Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

Snip.

Milk, Please!

We thought Morgan was so polite! Whenever she wants milk, she will say "milk, please" (ok, "mnyuk, meez") or "more milk, please" in her cute little voice. What great parents we must be teaching her manners like that!

Then she got a toy shopping cart for Christmas. With some toy food.

Yesterday she inventoried all of the food for me.

"Dookies!" she said handing me the box of cookies.

"Zoop!" and she pulled out the can of soup.

She picked up the milk carton. "Mnyuk, meez!"

She moved on to the juice. "Tzoose!"

"Wait, wait, wait" I said going back to the milk carton. "What is this?"

"Mnyuk, meez"

"Its milk," I said. "Can you say milk?"

Morgan nodded. "Mnyuk, meez".

I found her baby doll with a little baby bottle. "What is the baby drinking?" I asked.

"Mnyuk, meez!"

So, maybe she's not so polite after all.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Friday, December 23, 2005

Disneyworld

Morgan really enjoyed her first trip to Disneyworld last week. Jon & I had a blast too.
On Friday we flew down to Orlando. The plane was pretty crowded, but Morgan was so well behaved. We watched some Nemo on the computer and ate lots of goldfish crackers. Morgan loves flying so she had fun looking out the window and making airplane noises. Then Morgan got to ride a bus. She had been looking forward to that for weeks! Over the 4 days she got to ride tons of busses and I think that was one of her favorite parts of the whole trip!
Once we got checked into our hotel we visited Downtown Disney for lunch and window shopping. Morgan found some jumping fountains and got herself all wet. Unfortunately, it was pretty cold out!
On Saturday, the real fun began. We started the day at Animal Kingdom. This is a GREAT park. Beautiful, well laid out, with lots of fun rides, shows, and animal exhibits. The Safari truck ride was excellent and we got to see giraffes, hippos, elephants (even baby elephants!), crocodiles, and much more. Morgan also really enjoyed the petting zoo! She "maaa-ed" at goats and "moo-ed" at a cow. She wasn't afraid of the animals at all. Morgan also got to meet her first Disney character at Animal Kingdom - Minnie Mouse! Minnie got lots of smiles and even a hug from Morgan. Lucky Minnie!

In the afternoon we hopped over to Disney-MGM Studios. We thought Morgan would really enjoy the Playhouse Disney show which features some of her favorite Disney Channel characters like Jojo (from Jojo's Circus) and Bear (of the Big Blue House). But Morgan started screaming as soon as we walked into the auditorium so the show was a no-go. Too bad. We also made the mistake of taking her on the Backlot Tour ride which, besides being very lame, was terrifying to Morgan during the special effects, blow up a truck sequence. Oops. Morgan did however like getting her picture taken with Mickey and ALL his friends (she was so enthralled by the Mouse that she wouldn't look at the camera), climbing on the giant plants and bugs in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground, and seeing the park all lit up with Christmas lights.

Morgan went all day with no nap so we hoped she'd sleep well at the hotel. It was not to be. She woke up a bunch and then got up for good around 6am. Jon & I were glad that we had decided to go to bed at 8 too!

Saturday we decided to spend the whole day at the Magic Kingdom. We got off to a rocky start when we say a singing and dancing routine on mainstreet which Morgan was afraid of. (I guess she doesn't like live entertainment.) But by the time she got off her first ride (Teacups) she was all smiles. We actually got on a number of rides: Autopia, Jungle Cruise, Carousel, Its a Small World, Rockets, Aladdin's Carpets, Tom Saywer Island, Disney Railroad and People Movers. We also spent a lot of time in Toontown where Morgan got to play in Mickey's and Minnie's houses and meet more characters. She met Mickey Mouse this time - and went up to him all by herself and talked to him and showed him that she had her name on her ear hat. She also got to meet the Pooh characters which I don't think she knew anything about previously. But that didn't bother her. She gave Pooh a hug, let Eyeore pick her up, and tried to cut in line to see Tigger.

It rained off and on the whole day, but I think it just kept the crowds a little lighter. We managed to stay mostly dry and have a great time.

Morgan didn't nap on Sunday and was up early again Monday morning and by that time the lack of sleep was beginning to show. We started Monday with a temper tantrum over picking up a bottle of soap she threw on the ground. So we got a late start to Epcot with all three of us in a bad mood.

