Friday, July 24, 2009

Anatomy 101

Kate has said some things lately that make me worry that she doesn't quite know her body parts yet. For instance, last week she was dancing around in her princess dress, and it kept falling off her shoulder. She complained to me, "Mother (she calls me mother now), this keeps falling off my hip!" A while before that, again we were dancing, and she threw herself on the couch, stating that she needed to rest because her "nippos are tired." Okay, that may need a bit of background information. When I was nursing Faith, Kate was curious and asked what "that thing" was. "It's a nipple," I replied. She now uses the word "nippos" to describe the entire chest area. So when Kate complained that her nippos were tired, I was a bit confused, and asked her to
point to where she was tired. She pointed to her hips. ??

Well, last night she proved that she has cleared things up. We were watching So You Think You Can Dance. Ever since we had a little talk about modesty, Kate likes to point out anyone who is immodest (and there are lots of opportunities on that show). A girl came out in what looked like a sparkly sports bra/vest, and Kate immediately stated,

"That is NOT modest. Oh, but she has a beautiful nippo thing!"

That Kate is going to be trouble some day.

On the GI front, Faith awoke two days ago and firmly declared:

Poo poo!

So I whipped off that diaper and hustled her into the bathroom. Sure enough, she had her first poo poo in the potty! We were all so excited! She said bye bye to it and then flushed 4 or 5 times to be thorough. I know it's premature, but I'm starting to imagine what it will be like to not spend so much money on diapers!

In Praise of Pioneers and Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Happy Pioneer Day, one and all! I am sure grateful for those hardworking people that came to the West in wagons and carts, gathering buffalo chips and giving birth in tents (what a mess!). I probably would have been exchanged for Teriyaki buffalo jerky at the first trading post for whining too much. So thank you to all that sacrificed so much to build the beautiful land we live in!

Now, these next three words will change how you see the world. Cilantro. Lime. Shrimp. Okay, maybe not those words, but what they represent will knock your socks off. I picked up a container of them at Costco last week because I was curious, and these last several days with the shrimp have been some of the happiest of my life. Each succulent shrimp is an explosion of deliciousness in your mouth. Faith is saying a handful of words now, and 'shrimp' is among them. If you have felt something missing in your life lately, don't look any further.