Monday, September 26, 2011

Goodbye Summer, and Thank you



Hello, Beth here.  So Susannah had a rock'n'roll summer.  She went to Chattanooga, Florida, Maine, Cape Cod and Quebec.  She had visits from Papa, Moonpie and Anne Louise.  She learned to ride a tricycle with Buzzy and Shay Shay and she picked blueberries with Jill.  She went to the Bronx Zoo, the Natural History Museum, the Prospect Park Carousel, and playgrounds all up and down this fair city, from the Upper East Side to the South Street Seaport.  Girlfriend got around.

Her allergist said she was still allergic to a bunch of things, but she eats butter by the forkful.  Her kidney doctor said her kidneys looked better than ever.  Hurrah!  She turned three.  She started potty training.  She knows all the words to Chattanooga Choo-Choo.  She now throws things on the ground (or at the person next to her) whenever she doesn't get her way.  Girlfriend got feisty.

She gained four pounds in four months.  There's a friendly dragon that lives in her room, and a worm and caterpillar and sometimes a snake, and they must all be removed before she can go to sleep.  She told someone on the elevator in our building that she had a baby sister and the baby sister's name was "Emma the Cat."  Folks, you can't make this stuff up.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Susannah Takes Canada by Storm

The Aplins made it out of the country as a family for the first time, barely. After being reassured by Delta that we could get our child out of the country with only a birth certificate and not a passport, we were stopped at JFK on 9/11 and told that everyone needs a passport to travel to Canada. By air, that is. So we rerouted through Burlington, VT, rented a car and easily passed through the border to the land of maple leaves. We didn't get to visit Montreal as we had planned, but we did get to check out Burlington - quite nice - and enjoy a pleasant, quick and easy road trip up to North Hatley, Quebec, where Papa and Jill awaited. Toddler shenanigans ensued. Below, S struts her stuff in the garden of the house that Papa and Jill rented for the week.

In front of the house, next to Lake Massawippi

Joking around with Papa

Committed to the playground, no matter where we go.

Paddlin around with Dad.

In front of the "Blue House" with Papa and Jill.

The part of her favorite dance where she orders everyone to "go crazy! go crazy!"