This page is a collection of little moments that come and go, in and out of my life, every single day. I don't get to record all of them, but I'd like to think that they are within me somewhere - whether I remember them or not. Others might stick with me until I get a free moment to record it. This is just a simple place to jot sweet, touching, funny, can't believe she just said that moments.
February 18, 2011 - coming home from CM, warm night, windows down, first time wearing red sandals, purple balloon entertains you in the back seat - then, poof, unlike every other trip home from CM, your balloon escapes out the window. You look dumbfounded, like "how the $%#$....?" Staring out the window, looking, searching for it. But it's gone. Up, up, up..."I miss it," you say.
February 20, 2011 - (from Daddy) B was watching me work. She brought out her train. She called, "Daddy come see". She then proceeded to put her train together (its magnetic), After every piece that stuck she looked at me "I got it"?. Yes I said, she would smile and move to the next. After the whole train was together I got up and went back to work. Next thing I hear, "Daddy look." She had a basket in her hand and had put all the train pieces in it. I smiled and followed her to her room where she put on her shelf. This is something we work on all the time. She did it by herself, no prodding; honestly. When done she looked to me for approval. I gave her a double High Five!
February 21, 2011 - It was the afternoon after Bea awoke from her nap. The front door was open. I was sewing up a little skirt for her. Bea was pulling Foo Foo in her wagon and wanted to go outside. I helped her get the wagon down the steps and watched her from inside as she pulled Foo Foo around the bushes. After a few minutes, I joined her outside on the front steps. When she saw me, she stopped pulling Foo Foo and came to sit down next to me. I asked her if she wanted to continue to pull Foo Foo and she said, "I sit down and watch cars." Next to me. On the steps. Ankles crossed. Hands in lap. My little old lady.
Dinner time: "applesauce". Bea are you singing "criss cross apple sauce hands in your lap?" "Alsr work. Stelwa work. I wash dishes. Daddy washes dishes."
Bedtime: "helwo everybody."
February 25, 2011 - This morning we went to the CSA farm for the very first time. When I turned into the long driveway, I pointed out a few pigs on the edge of the property. Intrigued. As we drove closer to the farm, she could see a horse, goats, chickens, a huge barn, and lots of interesting farm stuff. With excitement in her voice, she asked from the back seat, "Where are we?" I think this was her first time asking that particular question.
February 26, 2011 - "All myself!" she says over and over and over. When she puts on shoes, when she climbs into the car, when she turns the flashlight on and off, when she feeds the chickens, etc.
March 10, 2011 - Listening to Byron negotiate a nap with Bea.
Bea: I can't nap.
Byron: Yes you can.
Bea: Sit down. Read.
Byron begins reading The Growing Story.
Bea: I'm growing!!
Byron: You are.
March 24, 2011: Byron turns the sprinkler on the front yard. Bea comes up the driveway and spots the activity. Without pausing, she yells, "I take my clothes off!" This girl goes wild for water.
April 2, 2011: While in car driving through the hill country, you advise Daddy from the backseat. "Careful Daddy."
April 3, 2011: It's the afternoon. We're all going outside the backdoor. You step out onto the back porch and look towards the chicken coop and say, "My chickens are happy to see me!" What a big sentence. You are full of statements like this lately. I'm in love and blown away!
April 5, 2011: word of the day: favorite. You've used over and over in your sentences today. Cheese is my favorite. Apple book is my favorite. The grocery store is your favorite. Raisins are your favorite.
April 12, 2011: So every day you bring the stroller to the coop to see if the chickens left any eggs. Me a little paranoid about the precarious stroller thinks I (daddy) needs to build a proper ladder. A couple of weeks go by and one weekend I get the saw out to do a few things. You are scared of the saw. But after I take care of some other things you come outside. I say that I am going to make a ladder for you to climb to the egg door. Surprisingly, you stay outside while I saw the 2x4s for the ladder. You are not scared of the saw now, When done, I bring out the drill to make the ladder. You say thank you daddy for making it and offer to help. With your help we make the ladder. You then proceed to climb it over and over again. It made my day...
April 16, 2011 - A couple of weeks ago, I bought you some new socks that will fit you for next fall. I haven't stored them away, so they've been hanging around the dining room. This morning was cool. Daddy was helping you to get dressed. You needed socks, so you grabbed the new socks, not yet unpackaged. Daddy suggested that you keep those socks wrapped up because they are still too big for you. But you insisted with an emphatic and serious tone. "Daddy, I'm a bbbbiiiiggg girl. I'm 2 yis ol!" I'm not sure what he said or maybe you became distracted by Dolly or looking out onto the backyard from your window, but you ended up not wearing the new socks. But yes, you are a bbbbiiiggg girl these days. You are two years old, afterall. :)
May 12, 2012: Bea, with bucket on shoulder, says: I'm goin to de groshry stor ah by mysef.
Mama: What are you going to buy?
Bea: Dipers, cheese, and milk.
Mama: Is there anything that you can think of that I need at the grocery store?
Bea: choclit cake!
Yikes...this girl knows me well.
May 25, 2011
This evening as we are getting ready to leave the house for a walk, Bea puts on her shoes, but they are backwards. I suggest that she switch them as her feet probably feel funny in her shoes.
Me: How do your feet feel Bea? Do they feel funny?
Bea: No, they're pefect!
Perfect...her new word...cute.
Also...when she is about to do something dangerous or is trying to do something that requires extra attention and we remind her not to do it or to be gentle or to pay attention, etc...Bea like to say, "I'll be caful, caful." Like, it's okay mommy and daddy. I know your concerned, but really, calm down, see, I'm know what i'm doing. I'm being careful. Oh yeah, just a glimpse of what the teenage years will sound like.
July 31, 2011
Bea wakes from nap and Dolly is situated under her dress. Byron asks, "Bea, what is Dolly doing under there?" Bea says, "She's just milking Daddy."
August 2, 2011
"Thank you Daddy for cooking. And thank you mommy for cooking."
February 7, 2012
Listening to The Head and the Heart album on the way to school today. "All my friends are talkin' about leavin', about leavin'" Bea asked "What's this song about?" I explained that one day she'll be all grown up and big and she might want to travel somewhere all by herself. She says, "OK, you can sit next to me." I choke up. Because, of course, I already know about the leaving part.And of course, if she'll have me, I'll sit next to her for as long as she likes.
April 25, 2012
On the way to school, Bea is asking me about our upcoming weekend in Louisiana. I explain to her the schedule, where we will be sleeping on such and such nights. When I get to our plans for Saturday night, she reminds me, "But mommy, Saturday night is ice-cream night. We are going to have to eat our ice-cream at Ms. Lissadell's and Mr. Joe's." I explain that we might end up eating something else, since it will be a different routine than our normal Saturday. She insists, "Mommy, I think we need to pack our ice-cream with us. And we can bring some for them. But just a little bit. We need to save the rest for us." Guarding her sweets!
October 24, 2012
Me: Can I sit at your table and paint?
Bea: Why are you asking me that?
Me: Because I want to know?
Bea: Next time, don't ask me that because you know you can always sit next to me.