Thursday, March 3, 2011

What the Monster is up to these days...

When Morgan turned two, I remember thinking, "Whew!  Now I don't have to try to remember every little new thing she does every month!"  But this blog is my baby book or scrap book, and tonight I got the urge to do a quick snapshot of the kinds of things she's doing now.  Listing everything would take forever -- at this age they learn so much -- but I've pulled out some of the things that I think are hilarious, cute, or hope that she grows out of!

Let us begin (in letter style, of course)...

Dear Morgan,
At 2 years, 2 months old, you are constantly doing something new, saying something new, and  making us laugh.  Here are some of the things that stand out:

When we ask your name, you’ll say Morgan Kimmel.

You’re current favorite sayings:

Oh, my gosh!


You’re so funny.

You’re so silly.

I don’t know…

Favorite Songs: A few months ago I found some of my favorite childhood choir songs on iTunes, and you’ve fallen completely in love with them. You really like Inside Out and The Shepherd Song by the Mississippi Children’s Choir. These are songs that I used to sing in my youth choir days, and it’s so sweet to hear my own daughter sing them years later. You specifically request them as soon as we get in the car. Your absolute favorite song, though, is not by a children’s choir – you like John P. Kee’s Jesus is Real and Andrae Crouch’s version of Soon and Very Soon. Seeing you sing them in the backseat of the car every day is so funny and precious.

Favorite TV Shows: You still love your YoGabbaGabba, but you recently fell in love with the Fresh Beat Band. We just started letting you watch a little bit of the Nick Jr. channel, and you tend to like the non-cartoons. You have learned one of the main songs on the Fresh Beat Band and it’s so funny to hear you sing it and try to do the choreography. You even try to hit the high notes and advanced dance moves. It is absolutely hilarious.

You love saying “Roll Tide!,” and have said it in extremely applicable situations. Like, my grandma, who is an Auburn fan, told you one day “War Eagle!” and you responded, “Roll Tide!” Whenever you hear the word Alabama (it doesn’t have to have anything to do with the University), you’ll say “Roll Tide!”

You love Big Al.

You love books and reading in general.  You found one of my reports for school and started turning the pages and "reading" it.  You didn't care that it didn't have pictures.  When I was little, I used to read anything that had words, so this may be one of the few things you get from me.

You ask about your cousins Carmelanie and Alteria pretty often though you do not see them very often.

You have to get two kisses from your daddy and me before bed at night (it’s your stalling method). When one of us isn't there at night,  you ask for him/her.

You love to say your prayers at night, and will often ask to say them again. That’s another stalling method of yours. We usually have to say “we’re done with prayers.”

You are ready to go to school every morning and often ask about school on the weekends.

I’m starting to hear the adorable (incorrect) toddler talk (ex: Mommy, I falled.)

You get so excited when you see football and basketball games on TV.

You still eat Beechnut Mixed Fruit baby oatmeal for breakfast and absolutely love it. We’ve tried to give you regular oatmeal, but you just don’t like it. We’re secretly thrilled about this because that baby oatmeal is all natural and is not sweet at all.

You love ice cream and think anything white and creamy is ice cream (mashed potatoes, sour cream, etc.).

You love Goldfish and cereal bars. You’ve started eating more fresh fruits because you see me eat them a lot.  There was a time when you didn’t like the texture of fresh fruit, and I'd have to find creative ways for you to get your fruit servings. Now you eat mandarin oranges with me and always want my apples and bananas. 

I’m starting to see your imagination a lot more. You talk to your babies and stuffed animals a lot. You feed them, give them baths, put them in car seats, put their clothes on, and so much more.

You’re into drums right now. You’re completely fine with two spoons and the bottom of a mixing bowl, so I don’t see any drum sets in your near-future.

You say “umm” a lot. Danny says you get that from me because I say it a lot (umm, I had no idea I did). So when someone asks you anything, you’ll say “ummm” and then answer.

You don’t have a lot of patience and you get visibly upset when you cannot do something (such as get a puzzle piece to fit). I pray that goes away because patience is an amazing trait. I have to remember you're only two.

You love your friends at school and talk about them all the time. I know all of their names because you come home saying them so often. I think John Paul is still your favorite, but you also mention Andrew, Daniel, Ellie, Myles, Micah, and Anna Claire a lot. Though you love your friends, you’re not nice to them 100% of the time. That used to hurt my feelings because I want you to be a very sweet person, but, again, I realize that you’re two…and, well, most two-year olds aren’t nice all the time. We’re still working on it.

Speaking of school, let’s talk about all you learn there. Most of these things you've known for a long time, but I can never remember if I've recorded it on the blog...

The Alphabet (Recite them all and recognition of some)

Numbers (Recite 1-15, recognition of some)

Days of the Week (all)

Months (all)

Vowels (all, thanks to a cute little song from school).  Instead of the word vowels, though, you say "bowels."  Ha!

Colors (all the primary ones)

Different Kinds of Weather

Some shapes.

Nursery rhymes. I’m not sure there is a nursery rhyme that you don't know. Sometimes I’ll start saying one completely out of the blue not knowing if you know it or not, and you’ll finish it.

You know all the children’s songs about the Lord – Jesus Loves Me, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, etc.

You learn so much at school, and I am so glad that you like going.

So this you at 2 years, 2 months. I know I’m forgetting some things (it’s late on a Thursday night), so I hope to put those in the next post like this. You are my sweet, spunky, persistent little sweetheart, and I love you more than you’ll ever know.

Here are some pictures from today.  We were taking you to the playground.  Whenever we pull up in our subdivision and pass the playground, you ask to go!

"Come on, Mommy!" 

You went from being afraid of the "big" slide to going down it... climbing up it.  And you can walk all the way to the top, too..

Last, but not least (how could I forget), you love putting on articles of clothing.  These are some new underwear and camisoles I bought you the other day, and you tried on every last pair of underwear and shirts -- at the same time!

We love you, Morgan Monster, and look forward to all the fun days ahead!


  1. This whole post just melted my heart!

  2. I love the roll tide! Ben will say "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" any time he sees anything KU-related. What a great post!


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