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In case you need translation for that last part, it's "Carolyn Mary Moyer".

A visit to Linvilla with some rowdy cousins

Last week, Aunt Lauren and her many sons came to visit for an afternoon, so we took everybody to Linvilla Orchards for some blueberry picking. Here's what went down.

Carolyn and a group of troublesome boys waiting for a tractor ride

Declan and Rogan either pretending they're on a golf course, or pretending they are swashbuckling sword fighters (I'll take the latter)

Just a young boy dreaming of a swim in a cool lake on a hot near-summer day...

... until his mother comes along and lays down the law.

They had been to a tank museum earlier in the day

Amidst all of this, we did indeed find some blueberries to pick

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Carolyn: "I wanna smell it!"

Not pictured: Carolyn and the boys throwing pieces of bread at ducks. As Carolyn recounted the incident a few days later: "I said, 'Boof!'"

Smith Memorial Playground is humongous!

A few weeks ago, on an incredibly humid day (whatever happened to that season we used to call Spring?), we all took a trip to Fairmount Park's Smith Memorial Playground. This is the playground that Carolyn had previously described as "humongous". As it turns out, she was right. She had a blast playing there, and I highly recommend it to any of you in the Philadelphia area. Some highlights:

Banging on stuff

Pretending you're robbing a train


Trying to convince Mom to let you go down a big slide by yourself, and losing the argument

Riding a tricycle in the only refuge from the heat: an old, dark basement

Hobo baby

The other day Carolyn found a small paper bag lying around, so naturally -- all on her own, without any provocation, mind you -- she emptied it, inserted her juice cup, and started drinking out of it.

Month in Review: May 2010

We've got ourselves a two year old now. The weekly emails that I get from have even changed from "Your Toddler This Week" to "Your Pre-Schooler This Week". My little baby is a pre-schooler??
  • Quotes of the month, in no particular order:
    • "It was humongous!", said in response to "How was the playground?" after Kristen took her to a massive playground in Fairmount Park. Kristen claims she never described the playground as humongous.
    • "I'm sending emails", said while sitting at her little plastic vanity.
    • "Penguin starts with P. Orange starts with zero!"
  • About half of the time when she addresses me, she calls me "daddy bear". This is because sometimes I will employ my "daddy bear" voice, which is part Baloo from Disney's Jungle Book, part Johnny Cash, and all baritone. She's even been know to call out in the middle of the night: "Daddy bear! Where are you?!" It's cute, to say the least.
  • Last month I reported that she wasn't really counting in German as well as she does in Spanish and Mandarin. Well, now she can go from eins to zehn with the greatest of ease.
  • In general she has shown a remarkable ability for remembering books that are read to her. One day after she was first read "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?" she was able to recite it nearly word for word from cover to cover. Of course, since she's in a very repetitious phase, she had the book read to her about 15 times between those two days.
  • She's added a few songs to her repertoire: "The Wheels on the Bus", "Rock-a-bye Baby", "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider" and "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
  • Possibly her favorite item these days is a book from Great Grandma Netter and Great Grandpa Ger called "Bad Kitty". Reading it is frequently the first thing she wants to do in the morning and the last thing she wants to do at night, and also 5 or 6 other times throughout the day. Netter wrote a little note inside, and Carolyn has somehow drawn a connection between Great Grandpa Ger and a picture of a chair on the first page. And I quote: "That's Grandpa Chair!"
  • She cleaned up on birthday presents this year, including a swingset, a tricycle, a fish tank, and a play kitchen.

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