Saturday, February 27, 2010

it was too quiet...mama should have known better...

In case you can't tell, that's a picture of our livingroom floor covered with the bedding from the girls room, toys, coats, shoes and the contents of a couple of bookshelves piled into boxes.
Am and BR were SO proud of all their "hard work."

guess not

"hey, BR, do you think you could put your pjs on all by yourself tonight because I am cooking dinner."

a week ago today...

...a little girl turned 4!!

we had a triple layer homemade chocolate cake with a marshmallowy frosting (mmm...), animal charades, punch with sherbet, a blindfold game, lots of prizes, a 'mummy' game, and some good friends and family to celebrate with. As a special bonus this year, Grammy and Papa joined us, too!

before the party got started, we even had some time to do some sledding with Granny and Papa! What a great day. Congratulations, A.m.!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

can you guess what she meant?

L. is preparing for her first school performance tonight. She told me that last night they practiced in the "Odd Victorian."

Tee hee.

Monday, February 22, 2010

she's on to me

I was trying to be sneaky, but I failed.

L.: "Mommy, why do you get two cookies and we just get one?"
Mommy: "Because I'm a pig."
A.(in a hopeful tone): "I'm a pig, too!"

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

excessive caution

Me: "Craft time, kids! BR, do you want to cut some paper with some little scissors?"

BR: "No, I can't! Josefine (babysitter) says that's dangerous!"


Me: "BR, please go back to the table right now and finish eating your breakfast."

BR: "No, I don't want to! It's too poisonous!"

it's like the princess and the pea, in reverse

return of the (exasperated) Poobas

You, the faithful and loyal readers of RandB, might remember from this post that we're very fond of "Poobas" around here. Daddy especially likes to talk about them a lot.
This afternoon, L. decided to illustrate her father's fondness for Poobas. (That's a heart above Daddy's head as he walks, zombie-like, toward the gigantic Poobah.)

Apparently, Poobas tire of so much adulation. (I'm not sure if you can read what those two Poobahs are thinking about. They both have thought bubbles that say: "Enough is enough.")

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


In some ways, I was apprehensive about L. starting school. Kids can be mean, and also there was no telling what new concepts other children might introduce her to.

She came home one day to tell me that one of her friends (who seems like a good kid, and whose parents I have met) says the "S" word all the time. I was horrified! Five year olds, saying that word?

"Oh no! That's not good! Do other kids say it, too?"

"Lots of them do," she told me. "And you know what? They even think it's not a bad word!"

"Well it is!" I insisted. I just couldn't believe it.

Then I thought about it for a minute. "Wait a minute. What's the 's' word?"

She wouldn't speak it so she just whispered: "Stupid."

a simple Valentine treat

all you need is some strawberry yogurt and a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
put it all in the freezer for a couple hours and voila!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

not exactly what I meant

When I picked up La Luz from school, I told her a bit about our day while she was gone. At one point, we had done some sorting through boxes and A. and BR had "helped" me.

Me: "Hey L., today A. and BR played with me down in the cellar."
L. (casual as can be): "Oh, was there a tornado?"

then, later:
Me: "Hey L, did I tell you that I had an accident in the car yesterday?"
L. (a little shocked): "You peed in your pants in the car?"

fraggle rock insults

A: "Mom-meee! L. just called me a Gorg!"


There hasn't been much lately, so we took advantage of the little bit we got yesterday.

pushing (and pulling) Prince BR uphill:

Monday, February 8, 2010

name calling

There is another L. in our L.'s kindergarten class! They have become friends and the other L. came over for a playdate over the weekend. I laughed to discover that they call each other by their first and last names, just like their teacher and classmates do. I tried to explain they didn't have to do that when they addressed each other, but they didn't seem to get it.

Some of you might remember that when Aunt Kay was a little girl, she got fed up with all the extra and unpronounced letters in English words. French is (somewhat) more phonetically-correct and the spelling of words like "brought" and "though" with their silent "gh's" seemed pretty arbitrary (and silly) to her in comparison. She informed us one day: "I am going to change the spelling of my name. From now on, I will spell my name L-U-G-H and it will be pronounced 'Kay.' "
I guess L. has decided something similar. When A. asked her the other day how to spell her name, I overheard her answer: "P-U-B."
So, she might have been craving some fine English ale, or she might have just been messing with her sister. But I kind of think that, like her auntie so many years ago, she has had enough and has decided to liberate herself from the tyranny of the English language.

this mama is a sucker for little kids in overalls

Thursday, February 4, 2010

daddy's day off

a fun and productive day.
First, daddy took A. out for a special breakfast treat.

and then he helped BR get dressed.

(let's just hope he is not as confused about the backs and fronts of patients!)