Friday, April 28, 2006

How fast they grow

How fast they grow ...
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
Dear Annabel,

I can't believe it's been more than two years since you came to live with us. From the moment we took you home from the hospital we marveled at the perfection of you.

As I looked into your closet and chest of drawers this morning, I was reminded of how fast you are growing. The overalls I bought just a few weeks ago will have to have their straps adjusted for the second time. You are fully out of all of your 18-month clothes. There are still garments from your first year in the top drawer. I can't make myself pack them away just yet.

I went to work on Monday morning, leaving you with Lori, speaking three-word sentences and came home Monday evening to find you having whole conversations with your toys that included all parts of speech. You looked up at me and asked, "Are you OTay, Mama?"

Did it show?

Now that you are growing into the person you are to be, I just wanted to say that, from my vantage point, you are still the girl I knew you to be from the start: strong willed, opinionated, intelligent, compassionate, lovely and amazing.


From the other mom's house ...

Fractured fairytales, episode 1.
Lori didn't want the BABY BOY to have Annabel's crayons so she thought long and hard about a way to keep the players separated.
"How would you like to color in your playpen?" she asked. To which Ittybit answered enthusiastically in the affirmative. Not only did she take her shoes off to make herself more comfortable as she colored, but she had to ward off even MORE attention from THE BOY.

"There she was a princess in her tower and he's the prince who can't get inside. The only difference is that in this fairy tale the princess wants time to herself: 'What do I have to do, build a moat? GET AWAY!'"

... So much for lovely.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Scrub-a-dub dub, kidlet in the tub

i yike baf tie
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
Oh, yeah. That's our little dirt girl splashing in the bath. She's over her fear of soap and water, for a little while anyway. Three days in a row now she has gone willingly into the tub. She has even asked for more water.

It just fills my heart with warm cozy dust bunnies when she sings songs she splices together from memory. I especially love it when she adds words that are far beyond my grasp of English. One of her favorite numbers, I am pleased to report, is still the "Itsy Bitsy Pieader climbs up the rain, tinkle, tinkle stars."

We're diligently working toward every-other-day hair washings. So far we've done NOT-in-a-MILLION-YEARS shampoo sessions, and they are not fun. Last night, I'm pleased to report that Annabel DID raise a washcloth to her hair and let the ends get damp. ... I guess it's a start.


From the other mom's house ...

So cute and kithing me. Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
We had a visit from Mabel today. Annabel really enjoyed being the mommy.

(She is) "so cute and kithing me!"

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Car Wars, nothing but Car Wars. If they would bar wars, no one would come ... (sung to the tune of Star Wars)

from this day forward
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
I hate my car.

At the risk of sounding ungrateful (my sister sold me her extremely well-cared-for car for the low-ball price of what the dealer would have given her on a trade), I have to say it again ... I hate my car.

It's not that I feel as if I were a Saab 900 person driving a Dodge Dart, I have never been an admirer of cars. However, I don't think I've ever really HATED a car before now, either. Somehow, in my heart of hearts, I believe I'm an underground girl living in the sprawling suburbs.

My initial problem with the vehicle was focused on the fact it has an automatic transmission, which means that I am not only getting fewer miles per gallon, I am also suffering left-leg atrophy on the occasions I am NOT launching myself through the windshield by putting both feet on the break.

But my discontent has grown into monster proportions: I just hate what it represents.

When Bush took office gasoline was $1.59 a gallon ... now it's topping $3 and is expected to reach $4 this summer. (My appologies to my European friends who are paying as much as $7 a gallon and have been for years). This guy thinks that he can save a few cents of the prices by halting additions to the oil reserves (something that was happening anyway) and stripping away our infantessimal environmental safeguards just to help his friends in the oil biz gain even more profit.

They say this is all market driven, that people LOVE their cars. Yeah. Well. Really, I think it's all about some bill of goods companies keep selling us. Got cheap gas? Buy a Humvee; Environment your concern? Get a hybred; Gas eating into your food budget? Go to hell. Forget conservation, keep on truckin' lest the terrorists win.

I can't help but squint my eyes at the four-doored liability parked in my driveway and pine for mass transit. I spend more than an hour in my car every day of the week, every minute of it wishing I lived in a city where a train could take me to work as I read a book or work a crossword puzzle or get a head start on a column.

