Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sam speak

Some Samisms:

Hay-ohs = Cheerios
Trawler = Trailer
Hinging = Singing
Hoy-oh = Squirrel (Took us a while to figure that one out)

Some favorite phrases:

"Oooh-kaaay, mama cleans it up." = Said after I ask him to clean something up. Probably what he wishes I would say.
"Greasy Ham" = Green eggs and Ham, his current favorite.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Whirlwind Easter

Wow, it's been way too long since I've posted. Holy Week happened to us last week, and we're still recovering. We all went to bed at 9 on Sunday. Sam and I woke up at 8 and while I can't speak for Sam, I still feel like I got run over by a truck. Or by the Easter Bunny.

Sam was incredibly fascinated by Easter. We went to an egg hunt on Saturday and explained that the Easter Bunny would be leaving eggs that he would collect and put in a basket. He did such a good job that Mark had to steal some eggs out of his basket when he wasn't looking and put them back for other kids to find. Interesting that the community center chose to put things of such appropriateness as small erasers in the eggs for the 1-3 year-olds. I can understand not puttingcandy in every single one, but small chokeable erasers that look like they should be eaten? Really?

On Sunday morning Sam woke up and we asked him who visited last night. Eyes lit up: "Easter Bunny? Eggs?" We wandered downstairs after Daddy checked to make sure that E.B. wasn't still there,and it took Sam a minute to realize that the basket and the presents were for him. Then, he wanted to play with his new Percy train and not open anything else. With some gentle prodding and lots of unwrapping done by Mommy, we eventually got through everything and then hastily made breakfast before I had to return once again to church. When I got home, naps were taken, movies were watched, and dinner was cooked by someone at The Spaghetti Factory. Then, as I stated before, bedtime was at 9.

What a week.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


I let Sam dress himself today after his nap and this was the result. Just so no one freaks out, he wore it for an hour and we changed before we went to Costco. And I let that kid watch Project Runway. Jeesh.

Monsieur Diaperhead

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Trolley ride

We went for a family trolley ride on Sunday on the South Lake Union Trolley (I'll give you a minute to think about that acronym - I'm pretty sure the City Council didn't). Lots of fun!

On our way to the stop

Here comes the trolley

Gazing out the window

Ticket in hand

Here it comes!

Monday, March 3, 2008


I'm beginning to realize that there are a lot of things I don't know. For some of you, that may not be news. It's just that I recently learned this odd thing about men's dress shirts. There are these funny little plastic thingys that go in the collar that you take out when you wash and replace afterwards. I learned this after I'd thrown out almost all of Mark's that appeared on our nightstand a few days ago. I just assumed that it was part of the collection of pins and odd little cardboard shapes that comewith a shirt you buy at a store where they fold them up into little squares.

THe reason I bring this up is because it got me thinking about all the odd little male things that I still don't know. Like, I really can't tie a tie that well. Yet, there will probably come a day when I'll have to hang a tied one on the doorknob for Sam's fancy dress day at school so he can just slip it over his head (I know, I know, teach a man to fish...blah, blah, blah). Or, let's not just have it be "guy stuff." Sam might one day be really into fencing, or painting, or rock-climbing, and I'll find myself suddenly conversational about foils or canvases or rappeling. One really cool thing that I remember about growing up was how much my parents got into the things Nick and I were. I know that my Dad listened to classical music and played the guitar long before we came along, but it was still really cool when I was in grad school to hear him start a conversation with, "Have you heard Leontyne Price? Wow, she's good!" They were genuinely excited about the things we were. I hope that we can do the same for Sam.

Small Miracles

I've found the Miracle Activity. For those not in the know, the Miracle Activity is any activity that your toddler will happily engage in for long periods of time while you take a shower/read a magazine/do your hair/take a couple of deep breaths. Sam has discovered Washing Things in the Sink. Last weekend I made an entire fruit salad while Sam "helped" by washing everything in the sink. Showers now are taken while Sam gives his cars a bath, and he even does it long enough for me to get dressed and do my hair and makeup. Now, any bets on how long this will last?