Sunday, June 29, 2014

On Strollers, Mini Buses and Dora's Yellow Socks

It's Sunday, which means it's time for some questions and some outfits!

1. How often do you take public transportation?

Not at all these days.  We are a one car family though, so when we need to go somewhere and Paul isn't here I load the kids in the super stroller and we walk:

Sadie usually walks most of the way, but on walks that are say... three plus miles,
she usually starts to get tired and then I'm thankful for the "extra" seat.
Most of the places I've lived in the US haven't had great networks of public transportation and so, outside of taking BART into San Francisco in college, I have never used it much.

Which means that usually when I think of public transportation I think of my semester at University of Cape Town which involved taking a couple of "mini buses" to get from the house we lived in to school.  This usually involved cramming about 16 people into a van made to hold far less than that amount, while speeding along with a man hanging out the window yelling the bus's destination and looking for more passengers to squeeze in (one of these days I'll have to tell the story of the time my roommates forgot to pick me up from a rugby game and I had to take a mini bus home at night {a no no} and ended up having a guy pick me up and throw me over his shoulder before I managed to fight him off and get away).

When my parents visited they didn't rent a car the first day because they knew I used the buses to get around and had been fine.  After the first day in which the driver pulled out a milk crate for my dad to sit on while we careened through the city, and I counted back change for the driver since his assistant wasn't there, they were ready to try driving on the wrong side of the road in a rental.

2. How many cousins do you have?

Between my parents combined six siblings I have 12 first cousins scattered from one coast to the other.  We've always lived fairly far apart though, so usually at least a couple of years passes before we see each other.

3. Have you ever fired a gun?


4. Do you ride roller coasters?

When I'm not pregnant!

So that answer came to mind because there's a Walt Disney World photo contest that Sadie and I entered with this photo:

And even though there's probably a one in million chance that we'll actually win the seven night stay at Walt Disney World I found myself thinking "and I'll be pregnant again!  And won't be able to go on any of my favorite rides!"

Likely because the last time I was waddling around the Magic Kingdom (before we moved out of the Florida and lost our resident's passes...) I looked like this, which pretty much meant that all the fun rides, which Sadie has been big enough to ride since she was three, were out of the question:

...which meant no fun rides for me!

This picture also happens to be at 24 weeks, which is what I am right now and makes
me feel slightly less abnormal about looking basically full term at this point.
5. What's your favorite flower?

I was going to say something like daisies, but since a new flower store has opened at the end of our street Sadie has been insisting that my favorite flower is roses, every single time she glances over and sees the sign for flowers in the window.  And her reaction to my answer of daisies was that it was ridiculous and obviously my real favorite is roses (preferably pink roses, I think).  So to dodge the outrage of a certain someone intent on buying roses we just won't mention the whole daisy thing, okay?

Sadie in a dress covered with what might be my favorite flower,
which was my very first experimental sewing project when
I started to teach myself how to sew clothing.

6. Are you allergic to anything?

I'm really allergic to penicillin and sulfa.  It's not pretty.  At all.

Once during the time when I worked in an aquarium store I was treating a fish tank (at home) with sulfa because the fish were sick and I reached my hand in to adjust something and suddenly there were hives rapidly climbing up my arm.  That's when I began to realize that the allergy really bad and not just when I took the medicine orally.  So I steer clear and can't handle the stuff at all.

And every time I have anything with aspartame I start to slur my words, half of my body goes numb, I act like I'm drunk and I have a migraine to beat all other migraines.  Not sure if that's an allergy or what but... I'm pretty paranoid about checking for aspartame in anything that might potentially have it. And I'm not a fan of all the new names they're selling it under.  I'm just thankful that so far there's still a PKU warning on products that contain it... so I'm always on the lookout for that.

Now on a totally different note, I did manage to snap a few pictures this morning after Mass for WIWS.

I'll start with Patch who wore the only pair of pants that stays around his waist without his little snappy belt thing (which I put in a "safe" place where I'd always be able to find it and... you guessed it... now can't find it...).  He was a handful during Mass but when Paul whispered to him "Boomer... you be good to Mommy!" he responded with "mmmmkay...." and was better for approximately five minutes:

He did spend a good deal of time giving Mae's monkey backpack kisses:

Mae wore the only piece of clothing that she wants to wear these days.  I'm hoping to steal it away at bath time tonight to wash it again... because she pretty much wants to be in this 24/7 and I have to be stealthy to sneak it downstairs.

She spent Mass in Paul's arms saying the word:  "yellow" over and over and over again.  I think it's because she played with that Dora doll in the picture so much that the yellow socks have now worn off.  When I told Paul after Mass that that was my theory I was rewarded with a huge smile and more talk of the missing yellow socks on the way home in the car:

Sadie wore her new favorite outfit and a pair of shoes that her sister picked out for her and insisted she wear.  While Sadie was putting them on Maggie stood next to her and squealed "Come on!!!!  Come on!  Come on!!!!" impatiently because apparently her sister was not moving quickly enough for her:

I wore a dress from Thred Up that I bought before finding out I was pregnant and that I had completely forgotten about!  And that is our Sunday so far!

For more WIWS head over to FLAP!  To join in the Answer Me This fun join Kendra at Catholic All Year!


  1. Cam, you look lovely and your little ones are adorable. Your girls are in the same kind of skirts by girls would wear every day if they could.

  2. You look great, Cam. Yay for ThredUp finds! And that stroller looks amazing- I looked into the brand more after you posted about it initially and never knew they made strollers w/ so many seats! Awesome!

  3. Sadie looks like Lynk from the Legend of Zelda...


  4. You guys must have looked adorable all together in the ruffles!


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