WW: Memorial Day Weekend – 2012

We did absolutely nothing. Well, OK, I didn’t do much. pDaddy shampooed all our carpets…our rooms are brighter now! Woohoo!

While others were out and about swimming, shopping, beaching, we stayed home and grilled and ate and chillaxed in central air as it was in the 90s all weekend (how did I ever live w/o Central Air before???) and then did it all over again. The only time we left the house was to buy stuff to grill, buy some new rugs and carpet runners and grab some Thai food for lunch yesterday. I have to say though, with the heat, we missed our old pool. pDaddy, Beans and I started to joke around and imagine our pool in the backyard and that Beans just took a dip and got all tan already. Poor Razz just woke up from a nap and thought she totally missed out! She was about to cry b/c she couldn’t “see” it and really wanted to swim!

fireworks display We did play w/sparklers and snaps one night. It was the first time the girls ever saw them and played with them. It wasn’t easy to get those back in NJ (no firework sales). I was baffled when I saw a fireworks display INSIDE one of our stores here. I wish we took pictures, but I was in charge and Marco was carrying Shrimp in one arm and had Buddy’s leash on the other hand. Razz was a bit scared at first, but then loved it. Beans was so happy with the whole experience, she asks EVERY DAY and EVERY NIGHT if we can do Sparklers that night. It makes a good bribe – “be good and we will” :)

At one point, the girls wanted to dance and do some Hawaiian/Hula dancing. I, in the most pathetic way, attempted to show them. Razz and Shrimpie got into it while Beans sat on the couch swaying back and forth. Shrimpie got into it so much, she kept “kembot-ing” (swaying her hips) so hard she would lose her balance! It was hilarious! She added her hands twisting and it was just the cutest thing! We were laughing so hard and enjoying it so much that we forgot to “get out of the moment” and grab the camera to film her. Then, following conversation then took place:

Me: Shrimpie, you’re TOO cute!
Razz: Cuter than me?!?!?!
Me: You’re ALL cute!
Razz: ESPECIALLY me!

Well then…

hahahahah

I admire these girls for their confidence! I hope it’s something they keep with them forever, but not to the point where they’re conceited…just to the point where they know. Having confidence is not as easy as it seems… :)

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Shrimp’s talking a lot more now and it feels like she really added to her vocab this weekend:
“side” or “outside” when she wants to go out
“How doin” or “What doin” for how or what are you doing?
Hi-Fiiii = Hi-Five!
Shhhhoes - especially when she knows it’s time to go somewhere…She’ll start saying SHOOOOES and then proceed to the shoe closet.
Whoa…whoa..WHOOOOAAAA! – said emphatically as she walks backwards and pretend like she’s tripping or falling.
Daddy’s…Mommy’s…etc. when she sees things that she sees us using. She does this for everyone in the house.
Aaah-boy – When talking to Buddy…saying “Good Boy”
Cickle = Circle. When she wants to write (or steal) my pen.
There-i-iiiss = There it is!
Cheeeeeese…well, for cheese. She loves to eat cheese.
Coookieesssss cookies :)

Speaking of eating. She’s the pickiest eater out of the three. The big 2, pretty much, eat anything they’re given – always. Shrimp, nope, not even close. Of course when it comes to snacks or cookies or anything “junk”, she’s right there waiting for her fair share and she will make it known that she wants some. Anyway, we’ve resorted to giving her Pediasure just so she gets nutrients she’s missing out on from not eating solids and only just drinking milk. She now has some “mind-game” going on because I originally put the Pediasure in a sippy-cup. If I put that SAME drink in a bottle, even if she’s watching me, she will REFUSE to drink it (kicking and screaming optional…though happens more often than not). If I put bottle contents into her sippy cup, as she watches me, she grabs the sippy right away and drinks it. Maybe she’s ready to give up the bottle too? We tried to give her strawberry milk, but once she saw me pour REGULAR whole milk in her sippy and added strawberry syrup, she was NOT having it. Oh my…

What else? Ah yes, Shrimpie likes taking off her diaper now and will be all Houdini about it. She’ll figure out how to take it off even if she’s got pants on and a onesie…she slips it off somehow and Sunday? SUNDAY?!!! She took it off AFTER pooping! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Had little dark red/brown stuff all over carpets (color due to Pediasure). I took her up to the shower and Marco got to scrubbing. Good thing he was already planning on shampooing our carpets too.

