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the doll ate my baby

I am sitting at the home computer paying some bills and Sofia is playing with her matryoshka doll at the table behind me. She was saying the normal playing things and then all of a sudden I heard “What’s wrong?”. Sofia has a pretend voice, a voice she only uses when she is playing pretend. It is high and squeaky and just a tad annoying. The squeaky voice answered her question.
“What’s wrong?”
“That lady ate my baby”
“Oh my, she ate your baby?!”

For a split second I was confused and a little disturbed. What is she playing? Then I remembered what she was playing with, nesting dolls. One doll goes inside of another. Hilarious.

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september highlights

How is it that the entire month of September went by without one post. Man, did it fly by but still, not one post? Here are some highlights. I promise to be better this month.

Circus with the crazy train
I took Bean and the Fleschner kids to the circus. Not sure I would do it again, but the kids LOVED it. Seriously loved it. Man on the tightrope only 5 feet above the ground? Love it. Acrobatic cats? Loved it. Dogs running under a bar? Loved it. Okay so maybe I would do it again.

Swimming lessons started back up
Bean is had moved up in her lessons, no more floating on her back and blowing bubbles. Now she is learning how to do the backstroke and the crawl. Best way to end your day? Watch the Bean do the crawl down half the length of the pool. Way cute.

Hindi classes started again
We haven’t really found our groove with this one but hopefully once we do I can see she will pick it up quickly. We found a new teacher and love her. Sofia is already practicing writing Hindi letters, learning songs, and common verbs. She loves going and even asked me to leave this past week when I sat down at the table with her and her teacher. I was sad for a split second but I know she will feel a bit more comfortable if I am not there.

Ice cream dinners
We had a week where it was over 90 all week. Not feeling like cooking, we stopped on the way home from school most days at one of the self-serve frozen yogurt places. We have narrowed it down to a couple favorites that we will probably still hit every once in awhile. Sofia’s usual toppings were marshmallows, pink mochi candy and sprinkles. Yum.

Birthday weekend in Cannon Beach
Best part of the month by far. Got to spend my birthday eve on the Washington Coast with Ajay and the bean and then we met the Holdens and Fleschners in Cannon Beach for my birthday night. Gina brought this amazing spread of apps and dinner, and Paul made his famous arancini. We had been trying to all sit down for a meal together for a couple of years now, but the 6 of us adults were never in the same room really, so this was a nice treat. Bebe and Grandpa came in the morning and even though the weather wasn’t sunny, it was perfect to me.

Playing 20 questions 20 bazillion times
Not sure I need to say much more about that. Just ask Bean if she wants to play 20 questions. I dare you.


not too far away

The other day Sofia was watching Madeline. She commented that the woman in the cartoon had way too many children. I told her they weren’t hers, they were all at a boarding school.

“Waaaait. So there is a place I can go live with my friends. All the time?”
“I want to go to boarding school!!!”
“Well, you would have to live far away from Mommy and Daddy then”
“But I could live with my friends right?”
“I want to go to boarding school!!!”

A few days later out of the blue Sofia declared she was never going to move away from us.
“I don’t think I want to move away. I would miss you guys too much”
“I would miss you too Bean.”
“Okay, I won’t move anywhere”
“Weeeellll…. how far away is Hollywood?”


i like families

Sofia woke me up this morning around 3:45 to switch places in bed. We had fallen asleep together watching a Care Bears movie and just stayed that way throughout the night. After we swapped places (she likes to be on the side so she doesn’t need covers) she snuggled back into my arm. “I love our family. Families are good” she said. I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want her to think it was time for conversation. “Some people don’t have families. Some people don’t have a mommy or a daddy. That’s sad. I like families.” I like families too.


be there or be square

“Mommy, I invited Coach Shawn to my birthday party”
Her birthday isn’t until January but she has been talking about her party nonstop.
“Oh yea? Not sure we are going to invite a random coach from your sports camp”
“Well I already did. To my Rapunzel birthday party”
“What did he say?”
“He said thanks. But he can’t come anyway”
“Why not?”
“Because it is in Las Vegas”
“Oh… You want your 5th birthday to be a Rapunzel party in Las Vegas?”
“Well, yea.”