Mispronounciations, age 4

Jan 23

Sing-a-ma-jig.  “cinnamanajug” “I actshallee want an apple for lunch, Mom.” “Frosty the Snowman was a very jobby soul, with a blow pipe pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal…” “Can I have candy for bessert please?”

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The best, ever.

Jan 23

Maren has taken to identifying seemingly random events in her life as “the best, ever.” A day spent in pajama’s: the best, ever. Spaghetti for dinner: the best, ever. Hosting a playdate with two friends: the best, ever. Going to Disney Princess’ on Ice with Aunt Kate: the best, ever. “One’s first book, kiss, home run is always the best.” –Clifton...

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These are the things I keep saying I have to write down…

Jan 12

Things I loved about Maren today: -She is really good at Guess Who.  We play competitively.  Today I was explaining the final strategy point about picking the most generic people: the men with brown eyes and no accessories. -She played school with her class for at least an hour by herself.  As I busied myself around the house I heard her muttering under her breath specific directions to her students.  Some encouraging words, some disciplining words… and I liked that she play-acted both. -Her art.  It is still a mental struggle for me that I can’t keep it all.  I see value and growth in each piece and I hope I save what will be a cohesive continuum of her artistic flair.  Such heavy responsibility to be a mom. -Watching her with her class at preschool when she didn’t know I was there.  Her mannerisms, her quiet obedience in being part of the pack, her lighting up when she saw me. -She calls me ‘Mama.’  Often, Brad is ‘Dada.’ -Her post-dinner, post-dessert reward was snuggles with Mom.  This pretty much means she thinks I am better than dessert, and there is no higher compliment from a...

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