Saturday, September 30, 2006

Master of the Nod

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Today, I discovered the window in Anisa's room. If I stand there, I can see the front lawn, the street, the kids playing in the street, birds, dogs, cats, and other stuff. It's pretty cool, standing there, shouting at stuff as it goes by - no wonder Basil likes it so much!

I got a letter in the mail from Naisa today, who as of this writing is flying from Thailand to Swaziland. I hope she has a nice flight! Also, the Huggies Corporation sent me a complimentary new diaper in the mail. I'm not sure if it's a promotional thing or if I'm supposed to be testing out a new prototype, but I sure do love the photo of the baby on the box!

While I long ago mastered the head shake ("no" or "I don't know" or "go away"), today I really seem to have nailed down the nod, which means "I approve", "affirmative", or "look, I'm nodding my head".

Listening to: The Sonics - Here Are The Sonics

Friday, September 29, 2006

Zippers unzipped

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Today I celebrated the passing of a childhood rite - that of 'the living room fortress', constructed from furniture and blankets. Mommy and I played in a makeshift tent underneath the coffee table, and I was quite confused by it all. Mommy is weird.

I also figured out zippers today! In fact, the first zipper I learned to open was the one keeping all of the money, change, and miscellaneous cards inside Mommy's wallet. Looks like I won't be able to play with it, now that I know how to empty it.

If I'm being difficult (which I wasn't really today - I'm feeling better), and Mommy has to speak sternly or loudly at me, my first instinct is to repeat what she yells back at her and then cry. I was playing in the garbage today, and Mommy said "Clover, stay out of the garbage!" So I got upset and yelled "Arbage!" before crying.

Listening to: Buck Owens And His Buckaroos - I've Got A Tiger By The Tail

Thursday, September 28, 2006


[As transcribed by Daddy]

Yet again, I didn't sleep very well last night... I ended up calling out to Mommy and Daddy in the middle of the night for, like, the fourth night in a row. It might be due to the new tooth (or teeth) that seems to be erupting from my gums. Plus, Mommy - and now Daddy - have colds, so there wasn't a whole lot of sleep happening in our house.

Daddy went off to work anyway today, which left Mommy at home alone with me, and let's just say that I wasn't exactly a sweet little angel. I was cranky, moody, needy, and screamy. To top it all off, Basil picked today to assert himself as the ultimate nuissance. Poor Mommy. After three brief naps, I seemed to tone it down somewhat.

If you ask me "Who's a Smartypants", I point to myself and say "Baby!" Just so we're all clear on that.

Listening to: The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Never mind those gorillas...

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Mommy and I weren't sure what to do with our day, and then Mommy remembered that we bought a zoo membership several months ago. So - we went to the zoo for the third time this year!

The ride out was long, but we got there at a great time - the weather was cool but sunny, there was nary a soul in sight, and we pretty much had the zoo to ourselves. We meandered around and took our time.

I caused a bit of a scene at the gorilla pavillion... we were standing with a crowd, watching the gorillas frolic and play. Suddenly, a teeny tiny seagull landed in their pen, and I got soooo excited I couldn't help but scream "BIRD!" All of the other bystanders scratched their heads, and the gorillas suddenly felt like chopped liver.

Listening to: Dusty Springfield - A Girl Called Dusty

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Pinky and Dingy-Dingy, sittin' in a tree...

[As transcribed by Daddy]

A weird thing happened today - I became hypnotized by the television. I couldn't take my eyes of fof the thing - it was realyl odd. I've never been like that before... standing right in front of it, my mouth hanging open, gaping at my favourite kid's shows. I'd even try to see around Mommy or other objects to watch the television if it was on.

I played with my toys a lot today. Daddy gives them all funny voices and personalities (take the surly and Spanish 'Frankenstein,' whose photo is posted above), and so I try to mimic said voices and behaviour. It honestly is the cutest thing to watch. In fact, today I decided that Pinky and Dingy-Dingy are a (very smoochy) couple.

