Monday, January 10, 2011

Today Our Snuggle Puppy Mesa went to HEAVEN.

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And a piece of my heart went with her.

Friday, January 07, 2011

29 months… ALMOST!!!

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(eating noodles with chopsticks on New Years Eve)

It was the best of times… and the worst of times.  Tate can be so adorable, yet can make a grown mommy cry.  Her language is exploding, so is her stubborn behavior. 

Today Tate traded roles with me… her idea… she was Mommy and I was Tatey.   She handed me her little pink play cell phone instruction me to talked to Nana.  While on the pretend conversation she prompted me to ask what Nana is doing and how Nana is feeling.  Then she says to me… “ okay sweetheart, it’s mommy’s turn” while holding out her waiting open hand, to which I obediently handed over the pink fake phone.

The role playing went on with her telling me the plan for the day.  “Mommy has to work and Tate will play at Lindsay’s (sitter) house.”  I acted excited with the prospect of playing with some of her friends who will be there.  Hey, I am trying to spin this into a positive thing, hoping to avoid the whiney Tate who would rather stay home with me.  I hear my words exiting the mouth of my 2 year old.  “ Okay,  Tate, look at your feet.  What do we need to get on?” To which I say shoes and quickly put them on.  “Good girl!  Now what do we need to put on?” to which I act like I do not know…. she says “your coat!”  So quickly Mommy and Tate were able to leave the house and walk across the street to Lindsay with Tate (me) carrying Mommy (Tate).  Tate remained in her mommy role until I left Lindsay’s stating the Mommy always comes back and for me to be a good girl for Lindsay.  I guess this is the way Tate hears me.  CUTE!!!

Fun FACTS on my 29 month old girl….

  • Not sure if she is left or right handed.  She switches hands with every task.
  • Is obsessed with “liptick” and will smear chapstick on her lips until she is nothing but a grease fest.
  • LOVES everyone and everything.  Recently she discovered two bruises on my knee.  When she was told that they were bruises, she replied “Oh I love bruises!”
  • The same accident that caused the bruises (tripping over the dog in the dark) also caused a HUGE PAINFUL sore between my two breasts.  Tate has showed (or attempted to show) everyone she sees with an added “Poor mommy” as she shows and tells what happened.  If you happen to be in our home, she will take your hand and walk you to the scene of the accident.
  • Cailou has replaced her love for Elmo.  Barney had a quick appearance but thankfully this was a quick love.  She stated the other day that her best friend was Cailou.  I am sick of the giggle of Cailou and hoping she changes her likes quickly.
  • Her number ONE favorite book  is Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. Coming in as a close second (third, fourth) is Sandra Boynton’s books Blue Hat, Green Hat, Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! and Barnyard Dance.

I will be posting some pretty great things on me soon.  Somehow news about Tate is so much more fun to report than what I have to share.  My stuff is adult stuff with less hilarity and fun.

The snuggle puppy, Mesa, is not doing well.  She had a long outing with a friend right after Thanksgiving and what started as a tired limping dog has escalated into sedations, x-rays and a consult with an orthopedic veterinarian surgeon.  Not sure if she will need surgery but I hate seeing her so sad.  Poor girl can hardly walk and when she does she is on three legs.  Tate has been so gentle with her snuggle puppy.

Sunday, January 02, 2011


January 17 mos..

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February 18 mos..

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March 19 mos..

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April 20 mos..

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Easter was spend at Tate’s Auntie Kelly in Tampa where she was spoiled and loved by her Florida family and friends.  My little fish got to experience the beach for the first time.  Sadly there was a cold snap earlier in the month causing the Gulf of Mexico to be too cold for swimming.  This was the month that Mommy decided NO MORE LAP CHILD for long flights. 

May 21 mos..

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My cute American-Chinese-Norwegian girl celebrating her first official Norwegian Independence day (May 17th)… A dream coming true for me.

June 22 mos..

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Adding her own style to her outfits.

July 23 mos..

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Crazy FUN times with our bloggy buddies were flying into SLC from all corners of the States…. Lisa and Maisie from Atlanta, Catherine and Hannah from Canada, Mary Mia, Ro and Ree from California and Donna and Lauren from Arizona.  With local buddies Tiffany, Eliza and Sollie, we all rented a house in Park City for a few days…  Six mommies with 8 active kids under the age of 5 year old.  CRAZY FUN!!! 

August 2 yrs..

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Celebrating her 2nd birthday… adding her own flare to her dress with the tutu.

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September 25 mos..

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A quick flight to Phoenix brought a lot of fun times with friends Donna/Lauren and Julie/Tess who were visiting family.  SO MUCH FUN!

October 26 mos..

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November 27 mos..


Helping Mommy make pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving feast.


Tate was missing her traveling Nana and Gramps so she made Potato Head stand in grandparents.

December 28 mos..

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Fun time playing with the Little People Nativity set… LOVES her baby Jesus.

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Snuggling with Santa.