Monday, October 27, 2014


My favorite recent kidisms courtesy of my two favorite kids:


Camden was sick last week and fell asleep in Matt's lap in the recliner. When I woke him to carry him up to bed, he complained that his hand felt funny. I explained to him that his hand had probably fallen asleep, since it was smashed in such an awkward position on Daddy. He looked at me, completely bewildered, but didn't say a word.

When he climbed into bed a few minutes later, he asked, "How does a hand fall asleep?! It doesn't even have a face!"

He insisted on wearing a tie to dinner the other night. He wanted to know if he looked fancy.


Macey liked to randomly declare things that she likes during the day. Below are my favorite declarations, all said in a one hour period:

"I like toothpaste."
"I like dirt."
"I like Daddy."

Macey has started saying "hold you" when she wants to be held, which I find completely adorable. Yesterday, when I was cooking dinner, she approached me and said, "Mommy, can May May hold you?" The visual of my two-year-old picking me up was hilarious, but since I knew what she was intending to say, I carried her instead.

My girl is nothing if not persistent. She has started asking more and more questions and her voice gets progressively higher as she asks her question. When she wants to someone to play with her, she doesn't take no for an answer. I was cooking dinner and heard this from the playroom a few nights ago:

"Mommy, you wanna play choo choos?" (I replied that I was busy cooking dinner.)
"Mommy and May May are gonna play choo choos." (I guess she figured that a simple rephrasing of the question might get a better result. Once again, I declined her invitation.)
Not to be deterred, she politely said, "Mommy, you wanna play choo choos? Please, Mommy."

Of course, she won. Because who can say no to that?!

Macey likes to say "Do it" in a very New York mobster sounding voice when she wants something done. While it's quite entertaining, I have to ask her to rephrase politely so she doesn't sound quite so gangster.

One of her favorite phrases lately is "Of course!"
Me: "Macey, would you like to play dinosaurs with me?"
Macey: "Of course!"

Finally, she likes to prove that she's two going on twelve with one of her favorite new words: "Cool!"
There's no taming the hair on this one.

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Macey in Action

There are a couple of quick videos of Macey that I've been meaning to share.

The first was following my brother's birthday party at my house. Macey absolutely loves to hear everyone sing "happy birthday". She runs around in circles dancing and then requests to hear it "again". After everyone left our house following my brother's party, I heard Macey singing quietly. It took me a minute to decipher the words, but when I realized she was singing "happy birthday" to my brother, I had to grab my camera.

Macey has been counting for a while now. She counts clearly to twelve, and then beyond that she just kind of repeats "umm-teen" over and over again. It was in the past few weeks, though, that I began to notice that she was deliberately counting objects-- and doing it accurately! Of course, being the proud mom that I am, I had to gather some video evidence of this accomplishment.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Time

We made our annual trip to our favorite local pumpkin patch last weekend. It's about a 45 drive from our house, but it's worth every minute of the trip. We lucked out with a perfect weather day (mid 70's and sunny) and only a moderate sized crowd. The day was a big hit with the kids and definitely a tradition we'll continue.

We began our day by feeding the ducks, swans, goats, donkeys, and roosters. Both kids were particularly amused by the goats and donkeys. Macey laughed every time one of them made a "baaaa" sound. She wasn't amused, however, when I told her that she couldn't feed them her goldfish crackers.

The corn house was a definite favorite. We spent a good 20 minutes playing in there. The only drawback: corn was falling out of our clothes for the rest of the day.

The train ride was an absolute must.  Both kids enjoyed the ride, but Macey was particularly mesmerized by the fact that she was riding on a choo choo. Her smile (pictured below) was a permanent fixture on her face during the ride.

There were some other activities that the kids loved that aren't pictured (my phone battery died during the visit). Those included: a long tunnel slide, a hay maze, pig races, and a tractor ride.
Both kids were excited to pick out their own pumpkins. Camden chose a green one and Macey chose a small orange one.
Now, we count down the days until Halloween!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ten Years.

Matt and I celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary on October 9th. Ten years is such a milestone anniversary. Matt and I were married young (at 23 and 24 years old). We've experienced so much together in the last ten years of marriage-- buying two houses, adopting pets, the stress of infertility, traveling to the Bahamas, Jamaica, Key West, and Vegas, our first positive pregnancy test, the birth of Camden, becoming a family of three, the deaths of loved ones, my transition to being a stay-at-home mom, another positive pregnancy test, the birth of Macey, and the completion of our family of four. There have been highs and lows, good times and bad, challenges and triumphs. Over the past 10 years, we've built a life that I couldn't be more proud of and thankful for. Here's to the next 10 years!

Disclaimer: Matt & I were married before digital wedding photography (how's that to make you feel old?!) and my scanner is broken. So, these are pictures of pictures-- hence the less than stellar quality.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Interview with Camden (at almost five!)