... from the other mother's house

Sitting in the backyard counting Teddy Grahams, Annabel decided a tiny chickadee hopping nearby was trying to steal the beloved treats away from her. She collected them all and brought them to Lori, complaining that the bird wanted to eat her cookies.
She munched away, eyeing the tiny bird, while Lori assured her chickadees don't eat Teddy Grahams, they eat worms and insects. After a ton of WHYs, Annabel decided the bird should try dessert just this once and offered up her last tasty bear.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Invention is the necessity of mothers - Helpful Hint #2

guess what this is
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
It's been raining for two days and the park at the end of the street seems like a continent away. We've been trying to get to the playground every chance we get now that the weather has changed from naughty to nice. This afternoon, after a marathon nap, Annabel and I went to pick up "Amah" and go shopping.

Amah wanted to get ittybit some new spring duds, and we figured a rainy Sunday was probably a good time to go shopping. Annabel was stoked. Of course when we got to Old Navy (the stand-alone store, because everyone and their mothers were at the mall) Ittybit was sorely disappointed. As we walked through the sliding doors, her dismay was phrased in the form of a question: "Where's the food, mama?"
Luckily her thunderclouds never errupted into a storm because a minute was all it took for her to spot the brightly colored soccer balls in the center display area. It was all downhill from there. She happily played soccer with me and Amah and even some of the store clerks. She ran and jumped and tossed a few free throws up and down the aisles.

She didn't forget about the lack of food between chip shots into the capris and purple flip-flops. While we were waiting in line to make our purchases she gently let us know she'd like a snack. "NEED FOOD NOW, MAMA. FOOOOOOD."

Somewhere between T-shirts and PBJ bagels the rain let up. All the puddles ripe for splashing in. As luck would have it we had no extra pants but we did have rainboots. Though her feet stayed dry her pants were drenched from the ankles up.

I'm not sure why I thought this wouldn't be an issue, but I naiively assumed i could just strip off her soggy togs and have her sit in the carseat with a blanket. Nope, no way, no how, never in a million years! "Not wanna be Nakey."
Of course we bought everything except PANTS.
So I try to trick her by putting the sleeves of a tunic on her legs and telling her they are stretch pants. After I get her all buckled in, she pulls the shirt bottom up to her chin and lets me know my ruse has failed. I can tell by the look on her face she's already thinking about her learn to dress books at home and wondering if I couldn't use a refresher course - "This is a SHURT, mama. Not pants! Not pants."

***Of course if you try this tip on a kid not confined to a carseat, pull the shirt up over the diaper and snap the onsie over top of the "pants." Fair warning: Bunching may occur.

Ummm. ... update. Helpful Hint #2a - Waste not, want not ...
Me: Can I have the sourdough bagel with peanut butter?
Bagel guy: Sure. Would you like anything else?
Me: No, that'll be it. She'll never eat the whole thing ... I mean she'll probably just lick off the peanut butter and I'll get the rest.
Bagel guy: ........?!?!!
Me: I said that outloud, didn't I?"

Friday, April 21, 2006

By the skin of our toenails

Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
Last week I got undressed and turned on the shower, adjusting it 20 degrees cooler than usual. Annabel sensed something evil afoot and turned on her heels and RAN.

So I grabbed a towel and gave chase. I caught her in the livingroom. After a struggle involving sitting down, going limp and kicking and screaming while I peeled off her clothes, into the shower we went.

I swear she can leverage her mere 25 pounds to rival my own. As she held on to the frame of the shower stall refusing to go even one inch closer to the water, I had to enlist the help of the DAD to get all the way inside. Did I mention that the piercing shreiks didn't stop until after the shower was turned off, and she was safely ensconced in her sleep-suit?

Did I mention that because of this routine I have allowed her to be a grunge girl for far too long? I absolved myself from the label of bad parent by adopting the assumption that at least she doesn't have thick hair. A damp wash cloth will suffice, right?

But now, as her hair grows longer, I have deciding this is the battle I must fight, and this is the one I must win.