Listening to: Solomon Burke - Rock 'n' Soul

Monday, September 25, 2006

Missing Daniel Cook

[As transcribed by Daddy]

I slept better last night, but Mommy has a terrible head cold, so she didn't. Daddy gave her a bit of a break this morning and walked with me all the way to the store for some groceries. Heck of a way to discover he has a terribly ingrown toenail, huh?

After my nap, we did some more grocery shopping, and then Mommy took me to see my post-natal/play group again. There were only three of us babies, but I had fun, following Charlotte around and stuff. Babies babies babies!

After that, we drove downtown and went to the Word on the Street festival, which was all right - apparently, Daniel Cook gave a big Q&A presentation, but we missed him by several hours. I think Mommy and Daddy were more let down about than then I was. When we got home, Daddy cooked dinner, and it was actually all right!

Listening to: Jacques Brel - Olympia 64

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Water Fight!

[As transcribed by Daddy]

I had a pretty tossy-turny sleep last night - I woke up screaming (which is really rare for me) earling in the morning and joined Mommy and Daddy in bed... and then I was up and ready to party at about 6:30. Yikes.

So... we were off to an early start. Daddy drove Mommy and I around for a few hours so that we could nap, and then we visited a few stores. I was so excited about the balloons in HMV that I started shreiking with happiness at the top of my lungs - Daddy had to get me outta there quickly!

After lunch, we drove out to Ajax for a hike in the woods. It was much more warm and humid than any of expected, but we managed to get in a few hours of exercise (I kinda napped while strapped to Daddy). We stopped at the supermarket on the way home, and while Mommy went in to buy food, Daddy and I, armed with water bottles, had a water fight in the car. We had a blast... but poor Basil got caught in the crossfire.

Daddy's friend Raffi is a Dad as of the other day - the above photo is of new baby Isabel. Isn't she cute?!

Listening to: The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Sara Cookie Balls

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Mommy and I took the bus and subway out to the organic grocery store today, and while we were there, many people told me how beautiful I am. I guess I just can't help being this awesome. Anyway, the bus ride home was crazy, because the local high school let out and every single student seemed to cram into our bus. Yikes!

For a change, I brushed my teeth (something I love doing anyway) with toothpaste for the first time. It's absolutely delicious! When Mommy took my toothbrush away from me, I had a major tantrum (maybe it had something to do with how little I slept today).

Mommy and Daddy have decided that Basil has asked to be called "Sara Cookie Balls" from now on ('Sara' is his favourite person, and he loves to eat cookies and play with balls). I'll still be calling him 'A-hoo.'

Listening to: Stan Getz & João Gilberto - Getz / Gilberto

Friday, September 22, 2006

Finny Frenzy

[As transcribed by Daddy]

After a walk, Mommy and I played otuside and then I had a bath. I watched Mommy play her video game a bit today - I really liked the part where the fish swam across the screen! Pretty cool. You should see my fish-face sometime.

I missed Daddy during the day today, so I picked up the phone and started hitting buttons until Daddy answered. I didn't have much to talk about, so I just breathed at him for a couple of minutes before hanging up.

When Daddy came home from work, we went for a quick drive to pick up some Japanese food for dinner. I was only in the car for about twenty minutes, but I fell asleep really quickly.

In other news, I've started eating books and paper-sleeved CDs again. Weird, eh?

Listening to: James Brown - Live At The Apollo

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A Five-Banana Day

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Mommy tidied today, while I followed her untidyig everything. It was a bit chilly outside, according to my parents, but I didn't seem to notice / care (they made me wear a coat anyway). Mommy and I walked to the corner store to buy some flowers. After Daddy came home from work, we went to the supermarket to buy some dinner and stuff.

Today I had a one-track mind. I could think of one thing and one thing only - bananas! I didn't just have one banana today. I didn't simply stop at two, either. Not even three - in fact, I didn't even only eat four bananas today. Today was a five-banana-day. That's how much I love eating bananas. Where I'm putting them, nobody is sure. I must have some sort of dimensional wormhole in my gut, because what with all the toddling I've been doing, I seem to be losing weight.

