Wednesday, April 30, 2008

To my Pennsylvanian Friends

To all of you out there who may live near fields of any sort: This one is for you.

Tonight I wore a John Deere hat (backwards) to youth group at the church.
Mikey, a good friend of mine, asked "Who's John Deere? I've heard of him but I can't remember what he's about."

None of the teens knew who John Deere was....

I am caught between two cultures.
I am a Pennsylvanian babe in the big city.

Monday, April 28, 2008

An advanced poem by Simeon Bowne

If you desire your legs to be naked,
but haven't got the nerve;
then simply try crawling.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Took Mom Out

Mom's been busy lately so I took her out today for a bit to a park. It was good to see her relax and enjoy the setting sun. I ate my first cracker....she picked at some chunks of melons. We sat on a hill spritzed with the toxins of goose droppings.

My first action as president will be to relocate all the Canadian Geese to Guam. I'd send them back to Canada but they've been in the US for so long that they don't speak French, just English. I was talking with a few today (well, actually, I was baby signing and they were talking) and they said that they'd prefer Guam over England. I'm not sure why.

I would like to be the first pres that is sensitive to the goose needs we have here in America. Did you know that roughly 1 in 4 Canadian Geese suffer from heart attacks but have no adequate clinical help, and, if they did, would have no health care to pay for it?! I called McCain on this issue but he won't return my phone calls. I got through to one of Obama's campaign leaders, but he said that Obama had just been to Guam and to stop calling and leaving messages of geese calls. Clinton was all ears about health care until I mentioned the word "geese". I don't think she likes birds.

PopPop Zel: is Guam an adequate home for Canadian Geese? Mom said that you went there.

Here are some pics of me sitting by the goose fecal matter.
I had a blast. In the third one, I am the speck in the center.

Some possible campaign photos...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Some advice on sleep

I haven't been typing much lately.
I had hurt my wrist while playing bocce ball.

Just so that you all know, I haven't been sleeping through the night all week. In fact, I heard Mom groan at me last night when I woke her up 4 times. The half-asleep groan is probably the moment in my life that I see my mother at her most beast-like appearance. She stumbles into my room, the lights are off (so she doesn't wake me more than I already am), her arms are dangling from still being half-asleep. She grips me tightly out of fear her grip is too weak in the middle of the night. She pulls me up from my crib. . .

I've been teething folks.
Cut me some slack.

Mom said that her wisdom teeth came in when she was in college and that she can still remember the pain from it. I don't really know how much of a comparison there is with my teeth and hers, except that she said that she had trouble with her classwork because of the steady pain and I can relate to that. I am so behind right now in Astrophysics 450.

Caleb's momma, Aleen wrote to me asking for sleeping tips. This is a very common problem. Babies everywhere are plagued with the daunting task of sleep. I need to interject right here that we babies go through a 50 to 60 minute sleep cycle, meaning that about every hour, for about ten minutes, I am in a lighter sleep. So many things can wake a baby like me. Perhaps a wet diaper, stomach ache, snot, hunger, bad dream, good dream, pea under the mattress, fly crawling up the nose, ear ache, headache, fever, foot fungus growing, toe nails glowing, wall paper peeling, rat's chewing, blisters popping (gross), neighbors yawning, televisions droning, monsters playing hopscotch, fairies flying, intestines gurgling, ear wax melting, eyes tearing, chest hair lengthening, toilet running, sink dripping, socks missing, diapers decomposing, joints popping, earlobes flopping, saliva drooling, asphalt hardening, lightening striking, rain plopping, puddles sloshing, drains emptying, dogs barking, parents farting, church bells ringing, crickets singing, knuckles cracking, lost people mapping, rodents on the move, light in the eyes, too hot, too cold, too warm, too cool, socks falling off, pants falling down, elastic too tight, mosquito bite, beans from dinner, midnight shimmer, floor-boards creaking, faucet leaking, popping pipes, drafty room, phone rings, shower sings, microwave ding, yesterday's bee sting, chicken pox, smelly socks, flatulence, alarm clock from the next room over, late-night mowing, the bathroom door sticking, the white clock ticking, air conditioners humming, tires screeching, horns beeping, street sweeping, cows tipping, ice cream trucks ....

