“AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!” I screamed. Penelope turned to look at me, her smile erupting into laughter. A few moments later I screamed again. Penelope laughed, then turned her head back to the TV. “What’s the secret word Penelope?” She looked at me then back to the TV. With the exception of a few minutes for a classic […]
The holiday season started with a whimper, not a bang. The whimper came from Jennifer, not Penelope, as we drove three hours to Montgomery for Thanksgiving dinner. Grandma Petrie and Grandma Padgett, husbands in tow, arrived at my brother’s home for dinner. Penelope was the star of show, coming as no surprise to Jenn and […]
I’ve blogged occasionally for several years. An interest would grab me and I’d write about it. The most frequent and long standing of my blogs chronicled my quest to learn Mandarin. I expected the blog to continue indefinitely. I would stop studying for months at a time, giving me nothing to write about. When we started the process to bring Penelope home, naturally I started a blog. Unfortunately I rarely updated it.
Penelope is doing great. Let’s get the important stuff out of the way. She’s becoming more vocal. Her attempts to imitate what we say are often humorous, touching, or both. For instance her attempt to say octopus comes up as “op-ee-tuh” and causes Jenn and I to smile every time. When we leave the room she says “see you soon!”. She “luvs” everything and repeats “mama” like a mantra when we go shopping and Jenn goes leaves us for another isle.
A year of research, sleepless nights,and futile trips to car dealerships are over. We have the family vehicle we wanted from day 1; a Prius.