Saturday, December 12, 2009

Things We Love

  • Atticus has been commanding us to act out emotions. "Mama be happy. Mama be sad. Mama be grumpy. Mama be applesauce!" We hear him talking about this to himself many mornings, complete with applesauce at the end.
  • Norah is in love with a stuffed hippo who sings "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas". She can sing large parts of the song herself.
  • Atticus loves to fetch things and frequently makes it his mission to retrieve Norah's favorite doll for her.
  • The kids often entertain us in the car with their favorite songs. Popular renditions right now include "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider", "Head, Shoulder's, Knees and Toes", "The Alien on the Bus Goes Beep-Beep-Beep" and "All Around the Mulberry Bush, the Norah Chased the Dora".
  • Did you realize that Norah and Dora rhyme? I have to admit, that was NOT on our radar when we chose her name. However, it is a popular coincidence around our house these days.
  • Atticus has been insisting on taking off his own shirt every night. Sometimes this production can take up to ten minutes and involves him stumbling around blindly with a sweater stuck over his face. He gets very upset if we try to help.
  • Norah put on her own underpants this morning. She accidentally put both legs through one hole, but it took her awhile to admit she wanted help fixing them.
  • Norah randomly initiates "Big Hugs" in which all members of the family are expected to drop everything and run for a group hug. It's pretty darn cute.
  • The kids have been talking a lot about sharing. They're really pretty good about it and they love to tell each other that friends share, brothers share, sisters share.
  • They do NOT like to share their parents with other kids. They love other kids until somebody touches me or Paul. Then we're treated to one of our kids lecturing someone else's child, "No. Mine. My Mama. Mine." We hope they'll get over this eventually, of course, but for now I'm kind of loving how possessive they are of us. If we'd ever doubted their attachment to us or their understanding of our relationship, the answer would now be quite clear.
  • When Atticus is tired, he often starts to yell, "I'm not grumpy! I'm NOT grumpy!" without being asked.
  • When we leave someplace fun, he'll wave goodbye and sadly say, "Bye Happy." It's both pathetic and adorable at the same time.
  • Two weeks ago we assembled our Christmas tree and the ornaments were pretty evenly spread out. As of this morning, there are no longer any decorations on the bottom three feet of the tree.


jana said...

one of my favorite tidbits is atticus yelling "i'm NOT grumpy", probably cause i can frequently identify :) oh yeah, i wanted to leave you a link to you can get pretty good glasses for really cheap if you know your prescription, i thought it might be useful for an active kid :) norah's so cute in hers. p.s. how do they test a kid's eyesight before they can read?

Kristin said...

"No. Mine. My Mama. Mine." Love this.