December 2009

So this is Christmas

File under: christmas


We hope everyone had the loveliest of Christmases. Per our tradition, we spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Binghamton with the Reed family, and then we spent most of the day after Christmas in Skaneateles with the McCarthy family. Greta loved every second of it.

On Christmas morning, Greta work up at 7ish (her usual wake-up time) and was eager to go downstairs, but not until she put a dress and tights on age three. I think I was maybe 14 when I figured out it is best to spruce one's self up prior to opening presents on Christmas morning because the bedhead and ugly fleece jammies would forever be etched in silver and the family's photo album. If it wasn't clear before that Greta is a girly-girl, it probably is now. (I was not a girly girl; maybe she got it from Pat.)

Anyway, once Greta was ready to make an appearance, we all headed downstairs. The look on her face was awesome.

Not surprisingly, Greta got a ton of jewelry and princess gear. Here she is modeling some. (The polka dot slippers a nice touch too.)

Hands down, the coolest thing Greta got was a fire helmet from her Uncle Eric. It was originally from Pat/Eric's Great Uncle Ray, who was a fire fighter in Philadelphia back in the day. Eric wanted to be a fire fighter pretty much since he came out of the womb, and Ray passed the helmet down to Eric about 30 years ago. Eric did in fact become a fire fighter, and when Greta recently mentioned in passing that she is going to be a fire fighter, Eric passed the helmet down to her. Somehow I don't think Greta will become a fire fighter, but you never know! It was an extremely nice gesture. Here is Princess Greta, Future Fire Fighting Extraordinaire.

Christmas Part Deux. The definite hit was a three-wheel bike from Uncle Phil. What Phil hadn't anticipated was that she would expect him to push her around the house on it a bunch of times. Hehe.

My dad gave Greta a sled, and because they were pink, small, and cute, he also bought her some goggles (maybe he was planning for some extreme sledding?). Greta enjoyed wearing the goggles around for part of the day, and I enjoy that I have this gem to show future boyfriends someday.

And to redeem her after showing the goggle photo, here is my beautiful girl.

And now it's good to be home.

There are several other favorite moments this Christmas that seem worth mentioning, but the last one I will mention is that Pat showed up at my workplace on Wednesday with his gift for me - a new iPhone. I am SO excited about it. I am feeling a little guilty that all I got him was an alarm clock, but what was I supposed to do, buy him a Lexus?? Maybe for Christmas 2035.


Move Over, Martha

File under: food

One of the moms at Greta's day care organized a cookbook for all families interested in participating. Unfortunately, not many people participated, but Greta and I submitted a couple recipes. Check it. In related news, I can't hear "sweet spiced nuts" without giggling. Sometimes I think I share a brain with a twelve-year-old boy. Anyway, since my mom is well known as "Grandma Norma" at the day care, I was sure to include a recipe from her in there.
Bon appétit, yo!

What Greta Thinks of Me: Take Two

File under: greta


Nine months ago, to the day, I interviewed Greta with 21 questions about moi. The results were pretty amusing, if you recall. I decided to reinterview her with the same questions to see what the results would be nine months later. The results, you'll see, are quite wordier. This is no surprise to me since she has turned into quite the chatterbox...It's a good thing I'm a fast typist. She is still fairly nonsensical. Anyway, here are both results, for comparison. At the very least, read #13. And #21 is NOT true.


1. What is something mom always says to you?

3/10/09: You do it. I think mommy is going to be a dinosaur.

12/10/09: I'm nice and you love me, and you let me sit on your lap, and my friends sit on my lap, and I sit on my friends' laps, and I love my dad, and he lets me sit on my lap, and I love him.


2. What makes mom happy?

3/10/09: Cereal flakes.

12/10/09: To kiss and to hug. To do stuff that's nice. To, like, paint artwork. Color and help your mom eat, and I love you. And you're special to me and then I'm done.


3. What makes mom sad?

3/10/09: Doo-doo. You fall down and that makes you sad.

12/10/09: To hurt people. And to bite. Not to hug people. Just to do bad things. To hit. Just to try to say, "I'm tellin' on you," and it makes you mad if I say "stupid," and that's all I do...I don't do all those things.


4. How does your mom make you laugh?

3/10/09: Say a funny thing. Say hands off the nana.

12/10/09: When I tickle you. When I put my hand in your armpit and tickle you. And tickle you on the shoulder.


5. What was your mom like as a child?

3/10/09: Fall down.

12/10/09: [Walks over to a framed picture of me as a kid and points to the picture.] Like that!


6. How old is your mom?

3/10/09: Three. Are you older than that? Five.

12/10/09: 14


7. How tall is your mom?

3/10/09: Three tall.

12/10/09: Let me measure you. This tall! And I'm up to here. [Points to my upper arm.]


8. What is her favorite thing to do?

3/10/09: Eat me.

12/10/09: To tickle and give hugs and play with green sand. And blue sand. And take pictures. And bounce this ball like this.


9. What does your mom do when you're not around?

3/10/09: Cry.

12/10/09: Go at work while I'm at school.


10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

3/10/09: Eatin.

12/10/09: Bein' nice.


11. What is your mom really good at?

3/10/09: Laughing.

12/10/09: Kiss.


12. What is your mom not very good at?

3/10/09: Blowing bubbles.

12/10/09: At cookin' letters.


13. What does your mom do for her job?

3/10/09: Check your email.

12/10/09: Works and does nice things. Teaches people how to do some things. Did you know Dad fights fires? He does that. Do you know that?


14. What is your mom's favorite food?

3/10/09: Pasta

12/10/09: Pizza. Snow flakes, and teeth [laughs], and carrots, yogurt, and water.


15. What makes you proud of your mom?

3/10/09: Eating a banana.

12/10/09: To wipe my butt.


16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?

3/10/09: Cinderella.

12/10/09: Just make music and be my mom.


17. What do you and your mom do together?

3/10/09: Color.

12/10/09: We do nice things.


18. How are you and your mom the same?

3/10/09: Going shopping.

12/10/09: Cause you have your sweatshirt on, and I have the same short-sleeve shirt, but it's short-sleeved, and it's the same color.


19. How are you and your mom different?

3/10/09: Yellow mama, purple dad. I'm pink.

12/10/09: I put this on, and you put that on.


20. How do you know your mom loves you?

3/10/09: Be loud.

12/10/09: That I'm nice and I want to press the G. [Reaches over and presses the G key.] gggggggg


21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?

3/10/09: Dan Zanes. It's really funny.

12/10/09: To work.



Cheesy fireplace shot

File under: house


Dead s3xy


I had to share. I hope you're toasty this holiday season.