the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Grandmommie and punkin head

  • pismire

    2004/12/03 at 8:53 am

    Aaron: Ha! Greg has a lounge act, huh? And he performed in Vegas no less. I wonder if he wears his classic yellow shirt.

  • pismire

    2004/12/03 at 8:56 am

    I have my niece on video singing the various Wiggles songs. It is the funniest thing I have ever seen (only an aunt can appreciate her true musical talents). She does a great quack quack quack . . . cock a doodle do.

  • Liz

    2004/12/03 at 5:08 am


  • kassie

    2004/12/03 at 5:09 am

    Is that George in the background? George!

  • Chloe

    2004/12/03 at 5:09 am

    I’m so near the top!
    And the punkin is adorable (as is your mom, of course.)

  • Liz

    2004/12/03 at 5:09 am

    What’s on her shirt? I can make out a ribbon, but that’s all. Wait. Horses?

  • Cheryl

    2004/12/03 at 5:10 am

    Is that your mom the Avon Sales Leader holding cutest baby EVER!!

  • CurrtDawg

    2004/12/03 at 5:10 am

    This has to be the most photogenic child ON THE PLANET!
    Living in Japan, I’m not usually up late enough to be anywhere near the top of the list, but I’m living dangerously tonight. Go me!

  • am

    2004/12/03 at 5:10 am

    Too cute!

  • Red

    2004/12/03 at 5:10 am

    Awww Thats so sweet

  • LadyBug

    2004/12/03 at 5:11 am

    What a sweet picture. Leta will treasure that when she’s older.

    And the Boohbah thing? That show drives me nuts ’cause they sound like newborn kittens. However, knowing now its power over babies, I may have to re-think my whole Boohbah position. (Now that DOES sound like a breastfeeding reference.)

    *Goes to get baby and check TV schedule.*

  • Chris From Ohio

    2004/12/03 at 5:11 am

    Leta: “Grandmommie, your skin is so soft… What sort of skin care product do you use?”

  • Julie

    2004/12/03 at 5:11 am

    Back to Boobah…

    Boobah is Baby Crack. Keep Leta far, far away!

  • Terri

    2004/12/03 at 5:11 am

    That smile is adorable!

  • DeeGee

    2004/12/03 at 5:12 am

    I’m sorry… What the heck is a Boohbah?

    I hear ya on Top Gun and the first feelings in the “bathroom area”… LOL. Except, mine was with Risky Business. Train scene… wheeee-oooooh I was turned out by a gay man. Who knew?

  • Carrie

    2004/12/03 at 5:12 am

    They both look so happy. What a damn great picture.

  • jenny

    2004/12/03 at 5:12 am

    that’s the best Leta smile, ever 🙂

  • Kieran

    2004/12/03 at 5:13 am

    Damn that kid is cute! And I dont mean like a Fat girl who is cute if she lost weight, i mean cute as in a bunny rabbit

  • MelissaS

    2004/12/03 at 5:15 am

    Julie I think sometimes you just really need your baby to have crack.

  • Dre

    2004/12/03 at 5:17 am

    Do you think my co-workers would look at me funny if I started pinching and smooching at my computer monitor?

  • Sarah

    2004/12/03 at 5:17 am


    And can I tell you how much I love that cowboy shirt?

  • Jenny

    2004/12/03 at 5:18 am

    Do I spy a fuzzy GEORGE! in the background!!?!?!

  • Julie

    2004/12/03 at 5:18 am

    I agree…but now my sweetie is 18 mo. old and all she does whenever we are near a TV is push the remote control onto us and into our tummies (mine still flabby from having her 🙂 ) and say Bahboo, Bahboo, Bahboo, Bahboo, Bahboo (her version of Boohbah)…getting progressively more and more urgent and loud until she breaks down into a sobbing puddle of baby when we tell her that Boobah is “sleeping.” It gets ugly!!! Oh…the horrors of Boohbah addiction…and we never even saw it coming. Elmo can’t even compare to Boohbah…

  • red

    2004/12/03 at 5:19 am

    your mother is absolutely gorgeous.

  • hayley

    2004/12/03 at 5:20 am

    it’s so *not* a cowboy shirt. it’s english-horse-jumping-show paraphernalia.

  • David

    2004/12/03 at 5:24 am

    First time and even in the top 50. I’m flattered.
    But TC gay? Isn’t being a scientologist enough?

  • KS

    2004/12/03 at 5:24 am

    My husband always cracks me up by singing “Pooo-baaall” in place of the melodic “Boooh-baaah!”

