Trick or Treat!

As expected, Charlotte Shea did not wear her Halloween costume.  I managed to get the Catboy costume on her body but it was too small and she kept shrieking “it’s too tight! get it off me right now!” and then when we tried to wrestle her into the Owlette costume we could barely get her feet in without her kicking it off so we gave the hell up.  I had a backup pair of Halloween leggings and a shirt that said Trick or Treat for this scenario, but OF COURSE she refused to wear those too.  She wanted to pick out her own clothes, so we wore a pair of gray leggings that were a size too small, the same PJ Masks shirt she has been wearing for 2 days and a brown hoodie that is also too small.  She insisted on carrying her Boo doll with her (which then became my problem when she tired of holding her) and so we walked around the neighborhood and I held a sign above her head at every house.


Parents got quite the chuckle out of it.  At every house we visited she did one of two things.  The first was to say “I VERY ANGRY!” instead of saying trick or treat, because of course.  And the second was to just attempt to walk in people’s houses when they opened the door.  Just straight up stepping over the threshold of stranger’s apartments.  She was not getting it.  She did, however, start to get into the swing of things when we opened up some packets of M&Ms and she exclaimed, “I LIKE THESE VERY MUCH! THESE ARE VERY GOOD!” And so to get her to keep walking we kept handing her candy.  This was very much like the scene in Monsters Inc. when Sully is placing Fruit Loops on the floor to get Boo to walk.  Why am I relating everything in my life to Monsters Inc.?  OH, THAT’S RIGHT, BECAUSE WE WATCH IT MULTIPLE TIMES EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I think Eric had the most fun out of anyone.  He was genuinely bummed when Charlotte decided she was ready to go home and so he stood outside our place in her costume handing out candy for another hour.


And now it is November 1 and Starbucks has their Christmas cups out and the Christmas music has begun so Merry Christmas?  Poor Thanksgiving is always getting shut out.

Anyway, costume or not, we had a great time.  This kid keeps me laughing even when I’m tearing my hair out.  When we went to sleep she grabbed me and Eric by the neck and said “I love you soooo much!” and made us kiss her.  And then she kept talking for about 45 minutes and wouldn’t stop, because M&Ms.

Portrait Mode

If Charlotte is awake when I get ready for work in the morning — which, let’s face it, is all the damn time — she usually asks for my phone to look at pictures and videos of herself.  I happily oblige because my coffee isn’t going to make itself.  The funny thing about raising kids with all of this technology around us is that they figure out how to use said technology pretty damn fast.  It amazes me that Charlotte cannot yet pee in a toilet but can work my iPhone perfectly.  Anyway, she doesn’t just like to look at pictures of herself now.  Oh no, she likes to take pictures of herself.  Here are three photos (out of 212 – I counted) that made me laugh when I got to work the other day because I had no idea she was having a photo shoot.


I laughed so hard when I saw these pictures, especially the first one.  She took burst photos of that first one.  There were 37 pictures in a row of her little ballerina foot.

Sidenote: Last night it took me 76 million hours to put her to bed because she kept asking me why she couldn’t put macaroni in her butt.  I don’t even have any words for this but I think everyone should know.

Soccer Star

Hey there! So as you can see (I hope) I have changed up the design of the site a little bit.  I’ll probably be tweaking with it a little bit here and there because I have no idea what I’m doing, but the exciting thing is The Mommy Minutes is now a registered domain!  Which means all you need to do is type in from now on to get to my lovely little blog.  HOW EXCITED ARE ALL OF YOU!  It’s too much to take in on this Monday morning, I know.  Big things happening over here.

Hopefully you all had a great weekend.  We had a pretty busy weekend but the weather was gorgeous and everything was so, so fun.  The best part of the weekend was Charlotte starting soccer!  She was amazing you guys.  It was like watching Bend It Like Beckham in real time.  She is a star. Natural gift.  Pure athlete.

These are all lies.  It was a disaster.  A funny, heartwarming disaster.  Although what can one expect from the first soccer practice for 2 and a half year olds?  I guess we’re just lucky she didn’t attack anyone.  She was very attentive in the beginning and the end, but the middle was a shit show.  She didn’t understand soccer was about kicking the ball, not picking it up with your hands and running it over to the net and then kicking it.  She told the coach she was a “yittle cranky,” said she wanted “to be in the clouds,” asked to pet every dog under the sun and then decided to walk away from everyone and stand alone by a bench to collect her thoughts.  Then she was asking for milk and Moana.  It was the best of times.



Here’s a snippet of my little chicken during the “last kicks.”  Melts my heart!!

Also, she has been asking for a Chucky doll on a daily basis. THANKS ERIC.