Monday, August 16, 2010

One week in a toddler bed

You may not have heard much from the Aplins this past week because we
are all a little sleep deprived. Susannah started climbing out of the
pack n play on vacation and the trend continued when we got home and
put her back in her crib. It is pretty strange to wake up and hear "
mama!" and then open the door to your toddler standing in the middle
of her room like some kind of magician.

The toddler bed is cute and somewhat of a pain because she can get in
and out of it at any hour of her choosing. (hence the lack of sleep,
especially at nap time.). I think she's getting used to it though and
even likes it.

She's growing up! It's a transistion for us all.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Dear family and friends,

An online magazine called The Morning News has published a personal essay of mine!  Please check it out at

The profanity decreases dramatically after the first line.

Thanks for your support!


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

We Love Maine. We Love the Chandlers. We Love Rhino.

Summer in Maine is bliss. On Friday, we left the humid smog of the city behind with a quick flight to Portland and a short drive north to Carly and Richard's place in Poland - clean blue lake, green trees and fresh air. Susannah couldn't get enough of the place, especially their dog Quinn and her fellow toddler Orrin.

I have noticed considerable changes in Susannah over the last weeks. Perhaps this is because I haven't spent as much time with her lately, working a lot and being gone to Africa for two weeks. In Maine, and as we moved from Poland to Portland and then further south along the coast to Kennebunkport, I witnessed growth mainly in two areas - speech and defiance. She is putting together more short phrases ("dadda drives" "I need mama" "I need help" "more hot-dog please"...). She has also looks me in the eye while repeatedly disobeying me (e.g. "Susannah don't touch the ants, just watch..," after which she puts both hands on pile of ants and scatters them all over - "bye-bye ants!!". I secretly wished they had bitten her, but for some reason they were merciful).

Regardless, it has been a fantastic trip with amazing weather - cool, blue skies - and we still have a few more days left here in Kennebunkport with its gorgeous coastline (even if it is the home of the progenitor of our late jack-ass-in-chief. Today we drove past the compound, busy with gawking tourists in pastel polos, security cameras and black town cars).

Any-who, back to Poland - below Susannah continues to resist the love of water, which we know she eventually will overcome....

S on the dock with dadda and Scratch Dent.

A popsicle on the dock with mama

Remember a similar shot several years ago? She is slowly liking kayaks more - one stroke at a time.

Chillin on the boat with bff Lauren Hansen!

Driving the boat with Carly - a huge highlight, especially for a girl who is on the fence about boats. Susannah LOVES Carly.

Below: Orrin, Richard and Rhino, the latter an extremely important member of the Chandler family (FYI, Rhino doesn't float).

Orrin and Susannah - bf4ev.

Susannah, Orrin, Carly and Maisy - shhh...night-night.

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