From The Monkey’s Mouth: An Intimate Interview With MM, Age 2

I kept seeing this fun idea for a New Years / Yearly Interview with your kids, a fun way to keep track of their favorites and see how they change over the ages. First I saw it @ Small Notebook, then again in a similar vein @ Blissfully Domestic and Let’s Explore. It looked really fun, but I thought, “Is my two year old even old enough to get this? Will he answer me?” So I decided to try just to see how much he’d comprehend. I have to admit, I was impressed. I mean, yeah I fed him some answers (like making it multiple choice), but not all of them – and I was impressed with myself for finding ways to ask him the questions that he’d understand and maybe even answer (i.e. for favorite book, “What book do you like to read?”). And some of his answers were just hilarious (see – “What do you love about mommy?”). DH got a kick out of it when he stumbled across my paper the other day and I’ve been meaning to share my results with you guys, too, not to mention get it scanned in and saved in digital form. I will definitely be doing this next year and can’t wait to compare his 2 almost 3 year old answers with his 3 almost 4 year old ones.

Anyway here is a scanned image of our interview with his answers, transcribed by me, the mom:

This was so much fun! Have any of you done this before? If you do it this year, definitely let me know how your kids do, too.

I Didn’t Die

I know you were probably all about to call and have me listed as a Missing Person – since when do I go three weekdays without posting, right? So Monday night MM had the stomach bug, which lingered around until Wednesday night. For awhile Wednesday morning we thought he had Fifths Disease, but I’m pretty sure he was just dehydrated and a little wind blown from our trip to the doctor that morning. We went because MM woke up a complete zombie. He wouldn’t eat or drink or even talk. Just sat at the kitchen table like a lump and didn’t move for over an hour. Cause for concern, no? The doctor saw that his cheeks were flushed and that his arms and legs were pinker than his body which he thought was abnormal for the winter. But it never developed into a real Fifths Disease rash and by that night he was ALL BETTER.

But before you clap and cheer and say hurray, not an hour after he miraculously became a normal two year old boy, I got the pukes. I’m pregnant so at first I thought it might just be morning sickness, even though I haven’t had morning sickness in over a week probably – and I’ve never had it at night. Then I thought, “Well it could be stress induced – I’ve certainly had my fair share of stress the past couple of days, mixed with barely sleeping. But it only took a couple of hours of constant puking to confirm the worst – I’d caught the bug. My husband came home from work as quickly as he could, and tried to by sympathetic. But at 10pm he came down with it, too. Seriously. And let me tell you – I feel for poor MM because this bug knocked both dh and I off our feet – we were wrecked. I’ve never had anything this bad – it was awful. 36 hours at least of pure awful. The zombie thing? I totally get it now.

So I woke up this morning feeling remarkable all things considered but HUNGRY. And I’m not sure how strong my stomach is so I’ve just been scarfing down toast and tea (breakfast of nauseous pregnant mother champions) like my life depends on it (and after not eating for over 24 hours, it pretty much does). And I thought I’d post now and let you know I’m still here and although not feeling my best, I’m okay. I’m hoping by tomorrow I’ll be completely mended, but I am cancelling all my Saturday plans because I’m worried I might still be contagious or that that much activity might do me in. So no book club. No fun double dates. Just rest and missing out. And probably grocery shopping, because despite not eating for 2 days, we do need food.

Tis The Season For A New Look

Let’s just accept the fact that I’ll be trying new looks on this blog constantly, especially now that I’m starting to learn my way around Gimp – this one is just for the holidays, but like my Christmas Tree, don’t be surprised if it lingers post-holidays until it’s pathetic that I’ve still got it up and even MM wants me to take it down…

I changed my button, too – that might be permanent.



