August 2010


I don’t know if you can see it in the picture that is to follow, but we have a TOOTH! Woohoo! One, cute little pearly white with which to bite people’s fingers and chew fun snacks. It’s just a little something extra to light up that beautiful smile.

Can you see it?

Rolling herself into a Madeline burrito.

The more Madeline’s personality develops, the more I realize what an awesome little girl she is.  She is such a sweetie. She smiles at almost everyone she meets, whether she’s with us or not. Miss Tina (at Odyssey) told me about her fist cart ride around the school, how she got to meet everyone and entertained them with her smiling and giggling. She really loves people.

She made new friends today at lunch when she loudly announced to everyone in Firehouse Subs, “DADADAAAAAAAAAAAAADADAAAAAAAAAAAAWAAAADAAAAAAA!!!!!!” They all agreed.

Stranger anxiety? Pffft. That lasted all of two weeks. Not to worry, though. She won’t go to just anyone. She just likes to smile and giggle when people talk to her, and to make loud proclamations at restaurants and the library. (Use your inside voice, Madeline.)

Smart, friendly, and beautiful. What a great combination for a great kid!

I’d like to take just a moment to wish a very happy birthday to the world’s most loving husband and devoted father. We love you to the moon and back. 🙂

It was a pretty low-key day of shopping for Dan’s birthday present (he finally decided what he wanted this morning), bbq for lunch, a sick baby, and a blazing cake after dinner.

Yes, you read that correctly. Babyhead has her very first cold, but I think she has handled it much better than Mommy has. No fever, just snot. LOTS of snot. And, thanks to the snottiness, I look like a snail slimed its way across the front of my shirt. Sorry for the visual, but I like to invite you into our world sometimes.

Being the world’s best daddy, Dan has spent his birthday soothing and rocking the sick little Sweet Pea. She’s a very blessed little girl.

How does a daddy spend his birthday? Reading "Pat the Bunny" to his little girl, of course!

Thirty-one candles... make a lovely liiiight...

I haven’t posted much lately, out of fear of boring my faithful readers to tears. But, if anyone is truly interested, here’s what’s up at Head Manor.

Madeline’s little routine has been completely thrown off by the changes that have taken place these past two weeks, but she seems very happy at Odyssey. Miss Katy and Miss Tina are great with her. She’s getting the opportunity to play with other kids and she gets a lot of personal attention. Miss Tina said today that, “every time you make eye contact with her, her face lights up.” She has certainly been smiling sweetly when I’ve picked her up in the afternoons.  If Madeline is happy and feels safe there, we have no complaints whatsoever!

Dan has a birthday swiftly approaching. Woohoo! Now, if he would just tell me what he wants. Men are so hard to buy for. He’s still the world’s greatest Daddy and has been getting up every morning with Babyhead while I get ready for work. He drives her to school in the morning and plays with her when he gets home in the evening. What more could a Babyhead ask for?

Hm. One fragment and two sentences ended with prepositions. Good job, English teacher.

Speaking of teaching, I think this is going to be a good year. This school is very different from the prison school at which I used to work. It’s a little musty and the carpets are stained, but it seems that teachers will be expected to TEACH in their classrooms here. We won’t just be hosting a book of the month club. It will be a new experience for me, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

Hopefully, I will be able to thrill you with first tooth pictures and crawling stories soon. Until then, know that all is well with us.

🙂

Where in the world is this year going???