Saturday, February 26, 2011

Going Mad

We're hanging out and having the last of our girl time before Husband comes back from a business trip. Little Miss was playing with my iPod while I was reading the end of my book. First, you need to know that, ever since I've let Little Miss play with my iPod, I've been very careful to teacher her to treat it well (it's a process).  Anyway, she was spinning around on the floor on her bottom. She placed the iPod on the floor and continued to spin. She then looked up to me and said, "Mommy, I didn't drop your iPod and you didn't go mad."

Speaking Spanish

As you may remember, Little Miss knows a little Spanish. Today, she was counting her toys and informed me that she was going to count them in Spanish. She's since learned to say "cuatro", but she really only counts to 10. So, she starts counting her trains and figurines. She counts to ten and insted of continuing with once, doce, trece, she says diez y one, diez y two. She had the right idea down and I liked that she was counting above 10. It made me laugh quite a bit.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Best Friend, Minnie

Little Miss goes through phases with her favorite stuffed animal, but when it all comes down it, Minnie always comes back. I also think it's because the Disney Channel has been advertising a new Minnie movie soon. (Sidenote: I have to remember to record it if it airs on tv or maybe an Easter present if it's a DVD release.) She likes her stuffed friends on her bed, the more the merrier, and she'll hug them, but she doesn't necessarily cuddle when she sleeps. So, it was just adorable when I walked in last night and saw her hugging Minnie in her sleep. I just had to take a picture. I know she's going to love meeting Minnie in person this summer at Disney World.  Plus, what's really adorable is that Minnie was a gift from Aunt, Uncle and Cousins before Little Miss was born so she and Minnie go way back.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Where is that Mysterious Thumbkin?

Little Miss sang Where is Thumbkin all weekend. At various times, she'd say "Where is pumpkin" which is the cutest, but now she kind of says Thumbkin. The "TH" sound is still tricky for her. Anyway, without further ado, here is Little Miss singing:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Skipping a Beat

I wanted to take this time and space to recommend you read Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen. I was lucky enough to win an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy) in a contest. The book really takes off in the first chapter, and the author is super lovely. If you have a chance to read the book, do let me know your thoughts, and, if you have nice things to say, you can find the author on Facebook and Twitter. The book is not my usual genre of romance, but I branch out every so often (more often than not lately). I suppose, if I had to choose a genre, it's kind of in between Women's Literature and Chick Lit.

Connecting the Dots

Little Miss has been showing the very early signs of reading in that she's noticing familiar letters on signs. She also is identifying letters in words. Last week, we spent a half hour naming words that have the letter "S" in them. She also points to things constantly and wants to know what they say. Last night, she wanted to know what her fork said. I told her it said "Gerber". Then, she turned it over and asked what it said. I had no idea so I peeked and then told her it said, "China". Her face lit up and she said, "Just like where the Wonder Pets went to save the panda!" I think it's kind of cute how she can put her tv shows into other situations and connect the baby panda to her fork. I'd normally say she's the smartest kid ever, but the same kid ran into a table at school last week because she wasn't looking where she was going so we clearly still have some areas on which we need to work.

Weekend Update - Busy Bees

We had quite the busy weekend!  On Friday night, I raced home and had Little Miss dropped home early.  We changed into our Disney princess outfits (I had an Ariel t-shirt on and she dressed as Snow White), and we met Husband in the city to see Disney on Ice.  Little Miss was happy enough to be on the Metro.  She was even more thrilled to see her favorite princesses ice skating!  She had a blast and her eyes were wide open the entire show.  She was allowed one keepsake and chose a magic wand.
The next morning, we got up early (for a Saturday) and drove to Wisp Resort where my parents have a townhouse. We settled in and had some lunch. Mom, Sister and her boyfriend and Nephew were there. Later, we met Dad and went ice skating.  Little Miss loved it, but as it was her first time, it was a bit challenging.  So, she took a half turn or two and called it a day.
On Sunday, we took the kids skiing. Little Miss informed us she wanted to go all the way to the top of the mountain. So, we took her to the top of the bunny hill.  She rode the Magic Carpet lift all the way up and her aunt helped her ski all the way down three times.  After the third time, Little Miss was more than ready to go home, but it's still fun for her.  She actually wants to snowboard, but we told her she needs to ski first.
We mostly watched a movie on Sunday night and then took the big drive home on Monday. You can see Little Miss and Sister (and Nephew right in front) skiing in the video below:

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Unfortunately, the genius to whom I refer in the title is not me. I bought an iPod Touch around Christmas. Little Miss has a couple of games on there which she enjoys. Since Christmas, she can now turn on, locate her game and play. She can also open other applications and make changes if I don't supervise her well enough. Because she doesn't know my password, it is nearly impossible for her to purchase anything at least. The other day, I was on the PC on Facebook and noticed that I had a new status update. It was a bunch of random letters and symbols. Little Miss was on the couch looking at my Facebook page.

