We're now so far into 2012 that this is bordering on the ridiculous, but nevertheless, I bring you 2011 in Photographs --- Part the Second!
I'm currently huddled beneath my butter-yellow flannel sheets with both my space heater and my humidifier going full blast, so you can probably see why this photo is so appealing right now. I love every season in its turn, but with every passing year winter's turn seems a little longer and less tolerable. By the beginning of March I can't step outside without feeling a little lift in my heart, right before my hopes are dashed when the winter air freezes my nose hairs off. I'd get discouraged, but I know that sooner or later I'll be rewarded with a warm, earthy, wet whiff of Spring! I've got a phone full of photos capturing my early Springtime discoveries, but I think this one is my favourite. The light is so bright and hopeful and buttery ---- just like the flannel sheets I'm hibernating in. Sigh.
This month's photo just squeaked in under the wire for May. May I present to you, 5 of the 10 toes of the erstwhile Squidgy, Mr. Gavin Gaunt! You might remember him from the bump he made in February's photo entry. Gavin is the progeny of two of my closest friends: Momma Julia, who tirelessly dealt with my many questions and forgave me for consistently greeting her bump first whenever we got together; and Papa Robin, who has endured our endless oogling and googling with good grace and turned into one hell of a daddy (and one-handed video game player!). Many of my dear friends and family have already had beautiful, sweet babies that I love with all of my heart, but having spent SO much time with Gavin prenatally made the whole process wonderfully and terrifyingly real to me for the first time. This little foot kicked me before it had even met me, and now it kicks me when I'm trying to stuff him into his jammies after his bath. WHA--?!
Speaking of the Gaunt-Rannalas (I have other friends, I swear!), one of my most favoritest yearly traditions is two-four weekend at the Rannala cottage. We eat, we drink, we collect shells and skip rocks and build roaring 2-storey bonfires. We listen to music, we make music, we draw and laugh and dash out of the steamy sauna to plunge breathless and laughing into the icy chill of the lake. It's glorious.
Amusingly, little Gavin chose to make his entrance on -- you guessed it! -- May 24th EXACTLY, which meant a slight postponement of the trip to the end of June. That's the great thing about this tradition, though --- the date might change, the cast of characters might change, but every year we carve out some time to come together, relax, and try to forget about the outside world. Or, in the case of our nerdiest participants, try to dominate the outside world with plastic soldiers and a keg of Golden Horseshoe!
In keeping with my new stick-to-it spirit, stay tuned for Part Three!: In which I wait for Godot, become a crystalline entity and dwell in the land of giants!