Thursday, December 18, 2014


Baby T, age 26 months, says "souffle."  (Panera's makes them and C and D love them, particularly the bacon one.)

Baby T also has been trying to say "gouda."

This is reminiscent of C at the same age, one of whose first several hundred words was "brie."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas list

The kids recently wrote Christmas wish lists for me at my request.

Here is a lightly edited version of C's list (most of which she's not getting, by the way--it's the sort of stuff she can actually afford):

--fire/wind/earth Skylander
--frozen yogurt gift card
--fabric markers
--mask feathers
--Baby T hugs

I just noticed the last item.  Awwwww!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Three word sentences

Baby T is starting to routinely do three word sentences.

Post-Thanksgiving catch up

Here's some of what's happening:

  • C and D and I went to the West Coast for Thanksgiving (they get a whole week off from school) and we had a lovely weekend in Seattle with one grandma (Space Needle, glass museum and science center) and then we went to the Olympic Peninsula to see my family.  We had Thanksgiving with my grandparents, visited the farm, the store, and played lots of cards with family and friends.  We also discovered a creperie near the ferry docks in Port Angeles and had breakfast there one morning.  So amazing!  The Thai restaurant right next to it is good, too--they had lemongrass creme brulee and black rice pudding.
  • Baby T says, "Uh oh, kitty!"  It's apparently totally hilarious, even when I say it.  I have no idea where she gets that one--parents' day out?
  • Baby T and I were heading out for a morning outing and she said "babies see."  I'm not sure if that was "babies see" or "babies see?"  "Let's go see the babies!" is my usual code phrase for her for parents' day out.
  • We had a flood a few weeks ago (the water filter under the kitchen sink burst) and we are gradually putting our home together.  C's bedroom is the main problem now, as it still needs to be reassembled.
  • C took the SAT as a 7th grader yesterday!  She got her choice of restaurant for a dinner out and we have promised her one large item (in the $30-70 range), with the possibility of similar largesse if she scores well on her test.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Santa Claus lies

C was scandalized to hear that her CCD teacher lies to her kids about Santa Claus.

The CCD teacher said, "The kids who don't believe in Santa get under for Christmas."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Baby T at the grocery store

Baby T and I were at the grocery store about a week ago.  Baby T was walking.  I turned my back for a moment and when I looked back, I discovered that Baby T had grabbed a bag of grapes and was just about to fling it in the grocery cart.  

Baby T understands how things work.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Here's an update:

  • For Halloween, Baby T was Yoda (but didn't want to wear the ears), D was a knight (wearing his red crushed velvet cloak) and C wore her red kimono costume.
  • Baby T continues to do well at parents' day out once a week.
  • So much rain!
  • For about a month, we had an all-black kitty cat hanging outside our house, looking in the windows and rubbing up against the glass door.  Kitty was friendly and very, very persistent.  We eventually cracked and started feeding kitty our old canned tuna and salmon.  By and by, we found ourselves buying actual cat food for kitty.  I had flyered the neighborhood to figure out if kitty had an owner, but the consensus was that kitty was a free agent.  We made an agreement with some critter-loving friends to take in kitty.  That was after a harrowing episode with two loose dogs who came inches from kitty and treed kitty until they got bored and then came back again, at which point I brought kitty into the house and shut him in the garage until we could get our friends over to collect him.  The hand-off went off without a hitch and our friends sent a multitude of awwwww-inspiring photos and videos of kitty enjoying life indoors at their house.  I love a happy ending.