I met a little girl named Chardonnay yesterday. She was five years old and not in school- didn’t feel like going.  I would say that her name will be a hindrance but I’m afraid it’s her parents that are doing her more harm.  I KNOW that sounds awfully judgemental.  At five she’s already skipping school. If she had made a huge fuss and the parents just gave in because it was becoming unbearable then she should have stayed home- no TV, no toys, NO FUN.  She should NOT be having a grand old time at the park.  What kid wouldn’t be up for that deal- no school we’ll go to the park instead.  OK, I’ll get off my judgemental high horse now. 

We did have a great time at the park.  I took some brilliant photos of Caitlin, Noah and Squidge.  You can check it out on my flickr site.  If you want to see all of them just email me and I’ll add you as a friend. 

 I spoke to my mom last night.  She just got back from her trip to the Azores.  She received some bad news when she got home, my cousin Gina is in ICU w/severe abdominal pain and is on morphine for the pain.  I’m worried for her.  I have fond fond memories of playing w/ my cousins.  We were very close in age, we lived on the same street or one over and well they are my friends.  I don’t have a big circle of friends what I do have is family that I consider my friends.  Gina is 6 months younger than I am and her son is 6 months younger than Squidge.  We both found that funny and it pleased us.  I hope she is fine, I pray that she will recover from whatever is wrong, I love her dearly and just wanted to let everyone know that I’m thinking about her. 


  1. October 11, 2007 /

    I LOVE the strawberry sweater set. Adorable!

  2. byrney
    October 11, 2007 /

    Hope your cousin Gina gets better soon.
    We had fun too, and good job we agree on the you WILL go to school front!!
    Those pics are cool, I’ve downloaded a couple.

  3. Wendy
    October 12, 2007 /

    Ahh… Chardonnay’s parents need to lay off the bottle:) Send that girl to school already!!! It’s a baaad habit to get into.

  4. maria
    October 12, 2007 /

    (hugs)) about your cousin. It makes it much worse to be far.

    That sweater set and that expression just make me smile! Reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake gone modern!! Yay Squidge!!

    Why aren’t parents evil like our parents’ generation were? ‘-) They had power!! and we would NEVER even consider ‘I don’t want to’ as a valid excuse for anyting really..

  5. October 12, 2007 /

    in three parts:

    Parents like those of Chardonnay drive me NUTS.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that strawberry hat and sweater set. K has an apple hat like that but it was for when she was a tiny little bit. She still tries to wear it for dress up but to no avail.

    I am so sorry for your cousins pain. I’ll think of her and you.

  6. maryann
    October 12, 2007 /

    I live in NB and had no idea about Gina. I hope she is okay. Also- the sweater looks so cute on her… perhaps she needs another for when she is a bit older. I’m going to see what I can do.. maybe a watermelon this time??

  7. Liliana
    October 13, 2007 /

    how are you Esme and wal hope every body is doing good Gina is out of the hospital love tia Liliana

  8. Sybil Law
    October 13, 2007 /

    WHAT? A kid named Chardonnay?! What kind of asshat names their kid Chardonnay?! Oh – the same sort of asshat who lets their 5 year old Chardonnay not go to school because she was throwing a fit. People never cease to amaze me with their stupidity!
    But those pictures are so, sooo cute and that sweater set is perfection!

  9. byrney
    October 13, 2007 /

    I just had a thought…we’ve forgotten all about Chardonnay’s twin sister..who is nameless because their speech was so bad we couldn’t figure out what on earth she said!! So all that bad parenting is doubled!!

  10. October 14, 2007 /

    What a sweet sweater and hat!!! Don’t outgrow it too soon, Squidge!

    I hope your cousin is feeling better and that the pain is figured out. It sounds awful 🙁

  11. October 17, 2007 /

    That strawberry outfit is the total cutest thing! She is so adorable!