You should see the other guy



Last week at school, Carolyn got into an all-out brawl with an older kid. Punches were thrown. Shins were kicked. Hair pulled. Scrapes, bruises, and cuts all around.

Okay, so none of that is true. She fell down in the playground and scratched up her nose a little bit. At first it was really sensitive, and she'd wimper whenever we'd get near it, but since that first day, she's been saying "My boo-boo is getting so much better!" every day. It's all scabbed up now, but should be gone in a few more days. No big deal for the little champ.

Video: Happy Birthday to Mommy




Mommy and Daddy both had birthdays last week. Carolyn was super excited about it. Mostly for the cake.

Carolyn helping Daddy blow out his candle.

Kristen with the little figurine that Carolyn likes to call "Other Mommy".

In case you couldn't guess, Carolyn really likes cake, especially icing.

She also likes winking.

Video: Carolyn sings the Mr. Sun song




And here are the lyrics in case you're having a hard time decoding them.

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun
Mr. Golden Sun
Please shine down on me

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun
Mr. Golden Sun
Hiding behind a tree

These little children are asking you
To please come out so we can play with you

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun
Mr. Golden Sun
Please shine down on me

Kids say the darndest things


In case you haven't been following Carolyn's Twitter feed (and unless you're Grandma Moyer, you haven't been), here are a few choice quotes from the past few weeks that made me crack up. We get her to say all kinds of funny stuff, but all of these are original Carolyn creations.

"You look like a watermelon put away." ... said while putting plastic wrap over Mommy's face. You know, just like when you put plastic wrap over part of a sliced watermelon that you're saving.

"Stop! That hurts my ears!" ... said while I was playing her toy piano, obviously unimpressed with my ample musical talents.

"I can't believe this show!" ... said while watching Monty Python's Flying Circus. Two and a half and already exquisite comedic taste.

"This is called amazing thing spectacular." ... referring to rice pilaf. She likes it.

"Which seashell do you want, Sugar Butt?" ... Sugar Butt being me for some reason.

"I wanna do a piggyback ride. Say 'oink oink'." ... Carolyn enjoys highly authentic piggyback rides.

"Shake those hips!" ... dance instructions. Apparently I wasn't putting enough passion into it.

"Go, super guy, go!" ... referring to a toy train she was pushing around a track.

"I need to fill up the stroller because it's out of gas." ... already bumming gas money from her Dad.

"You were listening, so you get to have a sticker." ... pretty sure she picked this one up from school. I was glad to have the sticker either way.

"Nakie baby time!" ... followed by running up and down the hallway in a general attempt to avoid putting clothes back on.

"I can't find my candy!" ... said immediately after waking up from her nap on Halloween, referring to the candy she had collected from the previous evening's Halloween parade.

"Oooooh my gosh, I dropped it."

"It's like scissors. Cut, cut, cut!" ... said while crossing a pair of drumsticks in the air.

New warm duds


As Carolyn said after she put on her new hat, mittens, and boots: "It's winter time!"

Happy Gabbaween!


What's this? Matching costumes? Indeed. It's Foofa and DJ Lance Rock from Yo Gabba Gabba.

Here is Carolyn holding hands with her friend Katharine at her school's Halloween parade.

And here are her teachers along with all of the girls in the class. Not quite sure where the boys were at this point.

Carolyn and her friend Ellie before heading out trick-or-treating.

The night started out politely, with Carolyn and Ellie waiting to be told they could take a piece of candy. By the time we got to the last few houses they were just reaching in without saying anything. But they're cute, so they got away with it.

Nobody was home at this house, despite leaving all of the signs of an occupied house.

Priority #1 after getting back to Ellie's house was to take inventory of all the candy. In total, there was much more candy than any two-year-old needs.


This was me last weekend doing all-you-can-carry pumpkins at Linvilla Orchards. New personal best with 7 total pumpkins: 3 large and 4 medium. I could have done more.

We had grand plans to carve 4 large pumpkins this year, but these are the only two we got around to doing prior to Halloween. On the bright side, now that it's past Halloween, Kristen has given me the go-ahead to carve my flux capacitor pumpkin in honor of Back to the Future's 25th anniversary. Score.