Friday, February 27, 2015

Dream on!

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We have had at least two days with snow this week and we may have more tomorrow.  On Wednesday, we had the biggest snowflakes I've ever seen--they were more like falling snowballs than flakes.  C just had an academic event tomorrow cancelled because of the weather--they're anticipating freezing rain all night long, plus some snow.  
  • Sometime this week, I was driving with Baby T and Aerosmith's "Dream On" came on the radio.  From the middle seat, I heard Baby T saying happily, "Dream on!"
  • I showed Baby T her first Dora video today.  It's really good for her age--very interactive and engaging.
  • Baby T has recently decided that straps aren't her thing, whether in the minivan, the stroller, or her feeding seat.  At home, when I try to put her in the feeding seat, she insists on seating her kitty or other critter in the seat and asks for a sippy and cracker for her pal.  Then Baby T wants to sit in a big girl chair at the table (with lots of breaks for running around).  She has also taken to foraging in the kitchen for whatever she needs--straws, sippy cups, dishes from the dishwasher.
  • Baby T also loves (whenever I'm about to do something to her--put on pants, shoes, coat, put her in the stroller or car seat, etc.) to offer her pal first.  

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!