Monday, May 28, 2012

Fashionista. Or color blind. Either/Or/Both.

Charlotte, watching me finish up a knitted purple sweater.  "What are those squares for?  Are those tiny blankets?"

"No, those are pockets."

Charlotte, perturbed, "But they're purple.  They'll blend right in."

"This sweater is purple, honey.  And the pockets are purple.  What color do you think the pockets should be?"

"Orange.  Orange would be right."

Too bad I don't have any orange yarn.  Too bad, indeed.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Murphy's Law of Parenting: If you are already having a bad day, there will be at least one catastrophic bathroom incident to cap it off. If it's a Monday, there will be poop.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A day.

Today was one of those days.  This week has been one of those weeks.  I said to Charlotte's teacher today, "She's been having kind of an up and down week."  She just kinda nodded.

Four things from today -

1.  I told Charlotte that at 3 we would go to the farmstand to look for fennel (her idea, a weird impulse) to plant in our garden. At 3:03 she came up to me and said, "Okay, Mom, time is ticking! Let's go!

2.  We went to pick up Matt and then run an errand.  He went to the pet store to get cat food, we went next door to Whole Foods to see if we could find any coleslaw dressing & "snacks" aka samples.  It happened to be "local food sample day", and there were representatives everywhere with "snacks."  Charlotte ate a lovely raw milk soft-ish but not runny cheese from Twin Maple Farms, a cube of monterey jack of unknown provenance, a few cubes of tofu and a sip of chocolate soy milk from Vermont Tofu, a cup of chocolate goat's milk, a piece of African bean patty, a piece of falafel with tzatziki, and, finally, a palate cleansing sample of grapefruit sorbet.  On our way out, we saw the boys' aunt and said hi.  The next trip to Whole Foods is going to be *such* a disappointment.

3.  She came in and said, "Daddy asked me to get the kielbasa and tongs. And could you get the door for me?"  As I held the door open, she said, "He's going to be so proud of his little genius."  Little humble genius.

4.  Listening to the Blues Brothers Soundtrack - 
Charlotte: Who is singing now?
Jenn: Her name is Aretha Franklin.
C: What does she look like?
J: She is a dark-skinned woman who sometimes wears fabulous hats.
C: Oh, like Cee Lo Green. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Three Little Pigs

Right now, The Three Little Pigs is one of Charlotte's favorite stories to act out.  She has this little cardboard playset that she has colored.....fancifully....and she will play the roles of both the wolf and the pigs.  She likes me to tell her the story, too, while she's eating or in the bath, or otherwise prevented from reading the book or playing with the toys herself.

Charlotte has come up with some alternative storylines - this afternoon she has added a line to the recitation:

Wolf:  Little pigs, little pigs, let me in!

Pigs:  Not by the hair on our chinny chin chins!

Wolf:  Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in!

Pigs:  My house is stronger than you think it is!

I think this has something to do with what she told my sister yesterday, which is that the house of straw and the house of sticks now have poured concrete, so that they can't be blown in.  (Unclear as to what she means exactly, is she saying that they poured concrete over them?  Or does she think that "poured concrete" is one word?  Another Charlotte mystery.)

I think it's time to unleash the Green Jelly:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

QOTD: Happy Mother's Day quotes

Since Saturday...

"You are so wonderful!"

"You're the only best mommy."

"You're my favorite."

"I love you so much! Happy Mother's Day!"

I love that kid.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

...just in case.

When Charlotte was packing some toys to bring to her grandparents' house last weekend, she packed two little doll type toys and a pig figurine.  The pig was "just in case they get hungry."

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Family Dinner Night at School

A couple of weeks ago, several things kind of came together and we missed a school event.  It wasn't exactly a big deal, but it did kind of convince Matt that he wants to make sure we don't miss a thing.  (Cue Steven Tyler.)  Tonight's event was a Family Dinner Night - they served a free dinner, had some games and healthy food information, and handed out goodie bags of math supplies and a free book.  We had fun, got some schwag (or whatever counts for swag among parents of elementary school kids) and said hi to some parents that we know from pre-school.  And Charlotte go to show off her fancy hair.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

QOTD: Carnivore-style

Me:  Charlotte, do you want some more chicken?

Charlotte:  Oh, yes.  I'm really enjoying it.