Fairly New Words - A Partial List

One of the most amazing things about Frankie's development as of late is his rapid language acquisition. I can't recall when these were introduced into communication, but many were added over the past two months or so...others have been hanging around for a while. It's hard to keep track because he keeps adding words each day. Here are some of the things he's been saying lately.

Mosquito Bite (‘squito bite)
Juice (Ju)
New, new, new, new ball store
Maw Maw JuJu
Maw Maw JoJo
Blackberry (Backberry)
Watermelon (War-Melon)
Bubble bath
Dolphin (Dough-fin)
Hawaii (Why-ee)
Tito (Aunt Kristin’s dog…Frankie now calls all dogs “Tito”)
Ava (Frankie’s friend)
Bawk-Bawk (i.e. chicken)
Baseball bat (Bayball bat)
Moonball (i.e. cucumber)
Juicy, juicy baby thighs! (Ju-ey baby thi…i.e. what we say when we’re tickling Frankie’s juice, juicy baby thighs)
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Sea Snacks (a type of cookie)
Cocoa Bumpers (CoCo BumBum or chocolate chip ball i.e. the “healthy” version of cocoa puffs)
Ice cream
Snack (Nack)
Frankie (Daddy)
Eyes, Nose, Mouth (Mou), Teeth (Tee), Ears (Eyuhs), Hair
Cockle Doodle Do!
Up, down
Red, blue, yellow, pink (Guck!), purple, brown, black, orange, white
Octopus (ocopus)
Swim (swim, swim, swim)
Easter Basket
Malcolm (correct pronunciation..he used to call him Balbo)
Angus (Anga)
Various animal sounds

...and more!


Sometimes, The Occasion Demands...

basketball hat, originally uploaded by silverzephyr.

...a basketball hat.

Don't Act

frankie in laundry basket, originally uploaded by silverzephyr.

...like you've never tried to crawl inside a laundry basket before and couldn't get out.

If Cats Could Sigh With Resignation...

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Much like Zoro, Frankie likes to leave his mark wherever he goes...

Big Boy Bed

new bed, originally uploaded by silverzephyr.

This weekend, we bought Frankie a "big boy bed" at IKEA. It's hard to believe we've reached that point. Frankie isn't a baby anymore. This was our first Austin IKEA visit and, dare I say it, our last. It's about 40 minutes north of town, in an area of Austin that Dave and I both find really awful (I could tell Frankie was thinking the same thing). Strip mall upon strip mall of big box stores, highway construction and traffic make it seem like the outside of Houston, or any other large city with urban sprawl for that matter. Too bad the City of Austin on pays lip service to "vertical mixed use"...they certainly aren't doing anything to control growth outside of the urban core. OK, off soapbox. The IKEA was crowded and the staff not at all helpful, if not downright surly. Though Frankie initially ejoying "testing" all the beds, as time went on, both Frankie and I slowly became more and more irritable. There's no simple exit strategy at IKEA when you've had enough. You've got to walk through the whole damn thing -- and the whole damn thing is HUGE. The next day, Dave put together the bed and we discovered that the slats underneath the mattress only had about 1/4 on which to balance on either side of the bed. They were barely balanced on the frame -- one false move and they fell to the floor. VERY poor (and unsafe) design. I mean, I know the thing was cheap, but seriously...shouldn't it actually function? Dave made an emergency run to Lowe's and had new ones cut to a reasonable size. The Lowe's dude told him people come in with the same request all the time. Now, it is a cute bed (and the bed tent is pretty neat, too) and we all like it, but we vowed that it would be our last furniture IKEA purchase since we've had a problem with everything we've ever bought there. As Dave said, and I tend to agree, we're old enough to be buying real furniture now.


Dear Mom...

…and anyone else who cleaned up my vomit when I was a youth.

Thank you. Really.



Damn, That's Blue

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We're back, BTW...

Duck Duck Goose

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No one can deny that one of Frankie's absolute favorite activities in Hawaii was feeding the ducks on our patio and around the lagoon. Thankfully, he wasn't so interested in touching them.


Welcome To My New House

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My name is Frankie. I live on the beach. I don't need to wear clothes 'cause it's my house. I'll do what I want!

Had We Known...

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That the highlight of Frankie's trip would be shopping at Wal-Mart, we could have saved alot of time and money.

Swimmin' At Lydgate Park

IMG_3898, originally uploaded by silverzephyr.

Believe It Or Not...

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The boy loves sleeping in a tent on the beach.

View From The Condo

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We switched condo locations on Friday and found the view much better.