When parents get ahold of their childs selfie stick

I had no idea there was such a thing as a selfie stick until my daughters friend got one, and then Mia got one for her birthday (more no that later). Let the narcissistic fun begin!

Bill and I grabbed it for some parental exploration the other day.



I had to delete and crop a few.  I won’t tell you why. Men. Just sayin’. Ahem.

Yesterday Mia and I took off to another town to watch Quinn at his track meet.  There was lightening, and thunder and rain, oh my! so we took refuge in the car until it all passed.  We were in there for 30 minutes or so, which, for someone who did not run that day, was a very long time to sit still.  I grabbed Mia’s selfie stick and went to work tormenting her.

It started out like this.  What exactly am I looking at?


I asked her where I was supposed to look so I didn’t have that far off, longing gaze.


She gave an eye roll and said OMG mom, the little round thing in the top called the CAMERA.

Oh Em Ghee, I found it!!


Camera falling off SeLFIe sTIck.


Mia, look up.  Be in the picture with mommy!


Um, no.  Up went the leg shield.


I think I said something like SEEEEELLLLFIEEEE!! here.


And then things went wild with us girls.



Enter the blanket.


I have to stop and mention that all the parents had retreated to cars, so they were all just as bored and probably gazing around the parking lot and at us with the selfie stick.  Mia said “mom, stopah (this is how we all say stop at our house.  Cody started it after mimicking how Mia does it when she is super annoyed with the boys.  You say it like this: STOP-AHHH! in a very whiny voice)


Reaching out to include her.


Then she started laughing.



The claw!!


She kicked to try and knock the sElfie StIcK out of my hand, but I remained Calm and Continued On.




She eventually went in the back seat and made a tent to es-ca-peeee her crazy mother.


I am her cross to bear.

And now it is the weekend!  Saturday I am heading out to go check out a travel trailer in another town.  I should bring the selfie stick and take you with me on my epic journey. :) We are trading in the Little House for a much smaller surf mobile and are narrowing down our choices to this, this or this.  It has to be able to go off the grid, be durable and we want one that will be around for after the last child leaves the nest in 7 years. Bonus points for looking cool. Which one do you think we should get?  We are divided right now with Bill wanting one and me wanting another. I bet you can guess who wants what.

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One of my passions

I have been a long time supporter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Colors UP!!
Photo by Scott Ellwood of gscottimaging.com
Photo by Lisa Laskowski

What they do for the worlds most endangered creatures is extraordinary and I am very thankful for the fact that they put their lives on the line to do this.

Photo by Scott Ellwood, of gscottimaging.com


I could go on and on about the countless numbers of animals whose lives were spared from poachers by Sea Shepherds, or their vigilant watch over the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan that has brought awareness of it to the world, but the tally of whales saved by their antarctic interventions alone speaks volumes.

In the last 9 seasons, Sea Shepherd has saved over 3600 whales in the Southern Ocean from illegal whaling by the Japanese.  Yes, you heard that right.  Over 3600 whales swim free because of their direct intervention against illegal whaling by the Japanese.

Photo by Scott Ellwood of gscottimaging.com


As a result of Sea Shepherd’s tireless effort year after year in the Southern Ocean, the International Court of justice revoked Japans permits for “scientific” whaling.   “In a vote of 12 to 4, the ICJ ruled that the scientific permits granted by Japan for its whaling program were not scientific research as defined under International Whaling Commission regulations. It ordered that Japan revoke the scientific permits given under JARPA II and refrain from granting any further permits under that program.”

This was HUGE, and I have always prayed I would see this happen in my lifetime.  Neptunes Navy never compromises.

Some people call us pirates. The fact is that Sea Shepherd has never harmed a human being in its existence. Nor has it ever gotten in the way of a legal activity on the land or seas.  I am proud to always raise the Sea Shepherd flag on all of my boards and gear to represent.   In Paul Watson’s words “Arrrg, we be gentle pirates because pirates get things done.”

Representing in Costa Rica!


Flag up!

Well done, gentle pirates!!

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