Archive | August, 2010

You don’t say!

31 Aug

Ah, but she does say!  My girl is a talker, and she’s starting to learn the ins and outs of the English language…and some Greek.  Well, to be clear, she speaks in English but always, always chants in Greek.  Here are some recent gems.

Adeline and I were playing in her Playhut and tunnel when I pretended (I swear!) to get stuck in the tunnel.  Adeline screams at the top of her lungs “Mama, stuck!  Mama stuck!” and then looked at me and calmly said, “Don’t worry, Mama.  You’ll be fine!”

When Adeline was being especially naughty (jumping in the bathtub, I think), I said, “Adeline, no!  There are rules!”  Adeline quickly responded, “Rules are beeping (sleeping)!”   I corrected her and said, “Rules are always awake!”  Now she walks around saying, “Rules are awake!”

Like most two-year-olds, Adeline is way into the world ‘no’.  Today I asked if she wanted to play ‘Miss Mary Mack’ with me.  She replied, “No Macks, Mama!”…and then proceeded to play.

Walking down the stairs she says to me, “No, no, no, Mama! A don’t pay on stayers!”  I really wasn’t playing on the stairs, but I guess she’s heard that a time or two!

I showed her pictures the other day from our recent picnics, and now she begs for pictures of  “Margaret and Adeline and hugging!”


Sweet Girl

25 Aug

Sweetly Sleeping Adeline

24 Aug

For the first time in over a year, my sweet baby girl fell asleep next to me tonight.  Not in hotel rooms, in my arms, or in our bed will Adeline calm herself long enough to drift off to sleep if Mama or Papa is there.  But this evening, with a crew of friends in the living room for video game night, Adeline said to me, “Mama lay down too?”  Like every time she asks, I give in and smush myself into that little toddler bed.  Usually I leave the room moments later after having been frustrated by her wiggling and giggling next to me.  But tonight she snuggled in and her breath gradually slowed to soft, rhythmic in and exhalations, and she was out.

Nothing throws me back to Adeline’s infancy quicker than watching her sleep.  As I watch her, I half expect her to wake up and give me that brand new baby wail, or maybe she’ll stretch out, root around, and do her “fours” (her trademark four fingered stretch).  Instead she speaks in her sleep, “Luboo,Mama” or “Oh, no!  Way my tig? (Where’s my pig?)”

She’s an independent little thing, and I’m grateful to her and to God for these sweet little moments when the impossible is possible, and I cradle my newborn two years after her birth.

Adeline naming the saints

21 Aug

Iowa Photos

17 Aug

Somehow these are the only photos I have of our visit to Davenport.  Not sure how we snapped so few, but we sure did enjoy ourselves while we were there!

Obligatory sunglasses photo

The Tag Junior was our babysitter on the way there and back.

Feeding the ducks at Vander Veer Park

Following the ducks. See Brad and Oscar waaaay up there?

A queen sized bed all to herself.

Aaaaaand I’m back.

16 Aug

Woah.  I have a way of disappearing for weeks at a time around here!

We had a lovely trip back to Davenport last week.  In just a few short days we were able to reunite with some friends we hadn’t seen in years, hang out with some dear friends, visit my mother, and ate at Village Inn.  A good few days it was!

Anyway, this is a quick little icebreaker post.  I haven’t been writing much because I’ve been reading a ton.  I have some literature courses that start next week, and I don’t expect to have any time to read leisurely until graduation next spring!  I’ll post more often soon…promise.