Epcot was the only park we didn't really like. It was hard to get around and seemed very crowded. Most theme parks are designed to minimize the feeling of crowded even on really busy days. This one failed in that. We only stayed a couple of hours. We thought Morgan would like to see the show with Crush from Finding Nemo, but you know how she feels about shows. So we attempted to salvage the day by going back to Animal Kingdom.

Once again, we had a great time! Morgan played in Dinoland - climbing, going down slides, and digging up dinosaur "bones". Then we got to see even more characters. This time we saw "Goopy" (Goofy), Mickey, Pooh, Eyeore, Piglet, Tigger, Baloo (who got a huge bear hug despite Morgan not knowing who he is), and Mickey again! I can't believe we got to meet so many characters. Its definitely set up better than when I was a kid. Character appearances are scheduled and very well organized with lines and a photographer.

For dinner we went to the Animal Kingdom Lodge which is a very fancy hotel and ate a delicious meal at their nice restaurant. Then we went back to Magic Kingdom for some (okay, lots) of souvenir shopping and to see all the christmas lights lit up. Morgan fell asleep in the stroller right when we got there and didn't wake up until the fireworks we we got some good Chrismas and birthday shopping done. By the time we got back to the hotel we were EXHAUSTED!

We flew home on Tuesday and everything went smoothly after we got past the almost-missed-the-bus-to-the-airport crisis in the morning. Morgan got to bring home a big Mickey doll which she plays with all the time.

Such a fun trip! I'm glad we got the chance to go an hope we can take Morgan back to "Nis-ney Wool" some day!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Dear Pepperidge Farm,

Dear Wonderful People at Pepperidge Farm,

Thank you so much for inventing Goldfish Crackers. You have made my life much easier.

Sincerely,
Katie


Complete Disney trip recap coming soon!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Baby Lyla

Morgan finally got to meet Baby Lyla today. Lyla is my friend Stephanie's 13-day-old little girl. She is sooooo cute! Ever since we bought a little gift for Lyla a few weeks ago Morgan hasn't been able to stop talking about her. "Baby Lyla" this, "Baby Lyla" that. "Baby Lyla" on her toy telephone. Who made this mess? "Baby Lyla", of course! So Morgan gave Lyla her present in its pink "purse" (gift bag) and only cried a bit when she didn't get to take the present home with her.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Ho-ho-hat!


Morgan got this Santa Hat from her grandparents recently. She loves the hat and calls it her "Ho-Ho-Hat". She loves it in the sense that she gives it hugs and want to carry it around all the time and makes everyone else wear it. She will not, however, wear it herself. Its too bad, because it would make a great picture. It totally looks like Santa is eating her head!

Mor-ee

We've been trying to get Morgan to use her name for a while. First, she would insist that her name was "Baby". We would tell her "Say Morgan wants to eat." She would answer "Baby eat!" The she started calling herself by any name other than her own. Bob. Elmo. Nemo. Daddy. Choo-choo.
But now she calls herself "Mor-ee"!!! She'll identify herself in (recent) pictures. And she likes to sing "Happy Day, Mor-ee" practicing for her birthday next month.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Tie-Ties

Morgan's new favorite TV show is Disney's Little Einsteins. Every morning when she gets up she asks to watch the "Tie-ties". I think she'd even choose it over Bob or Elmo right now. Its hard for me to see what she likes so much about it. It seems a little advanced for her. They try to teach musical concepts like "crecendo" and "diminuendo" and "staccato". I know Morgan is smart, but I don't think she's quite there yet. She is still working (rather unsuccessfully) on "loud" and "quiet"! But the show features classical music and art so its probably not doing her any harm. And at least its not Barney!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

First Cold of the Season

Well, Morgan seems to have gotten through her first cold of the season relatively easily. (Though her eyes were a bit puffy today. We'll have to watch that.) It was a bad one on Tuesday and Wednesday. She had a nasty cough and congested head. She kept choking on her snot. GROSS! But she was way better on Thursday and continues to improve. Being able to blow her nose (finally!) makes a huge difference!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Too many to count

I will probably be retiring Morgan's Word List at the end of the month. She is talking so much now that I just can't keep track of all her new words! She repeats almost everything we say. On Saturday, Jon described the mall as a "nut house" and Morgan sang the rest of the way home "nut house! nut house!". We've really got to be careful now about what types of things we say!!! She also learned "Mis-mis" - Christmas - from somewhere. We haven't really been talking about it much and I doubt they are learning about it in school yet. But we went down to "Holiday Lights at the Beach" and she pointed out the window and yelled "Mis-mis". Very smart, that girl. That was before, of course, she decided that she was scared of the lights and cried the whole way down the boardwalk. Oh well. Sometime this week I will try to get a video of Morgan "dobble"-ing like a turkey, so check back often.
HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Flu Shot