The infinity symbol refers to my ride home last night which, yes, does seem like eternity sometimes, but that is not why I chose the symbol. I discovered that Little Miss also knows how to go into my song library, play songs and also put my music on loop. I don't know what's worse - the fact that Little Miss can manipulate my iPod that well or the fact that it took me 20 minutes to realize that the same song was playing on loop during my drive home.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weekend Update - Books, Chocolate and Flowers

I owe you two weekend updates. Because I have the memory of a puppy, they'll be brief. Two weeks ago will be very brief. Two weeks ago, we went ran errands on Saturday and picked up a new wireless printer (and groceries). Then, on Sunday, we went to the indoor pool where Little Miss was thoroughly tired out. It was a nice weekend. Low-key family time.

Last weekend was a big busier. On Saturday, I was pretty much gone all day. I had book club at lunch time where we discussed the book. Then, afterwards, I stayed behind at my friend's house and we watched two movies and did pizza delivery. It was a good day. Then, Sunday, it was a lazy day. I did go to the mall with Little Miss to pick up a few things - a prescription and ice cream (though I didn't eat mine, it's still in the fridge).

Then, on Monday, Little Miss received her Valentine's Day present from us - helmet, pads and roller skates! She seems to enjoy them. They're only at Stage 1 which is basically marching as the wheels are fixed. Stage 2 has wheels that only move forward and Stage 3 has anything goes. On Tuesday, Little Miss celebrated Valentine's Day at school (last weekend, she admitted to liking a boy - the only boy in her class - in a sing-song voice). She came home to find that Husband bought her roses. He also bought me a dozen roses as well. She picked the pink and left the orange ones for me. It was very sweet. 

Tackling Fear

I have to say that Little Miss has never really been afraid of anything.  However, she had a healthy disdain for the vacuum cleaner.  When we cleaned up after our Christmas tree this year, Little Miss hugged (HUGGED!) Mrs. Vacuum.  It was great progress.  Yes, you read correctly.  It is Mrs. Vacuum.  We think she's shacking up with Mr. Broom, but Little Miss has never really confirmed to whom Mrs. Vacuum is married.  Furthermore, it is Miss Moon.  Evidently, Miss Moon isn't as lucky as Mrs. Vacuum and is still looking for Mr. Right.

Also, last night, Little Miss ran into a pitch black room.  After not being a big fan of the dark, she just ran into the room.  It was a proud moment.  She told me she wasn't afraid because there were no monsters.  Such a big, fearless girl.

Is That Your Final Answer?

There's no photo of the event so this will have to do.  It is a good representation of the mess.  Same location but, instead of clothes, there was a Little Miss and a lot of books.  We went to put Little Miss to bed and noticed the gigantic mess.  So, we asked her if she made the mess.  She looked at us and said no.  So, of course, the next question was, who took all these books off the shelf?  Her first answer was "I don't know."  When pressed, her second answer was the books fell all by themselves.  Yep, all by themselves.  She was so honest-looking and so earnest in her answer that Husband had to leave the room to laugh himself hysterically while I was left to ferret out the truth, get her to clean up her own mess and discipline.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Some Mad Men Fun

It's Truly A Fine Line...
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Movies Watched in January 2011

  1. Black Swan
  2. Howl
  3. Shutter Island
  4. The Kids are Alright

Books Read in January 2011

  1. Just the Way You Are by Barbara Freethy
  2. Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
I did not read a lot this month, been too scattered. Plus, the month was busy. It started with Husband in the hospital and then Little Miss had the stomach bug, and things were just busy. This month, I read a book on my Kindle app on my iPod. So, when necessary, I will link to the version of the book I read.

For Call Me Irresistible, it is indirectly part of a series, but it's not necessary to read the previous books so I did not list them. I'm a stickler for order so if I say you can read a book on its own, you can. It was a fun read. Hopefully, more reading during February, but I'm definitely off to a slow start (despite it being the first day of the month).


Little Miss loves books.  She has her favorites - The Little Engine that Could, The Snowy Day, Pancake Pancake, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Lately, she's been "reading" by herself.  With some books, she knows portions by heart so she'll "read" the book from memory.  However, with some books, she is not familiar with the text so she'll make up the story based on the pictures.  Last night, we were lucky enough to snag it on video.  I'm not even sure what book it was, but I think it's a Poky Little Puppy pop-up book about Christmas based on the fact she mentions Santa and cookies and milk (and the beautiful puppy).  Enjoy!