Reading Into The Back Of The Cereal Box

Do you remember reading the back of the cereal box when you were a kid? Or maybe you still do? I know I read the back of any box – whether it be cereal, macaroni and cheese, or cake mix – heck there isn’t much I won’t read and I always love the little details. I love companies that  go the extra mile with their packaging and really wow you with their cleverness and wit. I love, for instance, that the Trader Joe’s flyer always has cute little asides and stories – the last one I got even came with instructions on how to turn the flyer into a paper hat – which in all my twenty five years I’d never done before, until this week. My son thought it was pretty much the most awesome thing ever. We of course took pictures:

Sometimes you forget to look – who knows how many packages we throw out that had awesome little gems like that – little moments to make memories of out of ordinary minutes. If I hadn’t read every inch of that flyer, drooling over the idea of chocolate peppermint covered peppermint Joe Joes… I might have missed that and I still would never have made a paper hat before – and we wouldn’t have that cute picture, those memories.

This morning I glanced at my son’s cereal box (which I’ve always thought was kind of old man-ish cereal – I’m a bit of a kid at heart I guess and would rather see my son eating Kid’s Cereal – because it’s FUN! Just none of that super sugary junk – Kashi makes an excellent children’s cereal – Mighty Bites – but MM has been getting bored of Mighty Bites, just like you’re probably getting bored of this post) but so to cut to the point, proof that my son has been eating Old Person Cereal, here is what was on the back of his cereal box:

Helpful Household Hints

Freshen a Garbage Disposal

Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of dishwashing liquid in the disposal. Scrub with a brush, getting under the rubber gasket and all around the inside. Rinse thoroughly with water. For a citrus smell, run some cut up lemons or limes through the disposal afterwards!

Mildew on Laundry

You can remove mildew from clothes by rubbing the affected area with half a lemon that has been dipped in salt. Then wash clothing as usual.

Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

Fill a spray bottle with vinegar, spray window, then wipe clean with newspaper.

Red Wine On Carpet

Treat the stain immediately after it happens. Sprinkle salt over the wine until most of it is absorbed. Wash the area in cold water with regular detergent. If the stain persists, try dabbing some hydrogen peroxide on the stain and wash as directed above.

Remove Ink From Clothing

There are a few methods to try to remove ink from clothing. You can try dabbing rubbing alcohol on the stain to lift it right out. Hair spray can also be helpful in taking ink out of your clothing. Soaking the garment in milk is also another way to get rid of the ink.

Make Heat Marks and Water Rings Disappear

Mix equal parts of baking soda and regular white, non-gel toothpaste. Dampen the corner of a clean, soft white cloth with water and dip into the paste. With circular motion, gently buff the marks for a few minutes.

Remove Candle Wax From a Tablecloth

Candle wax can be easily removed from fabric. Simply place two pieces of paper towels on either side of the stain. Then use a warm iron to run over the paper, which should absorb the wax from the cloth.

Take Crayon Off Walls and Wallpaper

Spray wallpaper with a multipurpose lubricating oil and wipe gently, using a paper towel or clean white cloth. If the mark is not being removed with the lubricating oil, sprinkle a little baking soda on a damp sponge and gently rub in a circular motion.

I’m just wondering what kind of shenanigans they think I’ll be letting my two year old get into with wine, candles, multipurpose lubricating oil and mildew? I mean the crayons I get – but really? I think my point as been made – Stop and Shop’s Honey Crunchin’ Oats with Honey is clearly not a children’s cereal. I doubt you’d find those (admittedly clever and useful) tips on the back of a Lucky Charms box. And there wasn’t even a toy inside!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

The Christmas bug has officially hit me – last night I want to jump from the roof tops singing Joy To The World – I settled for putting up the tree (by myself, because dh still didn’t want to put it up at all, but when he came home and saw it up and decorated he was thrilled and fine with it) and making our very first gingerbread house.

We sang a couple Christmas carols off key, forgetting several lyrics, giggling when MM attempted to sing along but mostly babbled. I think my favorite was Oh Christmas Tree, which goes a little something like this…

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Or something. We also made several attempts to take pictures of the tree, of MM and the tree, cool close ups, and mostly just trying to figure out how to take clear crisp pictures of the tree in the dark with the lights flashing. Mostly I got either no lights flashing pictures that look like it’s broad day light OR blurry images of lights flashing that looks sort of like a Christmas Tree if you tilt your head and squint. I really should take a class or something. Anyway, here are some pictures of our festive family fun:

Merry Pictures To All and To All A Good Night…


The End.