Cam Speak

Cam CamCameron sure is a fun person! He’s full of spit and vinegar, too, but mostly he’s full of zest and spunk and… life!

He also says things interestingly, as small people are prone to do.

Here are some Cam Cam word pronunciations that I’d like not to forget!

  • Sugar = SHEE-ger
  • Normal = ner-mal
  • Touchdown = CUTCH-down
  • Almost = all-MISS
  • Pretend = pre-TEM-ber (that is from big sister, Emma) 🙂
  • Her = she’s (he’s allmiss correct…)

I’m quite sure there are many more, but that’s a good start for now. We love it!

Keep up the Cam speak, Cam!


The Wisdom of Emma

Emma's Eyes

Last night was an OK Night with Emma (“One Kid Night”). Those are always a source of fantastic verbal “gems”. Here are a couple for your enjoyment:

The Funnest Words

After sharing a bit of her wisdom with me, I said to Emma, “Emma, you are so clever!” In response, almost to herself, with a happy, satisfied giggle, she said, “I get the funnest words.”

Good At Rhyming

At Emma’s request we found some music on the radio, and turned it up as to play as loudly as our ears could stand. Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll To Me” was playing when from the back, in a loud, confident, quite sincere voice, Emma asserts, “This boy is good at rhyming!!”



Cute story

I was helping Julia write a letter to Grammy tonight. We got to the word DOGS and she wrote the D, knowing “dogs” starts with “d”, but she is pretty shaky on which vowel says what sound. So I was saying the “ah” that the “o” in “dogs” says, seeing which of the 5 vowels she would pick. She guessed one of them (I forget which one now), not the “o”. I said, “No… “o” says “ah”.” She looked me straight in the eye and boldly said, “No, it doesn’t.”

That was classic Julia. She is very black and white/matter-of-fact 🙂 I love that about her 🙂


From The Mouth of Julia

“AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!” I (Dad) let out a mock yell at something that was mildly frustrating. It was a sudden, loud outburst.

“That was loud!” said two-year-old Julia. She followed up with, “Not like lightning…”

“Not like lightning?” I inquired?

“No, not lightning. It’s that loud thingie… your mouth!”

At that point, I was on the floor laughing. 🙂



Today while Julia was telling me a story about Kirsten, she was using the pronoun, “She” when referring to her. I actually understood her, but for some reason she didn’t think I did. She kept saying it, and she was not pronouncing the “h”, so it came out, “See.” I figured she must mean something else, so I kept trying to guess.

Finally, in exasperation, she said, “THAT ONE!!!” pointing emphatically to Kirsten.

I cracked up, as usual. What a fun age! 🙂


I Eat Bark

I (Greg) made a feast for dinner tonight… just for fun. I baked some salmon with butter and dill, then made some home made mashed potatoes, and added some fresh cooked veggies. And, at the last minute, added some fresh brewed sweet tea!

Surprisingly, Julia loved the Salmon. A LOT! So she ate and ate, and when it was all gone, she discovered two pieces of the skin I had peeled off for her. Her eyes lit up, and she grabbed them in her tiny little hands and stuffed the WHOLE giant piece in her mouth! I expected it would come right back out, but she chewed, swallowed, and reached for the next one!! Hilarious! What kid WANTS to eat fish skin??

But the best part was a couple minutes later. I had gotten down to get something off the floor, and then stayed next to her for a moment longer. While I was there, she looked at me with her most sincere face, and said, “I eat bark.”

It took a second to understand what she meant, but once I figured out she was talking about the fish skin, I got quite a good belly laugh out of it. 🙂

She IS a cutie! A little gross… but a cutie! 🙂

Family Parenting

“No, Me First Potty!”

Our Julia started potty training this past week. She is doing fantastically! Really! Better than the rest of the kids combined! She just gets it, and she is doing so great!

Her little friend Julia V also started potty training in earnest last week. She, too, is doing great! They both get rewards when they remember to go (and are successful!) and they both are getting many rewards!

Well, little Julia V came to visit the other night. She had to go potty. I forget, really, who had to go first… but once one had to go, so did the other. They took turns pulling their pants down and squatting on the tiny plastic potty in our living room while we all tried to watch an episode of the Knight Rider (yes, the show from the 80s…). It was quite a spectacle!

They would argue back and forth, “No, ME first potty!!” And they were serious! There has never been so much potty-sitting by two (very cute) tiny people in a 45-minute span… in the history of the world!!

It was really cute… and certainly a memory! A little strange… 🙂 But very cute. 🙂

Family Home Schooling

Julia’s Growing Up

We were sitting at the table doing what I like to call “Table Time” and Julia had a little calculator she was playing with. She offered it to Alex and said, “Here you go.” But as soon as he would reach for it, she would pull it back to herself… teasing her big brother. Alex was sad. She did it again.

Some people like teasing and that’s ok, but I am not a fan of teasing others.

First I told Alex that she learned that from him. (He thinks teasing is pretty fun 🙂 Then I told Julia, “Julia, that is not nice. Teasing Alex is not nice. When you say ‘Here you go’ and then take it back for yourself… that’s not nice.” So immediately she extended the calculator back to Alex and said, “Here you go!” This time she gave it to him… happily 🙂

And not 5 seconds later she said, “Almost done?”

I think she might have gotten that from Alex too 🙂