Instead, in the interest of preserving two precious conversations, I'll just start there.
We -- the redheads, that is, because Mick had to stay back for work -- went to NY for a little over a week, so CAM could attend a baton twirling camp on Long Island. Of all places in the world*, it was 20 minutes from my parents' house!
WHM and I typically drove CAM in to her camp and rode back home (or to shopping or some other fun excursion**) together, and then went together to pick CAM back up in the afternoons.
On one of those drives, WHM asked me when we are going to buy a new house, and I said I didn't know. He started talking about what kind of house he wanted, and then said he wanted to live with me forever. I told him that he would probably change his mind one day.
WHM: When I get married?
Me: Maybe... maybe before then.
WHM: Well. I still want to wiv with you forever. Even when I am married.
At this point, the kids started talking.
CAM: WHM, you need to have a girlfriend before you get married.
WHM: I know. I'm going to have at weast 6 or 7 girlfriends. Then I'm going to see which one is the best, and pick her and get married.
I love the idea that it was so simple to him. He'd try six or seven versions and pick the best one. I wish I'd written this down as soon as we got to baton that morning, but this is still pretty close to verbatim, and I thought it was absolutely precious.
Fast forward to our drive home this past Monday. A week ago today -- yikes! We had great weather and the drive was gloriously easy. WHM took a nice 9,864-hour nap and was in a fabulous mood when he woke up.
As has been his habit lately, he started asking me what something spelled.
That doesn't spell anything, buddy. (He's been fixated on "on" and "no" lately, so at first I thought he was doing something with that.)
He corrects himself:
No, wait. I missed a wetter. O-N-E-N-T
That's still not a word, buddy.
I mean, O-N-C-N-T
No, wait -- O-N-E-C-E-N-T
At this point, I have the EUREKA! moment that he is reading from a penny!
Oh, that's from a penny! Silly me, I didn't know what you were reading from! It spells, "ONE CENT."
And I was promptly (and brilliantly!) reprimanded:
NO, Mommy. It starts with an "O," not a "W!" "O" says "ahhh"!
And we promptly got into a discussion of funny words and homonyms and all sorts of general Mommying.
In other "news," I had grand aspirations of setting aside just a little time every day or so to catch up on all my delinquent blog posts, especially as related to Sweet As Pie. I didn't do *anything* related to that in July, but I'm hoping August is kind to me and gives me a chance to make some progress towards getting current here -- so that when school starts in a few weeks, I only have to maintain. I'm trying!
* we found four baton camps this summer. Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and NY. I'm sure there are others, but those were the reasonably-viable ones.
** like finding a walk-in clinic where we could get his stitches removed and then waiting three hours for the pleasure, and following that with a Chinese-food-and-sushi lunch date because we love it but CAM won't eat it!