Morgan got her flu shot this morning. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I took her down to the clinic last Thursday, too, and she got hysterical as soon as we pulled into the parking lot. She was sobbing "no ears!" because she hates when the doctors look in her ears. But we got there 20 minutes after they opened and were #87 so we just left - I wasn't going to wait 2 hours with a screaming baby. But today she was fine. She was a little worried when she saw the nurses, and of course she cried when they gave her the actual shot, but she recovered as soon as I gave her a sheet of "choo-choo" stickers. I was very proud of her for being so brave.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Sesame Street Live - Morgan's Review


Hi! Morgan here. Mom and Dad took me to Sesame Street Live last night. I have never sat through a more terrifying 30 seconds in my entire life!!!I thought Halloween was over! This was worse than swimming! Worse than goats! Worse than school! As bad as IMAX! There was loud music, and flashing lights, and lots of people. Why would anyone go to this voluntarily???? I heard that the show lasted an hour! What torture! I guess it was nice to see Elmo in person. I was looking forward to that. He dances better than you might expect. And it was wierd that all of the Sesame monsters were the same size. I thought Cookie Monster would be a lot bigger than Elmo, but he wasn't. Anyway, it was scary and awful and I told Mommy and Daddy to take me home right away, which they did. From now on, I will just watch Elmo on TV the way it is supposed to be!
-Morgan

Monday, October 31, 2005

HALLOWEEN 2005



HALLOWEEN 2004

Happy Halloween!

Morgan the Duckling had a great Halloween weekend. On Friday we went Trick-or-Treating at the rec center. Morgan was, of course, the cuter of the two duckies in attendence. There were tons of kids - probably near 50 - and they set up 8 candy stations around the building. Morgan wasn't too interested in the candy (and she was kind of afraid of the grown-ups in costume) but she was very excited to walk through the big gym with all of the basketballs. Morgan scored so much candy there that she needed a cart to pull her pumpkin bucket around!

On Sunday we took Morgan to the farm. We have two "agri-tainment" farms within a couple of miles of our house. One has a huge Fall Festival with carnival rides, concession stands, a haunted hayride, and radio station remotes. The other has their hours spraypainted on a piece of plywood propped up by the side of the road. We went to that one because it was cheaper and we thought Morgan would have more fun without the crowds. We had a great time. Morgan got to take a hayride (we told her is was a train in order to get her to go on it. Is that wrong?), pet goats and horses, and pick out a baby pumpkin. The only negative was that they did not have "doodle doos" (chickens) walking around. Morgan kept looking for them and calling for them. "Doodle-doo! Doodle-doo!!!!" When we walked past a shed she was sure that the chickens were in there. She had to go up to it and knock on the door shouting for the "doodle-doos". We finally found some in a small henhouse, but I think Morgan was kind of disappointed with the lack of chickens. Otherwise, she seemed to enjoy it.

We considered taking Morgan trick-or-treating to a few houses, but decided not to at the last minute. She can't say "trick-or-treat" or "thank you" so she is probably too young for the door-to-door candy begging. But we decided to make Morgan our official candy distributer. She did an awesome job! We dressed her up in her duck and played on the front porch to try to attract more trick or treaters. (Each of the last 2 years we've gotten maybe 10 kids. We have been the only candy house on a cul-de-sac and the sidewalk is on the other side of the street so not many bother to come by.) It worked! We had to shut off our light at 7:30 because we were nearly out of candy. Morgan got a little scared of kids in masks, but she did really well. She was a little too generous with some of the trick-or-treaters, but we were proud of her for not trying to take candy out of their baskets.

Morgan was so sad when it was time to go inside and take off her duck. "More!", she begged. "More, please!" But we gave her some chocolate and that seemed to satisfy her. So thats it until next year. Hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Pee-pee in the potty!

Yep, you read that right. Morgan went pee-pee in the POTTY on Monday! We thought she was just faking us again. We were eating dinner and making her stay in her seat until we were finished when she started asking for the "boppy". I'm sure she was just using it as a clever way to escape the dinner table, but we took her to the potty anyway.

