Archive for March, 2011

Opening Day. A very, very important day. On the way to work, an unembellished recount:

Honey, did you know that today is Opening Day?


You did?


What does Opening Day mean?

“It means that we open presents!”

Well, Grace, that’s not really it. Opening Day refers to the first game of the baseball season. Do you know about baseball?

“Take me out to the ball game….!” — in a loosely adapted tune.

That’s right, Honey! (That’s an alternative to the more typical songs at Day Care. I knew a 5 star Day Care was worth it.)

“Yeah. Let’s sing it together.”

(us) “Take me out to the ball game. Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks. I don’t care if I ever come back cause it’s root, root, root for the home team. If they don’t win, it’s a shame. Cause it’s ONE – TWO – THREE strikes you’re out at the old ball game!…BASEBALL!” — A little freelancing and improvisation, but all the key points were there. Who cares at age 2.5 that it’s 3 rather than 4 strikes.

Grace, when we get home, I want you to run up to Mommy and say, “Go DODGERS!”


Go Dodgers!


(slowly) My favorite team is the LA Dodgers.

“My team is ELE DOD-JURS”

Well, close enough. Honey, next year we’ll work on balls and strikes. Eventually, we’ll make it over to platoons, OPS, and the infield fly rule. Then – finally – you can help me understand why LA can’t sign a decent left-handed relief pitcher.

“Okay, Daddy.”

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Abby and Jessica Bear got to spend some quality time together. This was because Mama is still on maternity leave and so often does not know the date. Therefore, we took a wonderful Jessica Bear picture yesterday, but because we were a day early, we took one today too, and then when Grace got home, she wanted to take a picture too, so lots of Jessica pictures.

Jessica Bear, Take 1 (3/28)

Jessica Bear, Take 2 (3/29)

And now for comparison, pictures with both girls and Jessica. It should be noted that Grace has lots of energy while Abby has opted to sleep through her last photo shoot. (“I’ve seen this bear several times before– no need to get excited” says Abby)

Two very different energy levels...

I *LOVE* Jessica Bear!

And we’ll close with some sisterly affection– or is that a headlock?

Hug or headlock? It's hard to tell.

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“Honey, Lasagna and Vagina are two very different things.”

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Last night’s game against Arizona was 1. very late at night and 2. a big disappointment if you’re a Duke fan. I hold Abby accountable for the L because she fell asleep on her duty to cheer on the Devils. But, in her defense, it was very late, and she was very tired from being cute all day.

Asleep on the guestroom bed

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One month old!

It is wild to think that Abby has been with us for a whole month now. Sometimes it is hard to think of our life as a family before she joined us, and sometimes it seems just yesterday that Grace was only a month old! In any case, we’re so happy that she’s a wonderful part of our lives! Happy one month birthday, sweetie!

Abby and Daddy snoozin'

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When we need Grace to hurry up, we tell her, “Quick like a Bunny!” This morning before driving to Day Care, I called up the stairs:

Honey, are you ready to go now?

Yeah, Daddy. Quick like Applesauce!

— Creative? Well, it worked.

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We were all very glad that Emmy was kind enough to host us in Reidsville. It allowed Emmy to snuggle Abby (this was their first meeting too!) and it gave Grace a chance to hang out with Greatest Aunt Jenny & Bish-Bish too. We hope to be able to go to Reidsville again soon!

Great Grandma Emmy loves snuggling Abby!

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