Saturday, February 03, 2007
Another one of those moments
Emma was playing with a shoestring I had taken out of her shoe. She wanted to make a necklace with it so she put it over both of my shoulders. Then she yanked it away, taking a hank of hair with it. "Owww!" I said, hamming it up a bit, "You pulled out my hair!" She stopped and got really serious "Are you OK?" I couldn't believe she said that; I had no idea she even knew that phrase. Slightly chagrined at my over-acting I said,"I'm OK, Emma, thank you for asking."

It was just another one of those light bulb moments when I realize her capabilities are miles ahead of what I give her credit for.
Groundhog supper
We braved the 3 degree wind chill to go out to eat at the high school. The food they serve is actually fried oysters and turkey. Sides are stuffing, mashed potatoes, cole slaw and a roll. The deserts are homemade, mostly pies. It benefits the local Lions Club. Everyone is there. That's one of the charms of living in a small community. You can look around the cafeteria and you know pretty much everyone. Most of the faces you don't recognize are visiting relatives of the ones you do recognize.

Emma was very well behaved at supper. Afterward she and Daddy went for a walk down to the very end of the hallway. They found a box of balls for the playground. She was having a blast going through the box.

Friday, February 02, 2007
Around the calendar we go...
February 2005

February 2006

A week ago

Another Birthday "set"
That was sent to the same recipient from two different senders. 1908.

It gives me such a warm feeling...
when my toddler, in "nakey baby" mode, pees all over my leg and the couch.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Eager Reader
Daddy suggested that he and Emma read. Emma got the wooden rocker and pulled it over next to him. She went into the pool room and came back with a book and her pumpkin. She settled in to listen and lasted about ten seconds. Then she got up and disappeared into the pool room again. This time she came back with a lift-a-flap book to read to herself.

Winchester, Virginia
This town is in Popi's work territory. I do believe both of these structures are still standing. Pretty amazing buildings, if you ask me. They don't build them like this anymore. The high school postcard was mailed in 1923 and the library one mailed in 1924. I have no idea who John Handley was, but he obviously had a lot of money.

Another pair of knitted socks! Yay!
My friend who works at the library, Angelika, gave me another pair of socks she knitted. I was so thrilled about the pair she gave me last year. I had never worn wool socks and they are so warm! She handed me a bag with three pairs and let me have my choice between the three. When I made my selection she said I surprised her. She expected me to pick a pair of conservative ones. Nuh uh.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
We were trying to get her mind off of TV and Dora so I pulled out a Disney music CD Emma had gotten for Christmas. I think it was a hit. It included a tricked out version of HamsterDance, one of her all-time favorite tunes. We danced our butts off.

Then we discovered the second disc was six music videos, including HamsterDance.

Working up a strong thirst.

And now for a little video, I apologize that it's a larger download than I usually do. The video is only 30 seconds long. She doesn't move around much, but she's wearing socks in a pair of slippery plastic shoes, so she's doing the best she can.

Birthday card set
Although these look to be from the same set, they were sent to my great-great-great grandmother from two separate people in 1908. Click on them to see a better picture, they're kind of screwed up here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
A regular Dickens novel around here
Emma went to bed without supper.

I had a meeting to attend so I took Emma home after babysitter and had to wait for M to come home. I ate a quick frozen meal and let Emma snack on peanuts and peanut butter pretzels to tide her over until supper with Daddy. When M arrived he was pushing me to almost late so he fired up my car for me and I was out the door.

When I came home later Emma was in bed. I asked M what they'd had for dinner. M got the deer in the highlights look. He said, "I thought she ate with you." Um, no. I gave her snack so she could eat with you. Then he said, well I gave her snacks too. He gave her peanuts and peanut butter pretzels.
Monday, January 29, 2007

Yeah, she's been giving us a whole heapin' helpin' of attitude lately. Welcome to the Terrible Twos.
My new kitchen trash can
Yes, it's a clothes hamper. Most kitchen trash cans don't suit me because they're not big enough, or they have huge swinging lids that knock your trash around, or they're step-ons. All the stainless steel ones are too small. I know, I should hang my head in shame after reading about b's $200 trash can.

When I purchased this I was having that inner dialog trying to justify the purchase. My old one had a broken lid, ground in grime and was...lets see...I bought it when I moved into my apartment in Williamsburg in was 18 years old. Oh. My. God. I'm old enough to have an 18 year-old trash can.

After demoralizing myself with that epiphany I decided the $12-and-change extravagance was justified.

More things I can't explain...
Like why a child who refuses to wear hats as general policy would be cramming a hard plastic case on her head till it bent her ears down. Or worse yet, the time she jammed it down over her ears and I had a panic moment when it wouldn't come off.

Take me to your leader.

And now for the's cuter than you think ;)
Oh, her room was a wreck when I got there.

Sunday, January 28, 2007
M said Emma dumped out the container and brought it over and set it in front of him. She climbed into it and sat down and said "Fly me." They've never done this before. I think that's pretty clever, myself.

Sunday post cards
This is a birthday card to my great-great-great grandmother, sent in 1908. You probably can't tell from the photo, but the green background is sorta glittery.

This is a humorous card sent to our pal, Piszczek, at school.