Listening to: Charles Mingus - The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Bad mood eradicator

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Mommy and I stayed in today - did some playing with Gamma and Grandpa, had a very short nap and as such had to have a second nap in the late afternoon. I had a bath today - whenever I happen to see the bath, I get all excited about it. It's cute.

I figured how to take the lid off of my sippy-cup today, which of course means that there was juice everywhere. Mommy did an excellent job of cleaning up after me, though.

When Daddy came home from work today, he was in a particularly foul mood. When he walked in I cheered "Dad-Dad!" and ran at him with my arms open from across the house. Instantly, his bad mood was eradicated!

Listening to: Sam Cooke - Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Extra-wide Dora

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Mommy and I did some shopping this morning, but aside from that, it was a pretty quiet day. I even managed to have two naps - and when I woke from the second one, Daddy was there, home from work! Yay!

I played with Gamma and Grandpa a lot today, and for the first time I was actually able to put one of the plastic-animal-shape-things into the correct plastic-animal-shape-thing-slot in my plastic-animal-shape-thing-slot-holder. Daddy was so proud and I was so happy that I just had to take it over to show Basil, who honestly didn't care.

We're all pretty mesmerized by the new TV in here. I'm not used to Dora the Explorer being so darned wide! Hopefully the novelty will wear off soon and I can stop staring at the screen.

Listening to: Phil Spector - A Christmas Gift for You

Monday, September 18, 2006

A demon-free television

[As transcribed by Daddy]

I was eager to get up and at 'em today - I stabbed Daddy in the back of the head with my book and made him read it to me over and over until he woke up.

After a drive out to the organic butcher's for some meat and veggies, I had a nap and then some lunch. It was such a lovely day that Mommy went out into the backyard to (finally) finish installing the patio, while Daddy strapped me to his chest and took me for a really long ride on the subway - aaaalllll the way out to Islington Station! We walked for hours and hours along Bloor Street, through the Kingsway, Bloor West Village, Swansea, Parkdale, Bloordale, and High Park, where I chased some Canada Geese and got hit in the head by a falling acorn.

After yesterday's hike in the woods and today's lengthy city walk, Daddy's feet and newly-skinnified body started buckling around the time we made it to Ossington Station. Not as far as we'd hoped to get, but still a decent accomplishment. We took the subway home, and I made friends with everyone on the train before passing out.

Before bed, we bought a new, big, flatscreen high-definition TV to repalce the old one, which had become posessed by the devil.

Listening to: Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Equus caballus and Epagneuls Nains

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Daddy reportedly frantically woke up three times in the middle of the night, thinking that I was either stuck in the fireplace or running around the apartment. I was sleeping safely in my crib. He's nuts!

Mommy and Daddy and I drove off to Best Buy to check out television sets, to Linen & Things to buy non-allergenic pillows, and then to Loblaw's for some groceries. Then we had lunch and naps.

It was a warm day, so we all loaded into the car with Basil and drove out to York regional forest for a hike. I didn't want to be carried though - I wanted to walk, and play in the dirt, and to dance in the poison ivy with Basil. On the hike, we saw horses (wow!) and some Papillons.

Daddy gave me a bath when we got home, and I practiced my splashing techniques. All in all, a great day!

Listening to: The Beatles - With The Beatles

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Doodie Management

[As transcribed by Daddy]

I was a happy little angel today. In fact, I've been especially incredibly sweet for the past few days. When I'm not cranky and in the mood to incinerate the apartment, it's always easier on Mommy.

We had a pretty quiet day today. The only thing of note is my newfound joy for wearing people's underpants around my neck like a necklace. It's weird, but it makes my folks laugh, so... I'll just keep doing it.

After Daddy came home from work a little early today, we went out for dinner. The people at the restaurant sat us in a little anteroom with other kids and babies - I'm very proud to say that I think I was the best behaved of the bunch. Yay Clover!

Mommy tried to change my diaper before I was finished pooping today. I escaped, completely naked, and managed to somehow poop on the living room floor (my parents did not see this happen, but quickly discovered the... er... evidence). You probably think this is gross and disgusting (which I guess it is), but Mommy and I thought it was embarassingly funny. Daddy is still trying to get used to the amount of stray (and often scary) doodie one must be able to manage as a parent. Sheesh!

