Friday, January 30, 2009

Caught Red Handed!

Like me, Tommy has a sweet tooth! He loves chocolate more than anything. Many mornings, when he wakes up, I ask him what he wants for breakfast, the response I always get is "Mac and cheese and HOT COCOA!!" He literally screams hot cocoa while running through the house, he's nuts. So the other day, I was in the bathroom drying my hair and Tommy kept coming in and out of the bedroom with a little smirk on his face. At first I thought nothing of it. Then I noticed that he was chewing on something, I thought oh great, what did he get into now! So, without him knowing I secretly followed him out of the bedroom to see what he is doing. We had a bag of M&M's on the kitchen table. Tommy was on his tiptoes grabbing for the bag and stuffing them in his mouth! I was able to actually catch this with the camera. Caught red handed!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Tommy's Associations

Over the past few months Tommy has been associating certain things with certain people. When he first started doing this it was only with Mommy and Daddy. For instance, Mommy is a vacuum cleaner and a can of diet soda. Daddy is a toilet and a beer can.

Because of the holidays, Tommy has now made associations with many other family members. For instance, I was at the grocery store after Christmas and in front of us in line was a woman with short dark hair, glasses and a long dark coat. Well, Tommy started calling her "Nonna!" He assumed that she looked like my mother in law, therefore, felt the need to shout her name about ten thousand times! Luckily, the woman was very nice about it.

While we were in Connecticut for Christmas, Tommy, Chris, and I would always go and wake up Uncle Buck. We would do this by using a James Brown doll that sang, I Feel Good! So, now every time Tommy sees a picture of James Brown, or hears the song he yells for "MUCK!!" Many times when we are out to lunch or running errands, Tommy will see a tall, dark haired man, of course this is Uncle Muck too.

My mother might have some of the best associations. One day, after nap Tommy woke up and when he entered the family room started shouting for MO!!! Mo is my mother's grandma name. I didn't know what he was talking about until I saw Ellen Degeneres on the TV. He assumed since they have the same hair color, than it's the same person! Other people that Tommy calls Mo include Paula Deen, Faith Hill, Mrs. Claus, and my personal favorite, Guy Fieri. I love the way his little mind works.

Bad Hair Day!

Mothers of bald babies have always been jealous that Tommy has so much hair. I wonder if they would be jealous of this hairstyle? This is how I found Tommy after nap the other day, this kid seriously has so much hair!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Summer Dreaming

With about a foot of snow on the ground and blizzard like conditions setting in for a week, sometimes there is nothing better than a piece of watermelon to remind us summer is hopefully just around the corner.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dance Party!

For Christmas, Uncle Buck made us a workout CD. After the holidays, we decided to preview this CD. We started going through all the songs, noticing that Tommy was taking a liking to this CD. When Technologic by Daft Punk came on, Tommy went crazy! He positioned himself next to the stereo and started his signature bouncy dance. This has now become a nightly ritual in our household, all thanks to Uncle Buck!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tommy's Tea Party

For Christmas, Tommy received my old kitchen set. He has been busy making and putting away food for weeks. Since he has enjoyed playing with this kitchen set so much, we thought it would be nice to get him a little table with chairs. We now must eat each meal at this table. Lunch today was a special treat! As I was getting his sandwich ready, Tommy waited patiently at his table. He kept coming into the kitchen though, to check on how lunch was progressing. Well, he must have gotten bored waiting for me, and decided to invite a few friends to lunch. When I came back into the room, Tommy had set his stuffed Santa at one chair and placed one of his dinosaurs, Bob, at the table too. Santa was drinking milk and Bob was drinking tea right from the teapot. Twenty some years ago I never imagined seeing my son having a tea party with Santa and a killer Velociraptor with my kitchen set. It warmed my heart to see such a sight.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Tommy's Christmas Project

Chris and I find it very important that in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, that we take the time to help others in need. Early in the Christmas Season, we decided we wanted Tommy to partake in a Christmas project, so the brainstorming began! We wanted him to be able to understand as much as possible that he would be helping others and we needed to find a way for him to be very much involved in this project. Recently, I had seen a news story that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital might have to turn away patients for the very first time. Their mission is to never turn anyone away. I mentioned this to Chris and we thought what could be better than Tommy earning money for St. Jude's Hospital. Now, we knew he would not be able to raise hundreds of dollars, but every little bit helps. So, we decorated an old shoe box, and cut a hole in it for Tommy's donation box. We explained to him that when he did good deeds and chores around the house, he would be able to put a coin in his box. Tommy delighted in this very much! Tommy was very busy helping us out in the weeks leading up to Christmas. He tried to help with everything! Some of the tasks he helped out with included: helping me empty the dishwasher, helping me with the laundry, putting his clothes in the hamper, picking up toys, helping me sweep the floor, and also helping me make the beds. He would also be able to put coins in for being nice to others, and being nice to his dogs of course! Everytime he was able to put a coin in, he was so excited and would shake his box to hear all the change jingle! Tommy raised just over $17 for the hospital. We promised Tommy we would match whatever amount he raised and now, we are asking friends and family to join in this cause. If you would like to help out, you can send a check to Tommy Cullen to our home address or send it directly to St. Jude's by visiting If you decide to go directly through the hospital, please do let us know so we can keep track of how much money is being donated. We thank all of you for your time and consideration and wish everyone a blessed New Year.

Chris, Kara, and Tommy Cullen