Friday, December 14

Boy Oh Boy


No. This is not an announcement. Although I have been asked of late by more than two complete strangers "when are you due?" and "does he (Patrick) know what you're having yet?" - to which I replied "no, nor do I" and then thought "although I could go for a nice big double cheeseburger to burry my face in right now." People who know me just kind of do that sometimes-not-so-discreet eye sweep that goes from my face down to my mid-section, while quickly assessing the likelihood of my belly bulge being filled with a baby. I suppose they conclude that I've just been neglecting my crunches (obviously not the candy bars - the abdominal kind) but either way they just keep quiet. ANYWAY,  I just thought about what could possibly be subject matter for attempt #2 at returning to my blog, since it's growing more and more obvious that I pretty much lost a year of documenting our every crisis and conundrum here at the Ashley Manor.  Answer:  a "quick" synopsis of what life with a curious toddling little guy has been filled with since the last entry.  And so, I give you Patrick David - or, "boy" as he is summoned by his Southerner father.

It all ended so sweetly - a laid-back summer filled with days that...frankly I can't even really remember anymore...but it seems they were a good few weeks while Patrick tried out being a full-fledged one year-old.  I should have guessed that he'd feel the need to make up for the loss of chaos when his sisters headed off to school.  He may look in the video like he sits sweetly by the front door all day, waiting to be reunited with those goofy girls.  Don't be fooled.

--Just checking out what all this hype over lipstick is about

Cheddar and watermelon...
 fridge samples for lunch! --

-- Helping change the trash liners

Helping himself to  leftovers that
were on the table until he got
impatient waiting for the lunch
Mom was making --
 -- Turns out this guy shares 
Abby's affinity for tomatoes - 
Any time. Anywhere.

And then he gets to take a bath --

-- One of his favorite climbing spots

To this day, I cannot figure out--
how he managed to get here. 
Luckily it scared him enough
that it hasn't happened again. 

 Sometimes after all that climbing
a li'l guy needs his rest --

-- When his sisters went off 
to school, Patrick found a new
friend - whom he adores 
very much

-- A most menacing pirate

Just rearranging Abby's
nail polish collection --

What? The sequined --
bumblebee antennae 
looked yummy!

-- One of Patrick's favorite
spots is atop the kitchen
table - especially when there
are loaves of bread to deconstruct

 Sometimes, this guy gets plum (or pear in this case) worn out and just can't keep those eyes open.
I started to take a picture of him snuggled in my arms and happened to catch him during a really good part of his dream. 

He may have been dreaming of angels, 
but I wonder if he wasn't hatching his next plots to wear Mom out.

There may be hope, though. At least this guy is learning how 
to clean up after himself!  (He could teach those sisters of his a thing or two)

QFTD (catch-up, again)

Ellie: "You know which rule I don't like?  Watching TV half a day and doing computer 1/2  a day.  I just hate it."  Me: "Why is that?"  Ellie: "I just want to watch TV  all day long."

Abby, while coloring:  "See this picture?  It reminds me of pointillism -where the dots trick your eye so the secondary colors turn into the primary colors."

Abby:  "I am SO courst obvious."

Ellie: "Mom, why does only dad shave?"  Me: "I do too."  Ellie: "Oh, you mean you just used to shave your legs when you were a teenager?"

Abby, after tasting her "new" smoothy recipe (yogurt, various berries, milk):  "This tastes familiar.  Yeah - I know this taste."

Abby, while playing "I'm thinking of someone from the scriptures:"  "I'm thinking of a person."  Adam:  "Is it a man?"  Abby: "I think so."  Me: "Was he a prophet?"  Abby:  "Um, maybe- I think."  Adam:  "Was he in the Bible?"  Abby:  "I don't know."  Me:  "Was he a good guy?"  Abby:  "I think - I'm not sure."  Adam:  "Was he a bad guy?" Abby: "Maybe." Adam: "Do you know where you are right now?"

Me, updating the girls as to the count-down to the end of Adam's CFA exam: "3 minutes until Daddy's done with his test!"  Ellie: "Did he win?"

