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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Our littlest of friends...

Sabrina decided Wednesday night, at 5:50, to take matters into her own hands.  She had been somewhat anxiously awaiting the arrival of Sally & Robert to join us for dinner.  By 5:50 though, she had had it.  She was not waiting any longer, and told me, "Mom, I just need to go get them, they are taking wayyyy too long!"  She then turned, as she planned to head right out that door...

I stopped her, "Honey, they aren't even supposed to be here yet.  They aren't due for 10 minutes." 
'What???'  Being a 3 year old has its disadvantages, the inability to read clocks is way high on that list. 

Finally, Robert & Sally came over and she was so excited.  Despite only meeting him a few times before, Samuel went right up to Robert to greet him when he squatted down.  Later, Sabrina gave Robert a dot picture she had made off the fridge.  Suffice it to say that I think he is welcome in our house from the kids' perspective.

Hard lesson learned by the Johnson parents this week: do not pretend to run into things to make your kids laugh.

Ok, does that sound ridiculous?  As if anyone would ever do that?  Well, the back story is that Samuel thinks it is pretty darn funny whenever one of us big folks gets hurt.  Pull your hair to elicit a howl?  Oh my gosh, gut busting laughter.  See you trip, stub your toe, bang your head?  Wow, that's the silliest hilarity ever!!! Us, being the loving parents we are, decided that the only way to keep our kids laughing was to imitate injuring ourselves by faking these things regularly, usually accompanied with slapping our hand on a wall to make the loud 'bang' noise.  Just call us the 2 stooges, well 3 when Sabrina gets in on the act too... Fast forward to this week.  The usual - Daddy is "running" into the wall with his head and making the predictable noisy bang sounds with his hand.  Sabrina joins in, doing a few performances herself.  So what does Samuel decide?  Well, time to try it himself!  Samuel gets on the floor, and proceeds to walk directly into the wall, legitimately banging his head on the wall.  Our 1 year old busts a gut laughing at himself hurting his head!  The burbling bubble from his tummy kind of laughter, for probably 2 minutes. Wait a MINUTE, buster! The idea is to PRETEND to hurt yourself, not deliberately injure your head. AHHH!  Somehow we have taught our baby to run into walls.  With his head. Nice.  Parenting FAIL.... now we just have to wait for him to forget how hilarious it is.  Luckily it doesn't seem to have caused any permanent damage. Yet.

Sabrina has figured out real cooks wear aprons.  For every meal prep.  Therefore, she has taken to wearing her apron, thank you Aunt Hanna, for every tea party, picnic, and kitchen activity in the upstairs playroom.  It's totally adorable. Wait! I have to get dressed before I can make you strawberry soup Mommy, or your blueberry soup Daddy... And then, while adorably reappearing in her pink & white gingham strawberry apron, she cooks magical meals for us.  It is so fun. :)
And the quote of the week from Sabrina... Drinks a long gulp of milk, "That's just the way I like it, sweet, and cold, and white. MMMmmm!"

They came into the kitchen last night together, after dinner...I followed them back into the living room on their journey. Samuel is holding on tight, but seemed happy about the choo choo ride.  Those 2!




Friday, October 21, 2011

An old draft post I never published... from Dec 2008!


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ATTENTION:  turn your volume to its lowest setting, then up as soon as I hush up...to hear Sabrina babble! I totally apologize for this one, you have to hear me sing!  And it's pretty awful, especially since I'm 1 inch from the video camera.  But I just can't help but post, because now Samuel is at this age!  And I still sing Itsy Bitsy Spider, and he is the dancer now.  Shaking that diaper... similarities abound.  It is so easy to forget how our precious Sabrina looked & acted at the same age (approximately).  Little baldy, love my sweet girl...then as much as now! If not more... ;)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

School at Miss Bethany's

I asked Sabrina on the drive in what her favorite part of school was.

Without hesitation, she said, "When Lilly gets there, and then we play together.  Lilly is my favorite part of school."

Last night at dinner, we were talking about a liiiitttle misbehaving she did at the grocery store with Daddy that morning.  How she enjoyed running away, then teasing him.  I told her that I let Daddy know that when she does that at the store with me, she has to come and hold my hand like a baby.  She calmly replied, "Well, if he tries to hold my hand, I'll just break away and run because I'm strong and I can get away.  I'm stronger than you!"

Oh jeez... somehow my parenting solution got derailed.  I'm now picturing trying to hold the hand of a screaming, squirming 3 yo in a grocery store.  Not a pretty picture.  Nice one, Sabrina...! One more point for you. :( 

We'll keep "working on that one".  Another thing she likes to tell people when we are still trying out a new manner, or way to say something politely.  "We're still working on that, right Mommy?"  "Yes, Sabrina." :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Samuel learns to push his ride on toy... and Sabrina pedals fast!




Ha!  They are so in sync sometimes.  Last night at dinner she pointed to him and smiled, wordlessly.  He watched her, then did the exact same, point, smile. :)  I especially love Samuel's first expression in this video.  Show off! ;)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sabrina morning talk..

Sabrina & I got to talking about her future because she started out asking if I missed her Grandma & Papa.  "Because they're your mommy and daddy."  I answered her, and she said that when she was grown up she would have her own mommy and daddy....?  Hmm, I replied, "Well I've had the same parents my whole life.  You know, your Dad and I will be your mom & dad your whole life too."  Which brought us to...

Sabrina:
"Someday I'm going to get married." 
Me:
"Are you going to have kids."
"Yes, 1,2,3. 3 kids."
"What will their names be?"
"Arizona, Philip and Sarah"
Later amended to...
"Arizona, Philip, and Morgan." "Morgan's my friend"
Boys or girls or both?
1 big girl, 1 big boy, then 1 little girl.
Ahhh...
What kind of house will you live in?
Green.
Later amended to
Blue.
What will you do for work?  You can be a doctor, a scientist, a nurse, a police woman, a fire woman, anything you want!
I'll be a doctor, because I've ALWAYS wanted to be a doctor. (Emphasis here on always, despite the fact that we know she's only 3.)
Will you take care of grownups or kids?
Grownups.
Will you be a doctor who helps you when you are sick or a doctor you visit to have surgery, when they cut you and stitch you up?
Both. 
What if you could only be one type?
Both.
OK. :)  Where will you go to vacation? The beach or the mountains.
Oh the beach, we will have a blue house on the beach.  Maybe I'll have six kids....
How will you pay for six kids?
I'll be a doctor. (She shrugged here)

Ok, bun, good talk.  We've got to let Stella outside now, it's been a while she's been making noise.
OK, Mommy! (Smile, kiss, hug.)

Ahhhh... I'm so glad Philip worked last night so SBJ and I could have this talk today.  Love spontaneous talks with my grown up gal.

Meanwhile, Samuel slept in until 8. 8! Seriously... maybe he's growing!??