Do you take your kids to the free building workshops that Home Depot puts on? They're held the first Saturday morning of each month and are free, which is something every parent likes to hear. (It seems like quite an expense to put these on, but I'm pretty sure Home Depot is the one left laughing … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Dressing for Home Depot
It's Memorial Day here in the States. I was reminded by a veteran on Friday not to say "Happy Memorial Day," and I suppose it makes sense not to celebrate the holiday in those terms (similarly it makes sense not to only celebrate it by buying a large appliance or new car, but I digress). … Continue reading Holiday Wishes – From the Kids With Yawns
I don't reveal it often, but I have a secret talent: talking in voices. I'm a pretty fair imitator both of people's voices and of accents. Some talent, huh? It rarely comes in handy ... except when reading to my girls, and only for certain books. But let's face it: books can really come alive if they're … Continue reading Our Favorite Books For Reading in Funny Voices
Our kids seem to do some funny things, don't they? Sometimes they imitate us and pretend their toys are real purses or makeup or coffee cups (Toddler likes to drink "kid coffee" out of the mug that holds her watercolor water and paintbrushes). Sometimes they just do weird things with their own toys. Imaginative, yes … Continue reading Odd and Crazy Things My Kids Do With Their Toys
As I've mentioned before, dinner at our house is rarely an orderly affair. We have a healthy meal, yes, but there is always at least one of: food thrown on the floor (Baby) loud singing (Toddler) voice escalation (Toddler, then Baby) impromptu dancing (me) someone refusing to eat one item (Husband, Toddler, or Baby) crying … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Ad Libbing at its Finest
Well, well, well. So there's this thing called a Liebster, which is a blog award that makes its way around and around the blogosphere ... I guess liebster is a term of endearment in German (I don't speak German ... though I do plan to learn one day before my brain shrivels up). And two bloggers nominated … Continue reading Was Ist Das – Ein Liebster?
Awhile back my husband was a bit tired at the end of the day, as was I - because Toddler just plain exhausted us with her nonstop talking. The questions, the rambling, the commentary, more questions, and also a lot of singing. Don't get me wrong - I'm thankful she's speaking so I can know what's … Continue reading Talking, Talking, Talking … High and Low
I've got one kid who is an absolute motormouth, and one - just about 16m - who can say about 5 fully-formed words and maybe 15 half-formed words. Baby, who is heads above where her older sister was in the vocal department, is probably on the cusp of talking for real. Unlike her sister, she'll … Continue reading We Should Be Experts at Charades By Now
Okay, I'm just going to come out and say I don't mind princesses - and I kind of like Sofia the First and Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. But there comes a point when there are too many princesses! Toddler, like many 3yo girls, is OBSESSED with princesses. Of the loooong text file we keep of … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Princesses and Royalty
When I became a parent, I didn't think about what kind of parent I would be. I might've been too busy nursing the baby, cleaning up blow-outs, and figuring out some sort of feeding/napping schedule. But mostly I just jumped right in and assumed I'd raise my kids as my parents raised my sister and … Continue reading Will I Ever Let My Kids Roam?