16 July 2007

The Song About the Boy Who Needs a Band-Aid

Yet another post about T3's sleepytime music, but here goes...

Trinhity is finally sleeping through the night (can I get an Amen?), but it's still not easy to get her to sleep. That whole thing where people put their kids in bed, turn out the light and poof, the child goes to sleep by themselves? Uh, no. That's never happened at our house, and frankly, I suspect that anybody who thinks that's the norm is either deluded or a bloody liar.

Anyway, Trinhity has already become a master at the "Daddy, just one more book?" routine. I'm a complete sucker for that one, too. What, am I going to encourage her *not* to read? But I have taken to reading books with her by flashlight since it's easier to kill the lights and (attempt to) transition into actual sleep. This process usually involves a song or two.

The night before last, I was upstairs trying valiantly to get Trinhity to sleep. I asked if she wanted a song. In a mix of English and Vietnamese, she requested the "song about the boy who hurt his leg and needs a band-aid." I was thoroughly stumped.

Fortunately, she's almost able to carry a tune now, so she sang a bit of it for me. That narrowed the field, and I got it right on about the third try. It turns out that the song she wanted was "Skinny Legs" by Lyle Lovett, a quirky little tune that I've been singing for her since before she was born. Here's the first verse...

See that boy with that guitar,
he's got skinny legs like I always wanted;
a girlfriend in his car, 'cause he's got
skinny legs like I always wanted.
Sister, look at me again --
would you love me if I were as skinny as him?

Just into the second line, she stopped me and said (more or less), "Yes, Daddy....the song about the boy who hurt his knee. When you're outside and you're running and you fall down and you skin your knee, then Daddy picks you up and you go inside and you get a band-aid..."

05 July 2007

More Belated Birthday

This year's birthday party was a reasonably quiet affair, at least in comparison to kids' birthday parties our friends have thrown. We decorated Nha Ong Ba again, and this year Mama made a batch of yummy wheat-free carrot (cup)cakes!

Yes, that's a turtle. He wasn't exactly a birthday present -- more like a last-minute party crasher. As we turned into the cul-de-sac at Nha Ong Ba, we saw this poor little fella struggling to cross the street. We invited him to the party, and he reluctantly came along -- then proved to be wholly anti-social the entire time, taking only the smallest nip at the lettuce we offered.

While he did spend the night in a box downstairs, we elected not to keep him. We originally thought he was just a helpless baby, but after considerable Googling, I believe he's actually a full-grown male mud turtle. They supposedly make fine pets, except that they need a large tank, frequent water changes, and they sometimes carry salmonella. We'd have killed him within days.

Thus, we transported Mr. Turtle to a new home at our local duck pond the next morning. I made a big fuss about letting Trinh release him, and she seemed pleased to let him go -- but I can see how future releases of potential pets may not go down so gracefully.

Meanwhile, back at the party...

What are those things called, anyway? Never mind. But she also blew out her candle unassisted...uh, several times. In fact, we had to re-light her candle four times, to be exact.

Next year....well, who knows? At this rate, she'll be off to college already.

Happy Belated Birthday!

Bad Daddy, posting Trinh's birthday photos a full *month* (to the day!) after the fact! Her birthday fell midweek this year, so we pushed the actual party until the weekend. On the day of, Daddy brought home a big balloon...and a single red rose:


She was very sweet. Coy and shy, then all smiles and laughs and hugs and kisses -- she was crystal clear that it was her special day, and that these things were for her.

...and we're back!

Sorry, gang...Daddy went and did a silly thing in late May: he got a job. Thank goodness that's over now and we can get back to the much more important business of posting entries on Trinhity's blog!

So...we're back. To kick of this round of updates, please take a bow...