Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tiny Dancer

Claire had her first real live dance recital a couple of weeks ago. She loved it and was not intimidated at all by the big stage or the crowd.

 Her very favorite part of all was receiving the flowers that her sweet Popple and Nan and Dobby gave her.

Averi Kate got hold of one flower and held on to it for the rest of the night...

 "Look Sissy! I got one too!"

 One proud girl.

Here are her two dances...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Little Glimpses.

 A little glimpse into what my life sounds like every day. All day. Every day.

A little glimpse into "quiet time."

A couple of little glimpses into Shugart-household entertainment.

A little glimpse into Claire's mad musical skills.

John Jacob Who?

A long song or a big song?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The World According to Claire.

Me: Hey girls, do yall want to help me unload the dishwasher?
C: bout I could eat something while you unload the dishwasher...

Me: (in response to 80% of Claire's questions in my entire life) Maybe that's one you should ask your Daddy when he gets home.
C: Yeah, Daddy will know. He knows everything. He's a physithaperithist. (translation: physical therapist)

C: Hey Mom, can you consequate?
Me: Hmmm, I don't know. I'm not really sure what that means...
C: What does consequate mean?
Me: I don't know, honey. You're the one who said it; you tell me what it means.
C: Consequate tell a story...from the Old Testament or the New Testament. That's consequate. Can you consequate?


C: Mom, I'm a Junus.
Me: What's a Junus?
C: A Junus means I'm growed up.


The worst insult Claire could come up with in the heat of the moment, when the Coach told her she couldn't have any more strawberries (b/c she had already eaten watermelon, pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries...within the past hour...)

(With all the vengeance in the world, both in her face and her voice):

"You're a number 2 and a half!!!!"

Me: I'm so tired, Claire. Can I take a nap?
C: No, you have to keep the children!

(Another episode of the "Would You Rather" game with Claire...)

C: Do you like lipstick....or milk?
Me: Milk.
C: Why don't you like lipstick?
Me: I do like lipstick. But if I had to choose only one, I would choose milk.
C: Okay. Do you like lipstick...or playing the piano?

At 8:00 this morning...

C: (walking into the kitchen) Mom, can me and Averi Kate take a bath? In your bathtub?
Me: (laughing) Ummm...well...Yeah, I guess you can, if you want to!
C: (walking out of the room) Nah, I don't want to. I was just telling you.

In the car...

C: This water tastes funny!
Me: (unsure of how long that water bottle had been in the car) Well don't drink it if it tastes funny!

A few minutes later...

Me: Claire! Is Averi Kate drinking that water?!?
C: Yeah, I gave it to her.
Me: Honey, if it tastes funny she doesn't need to drink it either!
C: Well it doesn't taste funny to her...
Me: ( can you argue with that kind of logic?)

For Father's Day a couple of weeks ago, Claire completed the following sentences...

My dad is funny because he is always funny.
My dad thinks I am funny when I do funny things.
My dad is ___ years old. It is tricky.
His favorite thing to do is play tennis.
His favorite color is black.
My dad's job is: he helps people.
He loves to eat spaghetti.
He is really good at working on the truck.
My dad loves when I: everyday.
My dad always says I love you.
My favorite thing about my dad is playing with him.