In two weeks Ali will be 2 years old.
She has such a cute and unique language of her own that I want to share and remember it. Trig, our nanny and I pretty much understand most of what she says, and if we don’t sometimes Raffi can translate for us. Other people, including family who see her often, have a bit of a tougher time.
Ali speaks in full sentences, and talks basically nonstop all day, but you need to know her language to comprehend her stories.
Consider this your English-Alessandra dictionary:
open me = AP-eh-gee
this way = fee-fay
milk = bock
water = wa-war
soup = bup
cup = puck
up there = up dare
home = hoe
pretend = pee-tend
Raffi = daddy
smoothie = shoo-shee
peanut butter = bee-bee-baa-baa
applesauce = ap-ah-toe
The best one of all:
Alessandra = Ah-ca-ca (seriously!!)
Here are some of her favorite things to say:
“I want to eat it!”
“I did it!”
“Oooohhhh, it’s hot!”
“I want to eat it in my mouth!”
“Nooooo… it’s just pretend.”
“I wanna give it a kiss!” (she kisses everything from people to dolls to pieces of paper to bouncy balls)
I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I pride myself on my home. Most days I could have drop by guests without a worry as we keep things neat and I have a habit of sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping before bed every night. There are no “squirrel piles” around, which was our old code for piles of random things that needed addressing. I feel happy in my home and feel blessed to live in such a beautiful space.
All that being said, I talked about my recent obsession with de-cluttering. We took it to the extreme this weekend, dropping the kids off at my in laws for a whole day and overnight while Trig and I tackled our house. I guess you could call this nesting. I’m 29 weeks pregnant and suddenly have this crazy burst of energy and desire to declutter and organize every single room and space in our home. Again, our home is NEAT so I didn’t expect to be getting rid of too much.
I followed the KonMari method outlined in this great and kooky book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It took me maybe 2 hours to read and I feel that my life has actually changed in reading it. There is no guilt to saying goodbye to material things that I no longer love, whether I’ve used them or not. That has always been the hardest part for me – the guilt!
After 13 hours of hard work, we ended up with 8, EIGHT!!!, contractors’ bags full of clothing to donate or toss.
I also washed, folded and put away all the baby clothes, reorganized my whole closet, and dumped a lot of random things I have kept for one reason or another. It feels GOOD and our home feels even more airy and light now. I love it. Trig built out Ali’s closet to allow room for Raffi’s clothing, so my room-sharing kids can both have all their stuff in their shared room now.
He also hauled all of our donation and trash bags out as well as some furniture that was broken and really had no use anymore.
Last on our list for the weekend was our papers. I still had my high school report cards, documents from properties we don’t even own anymore, expired insurance policies, etc. We got rid of our 4 drawer filing cabinet that was stuffed to the brim and pared it down to a single file bin that is only 60% full. That might have felt the best.
We’re not done though.
Now that I’ve gotten a taste for what it feels like and looks like to get rid of most of our stuff, I want to do more. The more we get rid of, the more plausible it seems for us to stay in the city indefinitely. I love living here, and we should be able to be comfortable in our space as a family of 5. I’m determined to make it work happily and comfortably.
I love knowing where every single thing is in my home, and knowing where to put away every single item. The best tips I learned from the KonMari method are:
1. When deciding to keep or toss/donate, use only one deciding factor: whether the item brings you joy or not.
It seems kind of kooky, but after trying it for 13 hours it makes complete sense to me.
2. Have a home for everything, and put it back in place every time.
3. Fold your clothing vertically in drawers so that you can see everything at once. This also saves a lot of room.
I am amazed at how much room my drawers now have by using this technique. I also love being able to see everything at once.
I’m in a serious nesting phase, and no one can stop me!