Celebrating the Letter M and Madeline

by Cate on January 19, 2011

HeartbreakerI’ve heard it said that when you have kids, it’s like taking your heart and letting it reside on the outside of your body.  Truer words were never spoken.  I fully understood that sentiment when Nick was born, and ever since, and again with Madeline.  Oh Madeline.

What Every Good Cookie Maker WearsA few weeks ago, she was lying in my bed, snuggled up all warm and cozy next to me, letting me watch an episode of Olivia with her, one of her favorites, before bed.

“I miss you.”

But Madeline, I’m right here.

“No, I miss you when you’re gone,” she said.

Like when?

“When you go to work or I go to Daddy’s.”

My heart instantly broke into a thousand little pieces.  She has this incredibly soft side of her that comes out here and there, a sharp juxtaposition to her Ramona Quimby ways.  And it melts me.  Every time.

But honey, I always come back.  And look… see this necklace I wear?  It has your name on it, and your brother’s, and the day that you were born.  Your birthday.  You’re always close to me.

She leaned in and gave me a kiss.

Tonight we were in the kitchen making a batch of cookies for her to bring to school tomorrow.  This week, her class is working on the letter M.  A very important letter indeed … for it is the first letter of Madeline and Mommy, of course.

Puffy Letters



Little HelperShe stood on her little chair next to me, as close as she could possibly get, and leaned in to watch the frosting whirling around the mixing bowl.  She touched my arm and told me she had a secret.  I bent down to get a good listen.

Usually it sounds like hushed, wet tones of ghjksuyshjthjkghuks.  And then she’ll ask me a question or I won’t respond appropriately, and she’ll know I didn’t get a lick of what she said.  Tonight, though, it was clear.  Clear as day.

“You’re doing a good job, Mom.”

I swear that child kills me sometimes.

Tired Monkey

New Fish EyeI’ve been wanting to get a fish eye/wide angle lens f-o-r-e-v-e-r, but with the price tags starting at several hundred dollars, I just couldn’t rationalize it. Even if I sell my photos. But then I found this little gem on Amazon for NINE BUCKS. NINE. At that price, I wasn’t expecting much, but I was wrong. So very wrong.

Project 365
January 19, 2011, Photo #19

Dark Chocolate is GoodDark chocolate. It’s an antioxidant. It’s a superfood. It’s good for you. Need I say more?

P.S. For the M cookies, I used this sugar cookie recipe and this frosting recipe.

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Sarah Caron January 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Awww, she’s melting my heart too. Every so often, Paige will come barreling into the room and throw her arms around me and say “Mommy, you’re the best!” I adore that.


claire January 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm

So super sweet!!!!


Casey January 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Little girls are something else. I had no idea! After 2 boys (who are equally sweet, but so different), I feel like I’ve entered a whole new world.


Kris #40 January 19, 2011 at 11:39 pm

She is so sweet! Yummy cookies!

Love her boots too!



Cate January 21, 2011 at 12:02 am

Haha – love it!


Joanne January 20, 2011 at 7:14 am

I have to say Cate, Madeline is absolutely adorable! In every way!

Although her switching back and forth between Ramona and supercute endearing mode are probably going to cause you much grief once she’s in her teens. But for now…just enjoy it.


Ramona January 20, 2011 at 11:31 am

Cool deal on the lens.

What a little heartbreaker. She’s a good kid.


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