Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Literal Baby

So...we have known for a while that Rivers is a pretty literal kid.  Today, I learned more about that.

We were looking at her Wonder Woman book, and at the end is a picture of lots of DC superheroes including Batman, Superman, and of course, Wonder Woman (Rivers calls her Woman.)  Anyway, she pointed at WW and said, "panties."  Then she did the same to Superman, Batman, and everyone else on the page who looked like they were in their undies.

Rivers is also very fond of being told "secrets."  If I say to Rivers that I want to tell her a secret, she runs over immediately, climbs up on me, and puts her ear to my mouth.  Usually I tell her I love her or to go tickle Daddy, but it's always something that's not really a secret.  After I told her the secret today, I said, "Rivers, now it's your turn to tell me one."  She looked me square in the face, then put her mouth to my ear and said, "Secret."  Having done what I asked of her, she climbed down and went to play.  Nice, huh?

Another instance is when I need to fix her hair or get to her back for something, I tell her to "come here and turn around."  She walks over in front of me and does a complete 360.  Then she looks at me like, "What?  You said turn around."

I love this kid.  I hope this literal thing is a phase because if you know me, you know that I'm NOT so much literal.  My favorite jokes all involve puns.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Today had some real highlights.

1.  Rivers and I went to the park to meet our friends, Katy and her daughter Sara.  The whole way there, Rivers sat in her chair in the backseat and said, "My friend Sara," over and over.  I said, "Rivers, we are also going to see Sara's momma.  Do you remember her name?"  She said, "Katy," in such a manner that I instantly felt ridiculous for having asked.  Once at the park, Rivers played on the slides and swing, and she had so much fun.  It really is amazing to me what she is able (and willing) to do on her own.

2.  A couple of weeks ago, we went to Grand Prairie for my Aunt LeAnn's birthday party.  (I'm pretty sure there's a video of Rivers with some balloons on Chisum's fb page.)  Anyway, I think Rivers has developed a little crush on my cousin JP.  All the way home and for days after the party, she asked about him.  This Saturday is a party for my Mammaw's 82nd birthday.  I told Rivers we were going and who we would see there, including my Aunt LeAnn and Uncle Jeff.  Rivers immediately looked me right in the face and asked, "And JP?"  I told her I don't know if he will be there, but I sure hope he is able to make it because I think my little girl will be disappointed if he isn't.

3.  We Skyped with Daddy tonight.  Not just me this time.  Rivers said she wanted to "call Daddy, call Chisum," so I told her we could call him AND see him.  I sat her in my lap at the desk, and once he was in front of her, she said "Kiss!" and went for the screen.  (Here's where I have to tell you that my computer is kind of ghetto.  I broke the screen on our laptop, so it is on the desk but hooked up to a different monitor.  So, when Skyping, I am actually not looking at the camera because it is on the laptop and the monitor is about a foot to the left.)  Once I showed the camera lens to Rivers, she proceeded to climb up on the desk and kiss the lens for Daddy at least 10 times.  It was adorable.

4.  I have been trying some new recipes for Chisum and me so that we can eat a little healthier.  He bought me a low GI cookbook for my birthday or Christmas, and I skimmed through it and thought the recipes would all be gross and not taste good.  So far I have only tried two of them, but they are, without a doubt, two of the best things I have ever cooked for myself.  If all the rest are comparable, I think I can handle this low GI stuff.

5.  Our tax refund is here!  That means painting and new carpet for the house!  Yay!  (Chisum is not as thrilled about this as I am, but I hope that he likes it when it's done.)

Anyway, that's all for today, but I am indeed looking forward to Chisum getting home tomorrow and our visit to Grandmother and Granddaddy's on Friday.  That should give me some happy things to write about.

Monday, February 27, 2012


Tonight, I was reading some friends' blogs, and I remembered I have my own.  I know I haven't posted in a LONG time, but I thought, hey, why not?  So, what I think I'm going to do is try to write the positive things from my days so that I (and others, hopefully) will get a little joy or encouragement or whatever from my posts.  Here are some great things from today:

1. I Skyped for the first time.  I know this is old hat for many of you.  But I had never tried it, and I talked with Chisum all the way from his hotel room in Lubbock.  It was amazing to be able to see him right here in front of me and catch up with each other about our day.  It's not the same as being on the phone either; you MUST be paying attention the whole time because your partner can SEE you!  (This, as Chisum will tell you, is important because I tend to get distracted very easily on the telephone.  That's why I don't call people often...)  But it's also wonderful because you can see reactions instead of just hearing them, and I love to see my husband smile.  So Skyping was a success!

2.  Rivers told me today that she "fell down" "earlier" in the "parking lot."  There were some questions in that conversation from me, as I was trying to get clarification from her mainly because we were not in a parking lot today in which she fell down.  This is what I can gather from her comments.  Last Wednesday after Mass, we went to the post office.  On the way back to the car, she did fall down and skin her knees.  I put Spiderman band-aids on both of her knees.  (You can actually see them in the Hulk Smash video on my facebook.)  Anyway, for a couple of days after that, she had been asking for band-aids.  (We have Marvel Heroes in the medicine cabinet.)  I thought she was done asking for them, but apparently she was just taking a different tack.  Instead of just telling me she wanted Hulk or Spiderman as she had previously done, she concocted a story to get me to remember how her little knees were hurt so I would let her have her band-aids.  Smart kid.  Weird, but smart.

3.  Tonight, after our Bible story and prayers, I was sitting with Rivers in my lap in the rocking chair.  She came up with a game.  It went like this:  Rivers took a drink of milk and then offered me some.  I said, "No, thank you, I don't want any."  Rivers laughed hysterically.  And we did this for at least 5 minutes.  She was so tickled about me saying no that her laughing made me laugh, and by the end, we were both giggling uncontrollably.

I don't often enough remember these parts of my day, and I would be good to start doing so.  That's why I'm writing.  I hope I can do more.