We tried to think of ways to encourage her to use the potty. We thought about turing on the faucet, but she really has no reason to associate the sound of running water with the potty so that probably wouldn't work. Then Jon suggested dunking her hands in warm water. I thought that was just a urban myth and slumber party prank. But Jon really wanted to try it so he filled a bowl with lukewarm water and had Morgan "wash" her hands while sitting on her potty.

Nothing happened.

Until about 5 minutes later when she pee-peed in the potty! Morgan looked very surprised and gave us a "is this what you guys are all excited about" look. We told Morgan how proud we were of her and even offered her a sticker. But all she wanted was to wash her hands. Again. And again. In a bowl. While sitting on the potty.

I guess its a good thing that the only reward she wants is to wash her hands. Such good hygiene! But I am afraid thata bowl of water will now be demanded on all future potty excursions.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

New videos

If anyone is having trouble viewing any of the new movies on Morgan's Words Page, let me know.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

5 a.m.

Yesterday, Morgan slept until 9:15! That is a new record. I kept going in and checking on her to make sure she was okay. Not sure why she slept so long - she went to bed at her usual time and only woke up briefly once or twice overnight. It was awfully nice being able to get up and get stuff done before she woke!

Well, this morning she decided to make up for it. 5 a.m! I was worried that she might be feeling bad - Jon & I both have colds - but that didn't seem to be the case. She was just...up. I went in her room. "Down, please?" she asked. "No," I said "its still night time. You need to go back to sleep." "No. Down, please." Argh.

When I picked her up from school today (another good day, btw) she was so sleepy she could barely lift her arm to wave good bye!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Feels like Christmas

Its soo nice outside today! Sunny and dry, about 68 degrees, warm sun and cool breeze. All of my east coast friends laugh at me, but this weather feels so christmassy to me!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Wild Safari

If we'd thought about it a little more carefully, we probably would have known that a 3-D, IMAX film is not a good choice for a baby's first moviegoing experience.

Morgan didn't even make it past the opening credits of this movie on Saturday. The movie opens with a 3-D "earth from space" shot coming at the audience.

Morgan took one look and said "No!" and ripped off the glasses. But she still didn't like what she saw.

"No! No-no! No!"

Then the music started. Poor Morgan. She began shrieking in terror.

"Bye-bye please! Bye, please! Bye, please!"

So we left. Because she asked so politely.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Anniversary


So what are you supposed to get for your 4th wedding anniversary? Oh. Linen or appliances. I was hoping it was the Ferrari anniversary!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

You never know

Guess who only cried for 10 minutes at school today?

Way to go, little Mo!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Two-Word Phrases

Another huge milestone reached! Morgan has started using two-word phrases. You have no idea how proud we were when Morgan looked into a swirling toilet and said "Bye-bye poo-poo". Music to Mommy and Daddy's ears! Now she says "Hi" and "Bye-bye" to all sorts of things:
"Bye-bye Mommy"
"Bye-bye Daddy"
"Hi vroom-vroom"
"Bye-bye ball"
"Hi duck"
Then she started saying "stinky". And then "stinky poo-poo". This baby definitely has my family's sense of humor! Now she says:
"stinky daddy"
"stinky mommy"
"stinky sock"
She has also started combining words with "please" and "nigh-nigh".
Hooray for Morgan!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Duck

Providing that she does not grow at all in the next 35 days, Morgan will be a duck for Halloween.

We saw this at Target yesterday and it was sooo cute that we went back today and bought it. (I sure never thought I'd spend $15 on a Halloween costume! I hate Halloween!) The tag said for ages 1-2 years so I thought it would fit - Morgan is small for her age after all. We took it home (Morgan asked for "duck" the entire way back) and tried it on. Morgan laughed and hugged herself. The costume is very soft and furry.

But it doesn't really fit. Its too tight in the crotch and the hood kind of forces her head down. Its also not long pants like it the picture. The legs go to about her knees! Not that Morgan minds. She cried and cried when I made her take it off. All through lunch she cried for her duck. She would eat a bite of noodles and then sob "duck, duck, duuuuuuuck". Then have a bite of carrots. "Duck, duck, duuuuuck".

