Lots of painting

Matt has been working on this thing whenever he gets a chance. At the beginning, there was a lot of discussion about placement, depth, height, how the structure would be supported, not impeding our nice view from the kitchen, etc. Then lots of string line to get it lined up. Digging holes, pouring concrete footings. Posts. Beams. Uh, those things that go perpendicular to the beams. A lot of temporary bracing and scaffolding. Painting. Painting. More painting.

Emmett wants to paint like Daddy.

But mostly, Emmett talks about how he will “knock down Daddy’s building.” Because in 2-year-old world, you build something and then you immediately knock it down. It’s the cycle of life.

Emmett said: More again!


Some of Emmett’s current favorite words and phrases (and translation as needed):

More again

Own self (myself, yourself, etc.)

Rabby (raspberry)

Fighter pighters (fire fighters)

See you next time

Mac and noonles and cheese (mac and cheese)

Right there!

Emmett has started to ask “Why?” He does it in this really funny voice, too. I’ll have to get a video. No amount of explaining quells the stream of whys, they just keep coming.

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Sneak peek at the big project! Matt is working hard and making progress.

Sneak peek at the big project! Matt is working hard and making progress.

Emmett said


Emmett loves the ball thrower (Chuck-it). He decided to carry it in his shirt. Here are some funny things he’s said lately.

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Me: Emmett, you’re so silly, why did you do that?

Emmett: Reason.

He always answers “reason” to any Why question. I don’t know where he learned it. I persist with “what is the reason?” but I don’t get any more info.

Me: Emmett, how did you get that owie on your leg?

Emmett: Reason.

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Other words/phrases I find amusing coming out of the mouth of a two-year-old:

Sounds good.

Wait a minute.

Thank you.

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Yesterday we saw a couple riding a tandem bike. Emmett said “two people riding bike.” I explained that a bike for two people is called a tandem bike, and he repeated it. Later that evening, out of the blue I asked Emmett what is the name of a bike for two people. He thought for a few seconds and then said “panda.”

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This morning, I said “bye-bye Emmett, have a great day, I love you.” Emmett said “love you,” and then he turned around and said “kiss,” came back to me and gave me a hug and a kiss. Be still my heart!


Emmett said


Emmett’s favorite words and phrases:

Way far away

Way up there

Emmett no like it this one

Love you (or sometimes, No love you)

Catty [kitty cat]

Garbage truck




Lie-lie [library]

Owie zowie

Tyin’, ice [someone is crying, needs ice (for owie)]

Love it

Emmett big boy

Please, okay?


Emmett says                      translation

Wubbin’ back                       rub my back

Ponano                                tomato

Potato                                  potato 


Emmett is great at learning the names of people and animals! He can name all of his relatives and their pets, all of his classmates and some of their siblings and parents, and our friends and neighbors.


p.s. Matt is working on a BIG project in the backyard. We will share details soon!

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Emmett said

It’s all about the language development these days. Well that, and running - fast - and playing with water, reading books, doing puzzles, and pretending to cook food.

Emmett’s favorite words and phrases:

Ditch digger

Whoo-whoo truck (fire truck)

Dump truck, rumble rumble

Grocery store, PCC

Little one, big one

Emmett run away


Mommy, wake up!

Help you


Dirty, clean it up. Dust pan, clean it up.


This one please

Slug (We saw some big ones on a recent camping trip at Deception Pass, and every morning and night for the next week, Emmett asked to see the pictures of slugs on my phone. Here’s one.)

Chilly day at the beach, still fun!


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Being an egghead with Grandpa. Plastic eggs have gotten a lot of play; they’re still going strong two months after Easter.

Being an egghead with Grandpa. Plastic eggs have gotten a lot of play; they’re still going strong two months after Easter.

Emmett said

Emmett says                      translation

eat-mole                             oatmeal

flower(!)                              flower

pengo                                 penguin

bulldoze-oze-oze                bulldozer


Emmett gathered up a few stray pieces of paper, and I told him we could put them in the recycle bin. He said “recycle bin, recycle bin” all the way to the kitchen. When he got there, Matt was standing right in front of it. Emmett gave Matt’s leg a little push and said “recycle bin, recycle bin, move it.” Matt and I looked at each other and silently cracked up. We don’t know where he learned “move it.”

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Emmett said


Emmett’s current favorite words and phrases:

“Happy birthday!”

“No like it,” “no want it.”

“Run away!” as he runs away, of course.

“Emmett have it,” “Emmett do it.”

“Eat all!”

And here are some of his own special words:

Emmett says           translation

plower*                      flower 

blue-blue                  blueberry

black blue-blue         blackberry

sdobby                      strawberry

hapoop                     (basketball) hoop

zizzy-zow                   ???

No todopadatin’        I am not cooperating

*no longer plellow

I really wish I knew what zizzy-zow means. Usually when I don’t know what he’s saying, I can ask him about it and he’ll find a way to get me to understand. When he says zizzy-zow, and I ask about it, I get a blank stare. Maybe it’s just a fun word to say. It makes me think of the song Zou Bisou Bisou from Mad Men and then the song gets stuck in my head.


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2 years old

He’s two years old, and life with Emmett gets more fun every day. We love this boy to pieces.

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