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Taking Rowen out on her b-o-i-o.

Tonight at dinner, Jared suggested that maybe he’d take the kids for a walk.

I said, “That’s a great idea, and maybe you can take Rowen out to ride her b-i-k-e.”

I spelled it out.

1. Because I know she can’t spell.  (At least I thought I knew…)

and

2. Because if he chose not to take her out on her bike, but we had already established the expectation, we’d hear no end of it. She is a steel trap, I tell you.

He says,

“That’s a great idea.”

And then Rowen says,

“Daddy, you can take me out on my b-o-i-o!”

We laughed pretty hard. I told her she had won my funny of the day again. She seemed rather pleased with that.

And then I said, “What does b-o-i-o mean, Rowen?”

“My bike!”

So apparently the girl can spell now. And even if she can’t, she can infer from context well enough to know exactly what’s going on. This signals a whole new (and decidedly crappier) era for “mama and daddy talk” over the kids’ heads. Gonna have to learn to spell some longer words. Or perhaps learn German.

The trouble is, I get the sneaking feeling that Rowen is smarter than we are, so any attempt at speaking in broken and awful German would be met with perfect German, no doubt (Does Elmo sing in German?).

And here she is, with her brand-new nail polish on! Pretty girl! :D

Rowen_nailpolish.jpg 

And speaking of dinner (we were, right?), I made a very tasty recipe tonight, from Southern Living:

Creamy Chicken and Noodles 

1 (0.6-oz.) envelope Italian dressing mix
1 (8-oz.) package wide egg noodles
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (I grilled 3 chicken breasts and cut them up)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. Remove 1 Tbsp. Italian dressing mix from envelope, and set aside; reserve remaining mix for another use.

2. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain well, and return noodles to pan.
3. Stir in 2 Tbsp. butter, and toss to coat. Stir in chopped chicken, next 3 ingredients, and 1 Tbsp. dressing mix. Cook mixture over medium-high heat, tossing to coat evenly, 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.

Also: taking out the parsley and adding diced ham and frozen (thawed) peas makes it really, really good.

I’m definitely running out of steam early tonight. There are just those days when my body calls it quits way before my mind wants to. But I need to learn to listen to that kind of message.

PSF is tomorrow! We are joining the folks over at CK Online for a video tutorial, and a FREE journaling brush! Stay tuned! :D 

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