Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
While in California, Linda took Henry and the rest of us to the Discovery Museum underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a toddler fantasy land, complete with gravel pit, pirate ship and train yard. Here Henry is delighting in a lesson on union labor.
Almost two years ago, Shannon and I celebrated our life commitment to each other amidst friends and family in Sandpoint. It was an amazing event, filled with enduring memories. This past weekend, we reconfirmed our vows and made legal history by becoming one of the many lesbian couples to formally wed under current California state law. Judge Michael Berger presided at a small ceremony in Sausalito, at which our kids, my parents Bud Gore and Linda Gore and my stepbrother David were present. It was wonderful to look once again into Shannon's eyes and say "I do."
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I've been musing a bit about post-partum depression and realize that I am not depressed, but just another extroverted, go-getting, 40-year old mom who is having transition anxiety spending so much time alone with a cutie-pie infant feeling like the days go by and I have nothing to show for them. A post or two here on the blog feels like a huge accomplishment on the days I can actually get here...When we get outside for a walk it is a banner day -- yesterday even found us at the *gulp* scrapbooking store where despite Hope's howels of hunger and disapproval, I bought her and Henry scrapbooks (wh0 knows where I will find the time to put anyting in them!) A few good talks with friends and family and I have begun to let go of some of the shame I feel around my lack of post-partum baby bliss...don't get me wrong, Hope is a wonder and when she looks at me with her wide-eyes, I want nothing else but to have her right in my arms...alas, the contradictions...the letting go...the surrender. Not many moms seems to talk about this part -- so here's to a bit of silence-breaking.
Concerts at the Festival at Sandpoint resume tonight -- this week we will see the Waifs, the Bodeans, Ziggy Marley and Wynonna Judd. Then on Sunday, the whole family packs up to head to Marin County, CA to spend time in the old homestead. Amidst everything, Shannon and I have decided to take California up on its offer to lend legal credibility to our union and we are getting MARRIED! August 23rd we will wed in Sausalito, with a few family members in attendance. The judge and his partner (read: wife) will officiate and Shannon and I have agreed they can use the term "wife" (a term I have heretofore been pretty lukewarm about) in the ceremony. We will also re-affirm our vows from our commitment ceremony and break a glass in the old Jewish tradition. Should be memorable in so many ways.
Alas, Hope is calling for another round on the couch...
Monday, August 11, 2008
Finally, summer found us on the lake. This weekend was the annual Buddy-n-Bonnie family fest at the Priest Lake cabin, a delightful getaway just about an hour northwest of Sandpoint. The theme of the weekend was kids...kids, kids everywhere! The highlight was the party-barge boat ride enjoyed by all, even Hope (who gratefully slept most of the ride!)
Check out Henry in his new glasses!!!
Monday, August 04, 2008
Turns out we are all growing of late...Hope is just shy of 9 lbs today, Momma Shannon is enjoying the recognition from a well-deserved promotion to Director of Organization Change Management, and I am learning a bit about myself related to the deepening love for a child, the vicissitudes of motherhood and an admission of post-partum anger. All this, combined with a wonderful visit from our friends Cass and Lynn made for quite a weekend!