Sunday, September 18, 2011

Minnie Pearl


Ruby emerged from the bathroom, without warning, looking like this:


I laughed.

I mean, it was funny! And unexpected. And we like to clown around up in our hood.

But I knew in a split-second that it wasn't a joke.

And it chipped off a tiny piece of my heart.

She looked disappointed and a little embarrassed.

I felt like the worst Mommy ever.

So I quick-recovered. (You can do that with 4-year olds.)

I raved about her beautiful hair decor.


It is pretty stinking cute.


PS - This conversation occurred this afternoon, on a frazzled, last-minute Target run for Spanx and church shoes:


Ruby: Mommy, do you know that when people are printhetheth (princesses) they thumtimeth (sometimes) wear little white gloveth (gloves)? Or actually, long, white gloveth?

Mommy: Yes, I remember that! You know a lot about princesses, Ruby.
Ruby: Yep. And thkunkth (skunks).

PSS - I never, ever, ever, ever spell embarassed or occured correctly. Never. I'll leave the proof, in case you're inclined to not believe me.


I need a double-consonant intervention,
FPFG

58 comments:

  1. I need a comma intervention. I use them so much. I'm FLAGRANT with them.

    That is precious. I have to try so hard not to laugh. I try try try. I think though, I would have died to discover such an adorable and elaborate hairdo.

    Good thing there's quick-recoveries.

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  2. that IS some pretty hair doin's;)

    p.s. we need to meet. you make me laugh. like coffee out mah nose laugh;)

    p.p.s. i am too dumb to know a spelling error if it bit me on the nose.

    {have a great night!!}

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  3. Sweet baby. I've been in that position way too many times. At least you recovered well.

    I'm a great speller (mostly - now watch me misspell something in this comment), but I have to think twice with those two and occasion. Which consonant do you double?

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  4. Oh my word. Those bows totally rock together.

    Thank you for reminding me that I need to get a Spanx immediately.
    A triple strong one... : )

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  5. I have the same problem with spelling...i'm terrible!!! So cute! Love the bows...I would have laughed too. :)

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  6. Oh, I think every mom has been there.....more than once. The fantastic thing about kids is they love unconditionally and their bounce back rate is extremely quick:) You have a beautiful little girl.

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  7. Okay, she is a cutie. And I will admit that look could set trends for four year olds everywhere.

    And I have a problem with the dot dot dot punctuation situation.

    BUT there is ONE burning question. Wait make that two.

    Spanx?

    YOU?

    Say it isn't so!
    xoxo
    Joni

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  8. Aw! I've seen that look before. BREAKS my heart. Good recover, Mommy. She needs more hair bows, I think. So she can experiment with new dos. Love the shopping conversation, too. Methinks she might need some lovely evening gloves, too. ~~Rhonda :)

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  9. Your kids so often make my day happy. I love your munchkins and don't even know 'em...

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  10. Oh, I've been there, done that. But children are so kind, so forgiving, so easy to manipulate. ;)
    She's beautiful, hair bows and all!! Too cute!!

    And, by the way, my Mimi was actually named Minnie Pearl when she was born in 1937. :D

    I'm a fairly fantastic speller... except for the word vaccuum. vacuum. vaccum. It's my nemesis.

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  11. Is it weird that someday I really want to hug your kids? Actually after reading about them and seeing those pics, I think it'd be weirder if I didn't want to hug 'em. Printhetheth and thkunkth. Oh, my goodness. Just plain too much. :)

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  12. What a cutie! And I love that she knows so much about princesses AND skunks. Ruby and my daughter would get along so well :)

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  13. I love that your Ruby is an expert on skunks.

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  14. bless her sweet little heart! i remember when i was little with my curly hair...that was different and the exact opposite of everybody's. it was hard! awesome work mom...love and acceptance...doesn't get better then that. :)

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  15. That Ruby!! Her ontheroadtoTarget convo is hilarious!

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  16. I know that Mommy moment. My heart ached a bit for you as I read yours. I love your mini Minnie Pearl. By the way I cannot spell the word defineltely to save my life. Ever.

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  17. Bless her heart. She is darling.

    And I screw up those two words ALL the time. In fact, I've been paying very close attention whenever I type "occurred" (I did it wrong just now, twice), and sometimes---sometimes---I actually get it right.

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  18. Cute, cute, cute! And double consonants get me, too.

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  19. I'm such a poor speller, I wouldn't notice.

    Your baby girl is gorgeous! My daughter comes up with whopper outfits in the same vein. She's not so big on stuff in her, but believe, her clothes get a little creative sometimes.

    I just had a conversation with my sister-in-law talking about if we should let our kids wear something that's downright ugly if they love it. My vote is yes (if appropriate), since we all have unique tastes and moments of creativity.

    I think it's awesome that you raved over her hair! I would've laughed first too. ;-) I always love her facial expression in photos. It's priceless and speaks volumes.
    -FringeGirl

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  20. I can't spell avalible or reimburse without spell check. Looks like I just did spell reimburse! That's a first.
    I was at Target yesterday and did a double take when I thought I saw Ruby. It wasn't her.

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  21. Hahaha yes princesses and skunks. Girls gonna go far!

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  22. well, i'd say she has a wide array of interests! good for her and her hair bows kick butt!!

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  23. she looks very much like a perfect princess...and you are very much a perfect mommy! Double consonant problems, bursts of laughter and all!

