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Adorable Things My Nephew Says

Two-and-a-half year olds are hilarious. That’s how old my nephew is and he is a ball of energy and says the most hilarious things1.

There are some things that he says a lot, such as “Be careful”, “I’ll be careful”, “What happened?”, and “Can I eat it?” He’ll tell you to be careful if you are doing anything remotely dangerous, like walking up the stairs, walking down the stairs, or just walking. “Be careful, Grandma!” “Be careful, Aunt Beth!” He is always looking out for your welfare. Today when I went out for a run, he sent me off with an enthusiastic “Good luck!!”

He often asks, “What happened?”, as he always wants to know what’s going on. If someone tells a joke and everyone laughs, he looks at you very earnestly and asks, “What happened?”

“I’ll be careful” is his refrain when he’s told he shouldn’t be touching something. To a sentence like “Thomas, the Christmas tree ornaments are for looking, not touching.” he’ll reply, “I’ll be careful!” To a sentence like, “Thomas, that is your sister’s Monster High doll, not yours”, he’ll reply, “I’ll be careful!” I’m sure if there were a flame thrower or a chain saw in the house, he’d just tell you “I’ll be careful!”

The kid loves to eat, so “Can I eat it?” (or, alternatively, “Can I bite it?” or “Can we eat it?”) is another thing that he says a lot, even if the “it” in question is in no way edible. I mean, he definitely asks it about chocolate, chips, candy, the lunch you just made for the express purpose of him eating it, but he’ll also ask it about every single present you open, not matter what it is. When I asked Thomas if we should watch the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, he replied excitedly, “Can we eat it?”

Speaking of movies, he has his favourites. He likes Turbo: “We can watch the snail movie?”2 – and Monsters University: “Baby Eyeball Monster movie!” In the past couple of days he has been very interested in watching the Nightmare Before Christmas, which he’ll ask for by saying: “How about Halloween?” Yesterday, since it was Christmas Eve, we wanted to watch Arthur Christmas, but he said, “How about Halloween?” When my sister said, “How about Arthur Christmas?”, he replied: “How about Halloween THEN Christmas?”3.

He’s also said some good Christmas-related things. He’ll tell you, “I like Santa. He’s my friend” and when the power went out briefly due to the ice storm and he saw the Christmas tree lights go off, he said, “I can fix it!”

But the best saying so far on this trip has been Thomas’ thoughts on the Christmas turkey: “It’s like a monster chicken. I’m going to eat that monster chicken.”

  1. Of course, these things are more hilarious when you here them in his adorable little two-and-a-half year old voice! []
  2. He will also turn to you and whisper, “White. Shadow.”, which is very confusing if you haven’t seen Turbo, but very hilarious if you have. []
  3. For the record, we watched Arthur Christmas. []


A House Without Frogs Is Not A Home

Even since the death of poor Copernicus, things just haven’t been the same at my house. Every time I’d walk into the living room, I’d automatically walk towards the frog tank to check on the frogs… and then I’d remember that there were no more frogs. And then I would have a sad. And no one wants a sad Beth!

I tried putting my stuffed frog, the aptly named Froggy1, into the tank, but it just wasn’t the same:


So, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, I now have a new fraggle of aquatic dwarf frogs!

So far, only three of the five froggies have names.

This is Copernicus the Second:


He is the tiniest little frog I’ve ever seen, but he’s very spunky. He inherits the Twitter account of his namesake, Copernicus the First (rest his little froggy soul).

This is Froggymodo:

And this is Apricot:


Apricot is actually quite easy to distinguish from the other frogs, as she’s not only larger, but also she’s got a more yellow skin tone, compared to the darker green of the others, and she also has much darker eyes.

This guy doesn’t have a name yet:


And neither does this one:


I’m taking suggestions, in case you have any good ideas for frog names. Speak now or forever hold your peace.

Also, Froggy has now returned to his post next to my laptop, where he belongs:

FrogsAnd all is right with the world.


  1. I’ve had froggy since I was about 6 months old. I was born with a dislocated hip and part of the treatment for that involves being put into a half-body cast known as a “frog leg cast“, so when I was in the hospital, my Aunty Wendy and Uncle Harry gave me this stuffed frog, which I’ve had ever since! []


Less Than A Month To Go!

Can you believe that it’s less than a month until the Longest Ever Game of Hockey in the History of Ever to Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis?

As it stands, I am about halfway to my goal of raising $2,000 by the time the game starts on August 26th. And, hey, remember that time I said I’d find more ways to use the Tumblbeasts? Well, I thought of a way. A help-Beth-raise-money-for-a-really-good-cause kind of way!

Look at this sweet, innocent adorable Tumblbeast who wants nothing more than for you to donate to my fundraising efforts:

please-donate tumblbeasts

He knows that Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that has a profound effect on those who have it and their families. He also knows that great strides have been made in extending the life expectancy of those with CF thanks for research, but that more research (and thus, more money to do that research) is needed before we can see the day that “CF” stands for “Cure Found.”

And if that doesn’t work to get you to donate, I might have to unleash in the mean Tumblbeasts!

donate now or else tumblbeasts


The Tumblbeasts Are Mine!

I freaking love The Oatmeal. It’s one of the first things I read in my Google Reader when I see there’s a new posting1. So when I saw on The Oatmeal’s recent posting saying that I could use The Oatmeal’s adorable Tumblbeasts on my very own blog I, of course, jumped at the chance! First up: my new 404 error page.

I expect I’ll find many more ways to use the Tumblbeasts in coming days.


  1. Along with xkcd, Savage Chickens, and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal []


The Quatchi Kid is Back!

Hey, remember that Quatchi kid from Halloween? He’s back! Check out this adorable video!

In related news, I have yet to see big Quatchi out and about during the Olympics.  And I soooo want my picture with Quatchi!  If anyone knows where I might find him, you be sure to let me know!

OK, women’s gold medal hockey game is back on – third period!  I’m on the edge of my seat!!


Happy 1st Birthday, Teddy!

Hey, remember when Sarah and Dave had a baby?  That was a year ago today!

Happy Birthday, Teddy!

I’ve only managed to see you once in your first year, but I’m hopeful that I’ll make it out east to visit you all sometime in 2010!


Beacuse Apparently I’m On A Kick Of Buying Adorable Things

First it was this.  Then it was my Smart Car.  And now it’s these guys:

IMG_4870 by you.

Tod bought himself this little mini-frying pan and flipper set.  And it was just too cute, so I had to get one too.  Too. Freaking. Cute.

And it’s tiny – just the right size to fry up a single egg for my Egg McMaster!  Because cleaning big frying pans is for suckers!