Saturday, January 31, 2009


This headband has made a previous appearance.


Doesn't she look different?

Friday, January 30, 2009


Ava knows what snow is. Is she a genius or WHAT?


Chanelling Laverne

So this woman is watching me buy stuff at Kroger today and comments that she never buys stuff she does not need. I explained that there is a way to get some money off if you buy certain products. I did buy three boxes of Fiber One bars and this is what solicited this comment (I also had coupons for these products and they ended up costing me 49 cents a box after my coupons). She again said derisively that she never buys stuff she does not need. And looked down my nose at me.

I gave her a sympathetic look and said, "If you need to be condescending to a stranger, your life must be sad. I am sorry." She turned red and started to stutter.

And Ava said, "Sorry." too.

As I pushed my cart away Ava waved and said "Bye Bye! See you!"

It was like Laverne gave me a pat on the back.


So on Wednesday, Ava got ahold of my cell phone while I was making dinner. Ava knows she is not supposed to have my cell phone so she goes and hides herself in her room behind her rocking chair to make phone calls. She calls this man and starts babbling. I notice that she is not in the living room so I go look for her and when I find her she looks really guilty and hands me the phone. And then demands kisses because she knows that NO ONE can refuse the power of her kisses.

I just love the fact that she KNEW she was not supposed to use the phone but HID in her room BEHIND something so it would take a while for me to find her. I respect that level of thought.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daddy's Home

Yohboh has been out of town since Sunday. He came home today. His girls are all happy that he is back.

Daddy's Home
Especially his daughter.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Grand Freaking Central

The following people were in my house in the last four hours:
1) My mother in Law
2) My Godson and his mom
3) My parents

I am tuckered out!

Mother and Son

Funny Face

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ava one year ago today


Cheers and Sorry


Ava and I clink glasses when we drink and say cheers. We also say cheers and clink spoons when we eat as well as clink crayons when we draw.

Also, when Ava runs into a wall she says sorry to the wall.


Monday, January 26, 2009

A day in the life

I went to Target today to get a new handbag since the great Hannah Montana (I am totally blaming her) tea spill incident ruined my ugly pink purse. I got an ugly doodoo brown. I like ugly purses because I get so upset when I ruin a nice pretty one. Also, Target had some stuff we needed like this:
Best Toy Ever
Which is now Ava's favorite toy. She is sleeping with a four pack of toothbrushes. Random thought--why aren't they called teethbrushes?


Sunday, January 25, 2009


Today, Ava insisted that she help me put the trash liner in the trash can. She came running into the kitchen saying no no no STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT to help me do this chore.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

How my cutie rolls


That would be a West Coast Chopper Big Wheel. She had her first toasted marshmallow. That is what is on the side of her mouth.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Terrible Twos

Ava woke up on the wrong side of the crib today. Cranky bones but still the sweetest thing.



Ava was going to throw away the plastic bag I keep her letter blocks in. I told her, "No honey when you are done playing we will put the blocks back in the bag, okay?"

Ava said "Otay."

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Ava has been just tumbling around like a crazy toddler. I am tired today from it.

Mama needs to keep up!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


So I am a tea fiend this time of year. I drink like six cups of green, regular or herbal tea a day. And I am really picky about the temperature. It has to be hot. Not warm but almost burning your mouth hot.

I like to drink my tea in one of these. I actually have the Hannah Montana and an Incredible Hulk one (make fun of me if you want, but I got them when they were 75% off at Target).

I was out running some errands yesterday and I brought my Hannah Montana one with me. I put it on top of my closed purse, lying sideways because it does not leak. It did leak because of user error (which is a nice way of saying I needed to give my Funtainer another half twist). Hot black tea in my purse. Most of the tea ended up in my wallet, soaking my money ( I ended up ironing my money which I rather liked since it became like new money, all crisp albeit tea stained). But one half of the bottom of my purse was wet. The other half was not. In fact it was quite dry.

Why you ask?

Because that is where I kept an extra tampon.

Those things sure are absorbent.

Did any male reading that make a face?

Favorite Person

Ava's favorite six year old came by:
Two playing

This is them playing.

We put the futon down to put the Korean Electric heating pad.MMMMM. There is something so nice about a warm bottom.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Speedy Baby

Toddlerhood is perpetual motion.

Speedy Baby
Taken while she was running past me.


Our new president is one hell of a speech giver. Orator, if you will. Ava was playing while I was watching all this pomp and circumstance and when Obama spoke she stopped playing and came over to stand next to me and watch our new president speak. I actually got chills. There is something about the timbre of his voice that made my not quite two year old daughter stop and genuflect.

That is pretty awesome.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Something I will never forget

On our first night in Bangkok, my sister's in laws and yohboh and myself went to a bar. We had to walk down an alleyway and behind some buildings. Next to a phone booth, near some stray dogs I saw a mother and her baby sleeping on the sidewalk. The baby had her fists up like babies do when they are first born. I think I actually gasped. The baby was beautiful, her skin was the color of ripe wheat and her hair and lashes were inky black. She had a little sliver bracelet and was sleeping as peacefully as a baby does, amid the noise of bars, engines and barking dogs. I wanted to give the woman money but yohboh hurried me along saying that this is a good place to be homeless, at least it is not cold (yeah yohboh says stuff like this).

