life in motion


one of the highlights of the last 2 1/2 years (arden’s life) for me has got to be something that happened this week.  i was putting arden down for her nap, and she suddenly (and sternly) told me, “no, mom. stop singing.”  then she grabbed her toy microphone and proceeded to sing the entire chorus of “leaving on a jet plane” all by herself, in the sweetest tone you could imagine.  i seriously almost shed a tear!  apparently, her early childhood musical education is up to par, exactly where i wanted it to be at this age!  now i am showing her who john denver is….and mama cass….and how to safely eat a ham sandwich without choking….

(i will try to get a video of arden singing to update to this post later….but it may be tough. because while performing is one of her favorite things to do, performing for the camera  is not.)

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(this post was intended to honor labor day, but we were relaxing at the cabin all weekend….oops!)

arden LOVES helping me with chores: wiping off surfaces, cleaning windows, folding laundry, etc.  it’s just some of the evidence of her nurturing, thoughtful personality.  i’m trying to really soak up these sweet memories before the days arrive when she whines about chores, and i have to beg (or pay) her to help!  one chore that she’s helped with since she started walking at 14 months is unloading the silverware from the dishwasher.  on this particular morning, as i went about my unloading routine, she said, “no, mommy. i do it by myself.”  she gently pushed me out of the room, so i grabbed the camera and snickered as she toiled away.

the sweetest part was that after the spoon fell on her toe (and we all know how surprisingly painful that can be!) she insisted on finishing the job.  that’s my litte over-achiever!

thanks, arden, for….umm….helping?

yay, it’s almost friday!!!  here’s some inspiration for you to get out and play this weekend, from arden on the day we brought home her very own backyard slide.  thanks, craig’s list!

good monday morning!  i hope everyone had a glorious mother’s day, whether you’re a mom yourself or the child of an admirable one who enriches your life.  i love my mama, and i had a great day yesterday spending time with my family and being very aware of how lucky i am, and arden is, to have family nearby who loves us.  jason started my day off right by cooking us breakfast, and the day kept getting more relaxing from there.  being a mom is everything i’ve dreamed about since i was a young babysitter.  with arden as my daughter and jason as my main squeeze, i know each mother’s day will be better than that last!

i took this video saturday at a crawfish boil that arden and i attended together.  it seems a love for jammin’ has been successfully instilled in my daughter already….we were sitting and enjoying our hot dogs between live band performances when some reggae music started playing on the loudspeaker.  arden quickly starting bopping her head around and tapping her foot.  then, she mustered up the strength to stand up on the very steep hill to practice her dance moves.  i cracked up, not only because of how completely adorable she is, but because it was like looking in a mirror.  just last weekend, i was jammin’ to the bands at the beale street music fest, where i enjoyed a record 5 pronto pups in 3 days.  i have NO shame, although i will clarify that i only made 3 trips to the corn dog stand….but 2 of those times i got a footlong!

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arden is finally gaining an appreciation for sesame street and can often be heard around the house singing, ‘suuuuunny daaaaaays!’  like every kid in the world, she especially likes elmo and cookie monster.  one night after dinner, i gave her a cookie and she immediately started a thorough (and completely unprompted) impersonation of cookie monster.  i died laughing, which made arden even more proud of her dead-on performance.  i only caught the tail end of it here on film, but you get the jist!

some of arden’s favorite activities these days are dancing, spinning (“MIN!”) and making herself dizzy.  here’s a video of her gettin’ dizzy the first night she discovered just how fun it can be:

the other night right before arden’s bedtime, i found her snuggling with jason on the couch in the cutest position ever. then jason decided to forego the usual bedtime story and instead calmly entertain arden with her other favorite activity: looking at family photos on his i-phone. the snuggling melted my heart, and the simple silence that filled our house for a few brief moments just made my night. my favorite part was arden slurping of drool off of her bottom lip every now and then!

this next video clearly shows the difference between me and my child/future children. when i was young, i learned how to use electronics like a VCR and atari. this kid’s already got the i-phone slideshow technology figured out!

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