Showing posts from February, 2011


Envision John Stewart's version of the Queen of England's voice:  "Helloooooo...."This is what my daughter called me today while we were shopping at Sam's Club.  What, is she some British socialite now?  Mumsy?  I mean, I know that if ever she were to consider me fancy, it could only be while at Sam's for large quantities of meat and cheese, but where in the heck does she come up with this stuff?

Additionally while shopping at Sam's, she felt compelled to call out either "Grandma" or "Grandpa" to every person we passed who appeared to be over age 45.  You're welcome, middle America.  For those of you who felt humiliated, it may make you feel better to know that she has a double ear infection.  So, either it is clouding her judgement or at least she is suffering as payback for the pain she inflicted on you.

As illness goes, she has done really well during this bout and been in very good spirits all in all.  I, on the other hand, ha…


I need to take a moment to capture a few of the adorable things my little Nugget is doing these days.  I want to remember, someday, what she was like at a given age.  Already I can see that all of the ages quickly run together and you can't remember if they started talking when they were 12 months or 12 years because it seems like things were always just the way they are now.  So:

She's started making up nicknames for everything.  For instance, her BFF, her stuffed Piglet.  She might call him any one of the following: Pigs, Pig eyes, Piggly Wiggly or Pigwies.  Just FYI, his initial nickname was just "Piggy" and this donned by The Mister and myself.  She might call crackers "cracks" or cookies "cooks."  She calls her jacket "jacks."  And she talks to these various inanimate objects like they are all friends of hers.  I.E. "Let's go, cracks!"

She loves to say goodbye to things when we leave the house.  "Goodbye, Piggy.  …

Counting my Blessings

I want to take time to realize how blessed, how amazingly lucky my life is.  It's easy to pick things to complain about.  It's easy to spend our time being snarky and jaded.  Believe me, I spend a lot of time being those things.  But here, right now, I want to spend some time listing some of the wonderful parts of my life.  Perhaps, if nothing else, wallowing in my good fortune will help balance out those moments when I allow the negativity to take over.

I am so grateful that I have a healthy child.  Each night, my child goes to sleep in a warm bed with a full belly.  She knows love and kindness and little else of the world.  Though she was many weeks premature, she has developed normally.  She is a healthy eater.  She is an excellent sleeper.  She is curious and imaginative and opinionated.  She is, overall, a delightful child and I can't believe I have have the good fortune to call her my daughter.

I am thankful that I have a loving husband.  He works hard for our family…

Hickory Dickory Dog

The Nugget is at an insanely cute AND irritating age all at once.  On the positive side, the cute definitely outweighs the irritating.  Mostly that annoying part comes out when she is tired or not feeling well.  Some days I am teetering on the edge of sanity (which gives me SO much more sympathy for parents who are dealing with more difficult situations than mine).  To keep my sanity, here are some cute things from this long winter:

The Nugget got a lot of fake food for Christmas.  She loves playing with it; her imagination is just flourishing.  We "cook" and "eat" several times a day.  One of the foods in the toy bin is a hot dog.  She has somehow connected this to the song "Hickory Dickory Dock" and has begun calling it a Hickory Dickory Dog.  I want to eat her up!

The Nugget has decided in past couple of months that we are no longer "mommy" and "daddy", we are now just "mom" and "dad".  I had no idea that she wou…