I wish I had given her some money. 100 baht is three dollars.


Ava learned where her eyebrows are. We watched Iron Man last night and tonight it was:

Watching Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Ava can do this one puzzle by herself. This is a first! Most puzzles need my help. Also, she has lost her last fat roll on her left side but not her right. This fact made me very sad.

Doing My Puzzle

Funny Block

So Ava has these wooden alphabet clocks forever. I just noticed this one says on one side:

Funny Block

And on the other side:
Funny Block

Random coincidence or on purpose?

Crazy Pink Ski Pants

My mother gave me these pants for Ava. They are hot pink ski pants. They are thick and WARM. They make Ava look pear shaped. They make this zip zip zip noise when she walks.


Friday, January 16, 2009

One Year Ago Today

Mama and Baby

Dinner time with a toddler

Ava is a good eater but sometimes she needs encouragement, like sitting in Daddy's lap to finish her meal.

Daddy And Baby
Neither seem to mind.


So it was a cold day and this morning, Ava and I spent time in the "big bed" as Ava calls it. We watched Totoro.

In the big bed
I am captivated!

In the big bed
Being snuggled up is awesome!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Cold Cold Cold

So this evening, it is supposed to drop into the teens. So our heat is running constantly and we are all snuggled up.

Snuggled Up
Especially the little one.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ava's favorite six year old came over for dinner

Goofy Face, baby admiring him
Ava's favorite six year old came over for dinner. Do you see the look of admiration on her face?

Eating Dinner
Ava is sitting in a booster seat!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

High Five

Ava has taken to wrapping herself in a silk scarf and holding her hand up and saying high five. Wicked cute yo. And vaguely Third Reichy.

Daddy and Baby Manseh

Daddy and Baby Manseh!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Watching you poop

So this website is funny. And really, reaallly silly.

The Cuteness of Ava

Ava put this sweater she got for Christmas as a skirt.

Sweater Skirt

And of course:

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Dinner at Gah Gah's

We had dinner with the in laws. Since we are in the recessionary times, we ate at their house.

Dinner at Gah Gah's
That spoon Ava is holding is from yohboh's childhood.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


I think these are the best pigtails I have done.


Friday, January 09, 2009

Ava one year ago today


Missing Daddy

So Daddy has not been around much this week since the new job.

Missing Daddy
And Ava missed him.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Well it is fun

Toddlerhood is interesting. As in, GIVE IT NOW NOW NOW! Ohh a cookie! GIVE IT NOW NOW NOW! MAMA! MAMA! MAMA! Socks! Toes! And that was before she got out of bed.


Quite a lot of fun, actually. A lot more that I thought.

When Grey's Anatomy jumped the shark

Grey's Anatomy jumped the shark when Dead Denny came back. I may eat those words by the end of the season, but I don't think so.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Oh Dear

When something goes awry, Ava says Oh Dear. Yes, the cuteness is awesome.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Curly Hair

When the humidity is up, so is the curly hair.

Curly Hair

Yeah, she still has pimples.

The Make Up Challenge

This evening, I asked yohboh to name some different brands of make up.

Yohboh named the following:
Cover Girl
and one I cannot remember.

Ladies, if you have a yohboh ask him to name as many brands as he can. I just am curious.

Monday, January 05, 2009

First Day of Work

Yohboh started a new job today. Ava missed him quite a bit. She tried to get him to read her a story but he was already out.

Reading with sleepy Daddy

Rock of Love Three

Where do they find the girls on the Rock of Love Tour? They keep getting trashier and trashier. And their boobs are getting bigger. Eventually, to be considered for the show, all you will need to be is two balloons and a case of herpes.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Stupid Pimples

These pimples will not go away!
Ava and Yohboh and I went to E and J's house for dinner. It was tasty. Yohboh even liked vegetarian lasagna. And I liked the salad.

Crazy Dream

So the other day I had a dream that I was invited to go to the Barefoot Contessa's house. I was very excited to meet Ina Garten and eat her food.

Well, come to find out that Ina Garten is a vampire.

I know, weird.

And she has stolen chef secrets by drinking their blood.

So I try to stake her in the heart with a wooden spoon but Ina is a clever vamp.

She was actually not fat at all but has covered her torso with Kevlar so that she could not have a wooden stake put in her.

So I took her Chef's knife and severed her head.

The End.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ava one year ago today


Elmo is dying

Elmo's batteries are running low so now HEEE TAAALKS SLLOOOW. It's a little creepy.

New Jammies

I was going out of my way to buy things at Target in the after Christmas time. But these I could not resist.

New Jammies

Santa Tantrum Awards

The San Fransisco Chronicle has the Santa Tantrum Awards.

The child on the left of the winning photo made me chuckle.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Stamina Pillow

This made me laugh and be skeezed out.


Ava has pimples. I think people who wear make up give her pimples. She is rocking a headband I got for 25 cents.


Mormon Porn

According to Urban Dictionary, Mormon Porn does not exist. I think Mormon Porn would be a naked couple drinking shot after shot of espresso....

Thursday, January 01, 2009

New Years Day

We always have people over for New Years Day. It is Collard Greens and Black Eyed Peas Day. I took photos of all the kids at my house.

Baby B

Little D

Where is my food?

Cutie D

Ava poses with the people who gave her the Elmo

Elmo and the Elmo givers