Monday, March 28, 2011

An after thought...

Just wanted to mention something we're doing w/ Chaps that some of you fellow moms (don't think any dads read this...) might be interested in...

By no means am I claiming that this is some brilliant and/or original idea, it's pretty ridiculous, actually.

So... Reed started practicing introductions w/ Chappell about two weeks ago. He just wanted to teach her how to say hello politely, no big deal.
Reed would say "hello," etc., they shake hands and then she says, "Hello, my name is Chappell Williams, and I'm from Montgomery, Alabama. It's nice to meet you."

No big deal, right? I mean, everyone needs to know their name and where they are from.
But the more I watched them have this little exchange it sort of dawned on me-- why haven't I been driving home this simple, yet pertinent information sooner?
Of course she knows her name... but where she's from, etc., etc.... the list could go on.

God forbid she was ever kidnapped or lost, this is all information she would need to know.
Until last week, she had no clue what city she lived in. We spend hours working on shapes, numbers, letters-- all of the "obvious" stuff... but somehow managed to overlook something so important?

Anywho... I'm stepping down from my soapbox, but it's just some food for thought.

So, I just decided in the shower that we are going to build on this.
Phone number's next...
If she can spell M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E, I think she can learn a few numbers...

Am I psycho? Possibly.

Peace folks.

PS... this picture was taken on Chappell's changing table... the room was almost black, with just a tiny bit of light peeking through (homemade) blackout shades... I just liked the way the light hit her eyes and how sweet and sleepy she was :)

27 Months

Well hello!
Just wanted to check in and say herrro to the ole blog.
Chappy's doing great.
She's currently munching on a lovely rainy day lunch of grilled cheese, pickled okra and watermelon. This meal includes three of her most favorite things to eat, so I'm assuming she's a pretty happy chick right now. The kid goes crazy for anything pickled or salty. So much so, that the check out lady at Publix calls her "okra baby" or "miss okra" because whenever we check out, Chaps is usually chowing down on her own bottle of pickled okra. Well, that and a sample of salami from the deli... funny little lady, no doubt.

I wanted to jot a few things down, so here I go...

Chappell is still rather into playing dress up and sportin' some jewels these days. And, BREAKING NEWS-- she will keep a bow in her hair! Wahoo! I used to have to sneak it in while I was pretending to play with her hair...
Anywho, about a week ago I figured out a way to make it work... I told her that "all princesses wear bows" -- and waaalaa! She is now a bow wearer... because, of course, Chappellina is a princess, and all princesses wear bows.
I wish I could convince her to do things like this forever. I'll enjoy it while it lasts!

Recent happenings:
Chappell likes to put on all of her jewelry (clip on earrings, bracelets, numerous necklaces, bow and high heels) walk to the back door and tell us: I'm going to work mommy and daddy, bye bye!!

"Momm, I would like to have some fruit snacks for the road, pweeeeeeeeeease!!"

*Overheard her counting to ten in Spanish yesterday, in perfect order. I have no idea how she learned this, I'm assuming Dora, but I watch Dora with her and I don't really remember any episodes that we've watched counting to ten... school maybe??

Chappell can count to mid 20s. She can identify all of the numbers now and most of the alphabet by sight. She mastered the numbers pretty quickly after playing number puzzles on
Reed's ipad, otherwise known as "daddy's puter." Technology's pretty shweet. Her easel has magnetic letters and that's how we've worked on the alphabet. The magnetic "wetters" are one of her most favorite things to play with. Well, that and her rubber lizards, snakes, baby doll and bottle, Baby Einstein DVD cases (all DVDs and DVD cases for that matter)--- I could go on but I will stop.

Chaps likes to pray for her friends/classmates at naptime...
this reminds me, C told Reed this right when she woke up yesterday:
"Pollard is my best friend. I love Pollard. Pollard is nice."
Seriously?? Where does she come up with this stuff?
Speaking of Mr. Pollard, these two were caught kissing (just a little peck) on the playground at school a few weeks ago and then spotted in what was described to me as "a human pretzel-like position" at school a few days later.
Then, last Monday, Miss Chappell was spotted (in the backseat of my car
) holding hands with Pollard's first cousin, Barnes and affectionately calling him "Pumpkin." She better watch out or she's going to stir something up between the cousins. Ha.
Well, back to editing, just wanted to jot a few things down. I know I'm forgetting a lot but I'll be back soon.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring MINIS!

I know this isn't personal (and this is still my personal blog), but I wanted to make sure the word got out... as this deal will not happen again!
Email me at for more info! Only a few spots left!

spring minis

And... just FYI, if you know someone in the Montgomery area who is pregnant and about to POP/have a baby... (in the next week) or currently has a baby under ten days old... let me know...
I have something up my sleeve...

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