November 26, 2009
As Mollie Brooke's mother was introducing the couple, highlighting various family members, and saying how excited and thankful she was, she mentioned the "Crisp family tradition" of singing a few Thanksgiving songs before eating. The song mention evoked a huge eye rolling from the bride and a chuckle from me, as eye rolling is one of Mollie Brooke's signature moves. The compromise became one song instead of a few.
November 25, 2009
November 24, 2009
November 22, 2009
November 21, 2009
Since Claire hadn't been fully listening to the conversation and looked confused, Pops repeated and explained to her, "I wonder how many babies will have the name Barack--after our President."
Mimi then added, "Or Hussein."
Claire dismissingly said, "Hussein? That sounds like 'insane'."
November 19, 2009
November 14, 2009
I got the go-ahead to start Hamilton on solid food. The doctor--despite my questioning and disbelief--assured me I should start with fruit, suggesting bananas first. Thursday morning I smashed up a few bites of banana, mixing with water, and I gave little Hamilton the sign for banana. He LOVED the sweet, watery mixture, and now he gets so excited every time he sees my banana sign.
November 9, 2009
A few weeks ago on Saturday, we were eating a lazy breakfast together. We usually talk about our day on Saturday mornings around the breakfast table, discussing what we'll be doing that day and the weekend. On that particular Saturday, Claire had a soccer game that afternoon, and we were visiting friends for dinner afterward. While going over these plans for the day, Claire asked a little apprehensively, "But this morning we can just be ourselves, right?"
This past weekend Mimi and Pops came to visit us. Mimi and Claire went shopping on Sunday evening. Mimi called me this morning to pass along this Claire-ism.
When we were checking out at The Dollar Tree, an enormous man was behind us. He was 400-plus pounds and neatly dressed. He had lots of skin and fat hanging down below his belt. As we walked out, Claire said, "That man was so fat!"
"Yes, he was. It's so sad," I said.
Then Claire said knowingly, "I sure hope he doesn't have a bladder infection."
November 5, 2009
November 2, 2009
We dressed Hamilton up in a cute, borrowed pumpkin costume.
Abby was a reluctant ladybug because of her thick, hot costume and the 80-degree heat. She quickly asked for the hooded part to be removed--after the obligatory picture, of course.