Last night I demanded she take a bath. I bartered with her, a trip to the park for a bath. She tried to reneg but I refused to budge. She tried to stand up but I called her father into the bathroom to sit on her. After a few minutes she was happily playing in the warm sudsy water. "Now that's not so bad," I cooed as I piled her up with colorful toys.

"This is fun," she giggles. "But not wash hair."

Ok ... in this skirmish we're making a little progress, but the war is far from over.

... what's up at the other mom's house ...

"Annabel and (baby) were playing so nicely today. I couldn't believe it. They played side by side in the sandbox for the LONGEST time. Of course, that was until she put sand in his mouth and then I had to tell her 'oh-no, we don't put dirt in people's mouths. Yucky'."

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Commuter tax

road rage
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.

"I want to dive, Mama."
That's how we begin and end every commute lately. She's decided it's not befitting her place in the family to be relegated to the carseat. She want's to be in control.
She's extremely crafty, too. Notice how she calls me "MAMA" when she wants something. She knows it's my weakness. She's even figured out she can drive me up a wall by calling me "MA," the most recent of incarnations of my role to her. First I was Mama, then Mommy then, heartbreakingly, Mom. "Ma" is a word that I don't even want to think about. I'd rather she call me the big bad MF-word than "Ma."
And so, for ten minutes as we pull out of the parking lot and on to the road to Yaya's house, we go over the rules of the state and how they stipulate she has to be at least 16 before she will get to ride behind the wheel. I think she got the point I was trying to make, however, when I told her if she wanted to drive before she turned 35 she'd better not call me "MA."


Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
What's up at the other mom's house ....

This just in: Tierney picked her the "first official dandalion and Annabel said "Thank you Tierney, I love it, I love it so much." Then it got windy and she said she had to keep it safe so she stuck it in her shirt and then told us "shhh its sleeping!" (your daughter is completely nuts).

Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
What's up at the other mom's house ....

Yesterday: "Hello, mama? We need oros. (oranges) Det them peas. Okay. And Chicken? Okay, okay, okay, okay. Bye!"

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The other mommy

Annabel's other family
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
After reading numerous Web logs questioning the state of feminism in the 21st century, most recently a brilliant post by Mom-101: The F Word, I have decided to weigh in on the discussion from a slightly different perspective.

There is something that doesn't happen enough, in my humble opinion, in the world and on mommy blogs -- mine especially: The extolling of virtues of those behind the scenes -- namely daycare providers -- who are helping us raise our children and ensuring that feminism flourishes.

I'd like to introduce you to Lori, our baby's stay-at-home-mom. Annabel calls her "Yaya," while I often refer to her as "the babysitter" in this blog. I always wince before writing "the babysitter," because it's not a word that aptly describes what she does for our family, and most especially for what she does for Annabel. She is the reason I am able to work, retain health insurance and keep my sanity. She is a friend, a mother and I just can't imagine her NOT being in our lives.

This is our story:

When I was five months pregnant this woman -- the wife of my husband's friend and someone I only knew in passing -- told me she was unhappy in her job. She knew I was planning on returning to work, and she had been praying for God to guide her. She was leaning toward the idea that her path was leading to me. She was thinking she would want to take care of our child when I eventually went back to work.

I was silent. I knew her family enough to know that in addition to raising two beautiful girls, she had also suffered the death of a child and a late-term miscarriage. I knew her as an intelligent, eneregetic, ethusiastic and empathetic mom who loved Disney World and Christmas stories and public television. I knew, without question, that having this woman provide daycare for my baby would be the best of all possible scenarios. Even, I am ashamed to admit, if one of those scenarios included me being the at-home mommy.

But I couldn't ask her to give up a CAREER to watch MY baby. That was something, I told myself, she would have to decide.

For the next four months, neither of us mentioned the conversation.
Once the baby came, she visited bestowing gifts. She looked sad and didn't seem interested in getting too close. So, I began calling around for placements. There were none to be had. I began to realize that even if I could find a facility willing to take on my child I wouldn't get a choice. I couldn't leave my daughter with a stranger much less the only place willing to take her at that.

I called Lori seeking the name of a woman her husband had previously recommended; a woman whom he and Lori had used when their own children were small. She was silent. A long pause, and then quietly she asked me if I had given any thought to what we had talked about way back when.

