V’s Monthly Memoirs

August 4, 2006

My Dearest V:

Today is your two-year eight-month birthday and I just can’t believe it. As always, summer has been a busy one.

The highlights of the last month include:

  • We spent another weekend up at Pine Mountain Lake. This month, Auntie Dina and Trevor were with us. They were visisting from Mississippi. It had been over a year since you had seen Trevor and you didn’t remember him. Also at the lake were Heather and Sean with Kelly, and Auntie Cindy and Uncle Peter. You and Kelly took a ride in the raft and went swimming together in the lake. You lost your footing and fell face-first in the lake. I was standing right there and caught you right away, but it scared you enough that you would no longer go in past your knees.
  • You attended your third Family Campout and we slept in a tent for the very first time together. You absolutely loved it! You played ping pong, baseball and chased all of your cousins for hours. You didn’t eat anything healthy the entire weekend … and your favorite was the homemade ice cream with freshly picked black berries.
  • While Mama went away with her friends for a weekend, you and your Daddy stayed home together and broke all the rules. You loved the one-on-one time and surprised your Mama by being potty trained by the time I came home!
  • You started pre-school this month. Your teacher tells me that you are one of the best-behaved children in the classroom, and that you are very curious. You love catching spider in the pre-school garden and you’re especially happy that your friend JT is with you in pre-school.
  • We went up to the foothills one weekend and went wine tasting. Well, the adults tasted the wine, you and Kelly danced all day to the band, and squirted everyone with squirt bottles!
  • We joined the racquet club by our house so that your Daddy and I can get in shape again. You love swimming there and have already met a few new friends!
  • Your vocabulary has grown by leaps and bounds with the most noticeable change being your use of “today, tomorrow, last night, yesterday, last weekend, etc.”

It’s been another amazing month for which your Daddy and I are very grateful. We love you, sopa!

Mama G


Here we are … 2 years and 7 months after we were blessed with your birth. Where has the time gone?

June proved to be a very fun month for you. We went to a party at Tristan’s parents house. You and Tristan were obsessed with playing baseball. Although neither of you have the concept of sharing down yet, you both managed to play without any major meltdowns. Way to make Mama proud!

We saw Papa and Janet twice this month – once at our house and once at Papa’s. You love your Papa very much and always get so excited to see him! You also got to spend some time with “uncony” (Uncle Tony) – whom you love, love, love!

We spent the 4th of July holiday up at Pine Mountain Lake. Dan Dan and his parents joined us, as well as Auntie Gail and Uncle Gary. You and Dan Dan became quick pals and played very, very well together all four days. Saturday night the lake had a fireworks show, which you are still talking about, even though you call them “fire flies”. Initially you were afraid of the loud noises, but you quickly realized they weren’t going to hurt you and enjoyed telling all of us what each firework looked like to you. Some of the descriptions you used were a big mouth, spiders, flies, little ants, an airplane, and a baseball. Too, too cute.

Mama had to go on a business trip for five days and missed you very much even though you and Daddy had a great time hanging out together just the two of you!

Spending the entire night in your bedroom is still a challenge. I’d say you succeed approximately 2 out of 7 nights per week. We celebrate big with cookies and stickers each time you accomplish the goal!

Your teachers at school tell us you’re ready for pre-school and you’ve recently started talking about it as well. You want to go to pre-school so that you can be with Wilson and Carley. I’ve explained to you that you can’t go to pre-school until you’re potty trained, which has resulted in you telling us you want to be potty trained. We promptly went shopping and let you pick out your very own big-boy underwear and you like wearing them! You’re still not potty trained – but at least you’re talking about it and showing interest now …

After spending a significant amount of time with another child only two months older than you, we’ve discovered that you are quite the talker. And non-stop I might add. You have lots of stories to tell us, you are curious about everything, and you love to make up songs to sing us. The song you made up the other day was about you hitting the baseball, getting a home run and playing golf with daddy. Life just doesn’t get much sweeter, my love.

Our family is in for some rough times ahead as Daddy and I try to decide how and whether or not to proceed with our relationship. Your Daddy and I may not be the perfect wedded match, but we want you to understand that no matter what … no matter what … we both love you very much and will do everything in our power to make sure you feel comfort, love, safety and security at all times. Hopefully, when you are older and are reading this you will look back on this time with mostly positive memories.

I love you, my sweat pea –  Mama

June 4, 2006
My Dearest V:

Today you are two and a half years old. How did that happen?? We had our first official family photo taken to commemorate the day. A few months back your dad had a little too much to drink at a fundraising event and put a few bids down on some silent auction items, two of which he won. Both of which were photography sessions. The good news is that we got a great deal! We ended up with one photo of the three of us that we like, one of just you that is wonderful, and then one each of you and your dad and you and I. And I must say, as two and a half year olds go, you were simply wonderful during our session today! Thank you!

We’re still struggling with getting you to spend an entire night in your own bed. The sticker and cookie reward system worked well for awhile, but stopped working a good week and a half ago. Every night you get in to bed and you get all excited about getting a sticker and cookies the next morning if you sleep in your bed all night, but then when you wake up and want to come in to our bed, you tell us that you don’t want stickers or cookies. In the interest of getting sleep ourselves, and because we actually love having you with us, we relent … even though we know we shouldn’t.

Your dad and I are also trying to figure out the whole discipline thing – especially as it pertains to you talking back to us. Tell us “no” when we tell/ask you to do something or when you tell us “I don’t want to”. Thankfully, this hasn’t happened too often … but your dad and I just need to make sure we’re on the same page so that you understand who is the parent in this relationship and who is the child (smile).

This past month has been a busy one … here are some of the highlights:

– We went to visit Auntie Michelle in Reno for the weekend
– Spent a day at Papa’s house, with Uncle Tony, making grapeleaves
– Had four bbq’s at our house
– You played with Kensington, Cody, Tristan, Cody again, Uncle Rocky and Uncle Gil. You spent a day with Grandma and she spoiled you rotten!
– You played in the backyard in your little pool for hours and hours on end
– You’ve learned to question everything and are doing so constantly
– You tell us stories and are very animated when you do so
– You still love to make up songs – but your most favorite song of late is one you made up about a golf by in the sky
– You are understanding and speaking more Spanish … now we just have to get you going on Italian!
– You still have no interest in potty training, nor do you have any interest in learning to dress yourself
– You are learning your colors! Especially as they relate to heavy machinery and equipment!!
– You are ALL boy – no question about that – and I love it!
– You still give the best kisses and squeezes in town
– You still call your shirt a “shirp”, which I just love, love, love. I have no idea why, but I just do
– I think that golf has officially replaced baseball as your favorite sport – although you still play plenty of baseball as well
– In addition to baseball and golf, you also love riding your bicycle, your scooter and pushing your lawn mower in the backyard
– You amaze me with your memory. Our cat died six months ago and you still talk about the time mommy had to take kitty to the doctor.

I love you my little spaghetti boy!
Mama G