Monday, October 31, 2005



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


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!