Friday, June 15, 2007

Would curmudgeonly be too strong a word?

We interrupt the usual tales of ruffle bottom bathing suit clad little girls prancing through sprinklers and tender moonlit post-bedtime story moments to make a requested correction. I have this friend who has become very dear to our family.

He delights the girls

He supports Sean (3rd row, 3rd one over)

He counsels me. He also pushes me.

Lately I have taken to pushing back, which I think to him signals the true arrival to that elusive place where friendship lives, like Elvis up on the hill in his shady spot. Comfortable, safe, and with the freedom to do as we please.

"Put up some pictures. You gotta have impact. They want to know you." He argued.

"We did. There are pictures up top. We just redesigned everything with more pictures," I spat

"Not big enough. Can't see you." He parried.

If I were a different kind of girl I would have stamped my foot, instead, I'm here at the computer some twenty minutes post exchange uploading photos. Chagrined.

Here are the pictures, somehow I am confident that he'll find a way to say I should have done it another way. But this is me. He did say he was taking photography lessons, perhaps I can get him to snap the shot.

Waiting for Avery - Sean took this days before she was born.

Briar's first trip west.

My first visit to the Washington County Fair, it was there that Briar had her first and last taste of soft-serve ice cream. Blame it on my Eugene, Oregon upbringing, once is enough.

In our front yard a few days ago. The idea had been to blow bubbles, it quickly turned into a slap the wand and smear mom's face in slimy bubble solution.

What do you think? Feel like you have a better sense of me?

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Colleen said...

I have to say... yes! I did always wish that little teeny tiny picture up there was bigger. Love the last picture especially. You have such fun with your girls!

flutter said...

Oh the pregnant picture stole my breath. What a beautiful life you have

Raeanne J. Wright said...

WOW. I just got your comment (that was almost a month ago - I am still getting used to this blogging thing) and I have to admit that I have been admiring Tumble Dry since Jon first told me to post your link on his LINKS page. It is quite impressive, and I felt I had to comment on your posting about our mutual friend, Mr. Katz. He is one remarkable person, with so much encouragement and wisdom for the friends he finds himself. He has also been pushing me lately, and you seem to share my reluctant acquiesce... I love the photos, they really do speak loudly and clearly.

Thank you for your kind words. You didn't blow anything by commenting... in fact I am encouraged to keep it up.


Damselfly said...

I love the belly shot. I love the new look. I love the rolling hills with homes in the distance. The border collie. All wonderful!

In the Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Yep! Lovely.

Joy, of course! said...

Wow! The pregnancy picture of you is gorgeous...breathtaking. How brave of you. I LOVE to see pictures of the people that write blogs and their families. It does help me to feel more connected to them.

Also, the place where you live looks like heaven. Green and rolling and like a scene from a movie. You have beauty all around you.

Cate said...

Oh oh oh! I'm so happy to see pictures ofyou! Don't get eme wrong...I L-O-V-E seeing pics of the girls...but it's so nice to put a face to the writing! Wonderful! Please keep it up! are absolutely beautiful! I can see where the girlies get it!

kd said...

regardless of the fact that i want to be totally original and unique from the rest...sadly, i am in agreement: it is nice to 'see' you in a different way. i think we get to see you through your writing, but i am in agreement with the wise man who brings out your inner curmudgeon!

Kelly said...

Well, now I know what I already suspected: that you're as beautiful on the outside as you are inside.

Momma Bean said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful family.
And, I've been slapped with the bubble want many times myself. It's worth it to be both sticky and slick to see them giggle at the faces I make when that happens.

By the way, you have such a way with words that it makes me envious.