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Wordless Wednesday – Sheed



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What are we doing out here Mom?

The meal plan for the week has long flew out the window.  In my defense, it was not for lacking of trying!  Monday I had not anticpated a stop at CVS for a prescription to take close to an hour.  After trying to keep Brooke occupied there that long, there was no time or energy for dinner preparations.  Daddy brought home Wendy’s.  Fast forward to last night when I had planned to just slide Monday’s dinner of Spaghetti and Meatballs into Tuesday’s slot.  That was until I turned the faucet to get Brooke a drink of water and realized the City was still working outside on a water pipe issue and our water was turned off.  So much for making pasta!  My confession is I probably could have come up with an alternative but at that point, I gave up!!  Last night became pizza! pizza! night at our house and Keith picked up Little Ceasar’s on the way home. 

My favorite quote is by John Lennon…”Life is what happens to while you’re busy making other plans”.  I’m going to keep meal planning but when things don’t work out according to plan, I just gotta go with it!


Now, on to Working Mommy Wednesday!!!

 We had a choice of writing about our favorite or most annoying celebrity or write from our child’s perspective of a time when they had to wonder what the heck her Mom was thinking.  I chose the latter.

Last February in an act of homesick desparation, Brooke and I made the trip back to my hometown in Michigan to visit family & friends.  The February before that I swore that I would NOT be visiting February again.  I like my Texas winters for a reason!!  As mentioned earlier though, I was really homesick so off we went!!

Now Brooke is a native Texan and this would be her first encounter with a Michigan winter.  So of course everyone was excited to see her reaction to the cold and most importantly, snow!! 

One of the last nights of our trip we got Brooke all bundled up and plopped her down on the snow.  I wanted to get pictures so my dad helped her stand up in the snow which was that really crunchy kind that doesn’t really give under your feet.  Standing wasn’t really working too well so we sat her down and I’m sure her butt must have instantly frozen!!  She looked at me with this pitiful face and after a couple more pictures (I’ll admit it!) we headed back inside.  I can only imagine what she must have been thinking and I know she had to wonder what I was thinking…


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Conversations with Brooke – What’s for Dinner?

Most nights on our way home, Brooke and I will have this conversation:

Me: Brookie, what do you want for dinner?

Brooke: Lunch!

Me: You want lunch for dinner?

Brooke: YES!!

Me: Oh! What did you have for lunch?

Brooke: Dinner

Well, I’m glad we cleared that up!!



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25 months of sunshine

My “little” Munch is 25 months old today.  It might be un-cool to still be thinking in terms of months of age once your 2 years old but I’m gonna go with it anyway.

25 months

Some quick Brooke highlights at 25 months old…

She’s SO talkative!!  I can’t believe we had a speech therapy evaluation for this child because she’s become a chatterbox!!  She also loves to sing!!  Around her birthday we sang “Opie cee you” to everyone in the household, including Sheed, close to a gazillion times.  We always sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star at bedtime and thanks to Barney, “If All The Raindrops”, “Mister Sun” and “I Love You” are also favorites.

She’s on a transportation kick.  She loves things that go…we took our first train ride a couple weeks ago and loved it!!  She’s started noticing the buses, both school & METRO, and even tried to catch up to one to ride it one day when we were in Midtown.  Another favorite, “hairplanes” and “heli-cack-cack-ters”.  It can take about 3 times longer to get from the front door to the car if there is one of either in the sky because we have to look up and announce it at every step.

Potty training is…..going.  Brooke either resists actually staying on the potty until she’s done or gets REALLY comfortable and refuses to get up.  Very rarely to we find a middle ground.  When she wants to be, she can be very successful at it and when she’s feeling stubborn, she’s not.  There’s no rush though so we’re just going with the flow.  HA!  No pun intended!

She’s blowing us away with how well she’s picking up shapes, colors, counting, and her ABCs.  And when I say shapes, I’m talking hexagons, ovals, crescents, not just circle and square.  I found a Shape game app for my iPhone and she loves earning stickers by choosing the right shape.  She has a couple Melissa & Doug puzzles, these and this one, and she flies through them.

We still love cooking and baking together.  She makes some awesome scrambled eggs, is an expert at stirring pancake batter, loves creating new recipes with salt & pepper.  Baking bread in the breadmaker is probably the easiest kitchen project we do…its mostly dry ingredients so even if there’s mess its super easy to clean up.

She’s just so much fun.  Sure she makes me want to tear my hair out sometimes but she mostly just warms my heart.  I’m having such a good time watching her grow and just can’t wait to see as she continues developing into her own little person.


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Wordless Wednesday – Fun in the Sun!


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