I nearly cried.

Turns out neither of us had thought of much else since that conversation, but each had so much hope invested in the prospect that we couldn't even let words escape us. Even I - the heathen - have to admit that devine intervention cannot be ruled out.

Of course there have been struggles. There are religious and political differences as well as occasional communications break downs, but nothing that I would call outside of the normal 'family' growing pains.

I can even say with complete honesty that I haven't once been jealous of Annabel's love for Lori. I am grateful for it. She is another strong, independent woman for Annabel to admire and an inspiration for her mother to model.

When we first started this endeavor I told Lori I thought about this arrangement as "women helping women." Now I'm telling you fine folks, I couldn't have been more right. Two years and one month later, I just want to say thank you to Lori for being in our lives.

Note: How cool is this? A Perfect Post Mom-101 nominated this as one of her picks for best post of April. Thank you, but I'm a little verklempt. Please, talk amongst yourselves.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Helpful household hint #1

rub the belly
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
Diaper wipes work wonders on CDs and DVDs.

When the Walt Disney classic "Cinderrrrr-edda" became so grungy (from being dragged all over the house by grubby little toddler fingers) that it skipped right over the introduction and Annabel's favorite song, I decided it couldn't hurt to try a little experiment. Figuring the disc was one step away from going in the trash, I swirled a diaper wipe around its scratched and smudged underside, then dried it on the tummy of my T-shirt (circular motion). Voila! Just like new.

Annabel was terribly impressed and I was dumbfounded. I still can hardly believe it worked! Of course, now she thinks all cds should get the Tummy rub.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

She's not bitter, but she wouldn't get too close to the Easter Bunny after the hunt took a blood-thirsty turn

This should have told us something

I should have known by the barrier that this was going to end badly. The tape keeping the throng of sugar-craving toddlers at bay read "CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS." Parents all around us were laying out strategies for their kids so complex I expected at any moment one of them would pull a chalkboard out of a stroller and diagram the game plans with arrows, Xs and Os.

We didn't go to our town's Easter Egg Hunt last year. We thought it would be too chaotic for a child still learning to walk. Instead we held a little hunt of our own in the front yard. With a little help, she found the eight eggs filled with Cheerios in short order.

But this year we had gotten to the community hunt a half hour early, fearing the consequences of being late. As we stood behind the tape, keeping Annabel amused with songs and games, between her pleading for us to let her "do out there and pict some ayes." She was SOOO patient. And then the man with the megaphone informed us they would be starting with the youngest group soon, but asked for parents who would volunteer to guard the borders so there would be eggs enough for the next gaggle of gigglies.

Jed said I should go out there. He thought it would entice her to run out to me, picking up eggs as she went. While my inner mother was screaming for me to tell him she would need help, I didn't say anything. Off I went to be a minuteman. When the signal was thrown, hundreds of tots broke rank. Except for Annabel who clung tightly to her father's stainproof pants. By the time they got out to me, all the eggs were gone and I had forgotten my job and let dozens of kids into the next territory. By all accounts it was a dismal failure.

When we got back to the line where it all started, Annabel realized that there would be no egg for her to pick. And the tears started to flow like rain. Talk about heartbreaking. What's worse, the crowd was dispersing and no one seemed to notice the little girl with the empty basket. As we stood there like deer in headlights a neighbor came over to see about the tears. Their daughter had gotten four eggs. (She had been to the event last year and was a professional marksman at the tender age of two). With a small conversation about giving one of her eggs to Annabel, she happily handed over two.

I have never wanted to hug a child more than I did that very minute. I think Annabel wanted to hug her too.

rarin to go no eggs If I panned to the left you would see three times more people ... I'm not kidding. annabel has inherited my lack of a single competitive bone in the body ... she netted no eggs at the Easter Egg hunt. We are so glad we know ONE of our neighbors. her benefactor nature's easter eggs

Click on any of the pictures to see them larger.

Friday, April 14, 2006

A stranger in our midst

Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
Tonight we successfully kept the television in its upright and locked position. It took some doing, but we were able to keep her interested in puzzles, coloring and books long enought to forget about "Curse of the Were Rabbit," all three "Winnie the Poohs" and "Totoro."

