Bad Mom,  Bug,  The Hood,  Tis the Season

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas time around here.

here and here

I forgot I did have some photos of Bug decorating the tree. She hung all the sticky old candy canes (from last year? the year before maybe?) in her eye-view of course. Then the next three days we spent haggling over why she couldn’t eat them all day long. Finally, frustrated with my little negotiator, I threw them out. They were so gross. Not that letting a toddler eat a candy cane with all the sticky drool coating her chin and clothes is any less gross but I just felt bad letting her eat dust from last year’s Christmas.

I promised we’d buy some new ones at the grocery store. Which we did, of course. But I bought the little tiny ones that are not shrink-wrapped and funny thing, they don’t hang on the tree very well. Oh well. I guess they’ll just have to stay in the cupboard out of sight. Bah humbug. I’ll break them out for special treats so they don’t get all dusty for next year and repeat the whole cycle.

all decorated!

Here she is eating one. That kid loves candy canes. My mom says I did too when I was her age. I guess it’s not such a bad thing as long as she eats her broccoli too.


I’ve been trying to get a good picture of her in front of the tree for my yearly calendar that I give to the grandparents but I’ve been very unsuccessful. She’s not my little poser anymore. If I ask her to smile, she gives me her “Eba eyes” frown or runs away cackling. Getting her to hold still in low light is pretty much impossible. I should just take a picture of her as a blur and call it a day.


This one is sort of cute but not really Christmas-y enough even though she is holding an ornament. Those are the iron-on transfer-paper ornaments we made last year. I wish I felt like making them again. It would be neat to have photos for each year. I haven’t been very motivated lately. Not to worry though, usually great bursts of motivation follow lulls of mediocrity. I probably just need to lay off the sugar. I’ve been eating so much crap lately.

candy cane face

Speaking of eating a lot of cookies…yesterday was the Christmas walk in our little town. All the vendors come out and hand out cups of hot cocoa and cookies. There are bounce houses for the kids and bands playing live music on every corner. It’s pretty festive and loud. Forget trying to take a nap while it is going on. The town pretty much forces you to get out and enjoy Christmas—which is a good thing really.

This year was the first year that Bug and I actually “walked” the whole thing. I remember last year we strollered and the year before she fit in the baby carrier. I miss those days already. Funny how things change so much every year. More and more I’m finding that the stroller is more of a hindrance than a help. She always wants to walk anyway. She doesn’t keep up as much as I’d like (She is the worst lollygagger ever!) but I’m trying to learn how to slow down anyway.

queen of the petting zoo

I find myself getting so impatient with her as she wants to circle every tree we come across and pick every dandelion. I just have to tell myself that some day I’ll miss these years. Someday she will be impatient with me so I need to be kind and let her have her time. I think I read somewhere that you can’t really force a toddler to walk fast anyway. If you have the time, you’re better off just letting them dawdle and go along with the adventure of it. It’s hard for me though. Especially when I’m carrying her seven half-eaten cookies, a bottle of water, three balloons, my purse that is overflowing with all those things we might need and my coat that has become too hot to wear. Patience, thy name is motherhood.


So anyway, that was fun. She loved the bounce houses. She loved the petting zoo and she LOVED the live music. I wish I had caught a photo of her dancing. But I was so loaded down with carrying everything I had a hard time being spontaneous with the camera. Excuses, excuses I know.

She really loves music. Part of me wonders if she might express her creativity (that’s in her genes) through music. I’ve plunked at the piano for years but I’m not really any good. I know Toby is musical even though he doesn’t play any instruments. He has a terrible knack for remembering tunes so well that they drive him insane. Isn’t that weird? He actually hates listening to songs that have strong melodies because they get stuck in his head so bad. I personally don’t have that problem so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

When we were listening to one band play, Bug was keeping time by swaying from side to side. The lead singer noticed and warned me that I might have a musician on my hands. I don’t know if he’s right. I think most kids are good at keeping time but I do know that Bug definitely has a penchant for music. She picks up tunes so fast and is always on key, often better than the adults.

Enough about that. I wanted to write more but she is dunking her pahs in her breakfast yogurt and now I have a mess to clean up. Later!


  • Trina

    Kids that are always on key make me smile. In a couple of years, you might want to sign her up for the Southern California Children’s Chorus ( Their choir for 4 year olds is adorable, and as an alumnus of the higher levels, I have nothing but good to say about the experience.

  • Mrs. Wilson

    That little girl of yours is such a beauty. I love the photo of her with the candy-cane-painted face – seriously, gorgeous.

    I’m of the no-patience-for-lollygagging-toddler variety as well. Drives me INSANE. But thanks for the reminder to slow down ;)

  • lynne

    Yeh you put up tree photos! I had forgotten about the iron on transfer decorations they turned out a lot better than my felt gingerbread men I attempted to make last year.

    I think you might be right about Bug being musical if she’s keping perfect time now. Maybe their are some local toddler music making lessons you could bring her too?

    Perhaps a tambourine or some maraccas could find their way into her Christmas stocking. I think your cats would just love that ;)

  • Calee

    My sister did SCCC for years and loved it. Not only is it an excellent way of training young voices, the kids (beginning just after that 4 year old group) get to do all sorts of cool things with…

    Okay. Now I feel really dumb. I just read the name on the first commenter and it’s my sister. Wow. Lame-o me.

    But really- it’s cool for the kids and the music is at a such high level of quality that parents (and annoying older sisters) actually enjoy the performances.

  • bethany actually

    Your mistake was, you should have brought the stroller so you wouldn’t have to carry all the crap! You can just stuff it in the stroller’s basket.

    Bug definitely has an ear for music. And she makes up the best songs!

  • Beth

    such a pretty tree! love the “BUG” ornament…looks just like the one in the Pier
    One commercial…is it?
    TY VM for helping DeeJay, she is a special friend, and good person

  • BeachMama

    Sounds like so much fun. I wish I was a Millionaire and could go and visit all these wonderful places I read about during the holidays. There is so much out there and so many ways to celebrate, I would love to see it all.

  • Jennifer

    I’m been forcing myself to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m not sure what my problem is. I’m not usually so blah around this time of year. I keep doing all the things that we do every year and hoping that by the time Christmas Eve comes and I’m up to my eyeballs in home made tamales it will hit me that I love this time of year.

    I think that Bug absolutely has some sort of music thing going on. I love all of her her little songs and I think her timing is perfect. It will be fun to see that talent emerge. As for the dawdling, UGH. Emily was the champion dawdler back in her toddler day. It was really hard for me to get through but I’m happy to say that she’s gotten a lot better :)

    I really like the picture of you holding Bug up to the tree. You look very Audrey Hepburn/Jackie O :)

  • patois

    I love the photo with her face painting. What is it with kids and candy canes, anyway? My kids were totally into them long ago. Now? Thankfully, the canes stay on the tree.

  • Tina

    Just wanted to say that your daughter is absolutely gorgeous! Great pictures. And I can’t wait to do petting zoos with my little baby!

  • OMSH

    OH! I’m so glad you mentioned the Christmas Iron-On transfers. I meant to do that and Bethany’s tissue christmas trees this year!

  • Jamie W.

    Do you have a link for the iron on ornaments you did last year? That sounds like a fabulous idea to do with my girls this year…