Two quick things for today:

Thing the first: JB recently got a Macbook, after years (YEARS) of kvetching about how superior PCs were, and now of course he’s in love with having a laptop that actually, you know, works. One of the nicest things about us both having computers that don’t suck is that we can easily do videochats without the million and one technical problems that always came up before. So I got to chat with Riley last night and receive video kisses, which was awesome.


Thing the second: I made a little movie to commemorate Riley turning three years old. Which, uh, happened in August, but I figure as long as I got it done before the end of 2008 I still get the medal.

What? There’s no medal? Well, fuck. Here it is anyway:

Riley: 3 years from Linda Lee on Vimeo.

Made in iMovie, and featuring the saptastic tunes of Ben Folds (“The Luckiest”).


71 Responses to “Short, sweet”

  1. Amy M. on November 17th, 2008 11:51 am

    I really need to stop crying at work. Thanks!

    It was a beautiful video – thanks for sharing with us! Now, I need to get my rear in gear & do something like this for my almost 3-year-old…

  2. iidly on November 17th, 2008 12:38 pm


  3. Leah on November 17th, 2008 12:52 pm

    Damn you, Ben Folds. And damn you, Linda. My eyes are leaking all over my desk. I just love your family too much.

  4. Angella on November 17th, 2008 1:44 pm

    I was just thinking I needed a good cry. Way too sweet…

  5. Dana on November 17th, 2008 2:27 pm

    I absolutely LOVED this video…I actually got a little weepy. Yeah, seriously. I see Riley and Dylan with their father and, being a single Mom, it warms my heart to know that there are wonderful fathers out there like JB, who clearly adore their children, and it makes me sad and pisses me off a little that my daughter doesn’t get to experience that with her father. You and JB are amazing parents and I look forward to reading your blog every chance I get. Thank you for making my day!

  6. Donna on November 17th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Oh my. Just. . . . oh my. . . . I can’t believe I’ve adored (from afar!) that little guy for 3 years already.

  7. Allison on November 17th, 2008 2:45 pm

    It’s so weird getting weepy over strangers! That was terrific, especially the use of one of my favourite songs of all time. Wah!! 3 years, such a big boy.

  8. Amanda on November 17th, 2008 3:19 pm

    Duuuude. Goosebumps. Can we be friends? I need to be able to suck the coolness off of your brain. Seriously. It’s possible, I’ve seen it in stories.

    Really, really beautiful. You rock. (And HE is BEAUTIFUL. What an amazing splicing of genes you’ve got there. Holy crap.)

  9. Jane on November 17th, 2008 4:44 pm

    Holy God! Amazing…the best picture (if forced at gunpoint to choose cause they are all really fantastic)is the one of JB smiling directly into the camera while bookended by the boys. So telling of his fabulousness as a Daddy and totally fitting with the song as being “The Luckiest”

    Nicely done, Linda!

    PS Can’t believe how much he looks JUST like he did as an infant–wow!

  10. Sonia on November 17th, 2008 5:01 pm

    *sob* This has been a really emotional day for me and then you had to go and post THAT. *slobber, schniff, whimper* It is a lovely video Linda.

  11. Kelli on November 17th, 2008 6:07 pm

    That was so touching. What a lovely little family you have.

  12. Jennie on November 17th, 2008 6:37 pm

    For some reason, watching this made having kids seem less scary. Thank you for that. You win a medal for making the cutest kids in the world! Seriously! Thanks for letting us peek into your lives…it’s amazing.

  13. Cali911Gal on November 17th, 2008 10:15 pm

    +1 with the tears… “I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you” slayed me….

    How DO you do these wonderful videos?

  14. mnerva on November 17th, 2008 11:18 pm

    Oh Linda, you picked probably one of my all time fave Ben Folds songs (I am a HUGE fan of Ben). And yes, it is saptastic, but I think that’s why I like it so much. Your pictures are beautiful. In the 7 or so years that I’ve read your blog you have grown so much. It’s amazing how affected a person can be by someone they’ve never met and never “really” known. I wish Riley a happy 3rd (belated, obviously). And totally bestow you the medal!!

  15. Naomi in Oz on November 17th, 2008 11:42 pm

    Oh man!! I wasn’t going to cry and now I’m blubbing like a baby. You are the luckiest!!

  16. Melis on November 18th, 2008 7:26 am

    So in love with your little family and wishing our boys could hang out and play (the smaller ones, not the bigger ones-JB would make G look like a total wuss).

    Also? Totally wanting a copy of that song!!!

  17. Sarah on November 18th, 2008 8:14 am


    I’ve been lurking here since shortly after my first baby — a boy — was born in March. Belated thanks, thanks, thanks for getting me through with a much-needed dose of humor and sarcasm on so many occasions. Most days, I have no idea what I’m doing with a very active, boyish boy. You’re so perfectly relevant in my world it’s astounding. As for the movie, I watched it (twice) with my baby Ezra, and it had us both grinning ear to ear. (Which is saying a lot, since he reserves that smile for his own reflection.)

  18. Karen on November 18th, 2008 9:28 am

    Weeping…weeping…and I’m a cynical old broad. UNFAIR! ;-)

  19. Leslie on November 18th, 2008 4:30 pm

    That – that was awesome.

  20. Jess on November 18th, 2008 5:28 pm

    I’m eating my dinner while waiting for my spouse to come home. The babies are asleep and I’m bawling. That was beautiful.

  21. Missie on November 21st, 2008 7:34 pm

    Crying over here. Kah-ryy-ing.

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