Razz had some manners issues. I don’t know what happened, but she’s getting kind of bad w/minding her manners and she’s being pushy. Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to a sassy fourTEEN year old instead of four. We are working on it. BIG time. For example, yesterday, Beans asked if she could have an ice pop. I said what color and Beans says blue. Razz says, “I want a pink Ice Pop”. Um, no little girl. You don’t tell me you ASK me if you can have one first. She’s had a few other moments of getting in trouble for being sassy, but I think (hope) she’s realizing why and how to mend it. Other than that, she’s pretty great…loves to read and always helps me with the laundry. She has such a great sense of humor too. Instead of getting all sore/swoll when we joke around w/her, she’ll joke right back!

Beans is getting used to taking naps again and she LOVES it :) It took some getting used to, but playing w/Buddy outside and whatever else, has made her hot and tired enough to nap over the weekend and she’s napping now as well :) She has gotten SO super helpful and even washes dishes! She does whatever is asked of her and moves quickly about it too.

shrimpie beating up her big sistersThe 2 big girls, when together (at a store, etc.) can sometimes act up a storm, but the 2 girls, together with Shrimpie, is AWESOME to watch. They really love Shrimp and try to play with her and make her laugh all the time. They also try to protect her (from herself). I guess Shrimpie knows how much her they care for her and is ALWAYS giving them hugs. She also loves to beat up on them (as seen in this pic). And the great part is, the girls are very tolerable of her! Even Buddy is! I can only hope they are this good with each other later on in life…

Don’t let this innocent look fool you:
look of innocence?  NOT!

I really wanted to plant and work on our little patch of a “garden”, but it was just TOO hot! I didn’t even want to walk around nurseries / home improvement stores to check out the plants and such. It is supposed to cool off this week, so maybe then, I will. I also wanted to go through our storage and get rid of stuff (and make room for more stuff). Mainly, I wanted to give up all of my clothes (pre-pregnancy). I mean seriously, I doubt I will ever wear a size 0, 2 or 4 again. I have a few boxes in storage that I should go wash and sell to our local consignment shops or ship to the Philippines. Too bad the closest cargo shipper is 2 hours away. I tried to schedule a pick up in February and they said they were going to come, but they never did. Let’s hope I get some work done this week while it cools off.

Now, to all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to service our country, to those have serviced our country and continue to, THANK YOU.

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Shrimpie’s Milestones

Slacker Mom, trying to get points here…
Note: I started this entry 1 month ago. April 16th to be exact. What’s held me back? Honestly? The lack of pictures (couldn’t find my card reader) and well, the main gal herself, Shrimpie! She’s been so active as of late and once I think I’m ready to hit that PUBLISH button, she comes up with something new I want to add to this post, but you know what? I can always create another post later on to add her newest antics to they cyberworld, right? Anyway, here goes.

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That pic up there would be “Baby Spice” though sometimes “Scary Spice”. But, to us and everyone else, she is simply “Shrimpie”. Yes, that’s what we call her IRL too. She doesn’t budge when anyone calls her by her first name. That nickname first came about when she was still in belly. We were trying to get pregnant again, but weren’t sure yet. One thing that was sure was the fact that I just always wanted to eat Shrimp – Shrimp Scampi, Steamed Shrimp, Garlic Shrimp, Shrimp-ka-bobs, shrimp anything you name it! I felt like I was in “Forrest Gump” talking about shrimp like we were.

