Colorful bonds

Tatum has been doing a bunch of colorful work lately. I think it reflects her personality.

If you ever are around this fireball for even a minute, you’ll understand what I mean. She exudes brilliance in personality and character.

Her wall has been showing this metaphorically. (she made these on her own).

One can see that her colors exude joy, excitement, and pure vibrance. I cannot keep up with her!

She even decorated my wall with some pieces she created.

Today, we drew a kite because we are getting ready for spring.

The effect to all of this art we do together and what she does solely is that it makes our bond even stronger. It’s a way for us to relate and a way to express.

I do believe it has become a creative outlet for both of us.

What I continue to desire is for our relationship to grow. She listens to me because she knows I care and she does not ever want to disappoint me and especially her Father. To be her mommy is the joy of my life, but I would also say has been the catalyst for me becoming a better person.

Our colorful bond will continue to grow as we both are on this journey of life.

I  LOVE YOU, Bumby. xo

Puzzled quite not!

The other night when Tatum was in her room NOT being tired, she decided to search in her puzzle box under her bed.

She chose the Minion puzzle since it had FIFTY pieces. Why not?
I can do it, Mommy!

And she only called me in to help her three times. (I won’t tell you). I will leave you puzzled.

But you know what? She finished by herself and the pride in her eyes…..well, it was all worth it.

Now, do you think I got to bed on time myself? Probably not, but the time to spend with my Tot, no matter what the time or opportunity, is ALWAYS worth it.


Mama time

Mama loves being with Tot. Today, it was about planting and sowing. Tatum jumped at the chance to beautify the garden with her.

The fruit from the time spent with Mama is silliness, joy, and just pure love.

Mama…here’s to you:


Tatum seems to enjoy hanging with the boys at school. However, there is a group of girls she enjoys playing with as well. She tells me that they don’t usually want to play tag or ball, so she chooses the boys.

But, today she posed with the girls and gave us a big smile.

Chloe, Jemma, Bria, and Alice. (and there’s Tot at the end).

She knows she’s smaller than them, and I think that affects her at times. Sometimes she makes less wise choices so she can “feel” bigger. I told her it’s her heart that she must focus on to be BIG. That will make all the difference.


President’s Day to celebrate

We have a great little picture biography book about Abraham Lincoln. It paints a wonderful picture of Abe as a boy and growing up to care about justice and freedom for ALL. He fought for rights that all men are created equal.

Therefore, we decided to celebrate him today with a little drawing.

So his ears are a bit big, but Tatum wanted to stress the fact that he HEARS us and our cries. Ahhhh, of course.

Mom was going to take us to Nordstrom’s for lunch, so this meant we had to pass by the shoes. Doesn’t everyone!?

Lunch was delightfully delectable, but the inevitable was about to occur.

That’s right… we got ready for our next adventure, and guess where we headed next?
To the dentist for her check up.

She was a bit nervous since she has still been sucking her fingers. The dentist had warned her that she would be inserting a “container” (Tatum called it this as opposed to “retainer”) into her mouth.

She figured if she looked cool, all would be Ok. They gave her these awesome specs so as no to get sugar buddies in her eyes.

Do you know what we saw???? Her new teeth coming in!

Here is the bottom..
And the top…

They’re looking a little crooked, no? She says kids are getting braces as young as 7!!! I was 12!

Then, I asked what the going rate was for teeth from the tooth fairy these days. For me, it was a shiny new quarter. The going rate ranges, but some parents are giving 20 buckeroos!! Seriously. Really.

We will just cross that bridge when we come to it.

She had no wiggles and did a great job being a still patient! Very proud of her. And as for the “container?” She is going to have us hold off and continue painting with the nasty tasting Mavala. (Lucky gal!)

We got home and headed around the block a few times to get out those dormant wiggles.

This President’s Day was filled with adventures and joy. (No container….Hooray!)

Cough cough cough cough cough…

x 100! in a minute and then again in the next minute.

She has had this cough for a week, but it usually subsides by the afternoon. Yet, no sleep for her or me much this week. I have tried salt spray, steam showers, humidifier, cough syrup, lozenges, Vicks, prayer, rain dance (ok, maybe not that) …… You name it.

Nothing has WORKED!!!!! I’m at my wit’s end and Tatum? Well, she is too. She even begged me to go the doctor. We headed to the urgent care since there was a wait to see her ped.

We arrived, and she remembered the last time we went. It was this:

She told the receptionist all about it.

So we waited and colored.

Then, the cough arrived.

My poor bumby!! GO away you nasty cough thingy!!

So we got in and they told us she had bronchospasm and a bit of upper respiratory infection. Steroids, inhaler, antibiotics, Claritin, and breathing treatments.

She had good spirits, that’s for sure. She played Dr. with me as we awaited the MACHINE.

Here it issssssss…….. Now we must really make it fun as we sit for 5 and breeeeeaaaattthhhheeee.

This did help, and I think she’s going to be OK after all of these drugs. Aye.

She made me a happy picture while I tripped to the pharmacy.

My little love bug. May the cough be NOT with you.


Hearts and Planets?

We HAD to make something for our Ms. V and Coach Matt!!! Why? Because we love love love Tot’s teachers.

Then, after school, Tatum, mom and I went to the Planetarium at the Science Center. Now, one might wonder why this day was chosen? Well, because it was a perfect day to spend time together!

Baby came too.

We learned so much in this tour of the Solar System. Takeaways? The sun gets hotter, like 10 million degrees, at the core and Pluto is not a planet as of 2006. It is more like a star that has shrunk. But, it does have a shadow formation on it that looks eerily like Mickey’s doggie, Pluto. Who knew?

We walked back to our car in pouring rain which made getting ready for Doug take much longer.

We got home and played games….. Spending time with Mama too.

Doug took me out and got me this perty ring to match my necklace. SO kind and thoughtful. What a doll he is.

A truly LOVING day.