We're not proud of it, but Annabel is a television junkie, especially when it comes to Japanese animation and English claymation. (Let there be no imitation). So tonight after she went grocery shopping with Jed and we walked around in the rain, I was surprised when she decided she wanted to play puzzles on the porch rather than become a potato on the couch. For more than an hour she put together all of the foam alphabet and numbers puzzles and half of the shapes puzzle before she decided she'd like to color. She was happy to read, and sit at the table for dinner and play with playdoh after the dishes had been cleared away.

As I sit and study her through squinty eyes, I wonder: "Just who is this imposter? Certainly she is NOT our child."

When it's time for bed, I think, she will return to me. But instead another child clamors into her room, climbs up on the bed and says "Booktime!" This one has weasled two chocolate eggs and an extra book before bedtime. And when it's time for the final "Big Hug" and "Little Kiss," she offers me an olive branch. Mommy, do det your cam-ra. You can take pishers."

It may have been a stall tactic but boy was it sweet.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The dark, bittersweet goodness of the Easter bunny

"What'll it be," I ask, dishtowel draped over my forearm, bowing slightly in her direction as I lean the sippy cup containing warmed milk against it for her inspection.

"Uhm .... Oh, I know. Chotola ayes!"

Welcome to Chez Grincheux -- The place where the ingestion of protein is only attained through barter.

She is silent as she accepts the beverage and commences slurping.
Her face is turned away but her eyes have rotated to the edge of their orbs and are fixed on me.

"How about pancakes?"

No sound.

"How about waffles?"

Still, there is no response other than the sluice of fluid drafting up through the cup.

"Eggs and sausage?"

"Oh, yes, Mommy. Chotola ayes, please."

Easter is fast approaching, and, even though she hasn't fully grasped the concept of a cute and cuddly bunny bearing confectionary delights, Ittybit is nothing but observant.

For weeks I've tried to explain, with varying degrees of success, why all those bags of colorful foil-wrapped candies were piled at the edge of the grocery conveyor belt. And, more importantly, why we couldn't buy them.

I thought I wove a fascinating tale of an elusive oversized, personified long-eared mammal (classified as a rodent until 1912), who, once a year, travels the world dispersing candy to good and deserving little girls and boys. I opined in excruciating detail how his quivering rabbit whiskers and lop ears lead him to grocery stores far and wide so that he might procure fresh candy for all the children. (I consider leaving out the part about the furry beast's nasty side, the part about his pension for hiding the aforementioned goodies under shrubs and flower beds, but decide that talk will be for another year).

Obviously, I explained, we had to make sure the sweet treats were available to him along his long, long route, lest good and deserving children be disappointed.

Her blank stare and furrowed brow tell me all I need to know.

"Mom, you are in need of electro-shock therapy."

Of course, it takes the babysitter just 10 minutes and Spot's First Easter lift-a-flap book to answer all Ittybit's questions. "Oh, I like chotola ayes, too," she exclaims as "YaYa" tells her Hippo is eating all the eggs while Spot is saving his for later. "I'd like to eat one, too."

"YaYa" chuckles and tells her she'll have to ask mom about that.
Something tells me my answer won't be satisfying, but I stop at the store anyway and wonder if she'll at least eat some toast with her chocolate eggs.

bowl egg

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Survey says ...

downward facing zookeeper
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
So I took this Web poll from Chatterbean to find out jest whet kinda a mom I em.

Turns out, after I ernestly answer the fifteen questions, the computerized, non-scientific results inform me that I'm a "zen mommy." When the world is falling apart around me, it says, I am calm as a cucumber.

But I wanted to be a "slacker mom" not a vegetable, I grumble and refresh the toggle buttons to try it again.

The first time I took the "Mommy" test I was surprised to find the inaugural query asking for my gender. Of course this time around I choose the "MALE" toggle and moved on: How many children? None; How do you unwind? I smoke; What kind of lunches to I make? What ever I can rustle up at the 7-11 on the way to the sitter's house; Do you have a job? Nope.

After finishing the revisions I shipped off the answers into the ethosphere and in seconds the results were back in my inbox:

"You are a zen mommy."