I'm not sure what to do. I think I'll hang onto it and look for something that fits her better. So... if you happen to come across a cute, fuzzy duck costume in size 2T for under $20 - let me know! We will reimburse you and pay shipping!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Pimp My Cozy Coupe


Morgan got her first car last week - a used, one-door Cozy Coupe. We rescued it from the garbage on the side of the road. I'd say its about 5 years old with around 1 mile on it. Its pretty much a clunker: no air conditioning, no radio, no power steering, power brakes or power windows. Actually it has no brakes or windows at all. No power either now that I think about it.

I think we will write to MTV's Pimp My Ride and ask them to help.

Dear MTV,
I love my car, but it really needs help! I have seen all of the cars you've customized on your show, but none has been in as bad a shape as mine! I have no floor in my car. No windows either. And my steering wheel is not connected to the wheels in any way. Now, I am not an automotive expert, but I think thats just not right.
I also don't have room for any passengers. I have a very big family! Bob the Builder, Blankie, Baby Dolly, Bird, Elmo, Lion, Doggie, and my 10 penguins are not able to ride with me. I have to take them one at a time. I guess I could put someone in the trunk, but that is where I keep my sippy cup. Did I mention that my car has no cup holders?!?!?! What's up with that?!?!? How do they expect a modern toddler to drive without cup holders?!?!
I don't have a horn in my car either. What good is a car that cannot go "beep-beep". In fact, my car doesn't even go "vroom-vroom". I can make the "vroom-vroom" pretty well, but Mommy and Daddy's cars go "vroom-vroom" all by themselves! Why can't my car do that?
Because of the lack of "vroom", my car doesn't go very fast. I usually just get out and push. Thats the only way to get anywhere. Maybe it would help if we painted flames on the side.
Speaking of paint, what's with the orange & yellow? I would like to see some "reeeeehd", "brwoooooo" or "pur-poh".
I've had Bob the Builder try to fix my car. Can he fix it? Umm, not really.
Please help the Cozy Coupe, MTV!
Love,
Morgan

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Gymnastics

We started Parent/Tot gymnastics this morning. Except for being 10 minutes late (my fault - thought it started at 9:30 not 9:00) it was pretty fun. Morgan was her usual self, just prefering to watch until everyone else had completed an activity. As soon as the group moved on, Morgan was all over things. We did lots of trampoline jumping, balance beam walking, and uneven bars hanging. In future weeks, Morgan will hopefully try a forward roll, a cartwheel, and a "spider-man" handstand.

Fun With Grandma

Morgan sure had fun with Grandma this past week! They did lots of shopping, saw some cows, went to the air show to see "banes", played Bob the Builder, played with Morgan's new baby doll, visited the park, collected pine cones, chased ducks, took a walk, played trains, built block towers, sang songs, ate dip, played hide-and-seek, read the butterfly book, and shared some deeee-licious ice cream! Morgan can't wait to visit with Grandma again!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Today we will share a cucumber

I forgot to mention this below. The sign on Morgan's classroom door yesterday said "Today we will share a cucumber". Is that some sort of Baptist tradition?

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Ophelia

We are currently under a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch. Ophelia is supposed to bring us heavy rain and strong winds tonight through tomorrow. I guess I should go bring in the toys from the yard. I'd hate to have Morgan's wiffle ball go through the new windows our neighbor just put in!

The Second Day of "School"

Morgan stayed at school the whole time again. Ms. Denise says "she's still adjusting" which I take to mean she cried all day. I know she was crying when I dropped her off and crying when I picked her up and now she is sleeping like a log. But she made a nice collage of buttons on construction paper so that will look nice on the fridge.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

First day of "school"

Morgan started school today. Well, its not really school. Its a "Moms Day Out" program that she will be going to one morning a week. I was pretty sure that the teachers wouldn't be able to calm her down today and she would get sent home early - and possibly asked not to come back. She can be quite the screamer when she gets going. Jon was worried too - especially after her dropped her off and she screamed "Dada, dada! Daaaaaaaadddddyyyyyyyyy!". Painful for both of them. But Morgan lasted the whole 4 hours! Her teacher said that she stopped crying when they got out to the playground and then only got weepy intermittently after that. When Jon picked her up she was sitting with Mr. Neil (the classroom aide and the director's husband) playing puzzles. Yay for Morgan! We are so proud of her for being so brave. And relieved that she will be welcome back next week!
Isn't Morgan cute with her little lunchbag????

