Thursday, September 27, 2012

Anecdotes!

Here are some tidbits from my "cute things Dot does" file that I thought the Internet might enjoy.

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One night we had pot roast with the usual veggies (potatoes, onions, carrots) for dinner.  We tried to get her to try the carrots and potatoes and encouraged her by saying, "They're soft!" (As in, they would be easy to chew.)  So she gently stroked the potatoes on her plate like she was stroking a puppy and said, "Soft, soft."  

And no, she still didn't eat them.

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Yesterday, we spent some time in the afternoon playing with the spices I keep on a low shelf in our pantry.  We took turns uncapping them and smelling them and exclaiming, "Mmm, smells good!"  Later that day, I was working on some stuff on the computer while she played next to me with Ben.  She let out a prodigious amount of gas, and Ben and I commented to each other about how strong the smell was.   When she heard the word "smell" she perked up, and then leaned over to sniff my computer keyboard.  (I guess she thought that's what we were talking about.)  "Mmm, smells good!" she shouted.

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One time when we crossed the river, she said, "I see the water!  Whoah."  And it was so cute and unexpected that we made a big deal out of it, so of course now she says that every time we cross over the bridge.

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Dot's language abilities have been taking off like bonkers, and it is a lot of fun to hear how things develop.  She's finally figured out "Gramma" instead of  "Gaga", but even though I know she can say "water" she still prefers "wawa".   At night she says "I you" instead of "I love you" because L and V are still pretty hard for her, and I'm going to be really, really sad when she stops saying "Bee-zah-bo" for both gazebo and zebra.  It is too stinking cute.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hey, Dot!

Last night, Dot and I were playing outside after dinner.  I sat down on a bench and watched her as she played with various rocks, leaves and sticks.  She picked up a rock that was vaguely rectangular and said, "Take a picture," while holding it up to her face.  Then she said, "Hey, Dot!  Hey, Dot!  Hey, Dot!"  getting louder each time.

I guess I must spend a lot of time holding up a camera or iPod and trying to get her attention.  Let's look in the last batch of photos I uploaded and see if there's any evidence of that.



"Hey, Dot!"


"Hey, Dot!"


"Hey, Dot!"


"Hey, Dot!"


"Hey, Dot!"


THERE we go.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Our Summer

Well, I've had to put a sweatshirt on for our morning walk  for a week, now, and Ben's sneaking out of the house at 5:30 in the morning again to teach his seminary class.  The leaves are already starting to turn and I'm feeling the urge to bake again.  I guess our summer must be over.  I'll miss it, but fortunately early fall is delightful around here, too.

I feel bad for not blogging all summer.  There were at least a dozen times when I composed a little blog post in my head, but never got around to actually writing it.  A lot of this is due to the fact that it is just SO HARD to get pictures from my picture-taking-devices to the computer.  (I mean, I have to FIND A CORD in order to do so.  What century is this?!??)  (Also, I designate a new drawer the official drawer-to-hold-cords every couple of months, and then forget to put the cords back into the drawer until they're all scattered around and I have to designate a new one.)

Anyway, here are some thing I enjoyed about our summer:


  • Summertime playgroup with friends.  Dot started out fairly hesitant and would just hang out by my knees while I talked with the other mothers, but figured out halfway through the summer that playgrounds are actually fun!  Now she asks me pathetically almost every morning, "Friends?"  (If the answer to that is no, she presses her case and asks, "NEW friends?")  I'm going to have to get busy scheduling playdates so that this poor child can actually have some social interaction now that summer is over and most of the playgroup families have kids in school and so regular playgroup is no more.
  • Going to Virginia to see my parents!  We stayed for two whole weeks and got to play tourist in D.C. and enjoy watching my parents be grandparents.  We also got to hang out with my youngest brother Roland, just freshly back from a mission in Texas.  Sadly, we missed the big family reunion in Utah, but it just wasn't in the cards this year.  Hopefully next year.
  •  Lots and lots of delightful sleep.  Dot finally figured out that sleeping in until 6:30 or 7:00 is way, way better than waking up at 5:00, and results in a much happier mama.
  • Having the cutest child just keep getting cuter.  I thought for sure when she was just about a year that there was no way that this child could get cuter -- and I was so wrong!  She kept getting cuter all summer long, and there's no end in sight.  She sings and talks and asks questions and plays and is just a barrel of fun.  I'm starting to keep a file titled "cute things Dot does" that will turn into a blog post one of these days.  (Really!)
  • Being pregnant!  (OK, for certain values of "enjoyed.")  The first trimester was not great, but Dot was a total trooper about playing on the floor next to me while I groaned and whined, and now I'm into the second trimester and loving life.  Except for the part where none of my clothes fit and I'm convinced I just look waistless instead of pregnant.  But we're very excited to add another to our family.  Baby #2 should be along in early February of 2013, and we find out whether it's a boy or a girl at the end of the month.

Hopefully by the time winter rolls around I'll have a great list like that about our fall, too.  I have all kinds of plans for fun things like apple picking and leaf-peeping, etc., but we'll see how many of them actually come to fruition.