Me, responding to the radiologist pre-CT scan who asked when Abby gets her headaches: "Usually at the end of the day after she's been active."  Abby: "Yeah - I'm REALLY active!"

Abby, while we sat at a red light: "Mom, I just KNOW you're pregnant." (I'm not.)  Me: "Oh yeah?  How do you know?"  Abby: "Your big stomach."

Ellie, while eating frozen yogurt with me on a date at the mall and noticing Victoria's Secret across the way: "Look at those swimming girls. I like them - they're SO pretty." 

Abby: "Daddy! I folded the blankets and put them on Bubba's rocking chair in an old-fashioned way - a stack!"

Abby, after we spotted a hawk:  "Did you know, Ellie - a hawk is a kind of mammal bird."  Me: "Well, a hawk is a bird because it lay eggs and..." Abby, interrupting: "Oh, and mammals get their babies out like you got Patrick out - like whales."  Me: "Yeeeeep."  Ellie: "But sometimes humans lay eggs.  They're kind of circle things and they push them out of their bum."

Abby, after coming home to a week's worth of mail and looking though every add and mailer: "We, the Ashleys, are SO lucky to get all of these "free" and "off" coupons!"

Abby, walking up to me after coming in from the car where she had fallen asleep and hugging my legs:  "I just changed my mind.  You are a good mom."

Ellie:  "I wish I had Kate's mom for my mom."

Ellie, in attempts to stall bedtime: "My stomach hurts when I'm in bed but it feels better only when I'm downstairs watching a movie."

Me: "Ellie, I want you to try and think of one new thing to pray about during our family prayers."  Ellie: "...please bless Mommy's brain to get better so it won't be so crazy and she won't keep forgetting stuff."

Ellie, while playing "house":  "Who wants some chemicals??  They'll make it smell good!"

Me: "Where is Ellie?"  Abby: "Going potty."  Me: "Ellie, you go potty more than anyone I know!"  Ellie: "NO! Daddy does!"

Me, while working in the garden: "Look, Ellie - a bumblebee doing his pollination."  Ellie: "Ooh.  Pollination means he's on a vacation!  He's taking around the pollen to all the flowers - 'cause that's his job!"

Ellie, carrying a plastic toy golf bag: "Mom, you know why I need this? It's 'cause I hurt my foot and I need this to lean on to hold me up."  Me: "Oh dear.  How did you hurt your foot?"  Ellie: "Well, I was showing Abby how I do cannon balls like I do in water, but there wasn't any water - I don't know why I did it without water - and I landed on my foot when I jumped off the stool."

Abby: "At swimming, I cut my toe and Mr. Brian put the goggles on my toe."  Me: "Goggles on your toe?"  Abby: "I mean gauzzles - you know, the stuff they put on cuts?" 

Ellie to Abby, while pretending to control the TV with xbox controllers: "Abby! I'm sending it backwards!  Put on your jet propulsion!  Jet propulsion GO!"

Abby to Ellie, while playing house: "Ok! We're ready to go.  Go check on-line for a hotel.  I have the pups in the back seat."  Ellie: "Great.  I'll go get my computer and look on-line...Good.  We're here in Mexican South Mexico."

Abby, with much excitement at having found Adam's long-lost ipod: "Mom! Did you ALWAYS want me to listen to Amazing Grace? Because it's on here.  I'm listening to Amazing Grace."

Abby to Ellie, as they counted the money in their piggy banks:  "We need to count thirty dollars."  Ellie: "Abby, what are dollars?"  Abby: "Dollars are like pieces of paper."  Ellie: "Abby, if I only have change can I have some of your money for dollars?"  Abby: "No.  You can make dollars with change."  Ellie: "Oh.  I can make dollars?  With markers?"

Ellie, as I ironed a shirt for Adam one morning:  "Mom, why do mommies have to iron all the shirts for the daddies?"  Abby:  "Well it's because the daddies are always running late and so their wives - I mean wife - has to do it for them."


  1. Keep posting!
    He is adorable and busy! :)

  2. I LOVE every picture. You are such a talented writer and I laughed and laughed at the funny things the girls said. I'll take Ellie any day:)