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A would-be stay at home mom working full-time as a teacher. I teach at my old Highschool, working side-by-side with my own teachers. I blog to keep the Texan grandparents updated and chronicle our life for future reference. (In other words, I don't have a real baby-book or diary.) Comments make my day. Thanks for stopping by! kimlepper at gmail.com

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Polly Wanna Cracker?

We're at the mimicking phase.

The other day she was very upset

and a very emphatic "SIT" flew from her lips.

I plead the fifth.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Straight from the Horse's Mouth

In case you didn't see her comment:

"Let me lay it out for all ya'lls.
1) presh has two definitions. precious or fresh. as in SWEEET.

2) Probs is obvi probably.

3) Whatevs=more sassy whatever.

4) Creepin'...isn't this a universal word?

5) Loves...how is this a texting dialect...

6) You don't need to know what this is, nbd...

love, manda:) "

Allow me to translate:

1) ok, that's English, I think

2) Probs=probably Obvs=obviously

3) English

4) Creepin'= actually not universal in the sense that she thinks it is. "I was creepin' on someone's facebook" is how it's usually used.

5) Loves is a texting dialect in that she uses it as a noun and applies it to EVERYone and anyone.

6) NBD= no big deal. I'm not sure how her explanation clarifies the meaning, but whatevs!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Whilst living with the parents I learned a many new things, including a new language. My 15-year-old sister no longer speaks English, but an adaptive texting dialect. I'm not completely fluent, but can understand most of it.

Let's see if you speak Amandish. I'll post the translations in a couple of days. In the meantime, what do you think the following mean? For bonus points, use it in a sentence!

1. presh
2. probs
3. whatevs
4. creepin'
5. loves
6. nbd

Sunday, December 12, 2010


Samish (English)

S: Mommy! Mom. Mommy! Mommieeeee. (Hey Mom!)

Me: What? (What?)

S: Guy? (Car?)

Me: Guy? (Where?! Do you see someone?)

S: Guy? (No, you idiot, CAR.)

Me: Oh, Car? Where's your car? (You'd think I'd remember what 'guy' meant by now. Where's your car?)

S: Whey go? (Where is it?)

Me: Oh, it's over there. (Oh, it's over there)

S: Dey she is! (There it is!)

Me: What color is the car? (Please perform for mommy.)

S: Reh (I dunno, red?)

Me: No, remember, not everything is red. (Damn.)

S: Eeen. (Green?)

Me: Yes! Very good! (Second guess counts! You're a genius!)

S: Mom! Mommie! mommiemommiemommie. (I want something. Figure it out.)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Forbidden Fruit

Sam saw the Tree.

Sam signed Tree.

Sam saw the duck.

The duck was afraid and flew to a much higher branch.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mommy's Little Blogger

Samantha loves reading your blogs as much as I do! As I type she is begging to read "OOOOO!"

(Please excuse the unwashed hair)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Move Over Baby Einstein

Get lost, Blues Clues

You are SO last month.

Our lives forever changed the day we introduced Signing Time.

I have a video of Sam doing all of her signs on her 18-month birthday. That same day we introduced her to Signing Time. The reason I never uploaded it here (it is on Facebook) is because it instantly became obsolete.

That list? There's at least 30 more

Signs like fish, dog and bird? Completely different, as she's changed them to what Rachel does on the video (which is real ASL anyway).

Words I've been trying to get her to say or never thought she'd do (diaper and her colors) she says on her own, without any prompting.

Getting that "zoned" look while watching TV?

Gone. The wheels are turning and she is quietly trying the signs during the video. When she feels confident enough, she turns to us and excitedly signs it.

I picked her up from bed yesterday and she said and signed "Mommy". Mommy has been in the vocabulary for a long time. This is the first time I've ever seen a sign added AFTER the verbal word is well established.

And the videos are addicting for me and Jer as well. Instead of falling asleep watching them like we did with Blues Clues and Baby Einstein, I can't fall asleep. I can't help but peek my eyes open to see how you sign "daughter" or "run" or "lizard".

Plus, Jer and I have to keep up with Sam. It's a guilty feeling to have your daughter so diligently signing something and you have no clue what she's saying.

So, even if you don't have the money, go to your local library and check it out!
That is, unless, you live in Lincoln.
'Cause we've either got them checked out or on hold.

Ram Sam Sam

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