C & D paused mid-snuggle for a photo op!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
C & D paused mid-snuggle for a photo op!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
She does know something's up, though. The first clue was the dumptruck load of presents brought over by Gammy and Dapaw:
For the record, two of those are for Me and my Nugget, and two are for Gammy and Dapaw. The rest are to the Little Nugget. They certainly love to spoil their only granddaughter!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monkey really enjoyed her birthday book from Aunt J and Uncle DJ--and so did Mommy and Daddy. Very cool book called Gallop. Check it out on Amazon, it's too hard to describe! ( And I'm feeling a bit lazy and tired from all the food I've eaten this weekend at family gatherings)
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Little Nugget and I ventured out to run a couple of last-minute Christmas errands (we plan to hole up for the next two weeks and let the amateurs fight it out themselves). It's colder than shit, btw, not an important part of the story, just annoying (it's like 5 degrees).
So we go to the post office where there is a HUGE line. I dreaded the whole experience anyway, the post office is bad enough, let alone with an impatient toddler. But she was surprisingly happy about the experience, probably because she had a captive audience. She treated the other patrons to her rendition of the alphabet song, recited colors, and the piece de resistance, her dramatic interpretation of nap time, "Night-night! (followed by fake snoring noises)" That was a crowd-pleaser. Then she finished the show up by making her froggy perform a little dance. Thank you very much! We'll be playing all week!
The show continued at our next destination, a chain restaurant where we picked up some gift cards. These were available in the bar area, and it felt like I was going to be struck by lightning for bringing my babygirl in there. But ok. We belly up and wait while the 'tender was taking orders from the group of burly dudes at the bar. So Monkey looks around for a little bit, looks over at the guy seated a couple seats away from her and shouts to him, "HIGH FIVE!!!" He was stunned to say the least. High fives were exchanged, then she exclaims "YEA!!!!". She then notices that this man is wearing a cap with the logo of our favorite football team, then shouts "GO CHIEFS!!!" and throws her arms in the air. This required another round of high fives, etc. You get the idea. A little charmer this one. She made quite an impression. Even shook his hand when we left.
How is it possible that we produced such an extrovert?
Friday, December 12, 2008
I have been a-feared to put the antibiotic in her food, because then she'd refuse to eat anything. Same thing with drink, remember the chocolate milk incident? But I had a light-bulb moment a few minutes ago, why not in her beloved strawberry yogurt? It tastes like her chalky cherry medicine crap, maybe she won't notice the difference. The awesome part is that she eats gallons of the stuff, so this could work out great.
So I waited for her signal, that being a request for "yert!", then I went to work. Kept the refrigerator door open so as to block her spying eyes, then mixed my alchemy. Did a quick taste--I didn't notice any difference--crossed my fingers and slid the bowl in front of her. Then I hid in the kitchen and peeked at her when she wasn't looking--didn't want to arouse suspicion.
She's got a bit on the front of her shirt, nothing unusual there, and certainly consumed more than when we try to shove the syringe in her mouth. She gobbled it down, so I'm calling it good. Bad thing is, we're out of yogurt!
We'll get some more. You can count on it.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Most people at my place of employ could care less if you show up or not, just so long as they don't need anything from you at that moment. And this being finals week, it's pretty quiet. So why did I go? Why?! Because I care about what I do, call me a stupidhead.
So like a goober, I'm scanning away and S, our administrative assistant/unofficial power source of the department says to me, "Go home! Boss-man would want you to!!!" Can't argue with that.
So now Palooza and I are safely at home (not much snow here, it went south of home and bull's eyed work) and I'm settling in for some cocoa while I work on paperwork. I know, I'm too dedicated to such a low-paying job. But hey, I have a job I like. Just having a job is a good thing nowadays.
Friday, December 5, 2008
No extra charge for the ear/eye infections. Oh wait! Those cost an extra $100 bucks for meds and deductibles. Luckily those are confined to just me and the Little Nugget.
