And “Dat” Is “That.”

Buds is in Virginia for work this week, and I just sent him the following message:

Well, I hate to tell you but the end of an era occurred while you’ve been away.

Yesterday, our boy looked at me and said, “Mom, that is why…”

“That.”

Not “dat.”

I realized right away that the change had come, and when I pointed it out to him, he was surprised.

Tonight, when I tucked him into bed, I asked him if this new way of saying “that” felt strange.

He tested out saying, “that,” a few times and said, “Mom, at first it felt strange. ‘Dat.’ ‘That.'”

I think he’s got that figured out.

Almost six years to the day from the “Give Me An ‘S'” post.

What a journey we are on.

Growing up and changing, and I still cherish watching him sleep.

Growing up and changing, and I still cherish watching him sleep.

Why I Write This Blog

There have been a dearth of posts lately. Plenty has been happening: Visit to my mom; new trampoline; Christmas is coming; and there are still all those Italy blog posts to write.

All those Italy blog posts…I can’t seem to get over the hurdle of writing those. Looking at the pictures still pokes at my feels too much.

So, I’m writing little tiny posts, like this one, to get out of my rut.

Here’s a story from Italy, to whet your appetite.

We were on our way from one location in Sicily to the next. We had stopped at a fantastic beach to spend some time, and we settled in for a meal at a restaurant right on the beach. As we waited for our food, we were talking about previous trips, upcoming trips, and general family conversation.

Monkey said, “Mom, I remember the trip to Costa Rica, but I can’t remember what our room looked like at the beach.”

I began to describe it to her, then I said, “Let’s pull up the blog post on Dad’s phone and you can see the room to jog your memory.”

Our Beach Home

We sat in the restaurant, reading the blog post out loud, which lead to telling stories and reminding each other of things that had happened, and great snorting laughs from all of us.

It was a perfect moment, and sums up why I write this blog.

Stories and memories are lost so easily unless they are retold and relived. I’m grateful for a medium to keep that from happening for our family and those we love.

For those gluttons for more pictures: More Costa Rica Shots.

Fracture Me

We’re trying out this company that Todd introduced us to for printing off our favorite, most-memorable Italy pictures. It’s who Todd used to print off The Buster’s “Period of Laziness” quote.

Deciding which photos to send off to have printed has been a fun, on-going process. Buds and I are adding and deleting photos from a single folder. We’ll eventually reach consensus and turn a wall or two into the “Italy Memorial Wall.”

In no order, and out-of-context, here are the photos we’ve chose as our favorites so far.

(And yes, there will be location-specific blog posts coming. I’m looking forward to writing those, too.)

First toe dips

First toe dips

"Does anyone know English?!"

“Does anyone know English?!”

Monkey

Monkey

Mom and Monkey

Mom and Monkey

Family photo at Lake Como

Family photo at Lake Como

Love this laugh.

Love this laugh.

Beauty the Swan and her friend.

Beauty the Swan and her friend.

Sweet Face

Sweet Face

Monkey

Monkey

Gondolas

Gondolas

"Stop making me laugh!"

“Stop making me laugh!”

Venizia Dinner

Venizia Dinner

Buddie face smoosh

Buddie face smoosh

I love these.

I love these.

Croc-happiness

Croc-happiness

Always hold hands.

Always hold hands.

Contemplation

Contemplation

Eskimo kisses

Eskimo kisses

Laughter at The Academy

Laughter at The Academy

Yessa and Bust

Yessa and Bust

Late night walk in Florence

Late night walk in Florence

Florence Strolling

Florence Strolling

Yessa and Mom at The Uffizi

Yessa and Mom at The Uffizi

Toe pickers unite.

Toe pickers unite.

Carousel in Florence

Carousel in Florence

Yessa- Taken by Poppi

Yessa- Taken by Poppi

The monastery ruins above the Lucca Farmhouse

The monastery ruins above the Lucca Farmhouse

Snuggled with Grandma- Taken by Poppi

Snuggled with Grandma- Taken by Poppi

Grandma and a tech lesson

Grandma and a tech lesson

Girlie selfie

Girlie selfie

A last group dinner in the Lucca Farmhouse

A last group dinner in the Lucca Farmhouse

Beautiful cematary

Beautiful cematary

I love this one.

I love this one.

Yessa

Yessa

Windy!

Windy!

Devil's Bridge

Devil’s Bridge

It was windy!

It was windy!

At the Duomo in Barga.

At the Duomo in Barga.

Cooking Class

Cooking Class

Dough and Laughter

Dough and Laughter

Kneading dough for pasta

Kneading dough for pasta

Cooking Class

Cooking Class

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Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Climbing on the rocks in Cinque Terre

Climbing on the rocks in Cinque Terre

Leaving Lucca

Leaving Lucca

Beach in Ischia

Beach in Ischia

Selfie

Selfie

At the beach in Ischia.

At the beach in Ischia.

Sunset in Valley of The Temples

Sunset in Valley of The Temples

Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples

Waiting for the Duomo to open.

Waiting for the Duomo to open.

Buster dancing up the stairs.

Buster dancing up the stairs.

On the beach

On the beach

Allergy shots were so worth it!

Allergy shots were so worth it!

Kitty snuggles

Kitty snuggles

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In The Coliseum

In The Coliseum

Our guide for The Coliseum and Rome Underground Tour

Our guide for The Coliseum and Rome Underground Tour

Waiting for our tour of The Coliseum

Waiting for our tour of The Coliseum

Family shot on The Vatican Tour

Family shot on The Vatican Tour

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

Selfie for Clara's Run.

Selfie for Clara’s Run.

The whole crowd in San Gimignano

The whole crowd in San Gimignano

I could look at these for hours.

End Of A Cozy, Cuddly Era

The hooded towels are headed to Goodwill today.

Thanks to Aunt Cyndy we could be a frog or a duck after baths and showers. And thanks to other generous friends, a pumpkin or another duck were choices, too.

It was such a sweet part of childhood.

In the photo below, Monkey has adorned Best Babysitter Jessica with the pumpkin towel as a cape. (Best Babysitter Jessica is now an engaged 25 year-old.)

Best Babysitter Jessica and Angel Monkey

Best Babysitter Jessica and Angel Monkey

Like diapers and car seats and high chairs, they’ll always hold a soft spot in my heart.