Saturday, February 21, 2015

(35 Months) - 2 Years; 11 Months

Toddler Translation Guide:

"Freeroad" = freeway, as in, Mama are we on the freeroad now? Go faster!"
"Mugisk" = music, as in, "I'm gonna play you guys some mugisk on my guitar. Whatt song do you like?"
"Pregnick" = pregnant, as in, "I'm pregnick! I'm growing a baby in my tummy."
"Sku-oorl" = school, as in, "When I'm a big kid can I go to big kid sku-oorl?"
"Yestertime" = yesterday, as in, "We went to the museum yestertime."
"Am't"  = am not or ain't, as in, "No, I am't."
"Swanich" = sandwich, as in, "I wanna be the swanich!" Meaning she wants to be in the middle of a family hug/cuddle
"Flamily" = family, as in, "Flamily day!"
"Askident" = accident, as in, "I had askident with Beebee today."
"Busted to the children's museum!" = Children's Museum or bust

Quotable Quotes:

Francie: "When I grow up I be a doctor."
Me: "That's a nice idea, why do you want to be a doctor?"
Francie: "To fix people. Maybe their heads. I be a doctor."

Francie to me, while changing from my work clothes to PJ's. And yes, we taught her that word. Because she has an epic one. "I see your FUPA!"

"I hope you don't break other cars!"
Said when we  leave for work. I think it's her version of "drive safely, but not so sure where she picked this up.

Me, smothering her before bed. "Do you like my kisses?"
Her: "No."
Me: "Why not?"
Her: "Because you're not my husband."

Me, leaving before work, Francie wanting me to stay home. She grabs at my wedding ring and says "I want it." I laugh and tell her that no, it's my wedding ring and I wear it everyday. I ask her why she wants it? "Because it will make me feel better," she says. 

"I'm growing a baby in my tummy. Oh, my water broke. In the garden. Because I have a baby in my tummy. Boom! Look, a baby! It's very tiny."

Lying in bed one evening she tells me I'm pretty. I inquire as to why she thinks so. "I just do. You have long hair."

"Mama when I grow up I get some new teeth."

When we try to sing a nursery rhyme along with her, "No, I sing first then you sing the first time."

Pointing to my ring, "can I have this when you die?"

Francie: "You want to see my booger?"
Me: "No why would I want to see your booger?"
Francie: "Because it's gross."

"Mama I don't want you to die eeeeeeeever."

"I don't know where people go when they get died ... Maybe she's home."

"What makes people feel less sad sometimes?"
"Ummm, water."

Other Notable Things:

- It's fun to watch her try and learn certain concepts, like the idea of full names and why some of us have the same last names and some of us don't. As in, when I was trying to tell her Grandma Nancy's name, she kept adding "Close" to the end of the name.

- She started taking dance class this month. Cutest.Thing. Ever.

- We moved the queen-sized mattress from the guest room to the floor in her room. If she wakes us up in the middle of the night I can just go sleep with her.

- She regularly asks us, "how was your day at work, mama?"

- She regularly makes up her own songs and sings to herself.

- Obsessed with doing Ring Around the Rosy as a family.

- Now watches TV shows, sometimes in bed with me on a Thursday or Friday when I'm trying to eek out some more sleep, or other times we will sit on the couch together and watch a show. So far it's been Sesame Street/"Elmo" or Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. We've attempted some Curious George and some movies like Milo and Otis or 101 Dalmations, with not real luck. Admitedly, I actually kind of like watching Daniel Tiger with her. Unfortunately for us, TV still does not serve as an electronic "babysitter." Which I'm mostly grateful for. She also obsessively watches mind-numbing nursery rhymes on YouTube on Wednesdays with Beebee.

- Frequently each day showers us with "I love yous," totally unprovoked

- Reliably knows her days of the week, unreliable counts to 20, reliably represents numbers 1-10 on her fingers

- Knows her birthday and city/state 

Photo Recap:

Post-dance breakfast in Hillsdale.

Toddler ballet. I die!

Japanese Gardens is not really for toddlers/preschoolers.

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?

Sometimes when she's awake I want her to nap, but when she sleeps, I want to wake her up and smother her with kisses.

Bfast visit with cousin Melissa.

First time skiing!

Ready to buck the gnar.

Never too touch to pose for the paparazzi.

Just two ski bunnies.

Daddy and Mama, reliving their ski bum days at Squaw.

Tahoe Vista beach with Papa and Nesta at sunset.

Happy 60th, Mimi!

She brought some Tahoe style back to suburban PDX with her. So fly.

Home Movies:

- Toddler dance class, tambourines:

- Toddler dance class, obstacle course:

 - Mama Called the Doctor:

 - Skiing, with daddy: 

- Skiing, with mama:

 - Gnarbuckling toddler:

 - Piano time:

 - What happens when Beebee babysits:

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Parents' Night Out - A Skamania Lodge Getaway

Mama and Daddy had a getaway the other weekend, and Beebee and the Bean had a slumber party. Seriously. He slept on the floor in her room, and they might have even gone to bed at the same time. That's just what happens when you put a 71 and 2 year old together for more than 24 hours. Their naps and bedtimes coincide. 
We had a nice time at Skamania Lodge, on the Washington side of the Gorge in Stevenson - we "hiked" (really it was a dirt path that paralleled the golf course, we humped, we hot-tubbed. We also ate some animal-based foods, drank some wheat-based beverages, and slept for 10 hours in a row. 