At this point in time, she’s not communicating as well as she’d like, I guess, because she gets all mad and frustrated when we don’t understand what she’s saying.  She does have a few words in her vocabulary that she DEFINITELY makes use of :)
Words:

  • Mommy
  • Daddy
  • Nana
  • Nica
  • Buh-iiiee
  • Hi
  • Celcome (welcome)
  • Suwee (sorry)
  • Mama
  • Papa
  • Lolo
  • Mum
  • SSS (gatas = milk)
  • Eat – proceeds to dishwasher / high chair
  • Yous (juice)
  • “Suda” – soda
  • Tights
  • Feet
  • Sit
  • Ear
  • Nose
  • Head
  • Pink
  • Boo (blue)
  • shirt (w/a silent “R”, but not exactly sounding like an expletive, if that’s possible ;) )
  • B
  • C
  • 2

She says some short sentences like:

  • I eat
  • I sit
  • Hi ____ (insert name here)
  • Bye ______ (insert name here)

She loves responding with “I DOOOO”.

who wants to go to Chuck-E-Cheese?
I dooooooooooooooo
Who wants to go poop?
I dooooooooooooo?
lol

She has a strong mindset (aka stubborn) and won’t stop until she gets what she wants. If she really wants a drink, she won’t put anymore food in her mouth until she gets a sip. She really wants that drumstick, she won’t stop until she gets it, even if it means chasing you all around the house screaming at the top of her lungs.

She knows pee and poop, but usually tells me after the fact and both pee and poop are, sometimes, more “I pee-pee”. She has gotten pretty deft with taking her diaper off. Luckily, she’s only taken it off once w/poop and all other times, pee. So, we’re thinking it’s time to introduce the potty soon.

She likes to do whatever her big sisters do, but when it comes to coloring, she’d rather put all of those writing utensils in her mouth. So, I spend more time trying to get pieces of crayon from her mouth, or anywhere around her, than I do teaching her the colors or how to write or color. So, pens, pencils, crayons, markers?  Straight to her mouth, unless she’s writing on walls or herself, of course.

She also has moments where she just wants to do her own thing. We’ll just see her off in the toy area looking like she’s trying to read a book/look at pictures or dig through her toy bin to find some hidden (buried) treasure she hasn’t played with in a while.

She loves singing songs and is too cute with singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. She loves to dance and thus, I feel like the Nick Jr show, “Fresh Beat Band”, was made just for her! She LOVES them. Sometimes, that’s the only thing that will stop her crying. Pretty awesome we got to see them LIVE last year at Sesame Place AND got their autographs AND got pictures taken with them!  She was too young to realize it, but she still has a look of awe on her face sitting on “Marina’s” lap.  She looks at that picture now and gets so excited and starts calling their names:  KIKI  !  SSOUT (shout)!  She can’t say “Marina” or “Twist” yet though.

Girls w/the Fresh Beat Band at Sesame Place (May 2011)
L-R: Twist, Shout (w/Beans), Marina (w/Shrimpie), Kiki (w/Razz)

She’s a sweet girl overall…she loves to give hugs  (“love-love”) and has started to give big hugs as of late. I love how she starts patting you as she hugs too…lol…

Now, kissing? That’s a different story. If you ask her to kiss you, she’ll give you her cheek and will make you kiss her. Ok, she’s good w/giving kisses now too :)

I’ll try to be more regular w/milestones, but for that’s all for now…

Shrimpie, Happy 20 months tomorrow!

 

Sporty and Sweet!

bball pgOur “Sporty Spice” Beans, may be the athlete in the fam (the girl does TKD year round and seasonal sports like soccer, basketball – her coach pretty much had her at the point guard position, hockey and will be doing tee ball soon), but she is also the sweetest thing – when she wants to be, of course.

Yesterday, when I was taking her to school I was reminding her that she would have Late Start today SO she could either stay up and watch a movie with us, OR she could still go in her normal time and watch a movie at school. She debated a bit, but said she would rather stay up with us because she loves her family.

Does that make your heart melt or what? I wish I could bottle that up and save it for when she starts giving me attitude as a teeny-bopper.
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Things Heard Around Here…

Girls LOVE music! Sometimes, they don’t always get the right lyrics, but what they come up with is quite entertaining anyway…

The “right” vs. R & B (Razz & Beans):

  • “Don’t Stop Believin”” – Journey vs. “Don’t Stop, I’m leavin” – R & B
  • “Birthday Sex” – Jermih vs. “Birthday Ticks” – R & B
  • “I wanna make love now-now-na-na” – Akon vs. “I wanna make ba-na-na-na-na” – R & B
  • “I Love You Just the Way You Are”

    Guess who told me that? My girl Beans who will be 4 in October.

