Mar 25, 2012

Stinging Rhododendrons and Sweaty Cheeks

Perfect weather for a lazy Sunday:  75 degrees, a cool sun and magnolia petals sweetening the south breeze.

My rhododendrons woke a month early, luring worker bees with pink fireballs.  




The bumbles made Pigtails a tad nervous, you can see it in her eyes.  Hurry up and take the bloody picture dad, the bees are coming.





After church, we grabbed her good friend T., a bubble wand from the dollar store and 26 plates of CiCi's Pizza.  Then we parked it for 2 hours of tire swings, bubbles and ducks.  





We like to play the name game.  The girls decided to call me Tina today.  They kept giggling and yelling, "Hey Tina, come over here and push us.  I'm thirsty Tina, did you bring any water Tina?"  

I called them both Bucky, they squealed every time.















She laughs now, but will Pigtails be repulsed when I still play "Skeletor, the upside down monkey-like superhero" when she's 14?

















A bubble-pop directly to the eyeball smarts.  Those dollar store bubbles must be a mix of Palmolive, sulphuric acid, and, by the smell of things, pickle juice.  We came up with our own version of Fruit Ninja, bubbles in place of bananas and plastic wands for swords. 

















A couple of random boys from the playground joined us for Frisbee.  Quickly turned into boys against girls keep-away.  I was on the boys' side, we won.




Unloaded a filthy sack of moldy bread on a pile of geese and ducks.  They were reluctant to nibble on it.  I don't blame them, would you eat crusty provisions sprouting blue hair?





 








When the birds ignore you and all else fails, hold up the bread and scream HERE DUCKY, NOW!












The phrase of the day was uttered by her friend.  As we were piling into the hot car after a couple hours of playing, she said:  "Can we get some water now?  I'm hot and have sweaty cheeks.  We all have sweaty cheeks."


-Beard

18 comments:

  1. Anonymous3/26/2012

    What a wonderful day, we had a lovely warm weekend here in England, too. We enjoyed taking the neighbours kids to the park but they are young and grew tired quickly...

    The next day we ate the most delicious chicken, asparagus and prosciutto dinner at lunch time!

    I love Pigtails' face in the first photo, I have a similar expression around bees...

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    1. Chicken, asparagus and prosciutto would hit the spot, we'll stop over for dinner tomorrow.

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  2. Anonymous3/26/2012

    I've read quite a few posts on ur blog mentioning how you don't say negative abt ur ex to ur daughter.
    Than you go on and write that she left u when pigtails was 1, and said you can have her.
    I`m trying hard to appreciate what you do, but your words and actions kinda contradict.
    I do not mean to be rude, I just want you to watch out for what you write in your blogs.

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    1. I don't think one post explaining the sequence of events on how Beard became a single parent really denotes negative comments about his ex....

      I personally don't believe I've read a bad word on this blog about Pigtails' mother, saying she left when Pigtails was 1 is more of a documentation expressing how things unfolded. Despite this nit-picking you appear to be doing, you don't know if Beard allows Pigtails to read the blog anyway.

      P.S. I'd love to see your 'Blog Police' badge which gives you the right to tell someone what they can and cannot write in their blog..

      I do not mean to be rude, I just want you to watch out for what you write in your comments.

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    2. Anonymous3/26/2012

      Guess you are only thinking about this from beard's point of view, I was thinking about it from pigtails point of view. How will she feel if she finds out her mother left her when she was 1? She will def feel negative towards her, something that beard does not want her to feel.

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    3. @Anon - Pigtails is quite aware I've been raising her alone since she was a baby. She asks questions, so I feed her age-appropriate answers. Giving her simple but high level facts is not going negative on my ex, it's being truthful.

      I'm pretty sure this post never mentioned my ex. And say it with me, "your", not "ur."

      @Annie - Nice! You offer up a good idea, I need to make some Blog Police Badges to mail out to my "ur" comment friends.

      @Anon - My daughter loves, not resents her mother.

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  3. That last photo of the barn on the hill is FABULOUS! Well done!

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    1. The girls wanted to roll down the hill in front of the barn, but the whole area was land mined with goose poop. Thankfully, they shut it down and abandoned ship on the skat-roll.

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  4. Well Tina, it looks like everyone had a great time!

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    1. For sure! We slept like logs last night, and Pigtails is dragging this afternoon after her first day back to school after spring break.

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    1. If the weather holds next weekend, I think we'll do it all over again. With more ice-cream next time. Buy 1, get 1 DQ Blizzard for $.99.

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  6. New reader here ... love your blog and writing... and can see/read that you are a wonderful dad to pigtails! You would have my vote for dad of the year!

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  7. I was raised by my father and believe it is the reason I married a man, who much like my father, is an amazing dad. Parenting is hard. You do what you think best at the time. It's all you can do, and LOVE THEM LIKE CRAZY. Best of luck to you and your family.

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  8. My two younger siblings and I were raised by a single dad and these pics of you guys at the park sure bring back some fond memories. :) Spring is finally here in Virginia and the hubbs and I are enjoying more weekends at the park and nearby beaches with our toddler, but the pollen is wrecking havoc on my allergies!

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  9. Lovely blog and lovely life. May you and your daughter be blessed with healtha dn happiness always. Enjoyed your blog so much. Keep writing. You are an amazing dad and person.

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  10. Beautiful pictures!-vick

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  11. I am thirty now and was raised by my father until I was ten. I have the best memories of days like this and still think back on them. Reading this brings good memories of fun stuff(and I still feed ducks moldy bread too, shouting if they don't come whenthey are called! :).

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