Saturday, March 06, 2010

somebody eat some chik-fil-a for me today


we're working on our numbers today since daddy's at school working on histology and cell biology. personally i am of the mindset that saturdays are not for learning, but what can you do?

we had such a fun dinner at the allreds' last night. when i'm at their house i forget i'm not in the US. sometimes i need that. we're counting down the days (seven!) until nana and papa go caribbean. i'm going to wine them and dine them and they'll never want to leave.

can i talk about pearl for a second? sometimes i stare at her and can't believe she's my daughter. not in a mushy way. more like, she's just so dramatic/cuckoo/wonderful that i don't know how she came from me. i can't describe her. but she gets everything she wants and runs the house, even though she drives us all crazy and never ever ever obeys. never ever. but just look at that piggy tail. of course she gets what she wants. i find myself grasping at any last vestiges of babyhood in her. and i fully nurture her propensity to act like a kitty. when she is really really upset with me she screams, "YOU SLY DOG!!!" (we watch a lot of charlie brown in this house.) no way am i ever going to tell her that it's not a mean thing to say. it helps me to smile in those moments when she's got my blood boiling.

i bought pearl's yellow dress on the beach the other day. the woman gave it to me for a discount since i'm "a local." sometimes it hits me smack between the eyes that i live in another country.

23 comments:

Trevor and Summer said...

I am totally eating it as I read your blog. With a giant Dr Pepper. We all have our vices. I'm glad you guys are having fun in st. kitts. It looks beautiful. Adjustment is hard and by the time you feel adjusted it'll be time to leave. Enjoy the now. Thats what I have been telling myself lately.:)

Your kids are so cute!

Becky Filhart said...

is it gross of me to admit that i am having a major problem craving mcdonald's this past week? sick. i'll blame it on the pregnancy. love your blog...you nailed pearl to a "t." don't worry...we're just as bored over here on a saturday while dave's stressing about biochem. this med school thing is for the birds...

communikate. said...

she's beautiful.

local eh?? that would be so strange!!

robin said...

can i just say it again? i love your blog. and it makes me feel better that other moms are struggling with their headstrong daughters as well.

phew. we're in for it...

amyegodfrey said...

Oh, my goodness. That was funny. Laughing out loud.
I can't believe Pearl's hair is that long in back. What did you do, attach a hairpiece? I love her dress!! My excitement is mounting!

Kristen said...

That is funny. maybe I will teach my little Lucy "you sly dog" instead of "stupid" ... it sounds so much better.
Soak up the sunshine.

Sarah said...

oh abby, headstrong toddler daughters turn in to headstrong girls and teenagers. i think it's a good thing. (she says in all hopefulness).

Natalie said...

I just got home from Chick-fil-a. I had a number 2 w/dr. pepper. The grilled chicken is gross and i wish i would have gotten a number 1, however, the chick fil a sauce is still amazing.

As for pearl. she's still beautiful and i wish i could hear her yell at you for being a sly dog:). That's a lot better than crue's latest: "jik (jerk) butt". enjoy your sweet parents and tell them hello for me!

Eliza said...

amazing dress!

Nancy said...

cute pics Abby, Pearl is beyond beautiful and I love the dress, maybe we'll eat chick-fil-a for you on St. Patrick's day, if you eat there that day and save your receipt you can come back any time in the next two weeks and get the same exact meal again for free, sad that I know that!

happyful said...

Love the pigtail. I wish that my daughters (when I have them) could have curlies, but I know there is not a chance in a million years. She is adorable. And I would totally encourage yelling "You sly dog!" :)

Bon said...

can't wait to see you in your green shiny bikini then...since you're a local and all

Kelly and Nate Wright said...

Love love LOVE her dress!!

wendy said...

I love the dress and I love my Pearly girl! I miss you guys so.

I hope James' test went REALLY well. We've been praying.

jill said...

Your blog is one of my faves. "and i fully nurture her propensity to act like a kitty" brilliant!

David and Shalynna said...

Oh I love this! I love the two photos next to each other. Your blog is seriously my favorite.

There has never been a cuter piggy tail.

I better have some cute daughters like Pearl. She is adorable and I love her.

Ju said...

Wow what a pretty dress. I want one for me.
Your girl is so gorgeous, bless her.

Tiffany said...

those pictures make me impatient to wait for a baby girl! that dress is so sweet. pearl is just way too beautiful! i love that she screams "you sly dog", so funny!

chelebug said...

You are such a good writer. And photographer. Oh, the conversations we could have about headstrong children. Since I'm ahead of you in the game I can give you a smidgen of hope that it comes in handy. My 12 yr. old daughter is capable of standing up to her peers with out a care in the world- I hope that sticks, and today I received a wonderful comment from someone as to how impressed she is with my 10 yr. old son's behavior which is good because yesterday his primary teacher had me come sit in class with him. I love the "sly dog" line. My three year old recently scolded a sibling for saying "what" because I have been asking him not to say "What the!" in our home. We've agreed to settle on "Oh, snap!" I love that you bought a dress on the beach. :) Sorry my comments are always so long-

brittany barney said...

ummmm how do you make such darling children? i want to squeeze her face. i love her already.

Bethany said...

It's nice to know that my 2-year-old is not the only one who doesn't like to obey! But, they're so dang cute at this age!

Brooke said...

she is a beauty! I love her little dress and I always like things a little better when I get a discount. Somehow it makes it cuter.

Anonymous said...

Pearl's wearing her "Mary Kate and Ashley" face. That's the only way I've ever seen those two girls pose over the last 10 years. AG