Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Day at SOWA

Our second time at SOWA open market this summer-a great place to go for food and shopping Sundays in Boston. This time, it was not only was it a family affair-with Adrian, Mira & Max offering an extraordinary amount of help- it was a friendly affair as well! Thanks to everyone who came to visit us-it made the day! I especially appreciate all the little babies that came to visit on what turned out to be a pretty hot day. (I thought it was going to be pleasantly mild, and dressed Max in a layered look, only to strip him down to a T-shirt and diaper by 11am.)
I brought out some new Sun Hats, Children Aviator Hats, and a couple of old classics. The cotton helmet style hats are still a favorite of mine. I changed up my tent set up to give Amira a little more room to play-may not seem like a great business decision, but worked very well. Saw a few familiar vendors: Pier43, Nancy's Gone Green, Edie & Fin. Ate at Clover food truck. Cut our breakdown time in half. All and all, a good day out.
And now I am going to shift gears to fall items. I have so many ideas-its just a matter of getting them done! Just have to do it!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Amira's Birthday: #3!

We had a family party to celebrate Amira turning 3 (3!).
I can hardly believe she is 3!
So we made cupcakes with blue frosting per her request. Hung streamers. Amira wore her party hat for a little while.
And we sung "Happy Birthday," blew out her candle, and opened presents.
Amira loves getting presents-of course-who doesn't? During bath time, she wraps up her toys in wash clothes, and says "Mommy, I have a present for you."
She is just such a sweetheart-when she wants to be! How wonderful she has made the last three years.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Rainy Summer Days

 Summer is: Play Time, Draw Time, Baby Time.

And on rainy days, play time means lego time.

And I love playing legos. I was the kid who still played legos as a teen, and was super excited to get the really large models.

When I was a kid there were no pink legos. I know that some people view these girl legos as gendered, and therefore sexist is some way. They certainly are gendered. But I am thrilled that there is a conscious effort on the part of lego to branch out to a girly product line. I was a girl who loved to build, but I wasn't into comic books or pirates for that matter. But if I wanted to play legos, I had to play with those traditionally boy themes. (My daughter seems to like batman as much as princesses.)
I actually love the pastel lego color scheme out now, I like the bunnies, and flowers, I like Snow White, and her little chairs. And I like that my daughter as an easy entrance into a traditionally boy play item.
I have to add, that generally speaking, having a girl has made me appreciate all things girly a little bit more. In my young adulthood, I think I thought "girly" was lame somehow.  But as a parent to a girl, I want her to be confident to like whatever it is she likes. If that means she wants to be a princess one day-fine. It also sometimes means having to watch a bunch of Spiderman cartoons (ehh). I want to let her express herself. And what this will result in is her playing with pink, red, blue and light blue legos, with princesses and with Buzz and Woody, and her brother to follow.