Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen People That I Can Honestly Say I Am Glad I Am Not
1. Britney Spears…do I really need to explain?
2. President Bush…the stress would probably kill me
3. Hillary Clinton…my cheeks would hurt too much from that fake smile
4. Paris Hilton…prison stripes don’t work for me
5. Angelina Jolie…I couldn’t sleep at night if I stole somebody’s husband
6. John Edwards…the people in his own state wouldn’t vote for him
7. Rudy Guliani…seriously, not one win, just embaressing
8. Montel Williams…he’s out of a job today
9. Dell, IBM, Intell…seriously must be hard to compete with Apple
10. Tom Cruise…seriously, the guy is just weird
11. Katie Holmes…because she is bound to him forever now.
12. The Bears…ugh, to be Rex Grossman can’t be fun this year
13. Ted McGinley…every time this guy is on a TV show it gets cancelled. That can’t be good on a resume!
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Thursday Thirteen

In light of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. day this week, I wanted to list 13 of the inspirational people in the history of the U.S. as seen by me, anyway. So, here goes…

1. Corrie Ten Boom, writer of the Hiding Place

2. Anne Frank, author of The Diary of Anne Frank

3. Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States

4. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin Roosevelt

5. Billy Graham, famed preacher

6. Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago-changed the way immigrants and the poor were treated

7. Thomas Edison, inventor that holds the records for number of US patents

8. Martha Stewart, I know strange but she inspires me to create and that’s a good thing!

9. On that note, Paula Deen inspires me to not be afraid of the kitchen!

10. Rosa Parks, who kept her seat on that bus!

11. Dorthea Dixon-social reformer for the rights of the Mentally Ill

12. Bill Bright-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ. He just started with reaching out to a couple of people on a beach and he turned it into one of the biggest ministries in the world.

13. And, of course, Martin Luther King, Jr, who inspires us all to be…well…better!

Talk to me baby

Everyday I am blown away with the new words the peanut is saying. I have no idea where she is getting it all from. For instance, she realized there was a moon in the sky for the first time last night and she pointed up at it and said, “Sun.” I said, “No, that’s the moon.” She replied, “Moon, moon, moon.”Then today, she was looking at her placemat that has Sesame Street all over it and said, “Cookie Monster.” Completely correct too, by the way. Which is interesting since all of Sesame Street she wants to see is Elmo. I haven’t a clue how she knew that. The even more hilarious part is that she insisted on ‘feeding’ Cookie Monster her bacon.

Then, there was a sun on the placemat and she insisted on putting her cup on it saying, “Sun, Sun!”

So yeah, this has been a week of new words. It’s like that sometimes, she will come out with a ton of new words several days in a row and then suddenly it seems to dry up for awhile and then out of nowhere she does it again. This is definitely a fun week for words though! I constantly find myself trying to decipher something new as her little utterances turn into syllables, words and now sentences!

She’s working on colors now. She knows blue and yellow usually. The other colors she likes to say the name of but doesn’t usually pick them out herself. Pu-pa is a personal favorite. It’s a work in progress.

We are also working on counting. She’s only said, “One”, a couple of times. She usually likes to start with two. And she’s usually right when she’s counting her blocks. “Two, three, five, eight, nine…” She could count like that all day. She really enjoys it.

The other thing she has been saying lately is “Cheese” when I go to take a picture. She’s showing you cheese in the picture where she’s wearing my blue crocs. Oh, that’s her other big thing, wearing mommy’s shoes. Yeah, she’s ALL girl!

You know, there have been a lot of hard days with the peanut lately. She’s is becoming more independent. Constantly asserting it with us and letting us know she wants to be in charge. She gets fussy and hates to go to bed at night. She’s screaming in bed as I write this to let us know she does not want to go to bed right now! She loves water and will fight you to let her wash her hands for long periods of time in the middle of food establishments yelling, “SOAP, SOAP!!”, she still won’t eat anything new, I could go on…and on…and on…

However, the positives are far outweighing those hardships. I just know these days are precious and few as I watch my little peanut grow into a beautiful little girl. She’s learning so much, developing her own thoughts and feelings, showing love in new ways all the time. I just have such a feeling of gratitude for the time I get to spend with her. And, it’s all too fast, just too, too fast.

Talk to me baby

I am sorry for how odd this post looks. I have no idea why I cannot fix it to look straight, I just can’t. I’ve tried multiple times but I’m just done now as I’m getting aggravated. Also, some of the paragraphs are spaced right and some aren’t. Who knows why…the post is possessed I suppose. 🙂 Anyway, it still reads the same and the pics are all in…so it will be fine…I suppose…So, on with the post…

Everyday I am blown away with the new words the peanut is saying. I have no idea where she is getting it all from. For instance, she realized there was a moon in the sky for the first time last night and she pointed up at it and said, “Sun.” I said, “No, that’s the moon.” She replied, “Moon, moon, moon.”


