Thursday, March 23, 2017


Life with a 2.5-year-old is never boring, I can tell you that much. Here are some recent highlights.

Please note her tattoo and earrings.
Millie loves dinosaurs right now. This makes me inexplicably happy because, a) it's just really cute, and b) I myself was obsessed with dinosaurs as a child (although not when I was quite this young), so I can relate. So we read a lot of books about dinosaurs, we roar and chase each other around, and for the last few days, Millie starts each morning by telling us what kind of dinosaur we are. She decides this based on what color shirt each person is wearing. So as I carry her into the kitchen, as she's still bleary and rubbing the sleep from her eyes, she's inspecting all of our outfits so that she can declare "Daddy green di-saur, Mommy purple di-saur, Millie red di-saur, Lola black di-saur!" If you change clothes later, she will tell you that "you no purple di-saur now, you blue di-saur!" or whatever. It's precious. Also, she's good at colors.


She started taking ballet lessons this month!

Obviously this picture is in our yard and not during a class, but the cuteness is the same no matter where you are.

There's a studio that goes into local daycares/preschools and offers classes during the day, so that's what we're doing. It's nice because we don't have to give up a Thursday evening or Saturday morning or whatever to do an "extracurricular," but the sad part is that I don't actually get to watch the lessons. They send pictures, though, and Millie is usually happy to demonstrate what she learned that day, and I can definitely tell she's on track to be a professional ballerina. Hahaha. In related news, toddler ballet clothing is unbearably cute and I will be accepting donations to help with my new ballet shopping addiction.


Not to boast, but the time change has been awesome for us. She sleeps harder and longer than ever before, and now we have actual DAYLIGHT in the evenings so that we can play outside or go on a walk after dinner. Life is infinitely better with that little luxury! This girl loves being outside, so we have had a lot of fun with this mild "winter" and spring!

We dusted off our bikes for a family ride a few weekends ago. We found some goats that were SO adorable. Now I have dreams of being a goat farmer. 

My ancient (seriously, 13 years old) cat Aidan is still hanging around, and he and Millie are the best of frenemies. Warm days mean they have time to antagonize each other. How lovely.

Millie has also had time to devise ways to swing with her baby dolls, which resulted in this heartwarming scene:

Precious, yes?


This face may look cute and innocent to you, but shortly before I snapped this photo, we'd spent some harrowing and nasty moments digging a PEA out of Millie's nose. Yep. Shoved it (on purpose) right up the ol' nostril! Way to be a toddler, Millie!

It took us several attempts and combinations of tools to find success, but what ended up working was using the Nose Frida (hello, old friend!) to get the pea towards the opening, and then reaching in with tweezers to close the deal. And this only worked while she was sitting/standing up, so that gravity was working WITH us- we initially had her laying down, but the stupid thing kept rolling back as soon as we touched it. I hope you never need to know this strategy, but just in case...there ya go. I don't think that WE will ever need to use it again, because a) we're never having peas again, and b) we put the fear of God blood in Millie by telling her that it is NOT SAFE to have a pea in her nose, and if Mommy and Daddy couldn't get it out, we would have to take her to the hospital and they would cut her nose open with a knife and there would be LOTS OF BLOOD. So maybe we had to exaggerate a little, but I think it worked, because if there's anything she doesn't like, it's blood. And things that are "not safe." Deeming things "not safe" is one of her current methods of (trying) to get out of things she's not interested in doing.

"Time to brush your teeth, Millie!"

"No! Dat not safe!!"


"Can you get in your car seat, Mills?"

"No please, Mommy. Dat not safe!"

It is literally the safest thing on the market. Buckle up, cowgirl.


Speaking of things on the market...

Here's something you need to be buying ASAP.

Reasons You Should Not Buy This Ice Cream:

1. You hate things that are delicious.
2. You don't want to weep with happiness.
3. You are satisfied with a mediocre life.
4. You have a life-threatening pecan, truffle, or fudge allergy. (However, if you just have a normal-level allergy that could be helped with just an epi-pen or a few days in the hospital, it's probably worth the risk.)

That's really all I can think of. Now, some of you may say "hey, that's a Publix-brand ice cream, and I don't live anywhere near a Publix," and to you I say "Delta is ready when you are." Seriously. I'm sure wherever you live is great, but so is the southeast, and WE have Publix and nine months of humidity and heat strokes  summer, so like...get moving.

And in case you were wondering, YES, Millie does approve of this ice cream and also has declared it to be safe, so...the end.


  1. How come Georgia has 187 Publix stores and Michigan and New York (two states I'm actually visiting this summer) appear to have ZERO??? It's a Publix conspiracy.

    And I won't tell you how old I was when I stuck a Saskatoon berry up my nose but let's just say I was old enough to know better :) Ha! Thankfully, I just had to blow really hard to get it out.

  2. Ha ha ha ha I can't stop laughing at the pic of her and her baby "swinging"!

  3. The baby swinging is hilarious! She is such a cutie especially in her ballet stuff :) I just know these are exactly the days you couldn't wait for.

  4. I love her obsession with dinosaurs and wish she would teach Avery how to be interested in something other than typical girly things!

  5. If you pack the ice cream on dry ice I'm pretty sure it will make it to me safe and sound. Plus, I like my ice cream slightly softened anyway! I know you have my address! ;)
    Good to see Millie knows how to keep her babies safe. lol She looks quite proud of herself as they swing/hang side by side.
    Can you imagine how I scare my kids?! Recently Jason took a skate to the neck during a hockey game. If he'd worn his neck guard (like we always tell him) he would not have been cut. Fortunately, it was a small cut. Of course I found horrendous videos of NHL player's injuries where arteries were severed! Mom + nurse = drama :)

  6. Next time she shoves a pea up her nose, you can also try blowing into the other nostril. It sounds strange, but I have friends who have done it as a last-ditch effort before going to the ER. Crazy kids!!

    1. Yes!! Another friend suggested something similar- closing the other nostril and blowing into her mouth. Definitely something I will remember for next time!!

  7. I am honestly shocked that Camille hasn't stuck a pea or anything else up her nose!

  8. I seriously love her. She just seems like such a joy!!! And I am so sad about the ice cream since we don't have Publix here. I LOVE turtle anything!!!

  9. She is the absolute cutest!, and oh my gosh, that pea story! Eeeeeeeks.

  10. I'm still cracking up at the baby hanging. She's just the prettiest little girl. That pea situation though... yikes. :)

  11. She cracks me up. But that baby hanging photo is too much. Sometimes I am amazed (and frankly disturbed) by how my daughter treats her bunny, which she adores -- I guess it is the toddler way.


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