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hot Mama


This is my new hair cut. I like it...today. We will see how it looks when I have to style it all by myself tomorrow. They chopped off almost 6 inches of hair - my head feels so much lighter now! I have to go get a blow dryer now (Jon burnt out my last one trying to quick-dry the wall plaster) and one of those round brushes. And if all esle fails, its still long enough to pull back into a ponytail!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A Day on the Farm

The following conversation has been modified from its original format. "Morgan-ese" has been translated to standard english for your convienience.

Me: Hey, Morgan! Do you want to go to a farm today?

Morgan: E-I-E-I-O!

Me: That's right. Let's get in the car so we can go to the farm.

Morgan: Bike?

Me: No, we can't ride our bikes there. We have to drive.

Morgan: Vroom! Vroom!


Me: Here we are at the farm! Do you see the chickens?

Morgan: Doodle do! Doodle do!

Me: Look! Goats! Can you say hi to the goats?

Morgan: waving Hi! Hi! Hi!

Me: Aww. The goats like you! Lets go pet the goats.

Goats: Maaa-aaaa-aaaa!

Morgan: No! No! Nooooooooooo!

Me: Ok. We'll just watch the goats. Look, here comes a turkey to see us.

Turkey: Gobble-gobble-gobble!

Morgan: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Nooooooooooo!

Me: Hmm...okay. No turkeys either. Lets see what else they have here at the farm.

Morgan: Neigh-neigh.

Me: Sounds good. Lets look for the horseys.

Morgan: Neigh-neigh-neigh! Neigh-neigh-neigh! E-I-E-I-O!

Me: Look at that, Morgan! A mommy horsey and a baby horsey! I have some horse food. Do you want to feed the horses?

Morgan: Eat! Eat!

Me: See how the horseys eat the food out of Mommy's hand? Now its your turn.

Morgan: holds out food which the horse eats Nooooooo! No! No! Neigh! Mama! Mama! Mama!

Me: Okay. Sorry. We won't feed the horses anymore.

Morgan: pointing to horses More?

Me: Really? You want to go back to the horseys?

Morgan: nods Pleeeeease?

Me: If you insist.

We approch the horses.

Morgan: Noooooooooooo! Mama! Mama! Nooooooo!

Me: sigh How about the pigs? You like pigs!

Morgan: snort-snort!

And so on.....

Monday, August 22, 2005

Speech

We'll be taking Morgan back for her follow-up with the speech therapist in about another month. I think they'll say that she is all caught up. I found a chart on the American Academy of Family Physicians website. According to this, Morgan should have at lest 20 words with about 20% of them understood by strangers. I just updated her list, and she has 30 total words (not including animal sounds)! Way to go Morgan! For someone who said her first word at 14 months, she has made some awesome progress! Even better, she pronounces at least 13 of her words correctly! Thats pretty darn close to 50%.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Is summer over yet?

I'm tired of summer. This weekend we are supposed to have heat indexes in the 100s again. Yick. One of the worst things about coming to the end of a season is that Morgan looks like a ragamuffin. (A cute ragamuffin, but still...) A couple of her big achievements over the summer include learing to feed herself with a spoon and fork and to drink from a "big-girl cup" (non-sippy). So all of her clothes are a mess. I can't wait to break out the cold-weather outfits. I think she'll actually still be able to wear at least one pair of jeans from last winter. And she's finally big enough to wear her super cute "J.Lo"-style track suit that Grandma H. gave her when she was born. Of course, its white, so she'll probably only get to wear it once.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Review: Bob The Builder


For Morgan's entire life, our house has been the site of constant repair/improvement/remodeling projects. So we were pretty excited when our PBS station started showing Bob the Builder on weekends. Maybe Morgan would be inspired to help us!Maybe Bob could teach us a thing or two!

Right away, we knew we found in Bob someone who we could relate to. Before each project, Bob and his team ask, "Can we build it?". Their enthusiastic answer? "Yes! We! Can!" Just like us!!! Can we install new doors? Yes! We! Can!
Can we replace the drywall? Yes! We! Can!
Can we tile the bathroom? Yes! We! Can!
Can we hang curtains without ripping a hole in the wall? Yes! We! Can!
See? We're just as optimistic about our projects as Bob.

Unfortunately, just like for Bob, something usually goes wrong for us somewhere a long the line. But the Bob show has given us a new perspective on why things go awry. Its all the equipment's fault. Now, we've always suspected this, but its nice to be validated. Bob and his partner Wendy are saddled with a completely neurotic - and mostly incompetent - crew of construction equipment. There's Dizzy, the cement mixer with ADHD. Scoop, the self-absorbed digger. Lofty, the multi-phobic crane. Muck, the hot-headed digger/dumper who's also afraid of the dark. And Rolley, the steamroller who parties too hard. Working together, these trucks manage to screw up just about every project Bob undertakes.

