August 27

Daphne loves to count everything. In fact, one of her favorite sayings these days is, "Daddy, let's count 'em" (speaking of any random item or collection of items).

Singing the ABC song is another of Daphne's favorite activities. Sometimes she forgets M and substitutes O in the place of U, but otherwise she's right on the money. She usually aces the challenging, "L-M-N-O-P" where she used to always say, "Elmo Pee".

Whether she's imitating a penguin sliding on ice or performing a chicken dance around the room, Daphne is always full of surprises. You can never guess what's about to come out of her mouth. "My go nuts, my go nuts, my go nuts!" she proudly exclaims as she runs in circles around the couch in the living room.

Jennie, Mimi, PopPop, and Daphne met for lunch at Captain D's on Wednesday. They serve Daphne's favorite food group: Mac 'n Cheese. While finishing up their meal in the dining room, the cashier walked by and said, "I have a 2 year old at home."

Daphne asked, "what's her name?"

The cashier replied, "I have a boy. His name is Cameron."

Mimi prompted Daphne, "Are you a girl or a boy?"

"My a girl, " asserted Daphne in a serious tone. Everyone smiled.

With a straight face and absolute certainty, Daphne said, "My have a penis." Unfortunately, everyone laughed. "My also eat my boogies."

We are so proud of our little gender confused, boogie eater!

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


August 22

Jennie and I celebrate our lucky 13th year of marriage tomorrow. Mimi & PopPop are watching Daphne while we go out on the town. I scored some free tickets to see the Titans in a luxury suite. Yeehaw!

Today I knocked out a ton of chores around the house. I did some touch up painting, fixed a broken armoire, vacuumed the dining room, and unpacked a few more boxes (only a few remain). Jennie & Daphne went on a play date with a friend and her kids.

Daphne and I took a bath today in Mommy's incredibly large garden tub. She flopped around like a fish while I soaped up her 2000 parts and washed her hair. She made sure to point out that my tootie was different from hers. I continually tell her that Daddy is a boy and she is a girl. "Daddy, when will I grow a penis?" I told her that she is a princess and does not need one. "But, Daddy, I NEED a penis like you." I insisted that her tootie was all she would ever need. "I bet Mommy & Mimi have lots of penis." I laughed and said, "yes, they do." I sang some nursery rhymes with Daphne to change the subject...

Here are a few photos of Daphne:

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


August 20

Last night was difficult for Jennie. It was the first time that she has ever been apart from Daphne overnight. (Daphne spent the night with Mimi & PopPop).

Here's how our morning began:

4:50am - Alarm clock buzzes and I droopily walk to the shower. I wake up Jennie and get the car loaded.

5:45am - We arrived at the surgery center on time. Paperwork and waiting.

7:37am - Jennie is called to the back by a nurse. I wait patiently for a few minutes and get called back to join Jennie.

8:05am - the doctor meets with us (pre-op) and explains what is about to occur.

8:16am - Jennie is carted away and I return to the waiting room.

9:04am - Surgery successful! The doctor consults with me and explains our next steps. He gave me a color printout of Jennie's polyp. What a great item to leave on the coffee table for your guests!

9:17am - waiting for Jennie to wake from the anesthesia.

NOTE: The doctor said we should be home by noon.

9:50am - Jennie is groggy, but is starting to wake up.

10:45am - Discharged from the hospital!

11:30am - Prescriptions filled; OCharley's curbside to-go for a starving Jennie.

1:03pm - Nap time! I'll write more later...

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


August 19

Cross your fingers and toes! Tomorrow morning is Jennie's surgery. She is having a minor procedure to get her ready for the embryo implantation in October.

If I get a free moment, I will upload some new photos of Daphne tonight...

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


August 10

Over the past month, several contractors have visited our house (irrigation, landscaping, finishing punch list items, etc). And each one of them has heard about Daphne's kitchen and her bonus room more than once. She is so proud of her toys and will talk your ear off if you let her.

Before fading into sleep, Daphne follows a strict routine. We pick up her toys, brush her teeth, read a few books, and tell her a "quick story about Daphne Rose Tilson". One of her favorites is Daphne & the Beanstalk. Last night I heard her mumbling, "Fee fye foe fum, I smell Daphne Rose Tilson" after I kissed her goodnight.

Here are a few photos from the weekend...

Daphne attending a local butterfly exhibit

Yoga on the dining room table?

I want to play with my kitchen.

Can I have a hug?

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.


August 4 - Again

MILESTONE: Daphne recited her ABCs today from start to finish without any mistakes. Not bad for a 2 1/2 year old, I guess?

Here are some photos of Daphne taken with my iPhone over the last few days (sorry for the poor quality):

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.

August 4

Daphne pretends to be a chef, a grocer, and a waiter in "her bonus room". I asked Daphne what she wants to be when she grows up and she responded, "waiter" with no hesitation. I was hoping for something along the lines of doctor, lawyer, or Indian chief. Oh well, maybe she will change her mind? I wanted to be an astronaut, a dentist, and a baseball player before settling into my software developer role.

Construction has begun on the property adjacent to our lot. I am terrified that a bulldozer is going to damage our irrigation system as they have breached our property line twice now.

This weekend is Tennessee's semi-annual tax free weekend. Jennie has been itching for a new laptop for quite some time now.

Labor Day is right around the corner. Do you have big plans?

Until tomorrow,
Dave T.