Monday, February 23, 2015

31.5 degrees

Here's some of what's happening:
  • It's been 31.5 degrees this morning, which is a stupid temperature.  We had predictions of freezing rain and my husband had to drive the kids to school.  Baby T and I are stuck at home, as it's too cold to walk comfortably and driving is out of the question, as it's not worthwhile to risk death for a latte.
  • Really enjoying the new Foyle's War episodes!  They're doing a very good job integrating Foyle into the intelligence community and individualizing the personalities of his new colleagues.
  • Baby T is rejecting strapped things.  We're doing more or less OK with her walking rather than riding in the stroller, but her rejection of high chairs and insistence on sitting in a normal chair without straps is driving me nuts, as she likes to sit, eat crackers, walk around (maybe with crackers), go sit back down, eat crackers, walk around, etc.  Also, there's the issue of diet, as the strapless seating seems to go hand-in-hand with a diet consisting largely of crackers.
  • Baby T has also been insisting that her high chair is just for monkey (or Elmo, or whoever her current favorite is).  So she plunks her friend down in the high chair, insists on a cracker and a "straw cup" for her friend, and then sits nearby in a big chair, with no straps.    
  • So many school projects!
  • Summer vacation in less than 3 months!
  • We have our summer West Coast tickets now for me, C and D.
  • I have entered into a deal with C.  If she practices for 15 minutes a day nearly every day for two months, we will buy her a nicer ukulele.  (The old standard was 10 minutes a day.)  C is interested and she's already put in two or three days of 15 minutes.  I heard her playing "Amazing Grace" a couple days ago.  (I have written the terms of the deal on C's calendar and have also been recording her practice times there.) 
  • I've also ordered C a Beatles fingerpicking ukulele book and Beatles CD with their earlier 1960s stuff. 
  • D has history fair soon!  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Four word sentence

Here's what Baby T said yesterday:  "C cut nice muffin."

She was talking about C cutting up a double chocolate Valentine muffin for her.  (My husband made them.  We had them later with vanilla ice cream.)

Friday, February 13, 2015


Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T understands and uses the concept of "two."
  • She's also lately been asking to have things done for her kitty or monkey.  So, if I want to dress her or put on her shoes, I often need to put shoes on monkey or dress monkey before I get to shoe or dress Baby T.  
  • D is getting very good Latin grades!
  • We are in school project hell.  School is HARD.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Big Bird

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T is done with fever but she's very sniffly.
  • We've been working through my old Sesame Street and Elmo VHS collection.  We have to be some of the last people in town with a working VCR...I've been discarding the snowier ones as we go along.
  • Baby T likes Big Bird!
  • C had science fair this week.
  • D's class is studying the American Revolution and they had a tea party at school to see what the patriots had to do without.
  • Baby T and I finally got out on an outing this morning.  We did a little discount rack shopping, visited Petco, and did a little grocery shopping.
  • Blue Bell has come out with Caramel Turtle Cheesecake Ice Cream.  I haven't tried it yet, but thanks in advance, Blue Bell!!!
  • Baby T says stuff like, "Where pig go?" and "Where kitty go?"

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Baby T has been sick, so I treated her to her very first Elmo marathon today.  She loved it!

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Why does there need to be a quarterly Latin project??????  Why?????

This is shaping up to be a very projecty spring term.  Some highlights:

  • major book report with poster
  • science fair (school and possibly regional)
  • Latin project
  • history fair
  • a costume or two for school plays to put together
And that's over roughly the next month.  Oh, and there's also spelling bee coming up.

My husband is the project guy (I mostly hang out with the baby and wring my hands from afar), but this is getting out of hand.  Good thing we are extracurricular minimalists. 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Potty Training II

Some updates:

  • No more store brand pullups--it's just not worth it.  The one I took off Baby T this morning was literally leaking through the material (not just at the leg opening).
  • Baby T has the expensive habit when using the potty of taking dry clean pullups, wadding them up, and stuffing them into the diaper pail.  I've had some words with her, but she is unconvinced.
  • We've been watching the Bear in the Big Blue House potty episode.