Handsome hubs. As I said before, Pendleton called and wants to hire you as a catalogue model. 

Proof we were there. 
We were genuinely enjoying one another's company. But when we went to put stuff in the car, we noticed these adorable and tiny little ballet shoes. And we were homesick for a hot minute.

I mean, this face?!? That soft peach-fuzz skin, those squinty little eyes, her "baby teeth" smile, her little cupid's bow lips, her little button nose.

Lies I Tell My 2-Year-Old

Since she's very nearly three, I figure I better up and get this drafted blog post out of my queue ...

"Your water's not in the car right now."
 - I'm tired of handing her the water bottle every 30 seconds, and she refuses to hold on to it herself.

"You can have cereal after we change your diaper. First diaper, then breakfast."
- I bribe her with Cheerios even though I know we don't have time for a sit-down meal because we're already running late for school/work. I hope she doesn't remember this promise, but know that she will. All I'm doing is delaying the tears for when she's already strapped in the car.

"There is no Elmo."
- Self explanatory. 

"The park is closed right now."
- The park never closes. But it's nasty out and I'm too lazy to walk there to push her on the swing.

"No, that's not a man's truck, that's a lady's truck." 
- I've never actually observed the owner of said vehicle, but I don't want her thinking that trucks are only for boys.

"There isn't anymore ice cream, sweetie."
- Also known as, "ice cream is for grown-ups." Sure, it's not good for her teeth or her body, but really I just don't want to share.

"Candy is for grown-ups. Kids aren't supposed to eat candy because it's bad for them. Like beer or soda."
- Now she's bright enough to say, "but mama, it's bad for you, too."

"I forgot how that song goes."
- One can only sing nursery rhymes so many times in a day.

"Syrup is for grown ups. You can have it when you're 18."
- That seems to be a theme, high sugar foods that are apparently okay for adults but not kids.

"Daddy is going out with his friends. He'll be home later."
- Yeah, as in way later. Like, maybe tomorrow.
"It's not a zit, it's a bug bite."
- Why does she always notice all my blemishes? Just wait, girlfriend, just wait.

Monday, February 2, 2015

(Forks Over Knives) - Weeks #3 & #4

Energy Level = 7
Sleep Quality = 5
Exercise = 4
Time Management = 8
Adherence to F/K Plan = 7
Ease of F/K Plan = 8
Participation in Cooking = 8
Joy of Cooking = 6
Joy from Food = 4
Self Image = 5
"Life Snapshot" = 8
Comments: "I noticed very little difference in how I feel this month. The eating and cooking improved as the month went by, but it's obvious to me why we cook with fat and animal products - because it tastes fucking good."

Energy Level = 7
Sleep Quality = 7
Exercise = 6
Time Management = 8
Adherence to F/K Plan = 7
Ease of F/K Plan = 7
Participation in Cooking = 7
Joy of Cooking = 4
Joy from Food = 6
Self Image = 6
"Life Snapshot" = 7
Comments: I definitely didn't follow anything to perfection, and had days that included blatant cheats and I didn't really feel badly about it until confessing all my animal product sins (right now).

I would say, overall, we didn't really notice much by way of a difference, in either the positive or the negative. According to our very non-scientific and subjective data, our feelings on everything at each snapshot point were variable. In other words, there were no true "trends." I have no intention of remaining without animal products in my diet, but would prefer that we maintain some of the changes, such as not always defaulting to cheese on pizza, or using butter to cook, or putting cow's milk in nearly everything. But I do miss daily 2% lattes. And I'm skeptical about all the "milk alternatives," as they seem even more highly processed than regular milk. And I noticed that I actually did have a craving for meat after about two weeks, which tells me my body genuinely wanted some animal protein. I doubt I consumed any fewer calories from sugar, just choosing very dark chocolate and dried mangoes over semi-sweet chocolate chips and some form of candy. I didn't lose any discernible weight, and I'm skeptical whether we really ate any more veggies than we did before. Overall, worthwhile experiment, no definitive results, some nice habits to integrate back to our "old way" of eating.

Ratings Over Time:

Energy Level = 4, 7, 5, 7
Sleep Quality = 7, 4, 6, 5
Exercise =1, 4, 4, 4
Time Management = 7, 7, 7, 8
Adherence to F/K Plan = 0, 9, 4, 7
Ease of F/K Plan = na, 5, 5, 8
Participation in Cooking = 7, 6, 7, 8
Joy of Cooking = 6, 5, 5, 6
Joy from Food = 5, 2, 4, 4
Self Image = 6, 1, 5, 5
"Life Snapshot" = 8, 5, 6, 8

Energy Level =  4, 7, 4, 7
Sleep Quality = 7, 7, 6, 7
Exercise = 5, 7, 2, 6
Time Management = 7, 7, 7, 8
Adherence to F/K Plan = 0, 9.5, 6, 7
Ease of F/K Plan = na, 5, 6, 7
Participation in Cooking = 2, 5, 6, 7
Joy of Cooking = 2, 5, 4, 4
Joy from Food = 5, 5, 5, 6
Self Image = 5, 6, 5, 6
"Life Snapshot" = 5, 7, 4, 7

And now Alex is on some kick that he wants to do a "technology fast." Yeah, right.

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