Check out our latest interview below, folks. I can't wait to look back on how his answers change over the years.
Transcript of our interview:
How old are you? Four.
How old are you going to be on your next birthday? Five.
What is your favorite TV show?  Paw Patrol. I just told you that.
What is one thing you like about yourself?  Playing baseball.
What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner?  Pizza.
What is your favorite color?  Umm, blue. And white.
Who is your best friend?  Jacob, Alex, Will, Daniel, Lainey, and Eli.
What is your favorite song?  Itsy Bitsy Spider
What do you like best about mommy?  That you play baseball in the backyard with me.
What do you like best about Daddy? That he's a coach.
What’s your favorite thing about school?  Mmm...playing.
What is your favorite video game? Bomberman. (Breaks into spontaneous cheer)
What’s your favorite thing to play with Macey? Play Nintendo. (Then he clarifies that Macey doesn't actually play Nintendo, but she pretends by holding a controller.)
What do you like best about your teachers?  That they teach me things I don't know.
What are their names? Miss Linda and Miss Cindy
When do you think your bed time should be?  Umm, nine o'clock.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside? Mmm, go down the slide on the hill.
What do you like most about baseball? That I hit a coach's pitch.
What do you want to be when you grow up?  A policeman.
How many kids do you think you’ll have? I already said two.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gymnastics, Day One

Let's just say that day one of Macey's gymnastics class didn't go quite as I expected. I had an idea that it might not go as smoothly as I hoped when we were waiting for her teacher in the lobby area. Macey was peering through the windows and was ecstatic to see the foam pit filled with big beach balls.

"Balls! Playground!" she screamed over and over again, while trying frantically to open the door to the gym.

That was a fun fifteen minute wait.

Once we got inside and class began, I could see right away that she was the youngest kid in the class and the only new kid in the class. When she was asked to sit on her star, she obliged-- briefly. Then she decided it would be much more fun to run around and pick up everyone else's stars off the ground.

Next up: the foam pit. I breathed a sigh of relief when we moved on to this activity because she was so excited to get in there. A few minutes later, I started hearing, "May May stuck! May May stuck!" Now, in her defense, it is kind of tough to climb out of those pits!

Moving on the obstacle course. She enjoyed jumping and climbing through various obstacles, but she did not enjoy waiting her turn. What two year old does? While she's used to taking turns with Camden, she is NOT used to waiting her turn while six other kids go in front of her. While we waited, I spent a lot of time chasing her around the gym so she didn't interrupt other classes.

On a positive note, the trampoline was a big hit. So was the goodbye song that we danced to at the end of class. When I asked her if she had fun on the way home, she gave me an enthusiastic, "Yes!"

I'll be honest: about halfway through class, I told myself we wouldn't be back until Macey was older and could follow directions. However, I talked to the teacher after class and she told me that every new student starts this way and that Macey will get used to the structure. Here's hoping that's true and she wasn't just trying to make me feel better!

I think we'll give it another go next week. She seemed to enjoy herself, even if she exhausted her mama.

Monday, September 29, 2014

These days: a kid update

There are countless times in a week (and sometimes in a day) when one of the kids says or does something and I think, I really should be documenting this stuff.

Sometimes I'll grab a post-it note and jot down random words, hoping that my scribbling will help jog my memory about a particular moment. Other times, I file the story away mentally, promising myself I'll write it down later.

So, in the spirit of keeping that promise to myself, here are some random stories, thoughts, and information about Camden at almost 5 years old and Macey at just over 2 years old.


  • Your Little League games are so fun to watch. You have such a great attitude. You struck out last week for the first time, and you took it like a champ. I worried about how you'd rebound from the strike out. Turns out, you're a resilient little guy. You play hard. Even when you're in the outfield and not getting much action, you keep your eye on the ball. You give every at bat and every defensive play your best effort. I am so proud of you.
  • Your favorite joke right now is, "I'm going to hide under there." You can't help but snicker quietly to yourself while you wait for the inevitable "Under where?" response. And then you can barely get out your punchline in between fits of laughter: "I just made you say underwear!" Oh, (almost) 5 year old humor-- gotta love it.
  • You're completely obsessed with video games. Right now, your favorite is Bomber Man. We limit your screen time, but even when you're not playing, you're still living in a video game world. I love to listen as you quietly discuss levels and bad guys and strategies for defeat with yourself.
  • You are doing wonderfully in school. It's so different this year; there's more real work and structure. They're preparing you for kindergarten and you're taking it in stride. You look forward to going each day.
  • You talk a lot. And you ask a lot of questions. I don't think you ever run out of things to say and I love to listen as you try to figure out the world around you. You ask questions about everything from God to the Ghostbusters movie (and no- we haven't let you see that movie yet).

Playing catcher. That equipment he's wearing weighs almost as much as he does.


  • One of my favorite things you're saying right now is, "I'm sowwy." Sometimes you use it appropriately, like if you accidentally hurt your brother. The other day, your clumsy mom fell while walking up the stairs. I said, "Ouch!" and you yelled, "I'm sowwy, Mommy!" from downstairs. Also, when I apologize to you for something, you say, "It's otay, Mommy."
  • You are still totally pacifier obsessed. I'll be honest: I kind of slacked off on the weaning process when we transitioned you to your toddler bed. It seemed like a lot of change all at once. Now that you're (mostly) adjusted to your new bed, I should really start working on the paci wean again. But I'll admit that I will miss hearing you say, "Cat sassy? Pwease, Mommy." (Your pacifiers have ridiculously large stuffed animals attached to the end of them. Your current favorite is your cat paci.)
  • You've mastered jumping and you do it repeatedly. You're quite pleased with your new accomplishment.
  • You do the funniest little snort/smile combination when you're being silly (or when you want attention, because you know it makes everyone laugh).
  • Another attention getter? Your fake sneeze that's followed by a ridiculously precious, "Escoooose me."
The famous snort/smile. (Watching bro play baseball with Nonnie, who is Matt's mom.)