Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tasty Riblets

Next week I get to spend an entire month in St Louis for work. This would be the longest time I have spent from the family, ever. Luckily with the Wifey's flight benefits, we plan on seeing each other every weekend; either home or in Missouri.

Not a lot has changed. The Baby is thoroughly enjoying the day care even though she does cry and pout when she gets dropped off. But she will come home and grab her toy phone and have an animated conversation with her friend Chloe. She even takes her phone and hides in her playroom tent to talk. Obviously her fake conversation is far too private for her father to be within an ear shot.

The Baby's communication skills have vastly improved. The interaction with other children has really helped her vocabulary. She no longer just points and whines, she can almost clearly say what she wants. We're hoping she can get to the point she can tell us what she wants for dinner so her parents don't have to have another argument over what's for dinner.

One of the things that the Baby does that makes us proud is her overall courtesy and manners. As long as you're not a stranger (unless you're the baker giving her a free cookie at Target) she will always say "please" and "thank you" and "no thank you" and "you're welcome." And she will say it without being prompted.

Everyday when I pick her up from daycare, she will hand me the remote control and say "tv" and as soon I turn it on she will thank me. In fact, she will say thank you just for turning it onto the Sprout channel. And then she begins her barrage of snack attacks. The other day she kept grabbing my hand and saying "Applebees" and pointing towards the door. There was just an Applebees commercial on the television, so I assumed she wanted some tasty riblets. I soon realized she was saying "apple, please" and was pointing to the fridge.

The next month will be trying for me just because the Baby has become really fun; with her immense appetite for knowledge, curiosity, and the fact she mimics everything we do, I am going to miss the time spent with her. I am going to really miss when we go to bed at night and she will proactively give us a hug, a kiss, and say "goodnight daddy, I love you daddy". At least I'll have wi-fi and FaceTime is a viable alternative.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Something New Everyday

We recently put the Baby in a home daycare and we have already seen such an improvement in her vocabulary and her ability to form sentences.

The Baby is now actually talking to us. Whenever I pick her up she will tell me that she "play with Chloe" and then she will point to everything outside, like 'tree' 'car' 'bug' truck'. And as we drive home she will have conversations with herself.

But with daycare she is also doing other things such as throwing tantrums and banging the ground with her fists. It's kind of funny actually. She will also scream "where did it go" when we try to hide stuff she shouldn't be playing with.

She also has decided that performing is going to be her specialty.  Such a great video:

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Fifth Year

I am amazed that the Wifey and I have been married for five years today. I am definitely surprised she hasn't hit me with a cast iron frying pan...yet. But it's also crazy that we have been dating for 9 years.

When we planned our wedding five years ago, we only had two major requirements - lots of friends, lots of alcohol. Our main goal was to just throw an elaborate house party - and just like any typical house party we had random hookups, a car window being broken, and a bloody fist fight.

The carefree atmosphere of our wedding easily flowed into our marriage.

Do I think we have a perfect marriage? Hell no. Just like I have said many, many times before - the Wifey can't cook, can't keep the house clean, and rarely does the laundry. Those are minor things - every now and then she surprises me with Shake N Bake, a clean kitchen, and the laundry is another story. But she tries. She does her best to make sure I am happy and the family is taken care of.

We'll always have our fights and I will always remind her where the door is and how to google "do it yourself divorce in Texas" but we are both too cheap and lazy to go through with it.

I think it's all about how you perceive marriage. A lot of people see it as spending the rest of their lives with their significant other or their spouses. Not to be cliche but I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend - who happens to be hot and only gives it up to me. It's kinda like Dawson's Creek except I don't need to climb a ladder. 

At the end of the day, 5 years is just a drop in the bucket.