemma by letting Hannah and Emma wear two of his T-shirts to bed.
Oh my goodness, if we'd gone to the store and bought them brand new P.J.s they wouldn't have been happier.

Ryan snapped these pictures before tucking them into bed.

When I came home later that night, Ryan didn't tell me about the T-shirts. He just said the girls were waiting for kisses before they went to sleep. I went upstairs and, though I found both girls in their beds, they couldn't have been more awake. Emma was shaking with excitement, "Mommy, Daddy let us wear his shirts to bed!!" Hannah, who had her face tucked into the neck of her shirt said, "Wow! I can see my whole body!"

Back downstairs, Ryan was pretty proud of himself. Not only were all three girls in bed, but they were happy! No one was crying, screaming for some water, complaining about her sister talking so she couldn't sleep, asking to use the bathroom, or any other sort of sleep-avoidance technique. To top it off, he told me he'd taken some pictures of the girls in their "nightshirts." "You might want to take some more pictures though," he said, "because you'd probably take better ones." I don't know. I think he got some pretty good shots.

Field Trip

I've always loved field trips. When I was in elementary school, we'd ride the county's Metro buses into downtown Seattle to visit cool museums and fortune cookie factories. Don't ask what educational value a fortune cookie factory has. It was fun and that's all that mattered to me.

Last week, Emma's preschool class had a field trip to a park that sits on Lake Washington. Her class is currently studying ponds and wetlands so we walked along the park's waterfront trail, noting any interesting wildlife or pondlife (is that a word?). It was a beautiful day. It's days like that one that make all the rainy and overcast days bearable.
See what I mean?
Here's Emma looking into a little inlet off the lake. There wasn't much in the wetlands, but we did see an eagle flying overhead.
Before our walk began, Emma's teacher said we might see turtles along the water. I quickly dismissed this because I've walked this trail many times and never once seen a turtle. Bunnies, ducks, geese, various birds, and fish? Yes. Turtles? No.
During our wildlife walk I learned an important lesson: never think you know more than a preschool teacher who's been doing the same field trip for almost 20 years. Sure enough, we saw turtles and they were so cool!
Here's one turtle sunning himself on the end of an old log!
Now, it should be known that I usually don't take pictures of two things: scenery and wildlife. Why? Because I'm not a photographer, that's why. The pictures I take don't end up looking like anything interesting and because scenery and wildlife pictures, in my opinion, are usually boring. Seriously, how many times have you been looking through someone's vacation pictures and it's so fun, but then you get to the nobody's-in-them beach, sunset, trees, mountains, etc pictures and you lose interest and quickly flip through until you find more pictures with humans in them? Hmmmmm? Maybe I'm the only one. But I doubt it.
But this turtle forced me to set aside my old ways. Isn't he cute? The only thing cuter than him was his buddy who was swimming like crazy (picture a turtle doing the dog paddle) trying to get out to the log. At first we thought Swimmer Turtle was just a stick jutting out of the water. After careful observation we noticed that he was moving against the current, making progress toward the log. Amazing. Eventually he got to the log so he and the other turtle could hang out.


Two peas in a pod. Two turtles on a log.

Further evidence as to why I'm not a wildlife photographer. I'm not good at it! But I also wanted to show Lake Washington with South Seattle in the background. There is a method to my madness.