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Friday, November 29, 2013

Is that a Lightbulb around your neck?

Henry noticed the pearl necklace I was wearing today. And by "noticed," I mean grabbed it and pulled it closer for a better look, nearly strangling me in the process.

Henry: Is this a LIGHTBULB?
Mama: No, it's a pearl.
Henry (face lights up): I know what PEARLS are! They live in CLAMS!

Kid knows what a pearl IS but not what it LOOKS like?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Grab the Bull by the Horns

Henry's noisily stomping around the living room on hands & knees.

Henry: I'm a triceratops!
Mama: Where's your horn?
Henry (pause): No! No! I'm a BULL!

Yeah, okay. Horn question avoided?

Mama: So where's your horns?
Henry (not to be outdone): I'm a CALF bull!

Toesies and Owies

I was watching my 2 yr old change her own Pull-Up and get dressed this morning, quite the independent little girl who's even telling her body parts what to do.

 Kat: Me! On! Ahm IN! Owie IN!

She stubbed her toe months ago and ever since she thinks her toes are called "Owie."

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Halloween 2.0

Since we're well into November, seems like a good idea to catch up and write about the kids' Halloween before Christmas is upon us.
Usually Jim takes the kids around our neighborhood and I stay behind to dole out the candy. This year I insisted on a trade since I usually don't get to see their happy little faces as they gleefully accept their treats. I learned soon enough why Jim was so quick to take me up on that offer.
(On a side note, I get that parents with small kids want to start before it's pitch black outside, but we aren't trick-or-treat ready before 6:30 and even that is pushing it with our schedules).
So we had the lights off and ignored the doorbell which still chimed (lights OFF, people!) until it was time to wrangle Henry and Kat into their Superman and Dragon costumes, respectively. Naturally, Henry's Superman costume which he has worn a couple of times before the 31st was suddenly unacceptable and chafed his neck. Kat's dragon hood kept falling over her face, so that wasn't going to work either. Changed into Storm trooper and Pumpkin and headed out only to discover it had started raining somewhere between putting on Henry's Storm trooper mask and plopping on Kat's pumpkin hat. Perfect.
My brother and I headed out with the kids while Jim stayed behind in the nice warm house. It was cute at first to see them trot up and ring the doorbell, delighted with the people's responses to their costumes, but quickly became a tiresome routine of helping Kathryn up and down precarious porch steps, without tripping over my Renaissance dress, and keeping track of an increasingly hyper-Henry scampering around in the chilly rain. But they had fun and I loved how Kat would hold out her little hand, get two pieces of candy, then chase after Henry yelling "Ree-Ree!" to give him the other piece. She was so concerned that she was getting a treat and he wasn't. Love that.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


This totally made my night. I was putting the lid on Kathryn's cup of berry lemonade when it slipped out of my hand and tipped over, spilling the contents directly into the open silverware drawer. That sucked.
Then I was bustling around cleaning up the kitchen with Kat following me around (of course) occasionally tugging on the back of my pants. Turns out she was blowing her nose on tissue after tissue and jamming them, dripping snot, into my back pocket. Awesome.