Perhaps zen mommies are slackers.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Games we played this weekend

guess what she's saying?
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
... with Amah and Papa
"Made tupcakes you, mama. I made you tupcakes. See! THERE!"
"Tum on, Tum on ... stop following me .... AHHHHHH."
"I'll have pata, and that and that and that. What are you havin' papa?"
(To waitress) "Papa's donna have Tunafush sanweege."

... with Mommy and Daddy
"Dance you me."
"I lub you. I LUB you!"
"Bid Hug peas. Bid hug."
"Pick up me."
"I do up there, daddy. I do up there."
"I want to hep make toffee."
"No pishers, Mama."
"Dance you me, mommy."
"Do it again."

... with Maddy and Maggie:
"Sit for bituts, Maddy and Madowin ... Sit for bituts."

"Play tatch with me, Madowin. Play NOW! Do det it, Madowin. Do DET IT."

playing catch

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Yard kings ...

Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
What to do on a Saturday off, you ask? Well normally we would be hunkered down in front of the woodstove playing the "Cinderella" DVD over and over again. But NOT this particular Saturday.
Inspired by our dear cousins, Josh and Sara, (whom you can find at their blog) we decided to get off our duffs and get rid of some of the debris winter deposited on our front lawn.
Annabel helped us rake up the rocks, and she helped us pick up the branches that had fallen from our blackwalnut trees and placed them in the wheelbarrow (or near abouts). The best part, however, was when she got to ride with the detritus to the compost heap. After a morning of this we got our rewards, too: she came right in and demanded a NAP.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Interview with a toddler ...

Who's your favorite?
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
Boo, What are your dogs' names?


Oh ... I'm sorry. Can I still call you Abba, though?

"Shore, shore."

Abba, What are your dogs' names?

"uhm ... Mad-gee?"

... and ... ?

"uhm ... Mad-O-Win?"

Which is your FAVORITE dog?


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

This is not going to be pretty

night and day

So we have a binky-addicted two-year-old who has been weaned from daytime access with a moderate degree of suceess. The problem, however, lies in the fact that her mother (that would be me) gives her unrestricted access whenever she's sick. As you might imagine the whole process of doing without a soother has to start all over again once she's back on the mend.

So I am hoping the Internet will help: If you had a child who successfully gave up the pacifyer before they went to their first kegger, or if you even know of one, please (I beg of you) share a little of the magic in the comments section. Thank you.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Upstairs, Downstairs

toddler train tower
Originally uploaded by toyfoto.
As you might have guessed, Annabel has recovered from her cold and was able to spend an exciting weekend hobnobbing with her peers (which means I got a chance to hobnob with their moms).

Since Annabel was born, I've wondered whatever happened to those indoor playgrounds for toddlers that seemed to spring up in every shopping mall across the country? They all seemed to disappear once my water broke.

Well one has popped up in GLENS FALLS, and let me tell you it's FANTASTIC.

What Explore! doesn't have is the plastic feel of mass-marketed mayhem. When you are asked to take your shoes off in certain areas, you realize it's a little more like home. However this home - in addition to colorful, wainscoated walls - has a castle complete with wardrobe and dressing room; a grocery store with a better produce section than a mega store; and a restuarant-syle play kitchen that would rival any TV celeb chef's galley.

Before you say: "What's wrong with you!!! Get out in the fresh air, it's free!"

Let me tell you: Any place that offers parents an option of massage or a yoga class as well as a complementary cup of coffee while they wait for their kids to go tunneling through a two-story human gerbil habitat before careening down a twisty-turny mega slide is well worth the seemingly exorbinate cost -- $8 for tots and $4 for their respective big people. On a rainy day especially or as a once-in-a-while splurge, I'd say this place is a bargain at twice the price.

The only downside of Explore! was that my friend and I didn't have enough time to hobnob during the more than four-hour playdate. We were having too much fun going down the two-story slide with our ittybits.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The Itsy Bitsy (but excruciatingly long and drawnout) Spider (on Vimeo)

View this clip on Vimeo

As our gift to you this spring, we present you with a song. Please forgive us, we haven't cleaned the house and we're singing with our mouths full. We also made up many of the words and can't carry a tune in a bucket. On the bright side, however, no animals were harmed in the making of this "vimeo" clip.