Out of the mouths of babes… I came home from work last week to find Al and CB in the front yard. After playing with CB for a few minutes Al points to the woods across from our house and says, “That’s sure a strange looking cat.” I glanced up and then assured her it was no cat but a Red Fox! Being the dork I am, I run inside and get the camera and camcorder to document this fascinating experience. CB is beside herself with the excitement and is watching with me as this Fox continues to wander around right out in front of her house. CB is shouting “Fox, daddy!! Fox!” Al and I look at each other with identical quizzal looks. “She really just didn’t say that did she?!?” It seems that CB has a little problem with the “S” sound on the end of “Fox” So her version of the word comes out sounding like, well like the word that starts with an “F” and ends with a “K”, and I don’t mean a firetruck. We immediately try to persuade CB that it’s not a Fox, but perhaps a cat, or a rabbit instead. She’ll have none of it. “Look mommy, F#@!, F#@!” Her animation is growing by the second. Wouldn’t you know it, my mom was on the way over to drop off something for Al. So here comes Nana pulling in the drive way. CB can’t believe her good fortune, Animal Planet in the front yard, and now an audience to share it with. Before Nana can even get out of the car, CB is running up to the door screaming “F#@! Nana, F#@!” Nana looks at me, then Al, then back at CB who is still running off at the mouth like a drunken sailor. A quick lecture on parental responsibility ensues, and luckily the fox makes an appearance again so Nana can see the evidence for herself. I just pray there’s no lesson on animals in the nursery anytime soon!!

Sesame Street Saga

CB is a huge fan of Sesame Street – not an amazing statement for a 2 year old, I know. However, she is obsessed with one particular character on the show. Elmo – No. Way too easy. Elmo’s everywhere and if your 2 yr old daughter was in love with Elmo, you could pick one up anywhere. Ditto with Big Bird, and to a lesser extent Cookie Monster – easy finds. For some reason, Al is blaming it on weird genertics, CB is obsessed with Bert. That’s right Bert, the lesser known of the Bert & Ernie duo. All she has talked about is Bert, everytime Sesame Street comes on, she becomes enraged and turns the tv off is Bert is not on within 5 minutes. Anytime I get on the computer she runs across the room screaming, Bert, Bert!! She won’t stop until we find pictures of Bert. Long story short, we finally found a Bert online – thank the Lord for e-bay! Al and CB were out running around one afternoon when the mailman showed up and lo and behold – Daddy had his hands on a 14″ Bert Doll. I set Bert up at CB’s table. You have to keep in mind, this is the table where she sits and colors pictures of Bert. I think I was more excited than CB for her to arrive home and finally meet Bert.  CB walks in, sees Bert at her table, and freezes!!! She doesn’t talk, she doesn’t move toward him, she just stares at me. CB finally loosens up enough to show Bert some of her artwork of him, and that is the extent of their relationship. Seriously – she is scared to death of Bert. Refuses to have anything to do with him. She doesn’t even like to be in the same room as her once beloved Bert!!!