Sunday, July 27, 2008

Coke vs Pepsi

When faced with the choice between Coke and Pepsi, you must ALWAYS choose Coke! Pepsi sucks.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Aunt Florence

You like to eat at precisely 7 a.m., 12 noon, and 5 p.m. Today I said, "Okay, Aunt Florence, I'm coming right now with your lunch." I sounded just like my mother, who used to tell me the same thing when I demanded dinner on time.

I suddenly realized that the only things I know about Aunt Florence are:
1) she was somehow related to my mother,
2) the U.S. Naval Observatory used her hunger cues to set their official clocks, and
3) she left her entire estate to a tribe of Native Americans.

So I asked your Mamo about her and got some more scoop! Turns out Aunt Florence was my Mamo's Aunt (your Mamo's Mother's Aunt). She lived in northern Florida and never married, but she did have a long-standing feud with my Mamo's mother, who was her sister. I suspect this may be why she gave her money to the Indians. Seems like a good way to have the last word, anyway. She worked with children as her career, so hopefully she wasn't too wicked! Your Mamo says Aunt Florence was always very kind to her, and they often spent holidays together.

So there you have it, the first of the ancestor posts. More to come later, to be sure.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Lately, when you burp, you follow it up by announcing, "burp!" to everyone. It is too cute.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Letter from Aunt Kathy

Today, a letter for my buddy from Aunt Kathy:

My Dearest Little Jason,

Your mommy has sent me your list of 50 words. I am so proud of you and wish I was up there to hear you say them. I could probably even teach you a few new ones: boungie (ask Mamo for pronunciation), Rafa (as in Rafael Nadal), tennis (which I hope you will someday learn to play), Elvis (accompanied by an appropriate demonstration of Jailhouse Rock), and sweetheart. In about 2 more years you will use that last word as you recite "My Sweetheart, My Sweetheart", a special poem your great Mamo taught to your Mommy when she was a little girl. Actually, your Mommy's first version was "My Fweetheart, My Fweetheart".

I had a lot of fun with your Mamo when we flew up together in April to visit you and your Mommy and Daddy. (your Mommy will say we came to see YOU!) I made a special picture book for me and Mamo titled "Aunt Kathy and Mamo visit Jason". It is very cute and you are driving Judah's red car in some of the pictures. You could not take your eyes off of it and climbed in immediately and started "driving". I made a little video of you steering like crazy. I can tell you will be a very good driver. Mamo decided then that she and Granddaddy would get you a little car for your first birthday.

I am very excited that you and Mommy will be coming to Key Largo in August or September for a visit! I can hardly wait to see you and play with you. We will be sure to play "creepy spider"! You liked that a lot.

Lots of love and hugs and kisses,
Aunt Kathy and Mr. Lenny (way down in Key West, Fl) xxooxxoo :-)

p.s. Mr. Lenny is making a little cartoon picture of you that he will send you next week :-)

Monday, July 7, 2008

First 50 Words

The time has (unfortunately, for me) come when I need to watch my mouth around you. You are like a little parrot, picking up new words every day! I, with the help of your Mamo and Granddaddy (who are visiting during what I hope will be their annual month-long summer trek to see you...they would chime in, "and we're here to see Mommy too," but really they're here to see you), have compiled a list of your first 50 words. Some of them are coined by you, but most of them are the real deal. It is crazy, on your first birthday you knew about 10 words, and a month later you reached 50. I very nearly had to include "fat f&*@" on this list of your first 50 words, but they ended up being numbers 51 and 52. Thanks a lot, Tony Soprano. Sigh. Mommy has officially learned her lesson about saying nasty words.

Anyhow, without further ado, here is the list (not in chronological order):

1) Mommy
2) Daddy ("da-deeeee!")
3) clock ("cock," or "cockie")
4) Noni
5) Bubba
6) up (alternatively, "up-eee")
7) hat
8) ball
9) truck ("cruck")
10) boom (typically after tossing something on the floor)
11) bubbles ("baboo")
12) blow
13) doggie ("goggie")
14) didy (for diaper)
15) baby
16) boobie (oops)
17) cranky
18) no ("nooooooo")
19) cracker
20) Robbie (Mrs. Hodges)
21) bum
22) ouch (this is so cute, you say it in two parts: "ou-chhhhh")
23) cat
24) hot
25) light ("ight")
26) nee nee (this is your word for nursing)
27) pop (as in bubbles popping)
28) poopie
29) Ernie (from Sesame Street, pronounced "ahh-nie")
30) wee wee (the little piggies go wee wee wee all the way home)
31) tee tee (Mamo's doggies go tee tee)
32) pee pee (this is when Jason goes potty)
33) ick
34) eagle (Daddy showed you the eagles at the zoo, pronounced "ah-gie")
35) apple
36) Pooh (Winnie the)
37) yucky
38) ah-B! (this refers to all letters and numbers, and is said with great enthusiasm and gusto)
39) empty
40) quack
41) Judah (your buddy)
42) lunch
43) DA-Daddy (referring to your Granddaddy)
44) train
45) boo (peek-a)
46) house
47) ya ya (this is your name for Elmo, don't ask me why)
48) da da (your name for flowers, again I have no idea why)
49) hotsy totsy
50) all done (accompanied by the sign)