Neither one of us had symptoms of earaches, so I was hoping to avoid that whole scene of antibiotic ingestion. I think Babygirl will tolerate the eye drops, but antibiotics taken orally. Man. Been there. Hated that. Lets just say it will be a very torturous time. I mean, she barely tolerates nose wiping. OK, that's an exaggeration. She DOES NOT tolerate nose wiping of ANY kind. It usually ends up being some kind of commando operation where you sneak up on her while she's distracted by Elmo, or food, or pharmaceutical commercials, or whatever. But she's quick! She goes into defense mode instantly, almost like a boxer: tucks her chin into her chest and throws up her arms. She's a wiley one, that girl.
So Medicine Time will have to be well planned. No amateur attempts like putting it into chocolate milk (which she still won't drink to this day). What can I say, I'm a first-time mom, I learned my lesson.
Tag-team. That's the way to go. And lots of cookies. Cuz nothing says sorry Mommy and Daddy forced ill-tasting substances down your throat like chocolate chip cookies!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
It remains a mystery...
Monday, December 1, 2008
Oh but they will take off next year, for sure!!! Now that they're woody, the deer won't have much interest in them...Oh wait, is that a deer trail right by our grapevines?! Indeed it is, and there are more where that came from. Hubby Nugget inspects the Bambi freeway to the grapevine buffet:
I reached far back into my dressed-in-black, art-school past to achieve this artsy-fartsy pic of whatever that is. No, really I just put the camera down by my leg and shot up. Caught a lucky break and got a good pic! They call that a "happy accident" in art school, btw.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
After that she was done! She promptly got up from the table and snagged the coveted tricycle while her cousin K was still eating:
She was soon joined by her cousin L, who was tooling around on the tractor. Monkey was pretending to be a speedbump:
Hopped up on carbs, all the kids finally joined in running the raceway around the tables and Little Nugget continued her quest to be the best speedbump ever:
GG holds her sweet 3-week old great-granddaughter, B. She is such a good baby! New parents T & N are so proud of their babygirl!!!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
"Driving" Dapaw's lawn tractor like a crazy maniac!
The other day she insisted that she put on her swimmies over her clothes. We're not sure if she's going to design haute couture when she grows up or just be a social misfit. I think middle and high school will determine that.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The behavior in question is "don't touch my hair!!!" From the age of 4 or 5, I forbade anyone to brush my hair, which I'm sure looked great once it was filled with wads of gum.
Enter the Little Nugget, who apparently got this fabulous gene from me. Not only doesn't she want her hair brushed (she will do it herself, thank you very much!), but she suddenly develops 6 more arms and goes all octopus on you when you try to trim her hair. Luckily it hasn't been too much of an issue, her hair grows so slow. But lately the girl has been looking a little Emo with the bangs hanging over her eyes.
So a plan was put in place to catch her off guard, when she's mesmerized by one of her pharmaceutical or iphone commercials. She was too quick for us! Plan B was implemented, which involved waiting until she was eating, then sneak up behind her. Oh she wasn't falling for that! Plan C: When she gets sleepy, maybe we could we lay her down then do a quick snip snip? Foiled by our stomach sleeper! Immediately rolled over every time! Two weeks went by, and still her hair was in her eyes.
By last weekend, I was in the habit of carrying those dang scissors with me everywhere I went, optimistic that I just might find that right moment. The time finally came, people!!! She fell asleep in the carseat on the way home from Papa & GG's Saturday night. Hubby Nugget didn't even have the car in the driveway before I was ripping off my seatbelt and jumping out the door to get in the backseat! The interior light came on, I grabbed some hair, and snip-snip!!! It was done just as she opened her eyes!!! It looks awesome, but hey, at least she won't be going blind or wearing all black anytime soon!
Stealthy McHairstylists are now taking appointments...
Monday, November 24, 2008
It was a wonderful distraction from the humiliating performance of our Chiefs. Seriously, how cute is this!:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
My personal favorite is the mini-mash, but the full-size mash is double-dipped with chocolate.
:-) You're welcome! :-)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I plied her with books (No want!), bagels (No want!), pacifiers, elmo, then finally found equilibrium with a bag of megablocks from the kids department.