    She’s noticed that I’ve been going for jogs/walks or the gym lately. She loves when I bring her and her sister to the gym b/c they get to play in the playroom (child care). It also gives me a bit of leverage so she stays good “Want to go the playroom? You need to share w/your sister and be a good girl”.

    Anyway, she asks why I go to the gym and I was trying to tell her I am working on getting healthy and losing weight.

    “Losing weight?”

    “Yes, baby girl…Mommy needs to lose a little weight.”

    “Like getting tiny or wait, skinny?” (girl listens to my conversations w/pDaddy more than I thought).

    “Yes, but more getting in shape and being healthy” (I don’t want her all crazy paranoid about weight at such a young age).

    “I don’t want you to be skinny, Mommy. I love you just the way you are!”

    My heart…I think it just swelled up a hundred-fold.

    Razz’ 18 month Update

    Razz @ 18+mos...  ;)
    It’s been awhile since I spoke of Razz’ developments…She turned 18 months as of the 15th…Let’s see now…

    Some words in addition to the others:

    • “Ano”  (means “What?” in Tagalog)
    • “Bub”  (means “b00b” as in she wants to nurse)
    • No
    • Yeeetttt (for yes)
    • PooPoo – though she doesn’t really tell us unless we say it first.
    • uh-uh….I can’t sound it out, but it’s how she says “no” or doesn’t like something sometimes…complete with attitude!

     

    She loves to try to color and write.  She’s getting familiar w/letters and once you tell her, she’ll be able to point them out to you.  For example, I was wearing a sweatshirt that had the word “Lifeguard” on it.  I’ll tell her the letters and ask her to point them out and she can and even says them too.  Well, almost all letters except I think G…?  She also recognizes the following letters – A, N, Y, P, R, S, T, E, D, I, C, O, M, N.  If I start saying the “A, B, C’s”, I will stop after every letter and ask her to repeat.  She does very well…she has  a bit of a hard time with H, W and a couple of others.  She mixes up a few – like, B, D and V, but that’s ok.  When we get to “K”, she’ll say “L, M, M”…hehehe…too cute!

    She also now loves to hum and sing and makes up her own words or finishes the last word or syllable in (almost) the right tune.  Beans has started singing “I Can’t Smile without You” by Barry Manilow and “Can’t Fight this Feeling Anymore” by REO Speedwagon.  Razz will finish off the verses :)  too cute to see them singing together.

    She loves to play and run around with her sister and enjoys the slide.  She also makes our living room into her own playground – climbing the couches and sliding off.  She also climbs from one couch to the next…makes our hearts skip a beat so we try not to let her do it, but she’ll do it anyway…lol…

    She is still nursing and we’re working on weaning her more.  We just can’t get her to take a bottle / sippy cup for milk…She still wakes up in the middle of the night / early morning and wants to be nursed :(  So, no, I haven’t slept straight.  Can’t remember the last time I did. 

     

    And PS – she has about 12 teeth…yes, 12…and nursing.

    boy, oh boy…

    Little Miss Beans has been asking for a baby brother.  She has been doing great as an older sister to Razz lately.  She’s more into setting a good example instead of taking toys away from her (*angels sing*).  Anyway, I told pDaddy about the whole “baby brother” thing and of course, pDaddy was delighted to hear that…lol…I think he fears all the estrogen under one roof in the up coming years…lol…

    Since we’re on the topic of Beans and things she says…Let it be known that she is a non-stop talker and is getting to be a pretty good conversationalist.  Still, here are some Beanie-isms…

    • Kung Fu the Panda” instead of “Kung Fu Panda”
    • “Forest Gum” instead of “Forrest Gump”. This is followed by – “Why is he in a forest?”  or “Why is it called ‘Forest Gum’?”  or “What’s Forest Gum?”

    Oh man, there are so many more, but they are just slipping my mind right now.

    She’s also quite the singer…once she starts, she won’t stop.  I really should post videos of her singing and take more.