Guess what tomorrow is? It’s Story’s BIRTHDAY!!! Story is going to be One Year Old tomorrow. Where did the time go? The summer months have FLOWN by here in Maine and I have so much catching up to do it is a little overwhelming. So I will take it one pinkie toe at a time and just stop in to say HELLO, and promise I will come back to update tomorrow after Story’s big Birthday celebration.

Oh, and we’re buying a new house tomorrow, Mom and Dad seem pretty worked up over that, but really, it pales next to the BIG OH-ONE for my girl Story!

later, xoxo

Have you seen April? ‘Cuz I tew-tally missed it when it was here, and now it’s GONE!

Well as usual we’ve been busy here at the Strawberry patch, and April was no exception.

More socializing…

Some kite flying…

visiting the cousins…

looking cute (this is a LOT more time consuming that it appears)

What? You expected a photo to back this one up? Hello?, there’s plenty of evidence of my cuteness elsewhere on the blog…oh, ok, if you insist:

and some generic horsing around with Daddy

Alrighty, well it seems I only had time to recap April, I’ll come back soon and fill you all in on May.

Gotta run!


March this year is stacking up to be quite a month. So many awesome things happened this month, I don’t know where to begin!

Story and I took our first bath together!!! Twice the fun!

I started my art class, and have already made a ton of fine art projects:

My artistic skills came in handy when I was tapped by Mom to manage the Easter Egg decorating project.

This past Sunday was Maine Maple Easter Sunday, which is the day the Easter Bunny makes all the maple syrup, and puts baskets of candy in your house while you’re out freezing your butt off eating pancakes outside! It really is a spectacular holiday, especially the ice cream and maple syrup.

Here I am with my friend Nina enjoying ice cream after our pancake breakfast:

After we got home from pancakes, I took a nice warm nap, and woke up to find bunny tracks all over the house! This made it super easy for me to hunt all the eggs.

Oh yeah, and Story ate avocado:

I think Story did some other stuff, but alas, I’m out of time!


I guess it’s about time I gave my little sister a little floor time. So today, it’s Story Time! Maybe we’ll make it a weekly thing, well, only if she does something interesting. So, with that, I’ll turn it over.

Hi. It’s me, Story.

I’m kind of knew to this whole blogosphere thing. So I guess I’ll start with a little about myself, likes and dislikes…


Hanging with my girls:



Dislikes? Well, for starters I really hate waiting to eat, a cold breeze on a wet bum, and staying up too late. For some reason, mom doesn’t have any photos of my dislikes. Hmm.

Oh, I almost forgot. My favorite thing in the whole wide world, is my big sister Tess!!!

Ok. This is kinda tiring. I gottasg.,kmb.xzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZzzzzzzzz

Woah, hey, Tess here again. Story just sorta fell asleep on me. She’s always doing that. Well, more of Story later.


Well we’ve been busy here at the Strawberry Patch. In the last few weeks we had Thanksgiving, Dad’s birthday, AND Dad got sworn at by the State of Massachusetts. I’m not sure why that last one is such a big deal, Mom does it all the time. But this time they made a big deal over it with a ceremony to swear at a bunch of men and women in suits.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Thanksgiving was a blast. We spent it with Grandpa Marino and the cousins. Dad tried to explain the whole cranberry–turkey thing to me, but I stuck to the basics this year.

The best part about Thanksgiving is the duck pins bowling!!! Apparently this is a long standing tradition in my Mom’s family. Dad had to help me out a bit, but apparently I have bowling in the blood.

Did I mention we also had our first snow here in Maine? I was a little confused when I first woke up, I thought it was Christmas!! But Dad explained that it snows on other days too. So confusing. Anyway, snow is very cool. No, seriously, its downright COLD. You need to be prepared before going out in it:

It took me and Dad most of the morning to get all these layers on:

Trust me, it was worth it.

Where was Story during all this fun in the snow? She was inside in her swing. Yeah, babies can’t go out in the snow. Maybe next year.

Well, gotta run I have to catch up on my sleep. I’ll come back later and tell you all about my weekend in Connecticut.


My little sister Story really had a rough time during her first few weeks here in the Straw household. The poor thing had her schedule all messed up. She didn’t know when to eat, when to sleep or even when to poop. Sometimes she did all three at the same time!

So a couple weeks ago I decided to take Story under my wing. I put Story in Tess Boot Camp for Aspiring Toddlers. So far, we’ve covered Naps, Bottles, and Reading.

I have to say, Story is turning into quite the star pupil.

She’s got the naps down – today she took three solid ones!!! Bottles, no problem!! She’s taking bottles from Dad, Amanda AND MOM. Even I didn’t take bottles from Mom!

But reading… I don’t know if she “gets” it. See for yourself:

Well, I guess you have to give her props on her Bumbo work.

Ok, gotta run. I have to go monitor Story’s tummy-time.


I don’t know if my regular readers are aware of this, but I’ve been getting some pretty crazy comment action these days. I mean seriously people, I’m a toddler, watch your language!!!!!

So I just want to make a couple things clear to my new readers (I’m sure all my regulars understand the essense of the blog of Tess, so you guys can just skip ahead…) But for all you newbies… listen up! I need to make a few things very clear. I’ll put it in numerical list format for easier comprehension, I know how you newbies like to skim:

1) I loved the Bumbo;

2) I never really intended to file suit against the makers of Bumbo (please people, are any of you crazy noters actually READING my blog??? see for some help on this one!);

3) I STILL love the BUMBO!!!!! Check it out:

So with that, I would like to close the chapter on the Bumbo controversy. That’s it, case closed!

In other news, last weekend we went to the spectacular Mom to Mom Halloween party. Can you guess what we are?:

It helps if you can see a closeup of Story:

Any guesses?

You know I’ve always been a sophisticated consumer. My loyal readers will remember that I was not a fan of the Bumbo from the very beginning. Not only did that company engage in blatant false advertising, promising non-stop parties and beach outings, but the seat itself was rather intimidating for a young three-month old Tess.

This is my very unhappy reaction to the so-called Bumbo:

Note that my parents had the good sense to place the seat on the floor, and not an elevated surface.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah. Just as I predicted back in April 2006, the Bumbo seat has actually been RECALLED!!!!

Now a note to all you new readers who have come looking for information on the Bumbo recall, and instead have found my blog: of course I have nothing but the utmost sympathy for any child injured by the Bumbo seat.

Well, gotta run, who knows what other hazardous toys I can uncover – I have to get to work!


For those of you still wondering, in the previous post, the first baby pictured was Story, the second was ME. Of course it was pretty obvious I guess, it’s hard not to recognize my trademark cheeks.

Sorry I haven’t been updating that much lately, Story and I are just having too much fun these days! I’m really starting to enjoy this Big Sister gig.

I really think Story is starting to warm up to me.

Ok, this is a little weird. One of these photos is Yours Truly at 8 weeks, and the other is Story. Can you guess who is who?

I didn’t include links so there will be no cheating. I’ll give you a hint: one of us is known for our famously adorable cheeks.

In other news, Story and I are having a great time together these days. We have a little arrangement. I’m showing her the ropes, and in return she’s providing excellent distraction while I watch episode after episode of the Backyardigans. It works.

She still gets a little nervous when I hold her, I don’t know why.

I’m late for a Halloween Costume brainstorming session, so I gotta run.


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