I think that a mild sedative is most likely the best option.

Don't tell my mom I said that. I'm not even sure if she reads this thing!

New Vienna Pics

Hey there family!
There are some new pictures of my cousin, Vienna, on Uncle Ryan's blog.
Check it out!


The sunshine was calling my 8-month-old name.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008

My Daddy

I need the FDA.

I have a few questions regarding food.
First up, are these safe?

Secondly, and more concerning, is that I found my mom eating these today(pictured below). She said, "Don't look at me like that Simeon. Your Aunt Mindy sent them to us."
Does anyone else find this disturbing?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

For my PopPops, Mom-Mom and Boom Boom

I have been busy this week. Between target practice and swimming lessons, I barely have time for baby yoga. I'm not sure how, but I managed to squeeze in some developmental milestones this past week. My crawl has morphed into the "commando crawl"; I have mastered sitting on my own, and I have learned how to pull myself up into sitting positions. For those unfamiliar with baby development, these things may not sound spectacular. But we all understand the beauty of a full nights sleep, don't we? Last night, I treated my mother to her first full night of sleep since August 8th of 2007. Now, that is something to celebrate. I may not do it again for a while, but she was so happy about it, she took a video of me this morning.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I've been thinking....

Take some time out today; sit back and take it in.
Take in your family. Take in the beautiful weather. Take in God's provision.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Sara!

Happy Birthday to my cousin Sara Parrish!
She turns a magnificent 10 today!

infinite expectation

I'm back from camping and I had a great time.
I went hiking; (Dad, I and the group are pictured above before we left).
Ashley and Andrea are on the left, then Dad and I, then Mikey and then Danny.
I woke up at 5:15 am both mornings just to get the full experience of the wild. I had been reading Thoreau's "Walden" last month. Mom says that he had some crazy ideas and to be careful. She says "Be a critical reader, Simeon." Anyway, that said, I aspired to understand his quote I have typed below.

"We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep."
-Henry David Thoreau

I stayed in this cabin. Turns out that there was snow covering the ground!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Gone Camping

Today I am leaving for my first camping trip...

The deep, thick woods call to me.
I can smell the kindling burning.
I can sense the beastly wild animals.
I will eat the meaty flesh over an open fire.
I will hike the magnificent mountains of Mohawk Trail.
The outdoors are my McDonald's playground.
The stream is my sippy cup.
The branches are my NUKs.
I nestle into the decomposing leaves; this is my crib.

I AM a camper.

see ya in a few......

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Not my Fault

I was warned.
"If you don't eat this spoonful, I am going to put it on your forehead."
Dad called "Bluff."
This is not my fault.

Bustin' a Move

I decided to bust a move today. I'd like to call it "crawling."
I'm Crawling!!!
Mom ate the Skittles. Figures.

Sometimes I Sing

Sometimes Mom and I sing together.
I wasn't in the mood to sing this morning,
but I decided to post the video anyway.
Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

My Best Friend, Eddy

Question for V

Hey there V -
Once you settle in, I am wondering if you would be interested in the Supreme Court?



Vienna Has Arrived!!

Vienna, my cousin, just showed up last night. She weighed 8lbs, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long.
It seems like only yesterday that I too swam the river of amniotic fluid into the wor -- Mom says I have to stop because the imagery is too gross for most people. Anyway! Here's a picture and also a website to see more pictures!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A Young Knight. A Tale by Sara Parrish

My Cousin, Sara Parrish, is turning ten years old this month. She is an amazing writer and has allowed me to be the first publisher of one of her stories. She has also chosen that in the below version of her story entitled "A Young Knight" have the main character (formally named "Tim"), be called "Simeon." I wish that I had a more official avenue to publish her work through, but this will have to do for now.

Thank you Sara!

A Young Knight
A Tale by Sara Parrish

Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Camelot lived the Cherry family, poor but fair. There was mama, papa, and Simeon. One day King Arthur called all the brave young men to his court. Simeon was not yet eight, but he decided to go to the King's court. When the knights of the castle saw Simeon, they sneered and laughed at Simeon for coming, but King Arthur said all young men, so of course Simeon was invited.