  • H in Chicago

    2004/12/03 at 5:25 am

    Did I miss a public announcement that Tom Cruise is gay or is this all conjecture on your part??????

  • Liz

    2004/12/03 at 5:27 am

    Boohbah is crack. The first time I saw it I had no clue what it was. Twenty-one minutes later? Nope, still don’t.

  • Jennifer

    2004/12/03 at 5:28 am

    Oh dooce this is a moment captured. That picture made me grin ear to ear. Happy grammie and little leta smooches!
    Your readers are smiling today my dear!!

  • beachgal

    2004/12/03 at 5:28 am

    wonderful picture as usual. Do you really call her punkin head?

  • karen

    2004/12/03 at 5:29 am

    This whole blog really inspires me. I mean, my god, what an awsome legacy to leave your daughter! The story of YOUR life. The story of HER life, and the best looking family photo album EVER. Always always, I’m filing little things away – learning and promising to do the same for my future children one day.

  • Laurie

    2004/12/03 at 5:29 am

    I’m still trying to figure out if those are pencils on her sleeves, or a fence..

    My niece loves Boobah, but the show that holds total power over her is the Wiggles. (She’s 14 months) I cannot express in any coherant way how much I DESPISE the Wiggles. Esp. since I was dragged to see the Wiggles on ice by my sister with her other 3 kids under the age of 10. Wiggles on Ice is my new idea of hell.

    And yes, my crackhead sister has 4 kids under the age of 10.

  • Jennifer

    2004/12/03 at 5:29 am

    look it’s GEORGE! in the Background!! yeah GEORGE!

  • Miss Kimberley

    2004/12/03 at 5:31 am

    I don’t think Tom Cruise is gay, but I DO think he is an android of some kind. He has definately been assimilated.

  • Nieuki

    2004/12/03 at 5:31 am

    This is freaky:

    Maybe I’m scared to have kids and
    learn about all of these creatures.

  • Badger

    2004/12/03 at 5:32 am

    That is a truly gorgeous picture. I’m guessing there are no ugly women in your family, yes?

    And you Boobah all you want, sister. People told me I was evil for exposing my kids to the Teletubbies, but we are all still alive and neither of them has drawn an upside-down pentagram on the wall for *weeks* now.

  • Airea

    2004/12/03 at 5:35 am

    Leta is seriously to cute!

  • James

    2004/12/03 at 5:38 am

    Rrrrrr. She’s so freaking cute, I cannot stand it. Can’t stands it, I say!

    I need to figure out what Boohbah is for my nephews. It kind of weirds me out b/c my friend and I always refer to breasts as boobahs. Heh.

  • Em

    2004/12/03 at 5:39 am

    That is some love and cuteness right there.

    Must. Eat. That. Face!

  • tiffany

    2004/12/03 at 5:39 am

    Beautiful warm shot. I love the way you cropped it for the little thumbnail. 🙂

  • Laurie G.

    2004/12/03 at 5:41 am

    The boohbahs are very, very creepy. I’m so relieved that I’m not the only one who thinks they look like giant penises. And they sound as if they are passing gas.

    However, for 30 minutes of peace and quiet, they’re worth it.

    And, for what it’s worth, the Wiggles ROCK!!! But don’t you think that Jeff is their Ringo?

  • Kano

    2004/12/03 at 5:42 am

    That is the nice thing about children….They always have smiles….Then we turn into adults

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    2004/12/03 at 5:43 am

    All this “What? Tom Cruise is gay?” talk reminds me of my sister-in-law, Margie. When Freddy Mercury died from AIDS, Margie actually, with no hint of jest or irony, blurted out “I didn’t know Freddy Mercury was gay!” And then she put her head back under the rock.

  • Jackie

    2004/12/03 at 5:46 am

    You think Boobah is great… try buying some Baby Einstein DVDs. They saved my sanity, and their much more pleasant for parents too!

  • Joan

    2004/12/03 at 5:50 am

    Sheryl must be sleeping.

  • Biggest Apple

    2004/12/03 at 5:53 am

    Leta: ” Dude! I am sooo going to hurl”

  • Susan

    2004/12/03 at 5:54 am

    I have a Punkin, but she is a cat.

  • Biggest Apple

    2004/12/03 at 5:55 am

    hey forget Tom Cruise – my sister-in-law didn’t realize George Michael was gay until about a year ago!!!! She was devistated.

  • kim

    2004/12/03 at 5:55 am

    there it is again: the horse-shirt.

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