Listening to: Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd - Jazz Samba

Friday, September 15, 2006

Bouncing off the walls

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Today Mommy had a Doctor's appointment, so we boarded the Subway and headed downtown. It was lots of fun - as usual, I entertained people on the train, and made this one old man my own personal project... I tried to get his attention so that I could wave to him. Everyone thought I was adorable, of course.

At the Doctor's office, I played in the waiting room with some toys for a while, and then it was time for a lightning-fast chat with the Doctor, and then we headed home again. Once we arrived, Mommy's eyes started burning. Weird!

I'm getting really good at running, and at walking while not watching where I'm going. Two nights ago, Daddy followed closely behind me as I bumped into three walls, the coffee table, and a television set because I was watching the dog. He thought it was pretty funny.

Listening to: Booker T. And The M.G.s - Green Onions

Thursday, September 14, 2006


[As transcribed by Daddy]

The TV is on the fritz! Either's there's a ghost living in it, changing the channel and turning it on and off, or there's a faulty connection in there somewhere. Daddy's secretly hoping it's completely beyond repair, so that he can justify buying a new one.

Mommy and I took a nice trip to a restaurant so that Mommy could have a break, and so that I could have a second lunch. Mmmm grilled cheese! When we got back, Grandpa had returned from his big convention in Ottawa, and brought me back a hat!

I learned a new word today: "Back". When Mommy asks me to put things I either destroyed or scattered back where I found them, I do so and say "Back!" It's very adorable. For example, I kept saying "Back!" when I was helping Mommy make dinner, putting potatoes in a big pot.

Listening to: Ray Charles - Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


[As transcribed by Daddy]

Mommy and I decided to make some good of a rainy, overcast Tuesday, so we headed out to the mall via the subway. Once we got there, we did a bunch of shopping - I picked out a new book for myself (so that I wouldn't get bored on the subway ride home) and and Mommy bought me some clothes.

We were pooped when we got home (some of us figuratively, and some of us literally)... yet still, I didn't really feel like having a nap. Needless to say, I fought tooth and nail against hanging out all alone in my crib.

Oh, and I ate something like the equivalent fo ten meals for a kid my size today, or something ridiculous like that. I'm simply ravenous!

Listening to: Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Ah-hem / Ah-hoo / Ba-hoo

[As transcribed by Daddy]

As usual per Monday mornings, I'm in something of a cranky mood - Mommy thinks it has something to do with Daddy being back at work. You know... we hang out all weekend, and then he has to bail, right when I was getting used to him. Kinda sucks.

Mommy and I had an alternately wonderful and grumpy day. When I was being a little angel, all was right with the world. But when I wouldn't go down for a nap, or when I ate all of my raisins and discovered that I had reached the bottom of the raisin tin... ...well, you didn't want to be around me. I can really transform into a little engine of destruction (when I want to).

I'm slowly getting the hang of the dog's name. Recently, I've stopped calling him "Ah-hem" and have moved over to "Ah-hoo." Today, I called him "Ba-hoo," which is inching closer and closer to "Basil."

Listening to: The Everly Brothers - A Date with the Everly Brothers

Monday, September 11, 2006

Where were you on Sept. 10th?

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Sept 10th shall go down in history. Years from now, people will look back on this day and remember where they were and how they felt - sadness, confusion, disbelief, horror, and unmittigated awe. For on September 10th, the world suffered a true milestone in terror. September 10th - the day of the single poopiest diaper in recorded history.

Other than that, I also managed to teach myself how to use a spoon... all by myself! Pretty amazing! I'm not so good with it yet, but I'm getting there.

After lunch, Mommy and Daddy and Basil and I waked for two hours all the way down to Kew Gardens, where I chased birds and old ladies in the park. Some other baby kept pointing at Basil, calling him a 'Horsie'. Dumb kid. Anyway, Mommy and Basil were really wiped out after the walk, so they took the bus home. Daddy and I, on the other hand, aren't wimps... so he strapped me to his chest and we hiked for another two hours all the way home (uphill!). I'm very proud of my Daddy. He's ever so rugged!

