Monday, August 29, 2011

First day of 2nd grade. No, I'm not crying. Ok, maybe just a little

Adria had a pretty rough year in 1st grade. Her teacher pretty much phoned it in and I know she really didn't like me. Especially after I wrote a letter to the principal telling them how much I didn't like her! So, that being said, I was super excited after meeting her 2nd grade teacher. I just knew that Adria would really like her. Adria's big plan this morning was to get up, get dressed and get her bookbag. Now, this is not any ordinary book is a Meme original. See, my stepmom makes bags and she made her book bag this year. So after Adria got dressed she came into the bathroom and while she was brushing her hair declared that she was having "a really bad bang day". Once she gets ready, she says to me..."Now, I'm going to get my book bag, go downstairs and get my shoes and then have a banana". She immediately zips downstairs and my first thought bag. Haha! Two seconds later, she comes zipping upstairs...hey, at least she remembered on her own right?

Then we are sitting downstairs waiting to leave the house. We start talking about her friend Drew and how he is starting kindergarden this year. Drew is like the cartoon character Kick Buttowski. It's the only way I can describe him. His mother might say something different :-) Let me put it this way, Drew's goal for the first day of school was to get suspended so he could stay home with his mom! Well, when I mention to Adria that Drew will be on the bus this morning she tells me "That bus driver is going to quit after one day and all because of one little boy"...OH MY GOODNESS!!! That child is something else. So we leave for school and she is all set!

So of course I tell Thad to have her call me when she gets home and I was right! She had an awesome first day. She said her teacher was so nice and she was really happy because she knew four kids in her class. The first thing I asked her was how everything went and she says to me "Well, Drew's plan didn't work out. He was on the bus on the way home today." I said "That's good right?" She said yeah because "He really needs an education" This seemed pretty judgy to me especially since this was her this weekend:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Party and chalk people

Adria lives in a neighborhood of boys. Yes, there are little girls but they are mostly younger than she is. And frankly, the girls that live here that ARE her age, well let's just say they don't appreciate someone who is an individual. That is THE nicest way to say that without sounding like I'm bashing a group of 7 year old girls. ANYWHO....I get home from work the other day and Adria has her friend Riley over. We met Riley when we had our wedding reception and and he magically found his way to our house during the s'mores portion. Riley is great and he and Adria get along really, really well. As I'm coming into the house I see that she and Riley drew pictures of themselves on the sidewalk. Here they are side by side for comparison:

Now, if you'll look closely you will notice that Riley's arms are down and Adria's arms are up. When we were looking at them together she says to me...
"We layed on the ground and traced each other. Riley made a normal person. I made a PARTY GIRL...Woo-oot woo-oot!!"

And yes, she was raising the roof.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mommy!!! Look!

Adria's being an only child (and staying that way, I might add) feeds into her creativity a LOT. She makes things and designs dresses and weaves pot holders. Lots and lots of pot holders.
One of the more famous lines in our house is "Mommy!! LOOK!" It can be any variation of this...look what I found, look what I made, look what I brought home from Memaw and Pop Pop's, I found what I've been looking for for SO LONG...any of these can and will be uttered at any given moment. The best part is that it is usually yelled from a different room and I have NO idea what is getting ready to come around the, ever. Usually "Mommy! LOOK!" is followed by my husband and I grumbling under our breath..."Oh, God...what?" So I'd like to share with you today so that you too can LOOK!

This one is a personal favorite. She got a new Hannah Montana doll and a part of the box decoration was sticky. So logically, it got stuck to her forehead. I mean really people, where else would it go?!

This particular "Mommy, LOOK" freaked me out just a tad. There is just something about a little kid in a homemade paper mask that just really gives me the heebie jeebies. Of course, now that she knows that she puts it on all the time and says..."Does this freak you out?" followed by maniacal laughter.

I'm still trying to figure out where all of the drink umbrellas came from. We don't really drink and when we do it certainly does not involve DIY drink umbrellas. I've learned not to ask.
This one, oh this one. Adria is sporting the pig head part of her very first Halloween costume. She was 11 months old. Now she wants to use this for the upcoming Halloween and go as a pig, pirate, zombie, alien princess. I have absolutely no problem with that.

So there you have it. I am not exaggerating when I say I honestly have NO idea what is going to walk around the corner. I would like to close this post with the most recent Adria quote that left me in stitches:

Upon seeing Thad's and my dinner dishes
"Um, tell me you didn't have broccoli without me"

I love that kid.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Texts with Sam,

Every now and then you meet someone who touches your life in a special way. That person is our friend Sam. She takes Thad to most of his appointments and watches Adria a lot. The best part is that when she is watching Adria she keeps me posted on the funny things she does and says. I would like to share some of these with you today.

October 4, 2010

Sam: Your daughter looks possessed!
Me: That is terrifying!
Sam: I told her to smile and this is what I got.
Me: I'm going to have nightmares

February 2, 2011
Sam: She wanted her hair braided like Starsong

I bought Adria this weaving loom and she is officially obsessed. This was in the waiting room at the doctor's office.

July 8, 2011
Sam: Just in case you wanted to kinda makes Adria upset that you don't believe in God. She hasn't stopped talking about it.
Me: She is too funny. Tell her it bothers me that she does believe.
Sam: Haha, no way! She got a little pissy because I said that people have their own opinion and maybe when she was older, that she wouldn't either.
Me: Ok, well then tell her Santa isn't real.

This last text is a little disturbing to me. Right now, I'm just going to chalk it up to her over active imagination and the fact that she is an only child. Otherwise, I would be totally freaked out.

