Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Conversations With Emily

Abby and I have had some pretty interesting conversations for the past couple of years.  Emily and I are getting to that point now that she is really verbal and understanding a lot of the world going on around her.  Here are a few snippets of recent conversations...

Emily: "I have two sisters"
Me: "Really, who"
Emily: "Abby"
Me: (that was obvious, but I'm curious to see who she thinks her other sister is) - "who is the other sister"
Emily: "Murphy"
Murphy is our male dog.  Emily is really attached to him, talks to him and makes sure he is always close by. 

Me: "Emily you did such a great job at your Dr.'s appointment today, you get a sticker and a lollipop"
Emily: "Yeah, lollipop"
Me: "grab a sticker and a lollipop out of the basket"
Emily: (grabs two of each, then looks at me) - "for Abby too"
She always thinks of her sister whenever she gets something special, it warms my heart...

Stay tuned for more conversations with Emily.  This little girl has a wonderful sense of humor and is downright funny. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bumper Crops

This year is turning out to be the year of the bumper crop in our back yard.  Every year I plant a garden and I sometimes forget to water it and then it all dies.  Not very rewarding or satisfying.  We also have 3 dwarf citrus trees in our backyard that we hardly tend to and they produce very little fruit.

This year is going to be different.  We've been watering these darn things regularly and it looks like it's going to be a very prosperous year!

Our garden box, complete with a very happy zucchini plant, italian parsley, two types of heirloom tomatoes, thyme, and two kinds of bell peppers.  Everything is so happy!

Our Meyer lemon tree.  It's typically the happiest (all relative) of all our plants in prior years, only because it gets watered with our automatic sprinklers and never relies on our lazy selves to tend to it.

Limes, yeah!  We planted this tree 5+ years ago in the hopes we'd have limes for the occasional beer.  This is the first year we will have a decent amount of fruit.  Over 50 little limes on this tree, pure bliss!  I counted every single one of them.

And this gem, makes my heart flutter!  This is a blood orange tree we bought 5+ years ago.  Our goal was to make blood orange margaritas with the fruit from this little tree.  Last summer I gave up on the darn thing.  It had these little spikes all over it (very few leaves) so I hacked the thing back.  And I mean hacked.  I cut it back and asked Steve to dispose of it because it was a hazard.  Well, good thing he never deposed of it.  We are going to have these little beauties coming out of our ears this year.

Monday, June 4, 2012

More Conversations with Abby

I took Abby to her dance class this weekend, while Steve took Emily to her art class.  Saturday mornings are a bit crazy in our house trying to get everyone to their classes on time.  On our way to class, we were listening to the radio.  It prompted a spelling lesson.

Abby: "Mommy, turn up the music please"
Me: (turns up radio)
Abby: "Mommy, how do you spell Adele?"
Me: "A - D - E - L - E"
Abby: "How do you spell Madonna?"
Me: "M - A - D - O - N - N - A"
Abby repeats it back to me.  Forget trying to spell anything one might think is more age appropriate (she's 4 1/2).  I love how much Abby likes music already!  She's a fan of Lady Gaga too.

As we are listening to the California Girls song by Katy Perry...

Abby: "Who is Daisy Duke?"
Me: "It's not a person but a name for a type of shorts"
Abby: "What kind of shorts?"
Me: "Really short shorts, they sometimes show a little bit of people's bum bums"
Abby: "Shows bum bums mommy?  That's silly."
Me: "Yes, it's a little silly, some people can get away with wearing them, some people can't."
Abby: "I don't think I want to wear Daisy Duke's"
I'm going to hold her to this!

We went to the zoo recently and Abby had her own agenda for which animals we were going to see in which order.

Abby: "I want to see the giraffe's, the zebra's, the lions, the monkeys and then I want to go to the playground."
Me: "Do you want to see the kangaroos or the bears?"
Abby: "No thank you."

She had her map out and helped guide me through the zoo.  We had to alter the order just a bit (the monkey's before the lions), but it was fun to see her find the animals she wanted to see on the map and help guide me through the zoo.  I'm glad Emily is easy going and went with Abby's agenda, at least for now.