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Ahji: I want to eat at the all you can eat BBQ restaurant.
Julie: How about this weekend?
Julie: I’m mad at you.
Julie: You forgot our anniversary last week.
Ahji: No I didn’t.
Julie: Did you wish me “Happy Anniversary”?
Ahji: umm… we went out for dinner.
Ahji: Tonight, for BBQ!
Julie: Daddy and I are going out for a romantic dinner tonight and you’re going to stay home and play with Ahma.
Jaylene: Okay. Does Daddy know?
Unfortunately Ahji is allergic to reservations. After walking around we ended up driving to our usual haunt and having dumplings. However, I snagged a name card so I can make reservations for next week. Hopefully we’ll have a babysitter then too! How do you usually celebrate anniversaries?
Jaylene studied shadows by doing this little shadow experiment.
Thick white paper
Tape the balloon holder to the middle of the white paper. Squish the end of the straw a bit and stick it in. Then place the paper outside (weigh it down if necessary) and copy the shadows at various times during the day (without moving the paper). If you can’t leave the paper out, be sure to remember exactly where you placed it. You can extend this over several days. Make sure to note the time and/or date when you measure it.
Before the dance show last night we squeezed in an hour or so vollunteering at the twice-annual Parent Pages Charity Rummage Sale. Well, I did set up, Ahji chased Jayden and Jaylene made some purchases from the toy bins and lemonade stand. I made some purchases too… always delighted to stop at the Cherry Hill Bookstore table. And I bought a my first leappad with some books and cartridges.
We had the pink one, but it wasn’t working very well. It still makes sporadic sounds, which is perfect for Jayden at the moment. He just wants to copy whatever his big sister is doing. After their baths last night, they had a lot of fun “reading” together. Jayden went straight to the leappads this morning too. Looks like this will be the new obsession (Duplo blocks are *so* last week! But there are still remnants lying around like the pooh bear block in the photo.) What’s the favorite toy around your house these days?
We spent most of today waiting, practicing and watching Jaylene’s first dance recital/competition. Thankfully for the watching part we were joined by five fabulous families who cheered her on. We took up two rows. Thank you dear friends.
We sat in front of Jaylene, separated by an aisle that was guarded by adolescent security guards who took their jobs quite seriously. I was kicked out several times when I slipped back to chat with my daughter. However, Jaylene’s groupie managed to sneak past them more than once and give her some cuddles.
So much for security! And so much for taking the good camera along. I did, but of course the lighting was poor. I’m not sure about my processing attempt. It definitely looks different from the original but I’m not sure if it’s better. If you post-process your photos, what do you do with terrible light shots?
Oh, and if you want to see Jaylene dance her heart out, check out the videos in the Flickr set.
My sweet, adorable, finally learning to speak toddler was roaming around the house tonight, repeating a Chinese phrase over and over at the top of his lungs. He didn’t seem upset or like he was wanting attention, but finally I asked, “What *is* he saying?” Ahji was engrossed in a book and didn’t reply but Jaylene piped up with, “A bad word. Howard said it at school today and now Jayden’s saying it.” Apparently “Dead dog” in Chinese is not an appropriate phrase for children. We will be chatting with the teachers!
FYI it’s not polite to call anyone a son of a turtle or a pig’s head either. Thankfully Jayden hasn’t picked up those terms yet. Have you been shocked by anything your child said?