Listening to: The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Twine Festival

[As transcribed by Daddy]

I woke Daddy up this morning by stabbing him in the back with a pen. Surprisingly, he slept through most of it.

After my nap and some lunch, Mommy and Daddy and I drove out to the Annual Kleinburg Outdoor Binder Twine Festival. We ran into Aidan's Mom there, and did a lot of walking around. I got to have some caramel apple, and Mommy bought me a new winter hat (with bunny ears!). I have to admit, Daddy and I were both a little let down that we didn't see any twine at the festival. Ah well... it was a nice day, and I even got to roll around and lay down (!) on the grass.

We went to the new Ikea and bought some gear for Gamma's smoking lounge and other odds and ends. All in all, the day went by really quickly!

Listening to: Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Clover & Mommy Book Club

[As transcribed by Daddy]

I started a book club with Mommy today. Basil is also an honorary member, but he isn't interested in attended any of our meetings. My first choice of book was my old favourite "I Love You Through And Through." I like this book because whenever Mommy reads it to me, I can act it out.

Anyway, Mommy and I said bye-bye to the Nixons today, I played outside a bit with Gamma, and ate a heck of a lot of apple and several chunks of corn on the cob (which is a definite recent favourite). Mommy tried to get me to help her make dog biscuits, but I don't see why I should contribute to Basil's treat-baking if he can't be bothered to attend our book club meetings.

After Daddy came home from work, we all had dinner with Gamma and Grandpa and Anisa, and there was much revelry and running 'round on the front lawn.

Listening to: Elvis Presley - Elvis Is Back!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Beloved by Salad Ladies everywhere

[As transcribed by Daddy]

I went through my entire wardrobe today, more or less. First, after getting dressed this morning, I tried to go for a swim in Basil's water dish. After a change of clothes, I doused myself with apple juice. Finally, after yet another change of clothes before bed, I grabbed a pitcher of water in the kitchen, poured it all over the floor, and sat in it.

In between wardrobe changes there was more apartment demolition to work on - I even managed to get up to some destruction at Gamma and Grandpa's house. Fun times!

After Daddy came home from work, we drove to the supermarket. The lady at the salad counter asked me how old I was - and when I told her (just the way Nana taught me how - by extending my index finger), she had to show me off to every Loblaws employee on shift at the time.

Listening to: Pavement - Terror Twilight

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Time to buy a new cow

[As transcribed by Daddy]

So, I was playing with my old cow toy again today, and I semi-intentionally bit its face off. Mommy threw it out - it's the end of an era! Looks like we're gonna have to buy a new cow.

I wanted Mommy to read a book to me today, but noooooo - she was too busy doing something else. To show my displeasure, I processed to pull my entire book collection off of the shelf, scatter it all over the floor, and swim in it.

Finally, we had a big massive collective dinner with Gamma, Grandpa, the Nixons, Mommy, Daddy, and Basil tonight. 'Twas good!

NEW FEATURE!! Every morning, Mommy and Daddy and Basil & I listen to music as we get ready to start the day. I'm gonna try to make a note here of what we listen to (right now we're making our way through this book) for future reference...

Listening to: The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Pinching Haunches

[As transcribed by Daddy]

The bad mood continues. I'm still yelly, still grumpy, still destructive, and still extremely clingy. It sounds brutal, but my parents can't help but find it kind of funny to watch me stomping around the apartment in a foul mood.

Daddy was back to work today after a four-day weekend, so I really missed him a lot (it didn't help my mood any). Despite my constant freakouts (Mommy has taken to just putting me in my crib if I'm being a real handful) we were able to get a lot of tidying and even some shelf-building done!

The Nixons are back visiting with Gamma and Grandpa today, so I was happy to see them, and Basil's letting me get away with pinching his haunches, so... it's not an entirely awful day.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


[As transcribedby Daddy]

I don't know what got into me today. Maybe it was because I slept lightly last night, maybe I'm teething, or maybe I've eaten another nickel. In any case, I was in the worst mood today. I threw screaming fits to rival all others, I was ridiculously clingy, and 'Cloverized' the apartment several times. I was not a very happy camper.

