Skip to main content

Uppy, Cuppy, Me

At the playground this evening, my daughter Seren announced her arrival at each stair on her way up to the slide with a single word: Uppy.

I love hearing my two little girls talk about their world. With my boys, I was always trying to correct their speech, but, with my girls, I find myself encouraging them when they use "cuppy" (or "copa", as the case may be) for "cup," "gacker" and "memi" for their brothers "Isaac" and "Remi," and "uppy" for "up".

Remi and Zac have picked up on it, too. One of their favorite games of late is to ask the girls to say random words. While Seren isn't really interested, Lici seems to get that it's a game and plays along. Most of the words that they pose to her are simple "r" words, Remi realizing that toddlers typically can't say the letter "r".

My favorite one, though, was from the other night at dinner when Remi asked Lici if she could say "macaroni degeneration".

It's kind of nice because it makes me feel bi-lingual. Aside from speaking English, I also speak SerenLici.

The other funny thing that we've noticed is that it carries into the sign language that we've been learning for about the past year. The girls get their daily viewing of Signing Time--a set of videos made for kids about learning ASL--and they regurgitate it as SLASL, in which Kristi and I also have arrived at fluency.

Lici's favorite sign, I think, is probably "dog". It involves tapping your thigh with your hand like you're saying "here boy!" to a dog. Except that Lici turns the "tapping" into an Olympic event where her motto is "higher, faster, stronger". And, if she is sitting on your lap when she spots a dog, watch out because it will be your leg with the red mark that will invariably appear after she has smacked your thigh repeatedly for several seconds until you have finally verbally acknowledged to her "yes, Lici, there's a dog!" I speak from experience.

Seren's is "no". This is made by taking your index and middle fingers and tapping them a couple to times against your thumb. Combined with Seren's incredibly cute way of saying "no" while making a very sinister-looking crusty face and you find yourself doing things that you know she won't like just to get her to response in the negative.

While this post is, indeed, about my girls, I'd hate for my boys to feel left out, so I should mention my favorite "toddler talk" of theirs, which is "em e ems." From the day that Remi could ask for that chocolate manna in a hard candy shell, it was "em e ems" instead of "em n ems." Zac followed suit, and they still call them that today.

Eventually, they'll grow out of it, but it's one of the highlights of my days right now.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How Many Teeth Does The Tooth Fairy Pick Up Each Night in Utah?

Somebody asked me a question about my Tooth Fairy post the other day that got me thinking. How many baby teeth are lost every day in Utah?

I began with Googling. Surely someone else has thought of this and run some numbers, right? Lo, there is a tooth fairy site that claims that the Tooth Fairy collects 300,000 teeth per night.

That's a lot; however, when I ran the numbers, it started to seem awfully low.

Let's assume that the Tooth Fairy collects all baby teeth regardless of quality and we assume that all children lose all their baby teeth. The world population of children sits at 2.2 billion, with 74.2 million of them in the United States. Of those, approximately 896,961 of them are in Utah. This means that somewhere around .04077% of the world's children are in Utah.

If we assume that kids in Utah lose teeth at the same rate as all other children in the world and that each day in the year is just as likely as the rest to lose a tooth, then we have that of the alleged …

Five Reasons Serving on the Athlos Board is Fun Right Now

About 18 months ago, a friend of mine, Bethany Zeyer, let me know about an open position on the Athlos Academy of Utah school board. I've always had a passion for education, and my kids' school seemed like a place where I could have a positive effect on the community.

Also, I'd just finished reading "The Smartest Kids in the World" by Amanda Ripley and, based on Amanda's advice, interviewed the school's director.

I was in the mood to contribute!


I applied and was accepted, and I've been serving on the board for a little over a year now.

Since then, I've learned a whole lot about how a school is run.

I've learned that someone needs to determine the school guidelines for pesticide usage.



And that someone needs to be thinking about the long-term future of the school, whether or not to increase grade capacity, whether or not to match the pay increases big school districts are giving, and most importantly, evaluate whether or not the school is achi…

I don't know you from Adam OR How to Tie Yourself Back to Adam in 150 Easy Steps

Last Sunday, I was working on my genealogy on familysearch.org, a free site provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for doing pretty extensive family history. While looking for information about a Thomas Neal, I found an individual who had done a bunch of work on his family including is tie into the Garland family, which tied in through Thomas's wife.

So, while I was pondering what to do about Thomas Neal (who's parents I still haven't found), I clicked up the Garland line. It was pretty cool because it went really far back; it's always fun to see that there were real people who you are really related to back in the 14th century or what not.
As I worked my way back through the tree, I noticed it dead-ended at Sir Thomas Morieux, who, according to the chart, was the maternal grandfather-in-law of Humphy Garland (b. 1376).  The name sounded pretty official, so I thought I'd Google him. I learned from Wikipedia that Sir Thomas Morieux married Blanc…