For me, it's hard to top the sweetness, prettiness, and innocence of last year's Rose Dress, but I have to say that I really, really, REALLY like this year's outfit, which Syd named Upside-Down Orange (it's colored like an orange on a green stem, only upside-down, see? I know, I know--just don't think about it). Perhaps it's because this outfit, although less sweet, is awesomely fun, it's not gendered super feminine (and if you've known Syd for the long haul, you'll realize that's something that I, at one time, thought would NEVER happen in her personality), and for the first time, this year Syd was really able to help me sew it. I love this outfit, and Syd loves this outfit, and I think it shows:
You know who else is in love? The camera, with this kid. It's a running joke between me and Matt, because we're both hilariously unphotogenic. Matt, in particular, is rarely in a photo in which he's not in the middle of a blink, preferably with his eyelids unevenly closing, and ideally with his mouth open weird. And yet when I'm editing photos of this kid, in all other aspects his younger, female clone, I'm all like, "Gee, which of 100 almost identically beautiful shots of her should I keep?"
Holy smokes, it's 5:00 already! Syd's next to me at the table, working on her math, and Will's at the library, where she asked to be dropped off after horseback riding class (Guess we'll do Magic Tree House Club next Wednesday!), and now I'm off to head into the kitchen, turn on "All Things Considered," and make caramelized onion French bread pizza and chocolate cake. It's a carby dinner, yes, but when Matt comes home with Will, they're also going to bring with them the ingredients to make homemade ice cream, so we'll have plenty of sugar to even things out.