This must be what is happening at our house too! Trees getting root rot because they're planted too deep? Our shovel must have low self-esteem and was trying to impress us with how far down he could dig. Paint drips on the walls? Paintbrushes are just trying to get attention. Kitchen sink leaking? The garbage disposal must be fighting with the wrenches again. Nails won't go in straight? Maybe our hammer is afraid of loud noises.

With such lousy equipment, its amazing that we get anything accomplished at all! But we do. Just like Bob the Builder, we always manage to get the job done. Our methods, however, differ slightly from Bob here. While he remains eerily calm throughout each ordeal - even when stranded on a scaffolding overnight because Lofty was afraid of heights - we tend to curse and yell, throw and kick things. We're probably not helping our tools' emotional issues very much. Maybe we should learn from Bob the Builder and be a little more patient.

Or maybe not.

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Domesticated!

I have been so domestic this week! I picked up a cookbook at the library hoping to find some interesting things to make for Morgan. Eventually she is going to get sick of eating the same carrots/peas/corn mix every day! But I'm on a cooking roll now! Here is what I made:

  • QUICHE On Tuesday I made a quiche! And it was easy! And yummy! Just need a pie shell, swiss cheese, eggs and milk. The recipe said to put chicken in it, but I didn't feel like cooking chicken so I used a little spinach instead. Cook for 35 minutes. Morgan liked it, Jon liked it & I liked it.
  • COOKIES Then I decided to make Morgan some banana oatmeal cookies as a slightly more healthy alternative to oreo's. Its just so hard to resist when she signs "cookie" and says "meeeeez" (please). But I don't want her eating Oreos all day either!
  • MORE COOKIES Then Jon wonders why I only make Morgan cookies and not him. So we made some lemon bars. I kind of burnt the tops, but they turned out okay.
  • SALSA Yesterday I made salsa. Usually, "making salsa" consists of opening the jar all by myself. Not this time. Our neighbor gave us two big bags of their homegrown organic tomatoes and I was trying to think of some way to use them. (Actually, they gave us one bag but then Jon goes and says "Thanks for the tomatoes! We really enjoyed them!" even though we had not eaten even one yet! So...two bags.) Now that I think about it, I should have put one in the quiche. Did you know that tomatoes, onions, garlic, a tiny bit of super spicy green pepper, a little more of not so spicy green pepper, lemon juice, salt and cilantro make salsa? Good salsa, too. Jon thinks I am at least half mexican. We really should open a restaurant.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Swimming lessons

Well, Morgan is almost done with her first swim class. Her reaction to it has been...mixed.

She loves the part where she gets to play with a rubber duckie. We toss the duckies and then she has to use her "reach and pull" to get her duck back. She's even comfortable being supported just by the"noodle" (those foamy, floaty tubey thingies) during that part!

And she enjoys blowing bubbles. She'll actually put her face in the water for it! I think its her favorite part of the class. If you ask her how swimming went, she'll blow you a big raspberry. And she's started blowing bubbles into her milk at dinner - we're trying to put a stop to that!

We do a lot of songs in the pool too. "Wheels on the Bus", Ring Around the Rosy", "I'm a Little Pancake", "Hokey Pokey", etc. She likes them okay. Sometimes she will participate and other times she will be digging her really sharp fingernails into the back of my neck.

But after that she just falls apart. She hates "Humpty Dumpty" where she sits on the edge and then "falls" into the pool. And she doesn't like "Blast Off" where she holds onto the edge and then tries to push off backwards. And she certainly won't do "Jack be Nimble" and jump into the pool. She just sits on the side for all of those.

So it hasn't been a terrible experience. Morgan likes it enough to get REALLY REALLY excited when we get there and to say "more, more" when we leave. I think we'll try it again when she is 2. There is a little girl in our class now who is almost three. Her dad says it is their 3rd time trying swimming and the only time they've made it past 2 lessons!

I think for the fall I want to do some gymnastics with her. There is a school that I can get her in through the rec center that is right near our house so I will probably try that. Some of Morgan's new favorite activities are jumping off of things and bouncing on things so I'm thinking gymnastics might be a good match for her right now.

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