Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sometimes I forget the word "elephant."

Mommy, Lala, and the Achoos
Mom-blogger-crafter/sewers are funny.  We stay inside all winter hoarding fabric and creating all day long.  Then the sun comes out and we all seem to disappear for a few months.  And--thank goodness--none of us feel one bit ashamed of it.  Oh, of course we still think, "I should blog!" but then we tell ourselves that it's okay, we're spending time with family, and we leave ourselves alone about it, sure that we'll "do it tomorrow."  Because spending time with the family is more important.

And you know what?  We're right.

This summer is a unique one for our family.  In fact, I don't expect to have another one like it for the rest of my life.  And because this is a fact I'm fully aware of, I'm trying to just plain enjoy it as much as possible.  Why is this summer so unique?
  • None of us are in school
  • None of us are working
  • We're setting up our new home
  • Olivia's still little
  • We only have one child*
  • Both our parents will be visiting us**
  • We're also going on at least one little vacation
  • We can go to the zoo as many times as we want
  • We are together all the time
*No, I'm not pregnant.
**My mom and step dad are visiting us right now!  Yay!  Photo credit for these pictures goes to them.  I've been soaking in all the fun family time far too much to take pictures of it.

Of course, all of this will change in just a couple of months.  I may even be working full time.  So I'm just soaking soaking soaking up all of this precious time with Bryan and my sweet little Lala.  Lala who is talking like crazy.  Lala who is full speed ahead.  Lala who is addicted to the Busy Town show from the '80's that we have on DVD.  Lala who always--and I mean always--calls elephants "achoos."  As in:

Me:  Lala!  We're going to the zoo!
Olivia: Big achoo!
(translation: "Big elephant!")

I'm not entirely sure why she'll refer to an elephant as an achoo, but we're pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that Bryan and I used to make her stuffed elephant sneeze sometimes.  (You know, "ahh--ahhh--achoo!")  Anyway, Bryan and I are so accustomed to her little language that--despite three trips to the zoo in two weeks, we hardly ever use the word "elephant" anymore.  But since Grandma and Grandpa are visiting and, you know, speaking normal english, it's caught us off guard almost every time they've said elephant.  What a formal, stuffy word for an achoo.  It feels strange in my mind and on my lips.  I'm so used to speaking Lala.  

Today we took my mom and step dad to visit the zoo.  We bought a membership and we're so glad we did.  Today we checked out the North American exhibit/area and Olivia got to pet some fat goats and sheep.  The goats were--ya know--but the sheep were really soft.

Today we also planted a little garden on our patio.  You can see the before and after pictures of that on my mom's blog HERE.

Hope you're all doing well!  I'll be checking in... ya know... sometime.  :)


teacherspet04 said...

Our (three year old in 10 days!) younger daughter is also named Olivia, and she has such a funny, quirky speech pattern and way of referring to things, my (13 in 2 mo!) oldest son says that she speaks in an "Olivian accent" - it cracks me up that you all speak "Lala".

Unknown said...

Love this! Looks like you are having tons of fun!!

Just wanted to let you know that I gave you a little award today!

~ Sarah

Mariko said...

What a little cutie. We're on our way to the zoo today, ourselves! :)
Enjoy your summer.
(You're going to work? ??? Good? Bad?)

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Enjoy having them there for a visit! And it's funny...I didn't even know that all the other craft/mom blogs had disappeared for the summer...because I've been on the computer too little to notice. :)

Unknown said...

What a fun summer! I had to laugh because an achoo at our house is a chicken. My son loves the book The Flea's Sneeze... but somehow he's attached the sneeze to the chicken instead of the flea. Probably because he knows what a chicken is and a flea is a bit more obscure.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!