That's not to say that there weren't some bright spots, though. I played an adorable game with Gamma where I'd sneak up on her in her office repeatedly, I blew kisses at Naisa over the webcam, and I helped Mommy, Daddy, Gamma, and Granpa work on the new smoking lounges and stuff.

To give Mommy something of a 'Clover-break', Daddy and I went for a really, really, really long walk through the city this afternoon - I even slept through part of it! He's told me how much he loves our little Daddy-Daughter city hikes, so I think I'll try to make it more of a recurring thing.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Crabby Spaghetti

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Mommy was tired and cranky this morning, so Daddy and I played and hung out a bit - you know, palying with the mirror and making up funny voices for my stuffed animals. We had a good time. After my nap and some lunch, Daddy went out with Gamma for a shopping extravaganza (time to buy some outdoor furniture for Gamma's new smoking lounges) and a new printer cartridge. Mommy and I hung out and did a lot of tidying. I was kinda crabby.

When Daddy came home, he stuffed me into my carrier, strapped me to his chest, and we went for a 90-minute walk through the park. We had a great time, looking at the doggies and the flowers and the water, waving at random passers-bye.

We had spaghetti for dinner, which always gets my folks excited - not because they like spaghetti (which they do), but because they love how I manage to smear it all over myself.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Today was Daddy's birthday! To celebrate, Mommy and I let him sleep in an extra half hour before showering him with gifts, cards, love, and poopy diapers!

After a trip to the chiropractor for Mommy and a really short nap for myself, we went down to a nice little restaurant to celebrate Daddy's birthday along with Nick, Cat, Arlynn, Jason, and my new friend Corrin, who none of us have ever met before. She was so cute, and had animals all over her dress. I loved to point at them! We all had a really nice brunch and visit.

We bid Arlynn, Jason, and Corrin adieu, and went to Cat's apartment for a quick diaper change before heading out to the badlands for a muddy hike in the rain. I was having a great time until we got stuck in traffic on the way home - I was hungry!

After a quick dinner, it was bedtime for me as my folks went to a movie with Nick and Cat. I think the crazy weather woke me up a bit, but after such an eventful day, I should sleep quite well!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Balloons & Ice Cream

[As transcribed by Daddy]

Daddy had the day off of work today, so after tidying up after yesterday's destruction and a nap, we loaded up into the car and ran a few errands. First off, we visited the art store so Daddy could buy some mattes for his art project. Then was the best part of my day - ice cream!

To celebrate Daddy losing 30 pounds (!) and his birthday tomorrow, we went to one of the best ice cream places in town, where he and Mommy each got a waffle cone of pumpkin ice cream. I ate as much of it as I could manage - at one point, I had Daddy's ice cream all over my face, my clothes, and his clothes. Great stuff!

Then we did some grocery shopping, which I found annoying and stupid. Mommy had a sore shoulder and needed to lie down, so before dinner, Gamma and Daddy took me on a great afternoon hike through the park, and then Daddy and I drove to check out the new record store that opened up near us. I have to say, I was very impressed with the balloons!

Friday, September 01, 2006

New Shoes

[As transcribed by Daddy]

After lunch today, Mommy took me down to the Beaches to buy a new pair of walk-worthy shoes. We tried on a bunch, found a nice pair that both of us liked, and then I immediately tested them out in the park... I ran, played, picked flowers, the usual. After that, we had a nice long walk along the boardwalk, and then took the bus home. I entertained people on the bus.

Daddy came home from work a little bit early today, so that he could go to the chiropractor. Mommy and I tagged along with him, and I entertained all the ladies in the waiting room area.

What with all the entertaining I've been doing, I should probably charge admission to watch me scurry around and do my 'bear' impression. We'd be able to afford even more shoes!

I'm a happy kid living with my parents and our dog in Toronto. I'm goofy, sweet, smart, extremely chatty, and pretty much the cutest kid on the face of the Earth!