May 31, 2010

Mahj Jongg

Quinn is going to be a master Mahj Jongg player. She sat on my lap today and started immediately matching up the tiles. Pair of nines, pair of 7s, pair of threes. Turned out to be a good hand. I couldn't believe how well she did - without me even explaining anything to her. We had fun the rest of the day too - swimming, having a tea party, putting all the dolls in row in chairs to go to a meeting. Good kid!

May 29, 2010

Odd developments of the english language

"I'm going to wet you" instead of "I'm going to get you wet"

"He's hotting me" instead of "he's making me hot"

"he was unhaved" instead of "he had misbehaved"

This must be what summer for parents is

Sitting under an umbrella, poolside, holding a sleeping baby and watching an unsuccessful mediation/intervention over sharing going on in the pool... Must be summer from a parents perspecive.


Normally when woken in the middle of the night, Quinn goes back to sleep fairly easily, but not last night.

She was up at 4 and cried until "morning" which happens at 6:30, when I said it was finally okay to play.

I'm certainly going to be very cranky today.

May 28, 2010

Summer camp cups

We got Quinn new insulated cups for camp. She is crazy excited by them... I hope that all new adventures are greeted by as much enthusiasm.

May 26, 2010

Last day of school

Man that happens fast... we are going to miss Mrs. Marie

May 25, 2010

Pool Party

The JCC had their pool party today for the whole school... Quinn was bouncing off the walls excited. We had a great time, except for the turtle decals on the bottom of the pool which scared us. Played with Harrison, and Colin... then found Maya and followed her around, generally happy - until it came time to share.

But all is good, It was a great pool party.

So much rational thinking

Amoungst the crying and the tantrums, there is so much rational thinking that is going on in there.

I don't want to use my bathroom, I want to use the other [utility room] bathroom

Eventual Calm Logical Reason:
I can reach the light there myself.

I want to unscrew the top of the toothpaste, instead of using the easy flip top lid

Eventual Calm Logical Reason:
I won't get toothpaste on the lid if I take it off

I'm scared of monsters... I don't want Grover to eat me.

Eventual Calm Does Not Compute brain fry:
I'll send Grover away and maybe Elmo can come to my room. "But Elmo IS a monster," I said. "No he's not". "He is covered in red hair, like Grover is covered in blue hair"


May 22, 2010

Great saturday

While mommy wad studying for the GRE, daddy took Quinn to memorial park playground with Harrison. We met up with Leah Dawlett there.

Then Harrison and Quinn went swimming at the new house. They had lots of fun jumping in and swimming after things.

We were practicing getting out on the ladder and Quinn misjudged the distance and did a good job scraping her upper thigh. I anticapate this being her biggest bruise yet.

May 17, 2010

Losing the battle

You know that you are losing the "get stuff done battle" when you find yourself saying, "it is bed time and we haven't had dinner yet."

May 14, 2010

Technology today

I need my phone. I don't remember the words [to the song], says Quinn

May 13, 2010

What's in a name....

What's in a name? That which we call the terrible twos
By any other name would be just as freaking awful!

I'm so sick of not wanting to eat during meals that she should love (fruit dessert, spaghetti and meatballs, etc).. and then demanding snacks after not eating

Not going to bed... (thirsty, too hot, too cold, wrong blanket, tuck in the sheet, music too loud, music too soft, too bright, to dark, to far away, to close, sit in the chair, sit on the floor, etc)

Heading back to pullups at night

We've peed in our bed a couple of nights in a row, so I think that we will revert back to pullups for a little while.


We were outside playing and a mosquito landed on Quinn. I told her to hit it. She didn't so, I came over and killed it on her... Unfortunately I was too late and it already bit her...When she saw the blood from the mosquito - she flipped out!

Boy, that is something that she is just going to have to get used to

May 11, 2010

Salad vs Risotto - who do you think won?

Wrong... the salad won... crazy.

We literally made a dessert risotto with cinnamon, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries for dinner. She wanted no part of it.

Yet she opted for lettuce dipped in ketchup and that is the majority of her dinner tonight.

She is SO determined to get her way.


May 08, 2010

Today's Learnings

French fries comes from potatoes. (she helped cut potatoes and bake them to fries)

Lots of trees is a forest (Memorial Park hike)

Lucy (Pat's dog) has a nickname, and that's Goose (because like Quinn, Lucy is a silly goose)

May 04, 2010

Lower your voice

At the restaurant, Quinn was talking loudly... So I said lower your voice please... She repeated her phrase an octave lower (essentially a deep voice) but at the same volume. Damn literal kid :)

May 02, 2010

Day in the sun

Problem with spending a day in the sun at the lake, is that you end up exhausted and grumpy and not able to effectively deal with exhausted and grumpy kids.

May 01, 2010

The gender divide starts early

So there was a 4 yr old boy at the playground, who was certainly interested in Quinn, but didn't have anything to say to her, but also didn't want her to's no wonder men can't get it right when they grow up.... Inability to talk to women is genetic.