All good things come with lots of attitude

Sugar and spice…or tortillas and salsa?
May 22, 2008, 5:19 pm
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Monkey needed new toothpaste, so we walked to the pharmacy and I let her pick out her own tube. She decided on some obnoxious Dora toothpaste. On the way home, she told me that she couldn’t wait to use her toothpaste because it’s gonna taste just like Dora.


A Hello Kitty makes everything better
May 16, 2008, 4:28 pm
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Driving home on the West Side Highway this afternoon, listening to the radio while we sit in traffic, this song came on the radio. I didn’t think Monkey was listening as she kept looking out the window and commenting on all the construction vehicles.

Monkey: “Mommy, she says she keeps bleeding.”

Me: “Umm, yeah, she is.”

Monkey: “Oh, no! Maybe she needs a band-aid?”

Me: “Well, I don’t think that’s really what she means.”

Monkey: “I know! I have Hello Kitty band-aids at home. Maybe we can give her one when we get home?”

Playing catch-up with May
May 16, 2008, 12:51 am
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We’ve been busy this month:

Monkey started soccer classes a few weeks ago. She’s not a huge fan. I sense that the Force may not be all that strong in this one.

Soccer - not a fan

This was the look on her face throughout the first practice. Subsequent sessions have not really yielded any better facial expressions.

Reluctant soccer star

She did kinda sorta start warming up to it….

Soccer MVP

Hmm, maybe we can teach her to channel that anger into kicking the ball.

After torturing my child with soccer lessons, we ran off to Maryland to visit with LittleFace.

They petted sheep:

Petting the wool

And ran in a kid’s fun run. Well, Monkey ran it in spirit. Add running, in general, to her list of things that she’s not a fan of…yet. BWahahahahah.

A reluctant Monkey and her tired Momma

She did get her first bib, race shirt, and medal, though.

Back in Brooklyn, we fed our brains at the Murakami exhibit:

Contemplating the art

Quick story about that one:
So, I knew that he had a few scandalous pieces, but I figured we could just walk by those really quickly and Monkey wouldn’t notice. Umm, yeah, I didn’t realize how big Milk is (the one on the right – warning, NSFW.) It’s huge. Anyways, we walk around a wall and see this statue starting right at us. Monkey asks, “Mommy, what’s she doing with her boobies?”

Me: “Um, well, when we have babies, you can get milk from our boobies.”

As I say this, I notice that RIGHT ACROSS FROM BOOBALICIOUS is Lonesome Cowboy (the enthusiastic one on the left), for our viewing pleasure. I so wasn’t even going to try to explain that one, so I pulled a quick, “Hey, what’s over there?” and dragged her out of that room. I’m so smooth.

So, after I was done torturing and corrupting my child, I payed her off with some new summer dresses. She quickly claimed this one as her favorite and has even worn it to bed a few times. Because, sometimes a girl wants to feel like a fairy princess when she drifts off for the night.

Trying out some new threads.

They’re look better than they taste
May 16, 2008, 12:01 am
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Tonight, after Monkey is out of her bath and is getting ready for bed:

Monkey: Mommy, why are my fingers all wrinkly?

Me: It’s from the water. I left you in the bath too long.

Monkey: They look like raisins. *pops her fingers in her mouth*

Me: How do they taste?

Monkey: (a little disappointed) Clean.

April 26, 2008, 10:31 am
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Monkey as she’s trying to get her melon through the opening of a narrow shirt:

“Oof! Why’s my brains gotta make my head so big?”


British waiter to us as we’re ordering burgers: “Would you like to-mah-toes and lettuce on that?”

Monkey: “To-MAH-toes? It’s not to-MAH-toes, silly!” *cracks up*


As she sits on the potty:

“I’m going to put make my poopy jump!”


*holding up two fingers* “I’m going to put two poopies in here.”

Belated birthday catch-up
April 24, 2008, 9:44 am
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For her actual birthday (um…almost a month ago. heh.), Monkey and I headed out to the Museum of Natural History to look at bones and butterflies.


Saying hello.

She LOVED the dinosaurs. We spent a good 45 minutes running from one set of bones to the next.



The butterfly conservatory was open, so we got to walk around and sweat while butterflies bumped into us. We found this HUGE moth sleeping on a tree.

Huge moths don't scare us

She also loved the spooky squid and whale exhibit. It was too dark for a good photo, though. I totally expected her to be scared by it, but, no. She kept running up to it to look at it again and again. Brave little monkey.

Afterwards, we headed over to Alice’s Teacup for some fancy finger sammiches and yummy scones. Monkey got to wear some fairy wings and was sprinkled with fairy dust. Almost a month later, I’m still finding fairy dust on her stuff.

Donning fairy wings at Alice's Teacup

And, that ended her four-day-long birthday extravaganza. Happy third, Prettymonkey!

Zoo love
April 24, 2008, 9:33 am
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Spring has finally arrived, so we’ve been taking advantage of it and heading outdoors whenever possible.

Earlier this week, we headed out to the local zoo with a few friends in tow. The local zoo is pretty small – perfect for taking toddlers and letting them run amok, sans strollers, for an hour or two. Hello, guaranteed naps!

Monkey and her little friend, G, ran around from one exhibit to the next, pointing and gawking at all the different reptiles and monkeys.

Watching the Prairie Dogs


In awe over the monkeys

Monkey and Josie made a new friend:

Makng new friends

They counted chickens:

Counting chickens

Stared at the llamas:

Big ol' eyes

Hid out in tunnels:

In the tunnels

And pretended to be turtles:

Monkey and turtle

When it was time to go, they climbed ALL the way up the steps by themselves like big girls:

Walking up the steps like big girls

We got home, ate lunch, and then promptly passed out for a few hours…

Pooped out after a long day

We heart the zoo.