They have no idea. College and grad school books are expensive. I think I used my future Goose as collateral for three courses my first semester at NYU.

Where did the Goose get this pose from? It’s in every summer picture we have taken.

Where did the Goose get this pose from? It’s in every summer picture we have taken.

"Ninja turtles live in the sewers, not the ground. And they’re not real."
— Goose, making me both totally happy and totally sad in one statement.
Chaka and the Goose explored the Crystal Cave today in PA! Chaka and the Goose explored the Crystal Cave today in PA! Chaka and the Goose explored the Crystal Cave today in PA!

Chaka and the Goose explored the Crystal Cave today in PA!

Major pieces backstitched and good to go.

We didn’t have the cash to jet to an island or take the Goose to Disney World, so we used our week off to hang out as a family, Jersey-style. We* went to the beach, won almost the entire collection of stuffed Adventure Time dolls (damn you, Jake, for being too heavy for the darn crane game), watched movies, and barbequed.

I’m not saying I don’t love the Caribbean, but this was one of the best vacation weeks ever.

I love the people I work with, but egads I’m sad to be back. It’s so beautiful outside….

*Winning the Adventure Time stuff? All me. I rule at crane games.

The Goose waving to John :)
Ferris Wheel

She’s coming along.

It’s grainy, but the two of us clean up pretty darn good.

The Goose’s first cross stitch.

My Goosey is five today. Funny, smart, sweet, and mine. I may be lame and post throwback pictures of her all day.

And let’s all give me and John some applause for housing, feeding, and generally nurturing said kid. We rock!

The Goose’s pony is finished. The Goose’s pony is finished.

The Goose’s pony is finished.

I’m so happy that tumblr embraces sanity and many agree with me.

If one more friend on FB puts up pictures of their tot in a cap and gown or crossing a bridge (thanks for the symbolism, preschool), I’m going to lose my shit.

I’m not going with flowers. I refuse. I’ll watch her sing her Spring Program songs and clap because she can get down to “Happy” but I’m not going to celebrate a graduation until she’s passed senior year.

It’s a crappy thing to learn, but not everyone gets a trophy.

My daughter is starting kindergarten in September and so is leaving nursery school this summer. Friday, the school is holding a graduation for the kids, complete with cap and gown.

Ummm, no. I’m proud of the Goose for matriculating into kindergarten. She didn’t graduate from anything. This shouldn’t be a huge deal.

Every vacation needs Mario Kart!