Here’s What I Have to Say:

Here’s What I Have to Say:


In one of the videos yesterday, Maddie was dancing to “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III. I guess it was in the soundtrack for the movie Knocked Up. Huh. Guess I don’t pay very close attention. Chuck had me listen to the lyrics. What a sweet song. If you have a little girl, you will appreciate this song. ——- Daughter Everything she sees, She says she wantsEverything she wants, I see she gets That’s my daughter in the water, Everything she...

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Dancing Maddie

First, I am sure there are a few of you out there who are saddened by my laziness and lack of posts about Maddie. Well, cheer up! Here are some videos! So the other night, Maddie insisted on wearing a fleece jacket around the house. I thought I would just take her pants off so she wasn’t too warm. Then she decided to start dancing around the living room. She looks like she is River Dancing. And she just started...

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10 Years

The other day, Chuck figured (after looking through emails) that we had known each other for 10 years. He got me the funniest card I have ever seen and a second card that was so very sweet! He also brought these beautiful flowers for me. Then for a while now, he has told me he was working on a gift for me. I had no idea what he was up to and there is no way I would have guessed...

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A Communicating Toddler

Maddie has started to communicate with us a lot more. She knows a few animal noises, says a few words and even signs a couple words. I got a few videos of her doing some things on command! The only things I forgot were asking her to give me a hug and a kiss. Which is so stinking cute! Here is Maddie making animal noises….a cow, a pig and a monkey. (We are currently working on sheep and Chuck is...

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Today we had a play date at my house and had a little Easter party for MOMS Club. It was a lot of fun and I was happy we had such a good turn out. Everyone brought some food and eggs filled with candy and we had an egg hunt around the living room. It didn’t need to be too hard since the kids are all young. It was cute to watch them look for eggs, though. It turns out...

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Toilet Paper Roll

Maddie likes to take the trash can out of the downstairs bathroom and carry it around and likes to play with the one thing that is in the trash can…a toilet paper roll. The other day she was playing with the toilet paper roll. It kept using it like a cast. It was really cute!

Fun With Noodles

During lunch yesterday, Maddie was having some of my rigatoni noodles. I would cut them into smaller rings for her to eat and she kept putting them on her finger to eat. It was really cute. Maddie also learned her own version of signing “more” yesterday, too. So she would finish the noodles then “more, more more.” It was really cute! Maybe I can get her to learn some more signs. She does “all done” and “more” now.

Another Zoo Trip

I took Maddie to the zoo another day (actually, I have been going about once a week with her) and I took a few more pictures of some animals that were very active during this visit. There were some very friendly birds! And some very playful swimming bears! A pacing leopard. It must have been feeding time, because the wolves, Canada Lynx and pumas were all pacing this morning. These Asian Dogs were chasing each other into the water and...

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Chuck showed me this picture yesterday (which is from here). I thought it was so funny! So here you go. I figured you would like it, too!

My Year With Eleanor

I just finished reading this book for book club. Here is a quick synopsis I found about the book. After losing her high-octane job as an entertainment blogger, Noelle Hancock was lost. About to turn twenty-nine, she’d spent her career writing about celebrities’ lives and had forgotten how to live her own. Unemployed and full of self-doubt, she had no idea what she wanted out of life. She feared change—in fact, she feared almost everything. Once confident and ambitious, she...

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Parody of "Sexy and I Know It"

Chuck sent me this video and I had to send it to his sister who is pregnant. If you have ever been pregnant or even know someone pregnant, you will get a good laugh at this video.

Doritos Commercial

I saw this the other day and I laughed so hard. I thought you might get a good giggle out of it, too! Enjoy!


My aunt, Mary Lou, was in town from South Carolina. My mom brought her over with her other sister, Patty, to hang out and see Maddie. Mary Lou hadn’t met Maddie yet. Here’s a picture of Lou with Maddie. And here is a picture of Maddie with Lou, my mom, and Patty! Isn’t it amazing how much my mom and her sisters look alike? There’s one more sister and two brothers and they all look so much alike.


For Christmas, my mom and step-dad got us a membership to them MN Zoo. I had been waiting until the weather was a little nicer to activate it. Well, I got the urge to go to the zoo last Friday, so away we went! Let’s go, Mom! (And Maddie is wearing another dress I made like this one.) Maddie loved the monkeys. She was going “ah ah ah” in this picture! Maddie pointed at everything! A waterfall….. The Tapir….. The...

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Children’s Museum

Last week, I took Maddie to the Children’s Museum. My dad came with me and we met Chuck for lunch after. Maddie had such a great time running around. I can’t wait to bring her there again! There are a couple more photos HERE.

Two Things I Want

I have two things on my wish list right now. 1. I would like a food sealer. I have been planning out more meals and I buy a lot more meat and foods in bulk to freeze and use later. I think this would be a great addition to my kitchen! 2. I want a label maker. I have seen these all over lately. Maybe it’s partly Spring being in the air and the idea of spring cleaning, but I...

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Dress Making

My sister-in-law, Paige (and her mom) is fabulous at sewing. Paige came across a dress pattern online that I saw a long time ago, but was too nervous to try on my own. Well, she made one and inspired me to make one for myself. Well, not for me…but for Maddie. The website where I got the instructions and the pattern is HERE. You can see more pictures and get all the instructions and a pattern from there. Paige got...

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I Am A Mother

A friend of mine posted this the other day and it made me laugh. I hope you’ll get a kick out of it, too.


Maddie loves to play with balls. “Bao” is one of the words you can really understand that she says. She has a box that has balls in it and she likes to go to the box and grab a ball and say “bao”. It’s so cute! I got a couple videos of her playing with her balls. She is so funny! I just laugh at her all day!

A Rare Thing….

This is Maddie sitting still! That doesn’t happen very often! She was exhausted after some errands and playing with some friends. I thought the way she was sleeping was so cute.   And yes, she is holding a container of wipes. It has been her favorite toy for days!   And I even caught her a second time sleeping in the car. It’s been a bit of a transition moving to one nap a day. So I do what I...

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