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Thursday, October 11, 2012

I should probably put this in Maxwell's baby book.

Maxwell's Vocabulary in no particular order
  1. Mama
  2. Dada
  3. Nanny
  4. Pops
  5. Gramma
  6. Bribri
  7. Taytay (Tegan)
  8. Dave
  9. Camille
  10. Uncle
  11. Nellie
  12. Bubba
  13. Grampy (dddddd)
  14. Liz
  15. Izze
  16. pacifier
  17. milk
  18. water
  19. cracker
  20. cookie
  21. pasta
  22. apple
  23. banana
  24. grapes
  25. motorcyle
  26. jeep
  27. blanket
  28. ducky
  29. moo
  30. baa
  31. neigh
  32. ee ee (monkey)
  33. quack
  34. Andy (his elephant)
  35. Elmo
  36. Cookie monster
  37. Grover
  38. Pooh
  39. Mickey
  40. no
  41. outdoors
  42. all done
  43. up
  44. vroom (car)
  45. door
  46. ding (doorbell)
  47. noodle
  48. peas
  49. ball
  50. bath
  51. squeezie
  52. uh oh
  53. hot
  54. puppy
  55. Max
  56. baby
  57. wild
  58. twinkle twinkle
  59. Bible
  60. mail
  61. more
  62. booger
  63. dip dip
  64. applesauce
  65. please
  66. Bart
  67. Raffi
  68. boots
  69. bike
  70. TV
  71. puffs
  72. teeth
  73. button
  74. bottle
  75. digger
  76. buckle

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Things a Housewife Should Be Able to Do

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a housewife.  Some girls dream of being a famous actress, the first female president, an Olympic athlete, or Oprah.  I dreamed of being Lucille Ball, polka dot dress and witty comebacks included.

Of course when I graduated high school I was single with absolutely no prospects for marriage in sight.  So I did the next best thing and went to college.  By the time I graduated college I was still single and marriage was still a distant and almost forgotten dream.  Since a B.A. in Mathematics doesn't really prepare you for much other than graduate school, I went to graduate school.  It was there that I finally met the love of my life and miraculously tricked him into marrying me.   When he finally finished grad school himself and I no longer had to be the breadwinner, I had a baby and became a housewife.  My dream was finally reality.

I thought that being a housewife would be instinctual.  Every room in my house would be immaculate and decorated just like a page from Better Homes and Gardens.  I would be like Betty Draper (minus the depression) and always have an amazing meal on the table when my world-weary husband arrived home from work. 

Oh, the naivety.  Being a housewife is not instinctual, and it is not easy.  My house is a disaster-zone, my child always has dried-something-or-other on his face, my husband regularly goes to work in a wrinkly shirt, and by the time he arrives home from work I am often lying on the floor in the middle of the living room letting my child climb on me like I'm a piece of furniture.  It's a tough gig. 

So this leads me to the point of this post: Things a Housewife Should Be Able to Do.  Clearly I will never be the picture-perfect magazine-cover homemaker.  But there are a few things that I think it's high time I learned how to do.  So I've written down a few goals, and maybe I'll blog about how they turn out.  And maybe I won't.  Knowing my commitment to regular blogging, probably the latter.

Things a Housewife Should Be Able to Do.

  1. Cook a pot roast.
  2. Roast a chicken.
  3. Bake a pie (including homemade crust).
  4. Establish a regular cleaning routine.
  5. Give her child a haircut.
  6. Look presentable after a long day of toddler-chasing and housework.
I'm not sure #6 is actually possible.  If you are a housewife and you have accomplished this, please leave a comment with specific instructions on how I too can accomplish this. 

I've attempted #5 a couple times now, and still haven't mastered it.  I think I'll get it though with more practice.

Today I tackled #1, but I'll leave the details for a future post. 

So, dear reader(s), did I forget anything vital on that list?