Awkward Moments With Toddlers In Public Places


I feel as though I should start a category called "Ways My Toddler Has Mortified Me In Public Restrooms." So you know this post is going to go well. We were out running errands the other day and stopped to go to the bathroom. I do not particularly enjoy public restrooms in general on account of how I tend to be slightly neurotic. This is one thing about motherhood that I had not anticipated, the fact that after potty training I would be spending an inordinate amount of time in public restrooms. I also did not anticipate hearing myself say things like "No, we do NOT lick the bathroom walls" and "Please stop rubbing your face on the … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays | Stories From The Sand


A few weeks ago we went to Hilton Head for our family vacation. In case you are like "Wait, what?" I decided to stay completely offline for the duration of our trip to curb distraction because I was spending the afternoons writing and so I wanted to get my fill of family time. (Plus, sometimes I just need to fully disengage from the internet. Do you ever feel like that?) I figured that I could latergram the best bits. Scarlette loved the beach and in typical Scarlette fashion spent a lot of time running headfirst into the waves. (This is why all my pictures are blurry. Perptetual motion, that kid.) I would put her on my hip and wade out … [Read more...]

Stuff Scarlette Says #sorrynotsorry


Tea party is Scarlette's newest favorite game. Every week when I pick her up from my dad's house I find them sitting on the back porch with tiny little teacups in hand. Lately she wants me to set her table "fancy" so that she can be like Fancy Nancy so the tea set she got for her tea-party themed birthday this year has been in heavy rotation. I'm in the home stretch of writing for my first book which means I've been fairly absent around here because as it turns out, writing a book and a blog and generally making sure Scarlette stays out of shenanigans is a whole lot more work than I bargained for. And #stuffscarlettesays has been on a bit … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays | Little Lettie


Scarlette's latest obsession is names and nicknames. First she wanted to know why J called me "Kayla" or "Honey" instead of  "Mommy" which led to her being really interested in people's "Other Names."  Every night during prayers she would ask us about the names of different family members until she memorized all of them. "What Nana's udder name again?" she would ask me sleepily. We call her Lettie and when one of us would say that she would indignantly stomp her foot and say "DAT NOT MY NAME! MY NAME SHCARWUT BONNE WASTNAME!" So then I tried explaining to her that yes, her name was Scarlette but that her NICKNAME … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays | Church Lady Edition

this is what happens when I try to take a picture of her

One of the things I love about our church is that they do the music at the end, so after we take communion they bring all of the kids out to worship with their families. It is so sweet to me to be able to include Scarlette in that part of the service. She loves to clap and dance and sing along and after every single song she yells out "IS DERE GONNA BE ANUDDER SONG? ANUDDER SONG IS COMING NEXT?!" I'm pretty sure it's her favorite part of church, right after snacktime. I was raised in a fairly strict church culture where we barely even swayed in service but sometimes now I get a little charismatic and raise my hands in the air. I know, … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays | Winner Winner Chicken Dinner


There is a story in the Bible about Sarah, who struggled with infertility, longingly waiting years for a child. When she gave birth to her son Isaac she said "God has blessed me with laughter" And to all of that I would just like to say AMEN. ♥ I took Scarlette into a bathroom stall with me at Target. I don't even need to finish this story, do I? Oh but I will. The second I sat down she took off crawling into the stall next to us yelling "OH HAI WHAT YOU DOIN? ARE YOU JUST GOIN TINKLE IN DA POTTY? DO YOU NEED TO WIPE YOUR BA..." as I desperately attempted to pull her back by the hood of her jacket while attempting to remind her about … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays | We’ll Just Call You “Larry”


(Anytime the instructor tells the class something, Scarlette goes "BUT WHY?!" complete with dramatic hand gestures. Also, she is enjoying dressing herself lately. Obviously.) Lately Scarlette's phrasing has been what is making me laugh. For example, if I ask her what she wants for breakfast I am met with a variation of these responses: Scarlette: Mommy, I am still bery hungwy. KA: Okay, would you like a bagel or some toast? Scarlette: Well, actuawwy I suppose I would just wike some wittle bit of eggs. or I want goldfish and fwench toast, dat is weally what I NEED for my body. or Well (huge dramatic sigh as though this is a … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays | Bedtime Prayers


A peek into our week. I tried to tell y'all that somehow Lucy Dog manages to photobomb basically every picture ever taken in this house. Scarlette is talking so much lately and sometimes she even makes sense. Around her third birthday I started curling up next to her at night and saying a bedtime prayer. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of the day because it's a sweet, sacred time but also because Scarlette's prayers are hilarious (and okay, also because I'm real exhausted.) Like this one: "Fank you God dat I have fingersh, fibe of dem, one, two, fwee, four, fibe. And dat my mommy has shum fingers and my mommy wouldn't … [Read more...]

#stuffscarlettesays | Potty Talk


I don't know about y'all but I adore that child. And in addition to being cute, she's also hilarious. Here are some of her latest comments and antics for your enjoyment as I drink another cup of coffee to prepare for the level of energy that is going to invade this house when she wakes up. Scenario: I just gave Scarlette a yellow M&M.  Scarlette: Um, now I want a bwown one! KA: Well, you only get to have one M&M and you just ate it! Scarlette: No, Mommy! Da bwown MinAMin ish for my MOUF! KA: Well, your mouth doesn't need any more M&Ms right now *she leaves and comes back a few minutes later carrying a … [Read more...]