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  24. My niece has been in that same scenario...only with frosty blue eyeshadow. You want to laugh because it's so darn cute and funny, but she so sincerely thinks she is gorgeous, it just tugs at your heart. That kind of innocent fun is the very best kind!

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  25. I did that to Ellie the other day. She came out of her bedroom with a crazy outfit on, with lip gloss smeared over half her face. I giggled and her little lip started to quiver. Felt horrible. But you're right, some quick sidestepping and she felt like the most beautiful kid in the world. Whew!

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  26. I am the queen of commas and ... Everything I learned in grade school about it is gone. I can never spell niece, evah!

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  27. I love Ruby. Good save Mama.

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  28. Get that girl some long princess gloves. Or else send me the address and I'll get her some myself. Or else I will turn you in to the SFCWPDGI (Society For Children With Parents Who Don't Get It). The End.

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  29. I get homophones wrong all the time so don't fret, we all have our trials ;)

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  30. Oh man. Back in my all-little-boy days, I would have been the one putting the multitude of bows in her hair! Less is definitely not more when it comes to little girl accessories. Perhaps that philosophy is why God saw fit to keep me little girl free.

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  31. Love her hair!
    I always have to look at a calendar to spell Wednesday...always (just did it)... I over use commas and these......
    Before my husband edits my writing it is a GIANT run on sentence and I throw in commas and these...
    Better than Empty

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  32. That Ruby is darling and a princess herself! And I can't ever spell definetly (there, I left it wrong for you to see ;)).

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  33. I consider myself a good speller, but I also always stumble over those two words. Add in vacuum too!

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  34. Oh too precious! I love the conversation about the skunks! That is hilarious!

    And with the spelling I am generally pretty good. But I took French in high school and I will never know how to spell restaurant again... In French, or maybe it's English- who knows, one of them is spelled restaurant and the other is spelled restaraunt! Ugh!

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  35. sophie (3) does this all the time, fixes her own hair. and I ooooooohhhh and aaaaahhhh over how beautiful she looks!! and she just SOAKS it in. I just love it! and yes i do let her go out in public with her hairstyle and he outfit of choice.

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  36. Ruby reminds me so much of my niece Jayla. She is so spunky and a girlie girl. I soooooo wanted a little girl. Well, I guess 36 isn't too old to still wish for one.

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  37. I always struggle with "embarrassed" too! I type it wrong every time! :) Ruby Rocks.

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  38. Aw! She rocks the bows well. Gotta love when your child picks out their OWN outfit or accessory and you rant and rave about how cute it is (because that's what moms do) and then they take you completely serious and wear it for the next week because mommy thought it was so cool. Yeah :) Gotta love it.

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  39. You and Ruby have me in tears. She is a beauty, bows or no bows. My own six year old princess expert and I had a priceless conversation this morning about God making her talented as a dancer and a....dog trainer? I love it!

    Thank you visiting my blog. Again, you had me in tears. You are genuine and precious and your heartfelt words filled me right up.

    Did I spell genuine right?

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  40. I recently had a friend who pointed me to your blog. I too live in Indiana, and have a beautiful little girl that my husband and I adopted. :)
    Although she is only 2-1/2 we get the hair and crazy outfit stuff already. My philosophy is that it's not worth the battle, so we leave the house in crazy outfits quite often. :)
    I mean if one bow looks good then ten have to look even better right!!!!
    Thanks for writing such fun stuff. I have read through some of your past post, and will continue to do so.

    Andrea
    http://munciemenn.blogspot.com

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  41. I need an exclamation-point intervention, and I love the hair style!! My daughter used to do the same exact thing and I loved it. She always went out in outfits and hairdos she styled herself and you know when she grows up she'll say MOM! Why did you let me go out like that? But how stinkin cute is Ruby at this moment in time? *freezeframe*

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  42. Um....spanx?!? Seriously? I. don't. think. so. girl. friend.

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  43. I could gobble up every last bit of her!!!

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  44. If Ruby is a fan of skunks, you should check out the book that my friend, Eowyn, wrote with the help of her Dad. It is called Skunk Zoo and is very cute.

    Check out: http://dancingskunkmedia.wordpress.com/

    ~Andrea in NH

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  45. I think Ruby should help you write a children's book about a princess and a skunk. Calvin could take some pictures for it. It could be a best seller and if not just a cute keepsake.

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  46. That photo of Ruby and her "do" made me smile! Hillelah is doing the very same thing.......I will not allow her to sport those do's at church, but school - who cares :) Such creativity in their little worlds. Somehow, I'd like to never forget this age of 5 and such imagination........as for double consonants - is that really how you spell that word? Doesn't look right!

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  47. what a gorgeous girl! those 4 year olds really know how to shine.

    there are certain words that always get me. definitely is one of them! i just type away and often forget the spell check button. opps.

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  48. Just a quick spelling hint that has served me well over the years.

    For embarrassed, think "I got Really Red and felt So Silly"- double Rs and double S's.

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  49. Savannah emerged from her "nap" with 15 (yes, I counted) barrettes in her hair. And of course, she felt it was the total up-do!

    I smiled. And reminded myself that she thought it was beautiful (which sometimes makes me nervous because on occasion she has called me beautiful.)

    Our girls would be fast friends! (ps. I had to spell check "barrette.")

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  50. My beauty FULL Princess!! I love her! And you are the bestest Mommy in the world.

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  51. she is gorgeous and you are a great mom and i love that you have a daughter who is an authority on both princesses AND skunks : )

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  52. I always spell / pronounce consonant as constanant.
    *hangs head*

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