She was doing SO well, then we headed to the dressing room to try on, and the kind lady gently informed me that we couldn't take in the toys. No problem for me, but put in your earplugs is all I have to say to that. Her eyes got wide as Monkey let out a yell in protest. Told you!
So after try-ons, Little Nugget once again had her Megablock comforter and we headed to the cash register to complete the transaction--got my sought-after cardigan AND a coat, ON SALE! Go TJ, Go TJ, Go TJ!!! TJ Maxx rocks.
So Babygirl was SUCH a good girl for not having a supermassive meltdown, I let her in on our next destination, Satan's House of Free Sugar Cookies, where we would score a fistful of cookies for my sweet angelpie of goodness. She enters said establishment happily chirping "kiki!" when we round the corner and saddle up to the bakery. Except one small detail, THEY HAD NO COOKIES!!! Oh my Lord, how am I going to get groceries without shoving a continuous stream of cookies down Little Nugget's piehole?
Instead, they had mini-donuts. Which, hey, I totally dig, but my daughter doesn't find them to her liking. Mommy likes donuts like a meth-head likes speed, so I can only guess that she gets this disdain of donuts from her Daddy, or they switched my kid at the hospital after birth. Seriously. Who doesn't like donuts?! My daughter, that's who.
Like a little trooper, she hung in there, and was SUCH a good girl, sans cookies. No whining. No shouting "Go Bye-Bye?!" So we went to the shoe department and tried on shoes. Monkey is a shoe horse. She was in heaven!
He-he, now THAT's my girl!!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Nugget Seal of Approval:
- Super-cheap gas, even if it's only for a short while: There is an intersection along my commute route that must be having some kind of price war, because these 3 gas stations are seriously going at it. They are about 15-25 cents cheaper than anyone else in the metropolitan area. I just filled up on the way home, and hold on to your mittens, it was only $1.41/gallon. Is that crazy or what? It's almost like getting a raise!
- Speaking of cheap, which I am, if you have a consignment store in your area, I highly recommend checking it out. Not all are great, but when you find a good one, it's like you hit the lottery. Last Saturday, I got a like-new cashmere sweater, wool cardigan, blazer, and two yummy leather bags for $45. You can't beat that. No Sarah Palin jokes allowed. And who wants to pay full price for work clothes?! Not Team Nugget. That's not how we roll.
- And while we're talking about clothes, how about those Merona brand tights, available at Target?! I usually don't like how Merona clothing fits, but hey, who would have guessed they have awesome tights? So there you go. Oh yeah, I'm kinda picky about tights, that's why this is a big deal to me, and why I thought worth mentioning.
- Special K protein bars. LOVE them. Ten grams of protein. Seriously. And Yummy! I get the Chocolatey Chip ones. Keep one in my bag just in case I get hungry, need a snack or want a chocolate bar. And for those WW folks out there, only 3 points. I know, I had you at Chocolatey.
- I seriously love my new Logitech ergonomic wireless mouse. It has a special high-speed wheel that allows you to scroll up or down your document at the speed of light!!! Especially useful if you are working on, say a spreadsheet that has about 3500 records and is LONG and SLOW to scroll through. Like molasses. With the new mouse, I can flick it with my fingernail and watch the entries FLY by, back and forth...I amused myself this way at work today. Good times.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
P.S. I promise I'll write a proper post tomorrow. Pinky swear.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I guess that would make that person a real pesticle, right?
I'm so glad I don't know anybody like that!!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
:-) Hope springs eternal in Chiefs Nation :-)
All for now,
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The Chiefs Suck.
At least we had fun at the game, chattin with brother and sister-in-law G&N.
We had two extra seats that we couldn't give away to friends or family (a big sign). We sold them to a scalper in the parking lot for 15 bucks. Face value: $120. Priceless. At least it bought us 2 drinks at the game in which to drown our sorrows. Sheesh. And guess what: the Scalper couldn't even resell our tickets!!!! The seats were empty.
All I can say is we'd better get a good draft pick out of this!
