Just Like Goober

A working suburban mom, a curious baby boy, and a whole lotta life

18 month slideshow January 30, 2012

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We just got all of the photos from Goober’s 18 month shoot and they are oh so wonderful. Here’s a little slideshow because I’m such a proud momma.


Gabe: Christmas 2011 from Bright Shot Photography on Vimeo.

A big thank you to Kara Proehl of Bright Shot Photography. She worked so well with him and the shots are so amazing. He’s growing so fast, I cannot explain how much I appreciate someone who can capture his personality so well. We will cherish these forever.


Pumpkin Time October 14, 2011

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Last weekend we decided to do our annual pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch. We like Rombachs Farms out in Chesterfield, MO because of all the fun activities. They have pony rides, tractor trains, hay rides, a playground, a haunted house, a chicken coop, games, bounce houses, etc. Oh, and pumpkins. LOTS of pumpkins. They have an actual pumpkin patch with GIANT pumpkins if you want to pick your own. Otherwise, all the pumpkins are already picked, sorted by size, and priced. What I love best about Rombachs is all the photo opps. They make these big pumpkin towers with lots of cute Halloween accessories for great family photos.

Or, at least they would be great if a certain someone looked at the camera.

A little better.

The only thing I don’t like is that this place is a little pricey on their pumpkins. I mean, they’re great pumpkins, locally sourced, fairly perfect in size and shape, but I like a good size pumpkin and here they run about $4 for a Goober Head Size, $9 for a Merrsidote Head Size, and $12-$15 for a Hubby Head Size pumpkin. I generally like my porch pumpkins to be Hubby Head Sized or larger, so that’s some serious cash for something that is likely to end up smashed by neighborhood kids. So this year (after learning the hard way last year) we let Goober pick out what we called a “ceremonial pumpkin” for $4 and we will be heading to some Big Box store to purchase the rest of our pumpkin haul. But it is definitely worth the gas to get out here, pumpkins or not, just for the fun of watching Goober run around checking everything out.

merrsidotes’ Pumpkin Patch 2011 set

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A Feminist Issue September 1, 2011

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BlogHer has posted videos of their Voices of the Year community keynote, from the 2011 BlogHer Conference. I was so happy that they did this. I’ve never been to a BlogHer conference, but I’ve seen sporadic YouTube clips from the community keynote from the last several years and the readings never fail to move me.

As I’ve been working my way through these videos, one that really spoke to me was a video created by Annie of PhD in Parenting entitled Covering Up is a Feminist Issue. As a former breastfeeding parent, I felt very strongly about my right to feed my son and my right to do that wherever necessary. When it came to how much skin I exposed, I usually wore a cover up outside of the house, but that was because I preferred not to flash my stretch marked, over inflated chest to the world. Also, Goober was a very distractable eater, so the cover up helped him keep his focus. I didn’t cover up because I thought there was something wrong with breastfeeding. I didn’t cover up because I thought my breasts were dirty or inappropriate. If I forgot my cover up, that never stopped me from feeding my hungry little guy, and I was lucky enough to never receive any flak from a nosy public. My choice to cover myself up was just that, my choice. The idea that women are encouraged to hide themselves or go away in order to feed their child is preposterous. This is why I like this video so much. Thanks Annie.