August 19, 2011

Sam: Did you know that your daughter has a sister Nancy, which is a doll, that she keeps chained and tied up in the basement?
Me: I knew about Nancy, not about the
Sam: She remembered on the way home from dropping Thad off that she left her home alone. Then she said it was okay because she was chained. She puts on Nancy's favorite show and ties her up so she can't do anything else. I was at a loss for words.
Me: Jesus
Poor Nancy

So there you have it. At least I can keep some kind of tabs on her. Now I just need to make sure she isn't torturing her other toys!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

A future Project Runway contestant?

Adria is a very unique sense of style. One thing that I have never fought her on is clothing. I believe a kid should have free choice when it comes to what they wear as long as everything is covered where it needs to be covered and it's weather appropriate. Now, some days I start to second guess that decision. And some days I wonder why I didn't think of it first! Here are a few examples.
This is when she was about four and a half. As you can see, she is wearing a crown. This was her princess phase and that crown went everywhere she did and with every outfit.

This is a pizza hat she tried on in a store at the beach. She really wanted this hat, along with a viking hat with built in, blonde braids and a hot dog hat. Being the mean mommy I am, I said no.

We did however buy this pink straw hat. She wanted it "to keep from getting sunburn and so she didn't get any more freckles". Yeah, like THAT'S possible.

As you can see she definitely wears the pink hat. Even if it is inside with her heart pajama bottoms and her Zac Efron tee shirt tucked into her pants like an old man in Florida! It's hard to see here but she also has a gold chain mail clutch to complete the look.

This is her fairy princess look, you know, because it was Tuesday. She had this one on ALL DAY.

This is where the creative part comes in. Adria is wearing an Adria McGarry original tee shirt. She makes a lot of tee shirts and this one is paired with her purple gypsy skirt.

These shoes are a prime example of the regret I mentioned earlier of letting her make her own fashion choices. I loathe these shoes, which of course makes her love them even more. In my opinion they should fall somewhere between Jersey Shore and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding But, hey, she has to wear them!

AAAAND finally, the creme de la creme. Now at first glance this looks like a skirt with a red sweatshirt. But NO!!!!! This is actually a purple dress, with my blue skirt underneath. She finishes the look with her red lifeguard sweatshirt (the obvious choice...duh!) and the pink hat once again. This one might just be my favorite.

Adria sketches clothing desings all the time and begs to have them turned into clothing. Maybe Mimi or Memaw can help her with that! Sewing is NOT my department.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Senor Bellybutton and vegetarian pork

As I have mentioned previously Adria is a very creative little girl. Being an only child she must find ways to entertain herself and boy does she ever. The other day she comes running up the stairs. "Mommy, do you want to see Senor Bellybutton?" Of course I'm intrigued. Adria pulls up her shirt and on her belly is a full blown face. Eyes, hair, eyelashes and lips are the designs around her bellybutton which is of course...the mouth. By squeezing her belly, she can make Senor Bellybutton talk. Senor Bellybutton begins to sing the ABC's and finishes with a "Thank you, goodnight!" So, last night after her shower, she comes running downstairs and shows me that she was able to get all of the pen off and alas, Senor Bellybutton was no more. I asked her why she scrubbed him off and her reply was...."Because...Senor Bellybutton kept drinking all of my drinks!"

Getting Adria to eat new things is a chore as it is with most children. This weekend we were up in Somerset County for our annual family get together. For dinner my Aunt Maryann brought pork barbeque from Sconyers restaurant in Georgia. I knew Adria wouldn't try it if I told her it was pork, so I asked her if she wanted some chicken for dinner. She said yes. The next day I tell her that mommy tricked her and she in fact was eating pork. She was not very happy with me. So last night, we're in the car and out of nowhere she says.."You know, I'm still really not happy that you told me it was chicken when it was acutally pork. You KNOW I'm a vegetarian when it comes to pork!!!"

Oh, that kid.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


About two years ago someone suggested to me that I write a blog about Adria. Who is Adria you ask? Well, she is my 7 year old daughter. She is quite the individual and makes me and her dad laugh every day. She is smart and goofy and I love her to pieces. She loves to sing and dance and she loves arts and crafts and she really loves to be silly with me. Enough about that though. I think I will dive right in to an Adria story.

Today I got a text from my friend Sam who was watching Adria while her dad was out. The text read "Can Adria call you, she wants to talk to you about a comforter she wants." I said sure and a few minutes later the phone rings and conversation goes like this:

A: Hi Mommy
M: Hi baby, what's up
A: Mommy, I was calling because there is this REALLY pretty comforter I want for my bed and it's really beautiful and I really want it. I think you can get it at Walmart or Target
M: Oh yeah, what kind is it?
A: (pause) It's MY...LITTLE....PONY!
M: Aren't you a little old for My little pony?
A: NOOO Mommy (like I'm a total moron) I watch it every day On Demand or on Netflakes. It comes with sheets too AND a pillow. Can I have it Mommy?
M: We'll see

Now you have to keep in mind these kinds of questions are all of the time. When it's around Christmas time my husband and I are bombarded all day long with pieces of paper that have 800#'s on them for junk she has seen on television. She is a walking info-mercial and even had Happy Feet on her Christmas list! You know, the shower pedicure sanadal? So, I never really wonder where it's coming from.

Well, I begin to look for said comforter and in my searches I discover that even though it was just on a commercial it is nowhere to be found. It's sold out at Walmart, Target AND Amazon. It is available on eBay for $150!!!! I think not. So, I call Adria back.

M: Hey, baby. I tried to look for that comforter for you but it's sold out everywhere and they don't know when they're getting it back.
A: Well, that's probably because My Little Ponies are WAY popular right now.
M: I'm sure...did you want to pick something else out?
A: Yeah! Can I get a new pillow too?
M: Of course

So, it looks like we are comforter shopping this weekend. I'm a little relieved that there isn't any My Little Pony to be had. Let's just hope she doesn't find the Justin Bieber set.