Then today, she was looking at her placemat that has Sesame Street all over it and said, “Cookie Monster.” Completely correct too, by the way. Which is interesting since all of Sesame Street she wants to see is Elmo. I haven’t a clue how she knew that. The even more hilarious part is that she insisted on ‘feeding’ Cookie Monster her bacon.

Then, there was a sun on the placemat and she insisted on putting her cup on it saying, “Sun, Sun!”

So yeah, this has been a week of new words. It’s like that sometimes, she will come out with a ton of new words several days in a row and then suddenly it seems to dry up for awhile and then out of nowhere she does it again. This is definitely a fun week for words though! I constantly find myself trying to decipher something new as her little utterances turn into syllables, words and now sentences!

She’s working on colors now. She knows blue and yellow usually. The other colors she likes to say the name of but doesn’t usually pick them out herself. Pu-pa is a personal favorite. It’s a work in progress.




We are also working on counting. She’s only said, “One”, a couple of times. She usually likes to start with two. And she’s usually right when she’s counting her blocks. “Two, three, five, eight, nine…” She could count like that all day. She really enjoys it.





The other thing she has been saying lately is “Cheese” when I go to take a picture. She’s showing you cheese in the picture where she’s wearing my blue crocs. Oh, that’s her other big thing, wearing mommy’s shoes. Yeah, she’s ALL girl!




You know, there have been a lot of hard days with the peanut lately. She’s is becoming more independent. Constantly asserting it with us and letting us know she wants to be in charge. She gets fussy and hates to go to bed at night. She’s screaming in bed as I write this to let us know she does not want to go to bed right now! She loves water and will fight you to let her wash her hands for long periods of time in the middle of food establishments yelling, “SOAP, SOAP!!”, she still won’t eat anything new, I could go on…and on…and on…





However, the positives are far outweighing those hardships. I just know these days are precious and few as I watch my little peanut grow into a beautiful little girl. She’s learning so much, developing her own thoughts and feelings, showing love in new ways all the time. I just have such a feeling of gratitude for the time I get to spend with her. And, it’s all too fast, just too, too fast!!

Saturday Photo Hunt – Important

The most important thing I could think of…my Bible! I’ve had many in my life, I think my first was like in kindergarten. It was red, hard backed and King James. I got it from my church for starting school. This one is black, leather and an NIV. My husband gave it to me on the Eve of our wedding.
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Friday’s Feast

Appetizer
What is your favorite beverage?

At the moment, Welch’s grape juice.  I know it’s high in sugar but I love the stuff!

Soup
Name 3 things that are on your computer desk at home or work.

I actually don’t have one, I use a laptop wherever I am.  My husband does though so I guess I could use that.  There is the checkbook, some star wars rubik’s cube head thing and a basket with receipts in it.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how honest do you think you are?

11.  A little too honest sometimes. 

Main Course
If you could change the name of one city in the world, what would you rename it and why?

Transylvania in Romania.  People thing there are vampires there.  There’s not!  I don’t know what I’d name it, something normal, like Lombard.

Dessert
What stresses you out? What calms you down?

Stressors include a lot of people around me, having to shake hands during church (I’m not kidding!  I really am shy and don’t like that!), babies crying, listening to people chew anything or pop gum while I’m listening…oh, the list can go on people.  Baths calm me down, relaxing music too!

We’ve only just begun

The peanut is a comedian. I’m not kidding. She’s a 23 month old entertainer.

While walking through Burlington Coat Factory the other day I told my husband to take a seat while I ran and showed the peanut the toys. We were about halfway there when I hear her yell out behind her, “Michael, Michael, Michael.” Hmmmm…I don’t know where she learns these things!
Today she brought me a pencil and some paper and said, “Name.” Even though she’d never done this before I knew exactly what she wanted. She likes for me to write down her name and the names of various other people for her to see. So I looked at her and said, “OK, what’s your name?” She said, clear as day, “Erika.” Which, is my sister’s name. I said, “What is it?” She said, “Erika, Erika, Erika.” After the laughter stopped, I asked one more time and she said, through a big old smile, “Lilla.” Too smart this one, too smart!

I tell you though, I think the most adorable thing that has come out of this child’s mouth happened about a month ago. We went to pick up my husband at work I saw him coming toward the car. The peanut apparently did too because she called out, “Daddy.” Then, in the sweetest little voice I hear, “Cuuuute”. Is that not precious?

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