the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Thirteen months

  • rosebengal

    2010/07/14 at 5:16 pm

    I know, I know, wrong post but it’s a torch lily known as a “red got poker” or Kniphofia uvaria to be specific.

  • reelmomof4

    2010/07/14 at 5:19 pm

    OK, she is so cute ~ and the whole toilet paper thing… Well, at least she wasn’t playing IN the toilet with the paper. We caught our son sitting in the kitty litter box tossing litter up and over his head. That was a great moment!

  • MeMyselfandMommy

    2010/07/14 at 5:29 pm

    Monday I found Moanna “ice skating” in the kitchen.She dumped her water cup in the floor and was sliding trough it. She also pulled the floor air register of the floor. AND, before the night was over, I found her standing in the middle drawer of the sink vanity brushing her teeth!

    Monday was a hard day …

  • jacqueline

    2010/07/14 at 5:30 pm


  • Mrs Smith

    2010/07/14 at 5:35 pm

    The good news is, we all know that bathroom is really, really clean…

  • theotherlion

    2010/07/14 at 5:54 pm

    That made me really happy.

    Also, when I opened your flower picture, all I could focus on was the bug! AH!

  • kristanhoffman

    2010/07/14 at 5:55 pm

    Did she… Did I see… Really???? LOL I know were laughing at the same thing, Heather, right before the drumming. 😛

    She’s adorable, and so wonderfully vocal. You can tell she’s smart!

  • RudeAwakening

    2010/07/14 at 7:10 pm

    She is SO stinking cute!

    Good thing the toilet lid was closed.

  • chelley

    2010/07/14 at 7:22 pm

    I like Chuck’s hate expression in the background. Goes nicely with the cuteness in the foreground.

  • Ralemap

    2010/07/14 at 7:54 pm

    I think she’s a genius! And I am not kidding. I believe she may be valdictorian some day. 🙂

  • amandasue35

    2010/07/14 at 8:48 pm

    LOVIN’ hearing Marlo talk! She is so freakin adorable. How she’s made it this far without you gobbling her up with a spoon is a miracle.

  • gretchie

    2010/07/14 at 9:13 pm

    Is there anything cuter than a baby saying, “Co-co”? I used to melt into a useless blob every time my daughter would say “puppy” at that age.

  • mrscunning14

    2010/07/14 at 10:04 pm

    First video: Yep, looks about right. You’re going to have to get a LOT firmer with your commands, er, requests, if you wish them to be followed. 🙂

    Second video: Nothing like hearing a little one utter her first few words. I’m watching this at 11:30 p.m. EST, and it makes me want to wake my sleeping 19 month old and squeeze her.

    Thanks for sharing your family with us.

    P.S. I loved the shot of Jon’s feet.

  • Missives From Suburbia

    2010/07/14 at 10:49 pm

    I told my husband that if he’d gone with Daddy instead of Papa, the kids would be able to say it sooner. Now I’ve got proof!

    I could get lost in her dimples. So, so cute.

  • Chriss

    2010/07/15 at 6:34 am

    I love the look on Chuck’s face. As if he is saying “My god there goes that kid again. Can’t you reign the human in?!” Love it.

  • TexasKatie

    2010/07/15 at 7:14 am

    Aww, that is nothing. My sister’s kid once unrolled the entire roll of toilet paper and then put it in the toilet and then flushed. NOT fun fishing out that much toilet paper while your toilet overflows.

  • Katie Kat

    2010/07/15 at 7:23 am

    MORE MORE MORE MORE!!! I love this stage – when they are just figuring out that words associate with actual people and objects. Also, it doesn’t hurt that she’s devastatingly CUTE!!!


  • heatherly51074

    2010/07/15 at 7:29 am

    What a big girl… I cannot believe how quickly our babies grow up! We’ve gone through the TP unrolling events in our home, and I figured out a way to at least make the unrolling difficult (for now) and cleanup easier… we switch the roll around so when they start to bat at it, the TP doesn’t unroll. Once they grab a piece of it, then all bets are off until cleanup. Rolling it back up is a piece of cake though. Training the family to remember to put the TP on the right way isnt’ though! Eh, whatever.

    Enjoy your new home with the fam and making more memories!

  • zabadu

    2010/07/15 at 8:26 am

    God, I have a new puppy, so I guess babies and puppies do the same kind of thing. I have to hide the extra toilet rolls or they end up splayed in the yard. I suppose Marlo puts everything from the floor in her mouth too….

  • mrs_k

    2010/07/15 at 8:39 am

    This just made me smile a happy, contented little smile. You’re such a great mother! I know so many people who would freak the eff out over something like the toilet paper. It’s so awesome to see (okay, hear) a mom who appreciates the moment for what it is. Your family is beautiful!

    …now if you could apply that same gentle, appreciative patience when she comes home after curfew in 15 years, I’m sure she’d be grateful. Hahaha.

  • lexirand

    2010/07/15 at 8:45 am

    Gorgeous baby!
    I like the tiles on the bathroom wall too :).

  • lesliepaige78

    2010/07/15 at 8:55 am

    your kids are just awesome, like mine 🙂

    um in reference to your hallway photo, did the previous owners install a dead bolt on the master bedroom? that will be one way for you to keep the kids out when you and jon want to have a private meeting.;)

  • Cooky

    2010/07/15 at 9:22 am

    Both of those videos are so dang cute!

    Marlo is adorable beyond belief.

  • Tinare

    2010/07/15 at 9:23 am

    So stinkin’ cute!

  • tokenblogger

    2010/07/15 at 9:38 am

    Well, now we know your household is an over!

  • Laurelee

    2010/07/15 at 9:54 am

    I want to see a video of Leta singing! I’m so jealous; my son just turned one yesterday and he only says “mama,” “dada,” and “snack!” Except it’s more like “Nah!” Oh well. He makes a great fart noise anyway…

  • tmehraban

    2010/07/15 at 10:08 am

    That something in the yard is a red hot poker.

  • confusedkaty

    2010/07/15 at 10:11 am


  • missuswayne

    2010/07/15 at 10:42 am

    Aaaarrrrgghhhh those videos make me want a third kid.

  • d3 voiceworks

    2010/07/15 at 10:49 am

    well, she’s got the important “people” down in her vocabulary, save her sister. cute!

    yeah, red hot poker. they really need to be cut back and divided or they become unruly/ugly. but the name makes it so worth it. and they don’t need much water, if any, so they’re perfect for where we be at and shit.

  • ninesandquines

    2010/07/15 at 11:51 am

    oh my GOD she’s adorable!!!!!

  • dominiquewynand

    2010/07/15 at 3:09 pm

    Excuse me!!!!! How dare you???!! There is way too much cute in each video.

    It really should be illegal to show impressionable young women, of a marrying and birthing age, stuff like that.

    Please stop!!!!!!!!! =)

  • apostate

    2010/07/15 at 5:44 pm

    Christmas pajamas in July?
    I would suspect my husband of having an affair if he hadn’t been home with me last night. I remember because he put our kids to bed in Christmas pajamas with the windows open and fans on.

    I’m trying not to complain. I’m trying to enjoy these three months of wretchid heat before it’s 9 months of winter again in Utard.

  • redvixen

    2010/07/15 at 11:33 pm

    Yes the toilet paper unrolling entire roll incident – my twin girls (now turning 24 years old) did this a number of times, before I got smart. It is much harder for children and pets to unroll, if hung with paper being under rather than over 🙂

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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