Simeon and King Arthur waited to see who else would come, but no one came for two hours. King Arthur got tired of waiting, so he finally said, "I hereby decree Simeon this mission." So off went Simeon on his farm horse to slay the dragon of the forbidden deep, dark forest.

Simeon was riding along when he reached the entrance of the deep dark forest. Simeon was busy looking at the darkness that he wasn't watching where he was going and knocked down a woman with a basket of apples.

"Sorry, dear woman," said Simeon.

"You better be," said the woman for she had no manners.

"Here, let me help you," said Simeon.

"Why thank you," said the woman.

When all of the apples were picked up, the woman said "Since you have helped me in my time of need, I will help you in your time of need."

"Thank you dear woman" said Simeon, for he was very happy to make a friend on such a dangerous mission.

Then Simeon went off again. He rode through the dark forest for a while until he finally came to the dragon's castle. Simeon tried to open the gates, but they wouldn't budge. Then something caught his eye; it was a note and it said:

"Solve this riddle or play your fiddle. Why do you die if you look in the dragon's eye?"

Simeon didn't have a fiddle so he had to solve the riddle, but what was the answer? All of a sudden, a beam of light went in front of Simeon. The light was a ghost and the ghost said, "Remember the dear woman's promise. Now she is keeping her promise. Read about the dragon in this book. Solve the riddle and go slay the dragon."

With that, Simeon read, "The fire mark on the dragon's eye can kill someone if they look at it." After reading that, Simeon solved the riddle and went to the castle to slay the dragon. Just as soon as Simeon sneaked into the castle, he saw the dragon and the dragon saw him. Simeon drew his sword while the dragon clapped his jaws together. Both of them kept striking until Simeon just plunged his sword into the dragon.

The dragon gave the most horrible screech and fell dead to the ground.

So then Simeon returned home as a hero. For his reward, King Arthur knighted him and gave him all the gold he wanted. So now all know Sir Simeon as a very brave knight.

The End.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Dedicated to The Austrian-Hungarian

On our way back from the eel hunt, we stopped in to see my parents' friends, Justin and Randi Lambright. In honor of Randi, this post is dedicated to Pez Candy.

One of Two bookshelves she had of Pez items.

A shout out

I'd like to give a shout out to my Mom-Mom who
is recovering from very recent shoulder surgery.

May the sinews be fibrous!

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Dear Vienna,
In a few more hours, your time is here.
Spring has pulled up a seat to stay a while.
The birds are thrilled.
The bulbs have spiked through the winter-browned blades.
Your due date has arrived lil' cousin,
and we anticipate you greatly.

Me and our Uncle Tad when I was four days old.


Mom was telling me about what she does for work today and I thought "BINGO MOMMA!" The whole concept of eBay is just what I need to get my campaign off to a good start. She said that I could sell my noisemaker and my old pacifier.


Presented is a slightly used, "Clap for the Lord," China
quality noisemaker.

Buy it Now price: 1 Jar of Beech Nut Baby Food Pears
Shipping and Handling: Domestic: a 2nd jar of Pears
International: 2 more jars of Pears

This item is in great working condition.
There is slight wear to the joint, but that is to be expected with its age.

Payments accepted: Baby Food, fruits only please.
International buyers please note: we do not accept any brands other than Beech Nut.


Presented is a second-hand HOSPITAL GRADE pacifier.
I used it for a while and then switched to the Nuk.

This item is in perfect working order. The cool green shade is
soothing to the gums and mind at the same time.

Buy it Now price: 1 Jar of Beech Nut Baby Food, all fruits accepted
Shipping and Handling: Domestic: Handful of Cheerios
International: 2nd more jars of Pears

Payments accepted: Baby Food, fruits only please.
International buyers please note: we do not accept any brands other than Beech Nut.

Note to "Blogger": This is only a joke. I am only a baby and, although I am a great typer and rather good looking, I am not planning on selling things on your site.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Mom's Idea of Entertainment

You all should really check out what they call "Sticky Notes".

Hey, does anyone know where I can get a pair of roller skates?

The Elf formerly known as Clay

Mom and I at the Beach

Clay and I

Mom and Clay