Sunday Bullets

  • There was supposed to be a winter storm here last night.  There wasn’t.  (I think it has been rescheduled to tonight.)  As a result, no one was out anywhere this morning.  I guess they all stayed home because of the storm we were supposed to have?  It was nice, everything was empty.
  • I believe I am slowly fixing the nap problem.  She’s napped without excessive protest these last few days.
  • She also slept longer last night than she ever has.  Twelve and a half hours.  Way to go, baby.  I think she is finally catching up on some of the sleep she missed this holiday season.
  • Speaking of holiday seasons, I am going to make up the Advent stuff for next year now.  If our Thanksgiving-Christmas is as busy as it was this year, I will never have time.  I bought some Christmas books on sale today.  So, what ideas do you have for a daily activities for a three year old (gasp!) for something small every day before Christmas?  Then next year I can just look at our calendar and put activities in order.
  • Also, speaking of Christmas, I need to write thank you notes.  I did so well after Elizabeth’s birthday, but I am seriously failing now.
  • We ate out a LOT this week.  And I spent way more than usual at the grocery store.  (Over Christmas, I only shopped for Christmas.  So this week, I had to buy new butter, new honey, new peanut butter, new maple syrup, new sugar, new etc. and that really added up.)  So this week I am going to try to make all our meals at home.  Friday night will possibly be an exception.
  • We had dinner with Matt’s college roommate, Rob, this Friday.  Rob lives here, but we don’t see him often.  But his wife was busy on Friday, so we entertained him.  Since we don’t see him often, Elizabeth is “a yittle shy of strangers” (that’s what she tells him).  So this time, I asked her if she thought that maybe Mr. Rob would bring her a lollipop.  She considered the idea and said “YES!  A manana (banana) lollipop.”  I asked her where she thought Rob would get this lollipop.  (In reality, it came from my pocket and was slipped to Rob under the table.)  She told me “from da bag!  From da bag in his car!”  So apparently, Elizabeth believes that Mr. Rob carries a bag of lollipops in his car.
  • The lollipop idea was a huge success.  Elizabeth took it directly from his hand (normally she tells me “Mama do it” when confronted with something like that) and then actually talked to him during dinner.  Rob told us that wow, she was really starting to talk a lot more.  We told him that no, she was just talking in front of HIM for the first time.  She told him that “the lady calls dem suckers”.  I thought it was amusing that she felt Rob ought to know that the lady at Target Pharmacy (where Elizabeth gets about 95% of her lollipop supply) calls lollipops suckers.
  • Wow, those were some long bullet points about lollipops.
  • In response to the cookie question, I don’t know this time.  Sigh.  I meant to eat a good dozen or so of cookies.  I actually ate five.  I baked them in the toaster oven instead of the real oven and I burned the second and third batch.  So out of the first half dozen, I ate four and Elizabeth ate two.  I ate one out of the second batch that was only semi-burned and then Matt ate the rest of the burned ones.  But I don’t like burned things AT ALL.  I don’t even like things that are past the golden brown stage.  In fact, I prefer “just barely starting to turn color” when you are talking about toast.
  • But my point it, I COULD have eaten way more than five cookies.  I am guessing probably a dozen before I felt like stopping.  Homemade chocolate chip cookies are my downfall.  When we have them in the house, I even eat them for breakfast.  (And then I call my mom and tell her about it.)