Friday, September 11, 2009

Baby Talk


11 month old baby girl in the bathroom with her mom. Mom is trying to take a shower. Mom places baby in bathroom w/bucket of toys and puts baby in her view. Mom watches baby through glass shower doors. Mom washes hair....eyes fogging up....Rinses hair....Opens eyes....Mom moves fog from glass to see baby. Doesn't see baby....Mom strains neck and sees glimpse of baby in cabinet drawers.

Mommy: "Kate what are you doing?" (in playful mommy silly tone)

Baby: Baaa-gaaa-shhhh translates in italics and bold - I'm not Kate

Mommy: "I mean Lil's ....what are you doing?"

Baby: ahhhhhhhhhhhh-blaaaaaaah (Going through all your stuff)

Mommy: Liiiiiiiiiiiiiily Close that drawer now......Go play w/your other toys. Mommy is almost finished. Let mommy rinse her hair and at least get one leg shaved today.

Baby: (stares at mommy w/a smile while eating the top of her lotion and then starts rummaging through another drawer)

Mommy: "♫Clean up clean up everybody everywhere clean up clean up♪"

Baby: dadadadadada (That's not gonna work this time....I'm not in the mood to clean and you're in the shower so there isn't anything you can do about it)

scene ends with mom watching the destruction of her bathroom yet again! AWW joys of motherhood! ;o)

Lil's cracks me up on a daily basis. She is babbling like crazy and knows a few words....Her favorite lately is "Buh Buh" translates to bye bye! She will grab a phone and say Buh Buh. She will wave Buh Buh too! It's all about the Buh.
She will sign for milk (she opens and closes her fist like she is grabbing something) and then tugs my shirt
Dada is daddy....
muh muh is mommy.....
da is the dog....(got to be careful and listen for just 1 da or she could be talking about her daddy!)

The other day Lil's was walking over to the dog food at tornado speed. We always have to make sure we pick it up or she makes a bee line for it to tump it over on purpose. I can tell her No a million times and she just laughs at me. The other day I was doing something *I don't remember what...I'm a mom and multitask* and I heard Lil's scream bloody murder like she got seriously injured. I ran over to her and she was w/her daddy. Daddy obviously told her No and she busted out sobbing. We had full blown lip tremble...jerky sobs! I was shocked. How can da's have such much power. It happened again the other day....she was trying to get at his phone and he put it up and still she persisted by climbing up him....and he said "No" ...not even in a rough tone...just a simple No.....boy did she turn on the water works and lip tremble! She bawled again! Amazing! So now she has mastered No! Thankfully she only says it every time she sees the dog food....then of course tries to reach it before I can...all the while squealing with laughter!

The next funny word phrase she uses is the good ol "UH OH". Except her words are Uh Uh. You know how this gets started...things say the phrase and so on... Well now everything is dropped on the floor for the Uh Uh. Even stuff that you didn't want dropped on the floor! But I'll allow it for the time being b/c she's soooo darn cute saying it.

Lil's is also the queen of snorting! She will scrunch her nose up and show all 4 cute teeth and snort multiple times in a row. It's the cutest thing. You can't help but smile and join in!

She also likes to get the dog howl and mimic him! During bath time she calls the dog in the bathroom...."DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" Moses comes a running. Then she stands up in the bath tub (yes, naughty girl) and starts her impression of howling. (sounds more like a really loud moan) This gets the dog howling and I sit there laughing hysterically! She is such a ham!


Little Lil's started walking when she was around 10 months old, but only a few steps at a time and then she would crash and burn. More of a face plant really! Then last week she just took a few steps and kept going! It was soo funny to watch! I caught a quick video of her playing with the trash can and throwing her snacks around! Listen to her on the video trying to lock the trash can. She makes this grunting sound like it was such a hard task.
Each day she perfects her new skill and now she can literally run....ok she looks totally unstable but it is funny none the less!
Lil's has realized that if she stands on her tippy toes she can reach deep inside the cabinet drawers and pull everything out. She is so determine at times to either eat or throw away her finds. I now have to not only make sure the trash can is locked, but to check the trash to make sure nothing has ended up there that shouldn't! She is such a big helper!

I'm not bias here I swear, but we have one smart girl on our hands (ask my husband and he will claim super sperm)...

she will take the caps off of things and put them back on....she will go to a bucket of shoes and pull out the pairs....she will throw trash away .....she will clean up her toys or whatever is messy when you sing the clean up song! Give the girl a towel and she will clean the floors! All I have to teach her is laundry now and I've got myself a slave...I mean really great baby!

Each day is a new experience with her...she is like a tiny sponge....she absorbs everything we do and tries to imitate us!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

And Now Another Word From Our Sponser

I'm taking a break to blog about myself. Yes, Yes, I know this is a mommy blog, but heck fire I can write about my stuff too!

I've been doing a ton of baking lately and was hankering for some of my Grandmother's Coffee Cake. I can't believe I didn't pick her brain way back when for some of her recipes to keep for later. I contacted my Aunts and sure enough one of them had it written down! WOOHOO!

Last week I checked my pantry and had everything I needed! Sadly I wish my memories included baking this with Grandma, but I don't remember baking with her...just eating the good stuff! I nearly wept with joy when I tasted the warm cake! It was almost like I was sitting her her kitchen eating a piece w/her all over again! I remember as a little girl sucking in my breath when I took a bite of the crumb topping and I'd cough on the powdered sugar she sprinkled on top. That day I became that little girl again and coughed on my powdered sugar! I baked this on the first day of the kids new school year! They had a yummy treat waiting for them when they came home w/a glass of milk! I told them the story of the coffee cake, but I'm not sure it really stuck like it did with me! Maybe one day my girls will ask me for all the recipes I've collected from family passed on!

Yesterday Little Lil's and I made Jello Cookies! My dear friend and neighbor from the old house used to bake these for us a few times a year! They were the kids and mine absolute favorite cookies! Thankfully the recipe yields 50 b/c they will be gone in a few days!

I thought I would share the recipe along with some photos and the final product! I also wanted to show off my latest (and currently favorite) measuring spoons.....I have an obsession w/measuring spoons....I collect them....Now how many people can you say that about? I like ones from simple to plain to down right unusual! So if you happen to run into some cute/cool ones in your shopping ventures please don't hesitate to call me and let me know where you are!

Jello Cookies
3 -1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened (Paula Deen would be proud)
1 cup sugar
6oz pkg of jello, any flavor, divided
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Mix flour and baking powder; set aside. Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy.

Gradually add sugar and 1 pkg. of the dry gelatin, beating until light and fluffy.

Add egg and vanilla; mix well. (hey look at my cool spoon)

Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended after each addition.

SHAPE dough into 1-inch balls. Place, 2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of clean glass.

Sprinkle with remaining dry gelatin.

BAKE 8 to 10 min. or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks. Cool completely. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

Ok yes, now I'm gonna show off my cute measuring spoons...each one says something different on the handle
The TBSP says, "A heap of love" the tsp says, "A spoonful of laughter" the 1/2 tsp says, "A dash of kindness" and the 1/4 tsp says, "A pinch of patience"! AWWWWW I love it!!!

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