All for now,
Saturday, November 15, 2008
- YERT: Little Nugget's favorite food of the moment, yogurt. She eats it about 2-3 times a day sometimes. The girl loves her yert.
- NIMINIMS: M&M's. A chip off her mommy.
- PUCKLE: Pickle. Besides "coli" (broccoli), her favorite vegetable, hands down.
- SIPPY SUHPIDE: Her sippy spider cup, which in a desperate attempt to keep her from spilling juice and milk, I had a moment of weakness and reverted to the sippy, purchased on Target Halloween clearance (for 29 cents, sah-weet!).
- BUNNIE: Banana. It took us awhile to figure this one out. Then she said it at the store, and it was like an "oh, duh" moment. We're kinda slow that way.
- POTS: Pasta. We like to think she's saying pates (imagine an accent above the a), being the geeky francophiles that we are. (pates in french is "pasta").
- KIKI: Cookie. Seriously, it will be a sad day when she starts pronouncing that one correctly. How cute can you get?!
- Monkey Go: Any of the adventures of Curious George. She hands me the book and says "Monkey go." Indeed! How can you argue with that?! She sums up the character and plot wisely.
- I See: Her summation of Dr. Seuss's epic work, The Eye Book.
- TER-TAL: Turtle. We love to make her say this one. She does it with perfect enunciation.
- WINK: That's what a piggy says. And she does it in the most awesome Exorcist voice you've ever witnessed! Good stuff.
- BUHGG: This is, of course, our delightful canine mascot, Stinkbug. She loves the little bastard.
- YAK: Jacksonian the Presidential Dog. Such a good boy.
- TOPIE: Sophie, honorary Team Nugget canine mascot, and my sweet Babydog. Monkey loves Topie. Yeah, we call her Topie too. There, I said it. Are you happy?
- KIRKLE: Circle. That has to be the cutest speech impediment ever!!!
- BEE-BEES: This, dear friends, means Mommy's boobies. She's enamoured of them. As is Daddy. :-) For different reasons, obviously.
- KIKI MUSSER: Cookie Monster. Second only to Elmo as her favorite Sesame Street character. And of course she says it in her best Exorcist voice.
- PIE: Her name for her pacifier. She's now restricted to only sleepytime paccie use, but now that she's named it like a pet, she's become more attached. Oh yeah, she calls it "Pie" because she sticks it in her "piehole". For the record, Team Nugget has always referred to said pacifier as "paccie". Her term, not ours. When she sees it she lovingly exclaims, "Dat's Pie!!!!"
- "COME ON!": An expression of impatience that she learned from Mommy, which she happily chirps while she's playing with her cars.
- "COME ON DUN!": An expression of joy that she learned from watching The Price is Right. Usually followed by screaming and jumping up and down.
- "I KIME": Means "I Climb." Seriously, we don't call her Monkey for nothing. The girl's a climber.
- "NO, OK.": This means no. We have always asked her No? Then after her answer, followed up with a confirmation, OK. We believe the genesis of this phrase comes from the period when we played the exciting game of Little Nugget's creation, "Guess What I Want to Eat!!!!" "Do you want chicken tenders? No? OK." Do you want shrimp? No? OK." Team Nugget is thankful that the Little Nugget can now (mostly) express her culinary wishes.
Let this be your guide...
Friday, November 14, 2008
Yet again, Team Nugget is one step closer to World Domination.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I know prices have gone up (well gas is exceptionally low, albeit temporarily--I just about pissed myself with excitement when I filled up for 16 bucks this week). But what are the signs of Armageddon that we're supposed to look for?
Team Nugget is pretty frugal to begin with, so is the next step saving used aluminum foil and growing our own chickens in the backyard? I haven't bought new clothes for two years. Should I forget about picking up a new sweater for this winter and get a sewing machine instead?
Seriously, I have no problem shopping at Goodwill, but I just want to know what we're talking about here. Mass hysteria? The Real Deal? Anyone?
What would Lou "Mud" Dobber do?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
And soon after it looks like this: