The twins were supposed to get their 5-year portraits done this afternoon, but Edward got SIX mosquito bites on his forehead a few days ago and they still look bad today so I called and canceled. My late mother-in-law used to tell over and over again (seriously, EVERY VISIT) a story of when Preschooler Paul had a huge forehead scrape/lump but her pinehole husband wouldn't let her reschedule the portrait, saying in his Superior Pinehole Voice "That's what he looks like today. That is what he looks like today." She told this story ADMIRINGLY, often ending with, "And he was right! That WAS what he looked like that day!"
Well, YES, but I am not trying to CAPTURE THE MOMENT here, I am trying to capture a YEAR, and he did NOT have an enormous forehead situation ALL YEAR! If he HAD had it all year, I would GLADLY have it photographed! But I am not trying to document "The Mosquito-Bite Forehead of June 14-17, 2010" in this session. It is "Age Five" I am trying to document. AGE FIVE.
And I wonder why his forehead would be so particularly delicious to mosquitoes? Although actually, he says it's SPIDER bites, and if he's right I don't want to know, I really don't. I am just going to keep saying MOSQUITO BITES, and I'm not going over to the part of the yard they've been playing in. And if you think I'm going to Google "spider bites" to see what they look like, you've gone slap out of your mind.
So! Speaking of this morning, our neighbor was mowing the lawn at 7:15. This shouldn't annoy me, since we're all up by then and so it doesn't affect me at all. But our neighbor doesn't know that, and so it annoys me IN THEORY. Do you have stuff like this, where you're NOT annoyed and yet you also ARE annoyed because you COULD BE legitimately annoyed, even though as it happens you're NOT? I seem to always be talking myself through these things. "We can't even HEAR the loud party from this side of our house AND it's not waking up any of the kids, so there is NO REASON to be annoyed." "I don't even really need to get in touch with him so it's no big deal that I can't."
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...