Monday, August 20, 2007

The Most Important Word, Plus Bloggy Love

Baby sign language is filled with cute hand gestures for "apple" and "bunny," but what is the single most important word?

It's MORE, because it allows a small person to demand more anything while his mouth is still full.

Q has stopped doing signs for almost all words since his speaking vocabulary has grown, but MORE is the one he's kept, because it's too darn useful. I discovered how hard it is to photograph a rapid gesture, but here's my attempt. It looks like he's flipping me off, but I assure you that he's not.

Cute picture alert: If you make it through this next self-indulgent section, there's a snapshot of Q at the end of the post.

In other news, the fabulous Mamacita Tina has awarded me a Power of Schmooze Award. I've enjoyed reading about life with her two adorable kids for a long time, and hope that Q and I get to join Ian and Laurel on an outing to the fire truck museum someday.

The definition of this award: Good schmoozers effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly comments, happily making new friends along the way.

The rules are as follows.

1) If you get the The Power of Schmooze Award, write a post with links that schmoozed you into submission.

2) Link to this post and Mike so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.

3) Optional: Proudly display the “Power of Schmooze Award” with a link to the post that you wrote.

Aww, thank you, Mamacita Tina! In turn, I'd like to pass the honor to Mayberry Mom, Kimberly at Solo Mom, and Karianna at Kari's Couch. I think of them as my good neighbors in the virtual world, always ready with a kind word or funny anecdote.

And if I wasn't blushing enough already, the lovely Lara has presented me with the "Nice Matters" Award.

“This award is for those bloggers who are nice people and good blog friends - those who bring good feelings and inspiration. Also for those who are a positive influence on our blogging world. Once you’ve been awarded, please pass it on to 7 others who you feel are deserving of this award.”

I'm going to enjoy this as a reward for those moments where I didn't choose the most witty or cutting phrase and instead protected someone's feelings. Making entertainment out of crazy situations is what we bloggers do, and it's important to me to make Kind Blog types of choices. Thank you, Lara!

In turn, here are some Nice writers who definitely finish tops in my book:

Ewe are Here
Jenny at The Bloggess
Kittenpie at The Life of 'Pie
Mamacita Tina at Carpe Diem!
Mir at Woulda Coulda Shoulda
Sandra at Blog Chocolate
Betty at WAYA

I could write so much about each (and many more writers whom I'd like to honor. Does anyone else hate the feeling of leaving someone out with these cute button things?), but it's getting late and I need to be responsible about the office work I still need to do. Congratulations, ladies!

As promised, here's Q with his new lunchbox.


Mamacita Tina said...

Congrats on the awards, I do look forward to reading your post each day! Also thanks for the kind words.

Ian still signs more, and he's 3! It comes out of the blue, when he really, really wants something, funny. He still likes to do signs if we pop in a DVD that has them.

Q, that's an awesome lunch box! It would be really neat to go to the firetruck museum with you guys, only in the winter time, summer it's too hot and they only have a swamp cooler. The building is a metal enclosure, SIZZLE! Ha, fits the theme of fire though.

Jenny said...

You totally deserve both of those awards! You rock!

Also, Q is making me melt. Totally melt. And Hailey is sitting her singing "We're going on a trip in our favorite rocket ship!" to him.

It must be love.

J. Kevin Tumlinson said...

Dang, I NEVER get nifty awards! Maybe I should learn the sign for "more" and start using that when I post.

Q's a cute kid! I have no kids of my own so I have to live vicariously through those who have an Internet presence. Maybe I should start a web site called "Virtual Uncle-hood."

wayabetty said...

You sure deserved those awards and more Lady M! And thanks for passing it on to me too! *hugs*

ewe are here said...

Congratulations on the awards -- and thank you for passing on the Nice award to me, too! So sweet of you.

And the lunch box pic at the end? Worth the wait... he's just so adorable!

Mir said...

Congrats on your schmoozaliciousness and all, and thanks for the bloggy love. You're pretty! (And your kid isn't bad, either.)

Lara said...

he's such a cutie! and yes, you definitely have the power of shmooze. it's a good thing. :)

Jodi said...

Congrats on the awards!

And adorable pictures.

kittenpie said...

OMG that is the BEST pic of Q ever! Those dimples are amazing!

And thanks for the lovely award! I'm thrilled to be in Sandra's company anytime - it's quite flattering! And yes, I agree that nice matters.

mayberry said...

Thank you so much! This is quite a lovely award to receive. I look forward to passing it on.

And Q looks so proud of his new lunchbox!

Lady M said...

Mamacita Tina - likewise!

Jenny - We have to get those two together. Scheming mamas. ;)

JKT - I went by to visit your page - funny! I don't have a login yet so I couldn't comment, but I'll say that I totally understand "phone day."

Wayabetty - :)

Ewe - He's pretty happy with that lunchbox.

Mir - awww.

Lara and Jodi - thank you!

Kittenpie and Mayberry - I'm a firm believer that nice matters. The world is a challenging enough place.