Sunday, August 31, 2008

help, i need an interpreter

more adventures in spelling, by L. : WEOR GENA MOOVA
("we're gonna move")
L., chasing after Riceball: "Hey, Stinker, get back here!!"
(comes from me teasing him, "you're a little stinker, aren't you!?")

A., pointing to her forehead: "Mommy, this is my father."
(the sign of the cross. yeah, that one took me a minute, too...)

Friday, August 29, 2008

even when we're not packing...

...they find boxes to sit in.

(by the way, although it might look like she's kissing him, she's actually licking him. for some reason.)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

photo shoot (2)

photo shoot

another favorite

L. loves her magnetic erase-board. She teaches herself to spell, to draw, and now she makes up stories. She makes blocks for each vignette and then has me sit down so she can "read" me the story. Pictured above is one of my favorites. I don't actually remember the story line because I didn't make it past "Once upon a time, there was a pirate poivron rouge who was digging for gold." I guess that explains his enormous smile.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


there I am, one hand steering, one shifting, there's no way I can intervene. So someone pounces.

BR: "Waaahhhh!!!"
Me (losing it): "L.! A.! what did you do now? Can't you just leave him alone!"
L.: "But, Mommy! I'm just trying to love him!"

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gaga's visit

Gaga came to visit for a week and we did SO much fun stuff. We went to the beach, the zoo, a playground on the bay, the race, great-grandma's...

race day

the kids came to cheer us on as J and I climbed the hill at mile 12 of our Half Marathon on Sunday. If the pictures didn't turn out so well it's probably because we were lightning fast with a finish time of 1hr 53min. Yup, we pretty much rocked it.
(In the future we'll probably avoid races with hills, though.)

Out of 8,000 total runners, I came in as the 321st woman! This mother of 3 preschoolers was pretty darn proud.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

this is too easy

L. and A. are pretty good eaters, and I don't often have to coax them through a meal. But sometimes I need to. This morning's conversation with L.:

"Mommy, may I be excused from the table?"
"No, you need to eat a few more bites."
"How many?"
"Uh, how about, 7?"
"No, I'm going to eat 10!"

A., at age 2.5, is in that magical phase of desperately trying to express her wishes through any means and especially through, um, volume. There was some great disappointment for her yesterday and she wouldn't stop wailing. I guess her sadness was too much for L. to bear because after a few moments I heard her trying to soothe her, by commanding her:
A.: "Waaahhh!!"
L.: "A, giggle!"
A: "Waaahhh!"
L.: "Giggle, A., GIGGLE!! GIGGLE! A.: GIGGLE!!!!"
A.: "Tee hee hee!!"
L. & A: "Ha ha ha, hee hee!"
Wait a minute. That actually worked?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

"i look likes Aunt Mer!"

(i'm pretty sure she means with the hat, not the bib)


L. calls this "hearts smoke":

L. is also teaching herself to spell. I give you two samples:
1. "WDR" (water, of course)
2. "L. RUDROWNAPAZO" ("L., are you drawing a puzzle.")

feel the love

A: "i'm sorry for hitting you, L."
L: "i forgive you."
A: "i forgive you."
L: "no, I forgive YOU."
A: "I forgive YOU."
L: "I FORGIVE YOU! A. you say you're sorry and I say I forgive you."

Friday, August 8, 2008

"hey mommy, i'm going to play that Beatles song"


In other news, when we're out and about A. keeps us all informed about cars (pretty much each car that passes us or that is parked within viewing distance). There are three very important distinctions:
"hey, mommy! that look likes our car, it has a roofrack!"
"hey, mommy! that car has a VW!" (she recognizes the insignia--she doesn't actually know her letters yet)
"hey mommy, that car's not likes our car, it doesn't have a VW and it doesn't have a roofrack."

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

thank you, Margaret and H.A. Rey

curious george once had to go to the hospital because he ate a piece of puzzle. he had to have surgery and then was in recovery for two days afterward.

now we play, "we're sick." it involves plenty of moaning and groaning and some ticklish surgery and a very attentive nurse who needs to be at the bedside at all times providing ice cream and jello and advice like, "now try and rest for a Really Long Time" and that sort of thing (the jello is accepted but the advice is never followed).
in the above photos, I think he had eaten "a piece of train" and she had eaten "a piece of teddy bear". hazards indeed.

at this rate...

...we won't even need a moving truck. there will be nothing packed anyway.

Monday, August 4, 2008

i'm learning!

L. likes to have "learning" conversations with me these days. She'll say, teach me something. And then I'll pick a topic (or I will be given one) and then she will start learning. So, we talk about volcanoes and how they work, or I discuss feelings and provide some new vocabulary words so that we can learn to talk about them, or something like that. tonight's conversation:

L.: "So, what is fair and what isn't fair? What does cheating mean?" I explain and then she asks for an example.

Me: "Well, like when I say 'close your eyes while I hide this toy and then we'll play hot and cold until you find it. But then someone opens their eyes when they're supposed to be closing them. That's cheating and it isn't fair."
L.: "Oh, I do that. I open my eyes."
Me: "Well, that's cheating. It isn't fair because then the other kids don't know where it's hidden."
L.: "Right. So that's how I can win."
Moving on to the next topic:
L. "I want to learn about how my feelings get hurt sometimes. So, what hurts my feelings?"

Me: (Hmm...that sounds maybe just a little negative..? Think of a happy topic, quick...)

Me: "Uh, let's talk about something else... I know, how about you tell me where different foods come from. Blueberries?"


"I don't know. Cows?"

"Great. Apples?"

"Apple trees."

"Good. Chicken?"
"Uh, cows?"

"No... try again."
"I don't know. Cows?"

Four years old and doesn't know this. Either we've lived in the city way too long or mommy needs to be fired.