Thursday, June 28, 2007


Sawyer is talking up a storm these days. He uses long, complicated sentences that are clearly full of complex and deep meaning. Unfortunately, he is the only one who understands what he's going on about. I feel like I did the first few months I was in France, when I could pick out individual words people were saying and get a general idea of the conversation, but the nuances were completely lost on me. We've managed to decipher a few key words.

"Giddy" - Get it (i.e., "please get it for me, Mother.")

"Kitties" - Not to be confused with "giddy". His favorite animal other than dogs - he doesn't say "dog" yet, he just signs it.

"Dee goo" - Thank you. He says this without being prompted now, which makes me so proud!

"Dum" - Some (as in, "may I have some please?") His normal usage: "DUM DUM DUM DUM!"

"Kah-ine" - Caroline, his favorite cousin

"Dad-Dad" - Grandad, who has been trying to no avail to get him to say "Judge Griffith."

"Bah-Bah" - Grandpa - I find this funny because his Grandpa's name is "Bob."

"Meh-mo" - Elmo, his favorite person ever (other than mom and dad of course!)

"Yish" - Yes

"Feetsh" - Fish

"Boomntz" - Balloons. This one sounds in no way like the English word. He makes a swallowing sound around the "m" that makes it sound like a strange dialect of German.

"Bah-boltz" - Bubbles

A typical conversation with Sawyer:

"A beesh blo sawt insha kitties."
"Oh really, did you see kitties?"
"What else did you see?"
"Huwty inpow blem blam sue Meh-mo."
"Oh, you saw Elmo?"
"Meh-mo binsh apol bah-boltz. Bah-boltz boomntz."

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Congratulations, Eric!

My husband is a CCIE! After almost a year and a half of intense study (and very little time at home) he passed the lab portion of the CCIE exam yesterday. We got the results at 2:30 this morning and couldn't stop jumping up and down. I am so proud of him.

Here's a great article about the CCIE and how people react when they pass it and come out alive:
CCIE: Talk about a stress test
I think we're due for a BIG vacation soon!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Biggest Loser Update

I haven't updated on my weight loss in a while, but it's still going on! The contest officially ends a week from this Friday (although I plan to continue to lose more after it's over). I'm not likely to win at this point - I usually come in around 5th or 6th, right in the middle - but I'm fine with that. I've lost 11 pounds so far and I'm down a size. The best part though is how I feel - I have so much more energy than before and just about every part of me is tighter. I should be able to reach my goal by the end of the summer, and I should be in fairly good shape by the time we go to the beach at the end of July.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Kids and Their Cell Phones

Sorry Mom, I need to take this.
Excuse me Mom, could I have some privacy?

Monday, June 04, 2007

Why I haven't been blogging much.

Now that Sawyer is two (as of May 5th), we've entered the magical age of picky eating, temper tantrums, and a quickly expanding vocabulary. He's definitely not a baby anymore. It really is a lot of fun to be able to interact with him in all these new ways, but sometimes he demands so much of my attention that I feel like I can't get anything else done.

One of the big projects I've been squeezing in to my spare moments is getting my soap business up and going. As of a couple of weeks ago, I'm officially open for business on eBay. (Check it out here.) Sales are really starting to pick up, to the point where I am running around all day trying to get things labeled, packaged, and mailed. Once I get a good system down it will be much easier but I'm trying to figure so many things out at once that I'm a little like a headless chicken at the moment. And then I turn around from working on the computer to find a whole new project waiting for me:

So now I'm not just a stay at home mom - I'm a work from home mom too. It has its own challenges, but I'm enjoying it so far.

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